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Somehow I stumbled upon Technoir - I do love cyberpunk - and while I wasn't a massive fan of the narrative system I was impressed by the way the game used the 6x6 grids of intentionally disconnected Connections, Events, Factions, Locations, Objects and Threats to drive dynamic story building. It's been an inspiration.
I'm using 5x5 grids, not because 5x5 is a thing but because five is a good number of things and I could immediately think of five things I always prep:
- Places; whether they be dungeons, settlements, areas of wilderness...
- Antagonists; these are the faction sheets and monster lists I talked about last time
- NPCs; whether they be friend or foe - especially as I don't always like to decide beforehand how the party will take sides
- Things; magic items, plot items, important buildings or monuments...
- Scenes or Set-pieces such as "huge space battle" or "PCs framed for a murder"; these are the cool things you imagine and the events that will unfold. These are also the things you want to built in to mesh with the characters' specialisms.
The goals of this project are keeping prep low and being able to build a story dynamically without railroading or meandering, so the elements that go in this grid are the ones that I know I need to prep for the game, imminently or ultimately, and having a definite number means I can connect them as I go to build a complex story. I'll explain how in the future, comments as always are very welcome.
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