How to make a custom villain-based plot engine.
The essay at the heart of this first Table Tools pdf was originally published by Johnn Four in issue 645 of Roleplaying Tips newsletter. Here the villain-based plot engine is updated and expanded. Learn how to custom-build the three tables needed for your plot engine:
Alongside the basic essay, I include step-by-step guides for each of the three tables. These three worksheets help you compile your own custom villain-based plot engine. Furthermore, you receive two blank versions of the tables ready to complete yourself. Finally, this pdf is bundled with my sample tables as a spreadsheet, allowing you to start using the product immediately.
Still not sure about the plot engine concept? Here are ten results from the sample tables bundled with the book.
- Cult of the Broken Dagger steal from Ambassador Tan’uk
- Count Ballan attacks the High Steward
- Sassdric of Mortavia curses the Silver Scales
- The Azure Blades Mercenary Company steal from the Palace Guard
- Zandor, Master Thief assassinates the Sisters of the Holy Light
- Cult of the Broken Dagger attacks the Palace Guard
- Glanok the Troll attacks the followers of Captain Jerrek of the Palace Guard
- Thieves Guild firebombs the house of the High Steward
- The Red Brotherhood attacks the followers of Sisters of the Holy Light
- Thieves Guild burgles the home of Provost Marshal Herreth
This pdf features:
- Guidance on compiling your custom villain-based plot engine, with advice on probability and choosing suitable villains, actions and victims.
- BONUS – Three worksheets, one for each of the three tables.
- BONUS – Two blank versions of the villains table, one for printing and a spreadsheet for you to compile digitally.
- BONUS – Sample table used in the text ready to print.
- Art Layer for easy printing
- Internal pdf hyperlinks
- 24 pages, including front and back covers
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