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Random Encounter Activities

DM’s random encounter: “You see a displacer beast.”
Players: “We kill it!”
DM: “Roll initiative”.

DM’s random encounter: “You see a displacer beast up in a tree, resting, the remnants of a recent kill at the trunk.”
Players: “Let’s make our way...around it.”
DM: “Roll stealth checks.”


This is an article we wrote long ago for our own campaigns. Many adventures today sometimes detail what the individual(s) randomly rolled are doing. But if not, we were a little tired of a random encounter meaning initiative, combat and loss of resources with no storytelling aspect to it.

 Sometimes combat is good (especially if you using it to wake everyone up or give them a kicking the head to get moving or make a decision), but if you like the idea of making your adventure (and campaign) more meaningful, consider extrapolating from the following list to help you paint more dynamic random encounters.


Also from Toolbox Publishing:

Athanae’s Divinations  *  Tome of Encounters
Ten Clever Kobolds  *  Waterdeep Bestiary
Undermountain Bestiary  A Dozen Deranged Derro
Five Fierce Firenewts  Ravenloft Creature Feature
Nine Naughty Fey  Underdark Side Treks
Mythic Adventures  D.O.M.T. A Divination Method
Mind Flayers of Thoon  Bright Lights, Big City
Augment Crystals
Haunts  Travel Montage  Kostchtchie, Rasputin & Friends
Beauty and the Bother  Battle Cries  NPC Quirks


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March 24th, 2018
This gives me a lot of help with the West Marches game I am developing for my group. Coming up with encounters is fun but it is also time consuming. This gives me a helping hand and I can easily incorporate it into our world. [...]
March 16th, 2018
Been away from D&D for 20 years, this helps gets the juices flowing. It's all in the way you descibe the encounter that makes the players interact with the world. I Liked this very much it will help on that front, my players are already using skill [...]
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