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Questions tagged [rpg]

For questions whose solutions are predominantly dependent on them being applicable to RPGs (Role-Playing Games). There is no need to use this tag if its involvement with RPGs is only coincidental.

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What would a recession look like in medieval times?

I'm working on a fantasy setting for a game, the gameplay of which includes trading and government in a fantasy world that is experiencing a negative trend in trade. The setting is outwardly ...
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Medieval Setting - Castles Per Capita

I'm creating an rpg medieval setting, and I want it to feel pretty real. Castles make fun locales, so I'm trying to figure out how many castles I can plausibly cram into a 5,000 mi² region. The ...
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Adventurers just entered town! They've a reputation for being a bit unpredictable and very strong. What reception could they expect? [closed]

Your group of adventurers is known far and wide to be the strongest group by a considerable margin. You're also known to be a bit unpredictable. Statistically, say from a Dungeon Master's ...
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How to limit the growth of a magic item that eats other magic items to gain their abilities?

I'm trying to design a magic item that can eat other magic items to gain their abilities. However, I keep running into a problem. Eventually, the magic item becomes semi-omnipotent as the abilities ...
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Do Adventurers Actually Increase The Number Of Monsters?

I just thought of something. Carnivorous and dangerous monsters are often depicted as common and dangerous enemies in fantasy, especially things like RPGs, but in real life herbivores far outnumber ...
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How could medieval fantasy alternative to a cannon work without magic or gunpowder?

Currently, I am running a d&d campaign based of of 11th century middle ages, with the world including multiple kingdoms with cultures and technology based on that time period. Given this context....
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In a VR-MMORPG, how might the game's publishers be able to maintain life-like NPCs?

Taking something like the anime Log Horizon as an example, where NPCs (non-player characters) are essentially humans, but in a game (let's wave our hands and say that the tech is available for making ...
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What could justify a save point before a boss fight in RPG?

The protagonist in this RPG is a robot fighting the oppressive human government. In his quest to liberate his fellow robots, he founded a robotic rebel army and finally liberated a factory that now ...
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How To Subtly Imply Intelligence

Since a couple of people seem confused, the players are there to purchase tech made by human colonists. The tech was made by exploiting the native alien fauna. The ecosystem of the planet is well ...
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How would society be different in a world with RPG elements? [closed]

It would be a world that parallels our own on quite a few aspects. There would be roughly 500 different stats for every person (standard stats like strength, intelligence, luck, and also ones like ...
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What are the consequences of a real world “Gamer” ability? [closed]

The Gamer ability is an ability which makes the world somewhat like an RPG for you. You have pop up screens, Health bar, stats, touching a book can make you learn everything in that book, killing ...
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Possible applications of low-level psionic alchemy?

An individual in my world has low-level psionic alchemy. They can (currently) determine the chemical composition of an object, and more importantly, to change it. Our character can take a medium ...
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How to construct a consistent ecology in an rpg fantasy world with monsters [closed]

Many RPG worlds seem to have a fauna and flora that is composed of the organisms found in our world with a more or less well thought out set of monsters added on. I was wondering how to design a ...
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“Leveling up” as a cultural/societal function?

I asked a similar question here on the site but it was too broad, so I'm attempting to break it down into smaller topics for people to dissect: this will likely be one of many. I am attempting to ...
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What would the Space/SciFi equivalent of an Adventurer's dungeon look like? [closed]

Here's some relevant info: The society is entirely space based. (So you can't just have an Earth dungeon, or a crashed spaceship, or a planetary colony) Artificial Gravity does not exist. Large ...
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How could a society be based off of the rules/conventions of an RPG? [closed]

EDIT: I have since revised my question so that it [hopefully] more closely adheres to community guidelines. I am trying to jumpstart a thought-experiment that would attempt to create a society whose ...
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Explaining Unique Artifact Shops

The Setup: During his trip to the town of Ar-Piji, our hero stumbles upon a mysterious shop. It contains all sorts of oddities, but for some reason he's the only one in there except for the hagged ...
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How might an intelligent and scientifically-minded RPG protagonist optimize their world? [closed]

A highly intelligent man or woman with whatever modern or genre knowledge you like wakes up one day in an RPG world, and they are the protagonist. They possess mystical elemental powers that are ...
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How do I populate a small, settled island for an RPG?

Background I'm creating an island on a medieval world with one large port city/town and roughly half a dozen smaller settlements on it. It's not too far from the mainland—several hours at most—but ...
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What martial art style would most suit an unarmed 'support' character?

I'm toying with an RPG concept, which includes a younger unarmed martial artist (14/15). As keeping with martial arts tropes he fights unarmed and may fight against monsters as well as humans, but ...
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How would martial arts develop in world with monsters?

If you have played Eastern-style RPG's (role playing game, think Final Fantasy) your know they tend to have monsters of many types and sizes, some much larger, some smaller, some humanoid, some animal ...
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What options does an all-powerful malevolent being have for preventing 50 First Dates?

I'm currently working on a world concept that revolves around an island, let's call it Amnesia, that is basically under siege by an all powerful malevolent force, let's call it BrainDamage. The idea ...
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Help with understanding Afghanistan for fictional characters in an RPG [closed]

I wasn't too sure whether this belonged on Writing or Worldbuilding, but I figured this is a better fit. I'm currently doing some thinking for a modern-day RPG with dark supernatural themes, and I ...
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Classifying possible sources of supernatural abilities in a simulated universe

Let's assume that the world is a (rather crude, video-game-like) simulation and that each sentient being is just a program running in the system. The universe resembles our own on the macroscopic ...
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How to design a world for a western marches game?

Western Marches is a style of RPG game where the players face an increasing amount of danger and hazards the further they go in a given direction. This can be due to being on a frontier, on the ...
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Is the world of a Roguelike RPG plausible?

In this context, I will define a Roguelike RPG world to be a world where a lone adventurer fights scores of monsters who drop magical weapons, armor and artifacts that the adventurer may pick up, use, ...
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What differences are there (if any) between building a world for rpg-gaming and building a world for story-writing?

From my own perspective I don't necessarily see any immediate differences, but I'm newish to the field. What differences have you come across in regard to building for these two different scenarios (...