If you will allow me the briefest of interludes, I wanted to talk about a recent development in my current campaign. It's an example of how the sandbox usually works on a very practical level.
Here isa brief scene from the superb modern-day western, Silverado (1985):
|Seriously, if you have not seen this movie, you simply must.|
“I’ll tag along, too!”
As a DM, it would be a huge misstep not to use it in the game I’m running. He will become a very real, very agonizing choice for the group at some point. All I have to do is find the right leverage point, and before they know it Krystos will appear before them in some dramatic fashion; he will burst into tears and say, “Oh, my friends! I don’t know what I’ma gonna dooo! You must help me! My life depends on it!”