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Adding Randomness to Your RPG

The controlled chaos of randomly rolled characters or randomly created events within tabletop roleplaying games appeals to many gamers. Even the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide contains a nice chunk of random tables and charts to create NPCs, treasure or campaign events. But sometimes you crave even more RPG randomness. Allow me to present some system agnostic books to add some randomness to your RPG game.

Random tables are an RPG Game Master’s friend

Author Matt Davids creates content to help Game Masters and roleplaying game enthusiasts level up their sessions and campaigns. (He was also a recent Live Chat Revivified guest.) Some of the titles he’s authored include the Book of Random Tables: Quests and the Book of Random Tables: Fantasy Role-Playing Game Aids for Game Masters (1-4). The book of quests is a series of tables featuring d100 rolls for a variety of results. The sections are dungeon hooks, royal quests, forest quests, doorways to another world, town quests, sea quests, quest beasts, quest items, lost cities and meta quests for a total of ten random tables to use for any RPG. This amounts to 1000 quest ideas! Book of Random Tables: Quests is a fun read you can use as inspiration for what you might want to plan out ahead of time or when players take a turn you were not expecting simply grab the books and be ready in just a moment.

Book of Random Tables: Quests is just one of the books in the fantasy section. You can see from Matt Davids’ author page there’s more than just fantasy. You can also choose modern, science fiction, post apocalyptic and other random charts to enhance your roleplaying game experiences. If you are looking to live dangerously feel free to add a quest or random table from a genre outside your comfort zone or of the style you are currently playing.

The books of random tables are designed with tables and charts full of awesome goodies for any Game Master. These books are brimming with fun things like NPC traits or even jobs they seek adventurers to fulfill, maps, items in a room and even insults to level at characters. Names, encounters, locations, items, people, dungeons, towns and so much more fill the tables and charts in these books. No matter what sort of RPG you’re planning to run these make a great resource. And if all that still isn’t enough Matt Davids’ website dicegeeks provides more resources for free.

I have been enjoying using these products for quite some time and I am sure these will become great resources for your games too. If you are looking to make your game more random or allow more randomness into your games or simply want a resource to aid you in making your material more varied I highly recommend you check out these books.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay nerdy!

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Ted Adams

The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.

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