Fictional Torture and Real Life Frustration at the Table

Has it ever happened to you ? You write an RP encounter with an NPC you think will be cool. Like he knows important informations or has something the party wants and they’re gonna have to convince/bribe/persuade/lie to him to get it. But then all of a sudden you realise the PCs will just torture him or kill him because it’s way easier to do.
This happened a lot. I’m all for player’s agency but this shit gets repetitive and exhausting after a while. They’re supposed to be the good guys.

REPLY:
Talk to your players and ask why they do that.
They might be coming from tables where that is the ONLY way to get information out of people.
I’ve definitely had conversations with my friends about gaming and how torture does not reveal reliable intel in reality and that I don’t want to see it at the gaming table. In my experience, characters torturing NPC’s is a sign of frustration.

From this thread…

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I’ve seen friendly hobbit parties cut off goblin’s fingers and local heroes done good threaten worse than that. In my experience, it is a sign of frustration at withheld information. Step out of game and talk it over, my friends.

I talked about this in Episode 22 of Daydreaming about Dragons…

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Daydreaming about the Mandalorian

What can we learn about The Mandalorian that we can bring to our gaming tables?

I’ve got a few ideas…

Daydreaming about Dragons, Episode 41

Mando material starts at around 4:18.

tl;dr Mando failed. He failed hard and failed often. He got his ass kicked by Jawas and yet he’s the best bounty hunter in the sector. No one threw that failure in his face. Think about how you can frame failures in your game so that it doesn’t belittle your friends awesome characters.


Daydreaming about Dragons, Episode 44

Mando material starts at around 7:43.

tl;dr The Mandalorian wasn’t trying to create a myth cycle for a new generation. It was trying to be a fun space western. The show wasn’t swinging for the fences.


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Inspiration Goat Table Techniques #1

I used the above technique in the Thursday night Trophy Gold game and got a wonderful tale from Jesse. He told me about how his orphan pickpocket broke into a noble’s house and had to kill the noble in order to get out.

I loved it because it wasn’t a kill that made the world a better place (well, depending on the noble) and there was a touch of shame in it. This kid was a treasure-hunter because they had lived a tough life and this was the only clear vocation open to them.


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The logo for my podcast, Daydreaming about Dragons

In which I have a conversation with you about techniques that are shaking out at the tables where I sit and inspirational media.

Daydreaming about Dragons Podcast


In which Jason and I discuss the Trophy RPG and in doing so end up talking about game culture and techniques that link up to all kinds of tabletop RPG’s.

The Sixth Ring, a Trophy Podcast


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My first time getting back to Marr’d since I playtested the Dictionary of Mu almost 2 decades ago.


I’ve been honored to play so much on the Actual Play channel, a place where I’ve made wonderful friends and played wondrous games.


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Links from Episode Reply Show Ain’t Easy

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Improvisational Worksheet: from Ep 55 of Daydreaming about Dragons

This is the improvisational worksheet mentioned in Episode 55 of Daydreaming about Dragons. It was made after talking to Janaki, trying to give structure to the ways I make things up on the move when the people at the table delight and surprise me.

If you have any questions please let me know.

 

Improvisional Worksheet

 

This was made with Canva.com.

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