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Episode 1644: 'Twas the Fight Before Recess


It's all very well to have the PC heroes report back to superiors and get some guidance on what to do next. But don't simply allow the superiors to spoon-feed the players all of the decisions that should be what the players are deciding. Here we see one tactic you can use as a GM to encourage the players to make their own decisions and take action.

If you do it with multiple hand puppets, it could be even more effective.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

I have two comments on this strip.

  1. GM, if you're going to complain about Sally talking to herself, then don't do this immediately afterwards.
  2. Players, if the NPCs around you are digressing into an endless dialogue of back-and-forth bickering, it is time for you, the protagonists, to get busy.
  3. Always be genre savvy. That old man who looks like he might be a mysterious wizard? Ask for advice. You probably won't understand the cryptic clues until too late, but ask anyways. (At the very least, he'll give presents.)
  4. I can't count.

— Keybounce

Ah, the meeting about the meeting. And the committee for choosing the committee. This Rebellion is all ready to form a new government!

Rebel Santa is an interesting concept. I suppose he would be pretty anti-establishment, given how he's effectively a stateless hermit who regularly travels (without visas) to other countries and gives children presents that their parents otherwise wouldn't get them.

Plus I'm pretty sure the Empire doesn't allow Christmas (or that other thing), so it follows that he'd join up with the Rebellion.

— aurilee


{The Rebellion leader confab continues:}
Mon Mothma: I think we need, like, a recess to, like, deliberate and stuff.
General Draven: No, we need to act quickly, and discuss this now.
General Dodonna: It's my considered opinion that a recess in which we retire to have informal discourse and simply continuing the interloquation would amount, in essence, to the same thing.
Mon Mothma: Whoa. So we're, like, recessing all the time?
Baccam Grafis: Ho ho ho!
Vasp Vaspar: I suggest we retire to this very room and during that retirement continue this very conversation in situ.
Colonel Ackbar: Let's not get enmired in semantics. You're all using circumlocutions. Can't we just call a colloquy a colloquy?
Cassian: I think this is where we go and take action on our own.
Chirrut: Yeah. I don't elect to watch our party suffer and die of boredom while they discuss this mission in a committee.
Baccam Grafis: And a merry Rebellion to you all!

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Published: Thursday, 26 April, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT.
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