RPGaDay 2020 Day 14 – “Banner” #RPGADAY2020

Day 14!  The prompt is “Banner”.

When I think of a banner, I think nobility or military… with my main game, shadowrunners rarely seem to serve anyone other than themselves, so I don’t have a lot of advice about team cohesion… my most recent campaign attempts have begun with loosely affiliated professionals who have banded together out of professional trust and it definitely seems to be better than “five strangers meet in a bar”.

I think having a unified team is a good idea for these group based activities… but I still believe that there needs to be cracks in the armour.  Nobody (or at least very few) trusts someone completely and implicitly.  We have all experienced things that have chipped away at our trust and leaves room for existing trust to be broken.  That same sort of character traits should exist in your party as well.  You and another player could be playing siblings who consider themselves inseparable… but if there is something that could drive a wedge between them and the plot brushes close to that temptation, the interactions between players will be far more interesting and possibly create subplots that drive the siblings apart, but ultimately they re-unite, stronger from their individual journeys and come together to defeat the Great Evil.

See, far more interesting… so working together as a combined front is great.  But reveal the chips in the armour and use them to the benefit of the story.  When that banner has a few frayed edges, it tells a far more interesting tale.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 14, 2020.

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