Day 23rd - Surprise!!!
I think my thought on this word of the day revolves around the element of surprise in the games that I've run. I've been running roleplaying games now for some 40+ years, and both of my gaming groups the last decade or so have been with me for a very long time. Long enough that it seems incredible to think that I've surprised them with anything in the games that I've run through the decades. And yet I've somehow managed to do that.
My players have no hesitation about talking to me about the game sessions I've played with them over the years, notably the Friday gaming group, and there have been times when they told me how surprised they were by certain events or situations that arose during the course of the game. Two of note come to mind.
During a game of the old SkyRealms of Jorune RPG, the players had been asked to investigate the disappearance of a mixed race team of investigators who'd gone to check out a mysterious flash in the sky. Sure, there were rivals and others out to find out the cause as well, but the players were taken totally off guard and by surprise when it turned out to be an ancient escape pod from Earth (!!) that actually had an old-fashioned human in it - still alive, but in stasis. Excellent times!
The second example comes from a game session of the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG. The players are all aware of my love of Arabian style stories and myths, and Coriolis is chalk full of them. So when the player characters investigated a wrecked, burnt-out ship derelict floating in space, none of them expected to encounter what they did: a djinn trapped aboard the ship, with a deadly secret also to be revealed. The players told me they were surprised to encounter the djinn, but more importantly, how different it was than the Disney-fied version of the beings that we see now all the time. The good news is, they got out of that one alive! :)
And there you have this twenty-third post for #RPGaDay for August, 2019. Comments, thoughts, questions, etc. are all welcome, of course.