Saturday, June 21, 2014

One Dungeon, Four (mini) Adventures (Happy Free RPG Day, 2014)

Wherein I select one of Dyson's maps and come up with several scenarios for it...

I had these hiding in a notebook as a small writing/scenario-creation exercise for different interpretations of a single map, as well as practice working within the one-page format.

Here, we have the quiet village of Brenton's Bend, built up near an abandoned keep.  A recent collapse of a tower has exposed a hidden access to a small dungeon and its associated threats and/or mysteries...



Having a village and associated environment allows for a bit of local politics on top of the mystery - I populated a few semi-random locals with minor back-stories or interactions, as well as the dungeon.  Also added is the requisite rumor mill.  The dungeon was a bit of a challenge to populate, as it is essentially a small loop - which makes it difficult to place the traditional big-bad or endgame deeper in the complex, so I took a couple of different approaches:



1.  A past rebellion and exiled duke leads to mysterious doings at the old fort.
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2.  A mysterious mechanical creature is destroyed by townsfolk - where did it come from? Are there more? Are they threats or tools?
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3. Someone or something has been raiding the farms and waterfront.  Did it come from the keep, or is it just residing there?
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This one was inspired by this little guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjQr3lRACPI
and of course, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

4. Dang kids, always wandering off...
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Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Good use of one of Dyson's maps :)

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    1. Thanks, it was a fun exercise. I hope to do more like this.

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  2. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing these.

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