Watching Adam Koebel ‘s latest Roll20 session (specifically character creation) put an idea in my head.
I’ve been really enjoying my campaigns and one-shots which start in medias res , avoiding the Meet in Tavern trope, but when Adam said “We have a Dwarf, a Halfling and a Human” I couldn’t help but want to start a game in a twist on the old “Three Disparate People walk into a Bar” joke setup:
1: Go through character creation as normal, maybe skip bonds for the moment.
2. Announce “An [A], a [B] and a [C] walk into a tavern…” , for whatever values you have in race/class/alignment. Ham it up.
3: You’re recounting old stories of things you did together in the past. What big adventure did you barely survive? (Maybe use this to generate at least one bond each)
4. What has happened recently to dredge up all that old unpleasantness, and bring you back together in a pub so close to where it all happened, even though you swore you’d never return? (this could help generate another bond, and starts setting up the adventure)
5. Why is it so much worse this time, in different ways for each of you?
6. Finish your drinks, steel your resolve, and head out to face the threat…