So, I'm DMing an ongoing campaign at college set in the world I created for it, Ærworuld. Tonight, I got to DM a campaign back in my hometown for the three guys who introduced me to D&D. I decided to set their one-shot (a classic whodunnit in a mansion) in one of the cities of Ærworuld. The campaign involved discovering who was threatening a powerful businessman in the merchant-run city. My players decided, after discovering that the businessman was responsible for the accidental death of a young girl and creating a cover-up, that he deserved to be thrown over to the authorities. At the end of the one shot, I told my players, "Congratulations, you have forever changed the political climate of my world." They responded, "Wait! That was canon!" I explained to them that they had thrown one of the cities major financial investors in prison and, since it's a city run by merchant guilds, they created a power vacuum. They were ecstatic! It was fun for me to see them get so thrilled about the far-reaching impact of their decisions on my world.
‘Whether fate be foul or fair, Why falter I or fear? What should man do but dare?’ - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Post by DM Onesie Knight on Feb 20, 2018 6:57:54 GMT
Oooooh did you get to show them the real impact yet? I think the best part is when they're questing a few sessions later, possibly with different characters in a different campaign, and you mention the recent economic upheavals and inter-merchant shadow wars going on in the wake of the merchant prince's incarceration. Everybody gets that moment of "Holy ****, WE DID THAT!"