Roleplaying Suggestions Publication #1217

3 Options to PC Consuming Contests

Final weekend we performed session #04 of my Basilica marketing campaign. We’re utilizing Previous College Necessities and my homebrew world of Duskfall. And this session we did a brand new factor referred to as Stars & Needs.

I acquired this system from Jonathan, who wrote as we speak’s concepts for enjoyable in-game contests. On the finish of a session, I requested every participant for one thing they thought was nice or that they loved quite a bit throughout the sport. Then I requested them for one thing they need improved or to look sooner or later.

Gamers gave out stars to one another for nice roleplaying in an encounter, dealing with of sure NPC occasions, and a fight stunt that just about garnered a robust magic treasure.

Needs had been on the sunshine facet. Gamers weren’t eager to offend anybody. Requests included extra gold, extra laughs, and extra NPC hijinks. I believe Needs will get extra concrete as soon as gamers see their Needs come true. In order that’s my quest subsequent session: gold, entertaining encounters, and NPCs.

Total, it was a very good expertise, and I’ll do this a couple of extra occasions to see if Stars & Needs will keep completely in my GM Toolbox.

Have an important weekend!


In This difficulty

  • 3 Options to PC Consuming Contests
  • Reader Suggestions of the Week
    • Quick Encounter Guidelines from Prismatic Wasteland
    • The Solely Fantasy World Map…
    • Tricks to Get Into Movement
    • What’s Extra Essential, the Participant or the Character?

What’s Extra Essential, the Participant or the Character?

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3 Options to PC Consuming Contests

From Jonathan Hardin,

Assume Outdoors the Bottle

You meet in a tavern. It is a easy sufficient method to begin up an journey since you have got established the setting. To get the cube rolling, you may begin up a ingesting problem between a memorable NPC and the participant characters. However some teams may need an issue with characters ingesting alcohol and a few may simply be bored with the identical previous trope. So, in case you are on the lookout for a couple of in-game ingesting contest alternate options, then comply with alongside.

Spice It Up

Many cultures delight themselves on their peppers. A sizzling pepper-eating contest is bound to boost any tavern encounter. Solely the very sturdy will survive the burning sensation, from begin to end.

Every contestant should eat a pepper. Make rolls to face up to the warmth. Have an effect on well being of the loser for the following day, and reward the winner with gold or different prizes. Maybe it even earns an viewers with an NPC who wants somebody to go to hell for a quest. “Looks like you may deal with your warmth.”

Characters may additionally find out about medicinal or different particular properties of native peppers from farmer NPCs. Contestants may additionally swap tremendous sizzling peppers for a milder model to realize an unfair benefit as a enjoyable twist.

Enable betting because the peppers and dice-test improve with the warmth. Perhaps it’ll even convey a few struggle as a struggling NPC loses their mood and throws the primary punch.

Creepy Crawly Catering

Bugs usually are not solely good for squishing and creating eerie environments. They will additionally present a staple in harsh environments. Perhaps the locals require the participant characters to show their good will by having fun with native fare.

Arrange the problem with a random checklist of creepy crawlies and roll cube to see which characters abdomen their lunch and which lose it together with their delight. Elevate the problem of the take a look at whereas promising bonus factors in the event that they select to eat them uncooked.

  • Grubs full of protein
  • Locusts with crunch that has a kick
  • Termites by the handful
  • Fried or uncooked ants
  • Scorpion: maintain it right here, not there
  • Earthworms which can be wiggly but nutritious

Failing the take a look at earns drawback with the locals by shedding lunch in entrance of the city and a brief well being drawback.

For reward, grant out additional well being for the “scrumptious” meal, the goodwill of NPCs, and maybe a rank in data on wholesome native alternate options to rations.

That Wasn’t Hen

Given the huge array of potential species, cultures, and creatures, the participant characters may discover themselves a show of meals objects they might not usually devour.

Vampires, goblins, and hags could not drink rotgut, however one thing a lot worse. A colony of kobolds may need harvested a big creature and problem the participant characters to a troll-eating contest. (Spoiler: it regenerates in your abdomen after a day, inflicting horrible gasoline.) Have the gamers throw some cube to keep at bay poisoning whereas making an attempt to mix in with the townsfolk.

