Saturday, February 5, 2011
DM Advice - Playing Power Characters
Gee, you're thinking that's great but what's the point? The point is that sometimes it's fun to play a Council of Wyrms game or an overpowered non-good game. I'm currently running several games all coherently in the same world that take place at the same time. Not all of the characters are on the same side either - one of the games are you already know - is filled with non-good characters. Some of them might be a bit overpowered but then that can be part of the whole fun of the game.
I mean sure it's fun to play a Rogue Half-Elf most of the time but sometimes you really just want to run amok and destroy your enemies. In the case of Father Banerae he and the aforementioned Giant (and a Mind Flayer Lich and some other super bad nasties) were in a game ran by a friend of mine years ago. We all played 'bad guys' and the good guys were the people at the mage tower who summoned us - woopsie. Anyway we brought all kinds of badness to that tower and in the end we left it smoldering and in ruins.
What did this accomplish? It was fun. It was a good story and overall we really enjoyed played super powerful characters. After a few months we switched back to the other game where we were not so bad but in the time we spent playing the bad guy characters we all had a blast.
Whats my point? Well it's fun to play super bad characters sometimes. It can be very challenging to your players to get them to come up with the most nasty concepts they can come up with. It can be equally fun playing a Council of Dragons game. In a COD game you play dragons and the rest of the world is your food. The game is mostly about politics but every now and then you get to go terrorize the peasants (BURNIATE!)
So come on share your Half-Fiend, Drow-Vampire Arch-Cleric stories with me. What was your favorite overpowered character?
That sketch was done by Jason Engle back before he started working for WOTC and we all worked for Obsidian Studios.