Your PCs stagger into town, they’re tired and heading for the inn but first thing in the morning you know they’re going to be at the market to sell and buy all the gear they need for the next leg of their adventure.
The catch? You hadn’t planned this. It was a random encounter with bandits that’s resulted in the PCs needing an unexpected stay at a town. Why did they decide to cut through the woods when you had made it very clear to them the quickest and safest way to travel was down the king’s road?
If that scenario, or one like it, isn’t familiar to you then you’re a very good, or very lucky, GM.
Now the RPG Market Generator can help you.
The tool was created by Redditor /u/Aradreth_81 and is free to use.
The “Try Me” button on the left of the homepage takes you to a page where you can select the types of shops the town might have and the rarity of items that might be found for sale.
Click generate and you’re given some shops and links to the inventory. Once inside the catalogue, you can even get the descriptions and stats of the gear available.
Aradreth_81’s towns are based on a homebrew D&D variant that seems to fit pretty well with my own D&D game. However, if that’s not the case for you, then that’s no problem.
You can also create an account at the RPG Market Generator and upload your own stats for gear. In other words, you can use this system with your data to ensure that all market towns it generates are entirely in keeping with the feel of your tabletop campaign.
You can check out the free site at RPG Market Generator.com.
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