RPGaDay 2020 Day 26 – “Strange” #RPGADAY2020

Today’s prompt is “Strange”

It’s always nice to have a weird (plot) hook in your back pocket, as a GM.  It can help throw the players off the scent of your plot line, toss out a fun curveball or even just change the tone of the game, even if only for a brief moment.  Each system has within it a few curiousities that, when correctly used, can shock your characters and generate a general “where the hell did that come from?!”.  As you familiarize yourself with your system of choice, take a look at some of the more obscure threats that face the world and save those ones for later.  If you bust it out too often, the impact will be lost, but if you’ve been battling orks for several sessions, running into something ethereal, something twisted or something extraplanar… the characters (who are kitted out for ork bashing) suddenly need to react to a new unexpected problem.

Even outside of combat, adding in a splash of comedy in a dark scene can pull the attention away from the main arc for even just a moment, as people try to figure out what the significance of a maniacal clown, hitting them with a banana cream pie has to do with anything.  It can lighten the tone, but also seed doubt and misdirection.  It’s a fun gimmick in moderation… so bust out your stranger things every once in a while and keep the players on their toes.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 26, 2020.

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