PREAMBLE STUFF YOU CAN SKIP IF YOU DON’T CARE
While I made a self-promotion post about a recent blog post of mine, I have not made a proper post on this forum yet.
I actually much prefer these more long-form platforms than discord- I think the NSR server is a great community so I have tried to engage there, but I’m excited about this platform and hope it is successful.
I do also want to give some love to The OSR Pit, which is a very similar platform and also happens to be a discourse forum, but they’re laid out more like G+ was, whereas this reminds me more of old school internet message boards. I think it’s cool that we have these two platforms and I hope they both are successful and feed into each other. I’m interested to see what effect if any the structure of the platform itself has on the discourses of these respective discourse platforms :p.
So ya, I’ll make a companion post there I think, and inform them that if they join the NSR Discord Server that they can get invited into The Cauldron. I have no horse in the race for either platform, I just want them both to be successful, so hopefully doing this helps in that regard rather than hindering.
THE ACTUAL POST FINALLY
I made a blog post a while back for a Character Formula.
NPC: [Adjective] [Occupation] and [Hobby/Other Notable Activity] who [Personality Quirk]
Where you might have a Role such as “Fantasy Tavern Keeper” and generate ~4 unique NPCs for that Role using this Character Formula.
This way, you can have two otherwise identical scenarios but with randomly selected NPCs in specific Roles, and that may radically change the experience even if you ran the same module / prepped session multiple times.
So for example:
Fantasy Tavern Keeper
Joy von Otter: Suspiciously friendly bartender and taxidermist who will not tolerate whistling in the bar.
Marxxx: Superficially socialist HR specialist and premium personal assistant who was supposed to be so much more.
So for this collaborative exercise, you can take one of those Roles above or in the blog post and write ~1-4 NPCs roughly following the formula, and also recommend a new Role which I will try to respond to or others can respond to with ~1-4 entries, and you’re also welcome to write your own ideas for tha novel Role.