Or it could refer to a substance like Royal Jelly, which is what makes queen bees into queen bees, except that this makes....
Anyway, since it looks like we're going to rename, perhaps our time might be better spent thinking up new names instead of making fun of the old one. It's a bit boring, but Non Player Character Wall seems clear enough.
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What do you mean? That deliberate use of NPCs as roadblocks isn't this trope? Because that's not true. While the description is somewhat poorly written and overemphasizes the accidental version over the deliberate version, there is no part of it that says it can't be done on purpose (most examples I've seen are deliberate, contrary to what the description says, that part should probably be changed).
If that's not what you meant, I need some clarification, because I didn't fully understand your post.
I think he's trying to say that the trope is describing two different things: NP Cs who are intentionally placed in a location in order to block your passage, and NP Cs that tend to block your path due to their movement patterns.
The first one is a form of Broken Bridge, and the second one is generally unintentional (Although I can see ways in which it may be used intentionally, for example to slow you down and hinder your movements in a chase scene)
I disagree. Annoying NPCs that move around randomly and tend to get in the way is one trope. NPCs that the developers put in the way to keep a player from getting somewhere is a different trope. I have seen them overlap, but I think of cases like that as an instance of They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste at the least, and often closer to parody of the normal, unintentional usage.
NPC's who are deliberately stationed to block passage (such as the case with the page image) are definitely not the same thing as when an NPC randomly wanders into your way (which may or may not be an actual trope per se). And it fails the "logjam" analogy horribly.
An NPC that deliberately acts as a Broken Bridge and an NPC clumsily wandering in your way by accident are indeed different concepts. I never said they weren't. I was merely pointing out that the current description lumps them together.
On a side note, I think this crowner's been up for long enough to be called. But before we start an alt. titles crowner, I think we should focus on resolving the issues brought up with the description first.
The issues with the definition were brought up well after the rename crowner was made. I cannot predict the future.
EDIT: Besides, I feel that it was for the better that we addressed changing the trope's name as a separate issue anyway. Trying to tackle both issues at once would've just made things needlessly complicated.
this YKTTW is relevant. It covers, among other things, NPCs unintentionally getting in your way.
We could limit Dronejam to just the intentional type (using NPCs as a Broken Bridge), and let that trope take care of the rest.
Since the current vote is starting to look like a foregone conclusion, maybe it's time to get back to the topic of new names while we wait for the crowner to be called?
I think Animeg's NPC Roadblock still works with the new definition.
Alternative Titles: Dronejam
21st Aug '12 11:10:20 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
Note: The trope has been slightly redefined. The trope is now only about NPCs as intentional Broken Bridges and no longer covers NPCs that accidentally wander in your way.