A framework to run a network of open table fantasy games. Each game master has one or more villages and each player has one or more characters that go on adventures across different game master’s tables.
Characters have their abilities, reputations, social rank and possessions that follow them from one game master’s village to another.
In each village they have their relationships with the local characters, and the tribes and factions in the lands around. They have quests, property and hidden treasure that are specific to a village.
Prior to a Session the Game Master for the session
will do some prep on the villagers, the adventure
region and encounterable situations.
An Open Table Session consists of the following
1) Session Set Up Sequence: Any character creation
and existing character tidy up, including closed quest
2) One or more Adventure Cycles as follows:
adventure cycle step 1: Village Episodes Sequence.
- Focus Recovery.
- pay taxes
- Max 8 episodes per character (up to 2 may be reserved for step 3).
An episode always involves a single activity of a
specific type. The episodes types a character may
• Buy a Cottage
• Buy or Sell Equipment
• Buy or Sell Gems / Jewels / Art objects
• Enroll Adventure Hirelings
• Gain A Companion
• Secure Your Treasure
• Seek a Quest
• Seek the Right to Buy a Cottage
• Spend Growth Points
• Train a Skill
• Work a Profession
adventure cycle step 2: The Adventure Sequence.
- Focus Recovery.
- Determine quest active for each character.
- Play out the adventure
- Note acts of renown and infamy
adventure cycle step 3: Village Return Sequence.
- Heal characters
- Gain growth points for the adventure.
- Gain growth points for quests closed.
- Test reputations for changes.
- Split treasure.
- Village episodes. (Max 2 reserved from earlier)
Adventure Cycle Steps 1 and 3, in the Village, are
designed to be highly structured to handle adventure
“down time”, and generally contain few opportunities
for full depth role play. They do, however, provide the
context, motivation, and rewards for what goes on in
the adventure. The adventure itself is where all the
exciting role play happens.
Here is how everything hangs together now.
There has been a lot of play testing of the Adventure Cycle, at its peak 2 game masters and 16 players in 4 session streams each week. A lot of extra stuff has been developed in draft form, such as a magic system and dungeon crawl details. These will get polished up and provided later as Adventure Cycle Plugins.
The Adventure Cycle is available now as a “Pay What You Like” PDF, 58 pages, at DriveThruRPG.