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26th Jun 2014, 8:00 AM

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kidra on 26th Jun 2014, 8:00 AM

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Always have an NPC that your players CANNOT defeat, just in case you need to do something like this.

While you generally only loot the bodies of enemies, there are a few situations where looting the bodies of your party members can be an option.

I actually had a character of mine die in a fight, and our barbarian took a pair of specially enchanted gauntlets from my character's body. Even after I got resurrected, the barbarian kept the gauntlets. Since the barbarian could easily have killed me in about two hits, I elected to let him keep the gauntlets.



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Clanjack Farlo on 26th Jun 2014, 8:24 AM

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Man, that was one heck of a critical failure...

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mistriousfrog on 26th Jun 2014, 7:32 PM

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While it is a smart move to hold a powerful NPC over your players, it is also a dangerous choice. The last thing you need is them screaming "Choo Choo!" because the level 15 NPC has told them that he won't let them kill the queen and try to take ove the country. While there are obvously exceptions, I think a good GM doesn't need the powerful NPC. You just need to craft an interesting enough story that the players don't want to break it by killing everything that moves and invoking the wrath of the archwizard.

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Disloyal Subject on 8th Jul 2014, 3:00 PM

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I always put powerful NPCs into my campaigns. It's up to the players whether or not they butt heads with them... Powerful though they can be, however, they aren't immortal. Except the ones that are, and they seldom have much interest in the PCs or their ends.

Bob on 26th Jun 2014, 10:34 PM

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Its the opposite of getting grounded.

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Otaku on 27th Jun 2014, 8:32 AM

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While I know this is a bit "nit-picky", neither in the movies nor in the actual Norse mythology I am familiar with is Odin an all-powerful God. He is the chief (and likely most powerful) among the Aesir, and I think eventually the Vanir (I don't recall if they all merged with the Aesir, or just a few), but he's never depicted as all-powerful.

Forgive me if you're setting up for a future joke at the GM's expense when his "all powerful God" regularly demonstrates that he isn't. >.>

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XiaoKe on 27th Jun 2014, 3:37 PM

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Well in this story the Marvel version of Thor doesn't exist so its more close to the Norse Mythology version, in Norse Mythology he is technically a god and the All-Father which is basically the King of all Gods,so that sounds pretty all powerfull but obviously Im not %100 sure as my knowledge of Norse Mythology inst that big... So lets just call it a creative decision :-) (also on a side note it just made it sound cooler and fit in better with why he was able to banish Thor)

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Otaku on 28th Jun 2014, 8:51 AM

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It is your story, of course. After the fact I decided to do just a bit more research and "all powerful" does have a different, less problematic meaning.

That is, "Odin is the boss of the Aesir, so what he says goes!" causes no problems. "Odin is omnipotent", which if it wasn't clear, was how I was interpreting "all powerful", causes some big issues: just take a look at some of the debates had in Christianity, Judaism, etc. The phrase "all mighty God" however usually indicates the kind of omnipotent (and usually omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent) monotheistic deity.

Again, I have probably given this more thought than I needed to, as it was mostly just a GM putting a player in his place. ;)

Rentok on 28th Jun 2014, 1:53 PM

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The other way to look at it is that Odin is the All-Father and is powerful, so you could say that he is All-Powerful

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Otaku on 28th Jun 2014, 7:56 PM

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Which sounds like a good punch line to me. Especially given the kind of person Thor is:

Thor: Wait... Father, if you are the all powerful God, then why does he need this "Odin Sleep", or really anything for that matter?

Odin: Well I... you see... its complicated...

Frigga: We tried to teach you that your father Odin is "The All-Father" and is powerful. You never were much for learning the finer points of things, so you ended up combining the two into an "All Powerful Father God".

Thor: ...and you never told me the truth?

Frigga: Well a few times, but after a while we figured we might as well take advantage of it since throwing that in was usually the only way to get you to listen!

Tuf on 29th Jun 2014, 10:48 PM

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What? Its not like they have any qualms stealing from the dead.
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