Content of the article: "How do you run a campaign where the players WANT to be outlaws outside the law of the land despite heavy consequences?"
I ran a naval/sailor campaign, essentially imagine the forgotten realms in the golden age of sail.
Of course within four sessions all the players wanted to do was become pirates. Not murder hobo-ee it should be said. They still roleplayed like gods and played the plot intelligently. But despite the oceans of the campaign being ruled by a iron handed sea ogre (for sea ogres imagine sauguin but bigger and stronger and NG in outlook) empire who execute all pirates on sight in brutal ways. (which the players have witnessed first hand several times)
But despite that they showed no interest in becoming privateers or working on merchant ships. All they wanna do is steal a ship and loot all the gold that can be had.
Now maybe I should've seen this coming. I'd probably have wanted to do the same if I was in their position. Its just more fun to be a pirate. I accept that's my lack of foresight.
So I ended the campaign temporarily as lockdown started here in England. Well a year later and we are still in lockdown and still I just don't know how to write this campaign once lockdown is over (hopefully before summer here).
The overarching story was going to end in a civil war between the clergy of the sea ogre empire and the Royal family over whether they should ressurect the god that created them and laid dead/slumbering beneath the waves. The clergy were meant to be the "bad guys" as nobody had any real proof whether the drowned god was benevolent or malevelont or what would happen if he was resurrected.
What should I do? Should I just let them become outlaws and sail for gold and glory and end up dying at the end of a noose eventually? Let them have their pirate adventure up until. The inevitable conclusion all pirates meet? (death by hanging, mutiny, liver failure or std) or what?
How do I flip my entire world so the players can still be heroic and epic while defying what has been established as a legitimate and neutral good ruling nation?
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