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Optimum Room & Encounter Descriptions

I do not like the standard use of boxed textual content in any respect, as I am all the time going to paraphrase primarily based on the knowledge.  And whereas I want minimal greater than not, I do not just like the extremely minimal model with 2 traces per room.

What I have been experimenting with for my very own notes, that’s thus far working pretty properly for me is:

– boxed textual content with a few of the similar data that goes within the minimal format, quick, clipped, essentials–especially the stuff wanted to explain the primary response to the room.
– common textual content that’s observe up with no matter was within the field, such because the creature stat traces, treasure, or if I would like a extra concerned description as soon as one thing is examined.
– naming the rooms one thing evocative (as most of the minimalist approaches do).
– combining a a number of rooms right into a logical grouping, after which naming that. 

The named, logical grouping comes earlier than the person rooms, and in that part I write something I would like about widespread smells, drafts, typical hall dimensions, and many others.  Then I additionally put any creatures that routinely transfer round that space.

I feel this strategy helps, as a result of as you’ll be able to see, as a lot as I really like concise writing, I wrestle to supply it. ;)  The logical grouping provides me an outlet to throw in some full sentences or different notes whereas being extra disciplined within the particular person room descriptions.  YMMV.



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