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Chapter 1: Gamemastery Basics / Adventure Design / Adventure Recipes


Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 44
Think about your opposition, and what their goals and motivations are. The motivation of the opposition needs to match your threat. If you have multiple adversaries, their motivations should all work toward your theme, but they might have different goals and act more as rivals or enemies. Motivations should be more than one dimensional. There should be a reason for every action the opposition takes—not necessarily a good one or a smart one, but a believable one. Be true to each character! Consider these questions so you can use the answers when deciding what the opposition will do.
  • What does the opposition want?
  • Who or what does the opposition fear? (And no, “the PCs” isn’t an answer.)
  • Why is the opposition sure to succeed? If the PCs don’t do anything, what makes the opposition unstoppable?
  • What are the opposition’s weaknesses? How can they be bribed or tricked? What’s something they ignore that might be used against them?