One of the tools in the GM’s toolkit is stealing the party’s stuff. Sometimes this is done to re-balance a party when they get an overpowered item, and sometimes this is done as a plot device: the party gets captured or they have to go on a quest to recover their stuff. This is all fine for the GM but it’s quite traumatic for a player. This is not as much an issue in 4e because gear matters a lot less, since most powers are intrinsic to the character. However, it still sucks to be without one’s favorite stuff.
What can you do without your junk?
- Improvise a weapon, or go bare-handed [DDI].
- Beg, plead, or busk for money and use that to rebuild your equipment. Alternatively you can appeal to the quest patron, church, or guild to get an advance.
How can you get your stuff back?
- If you’ve been temporarily deprived (such as being imprisoned), odds are, your goods are lying nearby. Your first priority should be to find them. You should do this stealthily to avoid getting into combat unarmed.
- If your stuff is stolen and the enemy is not immediately available, you get to swear vengeance and hunt him down, assuming you know who “he” is. Before you go off, you should follow one my suggestions above or one of your own to get replacement gear in the meantime. A warrior doesn’t feel right without his armor.
- You can use rituals such as Detect Object [DDI] to help locate your stuff as well.
How often do your characters get deprived of your stuff and how do you handle it? Anyone have a good GM story about this? In my experience, when I’ve done to this to my players, it hasn’t gone well!