Notes on a ship-crawl game
What I'm trying to hack together is a system for sailing ship operation and activities while going from port to port. Sorta Traveller-esque (in the operating a free trader sense), but in a fantasy setting. The encounters and events in port are the more interesting bits, but what do you do in-between?
Events at sea could include weather (becalming, storms, etc), ship issues (damage and repair, crew matters, fire, etc), passenger and cargo issues, and so forth.
I am envisioning this for use in a game setting where some of the area has been charted, but possible discoveries of new islands may occur. Encounters with fauna or with other vessels (friendly or hostile) could be possible, as well.
For in port activity, I'd like to have a a few systems or sets of tables: a trade and cargo bit for brokering; an encounters bit for potential passengers or possible adventure hooks; ...
It seems to me that this could be done as a system-agnostic set of tables and rules. It's hexcrawl-ish, but with elements of castle maintenance for the ship operation and so forth.
My setting concept is for a somewhat known region, but it could be adaptable to a more Edge of the World/There Be Dragons kind of setting, as well.
Is there already something like that out there, so I don't have to reinvent existing wheels (to pick a particularly un-related metaphor)?
Some things other people have posted about that's been a nudge or an inspiration to do more with this idea:
ara - @anmwinter
emmy - @ emmyverte
Also, I think the concept of @PaulCzege 's Traverser is an influence, even if his actual game is nothing like what I've imagined for it.
I will try to get an outline of the pieces I have in mind for now, and post that soon.
Any initial thoughts you have about things you think might or should be included would be welcomed.
@rthorm check out Lavender Hack by Phil Lewis - - it builds a resource management and travel system on top of an OSR framework
@rafial Looking at it now. I see a couple names of people that are in this current discussion also show up in the playtesters and advice.
Thanks for the recommendation of this.
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