Reaction Rolls

July 21, 2009

So, I haven’t found very much info in the MF book about NPC reactions to characters, so I’ve come up with this little table for rolling when the PCs talk to people in town, barter, etc.

The reaction rolls I make are:

  • When the party first enters the town, I roll on a d6, total all their reaction adjustments and add the total to the roll (for instance, the party members have -2, +1, 0, -1, so I total them: -2 and add it to the dice roll: 4, so they end up with 2).
  • When a pc interacts directly with a NPC, I have them roll a d6 and add their reaction adjustment.

Then I consult the table below:

Roll General On the Street Store/Trade Town Reaction
6 and More Hatred The NPC will openly mock, cajole and even attack the PCs (if he is low intelligence or the situation makes it favorable to do so) Refuses to Trade or sell items. May intentionally sell them a “bad” item.  Lynching; pressed into slavery; tarred and feathered.
5 Dislike The NPC distrusts the PCs, and if prompted to pick sides, will actively fight against them. +50% to Book price of goods if selling, -50% to book price if buying. Unless the PCs are on their best behavior, they may be told to leave the town.
3-4 Indifferent  No feeling either way.  Will simply be a spectator in a confrontation.  Book Price  No real reaction.
2 Like  The NPC likes the PC, and will help him if he asks.  Will support / fight for the PC in a fight.  Book price – 50%  Residents are cordial; leader may ask PCs for help on side adventure.
1 Admire The NPC really likes the PC.  He will offer help without being asked.  Book price – 75%; roll 1d4 tech gizmos that the npc has squirrelled away and will offer to the PC at a cheap price. Residents flock to the party.  People offer their homes for the PCs to stay in; they are offered food.  The leader proclaims them honorary sherriffs.
Less than 1 Adores Will offer services as a retainer to the PC, will actively seek to raise his status with the group. Will give items to the PC. Hero’s welcome.  The opposite sex throws themselves at the PCs, they are lavished with gifts, given some title like “lord”.

I’ve tried to make each particular thing a possible story hook.  For example, being adored may not be all that it’s cooked up to be; maybe one of the women in the village claim her bastard child is theirs…etc.

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