Spacegamer.com - Standard Barony Mission:
This uses the Tarot Card to Generate a "Standard" Mission on the Fly as described in Designing Fantasy Missions as part of the Barony Set. (Standard means it is not focused exclusively on an Underworld.) No attempt is made here to define each of the finer points.
To begin, determine who the mission is offered to and call them the Party Leader (to accept / reject Mission).
Note: This mission is temporary. Copy it out now if you want it. (It pastes nicely into Word.)
- (Inverted) 3 Cups: Woman; Patron is a female, usually seeking the players in violation of established customs or practices. Now women's roles are not rare in a fantasy genre; any Patron (unless otherwise noted) could be of either sex (likewise their sex has little bearing on their abilities or roles). But here the cards prompt a meeting with a Patron who is female, and further, probably has a more stereotype role of "the weaker sex". Oh I can hear the screams now, "that sexist Bastard; if I meet the author, I'm gonna hurt him low (ouch)." Sometimes a story benefits from a bit of stereotype (giving the real world players a traditional social reference), and suffice to say, the Patron's lover, suitor, brother, father, clan, etc. will personally take offense when the players accept the Mission (in their eyes, they are the ones who should complete "milady's tasks"). Just another little obstacle for the players (jealous and overly protective males). Inverted, Lover of a Player; "love is a drug and I can't get enough . . . . " In this case, Patron is a person at least one player can't refuse. Often a request from a lover will cause a player to become at odds with his regular companions ("I think most of us know exactly the conflict I'm talking about").
- (Inverted) Knave Cups: Organize a group of vigilantes (villagers or common townsmen) in a search for a notorious criminal or creature. Inverted, assist the constables in a legal search for a notorious criminal or creature.
- (Inverted) 2 Swords: Rival is organized from the onset (Encounters pamphlet treat Knights as Knaves). Inverted, Rival has prepared long ahead of time for the Patron's mission attempt (Encounters pamphlet treat all face cards as Knaves).
- Sun: In an unrelated circumstance, one of the players will find a map to a buried treasure or ancient crypt (this map will become a distraction to the players plans). Inverted, during the encounters of travel one player will discover a secret fact or information of special value (spell of power or clue to a future mission or personal quest).
- Wheel of Fortune: Reshuffle the deck and continue.
- High Priestess: Other opposition (but perhaps not principle Rival) is completely aware of the players and mission. Inverted, players know all opposition (even non-person types).
- 2 Coins: Control a regional area. Inverted, dominate a port's trade or shipping.
- Hermit: Patron's motive will change by scenario's end (pick an extra card "WHY??" to represent this change); this change in motive will influence his commitment of finances and the degree of opposition. Inverted, Patron's motives are secondary to a world impact that will result.
- 8 Swords: No coin, but storehouse goods of all description. Inverted, Patron offers no coins, but players may graft and pilfer from storehouses he guards (or knows the guards).
- (Inverted) 8 Coins: Barbarian Warlord. Inverted, Leader Invading Tribes or Armies.
On the way to the Mission Climax, the Party will travel through three game Phases which may be short or long (depending on the Tarot cards drawn). These represent the obstacles and challenges along the way to the Ultimate Climax of the Mission.
(A) Initial Successes:
(B) Challenges on the Journey:
(C) Final Travel to the Climax:
Referee creates the flow of the climax OR refer to Designing Fantasy Missions!!!
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