Hello?? Did I just unwittingly engage in a play by Forum game
If I were a player the previous passage would no doubt intrigue me..especially the bit about someone 'wearing' glasses. Did he have a scar on his forehead
However, I am a bit confused about this unusual conversation being in Bazaar of the GameMaster in this current format.
If the esteemed Jwatson19 had said "I have got an idea about an unusual ship with unusual cargo and passengers/crew arrriving at Cherafir on a specific date...what do you think?":
I would have replied "It is a well used and useful conceit; and Cherafir as gateway to the mainland and wizards isle is a fair choice. However; I would never expect players to put clues together unless you force the point home.
I would then say 'Have you seen the 64 dak and crew of the Lorkin in FFF...loosely based on the sci-fi series Firefly? It is very good.'
I would then go on to say that IMC the 'frisson' of the otherwordly has been overused by my good self historically; and I think my players might rightly say 'Oh it's a cannon or oh it's a clockwork watch' for example unless handled with care in the storyline. Like when the special effects add nothing to the story?
Also; my players might rightly say Whoooah! How do we know where these characters went? Did we say we were following people who came in off ships?
I could however finesse it to slip it in to the own character's story arches...Inn's are gossipy places and whores full of pillow talk...but by then it becomes an adventure in itself usually
In short (well, not quite that short) I think the presented conceit certainly has legs; and the importance of the date intrigues me. It could serve as an adventure hook. If there were pictures and maps I might indeed use it.
As a GM however I like things well developed..rather than to be drip fed scene to scene. After all the final denouement could involve the star ship enterprise and Adolf Hitler for all I know...and I would end up having to make up my own ending
(P.S. when I said "As a GM however I like things well developed..rather than to be drip fed scene to scene." It was not a dig at CGI or Kelestia productions. Honest.