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23rd Oct 2012, 6:00 AM
Together in the Dark
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Newbiespud 23rd Oct 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
As a DM, if your players haven't left off in any particular location since the last session, you might have to tell them where they are and what they're doing when the session begins. Unfortunately, the players can take issue with what you tell them their characters are doing.

97 Comments:

Mister Tulip 23rd Oct 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Mister Tulip
I'm kind of wondering now just how much Pinkie actually knows about what's going on.
PikalaxALT 23rd Oct 2012, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
After a night with the DM? Everything, and then some.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
The DM should have promised to tell her everything at breakfast.
Masterweaver 23rd Oct 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
Calling it now: Zecora will be an evil enchantress, but the characters will like her so much they hire her. So she's no longer evil.

RAILS. THEY ARE FOR JUMPING OFF.
ThousandYearSunrise 23rd Oct 2012, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
ThousandYearSunrise
Makes sense to me.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Nah, she's just in thrall to Applebloom, the one that takes the E out of Equestria to put into Evil, then drops a D at the end of it to create her Quest Triad.
BadHorse 23rd Oct 2012, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
RAILS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
MirrorImage 23rd Oct 2012, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
With a plasma cutter they do.
DaughterofBastet 23rd Oct 2012, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Rails do, in fact, work that way.
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Especially when the sawed-off ends are pointed upwards.
Wheatley 23rd Oct 2012, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
They told me never to disengage from my plot rail... or. I'd. DIE.
Blyndir 23rd Oct 2012, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
And we all remember how that ended.

This hinges on how he decides to do Applebloom....

*Looks left and right quickly* Place your bets ladies and gentlemen!
Blue Moon of Storms 23rd Oct 2012, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Blue Moon of Storms
Can someone remind me which "rail" metaphor you are supposed to use. Guard rail or Train Rail?

Cause From one you can jump into a river from. The other you have to wait until a bend in the track and then push the throttle to max, causing the train the flip.

... And then whoever is still alive gets to crawl out and find something fun to do while they search for signs of life.
aylatrigger 23rd Oct 2012, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
I like the idea.

It reminds me of what happened in my Ponyfinder game: one of the characters befriended her opposite alignment twin and they became TSBFF (Twin Sisters Best Friends Forever, of course).
Blue Moon of Storms 23rd Oct 2012, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Blue Moon of Storms
Let me guess... one was Lawful neutral, the other was Chaotic Neutral.

-Cause that would probably work. Sort of.
CJT 25th Oct 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Interestingly, my Pathfinder character (LG) is dating someone strongly suspected to be CG.

It helps that he considers her to be an ambassador with diplomatic immunity and used to a different set of laws and social mores than he is. For her part, the only times she's rocked the boat have been when she's had good reason (bad guy can be summarily executed instead of made a prisoner of war if him _being_alive_ is sustaining the army of undead we're about to be mowed down by).
aylatrigger 25th Oct 2012, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
No, it was Chaotic Good to Lawful Evil (technically, the first is Lawful Androgynous Good with an alternate personality of Chaotic Boyish Good when masked, and the evil double is Chaotic Androgynous Evil with an alternate personality of Lawful Girly Evil when masked...I commend my brother for being able to play all 4 personalities fairly well). As the monk of a 30th level party, she was nigh-invulnerable and couldn't actually hit herself. As the evil double was from the Mirror Plane (see 3.5's Manual of the Planes), if the good one left the plane before the evil one killed her, the evil one would cease to be. So the evil one wizened up and convinced the good one to let her coup de grace her so the evil one could live. Their monk powers would let them resurrect 24 hours after dying, so this was not too bad. The good one agreed under the conditions that the evil one would wait for her resurrection, guide her out of the plane, and become her sister. So it worked out that way. The evil twin (now named Sprite Chaser as opposed to the original Speed Chaser, with masked identities as Pony Z and Pony X respectively) is now coping with living in a world with an overabundance of high level good characters. And practically all evil characters being Sealed in a Can. And she does have affection for her sister due to being saved by her. So it all makes sense in context, and Sprite is desperately trying to find ways to both live up to her alignment and not get Celestia or anypony else to attack her for it.
gindranis 24th Oct 2012, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Rails are for exploding, then scattering the remaining bits in an area so wide, the dm will never be able to repair them.
Raxon 23rd Oct 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
No, Fluttershy. There's nothing wrong with hiding.

