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29th Sep 2022, 6:00 AM in What About Discord?
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Newbiespud 29th Sep 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Most of the time, we expect players to hoard and optimize. But sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, they'll make a decision based not on optimal play but leaning more on their own values. The DM then has a tight rope to walk, presenting the consequences of that decision but also respecting the choice.

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10 Comments:

Armored Merchant 29th Sep 2022, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
Between the the enjoyment in a new update, the interesting commentary, it's quite a bright spot,
thank you Spud!
Anyone else feeling the similarity of this to Twi's ascension?
Prairie Son 29th Sep 2022, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
And that's a tight rope without a safety net.
Wulfraed 29th Sep 2022, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Minor continuity problem from a few strips back... The gold bling hasn't disappeared (yet?).
Winged Cat 29th Sep 2022, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Yet. Perhaps it is still in the process of disappearing?
HalflingPony 29th Sep 2022, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Exactly. I mean, the tree hasn't even stopped glowing yet.

Don't complain Jello is supposed to be hard when the cook hasn't even finished pouring into the mold.
nopony 29th Sep 2022, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
To be fair... the IDEA of hoarding items until you need them is sound. The question is about where that "need them" threshold actually is.

I've noticed that if players can consistently expect an item shop in every town, then seemingly paradoxically, they become more stingy with their items. But! If they don't know when they'll find the next item shop, then (again, seemingly paradoxically) they'll use their valuable heal-alls at the first opportunity.

It seems crazy, but then you think about food availability+scarcity for wild animals, and suddenly it makes a lot of sense. Abundance = stockpile resources, scarcity = use it while you can.
Freelance 29th Sep 2022, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
As a veteran Final Fantasy player, I know I relate to that the hoarding feeling when getting to the final boss with an inventory flooded with both elixirs and mega-elixirs.
Roguim 29th Sep 2022, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
And that's the type of moment when the DM knows that will rain in next session.
Digo 30th Sep 2022, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
I remember a session of D&D where the GM made a big deal of this old ring that belonged to a powerful cleric and we had to take it back to their tomb and put it back on the body's finger. I forget the reasons exactly, just that it was a really big deal to our cleric's god and we figured we could maybe score some good karma doing it. Was quite a tough dungeon crawl for a very small dungeon, but we got the ring to the owner and it cleared up the stink of desecration around the tomb.

Never did earn any of that karma though. Cheapskate god.
parker smith 11th Oct 2022, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
my element of magic