A few days ago I was in the Peddler's Mall (which is basically a perpetual flea market that took over an abandoned Wal-Mart building) near my place. I came across some of the most useless items I had ever seen, like what appeared to be a hubcap with a University of Kentucky logo hand drawn in sharpie on the front (very poorly drawn), and a cross made of glued macaroni with red pipe cleaners spiraled around it ($1).
In Far Away Land, there is a spell to create a Magical Pigeon. The original intent for the pigeon was that it could be used to carry messages as it obeys the caster. However, someone pointed out that the range of the pigeon was only 5'. The idea behind this short range was that the caster could create the pigeon up to 5', but the pigeon itself would be able to fly like a normal pigeon.
Someone also pointed out that if the pigeon could fly only 5' from the caster, it would basically be following the caster, pooping, maybe irritating some foes at close range, and not doing much else for good. While that's pretty funny, it's also pretty damn useless. But it got me to thinking - are there useless things in rpgs and do useless things need to be there? Does a fictional world seem more real with useless things scattered about? (I'm not talking about useless mechanics here).
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