Conspiracy Theory
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Basic Information

As the name implies, the term Conspiracy Theory refers to theories and explanations that certain historical or current events were not the result of innocent coincidence, lone nut assassins, or other prosaic explanations. Instead, a conspiracy was involved, with people plotting to bring specific events about, and then cover up their mutual involvement.

On the small scale, conspiracies happen all the time, as many crimes have accessories and accomplices. Whether or not large-scale conspiracies, the likes of which are generally meant by "Conspiracy Theory", occur (and if they do, which ones are legit) is often claimed to be debatable, although the Watergate break-in and it's related cover-up certainly provides some evidence in a particular direction.

Because of how ridiculous some of the theories get, the term "Conspiracy Theory" is sometimes used as a pejorative - as in "I don't buy it, it's all just a bunch of conspiracy theories".

List of Conspiracy Theories

Groups accused of Conspiracy

See also:

RPGs utilizing Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Tropes

Sources

Game and Story Use

  • One of the beautiful things about gaming is the willing Suspension of Disbelief. You aren't limited to basing a campaign on only the chillingly-plausible conspiracies. Instead, you can pursue the most bizarre of notions, or even frame a campaign where multiple seemingly-contradictory conspiracy theories are true.
  • Some characters may be inclined to believe every Conspiracy Theory presented to them, no matter how outlandish.
    • Others will remain skeptical no matter how much evidence you provide them with.
    • Some players may as well, especially if described as "rumors" or denied by official sources.
  • Why should the modern day get all the fun? Elaborate conspiracies can happen in earlier historical eras as well - in fact, they're less likely to be exposed in an age with no cameras, internet, etc.
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