Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Keywords maps

As a experiment I used keywords instead of names to fill up a map. I selected the keywords using free associations but I guess that you could also randomly generate them or use a mix of both techniques. Generating them collectively could also be fun.

I think that I like the result, I could easily use the map to improvise a point crawl session. The only annoying thing is that you have to figure out how to actually name things in the game world, I guess that you can combine the keywords with other words to craft names. Like the town with the keyword "sad" could be Sad Street or Sad Sparrow.

You could also use the keywords to generate random encounters. Let's try this.
The red keywords are regions or kingdoms, lets try with Diaspora of Remembrance

On one table we put up 20 keywords located in the region. 
  1. Remembrance 
  2. Sad
  3. Moon
  4. Quiet
  5. Buried
  6. Paintings
  7. Healing
  8. Light
  9. Ghasts
  10. Joy
  11. Old
  12. Memories
  13. Abandoned
  14. Forgotten
  15. Ribbons
  16. Milk
  17. Exiled
  18. Mourn
  19. Roots
  20. Rest
On a other table we put 10 types of encounters
  1. Group of people
  2. Loner or outcast 
  3. Trader
  4. Small beasts 
  5. Large beast
  6. Undead
  7. Spirit
  8. Monster
  9. Conman 
  10. Figure of authority  
If we combine some rolls to craft a d10 random encounters table we get:
  1. Healing + Figure of authority 
  2. Joy + Outcast 
  3. Memories + Undead
  4. Exiled + Spirit
  5. Remembrance + Conman
  6. Ghasts + Small beasts
  7. Light + Undead
  8. Buried + Group of People 
  9. Milk+  Group of people
  10. Forgotten + Trader
I could easily work with this. You can apply the same formula to generate treasures and magical items. 


Chucklemaster said...

Could be a eeally neat way of generating ideas as you go!

Xaosseed said...

I like this - any classical random encounter table can be adapted by just adding the keywords overlay - lots of terrain appropriate tables that can short-cut prep time.

Will be using this one, for sure.