Curse of the Black Pearls: The Second Privateers Court
Returning to Dungeons and Dragons today, I needed to deal with one of the players formally leaving the game for other reasons: The cleric Narvarie. When players leave a game, it always presents a challenge and unfortunately I’ve had a few players drop out of this game over the time it’s been going. After some thought, there was actually a really good idea that came to mind: Have the player character not “leave” entirely, but instead step up into a permanent position on the privateers court. This of course might require a bit of engineering but has some logical consequences.
The first is it gives me a justified way to have someone who gives the other players a good idea how each member of the council “feels” about them. Narvarie on the council would have plenty of time to interact with the other members, then report back on how they generally feel about the players decisions at each council. This provides more direct feedback and feels like a tangible way to introduce the political mechanic, in this case saying “These guys hate or like you X amount” in a reasonable way in world. Especially because I was originally going to leave this up to the players general judgement, but with the council somewhat expanding in size and scope this felt like a fairer way to do it.
The trick was how to do it without this decision feeling entirely forced on the players?