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Random encounters?

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:16 pm
by mAc Chaos
I noticed some of the adventures call for rolling for random encounters -- but I don't remember ever seeing rules on how you do that. Do you roll a d20? What number does a random encounter trigger off of?

Are there general rules for this or is it supposed to just be figured out ad hoc by the GM?

Re: Random encounters?

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:39 am
by GnomeBoy
My personal to-go for that is just use them as needed. If the PCs get too complacent or rely to assuredly on being able to rest*, I might throw something in from the 'random' list. Sometimes I might just set some odds in my head on the spot, and roll a die, but the die and the odds depend on how things are going, not a fixed schedule.

The intent of the game, I believe, is to use whatever method you prefer to resolve that. DCC assumes you've played other games, and have favorite ways of doing things -- which admittedly is not always the case. For some folks DCC is their first game!

* Sometimes being able to rest is fine. I wouldn't do that all of the time, because that doesn't allow the game to breathe...

Re: Random encounters?

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:11 pm
by mAc Chaos
Ah, I kind of guessed that that was the intent, but wasn't sure because it wasn't spelled out anywhere. I've been using the D&D 5e way of doing it, which is rolling a d20 every "turn" and triggering a random encounter on a 19-20, possibly some lower number if the danger is higher. But there may be better ways of doing it.

Re: Random encounters?

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 am
by BanjoJohn
I guess if it's not really laid out as a specific suggestion in the adventure, you could do it any way you like.

I keep a cummulative chance for random encounters each time I roll. So like.. first random encounter check, I roll d6 and on a 6 one happens, then on second check, I roll d6 and it happens on 5-6, then on a 4-6 next roll, etc. If a random encounter does happen, I reset back to 6 for the next check.

Re: Random encounters?

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:25 am
by Jim Skach
Since 1978, these have been my go-to methods. First from B1...
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...then from the DMG...
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