Adventure Hook: Spontaneous Combustion

I’m listening to “Carrie” by the band Europe right now, and it reminded me of Stephen King’s book by the same title. That’s today’s inspiration (the book, not the song) for the adventure hook. This hook can be applied to pretty much any genre. Each genre will have its own approach to solving the riddle. ...

Adventure Hook: Tasty

Sorry for missing the adventure hook. I had it in my head, and just flat ran out of time yesterday to get it done. Here’s the hook without any more delays! A strange man walks into town tasting just a bit of all of the local foods before leaving the remaining morsels behind. With each ...

Adventure Hook: Treant

This one is a pure fantasy adventure hook. I may start throwing in some more sci-fi ones in the future to balance things out. A young treant slowly shuffles into town and stops at the edge of the buildings. It stands there and waits for someone to approach. If no one approaches, then a group ...

Adventure Hook: Gardens

All of the local, private gardens in the area have turned up dead and rotten. The plants died overnight, but anyone with a decent herbalism (or related) skill can tell that the plants have been dead for at least a week. After a second night passes, the plants rot into nothing more than black stubs. ...

Adventure Hook: Internet Missing

This is a hook for a modern or future sci-fi game. The Internet has gone missing! No matter how characters connect to the Internet (dial-up, wifi, DSL, cable modem, ISDN, radio packet, satellite, etc.) they just can’t find anything on the Internet (or Ultranet or Crystal Wind* or whatever you call it in your world). ...

Adventure Hook: Tiefling Blood

Everyone in the local region (can be a village, town, duchy or even a kingdom!) with tiefling blood has suddenly started to glow in the dark. There have been no other side effects (for ill or boon) other than the glowing. Of course, a tiefling thief attempting to lurk in the darkness will consider this ...

Adventure Hook: Seedlings

Strange trees with strange fruit have popped up everywhere in town over the past several days. At first, they were just small shoots jutting through the cobblestones and open markets of the area, but in just a few days they have grown to full-sized trees complete with fruit. Anyone brave enough (or stupid enough) to ...

Adventure Hook: Kidnapped by Bugs

People have been vanishing from the slums of the city. This is nothing new and the constabulary of the city don’t much care. However, some of the vanished people were well-to-do folks that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The few witnesses to the kidnappings have reported elves riding large ...

Adventure Hook Thursday: Marbles

All around the city marbles are falling from the sky. These marbles are no different from the normal toys children play with other than their origin is unknown, and they do not shatter upon hitting the ground. Enough people have been wounded (though not severely) by the falling items that the local governance has hired ...

Adventure Hook: Smilin’ Joe

Here’s one for anytime after the Great Depression onwards to space faring days. Smilin’ Joe, the local used transportation dealer (car, hovercraft, space ship, etc.) sells the PC a car. However, the PC is no further than three blocks/parsecs from the dealership when they are pulled over, promptly searched and found to be transporting a ...