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comment How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?
Oh, this is a really good idea. Especially since the family that built this mausoleum was pretty much despised, a very simple check could tell the PCs that the folks who disappeared were almost certainly nowhere near it!
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comment How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?
You're right, it's certainly better than everyone getting bored with the campaign in the very first session. I just really hate doing that, and am hoping to avoid it while still keeping everyone interested and happy if at all possible.
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comment How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?
This is definitely our The Box! I don't like the play style where everything the PCs focus on suddenly becomes important -- it takes away any challenge of figuring stuff out! They have exhausted their ideas inside the mausoleum, though, so maybe they'll learn their lesson and move on now? Then we can have The Mausoleum (except that that word is a lot harder to spell than Box...).
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comment How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?
Number 1 is what I tried -- the "sounds" were indeed cries for help, which actually just terrified the PCs even more. Unfortunately, the method of concealing the artwork (just a fake plaster wall that they've now peeled away), and the fact that they have gone in and out of the mausoleum a few times (just never ventured far) negates 2. 3 is very tempting, though, but as they already think the mausoleum is important they would then be quite certain that they had found the big-bad. 4, though... I can't believe I didn't think of it, since the mystery actually is a portal to the Shadowfell!
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