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#RPGaDay2021 Day 16: Villain

Day 16: Villain

Game Masters, when creating an adventure story which is better? The obvious villain or the hidden villain? Granted not all situations need an antagonist, but there is usually one in most stories. This is something that GMs should consider when setting up adventures and campaigns.

The Obvious Villain: This could be the dragon that the kingdom needs to have slain. The orc chief that is holding the village hostage. The rival adventure party trying to reach the hidden treasure room first. With a clear obvious villain(s), the party has a goal to focus on. The obvious one would make for an easier setup by the Game Master, however the GMs should not make their antagonists so powerful that the party cannot defeat them. Another problem with a good bad guy is that having them come back from the dead too many times would cheapen the past defeats. Especially if the party took extra steps to make sure the villain cannot come back again.

The Hidden Villain: An example could be the Lich who secretly hires the party to recover his stolen tome. Another possibility is the head of a cult that is also in a position of power within the city. Section 31 working on behalf of the Federation is another hidden villain, doing the dirty work that others don’t want to touch. Some hidden villains may set up an obvious villain as a red herring for the players to chase. The amount of planning and clues would generate a lot of work for Game Masters, but if done well, would make for a great story. The clues would have to be intelligent, without being too difficult or too easy. It’s almost a walk on a tightrope and probably not something that new GMs would want to take on right away.

Final Thoughts:

Day 15 had some pretty good suggestions for topics. I wonder how many blog posts will list a ‘Fiend” as a possible villain? “Move” wouldn’t be a bad topic as movement is a big part of most RPGs and tactical games. “This is not the greatest song in the world, no. This is just a tribute!”

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: August 16-22

How it feels watching some of the online arguments.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of August 16th through the 22nd.

August 16
(Just before departing on another mission) “Here we are again. Wouldn’t have it any other way.” Archer- Borderland, Date: May 17, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

August 17
“Truth, Doctor, is in the eye of the beholder.  I never tell the truth because I don’t believe there is such a thing. That is why I prefer the simple straight line simplicity of cutting cloth.”? Garak- Cardassians, Stardate: 47177.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

August 18
“Those who hate and fight must stop themselves, doctor. Otherwise, it is not stopped.” Spock- Day of the Dove, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

August 19
Happy Birthday to Diana Muldaur. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Diana_Muldaur #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“Scientists believe that no experiment is a failure that even a mistake advances the evolution of understanding.” Dr. Pulaski- Unnatural Selection, Stardate: 42494.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Frakes. @jonathansfrakes https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jonathan_Frakes #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekPicard #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m sorry I’m late, I was watching the first Enterprise on the holodeck. You know, Archer and those guys? What a story. Those guys had a long road getting from there to here.” Riker- No Small Parts, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

August 20
“I’m just going to have to give up coffee. That’s all there is to it.” Janeway- The Cloud, Stardate: 48546.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

August 21
“Our only influence, Minister, is by example.” Picard- Half a Life, Stardate: 44805.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

August 22
“What is it? Why, lovely lady, it’s a tribble.” Jones- The Trouble with Tribbles, Stardate: 4523.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet