As announced at the start of the month, the special theme on the blog for February is FebShoMo, a month devoted to creating short outlines for stories. These ideas may later be expanded into short stories or plots for a game. The goal of FebShoMo is to create a collection of outlines ready to be expanded later in the year.
To keep FebShoMo varied, I build these outlines from different sources, with a new theme every week. Today is the mid-point of the project, and the start of the third week, so this post explains the current source for ideas.
SF & Skuld cards
For the third week’s theme, FebShoMo returns to the concept of random input from cards. This week, the cards in question are the Skuld cards I printed for use with my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign. I wrote about the creation of Skuld cards here:
I typically use these cards as part of my improvisation toolkit during a game, but I am interested to see how they perform as an inspiration for brainstorming. For this week I also highlight SF stories, in an attempt to broaden the scope of the cards away from their usual fantasy setting. I suspect I may create more settings than story outlines, but my experience with FebShoMo to date has highlighted how these two categories so often overlap.
Do you have a theme for week 3? Have you tried using dedicated RPG tools as writing inspiration? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.