I swear I didn't go in your shed.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
I would be content not to get that reference. It's creative work. It's just not to my tastes.
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, it would be nice if my daughter was able to look up Pinkie's Cupcake song on YouTube without getting the... um "other" thing.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I don't want to have to explain that one to my nieces. If it ever does come up when they're older, I'll probably direct them to the Rainbow Dash Presents version.
Guest 23rd Oct 2012, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
RDP never did Cupcakes. They did Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla, which was hilarious, but I don't remember them ever doing Cupcakes.
HMorris73 23rd Oct 2012, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
They did it, Cupcakes was the second one in the series.
Mister Tulip 23rd Oct 2012, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Mister Tulip
I'm pretty sure it was either the third or the fourth. I know the first was Bubbles and the second was Somewhere Only We Know, and I know that the third and fourth were Cupcakes and Spiderses, but I don't remember which one was which.
Malroth 23rd Oct 2012, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Why do I feel lucky that I have no ideaa what you're talking about?
sunbeam 23rd Oct 2012, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
'cause you have good instincts.
Dusk Raven 23rd Oct 2012, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, the Rainbow Dash Presents version was pretty amusing and did a good job of mostly diffusion my dread.

Seriously, how did Cupcakes become so well-known? All of the reviews I've read of it basically went to the effect of "This is a peace of **** and you shouldn't read it." Talk of a corrected-grammar version suggests it's not even well-written.
Blyndir 23rd Oct 2012, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Great question. Best I can offer: It so completely deviates from the way the show works it's become iconic. I have read the MST'd version and the kindest description I can give for it is "trollfic."
shineyorkboy 23rd Oct 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, you have to wonder about the mind that can come up with that. Rule 34's one thing, that's quite another.

Still some good came out of it. The scene with Pinkie and Mrs. Cakes is awesome. She's immune indeed. :)
Bronymous 24th Oct 2012, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I don't know what you're all talking about. I thought is was a great story. Good counterbalance to the candy-coated show. If someone's on the fence about how girly the show is, stories like Cupcakes can relate an alternate viewpoint to allow for a smoother transition into fandom, which then later means the subject can enjoy all of the "girly" stuff with impunity.

At least, that's what happened to me.

Also, if one looks past the subject matter, it really is quite a good story: engaging, well written (or at least, the grammared-up version is), intriguing. The alt endings and sequels are mostly pretty good, too, so if you just can't stand the way the story goes, there are a number of happy endings to pick from instead.
Crimson Doom 24th Oct 2012, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Mt problem with the fic (aside from the initial nausea) was the fact that there is no explanation AT ALL for the events of the fic. I don't mind ponies killing each other gruesomely so long as I can see a reason for them doing so. If it had been an OC, I'd have had fewer problems because I'd assume that was how he/she was.

But Pinkie had no reason, no precedent (especially since it was BEFORE Party of One) to do such horrible things. There's no discussion of the events that might have caused her to snap. No evidence in-show of even cartoony violent behavior. Nothing. The fact that there have to be fan-based endings to explain the fic's events proves my point.

Is the fic nauseating? Yes. But is that the only reason why it's bad? No.
Bronymous 24th Oct 2012, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
You're not supposed to know why, though. That's half of its appeal- Going into detail, saying why this has happened, pointing back to past events that might have triggered it, all that does is soften the blow- not the purpose of this story. That's what makes it so scary and horrifying, that you don't and can't understand why its happening. Maybe its something dark in her past, or maybe she was always like this, but its all speculation.

Besides, it's not like one day she was regular Pinkie Pie, and the next she was killing Rainbow Dash. When the story started she had already killed an unknown number of other ponies. Moreover, since when has Pinkie Pie needed a reason to do anything?
Zuche 24th Oct 2012, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Since the beginning of the series. She plays to laughter, even when she fails completely. She might not be trying to be funny and those around her might not be amused, but the attempt is still visible to the audience.
CJT 25th Oct 2012, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie has never come across as a terribly sane character.

This fic is an extreme example of what tvtropes calls "Alternate Character Interpretation". Instead of interpreting Pinkie Pie as a fun/silly person with a few less-sane aspects, it interprets her as a batcrap-insane pony with a fun/silly facade.

It then pushes that interpretation as far as it will go, and runs with it.

