Monday Pointers: Out Like a Lamb Edition

D4:Favored and Unfavored Abilities
Here’s a cool little house rule for generating ability scores. It’s from an abandoned attempted at the Fantasy Heartbreaker exercise by Mike Holmes and related by Ron Edwards in the second fantasy heartbreaker article. The irony is I found Madcat’s blog looking up one of my favorite heartbreakers, Fifth Cycle. Regardless, I think this idea will work it’s way into The World After, at least for generating non-humans.

D6:Produce a Setting Almanac, not Encyclopedia
This one is a bit old, but given I’ve got two posts in the hopper today that reference it I figured I should link to it. Zak, about to produce his first published setting, argues prose is the wrong way to present a setting. Instead we should have game rules materials: random charts, classes, lists, etc.

D8:Yet This is An Encyclopedia
The hot thing last week in the OSR seemed to be our very own wiki with many exhortations to link your favorite things.

D10:A Truly Random Contest
So, Fight On is having a random tables contest. The winners get to roll on a series of treasure tables for their prize.

D12:Not An April’s Fools
This Friday is the pre-order day for LotFPWFRPG: Grindhouse Edition and Vornheim (which is the above mentioned setting by Zak). I will be as close to #1 as possible to the point of considering writing a bot to do it.

Two posts in the hopper today (as in almost done) plus Thursday I’ll be putting up a “to be filled in as I go” index for the post a letter a day in April.

The State of Superior and the Other Lake States: Encounter Tables

Setting info via The Zak Method.

After The Night of Blood and Tears human remnants in the Great Lakes regions of the US and Canada huddled into medium cities that survived. Eventually these settlements evolved into the Lake States, dominated by Superior. They are human purists and virulently anti-magic and nearly as anti-psionic.

In the Lake States there are three basic types of areas in The Lake States: urban, farmland, and fringe (originally wastes).

Lake States Encounter Tables

Lake States Urban Encounters
2 Escaped Extra-dimensional Being
3 Rouge magic user or psychic
4 Lone wolf patrol
5 Military convoy
6 Full wolf patrol
7 Common public services bot
8 Party officials
9 Off Duty Regular soldiers
10 Police patrol
11 Common workers going to or from work
12 Drunks
13 Skinhead Gang
14 Prostitute
15 Slave laborer
16 Adventuring Party
17 Black market dealer of some kind
18 Stoners
19 Escaped slave laborer
20 Minor mutant
Lake States Farmland Encounters
2 Extra-dimensional Being
3 Rouge magic user or psychic
4 Lone wolf patrol
5 Slave laborer
6 Full wolf patrol
7 Farming bot
8 Adventuring Party
9 Farm products convoy
10 Military Convoy
11 Military Patrol
12 Farm Workers
13 Farm products convoy
14 Drunks
15 Farming bot
16 Escaped slave laborer
17 Smuggler
18 Industrial resources convoy
19 Minor mutant
20 Major mutant
Lake States Fringe Encounters
2 Lone wolf patrol
3 Smuggler
4 Full wolf patrol
5 Military Patrol
6 Extra-dimensional Being
7 Malfunctioning bot
8 Magic-user and apprentices
9 Refugees
10 Adventuring Party
11 Wild animals
12 Giant Ants
13 Giant Deer
14 Mammoth
15 Giant Bear
16 Dragon
17 Demon
18 Escaped slave laborer
19 Minor mutant
20 Major mutant 

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