I’m not referring in this post's title about how to railroad, rather I’m referring to my thoughts and concerns about purposefully railroading a beginner player. See, my wife has hardly played - the one time she did, she felt overwhelmed with the possibilities. So I’m strongly considering locking her into a town. Literally. The bastide will close its gates, because as it turns out, it’s the Plague. The whole place is quarantined and until such time as a high ranking church official or two can make it there and begin administering their Cure Disease spells, noone will easily get out. This way, she’s stuck there for a bit, and will be forced (railroaded if you will) to interact with NPCs and to pick up some game hooks for when the town is eventually re-opened.
I’ve been playing with the idea of a plague ever since a different PC in the current S&W campaign got bit by a rat a while back. Also, I’ve been reading Albert Camus’ The Plague (thanks for the recommendation TS) and it’s been making an impression. It seems strangely appropriate too, with the whole Swine Flu scare of the last year or so. I feel sort of guilty locking her up like this, but it’s for her own good (I keep telling myself). I think it might be a decent mini playground for her in there. Besides, Domme (short video) actually has a nice little grotto she could check out (which of course we did the first time - not easily found and referenced on the web, the cave was a shelter during the 100 year war). Now she can go back and kill the few troglodytes we never actually encountered then but where both of us secretly knew they must have been lurking.
It’s funny, but I find myself procrastinating our first session - like a first date, I’m nervous that our first D&D real solo game won’t go well… I’ve put it off more than once, and can’t help feeling that it would be less pressure if someone else was there for it (even, or especially my 9 year old nephew veteran!)… In the end, I have to remind myself that the game isn’t for everyone, and that no matter how it turns out, it will be interesting and I’ve still got other current and potential players.
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