On my previous post, Telecanter suggested that I use a bunch of Scrabble Tiles to make the NPC Matrix.
Excellent idea. Thank you!
Keith Davies further suggested that "blanks" might have some special connotation when the tiles were thrown.
Another excellent idea! Thank you!
So, I liked these ideas SO MUCH that I gave it a try. I honestly don't know where to go from here. I have ideas and I'm thinking about it. I want to show you the maps I made.
I selected all the tiles. These aren't Scrabble but from Bananagrams (?) A friend (RF in my CotMA Campaign) gave these to me.
Now, none of my tiles are "blank" as Keith suggested, but a large number are upside-down. I figure that tells me *something* about those NPCs. Maybe they are good or maybe they are evil. Maybe they all have a secret... I don't know, but I want to make sure I remember which ones were upside-down.
I began by circling the upside-up ones in RED. Here's what that looks like:
Then, I circled the upside-down tiles in BLUE.
What if they are all alone on the periphery. What does that mean?
This method bears a striking resemblance to the excellent ideas Telecanter shared about making caves, caverns and dungeons with dice and condiments!
At first glance, this looks like a map. If this was a city, you could overlay this onto a map and perhaps find out where all of them "live." Alternately, you could print up a city map (or regional map) and throw the tiles onto it. The location of the tile would show where they "live."
I'm going to ponder this map awhile and see what pops into my head. Of course, I appreciate any suggestions or ideas you might have. Please share them in the comments.