The Season for Giving…XP

January 6, 2017 at 8:43 pm

“Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays.”

— John Clayton
krampusx1Like many game masters, we at the Aerie have been thinking about the holidays. Not only the real-world holidays that lead to cancelled games, but in-game holidays that your players’ characters share with family and friends.  Whether they are simply analogues to real-world celebrations (like a mid-winter Yuletide) or something specific to your game-world (Happy St. Cuthbert’s Day!), holidays can add detail to your setting and help connect player’s to their environment.

There are many ways of going about creating holidays for your game worlds (like here, here, and here), and an equal number of ways that they can be celebrated. You want to make each one unique, with their own foods, music, modes of dress, and activities. But beyond adding fluff for PCs to wander through on there way to killing things and taking their stuff, what can you do with a holiday backdrop to add excitement to an RPG scenario.

As our gift to you, here’s a few ideas: