Welcome to the Strong & Irksome Detective's Committee!

Episode #39

Pandemonium in the Sharp Troll

For the Head Detective's eyes only!

Build the Villain

Monsters
The Hungry Porpoises of the Sharp Troll
limited Sovereign Rabbit of Dark
Sharp Unicorn
Villain Motive
Serve a master

Give Them Direction

Locations
Lagoon
Lagoon
House
Shelter
Destinations
Town of Hadcumstead
City of Exlingwick
Starting Event
The commander sends them to a location
Random Events
A Bellhop chase a suspect
A Amulet Is throwing a protest
A Whore is being loudly arrested
A Bum overflows

Populate the World

Criminal Contacts
Johnny "mad noses"
ralphie "fast lungs"
Joseph "junior parmigianas"
Juan "Sharp Troll"
Random People
Isabel Reeves
Ivy Beck
Sebastian Campbell
David Perez
Lucy Dawson
Descriptions
Journalist
The Body
Librarian
Frazzled
Firefighter
Local Business
Lucy's Shoe Horn Bazaar
ralphie's Sconce Department store
Campbell's Wardrobe Mall
Magical Objects
Polearm of Dark
Soy Sauce Packet of Extermination
Secret objects
Secret Shoe Horn
Wardrobe with a False bottom
Random objects
Credenza
Trunk
Vanity
Bookcase

The Fuck Is This?

After years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, I decided to make a variation where everything is improv. The DM knows as much as the players and you tell a story together - sitcom style. We use this site as a quest starter, think of some characters, and see how much we can make each other laugh.

It's designed to be simple, portable, and dependent on being creative & inventive. I wanted a framework to guide the plot forward but let us find the story. This page is just a guide to help the stories become too redundant - take as much as you want, ignore as much as you need.

This concept and site was crafted by Andrew Maruska with linguistic help from Evan Stark

But how?

The Most Important Rule

Be Silly. The goal is to laugh not to have a normal adventure. Someone wants to go to the moon? Fuck yeah they do and we're going to do it with medieval technology.

Set Up

Give the players a home base, a year they want to play in, and some general ownership of the setup. It's more successful when everyone has helped create the world because when a player makes suggestions it's easier to integrate them without feeling too precious. It helps to have a figurehead that assigns the quest to authoritatively start.

Characters

90% of creating a character here is a funny voice you're forced to talk in for 3 hours. I typically have people pick one trait they want to be good at and give them a slight advantage when using that - and the same for a negative trait. Don't overcomplicate it. They wanna be a skateboarder who can't feel love? perfect. +2 to cool & -2 to social acceptance.

Rolling

This can be whatever you want but as a general rule I use d20's as a graded scale. Sometimes, I craft the roll to mimic the action i.e. if they are walking a tight rope then might need to roll a 10 because 20 & 1 make them fall to one side or the other. Rolling in D&D got boring so make it fun again.

Dungeon Master

Your goal is to say 'Yes and...' but realistically it's 'Yes and roll to see if you can actually do that triple backflip down the cliff to mount the attacking phoenix...' - It's okay to make them fail, just don't tell them no. This guide is to help you be 1 step ahead of the players but it can't know the vibe of the room, have some empathy and play to the crowd.

Ending

No one can tell you this. The guide is to help you get 1/3 of the adventure set up and the rest will be created by the adventuring party. Have fun with it and try to tie up some loose ends at the end (or don't and bring them back for another adventure).