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So, your characters are in a city...what now?

City Encounters details ten short encounters that you can throw at your party.  The encounters provide a mix of combat, skill and social challenges.  Most can be easily modified for almost any character levels.

Encounters include:

  • The Spectator: A porter trips, unleashing a nasty surprise
  • The Garbage Monster: Oops, a deadly wrong turn…
  • Tomino’s Hell: The characters are attacked by a lunatic.
  • Stampede: The characters get caught in the middle of a stampede of wild boar.
  • The Rat Queen: The night could end in lucky passion...or unlucky death.
  • Stoolball: A group of orphans try to engage the characters in a friendly ball game.
  • The Shifty Shell: The characters engage in a rigged game of chance.
  • Rag and Bone Man: The characters have a unique opportunity.
  • Damsel in Distress: A “lady” asks for help. 
  • Knucklebones: The characters join in a bit of gambling.

These encounters are set in Waterdeep, but can easily be set in any urban area.  This product is a companion to Faction Folio: Waterdeep, but you don't need it to use these encounters.

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Austin H December 12, 2016 8:37 am UTC
Included: an actual, legitimate curse in the Tomino's Hell chapter. 10/10, would condemn own players again.
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Eric B December 18, 2016 1:12 am UTC
I had fun with that one. I like to try to mix in a bit of history and/or "real" legend on occasion. In fact, I'm working on an adventure inspired by the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Thanks for the comment!
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Ralph C August 31, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Hello David, excellent content! I've got half a mind to drop some of these guys in my Oota campaign as well :) I just posted my first piece here on GM's guild and I wanted to ask you a few general questions about your number of downloads on this product and other stuff like that if you didn't mind answering them. Can you shoot me an email? leviclark117 at please and thanks!
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David E July 22, 2016 8:37 am UTC
I've been reading through and I can see quite a few of these will be able to be tweaked slightly so I can drop them into my OotA campaign. I have to use The rag and bone man encounter though.

I might even make it a 2 man operation. A father and son :P (I hope thats the reference you were making there)
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Eric B August 05, 2016 12:55 am UTC
Thanks David - I'd love to hear how it goes at your table.
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Eric B June 13, 2016 1:17 pm UTC
I have had quite a few downloads - I'd love to hear some feedback before I start on my next project.
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Sebastian S July 27, 2016 5:59 am UTC
Overall I liked it, especially the encounters that included some real-world history.

The Knucklebones NPCs seemed pretty repetitive, like they were pulled from a random generator with too few variables; however the concept was solid and the game rules were good.

Also, I'd have liked to see a short synopsis at the beginning of each encounter to give me an idea of what was coming. I had to get to the third or fourth paragraph in most of them before I knew what was going on.

This is a solid product that'll definitely see some use or inspire some encounters at my table. Thanks!
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Eric B August 05, 2016 12:55 am UTC
Thanks for the feedback! I have three urban "adventures" that are close to being ready. I'm just trying to decide if I want to release them as isolated adventures or part of a story arc.
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