Monday, September 27, 2021

Offbeat Megadungeon: some procedural dungeon stocking tools

If the only thing that comes out of this project is a bunch of procedures instead of a complete dungeon, then so be it; I hope they find some use.

Dungeon (or Dungeon Region) Purpose

Generator on Perchance

Roll once according to size, then roll once on each smaller size for additional sub-areas

type of placesmallmedlarge
1dwellinghome/hideoutsettlement/lairtown/city
2defensestrategic point/gatefortification/base/labyrinthstronghold/castle
3creationartisanworkshopsmill/"factory"
4extractionrare/weird resourceexploratory mine branchmining complex
5storagevault/tomb/oubliettecrypt/dungeon/archiveprison/library/museum
6weirdshrine/temple/study/magical experimentation

there are a million generators of this type out there, but I wanted one that was a little less specific, and more interpretive (though the specific results under each size got a little more specific than intended)

Regarding the "Theme" of a dungeon: it should come from within, not  a table

Interpretive Megadungeon Room Type Roll

general space type/intentionality relative to the region's purpose/theme
something that could work even if improv-ing

1-3: A space devoted to/specialized for the region's purpose

  • think of a type of room which:
    • helps fulfill the region's purpose
    • you haven't used recently (or makes sense to have multiple)
    • makes at least a sliver of sense to position here, relative to other rooms
  • that's what this room's purpose is.

4-5: An interstitial/common area

  • if it's large, it's a gathering space
  • if it's smaller, it's simple an interstitial/liminal space, or its purpose is long abandoned

6: A space with an unusual purpose

  •  one with a purpose other than the region's - roll for a different region purpose
  • choose a room type which might make sense to have in a different region (in other words, a type of space vital to that purpose, scaled down, or "self-contained")

Then, if the room is in a faction's turf, apply the faction's actual use over top of the original purpose
Then apply the Room Stocking Roll
Finally, add random adjective inspiration


Megadungeon Rumor Table

when pumping info out of a denizen or inquiring at the dungeon tavern, the party can attempt to guide what kind of info they receive, but they can't determine the exact result.

They pick a topic (Row), then roll for the specifics (column). Roll for specifics as well (which faction, monster, etc)


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Select v, Roll >Level/RegionFaction NewsTreasures/ ArtifactsDangers/ MonstersFolks"Quests"
Level/region (Specified)General Info/ LoreFaction News for that Level/RegionBig Treasures held in that AreaDanger in that AreaFolks found in that AreaQuests offered or with a goal in that Area
Faction News (Specified)Faction News for that Level/RegionGeneral Info/ Lore Treasures held/desired by that FactionDangers posed by, or threatening, a FactionAbout that Faction's Leader or notable NPCsQuests offered, or targeted, by that Faction
Treasures/artifacts
(Could be specified)
Where that Treasure is locatedWhat Faction holds or desires that TreasureGeneral Info/ Lore What Dangers guard that TreasureWhat individual holds or desires that TreasureAny quests associated with that Treasure, or who desires it
Dangers/Monsters
(Could be specified)
Danger in that AreaA Faction posing, or threatened by, a DangerWhat Treasures that Danger protectsGeneral Info/ Lore What individuals are interested or associated with that DangerAny quests associated with that Danger
Folks (Faction leaders, various NPCs)Folks found in that AreaWhat Folks think about a FactionWhat special items an individual wields?General Info/ Lore Any quests associated with that Individual

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