At present I’ve bought some nice concepts for once we hand out an excessive amount of treasure and sport stability goes sideways a bit.
And within the Reader Ideas part on the finish, I’ve bought a 5 Room Dungeon and Marketing campaign Puzzle tip for you.
One factor within the 5 Room Dungeon tip resonated with me as a result of I’ve been musing quite a bit recently on how RPGs are a distinct medium.
By medium, I imply issues like TV, radio, print.
You may’t put photographs on radio, and simply doing audio on TV is boring.
So every medium has its superb method of working.
And I imagine RPGs are a model new (nicely, 50 years old-new) medium.
When studying threads on-line about train-wrecked campaigns, I can’t assist however see a typical thread of how we GMs don’t deal with our campaigns as a brand new medium.
As an alternative, we deal with them like present mediums.
This has adverse uncomfortable side effects like gamers turning into mere audiences, railroading an excessive amount of (some is okay) and writing scripts as an alternative of video games.
Subsequent time you prep or play, give a little bit of thought on how distinctive our medium is and what we’d do otherwise to benefit from all it provides.
For I imagine that is a part of what makes roleplaying video games and GMing the perfect pastime on the planet!
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How To Alter After Handing Out Too A lot Loot
From Jonathan Hardin, sojournersawake.com
The characters search the room for treasure.
After rolling on a desk, you describe the treasure solely to appreciate the characters have grow to be too highly effective with it.
Whereas that is thrilling for the desk, and must be loved for a time, how do you rebalance the upcoming challenges so your gamers proceed to have enjoyable?
Certainly, the sport is now prone to turning into boring.
In right this moment’s suggestions, I’ll present you three easy methods to make that adjustment after handing out an excessive amount of loot.
Invitation & Problem
However first, let me introduce an thought to you.
After I converse of stability, I’m not speaking about what degree monster the gamers are up towards.
I’m talking of the stability between invitation and problem.
The sport grasp creates every encounter with some degree of ease or issue.
If the encounter is simple, then the stability dials towards invitation.
Upon rising the problem with the following encounter, the stability dials in the direction of problem. An excessive amount of invitation and the sport turns into boring. An excessive amount of problem and the sport turns into irritating.
We will study to regulate the dial steadily to create a dynamic motion within the sport.
If you uncover characters are swimming in treasure, benefit from the ease of invitation for some time.
Then modify in the direction of a problem by introducing lateral issues created by the wealth:
This isn’t your common pickpocketing.
These are well-trained burglars and assassins.
They work for a strong chief and see the celebration’s wealth because the nicest toy on the celebration.
Hold the journey rolling and use the wealth to get the characters combined up in a quest to defeat the legal underground.
When you’ve received wealth, you entice all types of requests for help.
Not all of them shall be real.
Create encounters the place every day a consultant of a faction asks for donations.
See if the gamers decide who’s truthful and who’s a con artist.
That is extra of an invite, but it surely may pose challenges down the highway.
Place earlier than the characters probabilities to put money into property, enterprise, and ventures.
Deplete the wealth, create a enjoyable encounter in constructing an funding, after which create extra encounters for the longer term adventures.
The characters benefit from the wealth for a time solely to appreciate later that there exists an proprietor.
They uncover the situation and study the proprietor is in want.
Now cue the journey collection of encounters to return the highly effective wealth into the rightful fingers.
Whereas some gamers could not go for this problem, if the journey is described as harmful and full of pleasure, they is perhaps satisfied to half with the wealth.
After sporting this wealth for a time, the character enjoys its advantages. However after studying of its curse, and studying of it’s creator, the characters are then posited with a quest to return the wealth to its supply and defeat the evil as soon as and for all. This may be a complete journey quest all by itself.
Lastly, do not forget that no dedication in your half is ideal.
Over time, you discover ways to modify the dials between ease and issue. That features learn how to hand over treasure.
If you hand over an excessive amount of wealth, permit time for everybody to benefit from the luck, smile, after which crank up the challenges.
Might your story proceed!
