My players are officially recognized deputies, underlings of clan capital's chief magistrate, the most likely pretender to being next clan chief magistrate (same position but for whole clan, not just it's capital; a long-vacant position of great influence, right hand of the clan ruler, which their boss unofficially already performs in).
Obviously, they can make things happen and are good to have as allies. They've also shown themselves as clan heroes - effective, just, etc. A number of folks took notice and they have been asked, pleaded with and even harassed for help. They set up daily audiences.
Which is all well, but I don't want to spend most of our sessions role-playing audiences and thinking up requests. Thus...
I need a good system to:
- help me generate requests (more later)
- keep track of trivial (count, bulk effort, bulk consequences) and non-trivial (resources, consequences on success/failure) requests
- keep track of who made requests and what's been done (delegated to vassal, asked for confirmation, reported to proper authorities, promised help, denied...)
- do all this quickly and transparently
- preferably analog, so rather set of rules then a software program, an offline tool (though if program is best...)
- occasionally I'd want to tweak this to reflect changes (popularity drop, sabotage, etc.)
I'll gladly expand the question with more information. Just ask.
to stress the generation of requests part. Tracking alone can be done in a random table (Party A requests B with conclusion C gained D lost E). Generation is more time- and effort-consuming.
Generation in more details
How I'd envision this:
- Which deputy gets it (some sort of personalization per PC /dis/advantages)
- Kind of request (military, law, finance, special)
- Scale (negligible - medium - major)
- Easy consequence system for failure/success (will make later for nice Honor /Reputation modifier)
Why not a table:
- Repetitiveness - I'd expect few dozens of requests per audience per deputy; alas requests start to repeat
- I don't see a good way to randomize table input per deputy and per situation: I can put requests in order (from requests more likely asked of A to neutral, to those to deputy B) but that doesn't help with situation modifiers
- small and simple table requires me to fill in the blanks (medium request, law, deputy A means I don't know neither how much attention A must put to it, whether he should or not, and the consequences)
System agnostic or L5R
I'd say this is system agnostic:
- yoriki = deputy or a lower official, some corpo manager etc.
- make his boss not a karo but someone senior with hopes to have an even more senior position
and off you go. That's my take on this however. I don't mind a L5R-only answer, I just think getting a NON-L5R-specific answer will be easier. :-)
Thank you to all editors, @SevenSidedDie and first answerer: @Bankuei, for helping me make this question better.