On the Shoulders of Dwarves

Random Encounters, Not Random Combats (episode 3)

On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Random Encounters, Not Random Combats (episode 3)
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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) [Sandbox style](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WideOpenSandbox) [West Marches](http://arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/78/grand-experiments-west-marches/) No such thing as "just goblins", see [our previous episode](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/35aab600eb0406/). **15:15 Foreshadowing** [Foreshadowing](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Foreshadowing) 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. [Retcon](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Retcon) **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. [](https://tracking.podiant.co/d/spoke/dwarves/episodes/audio/35aab60d933b6a.mp3?referrer%5Bdomain%5D=dwarves.podiant.co&referrer%5Bformat%5D=episode_detail) _The intro and outro are taken from “Silly Fun” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)_ _On the Shoulders of Dwarves is shared under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)_
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