Rampant Games - Breaking Up the Routine
Rampant Coyote posts about the routine encounters we often see in RPGs - with extra points awarded for mentioning my favourite ever TV series:
The party is hired by a village to take out some local bandits. To encourage the bandits to attack, the party disguises itself as poor villagers. The bandits come in search of easy prey, and find that the party is quite capable of defending itself. The bandits are dispatched. The village has a celebration, and offers the party a meager reward for their fine services.
Does this sound like a pretty straightforward - and, dare I suggest, boring - adventure for a party of adventurers? Maybe.
But in "Our Mrs. Reynolds," episode six of the short-lived (but critically acclaimed) science fiction TV series "Firefly", all this - and more - takes place before the opening credits. And then the real story begins.