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The Shipping News

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:21 pm
by Nate Christen
Fellow Freeporters,

In my most recent campaign update, I mentioned that a copy of The Shipping News helped the PCs track down some escaped criminals. One thing I've considered in the past is printing up a copy as a prop for an adventure. That begs the question of what all an issue might contain. I know of:

-Headline news stories
-Arrival and departure schedules for ships
-Times for sunset and tides
-A serial, "The Continuing Adventures of Commander Cody"
-Editorial column, "One Freeporter's Opinion"
-The society page, "Freeport After Dark"

That's probably enough to fill a page, but can anyone else think of features to include in it?

Thanks for the input.


Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:26 pm
by Argentmantle
SPORTS! Everybody needs to know the score of the last football game. A puzzle of some sort would be appropriate... and remember they could be selected for a 'Major Prize'. A leg shaped torch sconce... with a continual light spell. :-)

Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:44 pm
by Nate Christen

That's a good idea. I can imagine a listing of competitors fighting in the One Ring that night, along with the odds that the oddsmakers are giving them.


Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:42 pm
by The Dark
A listing of overdue ships.
Advertisements, both commercial and personal. And the more cryptic the personal ads are, the better.

Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:38 am
by timemrick
I've never provided a complete issue as a prop, but I have provided some adventure leads and background color to my players through brief articles or summaries, including:
  • News of more racial violence following Swagfest.
  • Plans for the Freeport Opera House's much-delayed 100th anniversary celebration. (Two of my current players were in both my previous Freeport campaigns, the first of which used the Trilogy. In tribute, I had the the Opera House produce a play for Drac's Fall dramatizing those events, as part of the build-up to the anniversary proper.)
  • Announcement of the Great Hunt.
  • A notice that the Sea Lord would appease the giant sea turtle under the harbor at the summer solstice.
  • A letter to the editor bemoaning the mysterious disappearance of the merfolk from local waters in recent years. (The germ of the last few sessions' adventures.)
And looking over my notes, one more regular feature mentioned in the books is "Tales of the Phoenix," a series of heartwarming stories about ordinary Freeporters (started after the 'News was burned down during the Succession Riots but then rebuilt through generous donations from all over the city).

Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:42 pm
by Big Mac
Is this an in-character newspaper?

Were you thinking of turning it into a fanzine or was this just a one-off for your own game?

Re: The Shipping News

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:38 pm
by Sharkbelly
Cool idea!

-Classified ads looking for workers

-For Sale items

-Lost and found stuff