Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fantasy Billboards Revisited

A while ago I did a post on Fantasy Billboards.  It's a favorite prop of mine for face-to-face games.  It's a good icebreaker, I have it set up so before the game they can pursue the the ads, notes and declarations.  Plus it helped with setting plot hooks and establishing personalities within the city that they haven't met yet.  Almost a minor celebrity status.  Last night Rob and I were talking and he's a much better archivist than I am.  I lost my gaming stuff all the time.  Well not lose I tend to toss it so I can make room for the new stuff.  Anyway I found my folder of billboard material and thought I would share a few of the items.

This one is a second part of post.  It was a minor adventure hook that went ignored.  When this posting on the billboard appeared the player took notice.  

Sometimes I liked to put nonsensical stuff up.  But it tempted the players and I had an adventure ready for this one.  If I remember correctly they did get the gold, but the people waiting outside took the magic items they wanted.

Only mages got to do their ads in color.  I guess I figured they would be the ones to do it.  And that symbol in the upper right corner is the symbol of the Guild of Arcane Lore.  I always liked it.

This was another plot hook.  Like most things in life, if you deal with it right away its not a big issue, but if you let it slide for a while it will become a problem. 

I hope you can read this through the falling hearts.


  1. I like those. I've done similar things in the past myself, but not so fancy.

  2. With Weird Adventures I would probably do a one or two page newspaper. I can't remember the name of the one in the City. But I think it would be cool to get some old time pictures and just do short news articles and have them as a player handout whenever you thought it was needed.

  3. I love these. I've used a few in my online game, but not as creative as these are. Excellent material!

  4. Oh, wow. I just noticed you have the comment XP up again (I can be so oblivious). Very cool. I'm actually one comment ahead of Whisk at the moment, heh heh. But of course saying that will jinx it. :)

  5. Bard: Hahaha, I didn't even know he included me. I was too busy putting hearts all over his blog.

  6. That's a great way to put out some hooks. I'm a big enough RBDM that I'd throw out some hooks that are WAY TOO BIG for the characters at that level...just to teach them it's OK to run away (or die) once in a while.
    Consider it stolen.... :D

  7. These are cool. I remember doing something like this once ages ago. Sounds like a good way to throw out a hook or two.