Jun 042012

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A Xanatos Gambit, according to TV Tropes, is a two-tiered plan designed to assure victory, even in the face of apparent defeat. It’s named after a character from a certain animated series who was a master at this particular tactic, and would often use it to manipulate the story’s protagonists into fulfilling his own goals in spite of their supposed foiling of his presented plot.

Today, we’re going to be examining the Xanatos Gambit and its potential usage for your campaign, as well as taking a few cautionary measures to ensure your players don’t start busting out the torches and pitchforks after their own actions come back to haunt them.

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I write the Game Mechanic, a weekly article on fixing broken rules, improving the efficiency of your games, or throwing in some new content to help make your game run just a little bit better.