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Old 04-15-2019, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default What's in the bush?

Im just wondering how other GMs generally see Cidri .. no wrong answers :)

You're GMing your crew of usual suspects, who are trekking from A to B through a bit of Cidri wilderness .. they have a random encounter.

Is it most likely to be ..

Whatever the tables in ITL spit out?

Regular earth animals (snakes, wolves, a tiger etc)?

Huntable food animals (rabbits, deer, turkey .. kangaroo)?

Extinct/alternate earth animals (wooly rhino, sabertooth tiger, pterodactyls)?

Regular or giant bugs (giant spiders, stone beetles, a swarm of wasps)?

High fantasy type creatures (dragons, gargoyles, octopi .. a magic unicorn)?

A horde of undead?

Dangerous plants?

Human outlaws?

A wandering merchant + guards, willing to buy and sell?

A hermit, animal skinner, or old timey prospector?

Wild low tech tribal men?

Elves or Centaurs who hunt intruders in 'their' forest for sport?

Other fantastical humanoids? (tribal orcs, reptile men, ogres etc)?

A damsel in distress? (or other plot hook NPC type of thing)?

Come on all you GMs .. whats the first thing your gut tells you

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Old 04-15-2019, 08:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: What's in the bush?

Please send me links to any additional critters to add to my random encounter app.

In addition to game stats I need occurrence chances (expressed as a 3d roll) for each environment type.

For example The 7-hex turtle is Lakes/Rivers 5 on 3d, Swamp 6 on 3d and open ocean 3 on 3d.

In addition I need the maximum group size and the firepower or difficulty rating for the critter, but I can calculate the last myself.
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:36 AM   #3
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1. The given encounter tables are simple samples and very generic/random/specific and should be improved upon by GMs.

2. Having started out using the ITL sample encounter tables, I developed an expectation for my Cidri campaign where apparently the population must be rather larger than listed, and supports a large number of armed adventurers and bandit types that wander about the countryside frequently fighting, killing and looting each other.

3. Later I toned that down somewhat, and added more non-violent encounters. Most encounters tend to be people who logically are using the same road you're using. Even in the wilderness, the most dangerous encounters tend to be with other roaming armed humans - usually adventurers, bandits, or agents of some faction. After that, regular animals are most common, but there's also an occasional sprinkling of more exotic monsters.

4. When available and appropriate, I prefer to use a combination of random table rolls on tables that are for the place/time in question, with tracking the terrain around the encounter and determining who sees who first where, at what range, doing what, etc. Then I play out the situations. I like to roll multiple times, so there is a larger-scale situation that may have several nearby elements that could get involved.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: What's in the bush?

In other RPGs [insert disclaimer about being new to TFT], I have always favored the same general approach as Skarg, but with a few details that appealed to my personal aesthetics.

My best development (or my personal favorite, anyway) was a set of 'Regional' Encounter Tables for my game world, which normally required only a single 3d6 roll basically, cross-referencing three factors:
  • Local terrain / part of the world / climate / season
  • Proximity to Civilization
  • Luck (Or, as one of my players once called it, "How much do the Gods hate you today?")
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:34 AM   #5
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This is a list of random encounters I posted on my blog. They are not in a table. Some of them are minor. Others could lead to an adventure of its own.

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:03 PM   #6
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I note youre are a fan of the incomparable Mobius gramps :)
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