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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5
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Otaku

Otaku




11th Sep 2020, 12:36 AM

We're... sticking to the actual plot. What a twist; there is no twist!

At least, not yet. Oh, that might not be a bad story time; share a time when you, your GM, or another player caught you off guard by playing something (more or less) straight?

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Allan Mills




11th Sep 2020, 4:11 PM

One story a former DM of mine told me was about an adventuring party that came across a canyon with a flimsy bridge leading across it. Most of the party just crossed the bridge, but one player had gotten it into his head that the canyon was actually an illusion. The DM told me he had no idea where he'd gotten that idea since he'd said nothing to suggest it. This guy was convinced though and kept trying to do things to prove it was an illusion like waving his hand through it and tossing things into it. Finally he decided to have his character jump into it. Needless to say, it wasn't an illusion. Nor was the lethal amount of falling damage he took when he hit the bottom.

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Ringmaster




11th Sep 2020, 1:43 AM

In a Pathfinder game I was playing a swashbuckler. Who was basically John Wick. I sold my soul several times to various evil demons and such and told em all the condition was to claim it at an appointed time and place.

Cue all of em appearing at once in said place, recognizing each other as enemies and fighting for the soul. Three fourths of our enemies died then and there and we finished off the rest with my party.

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CrowMagnon




11th Sep 2020, 9:58 AM

Ah, a variant of the John Constantine gambit.

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Joe the Rat




11th Sep 2020, 11:36 AM

Now with more Keanu!

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ArthurDB




11th Sep 2020, 3:11 AM

Oh thank god, finally... These guys are NPCs. I was dreading the idea that the author would just keep adding guest PC's to the comic until it was so bloated it couldn't even stand as a D&D game. What's worse, most of the interesting characters to use to make interesting NPC's are themselves PCs.

Like, blue haired chick I get (names are hard and I'm exhausted and it's been literal years since I've read the original) and her partner I get, because they work together (could have been a cohort, but an asshole getting some comeuppons soon is just as fun) but Smoker? Really? Hawk eye? I get the idea of a player rivalry, but this DM here would have been better served being able to get Cori hyped with an NPC rival that cool. As it stands this DM doesn't really have any single NPC that sticks out as interesting to the strawhat team except Sanji, who they basically ignore.

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ColdSnap




11th Sep 2020, 8:49 PM

It's better to think of the PC's as characters that return in the series and the NPC's as characters that are only in this arc.

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ArthurDB




11th Sep 2020, 10:21 PM

There's a lot of reasons, both for the story and for the meta narrative of the story, to hope that every returning character is not in fact a PC.

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Otaku

Otaku




11th Sep 2020, 10:21 PM

Um... ColdSnap? Doesn't that mean the NPC's are few and far between? One Piece supporting characters don't ever really go away. We just assume they're done and then Oda brings them back X arcs later. XD

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ColdSnap




12th Sep 2020, 7:50 PM

You're right in that we assume they're done. Yes they are still in the world. They haven't gone away, more so they're out of the party's spotlight. But for characters, like Smoker, who return to the series sometimes, it's okay to make them a PC who doesn't regularly get into the campaign.

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Otaku

Otaku




13th Sep 2020, 9:36 PM

Spoiler Warning for anyone not ahead of this campaign comic:

ColdSnap, I think you don't realize full ramifications of what you said, and maybe that is why you don't understand what I said. Or maybe I misunderstood you.

If every character who "returns" in the series is a PC, I am saying that there are going to be a lot of PCs, because you didn't qualify their significance. There are plenty of minor, recurring characters. Several established NPCs in Grandline 3.5 would have to be upgraded to PCs. ;)

Even if we just limit it to major allies and antagonists, Oda (One Piece's author) has already used and reused so many, that your suggested way of thinking about it just doesn't work.

Some recurring characters are visiting PCs, some are just recurring NPCs. If there is some kind of organizational scheme behind it, it is probably too complex for simple answers. :D

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