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Players will often come across various notes and letters that are important and useful to whatever quest they are pursuing. However, if only important notes are detailed, it becomes pretty clear which ones are relevant.

Here, then, are 100 different notes, letters, demands, lists, reports, threats, evidence of conspiracies or the ravings of madmen that all look like they might be important, but have no actual meaning - unless, of course, the GameMaster decides otherwise. These can be used to answer the question, "What do we find?" with some misleading answers. Alternatively, they could be used as a source of adventure hooks or ideas.

There are two tables. The main one is the list of actual notes and there is a supplementary one that gives 12 different conditions for the notes to be found in (a thirteenth is naturally neither damaged nor unusual).

Most of the notes are suitable for any setting, including modern and futuristic. Some may need tweaking to remove references to magic or supernatural creatures. Names and places can be added or changed to be more relevant to a setting or adventure.

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I had to do it didn’t I? I thought my skills would easily be sufficient for the task - the prize was so great after all. A treasure of vast worth, one which would enable me to retire to a life of permanent luxury. How mistaken I was. Even now I can feel the foul magics I accidentally invoked coursing through my body, gradually destroying it. I do not have much time left now. Do not go after the treasure yourself; you will only come to regret it, as I have, for what little will remain of your life afterwards.

One page is the cover, one the front matter and one is the introduction and ads.

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Hannu M September 19, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
" I'm curious, do you have any examples of 'compelling situations for them to come across where they have to make choices'?"

The medium is tabletops is about making choices. The experience of both running and playing them goes like this:
GM: What do you want to do?
Player: I want to do X.
GM: When you try to do this, that happens. What do you want to do?

With experienced players almost everything where there's no reason for the GM to ask the player "what do you want to do" gets skipped in a quick transition, a sentence or two from the GM about what's happening. Therefore what both players and GMs want are situations that enable players being active. No-one comes to a tabletop to listen to a story. Everyone is there to tell the story together in an active manner. A compelling situation is one that they can run across where they either need to or could choose to weigh in on it and make a choice, with emphasis on making that choice. For a tabletop player...See more
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Adrian K September 20, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Interesting. I have a supplement in the very, very early stages (just pen & paper notes currently) that might have some relevance to it. It's another 'bamboozling' supplement; this time NPCs who look suspicious but might be perfectly normal. Not quite encounters at the level you mentioned, but how players react to the NPCs could alter things.

Interesting that you mentioned Skyrim as well. This supplement was inspired to a large degree by the sheer amount of written material in the various Elder Scrolls games. I love that, and any character I play tends to wind up with huge piles of books in their houses. I would like to create 'books' as well as short notes too.

I have been looking at the World Interactions in Skyrim (which are generally better than Oblivion's; those tended to be violent encounters with wandering monsters) thinking that something like that would be interesting and would add depth. I'll take a closer look at that idea, thanks!
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Hannu M October 07, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Definitely would buy such supplements, and would recommend to anyone who cares about my opinion, which granted is not many people. Would love NPCs acting suspiciously, those could make the players ask for questions and get people interested. Then you can slam them with the plot once they're looking into this suspicious NPC.
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Adrian K October 07, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Thanks for the input - I'll have to brainstorm more ideas for suspicious NPCs, as I only have a few!
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