History PlayingWith / WithThisHerring

26th Nov '17 3:20:07 PM TheLyniezian
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*** Or maybe Bob, a mere commoner, wants to marry the King's daughter, [[PincessClassic the fair Princess Alice]] when the King [[ArrangedMarriage wants her to marry]] Prince Charles of Tropestan. Not wishing to lose face, the King offers Alice as a StandardHeroReward whilst really setting Bob up to fail for his impudence.

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*** Or maybe Bob, a mere commoner, wants to marry the King's daughter, [[PincessClassic [[PrincessClassic the fair Princess Alice]] when the King [[ArrangedMarriage wants her to marry]] Prince Charles of Tropestan. Not wishing to lose face, the King offers Alice as a StandardHeroReward whilst really setting Bob up to fail for his impudence.



** Bob made a bet with the King regarding the quest. You don't back out of a bet with the King. Either the King's money is on Bob failing, or Bob deliberately picks substandard equipment as part of a FailureGambit.

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** Bob made a bet with the King regarding the quest. [[ButThouMust You don't back out of a bet with the King. King.]] Either the King's money is on Bob failing, or Bob deliberately picks substandard equipment as part of a FailureGambit.
26th Nov '17 3:19:01 PM TheLyniezian
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* '''Straight''': King of Troperia sends [[TheHero Bob]] on a quest to defeat [[EvilOverlord Emperor Evulz]]. He's equipped with a knife and a shield.

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* '''Straight''': The King of Troperia sends [[TheHero Bob]] on a quest to defeat [[EvilOverlord Emperor Evulz]]. He's equipped with a knife and a shield.



*** Or maybe Bob, a mere commoner, wants to marry the King's daughter, [[PincessClassic the fair Princess Alice]] when the King [[ArrangedMarriage wants her to marry]] Prince Charles of Tropestan. Not wishing to lose face, the King offers Alice as a StandardHeroReward whilst really setting Bob up to fail for his impudence.



** Bob and the King have no idea what they're sending bob to. Bob might have the sharpest sword in the kingdom and the best protection, but where he's going that counts for very little, possibly the best weapons are made out of pure magic rather than materiel, meaning that Bob did have good equipment, but the situation made it either worthless in comparison or his weapon just isn't as useful.

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** Bob and the King have no idea what they're sending bob Bob to. Bob might have the sharpest sword in the kingdom and the best protection, but where he's going that counts for very little, possibly the best weapons are made out of pure magic rather than materiel, meaning that Bob did have good equipment, but the situation made it either worthless in comparison or his weapon just isn't as useful.


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** Bob made a bet with the King regarding the quest. You don't back out of a bet with the King. Either the King's money is on Bob failing, or Bob deliberately picks substandard equipment as part of a FailureGambit.
18th Jan '17 7:12:43 AM Twoeyesshort
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** Bob starts his quest with AwesomeButImpractical gear that looks nice but isn't actually very helpful, so he instead goes about gathering up [[BoringButPractical humbler but more effective weaponry.]]


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* '''Plot Foundation''': This is used to cement Bob's status as a GuileHero and/or badass: just give him a pistol and airdrop him onto a remote island somewhere, and he'll have a BFG and a small fortune when he gets back on that luxury yacht he stole from Evulz.
24th Sep '16 10:25:49 AM nombretomado
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** Bob's pebbles are useless at the beginning, and he gets pounded into the ground. Bob practices [[BruceLee ten thousand times]] at [[DavidVersusGoliath throwing the pebbles]] and they become an adequate weapon.

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** Bob's pebbles are useless at the beginning, and he gets pounded into the ground. Bob practices [[BruceLee [[Creator/BruceLee ten thousand times]] at [[DavidVersusGoliath throwing the pebbles]] and they become an adequate weapon.
13th Jun '16 6:12:00 AM VPhantom
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** The kingdom Bob comes from is one of the few that remained unattacked. To prevent an attack the good king sends Bob with the best weapons he can part with. As you adventure farther and father, you find out just why your starting weapons can easily be replaced by better ones: The kingdom is actually poor and has few things going for it aside from farming, and the reason they weren't attacked wasn't because they could defend themselves, it was because they just weren't worth it.



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The kingdom bob comes from is one of the few that remained unattacked. To prevent an attack the good king sends Bob with the best weapons he can part with. As you adventure farther and father, you find out just why your starting weapons can easily be replaced by better ones: The kingdom is actually poor and has few things going for it aside from farming, and the reason they weren't attacked wasn't because they could defend themselves, it was because they just weren't worth it.
11th Jun '16 4:40:30 AM MisterApple
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** Emperor Evulz stole most king's and Bob's equipment, leaving them with the weakest one.

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** Emperor Evulz stole most king's of the King's and Bob's equipment, leaving them with the weakest one.



** Bob is questing for a legendary sword, a shield that can block anything, and armor that has amazing effects on it's wearer, as either part of or the whole quest, so it might just seem prudent to give Bob enough that he can protect himself against known monster around [[GreenHillZone the village/city he is leaving from]], possibly thinking that he will get at least one of the set before he gets into truly deadly areas or just doesn't know that next village over they have a more deadly monster problem.

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** Bob is questing for a legendary sword, a shield that can block anything, and armor that has amazing effects on it's its wearer, as either part of or the whole quest, so it might just seem prudent to give Bob enough that he can protect himself against known monster around [[GreenHillZone the village/city he is leaving from]], possibly thinking that he will get at least one of the set before he gets into truly deadly areas or just doesn't know that next village over they have a more deadly monster problem.



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6th Jul '15 10:09:31 PM BattleMaster
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** The kingdom simply doesn't have any good equipment available to equip Bob with; maybe they're broke, maybe there's a material shortage, maybe they just don't have access to good metalworking or firearm technology there.
1st Dec '14 6:57:40 PM ElodieHiras
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** Bob is [[ItsRainingMen airdropped]] deep behind enemy lines with a stealth glider to avoid being shot down before arriving at the place where he must be dropped, and he can only carry limited equipment. Sure, a BFG would be great, but given the rate at which such babies eat through ammo, it's not gonna be useful to him for long, so he's forced to bring with him only [[BoringButPractical low powered but reliable equipment]] and make do with what he will find.



* '''Discussed''': ???

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* '''Discussed''': ???"Are you sure sending Bob with a knife, a pistol and C-4 is going to be enough?" "Unless you have a plan to insert him deep behind enemy lines with a lot of equipment and without him getting shot down, we're gonna have to hope it will be."
29th Jun '13 4:06:35 PM Lightning4119
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** Bob majorly screwed up and the King is trying to let him redeem himself in the course of his quest.



** [[ATasteOfPower ...And he promptly loses it all twenty minutes after starting his mission.]]

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** [[ATasteOfPower ...And he promptly loses it all twenty minutes minutes]] [[BagOfSpilling after starting his mission.]]
29th Jun '13 1:48:45 PM Lightning4119
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** Bob thinks he's going to get a load of crappy gear, but is instead given a bunch of top-end equipment...


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** [[ATasteOfPower ...And he promptly loses it all twenty minutes after starting his mission.]]
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