Failure ends in problem touring for some time, or possibly the sudden capacity to regain well being as a result of this situation is way worse than consuming spoiled milk or bitter ale.

Success earns an ally impressed with the PCs’ vigor and tenacity.

Be sure to ask the celebration again for dessert!

On the Home!

Including delicacies and drink in your video games is a enjoyable method to construct up the setting and provides your gamers an opportunity to have interaction in a fictional world.

By researching varied drinks and cuisines world wide after which including a fantasy aptitude, we will generate memorable challenges within the native tavern to get the cube rolling.

I hope you loved this checklist and the concepts encourage you to give you your individual recipes.

Could your story proceed!

Reader Suggestions of the Week

Suggestions, concepts, and inspiration out of your fellow RPT GMs.

Quick Encounter Guidelines from Prismatic Wasteland

From Johnn

Just like the journey guidelines from Goblin Punch within the final Roleplaying Suggestions Publication, I believed you may discover this guidelines for encounter constructing inspiring:

  1. Is the encounter one thing that occurs to the participant characters?
  2. Can the participant characters ‘play’ with the encounter (i.e., is the encounter ‘toyetic’)?
  3. Are there a number of doable options or no answer in any respect?
  4. Do the participant characters need one thing from the encounter?
  5. Does the encounter have a motive?
  6. Does the encounter have a method to perform its motive?
  7. Is there a consequence to ignoring the encounter?

Get explanations for every query at Prismatic Wasteland.

The Solely Fantasy World Map…

If you happen to haven’t seen this earlier than, it’s a humorous tropes map for fantasy video games that went viral awhile in the past. Created by EotBeholder, it has such scintillating locations because the Tiny Bickering Fiefdoms, Tiger-Headed Opium Nightmare, and Poncy Knights.

Tricks to Get Into Movement

RPT GM Iannis asks:

I reside in France. I’ve been DMing for about 6-7 years now. I’m at the moment working Misplaced Mines of Phandelver for a brand new group. I’m in the midst of an enormous marketing campaign referred to as “Invincible” in a French system referred to as Chroniques Oubliées (d20), and I simply began a homebrew marketing campaign in DnD with one other group. I’m additionally a participant in an ICRPG sport by a pal of mine, and in a Name of Cthulhu Journey.

My largest battle is inspiration and paralysis evaluation. I additionally are typically afraid of tweaking the principles and the stat blocks. I’ve to consistently remind myself to “let go”.

I discovered lately that having individuals subsequent to me simply minding their very own enterprise helps in that regard.

Do you have got every other recommendation on tips on how to get “within the stream”? Thanks quite a bit on your assist!

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I was a perfectionist. This stopped me from being artistic and productive.

Some issues that helped me quite a bit:

1. Learn the Warfare of Artwork by Steven Pressfield. He talks about artistic blocks in a wide range of methods. He focuses on simply getting began, however there’s additionally good things about quieting one’s inside critic, which helps stream.

2. Begin with a particular consequence in thoughts. Many good people start with a purpose. However I prefer to go one step additional and get readability on what the purpose will get me.

For instance, I used to be delayed on marketing campaign prep attributable to too many spinning plates. My purpose was to complete my sandbox marketing campaign prep. However the consequence I used to be actually pursuing was to begin gaming with my buddies once more. That supplied extra motivation to get my butt in gear. And it helped me focus higher as a result of I used to be on an even bigger mission.

Wanting one step past outcomes to determine your deepest motivation will allow you to focus and keep it up when it doesn’t stream instantly.

3. Tie outcomes and objectives to optimistic feelings. This hacks our “reticular activating system“. Go searching and rely what number of issues are yellow. I’m in a espresso store proper now and see a line of gold cups, 4 yellow tea packing containers, and a yellow espresso mug. About 15 issues all advised. What number of did you rely?

Now, with out trying away out of your display, what number of blue issues are there?

You haven’t any concept as a result of your mind was centered on yellow, not blue. That’s the reticular activating system at work focusing, filtering, and deciding what sensory alerts to course of.

