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Little Dutch Can… a Setting for Your Game?

LDC-logoI own my own business.  I run a redemption center in north central Iowa.  Iowa has a nickle deposit law on all carbonated and alcoholic beverage containers.  redeem the deposit on beverage containers for the consumer and then in turn sell those cans and bottles back to the vendors.  The consumer pays this deposit when buying the beverage.  After consuming the drink the customer then returns the can or bottle for the deposit back.  I run my business as a convenience for grocery stores to be able to keep the mess out of their stores.

That’s very interesting, Stev, but why are you writing about this and posting it on the network?  I’m glad you asked.  I have a constant stream of people in and out of my establishment.  Folks from all walks of life, all levels of the economic class have visited.  This is the type of setting that allows your characters access to rumors from the highs of society to the lowest levels.

Sure, your party can go to the tavern and get the low-down on what’s happening from the working stiffs but is your party going to get an invitation to “The Social Event of The Season” at the Tavern? Maybe.  However the upper-crust aren’t going to frequent the lower class’ watering hole.  Your PCs have a better chance of rubbing shoulders with all walks of society if you can find a setting used by all strata of society in your world.  They could find work at a business that everyone needs (like Little Dutch Can).

Having your PCs attend the local equivalent of a sporting event is another good idea for unexpected encounters with folks outside their normal class level.

Do you have an idea of a cross-class setting?  I’d like to hear it.

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May 19, 2009 - Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Legacy D&D, Little Dutch Can, Other Systems, RPG | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I always thought it would be interesting after having a character badly wounded in a fight, to have him hospitalized in the same room as some important NPC.

    Comment by DeadGod | May 19, 2009

  2. Ooo! Topical material for modern settings.

    Highway rest stops.

    Tourist attractions. Particularly ones with broad appeal like the Statue of Liberty or Independence Hall. Oh, man, the people I met driving the horse and carriage there.

    Casinos.

    Spinning off of DeadGod’s hospital scenario (excellent); the dentists office or your auto mechanic’s waiting room.

    Checkout line of a grocery store.

    Comment by Dr. Checkmate | May 19, 2009

  3. Movies: all walks of life go to movies. This could be anything from a red carpet premier to the local drive-in. Tons of possibilities there.

    Theatre Performances: How many people have seen the Lion King or Mamma Mia on stage? Or Rent, or Stomp. When the lights go down, the transactions truly start to happen.

    Rock Concerts/Music Screenings: Ever win a ticket or three on the radio to see Band du Jour in the local studio for an accoustic performance? Who might be there? Who might be sponsoring it?

    Amusement Parks: Disneyworld seems to be a Mecca for all. Too many possibilities run through my head there. A quiet stroll in Epcot (around the world) could bring up several espionage related events. What about a particularly covert meeting in the “It’s a Small World” ride?

    National Parks: Many people from all walks of life and all over the world tend to gather there.

    Comment by Gary E. Weller | May 20, 2009

  4. @Deadgod – Cool idea. I just might use that.

    @Dr.C – more great ideas from my favorite super villian

    @Gary – Those work as well.

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | May 20, 2009


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