A loose scenario structure

pith-helmetWe are writing scenarios.
I have one on my desk that has to be ready for the 20th of the month, while my brother is busy reading through the Ultima Forsan1 handbooks to check a few facts for a scenario he’s outlining.

Now, having discussed long campaigns in Savage Worlds a few days ago, here’s some idea about one-shots scenarios.

I can’t of course speak for my brother, but when I try and dream up a one-shot scenario, I have a few items on my list

  • the scenario has to truly stand alone

  • but it should be easy, should the keeper wish, slot it into a larger ongoing campaign

  • it should start in media res, dragging the players in the story from the first moment

  • it should feature a certain number of scenes, possibly each in a different mood (and not just a different style)

post-it-note-with-a-pinNow, when I used to write scenarios for my own team… well, I basically did not write them down.
I just jotted down a few notes, scrawling a few post-it notes I would then paste inside the covers of the rulesbook.
And it works.

But writing for third parties is different.

And despite my list up here, I generally find it pretty hard to design proper scenarios – my ideal format is something with a general premise and introduction for the keeper, a timeline of events that will take place no matter what the players do, and a list of NPCs, each with a capsule description including

  • what the character wants

  • what the character fears

  • what the character is willing to do to get wherever they want and avoid whatever they fear

A closing remark listing possible outcomes, ideas for sequels and XP rewards guidelines might also be a good idea.

This sort of structure works for me, and has never been rejected so far – but I wonder what people prefer out there.
Fast and loose or highly detailed?
Open-ended or funnel-shaped?
The comments, as usual, are open.

  1. and yes, I am writing a full 
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