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* DemonicPossession: A hazard posed by hostile ''loa'' in the California Voodoo Game. In-Game, the possessed turn on and viciously attack their own companions; out-of-character, the "possessed" player is ordered to do so by the Game Masters.

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** The Nommo prevented their human friends/worshipers in Africa from developing firearms and other weaponry to keep them from harming each other, only to leave the continent vulnerable to invasion and exploitation by the rest of the world.


* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in the Games, as Game Masters go to great lengths to build internally-consistent settings and mythos. Teams of characters ''within'' each Game, ironically, can have contradictory backstories; in South Seas Treasure, there were [=PC=]s with roots in Myth/ClassicalMythology, [[{{UsefulNotes/Charlemagne}} 8th century France]], and [[Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser Newhon]].

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* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in the Games, as Game Masters go to great lengths to build internally-consistent settings and mythos. Teams of characters ''within'' each Game, ironically, can have contradictory backstories; in South Seas Treasure, there were [=PC=]s with roots in Myth/ClassicalMythology, [[{{UsefulNotes/Charlemagne}} 8th century France]], and [[Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser Newhon]]. Clavell calls out the anachronism when Bishop hands out the 21st century diving re-breathers (stolen from a Park employee's no-go apartment) in a place supposedly abandoned back in 1995.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mouser tears right through an airlock door using SuperStrength granted by the Necklace of Ogun, only to find he can't ''close'' it again to impede the monster that's on the other side.


* PreserveYourGays: In the third book, while Twan gets killed out of California Voodoo, she out-lives the majority of its participants, and her partner Tammi is one of the very few survivors. Also Sharmela in book four.

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* PlotCouponThatDoesSomething: The various talismans from ''California Voodoo'' provide information or enhance the capabilities of the players who bear them, and gathering them is also necessary to complete the scenario.
* PreserveYourGays: In the third book, while Twan gets killed out of California Voodoo, ''California Voodoo'', she out-lives the majority of its participants, and her partner Tammi is one of the very few survivors. Also Sharmela in book four.

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** Of ''course'' the lone apartment-unit that dangles precariously halfway up MIMIC's modular wall turns out to have a valuable talisman inside it.

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* ClimbSlipHangClimb: Clavell has a ''very'' close call when his climbing rope breaks, forcing him to free-climb across MIMIC's giant letters to join Poule in a lower floor's modular apartment. A rescue hovercar is sent at once when he falls, but he refuses assistance to stay in the Game.

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* TheArtfulDodger: Mouser from ''California Voodoo'' is a 13-year-old boy Thief for the Troglodykes, who's more than capable of slipping away to explore and steal a talisman while the other teams aren't watching.

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* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Mouser successfully pulls this off to avoid the attentions of an animated junk-and-bones monstrosity. Having protective magics and the abilities of an experienced Thief helps, as does the monster's lack of much brainpower.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: Giant ''hornbills'' attack the Daribi village early in South Seas Treasure.

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* MisplacedVegetation: Gaming Area A is stocked with ''Brazilian'' vegetation for South Seas Treasure, not New Guinean. Lampshaded by S.J., whose remarks about it annoy people because it's BreakingTheFourthWall.


* CreepyCentipedes: The ''terichik'' from Fimbulwinter has this look to it.

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* CreepyCentipedes: The ''terichik'' ''terichik'', Ahk-lut's OneWingedAngel form from Fimbulwinter Fimbulwinter, has this look to it.

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* CreepyCentipedes: The ''terichik'' from Fimbulwinter has this look to it.

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* GiantSpider: Encountered in the Cabal's Arctic fortress in the Fimbulwinter Game.

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