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In which Mickey gives the worst explanation of the "Inflict" effect ever. Ever. Also some important discussion about why planning the little details can really help your game flow. Mickey and Bill

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  • Chris W.

    I’m glad that you mention briefing the NPCs on motivation and roleplay notes. I really enjoy when even the crunchy NPCs act the part or ham it up because, especially in a large game, not everyone gets to go toe to toe with the boss. Just having a little more interaction with the minions than just knocking down the same silent enemy make a big difference to the enjoyability of the fight. So to wrap up just giving the NPCs a few RP notes can add a ton more flavor to your encounter.

    Jun 30, 2011 at 7:29 am
  • Anthony R.

    The anecdote about the person hijacking your plot and changing everything around on you is terrifying. How frequently does this happen to people? Did the individual think it would make things better? Were they afraid they had found some kind of plot hole? How, as a staff member running a plot, do you fix it when another staff member has caused problems like that. What if an NPC gives out a large amount of information he isn’t supposed to give out, or misinformation that isn’t correct. What kind of suggestions do you have for situations like that?

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm
  • larpcast

    It happens from time to time and what you do in response is very variable to the exact specifications. I would say though, overall, that you want to avoid making the PCs aware that anything has gone wrong. Atmosphere and immersion is so delicate and it can be really jarring to a PC if they notice something has gone OOG awry. Not to mention that it will cheapen the feel of whatever it is you do to “damage control” if PCs know it is, in fact, damage control.

    So, you have to roll with it. Sometimes it means doing just that. You roll with it and incorporate whatever happened. Sometimes, for various reasons, you have to take corrective action of some kind and if you think that’s the case then the goal should be the minimum amount of effort and change necessary to elegantly resolve the issue.

    As for why this happens, sometimes through bad communication, sometimes because a staff member thinks he’s solving a problem that doesn’t exist, sometimes various honest mistakes, etc.

    - Mickey

    Jul 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm