Taboos in Storytelling at My Table

Like many folks, I have been watching Game of Thrones this season (Season 5) and have hit a few points where I’ve had to struggle with my own sensibilities. The last couple of episodes have really tested my limits as far as those taboos. But it’s made me wonder a bit at the various lines I try to avoid in my own storytelling and campaigns… And I could only come up with two.

Keep in mind that these are MY taboos and though they may be shared by other folks, they may not. Obviously George R.R. Martin is ok with many forms of violence in the world of Game of Thrones and the TV producers have certainly taken that to heart.

Also keep in mind there are spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want any GoT Season 5 secrets to be unleashed before you’re ready – stop here.

Cults and Cultists: The Confederacy of Five Points

We have time for one more cult this week, so I was able to roll a few dice on the tables in Insta-NPCs #9: Cults and Cultists to come up with these elements to play with: Size: Horde (48) Commitment: Hopeless Leadership: Committee (5) Teaching: Philosophy Focus: Service Isolation: Private Dress: Natural Descriptor: Secret This…

Cults and Cultists: The Sisterhood of the Long Summer

Ready for another interesting cult?¬†Using the tables I’ve come up with in Insta-NPCs #9: Cults and Cultists, I rolled up the following collection of terms to explore: Size: Marginal (6) Commitment: Passionate Leadership: Small council (3) Teaching: Sales Focus: Supernatural Isolation: Public Dress: Natural Descriptor: Fervent And I ended up with this fun description that…

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