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Korash
04-18-2013, 11:24 PM
All that work planning an adventure (http://subterraneandesign.tumblr.com/image/46520797546).......and the players take a left turn at Alberquerky...

Not my work by the way....

Jaxilon
04-19-2013, 06:10 PM
Hehe, don't you know it. That's why I typically have more than one way to get them into something like this. It's too much work not to use it just because they didn't want to dive into the well.

Cunning Cartographer
04-24-2013, 04:16 PM
Love it :D

Over the years I've gotten very good at manipulating my players into doing what I want them to do and going where I need them to go, ever creating the illusion of choice (also helps having the same group for 6 years where I can pretty much second guess what decision they'll make before they make it). However... there's always those moments where they surprise you!

Beoner
04-24-2013, 07:02 PM
Yeah, I think most of the Masters have some sort of ace in the hole for this situations. Yet I have found that unexpected players choice can turn out on something cool (or on a complete disaster :P).

Jaxilon
04-27-2013, 06:25 PM
Yeah, I tend to go with the flow. I've actually had it where a side jaunt determined by player decisions lead to a very enjoyable time for all even if I never did get to the big encounter/dungeon I had planned. If everyone loved it, you then have a feel for what they enjoy and can tailor the module you created for next time so it's more appealing.

Simon33600
04-28-2013, 06:26 PM
Happens to me all the time... I generally had two or three adventures planned out for this reason...

Although; as Jax mentions it, I only prepare detailled GIMP maps for the adventures that I am sure are going to get run...

jtougas
05-29-2013, 10:20 PM
I can relate to this on both sides of the GM screen (does anyone even USE those anymore...) On one momentous and life changing "adventure that never happened" My Kingdom of Shendenflar was born. All because my thief character didn't want to go tromping through some dumb old forest.... :)

Viking
07-02-2013, 10:29 PM
I still use a DM screen but I am new at it all and sometimes I wonder as I rarely feel the need to fudge numbers. I love it so far though :)

WEP11
07-06-2013, 06:39 PM
Happens to me about 60% of the time, and even more when I don't have a good hook. If you learn your players well, you can have some solutions to remedy the situation. If it is a low level side quest that was the evenings agenda I have even been known to just use the same dungeon I originally planned and fill it in. My players say that the ones that are off the top of the head are the most memorable though. If your players are having fun then you aren't doing anything wrong, just could use some ready remedies to ease the stress that might develop. I have a printout of all of the enemies by challenge rating to have a quick look up available. After a while you can just do any adventure from the top of your head, but be careful about it. Many players like to know that the DM is at least using the book for the stats and not making stuff up. Bottom line, know the game and have fun!

Xorne
09-12-2013, 11:06 AM
I still use a DM screen but I am new at it all and sometimes I wonder as I rarely feel the need to fudge numbers. I love it so far though :)

I use a screen all the time. Nothing to do with fudging the rolls--just makes them uncertain. I will frequently just pick up my d20 and roll it for no reason, particularly if they are taking a long time to decide on their next action. I'll pick it up and look at my notes like I'm checking a table.

I think in 20+ years of DMing I've only fudged maybe 3 rolls, all of which were to prevent a stupid character death where barely surviving would make for a better adventure.

But all perception checks and such happen behind my screen too. Actually I have a notch cut into the bottom of my screen with flaps of paper over it labled "DICE DOOR" that my players roll their spot/listen through, so they get the control of rolling but don't see the result. :P

Midgardsormr
09-12-2013, 03:42 PM
Actually I have a notch cut into the bottom of my screen with flaps of paper over it labled "DICE DOOR" that my players roll their spot/listen through, so they get the control of rolling but don't see the result. :P

I love that idea!

Of course, sometimes the very act of asking for a roll gives something away, and I've had players that will utterly dismantle an inn because I asked for a perception roll. For those players, I really liked the D&D 4e rule for passive perception checks.

After one particularly spectacular rail-jumping, I have started at least preparing outlines for every red herring I throw because the PCs will invariably chase them, no matter how obvious it is that they're throwaway clues. It doesn't matter how prepared I am, though; the players are always one step ahead of my expectations. In fact, in my most recent game one of them actually approached the police! There was really no reason for him not to, but I've grown so used to PCs with authority figure allergies that my gast was momentarily flabbered.