This type of story - whether grisly or played for comedy or played for drama - tends to resonate with at least a few readers, because it both _breaks_ certain assumptions or conventions of character interpretation, while still keeping _enough_ points in common to be disturbingly plausible (or, for lighter fics, "thought-provoking").

I'm not saying Cupcakes is a classic for the ages. It just happened to hit on a combination of content, release timing, and whim of the crowd that made it insanely popular, to the extent where it's not only a meme itself, but parodies of it and references to it are also their own meme.

Arguably the popularity of FiM itself is a result of similar content-plus-luck.
Dusk Raven 24th Oct 2012, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie's not the Joker. Just because she doesn't need a reason to do something doesn't mean she'll do it, especially when there are several very powerful reasons NOT to do something - namrely, that off the top of my head she has never once in canon deliberately hurt her friends. Even her Party of One and Return of Harmony states could best be described as "sullen." Her entire existence revolves around making her friends (read: everyone in Ponyville) happy.

Bronymous, I think you may be reading way too much into something that wasn't intended to be anything but a shock fic, a genre I truly detest. That's fine, I read too much into things all the time, but I really don't see the point. From what I can tell (I refuse to actually read it barring extreme circumstances) it really does have no point except to repulse, and its only real connection to MLP is in name - and it uses that connection as part of its repulsion.

Bizarrely, however, I find the idea of alt endings of it intriguing, particularly the idea of a "happy" ending...
Minalkra 24th Oct 2012, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
I wrote an alt ending where Pinkie's 'Butchery' was required because of a bloodcurse Nightmare Moon stuck on the pony race that was tied into Celestia's life. So long as she lives, ponies require blood and flesh or else they go nuts and start war, murdering each other, etc. Pinkie's mind snapped and now she just has to, well, make the most of what is required of her. Never went beyond a very basic 'here's why' type of thing though.
Ranubis 23rd Oct 2012, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Oh no. I see what's going on here...

Pinkie Pie co-wrote this session with the DM. Which means...

Which means the party is now in a world created by Pinkie Pie.

Fun Realms ahoy!
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
In a world...
Where the party can never end...
One unicorn...
Must stand to reason.
Cain 23rd Oct 2012, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Cain
I don't know, I don't think there is enough clown makeup for a Fun Realms
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
"Give her time..."
deeman45 23rd Oct 2012, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Naw, I'm banking on Discord for a world created by Pinkie's player.

"The clouds rain CHOCOLATE."

"Uh..."

"And they're made of CANDY!"

"Hey, wait..."
Jason Shadow 23rd Oct 2012, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Great, now I'm imagining Pinkie's player pulling a Wheatley and using Discord to take over as a sadistic, world-burning DM...
Blyndir 23rd Oct 2012, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
PANIC!!!
The MunchKING 23rd Oct 2012, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
In a fully-stocked bakery? I can think of a lot worse places to hide.
Raxon 23rd Oct 2012, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
In Secret of My Excess, we saw that a fully stocked bakery is a terrible place to defend yourself! All you can do is throw cakes at them, and that just makes the enemy bigger and stronger!
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, the A-Team would have the ovens converted into mobile pie artillery in no time.
Raxon 23rd Oct 2012, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
There's a problem there. As cool as the A-Team is, they have a problem with this little thing called accuracy. They never managed to actually hit anyone. Ever.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
And yet they always won. So long as you knock the pins down, it doesn't matter that you didn't actually hit any of them.
Guest 23rd Oct 2012, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
They totally could with pies. As long as their weapons don't really injure anyone they are good.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, cake was entirely the wrong weapon. Everyone knows a properly hurled pie can drop a full grown buffalo.
Techno 23rd Oct 2012, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
I remember a time when a member of our party had a 20 minute argument over what his character was doing in one of these kind of things. I can appreciate the depth of character involvement, but really, it prevented the pizza from getting made. And what's an unruly group of players without pizza to placate them? Madness, that's what!
BadHorse 23rd Oct 2012, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Unrelated Note:

rolling up a character with random flaw and trait, got Rainbow Hair and Stubborn.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Hair is a flaw?
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Try blending in a crowd with it. :D
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. At my age, the crowd might work to actively not notice me, but I see your point.
gindranis 24th Oct 2012, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
suddenly a crowd of bronies appeared
you can now blend in.
CJT 25th Oct 2012, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Funny story about that:

I noticed a guy with pastel rainbow hair entering the subway station on my route home a few months back.

He made the same transfer I did further down the line, so I approached him and asked about it.

