His reaction to getting his purple lightsaber is super cute. I also legit appreciate how Lucas goes from "Green or blue, that's just how it works" to "... you might get purple" in quite literally 10 seconds.
Smart man. I use this technique in customer service all the time.
State the policy. If you get pushback, explain the reason behind the policy. If there isn't a good reason, see what you can do to accommodate the request.
Honestly that’s the second time Lucas had changed lightsaber lore. The only reason green lightsabers existed at all was to make Luke’s saber contrast with the sky on tatooine.
Yeah, IIRC a blue lightsaber just wasn't showing up properly against the sky.
A personal example from one of my games: Player "there's no stats for a sabre in here"
DM: *strokes beard* would a sabre be closer to a scimatar or a rapier?
I'm not an expert on swords, but would the answer be a rapier with slashing damage?
one of my players. a dragon born sorc, wanted to play as a rabbitfolk for a while. Took a hot second but I wove his transformation into a small story arc for them to play through.
Its a story, you can make anything happen during it. Finessing it to make sense in the plot is the hard part. But sometimes you just want your players to have fun.
The camp. I'm running has 2 squirrel folk and it's been interesting
As long as we are acknowledging that the player request in this instance was over a color choice. It wasn't some crazy homebrew, or something that didn't fit in the campaign setting, etc. Sometimes this attitude that it's the DMs job to move heaven and earth to cater to player whims gets taken pretty far.
> He made the lore needed to make Jackson's request doable.
Sure, sometimes that's great. But sometimes the players could also just do the DM a solid and respect the lore of the world. Sometimes building interesting worlds requires that some options not be on the table. So if the DM says Dragonborn or guns or whatever don't exist in this particular world...play something else instead of pitching a fit and claiming the DM needs to work in a way that you get to play a Dragonborn Gunslinger anyway.
Like everything there are extremes on both sides. I try to give my players a primer on how make a character that's going to be interested in the plot. "There's a river that's stopped flowing. Why do you care and why would you try to fix it? Here's the city you're starting in, why are you in that city?"
If they are trying to make an interesting character that fits the story we all agreed to tell together, I'm up for whatever it takes to make their ideas work.
Wait. Was the lightsaber of Mara Jade in Jedi Knight - Mysteries Of The Sith purple aswell?
That game predates the Prequels, I think...
Yes, but it's expanded universe stuff that isn't considered Canon and George Lucas doesn't care about at all.
This post tickled me by using George Lucas as an example of a good rule of cool dm. He rejects a lot of the dope stuff in expanded universe cause it doesn't fit with his view of what star wars is. Mara jade will probably never see the light of day in legit cannon, despite being one of the coolest characters in star wars.
tfw most the time player requests arent as simple as change the colour on something.
this is still a really cool thing, but idk how applicable it is
It really depends on the request.
The purple lightsaber isn't gamebreaking, its just a cosmetic change. I think most DMs will allow you to change something's color or appearance.
Then he killed him.
DM = Director Man
This is definitely something that would have benefited from just a tiny drop of nuance, because it's all to easy to take from this that a DM should always defer to a player's whims, even if it contradicts the rules of the world you are all in.
We don’t take kindly to nuance around these parts /s (apparently)
Seriously, a call for nuance getting downvoted?
Purple lightsabers already existed in the lore, and George Lucas had little or nothing to do with it. Tott Doneeta has a purple lightsaber in the cover of The Freedon Nadd Uprising, which was a good 5 years before the phantom menace.
I'm pretty sure that Lucas didn't even thought about "lore" and just give him what he wanted, and then in the EU the lore was made.
I heard that it also had a custom message on the grip
Don't be afraid to do small homebrews, re-flavouring a weapon is not gonna make it overpowered.
I had a player who wanted to make Kensei Monk with glaive. After a bit of discussion we just re-flavoured quarterstaff to make slashing damage and called it a "light glaive".
Lore is a framework for your world. Sometimes it needs to grow along with it.
I'm playing a literal angel who's passing himself off as an Aasimar druid to avoid his past. The DM allowed a bunch of flavor enhancements, like changing all fire damage to radiant damage.
Druids get flame blade. So I asked her, shouldn't I, instead, cast light... saber?
She said "Goddammit. That's canon now."
Changing all fire damage to Radiant damage isnt really in the realm of flavor Changes anymore IMO, its in the realm of "Huge Buff to a Number of damaging spells"
Saddam Hussein had a purple lightsaber before anyone.
Yeah, my players aren't exactly big screen stars and I don't have a 200 million dollar budget.
You don't have a Star Wars campaign, either.
Personally if it is just flavor and how someone wants to play their character I don't care. You want your flam UK ng sword to be green fire? Sure. You want that green fire to burn gods and destroy undead instantly? Now we gotta talk.
If it's cosmetical or something that could fit the setting, I'll allow it.
But playing an elf in a setting with no elfs is a big no.
But sometimes it's best to just tell your players "no you can't have/do that" by now I'm sick and tirednot players wanting dumb shitnin my games, just stick with the raw
hehe the difference being jackson was worth writting the lore for.
You all realise, that he didn't yust say yes so is it, he made Mace Windu the Jedi who was closest to the dark side.
For example trying to kill the, at the moment, helpless later Emperor
Whenever the council decides on something controversial (as the exclusion of asoka from the order) Mace was the one to anounce it.
So its more like: Player: can I have a colour closer to the one of the evil side? DM: shure, but you also will have to play a non good character.
But that was in the middle of a really shitty campaign, and I'm pretty sure the DM was wasted.
Guess what, there are fizzy potions in my campaing. Why? Because our arteficer wanted to have fizzy potions as a way to distinguish theyr potions from boight ones. Was one hell of a stupid adventure to make it work, but it wotked.
Holy sheet yeah.... this is a great example of what DMs should be doing
As sweet as this is you will not dissuade me from my vehement hatred of rule 0.