I made this Turn Tracker
Oct 9, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
It's only a google search away from some inspiration, there's this PbtA chart and this one I really like. One of my player's character, Losten, really wants to steal some cash for a Hat of Disguise, so thieving is going to be my theme.
Most of the tables I've been looking at have had lower numbers be bad and higher numbers be good. I like the way that works with bonuses and minuses, also, you can throw extra money at the table for bonuses. Looking at the Ability Modifier Table (Did I mention we're playing D&D? We're playing D&D.) the max natural bonus (for a twenty) is +5 so I want that to almost cancel out the bad things. Its nice to be rewarded for doing the basics instead of fancy feats. So our table will look like (using SW style outcomes):
1-2 Failure with Despair
3-4 Failure with Threat
5-6 Failure with advantage
7-8 Failure with Triumph
13-14 Success with Threat
15-16 Success with Despair
17-18 Success with advantage
19-20 Success with Triumph
Ok, so what do these look like? Well, success and failure are pretty straight forward, so looking for info and establishing an alibi are the two things Losten is looking to do. So someone helps or nothing happens. on the success side, there are two negatives, I'm thinking blackmail and the person is a squealer. Now that I type that out (The person who helped you will crack under any pressure from the law) I'm thinking it might be more of an overall negative thing, so I'll move that down to 3-4. I'll change 15-16 to "You get wrong information," meaning that there is a miscommunication of some sort; wrong time for alibi, someone will be in the house, etc. In fact, I like that wording better. Now the good stuff, the best one has to be a direct link, I know the guy or I'm on the inside kind of thing, and I wanted on of the to be "You made a new contact," because Losten's player mentioned that. OK, top half done, now whats the worst thing that could happen? Jail, easy, of course you can bribe your way out. Losten has around 300g, so 100g per level seems steep, lets go with 1d6x10g per level he's level 7 so 7x3.5=24.5 or 245g. Perfect, he can do the time if he rolls high. Now failing with advantage should be a wasted effort with success on the next try, so a +5 to the roll should cover that. Failure with triumph will be a different way to do it, so maybe this guy already has a plan and needs some help. OK, now our table looks like this:
1-2 Jailed for 1d6+1 days or a fine of 1d6x10g per levelTime to spruce it up, remember we're role playing here.
3-4 The person who helped you will crack under any pressure from the law
5-6 nothing, +5 to next roll
7-8 the person won't help you, but has a job for you.
9-10 Nothing this time
11-12 Someone is able to help you
13-14 The person who helps you seeks to use it against you
15-16 There is a miscommunication with the person
17-18 You made a new contact who can help you.
19-20 Person has a direct link to what you are asking.
1-2 What? I'm a constable, come with me. Jailed for 1d6+1 days or a fine of 1d6x10g per level.Boom, carousing table for assistance in criminal activities. Next project is the actual crime.
3-4 Sure I can help you, as long as no one asks any questions.
5-6 Not me, but I know some people on the other side of town that do that kind of thing. +5 to next roll
7-8 Sorry, can't help you, but I have some work that you might be interested in.
9-10 Nothing this time, no one seems to be able to help.
11-12 Sure, I got your back.
13-14 I'll help you, for an unnamed favor to be used later.
15-16 Yea, sure, what was that? Yea, yea, yea sound like a plan, I got to run.
17-18 I like the cut of your jib, I'm in and why don't you look me up if you need anything else.
19-20 You're kidding, I was just thinking of what I was going to do with this information!
After testing this out a couple times, I've tweaked the numbers to reflect the typical DCs in the DMG.
1-3 What? I'm a constable, come with me. Jailed for 1d6+1 days or a fine of 1d6x10g per level.
4-6 Sure I can help you, as long as no one asks any questions.
7-9 Not me, but I know some people on the other side of town that do that kind of thing. +5 to next roll
10-12 Sorry, can't help you, but I have some work that you might be interested in.
13-15 Nothing this time, no one seems to be able to help.
16-18 Sure, I got your back.
19-21 I'll help you, for an unnamed favor to be used later.
22-24 Yea, sure, what was that? Yea, yea, yea sound like a plan, I got to run.
25-27 I like the cut of your jib, I'm in and why don't you look me up if you need anything else.
27-30 You're kidding, I was just thinking of what I was going to do with this information!
Aug 16, 2017
It has been a while since I have written, I am traveling to find you. I thought I saw you board a carriage that was going towards the school. I found some people to travel with. There were problems before we could proceed, so I joined a posse and went after the red glove band. I thought i killed you in the field, but it was just a goblin wearing your clothes. Weird, right? We found a sepulchre and our brave leader was knighted by some skeleton dude. I did it to, I got a sweet broach!
The next day we traveled to the last castle in the kingdom, a keep on the borderlands if you will. The magistrate had heard of our exploit and charged us with rescuing the child. As she breathes! It was certainly fortunate The Rescuers were on the caravan.
We traveled to the meet and crashed through the door. There was a dark druid there who melded into stone! It reminded me of that thing you used to do when we were kids and my parents would come home. Well, I saved that kid and we got him back. By the light of the dark one, it turned out to be the duke’s son! We were invited to dinner and met a whole cast of characters! It was amazing, a meal where we were surrounded by what is to come! I met my teacher. He was swell.
Well, we are going to be on our way soon. You know what that means, I'm finally going to find you, I've been waiting years for this.
Aug 9, 2017
Best 10 session RPG
I'm behind, but this is a perfect twofer. I play a lot of D&D, so there is my answer. Only 2 hours, grab some premades, an AL mod (or roll your own), and get to playing. 10 sessions is a bit vague, 20-60 hours, but you can run an arc in 3 sessions, making 3 arcs and an epilogue; perfect for any story!
RPGs are what you make them, so my experiences with D&D may not be the same as everyone elses, but whatever your favorite RPG is I'm sure you can do the same with that. Tomorrow's question is less vague, so I'll be back with a few links for you to follow.
Aug 8, 2017
Aug 6, 2017
You can game every day for a week. Describe what you’d do!
Aug 5, 2017
Aug 4, 2017
Which RPG have you played the most since August 2015?
I think I have only played D&D 5e since then, there are a lot of systems I am learning right now; Vampire 5e, Dungeon World, Blades in the Dark are a few I would love to run, but I need time and interest.
I am plan to start a group for short campaigns and one shots, but until then I may have to force my kids to play!
Aug 3, 2017
How do you find out about new RPGs?
I read a lot on reddit:
Most of the things I follow are very D&D-centric, but I have definitely learned of some great games from most of the sources above.
Aug 2, 2017
What is a RPG you would like to see published?
This is a hard one, there are so many being published right now, but I think i'd like to see a really good cyberpunk light (think blade runner or roller ball) story game like blades in the dark. I would play the hell outta that game!
Blades is a great heist game that has a unique get in and drive gameplay. There is a little planning, but most of it comes in 'flashbacks.' Things like load out are abstracted until you need something. I'm still working my way through the rules, so if you want to run a game for me, let me know!