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Scrasamax
February 5, 2017
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 2 / 4.750000
Emotional Disruption Syndrome    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Single-Storyline)

Also known as EDS, a pervasive disorder where patients suffer from emotional instability, marked by self destructive behavior, violent outbursts, and other emotional disturbances.

Also a completely made up disorder.

Murometz
October 4, 2012
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Comments: 16
Ideas: 1
Votes: 14 / 4.571429
51 Minor Mysteries    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

 side-quest-ish and open-ended to be sure.

EmilioV
July 24, 2012
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.285714
10 Chance Meetings    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A selection of chance encounters that can take place in any large town or city.

Scrasamax
July 15, 2012
Hits: 1599
Comments: 7
Ideas: 2
Votes: 5 / 3.600000
11/30 Things to make Players Sweat    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Inspired by Cheka's 30 things to run away from.

Thanatox
July 9, 2012
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 1
Votes: 7 / 3.428571
Getting a party together: Beyond the bar fight    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Campaign)

“So…. Um….. your all sitting around in the inn and…..”

Agar
July 13, 2011
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.000000
The Perils of Envy    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Mini-Campaign)

An old and respected fortune teller is dying of disease and seeks out the help of andventurers to secure the heir to the fortune teller's power.

Dossta
April 21, 2011
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 1
Votes: 7 / 4.642857
30 Dragon-Related Plots and Encounters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Dragons are truly awesome creatures.  Too awesome in a lot of ways, really.  Because of their power, their magnificence and their near-immortal lifespans, a GM might hesitate to include one in a campaign as anything other than an end boss.  Here are 30 non-traditional ways to bring these wonderful beasts into your own campaign.

Dossta
September 29, 2010
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Comments: 26
Ideas: 1
Votes: 14 / 4.392857
30 Campaign Starters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Due to the nature of tabletop RPGs, a campaign will often start with a random group of strangers.  Here are some ways to get them adventuring together, without resorting to the old Tavern trope.

HaroldWiggle
December 29, 2009
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.500000
The Spirit of Urban flora    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

"A demonic plant? Don't be daft, go research something useful to society."

"But-but the p-plant! It's evil! It must be destroyed!"

"Now the flowers bloom all year round thanks to the most holy Spirit of Urban flora. It just takes a little blood."

VIM40
December 21, 2009
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 10
Votes: 8 / 3.875000
Twenty Zombie Encounters/Seeds    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

It was just any other day, another testament to the mundane dreary lives of the living. No one was prepared for their coming, how could they be? They entered the bodies of the living, transforming them into blood thirsty monsters, all in an instant.

Moonlake
March 10, 2009
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Comments: 19
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.583333
Brothels and Intrigues    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

What happens when the PCs run into a girl that they failed to rescue once a second time?

Drackler
January 28, 2009
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 3.666667
Close Encounters of the Planar Kind    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A large object appears in the sky, moves in a strange fashion and vanishes after abducting a lone PC. The PC is later returned unharmed, but has several traits changed on his character sheet, no memory of the event and continually has strange dreams about goblins in space wearing lab coats and holding glowing wands.
                -30 Disasters by Scrasamax

Drackler
August 2, 2008
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 4
Votes: 3 / 3.666667
30 Wilderness Plots    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

I’m inviting anyone who has a short plot , set in some sort of wilderness, to post it here.

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 7, 2007
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.700000
The Black Man    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A foreigner is being chased through the streets of the town by a mob with murder in their hearts.

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 7, 2007
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.083333
The Secret Invitation    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

The adventurers are approached in some public yet semi-private place by a lean dwarf, wearing a colorful cape with black feathers rim wrapped tightly around him. What will come of this?

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 6, 2007
Hits: 3978
Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.857143
The Strange Ship    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A foreign ship drifts into the harbor.

Stomphoof
October 6, 2007
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.083333
The Abandoned Temple    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

"Hey there, you look like a sturdy fellow!  Interested in a treasure map?  Only a few gold coins and this map to an ancient ruins secret room can be yours!"

A Basic Dungeon Crawl that starts with a map.

Chaosmark
August 11, 2007
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.583333
Trapped in a Schemer's Web    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

A random description pulls the players into the dangerous, scheming web of politics…

dark_dragon
March 31, 2007
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.555556
Bellissa's plea    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Mini-Campaign)

So, off again we go to slay the evil dragon… but what happens when said evil dragon is asking for a big favour with its dying breath… well, you decide…

the Wanderer
February 18, 2007
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 12
Votes: 7 / 3.571429
The Scene is Set...    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)

“While traveling you stumble upon…um…you stumble upon…”

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Castoria, Land of Shattered Stars

       By: Veretrix

Castoria was once a thriving and prosperous nation, a rich trade center for the surrounding lands. This all changed when, on one fateful night nearly a century ago, the Mist of Eternity rolled in and surrounded the land, obscuring more of the outside world as days and nights passed.

By the time the Mist blocked out the sun, a new light shone during what was assumed to be daytime: The Starpoint Spire, a mysterious place atop Castoria's highest peak in the northern-central region. Some say that there is some sort of building atop the mountain shining the dim "sunlight" onto the land, but it is only ever too bright or too dark to fully make out any structure, not to mention the mountain's immense height.

Not a month after the Spire's light lit up, the stars fell. Flaming rocks and debris from far-flung edges of space plummeted downward onto the eastern region of Castoria. Once the shower subsided, a strange energy from within the fallen stars transformed the eastern lands in what are now known as The Voidwastes, a barren gray land littered with craters and strange alien creatures (these can vary, but I had Pathfinder's Akatas in mind).

To the south, strange mechanism of eldritch origin are again at work after aeons of rest in the Ruins of Kchuthngnl, an ancient city of non-human creation that is estimated by scholars to be no less that five millennia old.

To the west, the once peaceful and serene forest, now known as The Plagued Woods, has been experiencing corruptions of the wildlife and humanoids living there. Some humans have reported creatures that appear not unlike a halfling, except that they can open their mouths to massive proportions to swallow creatures the size of an ogre.

When adventurers and citizens alike try to make an escape from Castoria, they are never seen again, and it is utterly unknown whether they found hopeful sanctuary or agonizing death withing the Mist's depths.

What is unknown to all residents of Castoria is that all of these events occurred because of the actions of a secret but powerful cult loyal to the Elder Gods who call the space between the planes their abhorrent home. The cult still lives on, larger than ever, and their plan is for the alien horrors to incubate and thrive within the dome of mist that now envelops Castoria, so that when the Elder Gods return as the cult's prophecy foretells, they will have an army of blasphemous creation at their disposal that they will use to make war with and enslave the denizens of the Material Plane.

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