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    What do the NPCs do when the heroes are out of town?

    Do you have an spreadsheet or maybe a blank worksheet for this sort of thing? I imagine that i could be a useful tool for GMs.
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    What do the NPCs do when the heroes are out of town?

    Yeah it is! These are all great. But for me, the big question is "what next?" For my money, making a full progression of events for any of these could easily fall into the "more effort than it's worth" category, especially if the PCs didn't pay much attention the first time around. So in...
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    What do the NPCs do when the heroes are out of town?

    That could be a pretty legit hook for a comedy game. A nefarious chamber of commerce is putting everyone in danger!
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    What do the NPCs do when the heroes are out of town?

    The easy answer is "they live their lives." But if you just assume that that farmers farm, the tavern keepers sell grog, and the blind oracle tells fortunes, your towns and cities begin to feel stagnant. Nothing ever changes. So in the interest of building better game worlds, what say we invent...
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    5E Rejecting the Premise in a Module

    It's kind of an odd hair to split, but I don't think players need to conform to the module as they're playing it. I think that responsibility comes in when you're between sessions. If things have gone so far off the rails that books 2-6 of the AP are about to get invalidated, I think it's time...
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    5E Rejecting the Premise in a Module

    I feel like that's a good way to say it. There's an understanding that the group is going to use the content they paid for. I like the idea of adding side quests, personalizing the module to accommodate character backstories, and using Paizo style "campaign traits" to tie PCs to the existing...
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    5E Rejecting the Premise in a Module

    That's a good wisdom. Case in point. That said, I find myself reading through Zelazny's "Amber" at the moment, and it's been refreshing to see an old school law vs. order conflict play out.
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    5E Rejecting the Premise in a Module

    I remember Chris Perkins talking about "the invisible railroad" as a relevant concept on this point. Check out the illustration on page 76: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/DM_Experience_2011.pdf
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    5E Rejecting the Premise in a Module

    Suppose your group is playing a module. You all agreed to play a module. Halfway through that module, half of the group decides to knife the primary quest giver and head off for Saltmarsh to become a pirates or whatever. They've rejected the premise and substituted their own. At what point...
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    PF1E Favorite Method of Overland Travel

    Neat! I hadn't really considered the fringe benefits of the caravan thing.
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    PF1E Favorite Method of Overland Travel

    For me, the problem is always parking. How do you keep your draft horses from getting eaten after the party has gone down into the dungeon? You could hire guards of course, but they cut into the overhead and are just as likely to get eaten by wolves anyway.
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    PF1E Favorite Method of Overland Travel

    The time has come. You've finally unlocked the overworld map, and you can go literally anywhere. What is your preferred means of travel? Are you all about teleportation? Do you shell out for an airship? Or do you just save money and walk everywhere like a peasant? And perhaps most troubling...
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    General Worst phrasing for a wish?

    Makes me wonder how long it would take for the player to catch on if you constructed a monster-of-the-week campaign from the plots of 90s horror movies. Anaconda for the monster hunt, Cube for the escape dungeon, The Faculty for intellect devourers... Shit, I kind of want to do it now.
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    General Worst phrasing for a wish?

    So wait... How'd that end up? Did the dude get a sword, or just an inner feeling of contentment?
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    General Worst phrasing for a wish?

    I guess that's one way for a djinn to learn hurl through hell.
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    General Worst phrasing for a wish?

    As an exercise in how not to adventure: What is the worst, most foolish, easiest-for-an-evil-genie-to-misinterpret wish? Comic for illustrative purposes.
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    Paizo Druids: Do you allow yourselves to be ridden?

    The slippery slope to PVP is paved with accidental horse kicks. :/
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    Paizo Druids: Do you allow yourselves to be ridden?

    I really could have phrased that better. :/
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    Paizo Druids: Do you allow yourselves to be ridden?

    My fellow druids! I find it is a slippery slope down the path to animal indignity. When wildshaped, it's all too common for my party members to treat me like a dumb beast. I want to be a team player and help pull the cart, but where should I put my hoof down? Comic related.
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    5E Does your group use inspiration? If not, why not?

    I'm beginning to wonder if that the thing that distinguishes a good metacurrency from a bad one. If it's part of core gameplay, people use it and remember to use it. If it's just bolted on, people forget to use it, ignore it, and so begin to feel like it's extraneous. In the case of 5e, I...
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