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Writing adventures for RPGs
Topic Started: Nov 24 2015, 06:53 PM (841 Views)
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I've only recently dived into the world of writing RPG adventures, kicking off with my own Titansgrave story. The whole time I was writing it, I had a few goals in mind:

  • All characters have justifications for their actions - no one does anything just because they can.
  • No white or black hats - every group in the story has made good and bad choices, and is living with the consequences of those.
  • Make the players play the story - this isn't a hack and slash, and most combat situations can be role-played through instead if the players choose to, but the most important thing is the players genuinely care about the story and the people involved.

I believe I have achieved this on my first adventure. For my next adventure, though, I want a different feeling - a swashbuckler with pirates and nautical elements, incorporating both fantasy and science fiction in the Titansgrave world. I want my next adventure to be one which still focuses on the story, but allows the players to have an enormous amount of fun.

For those of you who write for RPGs, what goals do you have? What do you set out to do when you start creating the world or story?
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My main goal when writing an RPG, is to make sure the players always have options.
I like to make sure the players feel like they're in control of where they go, who they talk to and what they do. This usually means alot more work for the DM to have stuff written for every possible direction they could go in. But I like to improvise alot of things, with over-arching ideas to follow.
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Having just started a new Numenera campaign, my main goals with the starting adventure were to introduce the setting, to give each player something to do that focused on their character's strengths, to try to bring them together...

...and to get the characters into as much trouble as possible. :P

As a GM, I enjoy it when the players have a large say in the narrative. I like not knowing how it's going to turn out. It means that you can't plan too far ahead, but I think it makes it better for everyone. Hope so, anyway...
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