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Started by Jeffrey Straszheim, June 17, 2003, 03:31:55 PM
Quote from: AlanKeep giving different angles of entry until the player chooses to go with one.
Quote from: Jeffrey StraszheimQuote from: AlanKeep giving different angles of entry until the player chooses to go with one.But this is exactly what I don't want to do. ..."Oh, I guess he wants me to go up the mountain and the adventure starts when I do." That's railroading, even if I do manage to tempt her up with a thousand threatened Bambis (or whatever).
Quote from: AlanYou misunderstand me. The idea is to throw stuff out until the player finds something they like, not to throw out hooks all leading the same way. Things will happen around her and at some point, the player will find something that moves her to make a choice. She can choose to help the daughter, defend the villagers, negotiate a mercenary deal, assassinate rivals, persuade rivals to peace, or even raze the village and marry the spider-king.
Quote from: Bob McNameeMake sure that the character has to make some sort of choice, help/not-help, rescue/not rescue. Then make sure that either choice leads to something interesting for the "Player".
Quote from: Jeffrey StraszheimThe other idea, using cut scenes, doesn't work for me. We see the Trollbabe drink ale. We see the daughter get killed (or whatever). Those were the stakes. Alright! Next adventure.
Quote from: Jeffrey StraszheimOK, so here you are, the GM. You're sitting at the table covered with soda cans and dice. You describe this cool scene with hunters chasing a snow cat. The player doesn't care. She says, "It's none of my business. I continue on." Exactly what do you do next?
QuoteSince then, however, the spiders have bred, formed raiding parties, and have generally been a nuisance. The trolls were driven from their lands, and have moved in with the humans for mutual protection.
QuoteNow, his daughter has come looking for him. She's maybe sixteen, unmagical, but good with a sword and very brave.
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenWhy isn't the daughter the Trollbabe?