A while ago, a indie-map-maker going by the name of Crooked Staff Publishing came to my attention. I bought some of their stock art, but never used it till now. But this blog post is not about stock art or about my titles, it is about a nifty little pay-what-you-want title that Crooked Staff Publishing offers, and what one could do with it
I like to write random encounter tables. I really do. The inspiration in a nutshell approach one can take with them appeals to me and fits my current (lack of?) writing style. What I am talking about? My latest release, 20 Weird, Irradiated Encounters for a Mutated Post-Apocalyptic Swamp, which I promptly threw onto the Weird, Irradiated Scrap Heap.
Since this shameless house-advertising (SHA) is not what you read my blog for, I copy-pasted the first six of them here (see below). After all, it was time for a new blog post as well.
According to this German news article, there is a beach in Thailand (the beach of Ko Si Chang) that is always littered with plastic junk. This is due to a large patch of this stuff out on the ocean that is slowly carried onto the beach, piece by piece. Any afford to clean the beach seems futile: after about an hour, there is a new assortment of junk ruining the view. So much for the bitter reality of things, now let´s see how to use this bit of real-life information in different RPG settings.
OSR is „dicey“, OSR embraces randomness and character creation can be as quick and brutal as the brutal troll-child that is the sum of both. I have three player that want to return to Dunnsmouth so that there heroes my go on where they left of, but I was about to offer them to switch to new characters (if they like to). But I like to have a little balance (which my pre-generated characters usually show), something that the roll of the dice alone sometimes fails to provide. Yet, I want the quick, random dicey-ness of it so that creating a new character is not to much of a thing. And here is my untested brainchild…
I hate google for bugging me, but to many creative minds have decided to use google groups to ignore them completely. For example, Die Drop Table Hell includes a post about this Badlands Terrain DDT by Christopher Weeks (which you may also download from here). As it is often the case with a DDT, the art aspect is at least as important as the functionality, as a picture of rocky terrain was used as a backdrop and for the outlines of the different “blobs” (zones/fields). I guess DDTs are simply not meant to be printer friendly.
Anyway, it looks good and I see it as a handy tool for a GM who wants to prepare some basic terrain descriptions before the actual session. Thumbs up!
Not every encountered should mean trouble or harm to the PC, otherwise the players will start to shun every event to the best of their abilities (and rightly so!). Thereby, I offer you six beneficial events for “vanilla” fantasy OSR games.
The Heavenly Bishop of the Cyan Burrows
The Warlord of the Insatiable Mercenaries
The Sinful Chief of the Baneful Refinery
The Lord of the Ancient Barrens
The Aberrant Lawgiver of the Cancerous High-Rise
If you have use for titles like that, this product is for you! With three or four rolls of the dice you may get yourself an inspiration for a post-apocalyptic warlord and his or her domain, your next adventure´s main antagonist or for a strange encounter along the way.