"By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this...[shouts] ...it is defended!"
I gave away titles in advance of my tabletop game, but tended to keep them thematic rather than really give-away-ish. Apart from Shadow of The Daleks because I wanted the players thinking "Daleks!" in advance.
You could also cheat a bit and reveal the titles some way in, like at the end of a pre-credits sequence.
I gave my players a "show title" (we don't use the Doctor so it's not Doctor Who), but kept the episode titles to myself. At the end of the season, I revealed the titles (some of which I even changed to reflect their own actions).
I did however use the "next week" preview concept every session, which DID give away some aspects. I'm sure I could have given them the ep titles if I'd made sure they were spoiler free. With the previews (and I allowed them to read their own lines), I only put in what I didn't mind them knowing and left the rest vague. I found it was a good way to control where the TARDIS would land. The preview has, I dunno, a Chinese village, and the Time Lord's voice-over about the date. Next session, Time Lord sets controls for period China. (Definitely part of the covenant between GM and players.)
Post by Captain Rachel on Aug 14, 2011 20:04:48 GMT
I've give my adventures titles... but I'm not sure if I'm going to use them yet. Right now they just exist because I've been using a random Doctor Who Title Generator for inspiration and to help me remember which one we're on. I'm planning on putting a recap of each adventure online so my players can reference it, so maybe I'll just use the titles on that.
For example, here are the episode titles I have so far: The Stole & The Stowaways, The Lost, The Mists Of Decay, The Unknown Artifact, Among Extraordinary Women, The 1,000 Year Fair, The Lost Colony and The Unearthly Child.
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