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« on: January 07, 2004, 06:32:56 AM »
I wanted to create this a long time ago, but have somehow forgotten it. I designed a little spell one day, that produces a tiny bird-excrement, hitting the shoulder of its victim. The ultimate distraction, because it can really happen and is instantly annoying.

But then, nothing of that kind happened in my games yet, and the players may get suspicious. So I envisioned a table, that would contain the little good and bad things that may happen at any moment or not at all. The little moments of life we smile about, or curse, but forget soon anyway.

While it is sometimes very tempting to torment players, the table should also contain little good things that happen sometimes. Use these "micro-encounters" at your own risk.

(The first few come from Strolen, who reminded me of it again.)

1. Sword gets stuck in sheathe and takes a battle of strength to get it out.
2. As you duck or bend or what a seam in your clothes comes undone, and there is suddenly a hole!
3. The next chair or similar item breaks, you slide from it, or otherwise fails to carry your behind.
4. The next ordinary item you seek, is misplaced and cannot be found, unless you really search all your baggage.
5. You loose some change you kept in your pocket.


6. A bird bombs you. Choose random shoulder to get messy.
7. Something sticky falls into your pack...
8. The next fire you try to light takes very long to ignite.
9. Your horse looses a horseshoe. Better visit the smith.
10. The next merchant feels generous or likes you, makes a little discount for you.
11. You find money on the street! It really happens. Nothing big though.
12. Someone looks familiar from afar, but is not if you look closer.
13. If there are many people around, someone bumps into your shoulder, but excuses for it. (paranoia...)
14. A dog comes to you, sniffs, and is called back to its master.
15. Someone shouts a swear-word loudly on the street.
16. You feel the intense need to scratch at an inopportune moment.
Do not correct me, I know I am wrong.

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2004, 11:52:12 AM »
17.  You are splashed by muddy water as a cart passes.
18.  A small child gives you a flower or peice of candy, then runs off to play.
19.  A cat purrs and rubs up against you for no discernable reason.
20.  As you are walking under a window, you are doused by a bucket of wash water being thrown out.  
21.  Your meal has been burned.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2004, 02:25:28 PM »
22 You have an annoying tune stuck in your head. For the next week.
23 The binding of the sole of your boot comes apart, leaving you with one good boot.
24 The bed at the inn has new straw, and there's no ticks in it for once.
25 The owner of the general store remembers you from when you travelled through as a child.
26 You find a squirrel in your backpack. The squirrel is non-hostile.
27 You brush your head on a low hanging branch. The guy behind you walks into it.
28 You are asked to deliver a letter to a small house on your way out of town. The sealed packet is a love letter if opened, of no major import to your party.
29 The rumbling storm never quite makes it over the hills to your camp.

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2004, 01:03:21 AM »
30 You notice a particularly uncommon moss (For the druid/ranger types) that has soporific qualities growing on a tree.
31 You trip and fall on a loose cobblestone.
32 The people next door at the inn are obviously very good friends... and their bed squeaks. You don't get much sleep.
33 A bar wench accidentally spills mead on the man sitting behind you.
34 You have a sneezing fit.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2004, 10:12:06 PM »
35 A small lizard leaps out of a nearby bush, runs across your shoulders, down your leg, and across the other side of the road.
36 The next time you pull out one of your travel rations, you find moldgrowing on it.
37 You kick something in the dirt - hey! A gold piece!
38 Your left ear develops that annoying ringing sound for a few minutes.
39 Lucky you, a goose gets slammed into the ground by a downdraft, killing it instantly. Looks like fresh meat for dinner.
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i like this table let me know what you think of this ideas.
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2004, 04:51:20 PM »
40. You encounter an old lover
41. A raccon stole your food while you were sleeping.
42. You decide to sleep in an area filled with mosquitoes.
43. The ugly daughter(or son) of the mayor falls in love with you...(anything can happens usually lot of trouble)
44. A local thief dont like you and blame you for his robbery.
the new gods of palladium have arrive  you can run and hide but soon you willl die.

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2005, 11:08:15 AM »
45. A bag that you carry small misc stuff (flint,steel,mirror,fish hook,etc) has broken and the stuff goes all over.
46. A small child gives you a flower or peice of candy and then puts out a hand for a donation.
47. If crowded you accidently kick the person's foot in front of you causing him to fall.
48. You reach for your money pouch and it is not there. A moment later you realize you put it on the other side.
49. Canteen sprang a leak and now water has drenched your belongings.
50. Horse wanders from where it was once tied: to better grass, into the establishment you are visiting, into a neighboring establishment, middle of road...

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2005, 04:19:38 PM »
51. Your noble steed helps himself to your lunch while you are away
52. A barmaid mistakes you for a well known lout
53. You accidentally get someone elses drink at the bar
54. Someone orders a round on the house
55. Locals invite you into a belching contest
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Re: Murphy Table
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2016, 11:39:26 AM »
This list ever make it to the main site? It should.
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