Tag: random tables

June 10, 2020

Some Kind of…

Some Kind of… is a miscellany of pithy prompts, nudges, and vague ideas for when you just don’t want to describe something with absolute precision. Following in the footsteps of From Unknown Realms and Brace For Impact!, it’s a GM tool for those moments in a game when you just need something to hang your space helmet off of. You might use it to quickly […]

July 18, 2017

Random Tables

I believe random tables have their place in the creative process. Like my collection of Rory’s Story Cubes or my three volumes in the classic Central Casting books by Jennell Jacquays, the table often provides an essential spark to my creative process. I don’t always include a random table in my books, but when I do there’s a damned good reason for it – it’s […]

June 20, 2016

From Unformed Realms

As a Gamemaster, you just can’t have something planned for every eventuality. Perhaps you have to step in to run something on short notice or the normal group can’t meet so you want something to change the pace. The Cthulhu Hack offers a simple system for investigative horror, but where to get the horror? From Unformed Realms offers you a trusty collection of random tables […]

April 9, 2015

Crochet Borders

Today’s random pull from the Storey Publishing Backlist deck of cards – “Around the Corner Crochet Borders“, a collection of 150 colourful crochet frames, each with detailed instructions for working around a corner. While an absolute must for intermediate crotchet enthusiasts in its own right, also the creative nudge for today’s random table of disputed and protected territorial lines. The scattered kingdoms, principalities and provinces […]

April 8, 2015

Raising Chickens

Random plot hooks for whole adventures, encounters or just rumours, based on a random book title drawn from my Storey Publishing deck of cards. This time we have the untapped potential of the farmyard from the Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens. Rolls d12: 1: Intellect – local scholar seeks to teach chickens rudimentary language skills to serve as a resource for his studies and field […]

April 7, 2015

One-Yard Wonders

Continuing the theme we started yesterday, I have another random table based on the Storey Publishing deck of cards. This time we have the classic One-Yard Wonders, a Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! So, roll a six-sided die (or throw six coins in the air and count the number that come up heads), then roll another (or flip […]

April 5, 2015

Basic Butchering

A random table determining the outcome of a successful strike with a sword, perhaps delivered on a critical, with advantage, or with style. The table arose from a deck of cards I own from Storey Publishing in North Adams, Massachusetts. I suspect I got it from a charity shop purchase. Each card shows the cover of a book on the publishers backlist, and I pulled […]