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Execution is Key This is a cliche because a lot of stories do it. A lot of stories do it because done well, it can add something to the story. Done poorly, it just becomes silly and makes the players feel like they don't really have any impact on what's going on. So, think carefully about what you intend to use her for before bringing her back. Don't do it ...


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First and foremost, I'll assume that your game world does not have either cyberbrains, or re-sleeving or download your brain into machines. Otherwise, clearly you have conquered death and "killing" is not a crash with some data lose. With that in mind... Yes, it is a terrible idea! You cannot (should not?) relive the past. She was a great villain with a ...


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You might do it if you (your own words) "spend some time building up" the reasons how she managed to came back to life: some distant unsure clue that the character investigate upon, at first without realising what happened, then disbelieving knowing she's dead, finally realising she really came back and wondering how and why. I.e. you may do it, but it ...


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This is highly dependent on the "How?". It's often cringe-worthy if it's a Deus Ex Machina type deal, but it can be very good if it is setup in advance. Maybe there are rumors about a cult trying to reincarnate their god, or rumors about dreadful medical experiments. These are mixed with some conspiracy-theorists making unfounded claims, or people claimed ...


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Bringing back old villains - or really, anything - is a really great mechanism, you just need to be careful about how you do it - the key is foreshadowing. In non-rp writing circles, there's an explicitly stated concept called "Conservation of Background Detail." It works just the same in RP planning as it does there. If a detail isn't important (or a red ...


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It all depends on the world. Revolving doors world If your players expect their characters can be resurrected if killed, if your world indeed have revolving door of the afterlife, then yes, Big Bad Evil Guy can do it, too. If she was not a total idiot, she probably placed some safeguards to make sure that, if killed, she will not stay dead. If party was ...


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I would avoid bringing her back. Some players might become unhappy that their efforts to put her down in the first place have been rendered useless and foster a sense of pointlessness to their actions. Some players may also think that you're running of original ideas. I always find that to keep games fresh and interesting you need to keep adding a certain ...



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