Over the past month, a lot of folks have been participating in the “30 Days of RPGs” meme. It’s one of those classic Internet things, where someone wrote up a list of 30 questions, and participants are supposed to answer one each day.
Over on the googleplus, there have been a lot of rumblings about how boring/annoying it is. Don’t get me wrong, if you have fun answering these questions, then I’m sincerely happy for you. But the specific questions asked never seem to produce the kinds of answers that I (or others) enjoy reading.
A big group of us decided to put our money where our mouths were, and see if we could put together a more satisfying list of questions. We Gygaxian Democracy’d a list of 30 questions, and have been sharing it around g+ for a few days now. If you’re interested, head over to #DIY30 on Google+, read some of the answers, and get to writing some of your own!
30 Days of Questions for DIY D&D:
- What is a heretofore unknown secret of Troll ecology?
- What’s a campaign you would love to play in, but nobody is running it?
- How can a monster harm a character in a new and unusual way?
- Make a monster based on your deepest fear
- What sort of abilities would a Bug Knight class give to a character?
- There are six kinds of vampires. Don’t be boring.
- What happens when you water fruit trees with goblin blood?
- “Mommy, what are tooth faeries like, and what do they do with all the teeth?”
- Who rules the deepest ocean floor?
- What is beyond the Wall? (So help me, any of you who makes some lazy-ass Game of Thrones reference is kicked out of the OSR.)
- Why is the stone circle on the hill top broken?
- What is there to do when stationed on an interstellar lighthouse?
- Three sports that wizards play.
- Roll a D20 and count down that many photos on https://www.flickr.com/explore. That’s your prompt.
- Write a pitch for how you would turn a shitty game into a good game.
- Make an equipment list for a post apoc setting, using only things in 1 room of your home. Garage and kitchen are easy mode.
- What political situation existed 500 years ago, and how does its fall affect the world of today?
- The wizard has researched a new spell named “Chance Minutia.” What does the spell do?
- What single change would you make to a popular D&D setting and why?
- Describe a mechanic you would put into your Science Fiction Heartbreaker.
- Most unexpected spell that helped you get past the walls of the Fortress of See.
- Describe Milk Demons for me. What do they do, what are their names, what do they taste like?
- How should gods work in a game?
- If the object closest to your left hand right now was a magic item in your campaign, what would it do?
- The last thing you drank is a potion. What are its effects?
- Your childhood pet is now a monster. How is it going to kill me?
- So what’s with that overly-elaborate locked box?
- What’s a really cool imaginary place you’ve made up? Draw a map of it. Don’t worry it’s just a map. E’rybody can make maps.
- Goblins are great. Why or why not?
- Share something cool you made if you can at all justify it as RPG related.