'Barbarism is the natural state of mankind,' the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. 'Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.'

-Robert E. Howard
Beyond The Black River

Corrupt Cliffs

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cities in RPGs

In my last session of Conan, I had anticipated the players would not keep their characters in the city very long.

 They would show up, gain the information they needed and be on their way. Instead they spend 80% of the session there and have yet to leave.

 I found myself wholly unprepared for this. I quickly drew a map and gave them some direction, but I feel like I could have done better. Perhaps with enough experience it will be easier to pull descriptions and ideas for a city area off the cuff.

  If you are like me and are still learning to improvise, sometimes tables can help. To that end I created a descriptor guide for either small towns or sections of cities. I hope it is useful to people.

v1.0 is located here:


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