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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5


14th Mar 2016, 1:16 AM
"Tell a Story: Played by the NPC"

Any good GM likes to outsmart their players. It's a GREAT GM that gets players outsmarted by Bosses or NPCs.

Share a story about a time a Boss or an NPC completely tricked players into chasing a dead end objective, or otherwise made players face palm about their own gullibility.

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14th Mar 2016, 11:25 AM

Off the top of my head, I seem to recall an early session for my old RPG group (so we are talking mid-90s), where the big bad(s) managed to dupe us with an in between patsy. Still being knew, we didn't think to question when the GM handed us things on a silver platter for "free".

In this case, we were a team of government sponsored superheroes. It was GURPS 3e and I don't recall if we had to pay any points for the privilege (always a warning sign in GURPS; if you didn't pay for it, you aren't gonna get it or at least not keep it for long).

So we don't think to check any of the plans for the secret paramilitary organization we are supposed to infiltrate as a covert team. Yeah, this is more player stupidity than really "outsmarting" us, but we never questioned the plans even when we noticed some medical personal. It was when an NPC nearly killed a civilian doctor that we realized we had been had. The NPC wasn't trying to murder anyone, I think by that point he was using it to come out and tell us we were going the wrong way. =P

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14th Mar 2016, 12:49 PM
"That's a damn fine artifact you have there"

My players were working for a resistance movement against a pretty standard evil empire. Their job was to infiltrate an evil empire base, find an ancient artifact of the god of death, and set off a magic homing beacon that would let the good guys teleport in to steal it. The resistance even gave them an ancient chalice and Pendant that, together, were an artifact of the god of healing.
They found the chamber, set off the beacon, and the resistance team shows up. The rogue's mentor is on board, as is the leader of another thieves' guild, and an expert conjurer. They take the evil artifact, and the artifact of life to take them back to the vault. Suddenly, the conjurer summons a wall of force between the party and the specialists, while the thieves' guild leader stabs the rogue's poor mentor in the back and then disintegrates the body(He was an arcane trickster)
Lo and behold, it turns out that the guild leader was the mentor's treacherous best friend in disguise all along, and just secured himself the leadership of a second thieves guild and two powerful artifacts, to boot. The rogue has long since shifted his focus more or less entirely from "stop the evil empire" to "Imma kill that dude"

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The Old One

14th Mar 2016, 5:17 PM

My group was exploring a tomb, and had been beaten there by another group. They passed through several rooms, each an exact square, with no sign of the other group. They entered a rectangular room that led down to the tomb and passed through without incident.

Then they were jumped from behind by the enemy group, who had been hiding behind an illusionary wall.

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14th Mar 2016, 6:41 PM

Not a very long or plot-integral event; but one time the party needed transport across the ocean but they didn't have any of the local currency. This grizzled old man came up to them and started asking for REALLY WEIRD favors so that he could help them.

Except it turned out he wasn't an 'eccentric sea captain' so much as a 'crazy hobo' and he didn't own a boat at all.

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2nd Mar 2017, 5:15 PM

My players were working for the general of the big bad since the very beggining. Funny thing is they didn't realise it till the end when the big bad thanked them for their cooperation. I myself was very suprised with their obliviousness. They had a lot of clues. Firstly, they received from the general high-tech equipment (which could only be produced by the big bad). Secondly, a robot that was supposed to "help" them was called Destructor. Thirdly, another guy working for the big bad (at that time they only knew that he was acting suspiciously - he wasn't in the least concerned about the destruction (by the goons of big bad) of the town he should have been protecting) told them that their master doesn't care what happens to the humanity (the whole campaign was about protecting it) but that they shouldn't get caught. Lastly, the general was the only "human" who could "predict" what the big bad would do.

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9th Nov 2017, 4:45 PM

got one that would be long to tell, so i'll take the other one, shorter.

was'nt even particulary smart or anything, just good ol' dulcinea effect. they see a woman, severly injured with a key. she explain that she was on a quest to find the three other such keys to oppen the portal to the pocket dimension where is the arc big bad lair sothat she can kill him. Her companions where all slaughtered and she is the only one left.
they roll to see if she is lying, all of what she say is true.
So they heal her and reveal that they're also out for the big bad, and have the three other keys.
Turn out she was the baddie's treacherous daughter, who fled the lair to gather people to kill her father and absorb his powers. her group was slaughtered...because they killed each others in a fight between thoses who where willing to help her and thoses who tried to stop her after discovering the truth.
The reason why some key to oppen the portal where randomly scattered across the country was that they where the key she brought with her when she left her dad's place, which got stolen and accidentaly scatered.

they helped her kill the bad guy, she absorb his power and become the next vilain.
"We should have leave her to die and just took the key"

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14th Mar 2016, 2:05 AM
"Pride Before the Fall"

So I think our favorite thief didn't think everything out as well as she has hoped and so things are now going rather poorly for her.
I'm taking a bet on who turned her in.

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14th Mar 2016, 8:18 AM

Happy Pi day, everyone!

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14th Mar 2016, 11:18 AM

you do know that it actually is 3,14159265.... right?
Oh, but I guess if you ound it up then it actually does fit the date today!
Thanks for making my pi-day even better this year!

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18th Feb 2017, 12:42 AM

3.1416 is a closer approximation, anyway.

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