So, I just finally started to watch the movie Solomon Kane (only made it through the intro before it struck me that I needed to write this) and in the intro, there is a very important monologue from a “bad guy”. It is important because it sets the tone for what Solomon Kane is up against. Now, of course, I haven’t watched the whole movie, as I said. But it obviously lays important ground work for what we are about to see.
So, this naturally put me into the RPG mind when I saw this. As story tellers, these types of moments are very important to help set the plot and put the characters frames of mind in the right space. But, how many players ever let this happen? It really drives me crazy. There’s too many “screw this guy, I’m gonna take his head off”. That kind of thing really bothers me. First, it tells me that the players aren’t engaged enough to WANT to help tell a good story. But it also tells me that they want their characters to be a roaming band of badasses.
I think the monologue is really important. It can make the “final scene” with the bad guy all the more memorable as he’s telling you “Remember when <X> happened? Oh yes, that was me too”. Awesome! Dig into the heads of the characters and the players even more! That’s how good storytelling is done! A little thing called foreshadowing. I know this is a new concept to some, but learn it. And all that foreshadowing is for shit when the bad guy says “Remember when…” and the dice are already hitting the table.
Now, I know this comes down to “type of group, type of play, blah blah blah blah blah”. But it’s not the type of group I like to play in. As a GM, there have been so many times where I’m back there going “Ok, finally the reveal” just to have someone say “No, I’m just gonna stab him in the back” or whatever. GAAAAHHHHHH. That drives me nuts. Now, as a GM, we have to go back through so much work put into a game and figure out who now was behind everything. Or, “Hey look, he had a book on him that says all of his plans….. Yay”. Instant limp.
Players, if your GM wants to have a NPC monologue, LET HIM. If you think it’s a situation that the GM will use that time to speak so the NPC can cast “kill party” on your group, get a new GM! Cause if a GM does that, he’s a dick!
Just a quick random thought that popped into my head folks. What do you think and what do you prefer?