Dying in the big boss battle is heroic – sacrificing your character to save the rest of the party from a worse fate is downright epic in its scope. That is the type of death that the party will talk about for years (RIP Corporal Declan). But nobody wants to die to the easy mobs leading up to the big battle – sacrifice a well-thought-out character to the random encounter or the inept gate guard (a combination we call “crunchies”).
But sometimes, the dice just are not in your favor – and the inept guard gets a lucky shot in. Fear not, Intrepid Game Master, for killing off a player character here is not the only (or really the best) option you have!
Let’s put the Role Playing back in Role Playing Games!
As a former LARPer, I may be a bit biased about creating an immersive atmosphere for even tabletop games. This week’s Player Tip is about encouraging that in-depth feel at the game table, and building a more “realistic” character for a more fun game.
In the DFRPG series, we’re going to follow a group of new players – The Bad Batch – as they explore a completely new system and world. We are working through the Fate-driven Dresden Files Role Playing Game. This was especially exciting for me as I have read every Dresden Files book and consider the series to be a favorite of mine.