Saturday, 18 April 2020
Urban Encounter Tables for BFJB
I was looking at a lexical list of types of people as I drank my coffee one Saturday morning (as you do) and it suddenly struck me that it read like a random encouter table. An excerpt:
[...] mukabbûm =tailor
[lu₂-ni₂-su]-ub-ba zabbum =an ecstatic
[SAL lu₂-ni₂-su-ub]-ba zabbatum =a female ecstatic
[...] sarrum =criminal
[lu₂] ḫa-lam-ma ša lemuttim =(person) of evil
lu₂ ḫul lemnu =bad one
lu₂ ḫul maskum =evil one
lu₂ ḫul gig zērum =hateful (person)
So I decided to make one out of it. I chose OB Lu₂-azlag₂ B-C as it was both long (~400 entries) and as an Old Babylonian list is co-terminous with the game's set timeframe. I couldn't use all the entries, as some were too broken (one who [...] to his mouth), too often repeated (evil person), too boring (right handed person), incomprehensible (one who lacks a mīru organ), or simply not descriptive enough for an encounter table (living person). Since BFJB only uses 6-sided dice, I narrowed it down to 216 -- 6 tables of 36 entries.
It's condensed to fit on 2 sides of A4. I left the Akkadian words in, but I had to cut the Sumerian both to save space and because a lot of the brackets didn't display correctly.
There's no way to format it for this blog, so grab the PDF here:
BFJB Urban Encounter Tables.pdf
I haven't had time to come up with wilderness encounter tables, but you can pretty much just crib off the ones in Runequest. Just replace trollkin with Gutians or something. You can leave scorpion men as is!
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