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View Poll Results: What's your favorite T2k MacGuffin?
Dirigible 3 15.00%
RESET 1 5.00%
Black Madonna 8 40.00%
Social Security Records 2 10.00%
NBC Weapon/Launch Codes 0 0%
Gold Bars 1 5.00%
Carl Hughes 0 0%
Iranian Crown Jewels 0 0%
Satellite Data Tapes 1 5.00%
Other (please specify in post) 4 20.00%
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Old 07-24-2020, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Raellus View Post
Technically, I probably didn't use the term MacGuffin correctly in the OP/Poll, but there's definitely a difference between "an object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot" and a mission like "gather stuff", or a patron that sends the character on missions, like "the collector". A MacGuffin is almost always one really important thing. How and/or why it's important usually doesn't matter to the character charged with finding/retrieving/destroying the thing, but it still manages to drive the main plot line.
That's why I posted my two examples. In the first one, the PC's needed to retrieve the Blood Diamonds to develop an "in" with a local warlord to insure their client's safe passage through his area.

In the second one, they needed equipment to take a job and the only way to get that equipment with a STRONG UN arm's ban was to do a job for the UN Commander to get the equipment.
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Old 07-24-2020, 10:12 PM
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Three definitions from different sources, all basically the same.
Make of it what you will.
Definition of MacGuffin:
an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance
Also: McGuffin
an object, event, or character in a story that lacks intrinsic importance but serves to set and keep the plot in motion
something in a film that moves the plot (= story) forward but is not important itself
If it moves, shoot it, if not push it, if it still doesn't move, use explosives.

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