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Random encounter/loot/job tables

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Random encounter/loot/job tables
So, for the Cairo/Whiskey Station I've been discussing elsewhere, I've been putting together a number of "random tables" to smoothly and confidently fill in gaps when the players go outside what I expected in a given campaign. I'm curious if anyone else has been doing anything like this; I thought I'd post my in-progress tables and see if anyone is interested in using them, or has thoughts on improving them.
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The Bottle of Pain
For our first few sessions, the group often got stuck in endless debate cycles about how to deal with relatively simple situations. I instituted a new rule: a sealed prescription bottle named "The Bottle of Pain" would be placed on the table at the start of each session. If they used more than 5 minutes deliberating at any point, the cap would come off. Each time they passed 5 minutes of deliberation after that point, the d10 inside would be rolled and the event it indicated would occur. They got really good at deciding things quickly. [table] [r][c]Roll [/c][c]Event [/c][c]Notes [/c][/r] [r][c]0[/c][c]X-Threat![/c][c]An exsurgent infection, TITAN incursion, or similar horrifying risk emerges unexpectedly.[/c][/r] [r][c]1[/c][c]Natural disaster[/c][c]A sudden storm, hull breach, micrometeorite strike, or similar unlucky event.[/c][/r] [r][c]2[/c][c]Gear failure[/c][c]A critical piece of gear malfunctions.[/c][/r] [r][c]3[/c][c]Hacked[/c][c]One or more members of the party are hacked. -20 infosec check to see if they realize it.[/c][/r] [r][c]4[/c][c]Ambushed[/c][c]The party is surrounded by enemies or predators. -20 perception check to see if they realize it before they’re attacked.[/c][/r] [r][c]5[/c][c]Hunted[/c][c]The party is being pursued by enemies or predators. -30 perception check to see if they spot the pursuers.[/c][/r] [r][c]6[/c][c]Detected[/c][c]The party is spotted by enemies or predators, either via physical means or remotely via the mesh.[/c][/r] [r][c]7[/c][c]Dumb mistake[/c][c]A member of the party makes a dumb mistake of some kind. -30 to the next check.[/c][/r] [r][c]8[/c][c]Debt called in[/c][c]"An old contact calls in a favor, if circumstances allow."[/c][/r] [r][c]9[/c][c]All clear![/c][c]"You lucky, lucky bastards."[/c][/r] [/table]
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Jobs and favors
This one is a basic percentage roll whenever they are asked to perform a favor or look around for jobs. I'm writing up some additional notes, and filling in the pay levels appropriate for each gig. The table goes from 1-50; results from 51-100 are the same as the items on this list, but are doomed to go badly once they're in the thick of it. [table] [r][c]Roll[/c][c]Category[/c][c]Job[/c][c]Pay[/c][/r] [r][c]0[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]Supplies from an old microhabitat[/c][c]Expensive[/c][/r] [r][c]1[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]A derelict SLOTV[/c][c]High[/c][/r] [r][c]2[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]Jettisoned cargo[/c][c]Moderate[/c][/r] [r][c]3[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]A transport attacked by pirates[/c][c]Expensive[/c][/r] [r][c]4[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]A cache of pre-Fall egos[/c][c]Moderate[/c][/r] [r][c]5[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]Lost artifacts from gatecrashers[/c][c]High[/c][/r] [r][c]6[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]A lost cortical stack[/c][c]Moderate[/c][/r] [r][c]7[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]Cargo that “fell off the van”[/c][c]Low[/c][/r] [r][c]8[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]Live biological samples[/c][c]Moderate[/c][/r] [r][c]9[/c][c]Salvage/Retrieval[/c][c]A package from a dead drop[/c][c]Low[/c][/r] [r][c]10[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Guard a shipment[/c][/r] [r][c]11[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Protect a VIP[/c][/r] [r][c]12[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Smuggle illegal goods[/c][/r] [r][c]13[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Accompany a traveler[/c][/r] [r][c]14[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Sneakernet dangerous data[/c][/r] [r][c]15[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Keep package in escrow[/c][/r] [r][c]16[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Shuttle a team to a microhab[/c][/r] [r][c]17[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Install farcaster at destination[/c][/r] [r][c]19[/c][c]Transport[/c][c]Exfiltrate an ops team[/c][/r] [r][c]18[/c][c]Transport[/c][/r] [r][c]20[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Find a missing loved one[/c][/r] [r][c]21[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Dig up dirt on a respected figure[/c][/r] [r][c]22[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Reverse engineering software[/c][/r] [r][c]23[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Determine what an artifact does[/c][/r] [r][c]24[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Surveillance of a public figure[/c][/r] [r][c]25[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Reconstruct erased memories[/c][/r] [r][c]26[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Uncover a morph’s history[/c][/r] [r][c]27[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Research a corporate rival[/c][/r] [r][c]28[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Locate a security leak[/c][/r] [r][c]29[/c][c]Investigation[/c][c]Search accident scene for clues[/c][/r] [r][c]30[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Wipe evidence of a breakin[/c][/r] [r][c]31[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Assassinate a public figure[/c][/r] [r][c]32[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Burn a server[/c][/r] [r][c]33[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Kill an infected pedestrian[/c][/r] [r][c]34[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Destroy a ship[/c][/r] [r][c]35[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Nuke a rogue beta fork[/c][/r] [r][c]36[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Destroy a competitor’s merch[/c][/r] [r][c]37[/c][c]Erasure[/c][c]Destroy a microhabitat[/c][/r] [r][c]38[/c][c]Erasure[/c][/r] [r][c]39[/c][c]Erasure[/c][/r] [r][c]40[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Design custom software[/c][/r] [r][c]41[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Crack security[/c][/r] [r][c]42[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Gatecrashing[/c][/r] [r][c]43[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Tear down a wreck[/c][/r] [r][c]44[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Plan a heist[/c][/r] [r][c]45[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Organize an AR performance[/c][/r] [r][c]46[/c][c]Skills[/c][c]Repair busted equipment[/c][/r] [r][c]47[/c][c]Skills[/c][/r] [r][c]48[/c][c]Skills[/c][/r] [r][c]49[/c][c]Skills[/c][/r] [/table]
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These are very cool. Giving
These are very cool. Giving me some ideas.
Exhuman, and Humanitarian.
Prime Mover Prime Mover's picture
The list has inspired me for
The list has inspired me for the start of my next campaign. A newly formed Firewall cell having to complete a series of seemingly unconnected tasks with urgency. Basically tieing up loose ends behind a more veteran teams operation.
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