A Simple Trick For Encounter Inspiration
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0846
Roleplaying Tips GM Emmanuel from Lyon shares good advice on where to get encounter inspiration:
Hello from France Johnn,
As usual a very useful chronicle. Thanks for how you improved my gaming these years.
Here’s one of my tips for encounters.
I always carry a paper notebook. And when I have an encounter idea I write it down along things I note from real life, like records, people dying, incidents, funny animals on youtube, etc.
When I need an encounter I turn a few pages in my notebook.
For example, one year ago a circus burned, animals escaped and the circus was sued. Elsewhere a painter got his funeral crashed by two women each saying she was his wife. Elsewhere riots occurred. Also I met a goofy guy full of false blood looking for a goth party and a friend got carjacked for his leather jacket.
All that on a weekend.
The great thing is that these ideas speak to you because you remember them as stories, so it is very lively and you add details effortlessly.
Comment From Johnn:
If you do not have weekends as interesting as Emmanuel, you might try a news app. On my iPad I have BBC News, CBC News, and Reddit.
The headlines alone can inspire encounters!
Thank you for the tip, Emmanuel. Hello to France from Canada.