Once we swap our focus to outcomes and the way reaching these will make us really feel, our brains will go to work for us and assist us focus and overcome resistance in our particular purpose. Use this energy on objective to get extra of what you need.

4. Create time blocks. First, put working classes in your calendar to carve out and defend that point. This additionally offers you permission to your self to do that exercise. Then prep in a room or surroundings conducive to focus and stream. For instance, I’m within the aforementioned café proper now, earbuds in, robotic music with a beat driving me onward. Such as you, I discover such locations simpler to achieve focus and stream.

5. Set time packing containers round particular duties. It’s an efficient productiveness hack to place a time restrict on one thing. If you happen to take that point restrict severely, your mind will push you to maintain going and get the factor executed, typically quicker since you by no means have sufficient time.

Hack this strategy by chunking large work into smaller, time-limited duties.

For instance, I’m approach behind on emails as of late. So I’ve time in my calendar every morning to answer to emails for half-hour. I am going to the cafe, sip a tasty espresso, and dig into my inbox. As soon as the timer dings, I cease the present e mail and transfer to my subsequent activity, which is making ready my sandbox marketing campaign.

6. Begin with one thing you take pleasure in. Simply starting a activity or work will probably get you persevering with and undertaking extra. But when that doesn’t work some days, no less than you’ve acquired one factor executed and you retain the momentum constructing. Search on-line for Jerry Seinfeld’s “don’t break the chain” methodology.

Let me know if this helps. If not, please let me know extra particulars so I can attempt to present higher suggestions!

– Johnn

What’s Extra Essential, the Participant or the Character?

I requested this query in RPT#1208 Methods to Welcome the New Participant.

RPT GM Lance responds:

Robust query Johnn. There are a pair mitigating elements that should be addressed. First is the gamers’ capacity to get into character. If the perfect tactician on the desk performs a citified cleric who’s misplaced within the woods, how can we clarify why they all the time appear to decide on the appropriate motion? How does the drunken burly tank keep in mind the main points of each dialog held over the past week?

So, a plot line does NOT interact the characters. They’re an extension of the participant and their talents to roll play.

Have interaction the participant and the character should comply with.

Have interaction the character and the participant simply rolls the cube.

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RPT GM Mark replies:

100% the participant. If the character is freaked out by spiders, however the participant will not be, you may all have enjoyable freaking the character out with spiders.

If the participant is freaked out by spiders, however the character will not be, you need to be very cautious with introducing spiders into the sport.

Additionally, killing a personality is a part of the sport, killing a participant is…homicide.

Extra severely, the character story is barely a tiny a part of the participant’s life. Even within the context of the sport, the participant is 100% extra vital than the character.

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RPT GM Thomas replies:

You requested What’s extra vital, the participant or the character?

My ideas are just a little little bit of each. I believe a participant has to study a personality, study their degree talents, study their objects, and many others.

It’s a very good motive to begin a personality at 0 and develop. Or having a gaggle of gamers with the identical degree of sport mechanics understanding beginning collectively.

If a GM sees a participant’s character get some talent or merchandise, and sees the participant doesn’t absolutely perceive, it opens the door for a coaching alternative.

For instance, a participant finds some merchandise in a dungeon and doesn’t absolutely perceive. Then maybe some utilization failure and it will get pocketed.

Upon finish of the dungeon, arrange a studying occasion.

Perhaps the group goes to city to reduce their load of loot. They head to the service provider to promote some stuff. They head to market, see a gypsy promoting herbs, and many others. and the gypsy spies a hoop or some rune on the participant character that wants a studying occasion. The gypsy calls over an older particular person and discusses the merchandise. They name the character over to marvel at it. They discover out it’s not understood and character refuses to promote. The elder then says, “Nicely, I can’t allow you to go away right here with out absolutely understanding what you have got. Meet us right here tomorrow and I’ll have elder train you.”

This units up a one on one with participant and GM to do a mini module on merchandise coaching.

After all this could possibly be a guild go to as a substitute of a gypsy. Or maybe a cleric sort goes to a church and the priest provides an analogous merchandise or talent coaching and a one on one is scheduled. It’s an open e-book.


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