It was indeed deliberately Princess Celestia's colour scheme. I was amused.

(Possibly younger than Digo, though; this guy was an undergrad.)
CJT 25th Oct 2012, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
(Err, younger than _Zuche_. Stayed up a bit late reading fics tonight. And I'm not young enough to do that with impunity any more.)
arkey 23rd Oct 2012, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
The character that I am most like is in the dark about whats going on. no pun intended
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
My players actually are really good at keeping track where they left off. Two of them take notes - one detailed enough that I got to him to remind me what the in-game date is at the beginning of the session.

However, its taboo to tell my players what their characters are doing. In this case, they'd all be Rainbow Dash in panel 3. :o
However, if this were like my campaign, Applebloom is totally my little NPC to push the party in the right plot direction.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
My Little NPC. Nice one.
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. I admit it was a last second sudden inspiration. :D
Destrustor 23rd Oct 2012, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Destrustor
My DM usually asks us "so, who remembers what happened last time?" I was tired of often being completely stumped about this so I've taken to writing a short description of what we are about to do every time the game ends for the night.
It's enough to jog our collective memories and help us piece the events of the previous session.
Even when it's something like "Next: Fight!!!" Or "Next:loot!"
Mudpony 24th Oct 2012, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
A DM I used to play with would provide an xp bonus for players sending out an email to the group that was an in character journal entry about the session's events.

Had a blast writing those with my kobold bard, twisting all the facts to make him the hero.
CJT 23rd Oct 2012, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
I'm almost positive you aren't my DM, but that's a scarily accurate description of how our sessions generally start.

I used to be designated campaign log person, but Bryan took over after I started letting it slide. He's usually the one tracking the date nowadays.

We've done the "previously:" thing a few times too, per Destrustor's anecdote.
Other Guest 23rd Oct 2012, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
I am wondering how they will keep Rainbow Dash from just charging out the door and rolling for initiative.
Tatsurou 23rd Oct 2012, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Same way they kept her from charging Nightmare Moon at the start of the campaign. Applejack bites her tail.
Tatsurou 23rd Oct 2012, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I can't wait to see the in game explanations for the Poison Joke effects, and what mechanic they'll use for it...especially FLuttershy's. XD
Destrustor 23rd Oct 2012, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Fluttershy's player will be required to convince her pro-footballer brother to come to the game and be the in-character mouthpiece for everything she wants to say.
CharginChuck 23rd Oct 2012, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
I'm thinking that Fluttershy's character will be so embarrassed by her new voice that she won't be allowed to say anything without first rolling to see if she can will herself to open her mouth. And if she's successful, she'll still have to talk in as deep a voice as she can manage.
CJT 23rd Oct 2012, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Assuming the game takes place within the last decade or two, she could always use a handheld voice-changing widget. I don't own one, but I've considered getting one on several occasions.

Most recently to build a Royal Canterlot Voice system...
CJT 23rd Oct 2012, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Alternate bizzarro-universe version: That's her player's natural voice and accent. He's just been careful to give Fluttershy a higher, more timid voice. And has a RL personality similar to Fluttershy's.

It'd certainly explain why staring down the DM worked so well (even nice guys can be scary if they're also big).
Stratagemini 23rd Oct 2012, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Whenever my party leaves off in no particular place, the next session starts with: "LAST TIME! ON! <INSERT CAMPAIGN NAME OR REASONABLE PSEUDONYMN OF CAMPAIGN NAME HERE>!" followed by a Brief recap, and the party meeting in the same Inn they all met in in the first place around the breakfast table, if it's reasonably possible to do so. if it's not, they meet in another inn in the town or city closest to them.
XandZero2 23rd Oct 2012, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Whenever I have a party start up in Medias Res, I have to quickly explain the scenario before they start asking too many questions that I already plan on answering.

A good example was this one time where a party had just completed a quest. The next session I had them start off in a tavern, and before I could explain that they'd skipped a week IC while traveling through the surrounding countryside - they began a full-on GM interrogation. It went something along the lines of:

"Why are we here again?"

"What am I doing?"

"Where's everybody else?"

"What do they serve here?"

"I want to gamble!"

"Ooh! Is that a dwarf?"

"Why are we here again?"

I had a group of six at the time, and it was pretty chaotic. In the future, I think I need to explain everything to the party BEFORE I place them back in the world... That would probably work best.
Digo 23rd Oct 2012, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Well... that 5th one isn't technically a question, but I know what you mean.

