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A GM's Adventure Deck

#1 Postby PlatinumWarlock » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:19 pm

So, in our Friday night Hell on Earth game, we came up with an interesting idea:

The players get the Adventure Deck, right? Alongside their bennies, they get a pretty solid way to mess with the plot or the flow of combat.

By default, there's no SW rules for Critical Fumbles. We've been using a house rule where, if a player rolls snake-eyes, they receive a Bennie, but the GM gets to pick the Worst Possible Result.

What if, instead, the GM could draw from their own Adventure Deck--one designed specifically for plot twists and to make life difficult on the PCs?

Thoughts?
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#2 Postby cpk666 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:55 pm

Sounds like a great idea.

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#3 Postby Cutter XXIII » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:08 am

I keep a GM's Adventure Deck on hand at all times... in my mind. :-D
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#4 Postby Lord Karick » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:26 am

Like

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#5 Postby CitizenKeen » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:39 pm

I like the idea in theory, but in practice, I don't think "so much." My chief complaints...

(1) - If you're tying them to Critical Failures, well, so then it's hard to relate them to the failure. "You try to Shoot the Big Bad, and you rolled a... SNAKE EYES! I'm going to play my Related to the Sheriff card, and that Big Bad was the Sheriff's brother-in-law!" What?

(2) - More importantly, I feel like it quantifies the roll of the GM. The whole point of being a GM is that it's the power to do anything. I don't want a list of cards to tell me what I can or cannot do. I want the whole of creation in front of me. I've got to keep my players in mind, but I want to be able to think up the Worst Possible Result on Critical Failures (or, really, whenever I'm feeling impish).

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#6 Postby PlatinumWarlock » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:36 pm

I guess my idea wasn't stated fully up above.

The idea would be that at the start of the game and whenever a Player rolls snake-eyes, the GM would get an Adventure Card. Yes, the GM has "ultimate narrative control"--however that manifests in your game--but the GM Adventure Card would allow periodic breaches of the established rules/social contract/etc.

Example/Case in point:

Alice, Barry, and Carl are playing Deadlands, run by Daryl. They're fighting some ghouls beneath Dodge City's graveyard.

Alice's gunslinger rolls snake-eyes while shooting a ghoul. Daryl gets to draw a GM Adventure Card--let's call it "Forsaken". He could play that card immediately, or hang onto it for later use. Daryl decides to hang onto the card until later.

Later in the combat, Barry's Blessed tries to invoke a miracle to drive back the undead. Barry rolls a success, but Daryl plays his Forsaken card, causing him to automatically fail at the spellcasting attempt.

Does this make more sense, as an example?
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#7 Postby tigerguy786 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:02 am

PlatinumWarlock wrote:I guess my idea wasn't stated fully up above.

The idea would be that at the start of the game and whenever a Player rolls snake-eyes, the GM would get an Adventure Card. Yes, the GM has "ultimate narrative control"--however that manifests in your game--but the GM Adventure Card would allow periodic breaches of the established rules/social contract/etc.

Example/Case in point:

Alice, Barry, and Carl are playing Deadlands, run by Daryl. They're fighting some ghouls beneath Dodge City's graveyard.

Alice's gunslinger rolls snake-eyes while shooting a ghoul. Daryl gets to draw a GM Adventure Card--let's call it "Forsaken". He could play that card immediately, or hang onto it for later use. Daryl decides to hang onto the card until later.

Later in the combat, Barry's Blessed tries to invoke a miracle to drive back the undead. Barry rolls a success, but Daryl plays his Forsaken card, causing him to automatically fail at the spellcasting attempt.

Does this make more sense, as an example?


I know my players would despise that, but if you think your players would be ok with that, then I guess go for it.

Honestly, I don't think messing with their dice rolls results in anything good.
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#8 Postby blusponge » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:47 am

tigerguy786 wrote:
PlatinumWarlock wrote:Later in the combat, Barry's Blessed tries to invoke a miracle to drive back the undead. Barry rolls a success, but Daryl plays his Forsaken card, causing him to automatically fail at the spellcasting attempt.

Does this make more sense, as an example?


I know my players would despise that, but if you think your players would be ok with that, then I guess go for it.


Yeah, I'm not a big fan of that either. If you want to go down that road, I'd advise going with something like 7th Sea had: GM gets a Benny for every one the players spend. With that you buff up your villains, toadies, and effectively cancel out a player's Benny. As a GM, I don't really need a tool to invalidate dice rolls. I can just be a jerk and save myself $20. ;)

Besides, my players tend to spend bennies to make this like snake eyes go away. So I would get much use out of a product like this.

That isn't to say something like a deck of surprises at the GMs fingertips doesn't have merit. Just not in the form you are describing at this point.

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