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12th Dec '17 11:21:19 AM Eddy1215
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** Sun and Moon are particularly bad at doing this, at times finding yourself in constant streams of battles and missions before you're free to do as you wish again.
27th Nov '17 3:41:50 PM Quanyails
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* VideoGame/MassEffect2 does this on two occasions. The first is right after finishing all four initial Dossier missions, where [[TheChessmaster The Illusive Man]] orders you to head to [[ThatOneLevel Horizon]], with no option but to go there. The second occurs after you have a total of eight recruited squad-mates and have completed at least five missions after Horizon. In this case, The Illusive Man orders you to board the Collector Ship. Only after the completion of that mission, do you have the freedom to do missions when you want. In both instances, this is justified as both of those missions are carried out while there is a narrow window of opportunity to strike at the Collectors before they scurry back through their special Omega-4 relay.

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* VideoGame/MassEffect2 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' does this on two occasions. The first is right after finishing all four initial Dossier missions, where [[TheChessmaster The Illusive Man]] orders you to head to [[ThatOneLevel Horizon]], with no option but to go there. The second occurs after you have a total of eight recruited squad-mates and have completed at least five missions after Horizon. In this case, The Illusive Man orders you to board the Collector Ship. Only after the completion of that mission, do you have the freedom to do missions when you want. In both instances, this is justified as both of those missions are carried out while there is a narrow window of opportunity to strike at the Collectors before they scurry back through their special Omega-4 relay.
15th Oct '17 2:55:08 AM jroggs
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the player character must follow Duncan's lead and become a Grey Warden at the beginning of the game and embark on a quest to save the land from the Darkspawn. Some of the possible player characters have relatively humble origins and aren't too put out by this. The Human Noble, however, has very good reasons to refuse. While at first he is the [[UnexpectedSuccessor second son]] (or daughter) of a Teyrn (roughly equivalent to a Duke) and well down the line of succession, the betrayal of a vassal and initial battle with the Darkspawn leaves his entire family confirmed or presumed dead and the Teyrnir of Cousland leaderless. Needless to say this changes things greatly as the Human Noble is now the apparent successor of vast lands that will be thrown into a chaotic power vacuum, especially with the King of Ferelden dead as well. The timing could not be worse to join some questing band of do-gooders. But it is [[ButThouMust impossible to insist]] that you take on the responsibilities of noble leadership and the Human Noble is forced to instead enlist as one more foot soldier in the nearly defunct Ferelden branch of Grey Wardens. Never mind that your ancient family line will be ended (since Grey Wardens are short-lived and sterile), your ancestral lands are being given to the man who betrayed and murdered your family, and you are the only person with the aristocratic standing to salvage the disaster for the teyrnir. Duncan (and the game's plot) don't care one bit.
2nd Oct '17 7:18:02 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'': Some of the universe can be more forceful when it comes to making Loopers follow their stories, but the Webcomic/GirlGenius Loop takes the absolute cake. When Twilight Sparkle Loops into it, she's incapable of going against the story, no matter how hard she tries. And it makes her very angry indeed. By the time she gets to Sturmhalten, she's had enough. By Mechanicsburg, she's gathered together the rest of her universes' Loopers, and has managed to overpower the Loops temporarily. Then she gets hit by a lightning bolt, and dies before she even knows what happened.