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Journey is In all places
From RPT GM Noah
After I learn the intent behind room one in every of your 5 Room Dungeon template it modified the way in which I checked out video games and journey tales.
When my pal defined there’s a guardian, I simply accepted that it meant an encounter.
After I learn the precise description, it blew my thoughts.
My understanding is that this:
Journey is In all places, but it surely’s behind lock and key, and the important thing to get entry to journey doesn’t need to be felling a foe, it may be the flexibility to dispel a rune, or speak somebody into one thing, or speak somebody out of one thing.
Journey is all over the place and solely heroes can entry it, as a result of they’re the individuals who developed some talent or one other, and it lets them get hooked, nabbed by journey, whereas laypeople stroll by none the wiser.
This modified the whole lot. I actually didn’t learn rooms 2-5 for months as a result of I used to be simply soaking on this concept that adventures exist however are inaccessible to most individuals, and that’s the reason we give attention to these folks, the heroes.
I took a playwright workshop in Chicago, and so they taught us that performs are totally different from different mediums, as a result of it’s troublesome to do montages and the one approach to get inside somebody’s head is with a soliloquy.
That’s what performs wish to do. They showcase the precise two hours (or nonetheless lengthy the play is) the place the whole lot modified in some individual’s life.
We’re not there to see their life story. We’re there to see the day all of it modified.
And we received’t typically see the decision of this individual’s journey, simply their resolve to go make a change. Then the play ends.
In order that they drilled into us, “Why This individual? Why NOW of their life?”
And once I heard that adventures can solely be began by somebody who has the distinctive functionality to bypass the guardian, it helped me give attention to tales about somebody who’s higher-than-average talent in one thing allowed them to start the epic of their life.
As soon as I learn the remainder of the rooms, I began to see a few of the way it all matches collectively.
Loot is given out on the finish.
And what does loot do?
It will increase aptitude which makes it doable to unlock extra adventures that have been already mendacity in wait, however the heroes weren’t springing them but.
Modified the whole lot.
Marketing campaign Puzzles
I obtained this request by e mail from RPT GM Philip:
Hello Johnn, my gamers requested me for a campaign-long puzzle: one thing they will work on within the background between (or throughout) classes that gives a bonus when accomplished however doesn’t cease play if left unsolved.
I like the concept of giving the gamers one thing to work on and take into consideration between classes associated to the marketing campaign, however I’m having bother developing with concepts.
Riddles can take a very long time to unravel, however I don’t know learn how to work that natively right into a marketing campaign the place it is smart to go away unsolved for a number of classes.
If I can get some concepts on this, it looks as if the type of factor that might be enjoyable to incorporate in each marketing campaign I run.
Thanks for the perception!
Reply from Johnn:
Did you ever learn the Duties of Tantalon?
Each web page is a puzzle. However the puzzles all construct right into a narrative and a grand puzzle for the e book.
I’ve all the time thought this was a unbelievable mannequin.
Right here’s how I’d do it.
I’d do the grand puzzle first.
It could have a number of clues or items.
Each bit can be obtained by a devoted journey.
The items may very well be made up of smaller items, if desired.
You’d wish to forestall participant fatigue from repetition. But when puzzles typically make up the items as an alternative of objects, that ought to hold issues fascinating.
For sorts of puzzles, there are a number of.
One is gathering all of the components. I as soon as used a type of wood dice puzzles the place the items will be assembled in the appropriate approach to make a sturdy dice.
One other is phrases. Anagrams, spelling clues, riddles.
A 3rd is numbers. Sequences, formulation, math.
A fourth is visible puzzles. Hidden object video games, jigsaw/assemble the image. This one particularly works nicely for a marketing campaign puzzle.
For instance, every journey ends in restoration of a torn up portray. When the items are gathered, the map to the answer is given. You should guarantee each piece has a necessary element or the celebration might clear up it early.
Language puzzles are fifth puzzle kind, typically overlapping with phrases. Crytpograms, for instance.
So I’d choose my marketing campaign puzzle first.
Then make every bit a separate journey.
After which put puzzles as obstacles to buying the marketing campaign items/clues.
That’s a mind dump for you.
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