Started by Latreya Sena, July 26, 2008, 10:38:09 PM
QuoteIf there's been a murder, then you, the GM, know who did it.
QuoteAnd what if a player gets a MOV and says "I pressure NPC X to confess to the murders", when I had NPC Y in mind for the murderer?
QuoteI meant to say; what if the players really do find the "real" (to them anyway) murderer when I have done all this prep. It's still o.k. I guess but what's the use in elaborate prepping then?
QuoteAnyway, about prep. I haven't gamed all that much, last time was a few years back when I ran a few sessions of Heroquest. I prep like so; Firstly I look at the character sheets and mix and match a few abilities – I find a scenario can virtually write itself this way. Then I think of genre/tone; romance, intrigue, swashbuckler etc. (usually based on players character types), then I steal, steal, steal plots from other published adventures/tv shows/film etc. I think up 2 or 3 scenarios for the characters. I try to connect them, though sometimes they remain isolated. I make sure they have a "hook" that involves the characters. Sometimes I do a Boolean storyline eg. If/then (this is probably what you, Ron, are telling me not to do for the Pool), other times not. Then it's a matter of presenting the players with these various scenarios/potential plots that are going on around their current locale and see what they want to do.
Quote from: Frank Tarcikowski on August 05, 2008, 06:04:40 AMI'll add that The Pool and its children are not particularly well-suited for very investigative adventures. In my experience, they work much more smoothly when you give the players a lot of informations early on and without conflict, so the interesting part isn't "what happened" but "what do we do about it".
QuoteInterestingly, with The Pool it is very easy that the players develop unexpected relationships with the NPCs, which may introduce really interesting possibilities and weird decisions when the players discover the facts and who were really those NPCs.
QuoteSo do you always use settings that already exists?