The Director Welcomes You

Factory Royale

#90132f

Location

Overcast, Windy Bangladesh

Time of Day

24:35

Extraction Point

181 Miles E

Time to Complete

47 Hours

Undercover Emissaries,
It seems "Cheap Manticore" has gone level 8. They have been broadcasting this message "A vagrant asks for money at the Flooded Crystal". We need you to eliminate them, Yieldingly. Their last known location was recorded at 07:16. You have a Robotic Belt as a last resort. Use carefully.

— The Vinyl record player you were holding self destructs.

The Villain Dossier

Name

Logan Delgado

Alias

"Cheap Manticore"

Features

4' 10"

Blue eyes

Large moles / Left arm

Organization

The League of Old-Fashioned Acid

Emotions

Self-conscious

Personality

Yieldingly Slatted

Motive

Make a lot of money to inspire a rebellion

Bodyguard

Harold the "Constipated Bear"

Physical Size

Tremendous

Story

Additional Locations

The Old Fortress

Bustling Jungle

Extinction Fortress

Random Events

Meteor grabs a lady's purse

Store is robbed

Tramp stop the party and asks questions

Bear Is being detained

World

Stores

Catherine's Clamp Factory

Cox's Mirror Ventures

Kelley's Globe Factory

McGuire's Lounge Chair Couture

Traps

Flooding Room

Ghoul Touch of Silence

Objects

Clamp that has been hollowed out

Globe that has been hollowed out

Secret Mirror

Hidden Targe

Sticks of Silence

Wand of Wonder

Caster can’t wake without assistance

People

Name Codename Career Likes Dislikes
Robert Cox "Little Knuckles" Merchant Fire Lamps
Jasper Kelley "Orange Livers" Mole Paperclips Dinosaurs
Maxwell Holmes Physician Clocks Lamps
Catherine Fox Restless Soap Easter
Luis McGuire Elevator Mechanic Hammers Shirts

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The Fuck Is This?

After years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, I decided to make a variation where everything is improv. The DM knows as much as the players and you tell a story together - sitcom style. We use this site as a quest starter, think of some characters, and see how much we can make each other laugh.

It's designed to be simple, portable, and dependent on being creative & inventive. I wanted a framework to guide the plot forward but let us find the story. This page is just a guide to help the stories become too redundant - take as much as you want, ignore as much as you need. If you want to follow along with our adventures or read some examples, check out my personal story notes.

This concept and site was crafted by Andrew Maruska with linguistic help from Evan Stark

But how?

The Most Important Rule

Be Silly. The goal is to laugh not to have a normal adventure. Someone wants to go to the moon? Fuck yeah they do and we're going to do it with medieval technology.

Set Up

Give the players a home base, a year they want to play in, and some general ownership of the setup. It's more successful when everyone has helped create the world because when a player makes suggestions it's easier to integrate them without feeling too precious. It helps to have a figurehead that assigns the quest to authoritatively start.

Characters

90% of creating a character here is a funny voice you're forced to talk in for 3 hours. I typically have people pick one trait they want to be good at and give them a slight advantage when using that - and the same for a negative trait. Don't overcomplicate it. They wanna be a skateboarder who can't feel love? perfect. +2 to cool & -2 to social acceptance.

Rolling

This can be whatever you want but as a general rule I use d20's as a graded scale. Sometimes, I craft the roll to mimic the action i.e. if they are walking a tight rope then might need to roll a 10 because 20 & 1 make them fall to one side or the other. Rolling in D&D got boring so make it fun again.

Dungeon Master

Your goal is to say 'Yes and...' but realistically it's 'Yes and roll to see if you can actually do that triple backflip down the cliff to mount the attacking phoenix...' - It's okay to make them fail, just don't tell them no. This guide is to help you be 1 step ahead of the players but it can't know the vibe of the room, have some empathy and play to the crowd.

Ending

No one can tell you this. The guide is to help you get 1/3 of the adventure set up and the rest will be created by the adventuring party. Have fun with it and try to tie up some loose ends at the end (or don't and bring them back for another adventure).