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The Comeback Inn played a prominent role in Dave Arneson's Blackmoor campaign: From the day the walls started to go up, the establishment was an important landmark in the North. Few who stopped in Blackmoor failed to make an appearance there. As a result, the inn soon became an informal labor exchange and information market. Whether a person ...


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Inns were the places where travelling merchants and other (wealthy) travellers stayed for the night. This made inns the source of news (a.k.a. rumours) from afar. Local villagers would come to the inn after work for an ale (given that they could afford it). This makes the inn an hub of local rumours. The caravan merchants might need guides, hired swords ...


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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser met for the first time in a tavern in Lankhmar. That story predates RPG as we know it...


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I think this is because fantasy roleplaying games were influenced by pre-existing literature. As from TV Tropes: Though not at the beginning of the story, Frodo and friends meeting Aragorn in the Prancing Pony in The Lord of the Rings likely influenced many later examples. and all the characters meet at an inn before starting their pilgrimage in ...


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Don't Rest Your Head (review) has a series of five questions for creating characters; that came out in 2006 I believe. I think you'll find though that character creation as a series of questions may have preceded in many groups by way of house rules, long before the "story games" era. I ran a fantasy game in the early 80s in which characters received ...



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