Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slicing Deeper Into the Free Random Sword & Sorcery Adventure Generator For Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea

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Frequently when a DM is running other games players will want to know what they've got up their sleeve and sometimes they haven't got a thing! Or their still in the planning stages or they've only got fifteen to twenty five minutes before they're players are to arrive at their playing venue. What can you do to generate an OSR sword and sorcery adventure for your old school retroclone game?
Pray to Crom? Simply grab this free Random Sword and Sorcery Generator and get cracking! 
According to the Blurb : 
Random Sword & Sorcery Adventure Generator is a resource created by Ben Ball. This 8-page PDF document provides the referee with an easy means to generating quick, exciting adventure material in a sword-and-sorcery milieu such as HYPERBOREA.

Because of the set up of the generator, many possibilities exist for the DM to incorporate what's needed on the fly. I suggest doing so for adventures before play and not during. It's a well put together generator for a retroclone sword and sorcery style game.
Recently I've been using this generator in several of my AS&SH campaigns the results have been quite good for continuing the action for prolonged campaign play. The generator providing a prolonged story

line randomly which kept the sword and sorcery game buzzing smoothly.
 The deeper adventure details are something that the DM will have to work out but for broad strokes this generator works quite well to entrench players in the world of Hyperborea. 
The generator can also be used to work out interesting background for NPC's or hirelings who work with the party. Often I've used this tactic to work out 'payment' between PC's and the supposed cannon fodder they've used in AS&SH. 
This tactic gives an NPC a background similar  to a Howard or Lovecraftian character whose secrets are just waiting to plunge the PC's into the middle of a weird adventure. All in all this is one generator that I seem to always return to. 

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