Super-quick adventure formula

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Super-quick adventure formula

Post by Laurence » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:16 pm

If you want to create a quick adventure with a variety of encounters, but you're feeling stuck in a rut, here's the formula I use:

* 3 combat encounters: an easy one, a medium-difficulty one, and a climactic "boss" battle at the end

* Obstacle encounter: something that physically blocks the heroes' progress until it is overcome, such as a chasm, a locked door, a raging river, etc.

* Danger encounter: an area that is perilous to enter or cross because it contains a trap, raging fire, risk of falling, poisonous plants, etc.

* Talking encounter: a role-playing scene that involves dialogue to get information, barter for goods, etc.

I use the acronym TOMBED:
Medium Combat
Boss Combat
Easy Combat

Obviously, the encounters won't happen in that exact order. Put the boss at the end, and mix up everything else.

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Re: Super-quick adventure formula

Post by Ruffnut » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:34 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: : :P
He just sits there tapping away all day on a tiny screen. But he tells everyone that he is slaying Orcs.

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Re: Super-quick adventure formula

Post by Gareus » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:16 am

Ruffnut wrote::shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: : :P
Ruffnut I meet your :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :P and raise you :P :P :P :P :mrgreen: :lol: !!!!! This post is great, yep great formula thanks!
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Re: Super-quick adventure formula

Post by Dupont » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:58 am

Excellent :idea:

(See what I did there?)
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