I've been working on random encounter tables for 5E, similar to 1E, and I got to thinking maybe someone has already done this. Anyone have anything they care to share???
There are a bunch out there, notably the ones in Xanathar's Guide to Everything which have a table for every Tier for every Terrain type.I've been working on random encounter tables for 5E, similar to 1E, and I got to thinking maybe someone has already done this. Anyone have anything they care to share???
I found using the level 17-20 tables in my Wilderlands game for long distance flight worked well when combined with the WoHF box's static encounters which of course weren't levelled; so there was a nice mix of goblin worgriders and ancient green dragons.Ok, so now I remember why I don't like XGtE's tables...
First, it is organized by level, not rarity. I like tables where even at 20th level, you can encounter simple orcs, etc. In fact, you should be more likely to encounter orcs, than say demons, at any level (in a typical fantasy world of course). A lot of tables skip over simple/ easy encounters at higher levels but I prefer not too.
Second, the extra stuff (i.e. non-creatures) I don't care for, either.
Third, some of the creatures in 5E that are in those tables I don't like as well. Old school, I prefer only monsters from 1E.
Still, they might serve as a useful launching point. Back to the grind...