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25th Apr 2017, 6:00 AM in Sonic Rainboom
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A Day of Activities
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Newbiespud 25th Apr 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
As much as PCs tend to be unusual, incongruous, and disruptive to an RPG world, they do have some traits that a certain type of NPC would find positive, almost admirable. Bravery in the face of danger, outside-the-box thinking, general disregard of authority... It stands to reason that, for at least some NPCs, the PC lifestyle is kinda living the dream, isn't it?

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Digo Dragon 25th Apr 2017, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"That'd be great if I ever cared. Next."

Haha, there's always those members in the party that no matter how much effort I put into fleshing out interesting NPCs that want to interact with them, they'll just keep on walking and look for something to kill/loot/snob/whatever.

Like those bullies? Dash could totally make 'em into minions with a little work. But that takes... well, work. Dash is not that type. :3
you know that guy 25th Apr 2017, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Some NPCs hook the group's interest, and some don't. You can't predict which will be which.
Digo Dragon 25th Apr 2017, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yes, but there are players that will not get hooked at all to any NPCs.
Norgarth 25th Apr 2017, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
*nods* The Force Awakens was trying to set Captain Phasma up as a new Boba Fett, instead the fans latched on to the CQC Stormtrooper.
Masterweaver 25th Apr 2017, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's because Phasma didn't do anything. Even when she was confronted by the heroes. Sure she was a commanding officer, but she... was just there.
The Old One 25th Apr 2017, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Agreed. There was a whole heaping helping of setup for that poor gal, and she just spent the movie looking cool and being punked.
Digo Dragon 25th Apr 2017, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Now if Phasma had been given the 'traitor' line and then survive the shot after... maybe then she'd be a favorite. Cause yeah, I don't remember her doing anything interesting.
Winged Cat 25th Apr 2017, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
That's almost exactly what I said after seeing the movie. They missed an opportunity: just have her do CQC instead of a faceless stormtrooper, and have Finn get that code cylinder off her after the duel then surprise the Rebels with it at the briefing.
Dusk Raven 27th Apr 2017, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm told that with Phasma they were basically trying to replicate Boba Fett's unexpected popularity... but forced popularity just about never works.

Instead, fans latched onto the guy who was, as far as the plotline was concerned, just another mook, yet was distinctive and memorable... which was pretty much what Boba Fett was.

Not unlike the brony fandom's reaction to background characters, really.
Rokas 25th Apr 2017, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
With my group it's the opposite. We all get attached to the NPCs we associate with, to the point where we'll actually start a new module just to track them down if they've gone missing. Hell, our ranger has a small pony (regular one, not the ones in this here comic/fandom) for carrying loot and refuses to leave it behind, even when it would be a rather good idea.

A little detachment can be good too, sometimes.
you know that guy 25th Apr 2017, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
"We were just gonna do this thing over here, but your idea sounds way cooler!"

Used in moderation, this can be the best reward for some players.
offroader 25th Apr 2017, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
What I find most interesting is that they all level up at he same time despite having different expiences for the most part.
Winged Cat 25th Apr 2017, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Different yet close-enough-to-equally XP rewarding. Careful encounter design can do that - or just fiating that all PCs get the same XP per session. (An artifact that does this is a minor plot element in the campaign I'm currently running.)
redwings1340 25th Apr 2017, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Sometimes I do that in GMing, creating a specifically vague situation and letting the players develop my universe by suggesting activities they can do. This works particularly well in my virtual amusement park rp that I do every once in a while, but can be used in other situations too.

Of course, its always good to have a backup plan too in case the player has no ideas.
Bezerker21 25th Apr 2017, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Pc life is a dream huh? My friend's character in a campaign we're both in was literally convinced he was an npc and only wxisted to aid the pcs. Long story short his pervious character, Riddle, became an eldritch deity after I became Dwarf King and he wrote the black book which he distributed at McDonalds with happy meals, he also started McDonalds. So Tilson his new character tried to disprove Riddle's religion ended up proving it and promptly fell into an existential crisis. He recently contacted Riddle and learnt he was a PC but for four sessions he acted like a PC.
Brickman 26th Apr 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
Don't the wonderbolts in this comic already live the PC life? I thought you said they were a band of mercenaries.
Malroth 26th Apr 2017, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Not for publicity events like the Rainbodash Funday would be. Imagine if Fluttershy or Derpy won that prize instead. The wonderbolts would be ruined.