Hah, both you and Valadaar got it, obviously. Given that the run was taking place in a city which won, within the last decade, the trophy the Blackhawks won, you'd think the players would be quicker off the mark.
And sure, you might think, "What in the hell are the players going to do with a lava lamp?" They keep on surprising me with the answers.
Well, gosh, doesn't sound like you find the style so offensive as all of that, seeing as you're pretty free and easy about using it. But no, I don't mind answering your questions, not being a hypocrite myself.
* I don't know about "everyone loving" the guy. My players certainly do. Every Strolenite posting above you seems to. Does every NPC he encounters? Probably not, no.
* So genre mixing's a pet peeve of yours? Don't use it then. A lot of gamers (and, come to that, authors) don't agree with you, and think that genre-mixing's "atmosphere" works just fine, but it takes all kinds. I'm not about to tell you what gaming styles you're allowed to like and what you're not.
* About "exotic elements," sorry, I ain't playing the "when did you stop beating your wife?" game. Me, I never said anything of the sort. I've got a notion what I consider exotic elements. (I hadn't counted this NPC among them.) You might or might not agree with me. Eh.
* The vendor won't sell more than one item per person per trip? That's what I said, yeah. You don't believe in Santa Claus? Whatever, dude. What you choose to believe or not around Christmas time is your business, and none of mine. What that has to do with this sub, o' course, I've no idea, especially since last I checked, no one claimed that Santa asks kiddies to pony up their allowances before dishing out prezzies. (I don't figure that the vendor wears red, either, or that he's an old-timer with a long white beard.)
* My setting isn't the first, or the first hundredth, or the first ten thousandth, to have beings the PCs aren't tough enough to take on. Ever. (Some settings have a word for that, actually: "gods.") Are you telling us that every NPC or being you've ever used can be taken down by one of your parties? Anyhow, I've been pretty lucky over the years with players not being cementheads and dealing with everything they don't understand by trying to kill it. I'm OK with that sort of encounter. Obviously not everyone is. Those folks shouldn't use this vendor or anything like him.
* Might want to brush up on your definitions, there. Start with "Mary Sue." That doesn't mean "invulnerable character." It means an idealized character with heavy elements of wish-fulfillment on the creator's part. I got to tell you, man, while there are wishes I'd like fulfilled, if I was gonna create a NPC I'd want to be like, I wouldn't pick a dude with not a lot of personality traits beyond that he shoves a pushcart through cities all day long, peddling oddball things for silver. Strikes me as pretty lame-ass boring for a lifestyle.
Anyway, man, if what you're looking for is for no one ever to write a critical comment on one of your subs, and it bends you out of shape enough to go looking for one of their subs to pounce on when someone does, you might want to say so up front, because someone else might come along and not know.Go to Comment
To which I would've answered something along the lines of -- so stipulated. If you think something like this makes a setting less realistic and more goofy, well, some settings are like that. I can think of a lot of elements and genres I don't like or use: horror, grimdark, slapstick, that sort of thing. That doesn't mean that they suck (or that I low-vote subs containing them), it just means that they're not my cup of coffee.
As far as the other questions go, well, yeah, those are good questions, and I leave them up to individual GMs to answer for themselves. For my part, I'm real comfy with there being inexplicable things in a game setting, and that's key to any setting keeping a sense of wonder.Go to Comment