On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Derailing the Campaign Back on Track (episode 86)
# What is derailing (01:45)
Derailing is the act of going off planned session, basically when the campaign is going off tracks.
# Uri’s suggestions:
## Some examples that cause derailing (04:15)
- **The Squeaky Goblin** - The NPC that becomes the focus of everyone’s attention - usually a goblin with a squeaky voice that take the focus of the whole session.* “Sure, let's talk with Bananagar about him being a simple uninteresting goblin farmer that came to trade furs and grains because of the harsh winter in the mountains. Yea, Sure, he has a family, his wife Peachgar and kids Berrygar and Applegar”.*
- **The “Not MacGuffin”** \- an item or clues that the party is sure is very important even though it isn’t.
- **The Misconception** \- the players got it all wrong
- **The Paranoid Character** \- the party will not trust nor listen to any source of information.
## Ways of coping (08:22)
- ** “Yes and...”** \- My favorite approach, incorporate the derailment into your campaign (AKA: “Roll with it” or “Make it true”).
- **Side-quest subversion** - why not? Just because it’s not important in this plot, doesn’t mean that it’s not important for some other plot. This could be a great sub plot or a lead for a future plot.
- **Give up** \- The old plot is dead, long live the new plot. This is now the new plot! *We will help Bananagar help his village!*
# Eran’s point of view:
## Trust and conceit (11:47)
We gathered here to play a specific game, about a specific narrative; let’s stick to it. And GM, earn some trust.
## Work with fronts (16:10)
Fundamentals (capabilities, motivation) and vectors (plans)
Also consider listen to episode 46 “[How we prepare for games](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/how-we-prepare-for-games-episode-46-36c363658428be/)” as well episode episode 38 “[Dis-organisations](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/dis-organisations-episode-38-3691bc7f625a1e/)”.
## Add a scene, remove a scene (21:15)
Think in terms of fundamental scenes, what not essential in them, transition scenes
Think of the dramatic trends of the current session, and readjust. We discussed this is the [Pacing episode](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/pacing-episode-10-35d6a449eb83ba/).
# Summary (26:40)
What can you do as a player? A lot.
Consider follow up listening to “[How to communicate openly](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/feedback-episode-70-379f4b2459cd88/)” and “[Adjusting difficulty levels](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/setting-difficulty-levels-episode-12-35e1a9ae37c204/)”.
# Taking the load off (30:38)
**Uri** - played in a playtest for his own adventures “A short classical adventure”
**Eran** - was sick, didn’t play anything but want to do a video game episode?!
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