Okay, I'll concede. In the words of a very twisted man: "Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." "Bolenbaugh, Tom" <TBolenbaugh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Marvel deals with that all the time. When the X-Men are throwing down with Magneto over Time's Square, where the heck is the Fantastic Four? Why doesn't your friendly neghborhood Spiderman call up Tony Stark every time Beetle shows up? Heck, why doesn't Captain America whip out his Avengers' communicator every time the Red Skull raises an army of robots to take over Washington? Heck, why do the West and East Coast Avengers team up more often when they know the stakes they are playing for are the safety of the whole world? It's just not done! ---------- From: Steve Mollett Reply To: oxfordgamers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, June 6, 2003 1:13 PM To: oxfordgamers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [oxfordgamers] Re: Stuff I DO hear what everyone's saying here, BUT we still have the clutter problem, even on the NPC level. One could simply say the missing NPCs are doing their own thing, but what if the PCs are facing a menace that requires a creative solution, BUT one PC recalls, "Hey...let's buzz Captain Whitebread on the communicator; he knows how to destroy a two-headed org!" The GM must either do a fancy song and dance on Captain Whitebread NEVER being available when you need him, or trot him out as an NPC "ringer" (which would also hurt creative game play). Aaron Einhorn <desire_endless@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: --- Steve Mollett wrote: > But 'vanish' in what sense? Retire? Die? Get retconned into never > having been introduced? > > Orrrrr....simply become an inactive PC cluttering the canvas...the > very thing I'm hoping to discourage. Bingo. There's the rub. But, there still needs to be some flexibility. There's a lot to be said for trying something new, but then what happens? Of course, there's always the possibility of play 'em once, and if you choose not to keep them, they become an NPC, for GMs to do with as they please. This would free up the canvas, give more NPCs to GMs, and address the issue of "Why are the PCs the only Superheroes in this world?" ===== I guess I can see how if you were a salamander Amphibian-American would be a step up, but it seems to me you should call a toad a toad. -Kerm it the Frog Check out the Blade Brothers Home Page! http://www.bladebrothers.com __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Calendar - Free online calendar with sync to Outlook(TM). http://calendar.yahoo.com _____ Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo. --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo.