On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Random Encounters, Not Random Combats (episode 3)
What's the point of having random encounters? How to create them, how to utilize them, and why.
[Xanathar's Guide to Everything](http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/xanathars-guide-everything), D&D's latest sourcebook, does random encounters right, mostly.
**4:30 Why have random encounters?**
Deliver information about the world: There are dragons in the mountains to the north.
Sustain the illusion of a consistent world: Things are happening even when the characters are not around.
Tell the "story" of the world: There used to be a dwarven empire in these lands.
Create a certain atmosphere: Chill and unease, in preparation for the haunted castle.
**6:15 Enriching the world with encounter tables**
[Show, don't tell](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShowDontTell)
No such thing as "just goblins", see [our previous episode](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/35aab600eb0406/).
Using random encounters to show the consequences of past actions that hint at future action; introduce villains through their minions or doings.
Make that encounter feel at home in that moment in time in the plot.
**19:30 Create adventure seeds with truly random encounters**
Keep a seed journal, of tidbits from the past. A list of open-ended details.
**26:45 Creating a sense of journey**
You don't have to use random encounters for that.
[13th age](http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/category/products/13th-age/), you should really check it out.
**31:50 Creating an encounter table**
[Uri's table, now on our website](https://dwarves.podiant.co/random-encounters/).
[Outline of relationships](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_relationships), from Wikipedia.
[Bits of Wilderness](http://drivethrurpg.com/product/12283/Bits-of-the-Wilderness-Into-the-Wildwood?affiliate_id=29668) (affiliate link)
**39:55 Taking the load off**
[Come meet me at Dragonmeet](https://www.patreon.com/posts/were-in-2017-15435364 "Link: https://www.patreon.com/posts/were-in-2017-15435364")!
[Venture Forth](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVZ7upy41Ek "Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVZ7upy41Ek&t=8555s") recording. Soon to be available through [Leisure Games](https://leisuregames.com/), my local store.
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