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by Mike on 1 November 2021
Here's a quick trick for adding some fun roleplaying to your D&D games and giving you a chance to glean cool ideas from your players. The next time the characters take a rest, ask each of the players to describe what they're thinking, feeling, or talking about as they bind their wounds, check their spellbooks, sharpen their blades, and otherwise prepare for the next day of adventure. You can either ask for a volunteer to start or roll randomly to determine the order. People are free to pass if they don't have anything at the moment.
If we want, we can choose one or more prompts for these campfire talks that steer the players towards one particular type of story. Here are twenty such prompts we might offer.
Most of the time campfire stories are just enjoyable stories. Sometimes, though, a hook will come out of it. Perhaps the villain the monk always hunted is still out there and can be wired into the story. We need not hang on tight to these short tales but sometimes they might lead into a great hook.
Here are a few other variants of this theme from other writers.
Next time the characters are taking a long rest, ask them what they talk about and watch the story of your campaign grow.
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