Natural 20: Trolling Alignments

Trolling Alignments

The group argues about ethics while getting trolled.

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The resolution of the episode came unexpectedly.

Good god this is so nostalgic. I can remember sessions a lot like this where we're all squabbling over alignments. It looks like I have a new feature to check out on the Escapist.

Oh cool, they have a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/natural20?ty=h

I really don't understand how this webseries isn't more widely known. I've been throwing links to friends all over the place, it is fantastic.

Lightknight:
Oh cool, they have a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/natural20?ty=h

I really don't understand how this webseries isn't more widely known. I've been throwing links to friends all over the place, it is fantastic.

Dude, you are a badass. Seriously. I love this series so much and to know that other people love it as well makes me feel great :)

Breywood:
Good god this is so nostalgic. I can remember sessions a lot like this where we're all squabbling over alignments. It looks like I have a new feature to check out on the Escapist.

Oh man you should have seen the rehearsals for this, it was pretty much us all arguing against the script the whole time with our interpretations of alignments.

Absolutely wonderful.

I hope we see more of Garmungus.

I always thought Alignments were stupid and others knowing them too. There are things better kept in secret.

Ah, the players with their "great unique character concepts". They are fun! For an hour or two. Before they are inevitably killed. Not always by monsters.

My groups followed the literal definitions of the alignments, it made for much smoother gameplay and encouraged people to not let their own personalities influence their characters too much.

What the actual stats represent though, is a different matter...
For example, the great intelligence of this troll would probably translate into a cold calculating, purely logical person, not an inward and patient giant that deliberates the deeper meaning of morals - That would be represented by wisdom.

Besides that, the group doesn't feel natural to me, but more like a "Big bang theory" kind of setting that stereotypes nerdiness; People dabbling in "nerd" for the first time.

Ha, I liked that! How come I've never seen that before?

OT: I like making unconventional characters like Garmungus. In a previous game I had a hulking barbarian called Bom, who was convinced he could be a sneaky gentleman thief. He would regularly jeopardize the party by demanding subtlety, only to blunder straight into conflict.

I had a vampire I once wanted to roll with who suffered from aphasia, which prevented him from answering questions (he knows the answers, but he is incapable of saying them). Sadly the group folded before the game even started, so I have no idea of how much of a hindrance/benefit this could have been.

I also am of the opinion that alignments should be secret, or at least, not explicitly described. It breaks immersion, creates stupid arguments about how characters are supposed to behave, and encourages players to make weird decisions based only on alignment (and not on what the character would specifically do).

thacko:

Lightknight:
Oh cool, they have a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/natural20?ty=h

I really don't understand how this webseries isn't more widely known. I've been throwing links to friends all over the place, it is fantastic.

Dude, you are a badass. Seriously. I love this series so much and to know that other people love it as well makes me feel great :)

Oh man, that comment that comes up right after a pledge is confirmed on the Patreon? Haha. You guys have balls.

I've played a lot over the last few years, my current character, Leash, is a little odd in that he doesn't even want to be in the current adventure. Rather his character goal is he wants to go home, but due to cooperate weasels, debts to the company, and an explosive built into his head he's not in a position to just pack up and go.

Other characters include Epson Cannon (a comic obsessed 15 year old armed with a bat), Zara the Quarian and her robot bodyguard Murphy (the latter speaks in almost constant movie quotes), Bumgob the Right-Hand (an orc who works for the mafia), Hamish Sheepshank (an anthropomorphic otter sailor who speaks in an near-unintelligible Scottish accent), and my beloved Threeballs (an aged engineer in the Firefly universe who generally solves problems with fisticuffs, speaks like Rooster Cogburn from True Grit, and mystifies the players by explaining the origin of his nickname with a different story each time).

That brings back memories of Warhammer and my mutated Chaos Beastman with a goat's body and three heads. Made going into towns somewhat challenging for the party.

For some reason, I have no friends to play pen & paper games with anymore though.

Lightknight:
Oh man, that comment that comes up right after a pledge is confirmed on the Patreon? Haha. You guys have balls.

I don't even have access to the Patreon ;)

Smilomaniac:
Besides that, the group doesn't feel natural to me, but more like a "Big bang theory" kind of setting that stereotypes nerdiness; People dabbling in "nerd" for the first time.

When I first read a Nat20 script I told Jack, "I have to be Tyrell". I'm totally a munchkin player. This is a show written, acted, and crewed by life long nerds.

thacko:

When I first read a Nat20 script I told Jack, "I have to be Tyrell". I'm totally a munchkin player. This is a show written, acted, and crewed by life long nerds.

I'm sure you're a minmaxer and occasional rules lawyer, but munchkins are kinda horrible people... They don't really admit to being one.

Anyway, if you say so, I'm sure you all are. I'm just saying what it looks like.

 

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