Friday, December 19, 2014

100 Customer Types for Spaceport Bars From Fishwife Games For Your Old School Space Based & Science Fantasy Campaigns

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We're taking a look at a great little product from Fish Wife Games Today. 
100 Customer Types for Spaceport Bars is a nicely little list of space bar patrons, nasties, and scum suitible for any little space port dive, space station watering hole, or any Exo planet water tap where adventurers can get themselves into the deep end of a bar fight, interlude encounter or general point of mayhem.
According to the Rpgnow blurb: 

100 Customer Types for Spaceport Bars
What sort of characters lurk about in that crowded, noisy spaceport bar? Roll the percentile dice and find out!
Sample rolls from the list:
01- Agritech farmer
25- Drug addict
50- Media personality
75- Science officer
99- Xeno-slaver
Author: Dave Woodrum

100 Customer Types for Spaceport Bars sets out to do one thing and ends up being three products in one. This is another download from Fish Wife Games and again the quality is spot on here. Dave Woodrum provides a varied and interesting list of patrons for that wretch hive of scum and villainy in your local space port or Outer Rim space station. This list can also be used as a quick D100 encounter table as well to really spice games up. The other use for this little list is as a jump point for a group of NPC's right in the middle of an adventure. A few tosses of the dice and wham you've got everything you need to keep your PC's busy for a game dealing with some scum in the center of a bar.

This list is short, sweet, concise, and doesn't spend a ton of time dealing out details. Here the descriptions are brief and varied. The DM can add this list to his or her favorite space opera or science fictional game there's no rule hang ups to get in the way of really going to town with this list. Everything here is geared to get the PC's into interaction with minimum fuss. This is going to happen for under a dollar and this list can be dropped into a game mid stream of an adventure and no one is going to notice at all. The players can deal with the NPC's as they see fit and the same list will give a dozen results per toss to really allow the DM a rapid fire round robin of encounters. This allows an adventure to seem almost like an old school detective novel where the encounters give the skeleton of an urban interstellar Noir back drop adventure. As quick as you please this same formula can whip the PC's into the middle of a planetary tavern with steamy alien political intrigue is the order of the day. The key here is the DM['s imagination and his or her willingness to commit the time and imagination to the backgrounds of those listed here. A clever and well done product which a DM can get a hell of a lot of utility out of for the price of less then a hamburger. Highly  recommended.
Using 100 Customer Types For A Spaceport Bar
For Your Old School Campaigns

While there are a myriad of uses for this product the fact is that because this is a niche product, there's a few other things that can be done with this one.
For example I've used this list to populate a very quick drop into an interstellar bar by some fantasy adventurers traveling across dimensional lines. The way to work this one is to have it not be detected by the players until their adventurers are right in the middle of the encounter. Then its really a matter of placing them in the deep end of the pond. Because the descriptions are some what vague and a bit loose. There's plenty of wiggle room for design and execution of the NPC's. This same list could easily be used in a post apocalyptic wasteland with little to no modification and that's one of the beauties of lists such as this. The flexibility of the utility of the product and how you place it during play.
Use it somewhat sparingly because as soon as players catch on with this one. Give it a rest, the secret to using these sorts of random lists as D100 encounter tables is the variety of the encounters and spacing the bravo of the encounters. All in all I like this one as you might have guessed. This is a perfect coupling with a product like Spungo's Space Bar also from Fish Wife that I took a look at a couple of days ago.  Right over HERE

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