RPG Blog Carnival: Life and Death in RPGs… – Pt. 1 – Life
This month's RPG Blog Carnival topic is Life and Death in RPGs (see here for…
As a writer, the word “copse” has always evoked a sense of dread as a description for a group of trees or shrubbery, almost as though a copse was similar to a corpse but of a vegetal variety. Because of this, I’ve always tried to work it into my own work somewhere. Thus, Little Spaces: Creepy Copses was born!
These spaces are all about the greenery and the sometimes spooky and creepy effects those places can conjure. Places such as the Mirkwood in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s stories and the Black Forest near Hogwarts from J.K. Rowling are rife with shadow and danger hiding around every branch and trunk above and below. So why not create such places of horror and wonder in our own worlds?
Just like the other Little Spaces products, we’ll apply a combination of rolls and tables to determine what the context and sensory description might bring us. Find one or more senses. Figure out what we’re describing as an element. Toss in a few descriptive keywords and we’re instantly wondering what we got ourselves into by following that forest path at dusk…
The elements don’t seem spooky at all… The first five are:
Now let’s look at the first ten items of the descriptive terms we’ll use:
Whether we’re describing something in the real world or one imagined in some fantastic world of magic or aliens, this approach can really inspire our brains to bring out some intriguing options to explore. If I use even just these terms I can come up with:
None of these is particularly creepy I’m afraid, but each offers a unique forest-based encounter for a party to experience. And the final product includes a list of 20 different elements along with 50 descriptive terms for a huge number of combinations. Who knows what sort of trouble your PCs might get in?
Little Spaces: Creepy Copses will be available soon, but in the meantime feel free to play with some of the random generators and pick up one of the other Little Spaces products at RPGNow, DriveThruRPG, Paizo, or d20pfsrd!