Scott (silver_beetle) wrote in dnd3e,

D20, but not D&D, question

I'm in the process of writing a campaign (that will probably never get played, but I'm writing it anyway) for a pirate RPG. I wanted to start the characters out sort of like in the movie Captain Blood, where all the characters are convicts in England about to be sentenced to death, but are sent to be slave labor in Jamaica instead. Here's my question: is this "railroading" the characters? My adventures have been accused (and rightly so, I admit) of being too linear, and I want to get away from that. I was thinking that during character generation, I'd tell everyone to make characters with the assumption that they were convicts, but stil...

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