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The guy from Belgium
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(1/7/03 10:33:39 am)
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a way to make your chars know it's getting harder
in my campaign, the char's are about to enter the CRM's

so far, they've had some trouble here and there... not too bad though, only one death (monk)

in order to give them some insight that the campaign is getting harder, i've asked them all to make a "will"

in it, they'll write the details about what is to happen in case of an (un)timely death

do i want to be raised? simple yes or no, details are appreciated as to why so or why not
if not, how do i want to be buried: very deep pit, plain grave, tomb, ...
what is to happen to my belongings? do i have heirs?
if i want to be raised, but my body is unavailable (left behind), what happens to my recovered mundane belongings?
do i have people i want to have informed?

the party was quite spooked when i asked them to draw up a will...

"what the hell?"
"why? are we in for a TPK?"
"is it getting that tough?"

the wizard wants to be returned to his homeland to be buried in the woods
the fighter wants to be cremated
the paladin wants to be resurrected
the sorcerer wants to be resurrected
the monk will have found eternal tranquility in body and spirit

the "will" will be brought to every session, sealed inside an envelop, sealed with genuine red wax with a stamp to prevent tampering.

when a death occurs, the seal will be broken, i'll put on an eerie sad melancholic music and i'll read the will aloud.

the party then has to decide what to do

can't wait to kill my first player now :D

Andorax
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(1/7/03 12:32:47 pm)
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can't wait to kill my first player now



Geez...I've heard of tough DMs, but this really takes it. Ya know, that sort of thing is illegal over here in the 'states.

;)

Actually, the will idea is a great one, and one I intend to use with the group that will (hopefully) be starting through RttToEE in a few weeks. My other group already knows full well how deadly the campaign is, and needs no reminders.

"Whadda ya mean, Orcs get levels too?!?"

The guy from Belgium
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(1/7/03 1:03:35 pm)
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hehe, well, my party is a concerned now...

one has even told what classes he's interested in if he were to bite the dust (permanently)

well, i'm glad you love the idea...

and i hope it'll bring you as much fun as it has brought me...

the looks on their faces are worth a lot! makes being the dm feel really goooooood :D

maddman75 
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(1/7/03 3:04:39 pm)
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I am SOOO doing this. I'll have the priest in Rastor draw them up I believe, as a suggestion before they enter the mines.

LOL

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"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -- Buddha<BR><BR>
"Nothing's a cliche when it's happening to you." -- Max Payne

Siobharek 
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(1/8/03 1:07:16 am)
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It's all because the Belgians abolished the death penalty. I've heard it's quite a hassle at the European Gen Con: DMs from Antwerp and Brussels who think they can get away with murder. Murder I tell you!

Nah, just kidding (of course), though I have been tempted on occasion to off a player or two ;)

The will sounds like a good idea - also because it'll add another layer to the characters.

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The guy from Belgium
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(1/8/03 4:28:57 am)
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well, the implications are already showing!

last night, my wizard/loremaster contacted me online (icq is quite handy)

wiz: what will happen to my stuff?
dm: dunno, your call
wiz: but as a loremaster, i've written down all important events so far and i'm rather fond of the little book
dm: of course, you should be, it's a very important part of who you are
wiz: ok, so as an extra entry in my will, i want to ask the party to recover this book should my corpse be lost
dm: sounds good
wiz: but who should inherit it
dm: well, you've met a nice bard and an other loremaster in verbonbonc, they're solid choices

and so on...

in short, my party is now really drawing up completely bullet-proof wills about their corpses, burials, heritage, etc...

adds a nice twist and indeed, an extra layer to the entire d&d experience

players are like onions, they too have layers (c)

P. out...

maddman75 
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(1/8/03 5:45:00 am)
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players are like onions


They stink?

They make you cry?

Oh, I know...if you leave them out in the sun they sprout little brown heads?

------------------------------------------------------------------------<BR>
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -- Buddha<BR><BR>
"Nothing's a cliche when it's happening to you." -- Max Payne

Siobharek 
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(1/8/03 5:47:04 am)
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Re: a way to make your chars know it's getting harder
Someone's been watching too much Shrek.

Personally, I think players aree like parfait. I mean, who doesn't like a good parfait.

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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