Started by Paolo D., August 28, 2010, 09:02:05 AM
QuoteClear signs of the refreshing nature of a scene are if it's an empty beat in the plot, it's sympathetic, if the SG gets to introduce new fictional elements without immediate antagonism, and if the character lets his hair down and does things he might later regret.
QuoteRobert is playing his character, Conan, end he's in a refresh scene... say he's refreshing InstinctWe all know how Conan refresh his Instinct: he's in a stinky tavern, drunk like a baboon, gloating about stealing the Eye of Gungrun from his temple, with a wench under each arm, one blonde, one brunette.I, as the story guide, know what to do: the door slams open, the temple guards storm into the room, accusing Conan to be the sacrilegious thief.
QuoteYour example is a bit incomplete in that we don't know why the SG is introducing the temple guards. There are essentially two legit reasons: either the SG wants to start a new scene with a bang right after the Refresh (either a "you fight guards" scene or "you wake up in jail" scene, doesn't matter), or he wants to bring in a chance at a Vigor refresh via a harmless tavern brawl. So if the guards are boisterous comic drunks Conan bests with ease (perhaps a simple unresisted Ability check, failure signifying that Conan is bested himself, but to no ill effect), then that's just a typical Vigor refreshing scene.
Quote from: Eero Tuovinen on August 29, 2010, 01:25:13 PMIt is entirely possible that we're perceiving the example situation differently because we have different expectations of what happens when Conan goes to jail. I have this idea that a typical Conan story may quite easily begin with him in jail or go into a lengthy jail episode before Conan busts out or earns his way to freedom. Perhaps he's put into some exciting adventure as part of a slave caravan and earns his freedom by saving the life of his new owner, or he gets the chance to get out of jail by agreeing to do something dangerous and politically charged for some scheming mysterious stranger, whatever. It's like, Sherlock Holmes gets a new case by having some poor wretch appear on his doorstep, but Conan gets his by drinking all his money and waking up in chains.