When I ran a Shadowrun campaign, I had one mission start In Medias Res where they were all in the middle of a run and they somehow knew everything that was about to happen like it was Deja Vu.
Turns out they were in a Lone Star simulator running the same scenario several times.

When the player interrogations came, I just responded with "I don't know, I'm not there." I dunno why, but somehow that worked. >_>

Eventually they broke out of the Lonestar lab and retraced their steps backwards through the prior night's events. Almost played out like the movie Momento.
XandZero2 25th Oct 2012, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like a kewl scenario.

I also started up the intro to one Star Wars Campaign in Medias Res, where the players were trying to break into a compound and highjack a ship. They start out on the side of a building while an NPC is setting a demo charge. He counts the timer down, the wall blows out, and then they rush in.

-And when they tried to interrogate me that time, I just said something along the lines of - "There's no time! Keep moving!"

That time, things didn't work out too badly.
TrackingTarget 23rd Oct 2012, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
I remember one module (the ones the RPGA distributes, I think) starting with the party in town hall looking for employment. I was rather vocal about the idea of a level 10 barbarian with a violence addiction looking at a job board.
Zuche 23rd Oct 2012, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Hey, a violence addiction provides a very good explanation for why your barbarian was no longer working for his previous employer.
SubjectZ 23rd Oct 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Hey, I'm kinda new to this Roleplaying thing, but I can't find any local groups, so I was wondering: Does anyone have a Pony Tales RP group that meets online, and if so, would they be willing to accept a new (VERY) player?
LoganAura 24th Oct 2012, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Well, if you go onto the forums there are a few threads for those games.
(Forums here for pony tales http://ponytales.forumotion.com/ )
I have a game in the works with a possible 6th pony needed, but it's still in development. I wouldn't mind a newbie since I'm relatively new myself.
Chakat Firepaw 24th Oct 2012, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
One thing to try is to go to your Friendly Local Game Store to see if they have a "Game(rs) Wanted" board or if they run intro games.
SubjectZ 25th Oct 2012, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Thanks guys, so into PonyTales right now... Somepony needs to make the Find a talent song
Limey Lassen 24th Oct 2012, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
Haha RD got railed. XD
Zuche 24th Oct 2012, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of mares?

The Sparkle knows...
Stephani 24th Oct 2012, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Argh now I'm all caught up! (Found this on TVTropes and Archive Binged)
Zuche 24th Oct 2012, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Welcome to the village, Number Fifteen-Four-Two. Please enjoy your stay.
LoganAura 24th Oct 2012, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
LoganAura
*Fires a stun dart at Zuche.*
Forgive the 'readers'. They sometimes get a little odd.
Destrustor 24th Oct 2012, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Whatever you do, don't listen to the ones who try to sound reasonable!
They're the WORST.
I'm on to you, LoganAura...
sunbeam 24th Oct 2012, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
How should we counsel him to interact with people who vacillate between silly and reasonable?
Pies. Send us pies, please.
Stephani 25th Oct 2012, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
If you're referring to how to counsel me on talking to peeps, just FYI, I'm a girl.
If you're not referring to that, please disregard this 4;30 am comment.
Stephani 25th Oct 2012, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
If you're referring to how to counsel me on talking to peeps, just FYI, I'm a girl.
If you're not referring to that, please disregard this 4;30 am comment.
Indalecio 24th Oct 2012, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
"I am not a number, I'm a free pony! I will not be pushed, pulled, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own."
Zuche 26th Oct 2012, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Indalecio.
Stephani 25th Oct 2012, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Sweet, 42's the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything!
Chakat Firepaw 24th Oct 2012, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
How well forced starts like this work depends both on the players and on the type of campaign you are running.

In a fantasy sandbox game you are often limited to no more than giving the players a set of rumours to decide which they want to follow. It's best to do this at the end of a session, with the next one starting "you disembark from the ship that brought you to the port of Westcrown."

OTOH, in a tramp starship campaign it's almost the norm to start an adventure with: "Three months pass. After offloading your cargo on Chakona, you check your finances and they are so tight that you can't even afford fuel much less your loan payment... as you consider this a pair of Rakshani approach you...."
Malroth 24th Oct 2012, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
We sell the doomsday device the guy who thinks he's a gnome made in the engineering bay out of the toaster, buy new fuel and a new toaster.