We did a little test of the Big List generator
with CP. Comments, questions and ideas requested.
[manfred] OK... let's give it a stab. 10 random skills.
[manfred] bribery barter holdout weapon lore investigation hunting weapon lore axe throwing prospecting hydroponics
[CaptainPenguin] From me?
[manfred] If you want to.
[manfred] There is twice weapon lore...
[manfred] ...and investigation.
[CaptainPenguin] Umm, so wait, what am I supposed to do with it?
[manfred] Whatever you can think of, dear CP.
[manfred] Let's have some plot...
[manfred] There is bribery and barter, let's say there is smuggling.
[CaptainPenguin] * CaptainPenguin is confused. His brain feels very tired right now.
[manfred] Smuggling weapons of unknown source, hence weapon lore and investigation.
[manfred] prospecting, hydroponics... uhhh???
[CaptainPenguin] Agriculture, or Crafts.
[manfred] An exotic suppressed minority is the reciever of these weapons.
[manfred] They use it for... hunting?
[manfred] Perhaps man-hunting?
[manfred] So there is a spree of ritual murders, people hunted down by this unknown people.
[manfred] They use a strange weapon, possibly outlawed, brought into the city/setting by smugglers.
[manfred] Investigation centers on the mysterious hunters, and smugglers that supply them with weapons.
[manfred] But why would they need so many?
[manfred] Add ritual context: leave weapon at crime scene.
[manfred] Plus maybe a part of them is destroyed by other means, tested and considered unworthy, etc.
[CaptainPenguin] Say the weapon is an exotically-shaped sword or dagger...
[manfred] Or even axe? (there was axe throwing)
[CaptainPenguin] They make their murder-sacrafice, but the ritual is such that it causes the weapon to be shattered to pieces.
[manfred] But those will do, too.
[CaptainPenguin] So they need a new weapon for every killing, specially prepared in their homeland.
[manfred] Ahh... so more investigation/puzzling if you find not the whole weapon but its shattered pieces.
[CaptainPenguin] Perhaps the weapons, by their nature or shape, are fragile, or perhaps they are made to break.
[manfred] There you go: a plot hook.
[CaptainPenguin] Good job, Manfred!
[manfred] And, that's how the generator is supposed to be used.
[manfred] Take a few random elements, make some sense of them if possible, discard the rest.