Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Less aggressive restocking of Felltower?

For my GURPS DF / DFRPG game Felltower, I've generally been fairly aggressive on the restock. I check the real-world gap between games and make my rolls and decisions based on that time. The longer the gap, the more chances for new denizens and reinforcements to existing denizens.

I use my own guidelines, of course, because there isn't a lot about megadungeon play for GURPS in the rulebooks.

The past 6-8 months, though, I've been significantly less aggressive in my restock.

This is almost entirely due to real-world issues.

More time between sessions means an aggressive restock means a lot of time re-clearing places the group has already been. That can get old for the players and the GM alike. It doesn't mean I'm not restocking, just that I'm making sure it doesn't outpace the players' ability to clear and explore.

I also have less actual time to sit down and do it. More work and more study means less time to spend on game. So what's there needs to be sufficient. It largely is.

So I've been doing less rolling for restocks. I'm doing more manual decision-making. And I'm putting in less monsters to fill back up places left fallow.

But I'm still doing it.

And there are still plenty of wandering slimes and growing of spores, mold, and fungus.


  1. Do you have a post regarding your restock guidelines? For some reason I always enjoy reading those in blogs.

  2. A more aggressive restocking also has dire consequences based on your defined experience system. You award experience primarily for looting and exploring. Your players already throw enough of their own obstacles in the way of exploring new areas; if you start added obstacles in the form of many encounters in cleared areas they likely won't ever get experience for exploration! Also, restocked areas tend to be restocked with less treasure than the original contents. This makes it much harder to get sufficient loot if cleared-and-restocked areas are occupying the players more than pristine areas. So restock sufficiently to keep it interesting, but be careful not to do so much that you butt against your own goals (as reinforced by the experience rules you gave the players to drive their play style)!


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