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The Iymrith page gives most of Storm King's Thunder away. The whole plot around Iymrith, the main and secretive antagonist, is revealed in this article, and I am really worried, than once my players meet her in Chapter 4, they'll invariable look up this article. At which point the whole adventure will be spoiled.  So far I told the players to make liberal use of the wiki to flesh out their back stories. Should I tell them not to visit the wiki?

Hi. I'm afraid the FRW doesn't provide spoiler warnings, as stated in the sidebar on the Main Page. We can't stop people adding new information, nor would we remove it, and spoiler tags seem difficult to manage (though we're open to proposals).

Your players can still use the wiki to develop their characters. If they don't set out to cheat or get spoilers, and don't search for the module, then they won't find anything about Iymrith.

If you think another article is giving away more information than it needs to, say mentioning Iymrith by name when an alias or anonymous description would be more appropriate, then you're welcome to revise it yourself or raise it as an issue here for someone else to correct. I hope that works out for you.
— BadCatMan (talk) 23:03, October 27, 2018 (UTC)

As a fellow DM I tend to prefer to change some parts of the adventures around to suit my needs. I may use a middle of one book and swap a location with another, or change an ending with a plot twist or idea inspired from a different module. Can I ask, are you going straight by the book elestril?
Ruf (talk) 23:38, October 27, 2018 (UTC)

A wiki, due to its nature, will have spoilers.

I'm personally reading through a lot of the Forgotten Realms novels, and I purposely steer clear of anything related to them. One tip that might be handy for your players: avoid pages which have 'Storm King's Thunder' in the appearances section.

The only thing I can add to the other two responses is that: if one of your players wants to spoil the plot/story for themselves, they will, either via the adventure book itself, or the condensed information from the wiki article. Happy DMing!
Possessed Priest (talk) 18:15, October 28, 2018 (UTC)

I will echo what Possessed Priest said. My players often look up information on the wiki. That does not bother me at all. I trust them to decide for themselves what they will or will not read. I warn them that I sometimes customize information and that not everything that the wiki says is how it works in my version of the Realms, but sometimes, they could theoretically gain useful information. In any case, a good roleplayer will not let her or his knowledge about rules or spoilers affect her or his playing. If she or he does, frankly, that is cheating.

One of my players was curious when the year changed to the Year of Rogue Dragons and did some reading. He learned about the Rage of Dragons and about the death of Iyraclea. Iyraclea was one of the minor antagonists in my game, and one of their friend NPCs is a brass dragon, so this player suspected that they did not have to worry about Iyraclea as a threat for much longer, and he also immediately suspected that, when their friend Sseth the dragon began acting strangely, it was the dracorage. Nevertheless, he never once let this consciously affect the decisions that he had his character make.

Another player suspected that an NPC was a lamia in disguise. He looked up lamia stats and everything. Even so, he roleplayed it as his character would have acted, and his character even ended up being murdered by the lamia when she transformed into her half-serpent/half-woman form. He was out for a few sessions until the others raised him, but he didn't let his real-world knowledge spoil the story. Now his character has a new outlook on life and death and is very untrusting of any female NPCs. It's not about winning; it's about good roleplaying and good storytelling.

If the players want to ruin a surprise and read all the details of a story, that's their choice.

~ Lhynard (talk) 18:30, October 28, 2018 (UTC)
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