3 Things a Great RPG Adventure Must Have
How to Identify or Make a Great RPG Adventure
There are many things a great RPG adventure should have to make the experience truly remarkable, like an interesting plot, character development, balanced combat, or powerful loot, and there are many content creators out there with plenty of advice on how to do it. But there are three things that will separate great adventures from forgettable ones that will make players lose interest halfway through it. These things are broad concepts that any adventure should have and will enhance the experience regardless of anyone’s skills, or what kind of RPG system is being used. Here is what they are and how to achieve them.
The Rule of Cool
Yes, it might sound obvious that a great RPG adventure should have lots of fun, but it can actually be a bit tricky to make this work for every player on the table. Some people might prefer battling over the story while others would rather socialize than defeat anything. The players’ party composition says a lot about how the campaign will go, and the DM needs to be aware of that to find balance. Fun cannot be achieved only with a good story, an interesting challenge, or a thoughtful puzzle. There is more to it in the nuances of conducting a campaign to make it feel great and one of the best ways to guarantee that is by applying the rule of cool whenever possible.
Does the party want to have a comedy moment during a horror adventure? Go with that! Are the core rules imprecise or confusing about a certain spell or ability? Make new rules. Does a player want to flirt with a kobold? Give them a high DC challenge and see how things will play out! The rule of cool is more of a mindset than a rule set in stone — allow players to take the wheel sometimes, and help to steer the ship whenever needed. On the other side, players should understand how to properly work as a team, and how character’s classes complement each other. Another great way to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone as a player is by being proactive. Take notes during the adventure and help the DM consult rules or spells. It will likely speed up downtimes and leave more room for the fun part.
The Right Mood
Let’s quickly get something out of the way by saying: don’t confuse mood with immersion. Immersion is playing a nice soundtrack during the adventure, having cool miniatures, choosing the right words to describe a scene, or even giving the right voice to a character. Of course, all of those things could be done to add to the experience, however, they can fall flat when players are just not in the right mood. Maybe they grew tired of their characters, or maybe they don’t want to play the same setting anymore — the adventure has lost its appeal. The mood can change throughout an adventure, especially in longer campaigns, and sometimes that’s out of the DM’s control.
Accept that a mood can and will change eventually, and that is not a bad thing. It could mean discovering new RPG systems, a different setting, or even a different group of players. Player groups can drastically change the mood of an adventure. In other words, find people who are in the same mood to play games. But sometimes, the mood can be just playing something alone, at a slower or faster pace than usual, and that’s completely normal. Solo adventures exist for that. It helps with the itch to play something different or more in the right mood before joining a group of friends on a long campaign. A great adventure is the one that scratches that itch, so here is a curated list of the Best Solo RPGs to Play on the market to help with that.
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