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Some of the universe can be more forceful when it comes to making Loopers follow their stories, but the Webcomic/GirlGenius Loop takes the absolute cake. When Twilight Sparkle Loops into it, she's incapable of going against the story, no matter how hard she tries. And it makes her very angry indeed. By the time she gets to Sturmhalten, she's had enough. By Mechanicsburg, she's gathered together the rest of her universes' Loopers, and has managed to overpower the Loops temporarily. Then she gets hit by a lightning bolt, and dies before she even knows what happened.happened.
** Railroading is one of the symptoms of Setsuna Syndrome. Named after [[Anime/SailorMoon Setsuna Meioh, aka Sailor Pluto]], Setsuna Syndrome is when a Looper tries to force each and every loop they go through to follow their baseline's events as closely as feasibly as possible, usually in hopes of "stopping" and "fixing" the loops. If every loop were a baseline loop, this wouldn't be much of an issue -- however, baseline loops, while the most common type of loops, are not the only type of loop a Looper goes through. There are AlternateUniverse loops, ForWantOfANail loops, {{Crossover}} loops, etc., where following baseline is literally impossible. If not remedied, Setsuna Syndrome can drive a looper insane, making them more and more desperate to maintain the baseline timeline, thus causing them to take extreme measures -- [[spoiler:such as [[FanFic/TheWinxClubLoops Helia blowing up Tecna's subspace pocket]]]]. The only way to treat it is to convince the Looper that they don't have the power to stop the Loops so maintaining the baseline timeline is pointless.
19th Sep '17 12:11:19 AM tiiger
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* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', the players are at the mercy of the dice. When Peter tries to cheat by ignoring his roll and moving his token all the way to the end, the game punishes him by gradually turning him into a monkey.
11th Sep '17 11:26:32 PM bt8257
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The answer is called Railroading: In short, the GM takes any measure necessary to ensure that there is only one direction the campaign may proceed -- ''his'' planned direction. This can manifest in any number of imaginable ways; some of them subtle, others ... not so much:

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The answer is called Railroading: In short, the GM takes any measure necessary to ensure that there is only one direction the campaign may proceed -- ''his'' planned direction. This can manifest in any number of imaginable ways; some of them subtle, others ... not so much:
30th Aug '17 3:22:43 AM LinTaylor
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* Done InUniverse in ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'': [[spoiler:Jay Omega, [=DMing=] the Celebrity ''D&D'' game in place of the murdered Appin Dungannon, puts Dungannon's BarbarianHero Tratyn Runewind through a HumiliationConga that ends with his iconic sword shattered and him killed in a disgraceful manner. He did this because he suspected the resident Runewind fanboy of committing the murder; his suspicions are confirmed when the fanboy flips out, delivers his MotiveRant, and then tries to kill Jay in order to "save" Runewind.]]
3rd Aug '17 6:47:49 PM WaterBlap
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' does this by using Ludger's debt. The debt puts travel restrictions onto the entire party, meaning they are not allowed to travel to a new city, unless a certain amount of the debt has been paid off. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything And walking to a new city counts under these restrictions]], so the player cannot by-pass that.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' does this by using Ludger's debt. The debt puts travel restrictions onto the entire party, meaning they are not allowed to travel to a new city, unless a certain amount of the debt has been paid off. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything And walking to a new city counts under these restrictions]], restrictions, so the player cannot by-pass that.
29th Jul '17 3:00:59 PM Twiddler
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** The method of taking suggestions, a forum post, was an Artifact from ''Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}}'''s origin as a forum thread. ''Homestuck'' became so popular that every time Andrew reopened the suggestion boxes to get the plot off the rails the forums would crash from the onslaught of attempted suggestions.

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** The method of taking suggestions, a forum post, was an Artifact artifact from ''Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}}'''s origin as a forum thread. ''Homestuck'' became so popular that every time Andrew reopened the suggestion boxes to get the plot off the rails the forums would crash from the onslaught of attempted suggestions.
29th Jul '17 3:00:14 PM Twiddler
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** The method of taking suggestions, a forum post, was an Artifact from JailBreak's origin as a forum thread. ''Homestuck'' became so popular that every time Andrew reopened the suggestion boxes to get the plot off the rails the forums would crash from the onslaught of attempted suggestions.

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** The method of taking suggestions, a forum post, was an Artifact from JailBreak's ''Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}}'''s origin as a forum thread. ''Homestuck'' became so popular that every time Andrew reopened the suggestion boxes to get the plot off the rails the forums would crash from the onslaught of attempted suggestions.
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