Some time ago, I introduced both of my player groups to my Universe Reaction idea. It has seen extensive re-use since then. We’ve found it quite useful. Along the way, I had planned to post some examples of how it might be used. I’m finally getting around to it now. (Since I don’t have much else to post about at the moment.)
Universe Reaction, Examples
Simple concept. Provides an answer to a yes/no question, like “Will it rain?” with a bit more granularity.
This one is for questions like, “How much ammo do we find?” It depends on a rough idea, at least, how much is needed.
|<=0||None at all|
|16-18||More than enough|
Actually, this is one of the earliest questions I was trying to answer that resulted in the idea of the Universe Reaction. It revolved around how early or late an “appointment” occurred, or what sort of delays a PC might experience in rush-hour traffic.
|7-9||A bit late|
|13-15||A bit early|
This question originally revolved around “scrounging” and how useful a found item might be to whatever-it-is. But it could obviously have much wider applications as well.
|<=0||Worst possible match|
|1-3||Very bad match|
|10-12||Not quite good enough|
By “interesting,” I mean the Chinese curse sense—May you live in interesting times. This question evolved from an attempt to work out some “random events.”
|<=0||Most interesting (negative)|
|1-3||Very interesting (negative)|
|7-9||Not interesting (maybe a little negative)|
|10-12||Not interesting (maybe a little positive)|
|16-18||Very interesting (positive)|
|19+||Most interesting (positive)|