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Author Topic: What would you think?  (Read 760 times)

eCK0

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« on: March 09, 2006, 10:51:50 am »
What you guys think of throwing in a God twist into a D&D campaign?  I was taking a shower and the idea just kinda hit me and I kinda like it.  I'm going to be making an NPC campanion to flesh out the party of two, and I think I'm going to make him a secret follower of the Christian God and see if I can some how make their quest a holy one.
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006, 11:33:26 am »
We are unsure.  You have not really given us enough data to know what to make of this idea.
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2006, 11:40:09 am »
Well, I honestly just came up with it.  I figure I would try to play it like Christianity is the "correct" religion, though not a very well known one.  At the beginning of the adventure I would have both PCs have a "dream" where a humanoid with wings (an angle) appears to them and tells them that they have been choisen and to follow the man bearing a cross.  Though I may tell it in a more cryptic way.  For a while it'll be just outside story about how to complete the mission, but I will slowly have the NPC, a missionary of sorts, unravel everything that is going on by relating it to this God that noone else has ever heard of, but there will be more and more proof of his existence.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2006, 11:51:03 am »
This kind of idea really only works if you know your players really well. Real-world religion is one ofthose sensative topics which can blow a game up really easilly.

I would be wary of introducing such a sensitive topic without discussing it with your players first.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2006, 11:52:29 am »
I really can't gauge the appropriateness of it without knowing more about the setting.
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2006, 11:52:32 am »
Well, one of the players is a pretty hardcored Christian, the other is one just getting into it, so when it comes to becoming offended, I don't think either one would be.
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2006, 11:53:29 am »
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I really can't gauge the appropriateness of it without knowing more about the setting.

The setting is just typical D&D 3E, Middle Earth/Fantasy Earth, setting.
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2006, 11:56:17 am »
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The setting is just typical D&D 3E, Middle Earth/Fantasy Earth, setting.
Well, that description doesn't tell me much. Middle Earth is actually rather Christian or at least monotheistic if you read the Silmarillion. It's a far cry from typical D&D 3E.

In stock D&D, it's hard to argue that one god is the "right" god because nearly all of them are beings of verifiable existence. It's hard to be an atheist in D&D.
 

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2006, 12:02:06 pm »
indeed.  i mean, clerics pray to a god, and they get magical powers!  :)

of course, an atheist would argue that clerics are just a subset of wizard; just because they say they pray to a "god" doesn't mean they're any different from mages.
don't quote me on that.  :)

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2006, 12:08:35 pm »
We fear you are treading on thin ice with this concept.  The potential for offense here is very large, unless you are very careful.  People do not like to have their core beliefs mocked and, even if you mean no offense, you could unintentionally cause such offense.

We would suggest that, unless you know your players very, very well, and know they will not take offense to having their God turned into a fictional character, that you not use this idea.
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2006, 12:09:12 pm »
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indeed.  i mean, clerics pray to a god, and they get magical powers!  :)

of course, an atheist would argue that clerics are just a subset of wizard; just because they say they pray to a "god" doesn't mean they're any different from mages.

That's kind of how I was thinking of playing it.  Similar to how it is now where you can pray to whoever you want and claim that they gave you what you have, but in reality it's all about faith.  I was thinking about making it so that this was sort of where God makes his appearence, but it seems like I might have to put that idea on hold for a different game.