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Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:37 pm
by Machete_Matt
My players got through the first part of TEW and are now the proud (temporary) owners of a barge. I want to start running Rought Nights & Hard Days as interludes.

My problem is getting the PCs to an inn for the night while traveling: sleeping on the barge is free, keeps them all in one group, and helps them keep watch on the boat and its cargo. I can get them into a tavern for dinner, but probably not overnight.

One idea I had is to cause some damage to the barge and allow repairs overnight, forcing them to sleep in an inn.

Any other thoughts on how to get them onto land for the night? :?:

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:48 pm
by satakuua
Sink the barge.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:16 am
by Whymme
Infestation of lice.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:37 am
by Hyarion
Does the barge have a roofed section? Give 'em rain.

If there are Coaching Inns dotted all over the Empire's major roadways, it's not unfathomable for there to be "River Inns" for toll keeping purposes or for boats that do not have sleeping space or cannot safely navigate at night (due to size or maneuverability).

Further, given that many roads follow natural features like rivers, it's quite possible that the Three Feathers Inn is built such that it has a dock in the river to help bring in more traffic.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:37 am
by Rangdo
Municipal law in favour of local hostelries making it illegal to sleep in your barge.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:19 am
by satakuua
Rangdo wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:37 am
Municipal law in favour of local hostelries making it illegal to sleep in your barge.
Good one.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:09 pm
by Knight of the Lady
Corrupt River Wardens coming along, in large numbers and well-armed, to correct some fake taxes can perhaps be used and incentive to if possible event ditch the barge entirely when the time for that comes?

But combine greedy little River Warden buggers with sticky hands and that law against sleeping in barges and you could have a solution.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:58 pm
by Silke
Sleeping in the barge should be damp, wet and cold give them a cold make them sick if they fail a appropriate roll.
Make it illegal to sleep on the barge.

Re: Death on the Reik: Getting PCs off the barge

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:57 pm
by Machete_Matt
Thanks for all the suggestions! "Sink the barge" is, of course, a great suggestion referring to WFRP lore, but it is not time for "Carrion" yet. :-)

I did especially like the ideas of a municipal law/tax. I may add a fee for the guarding of the barge by some "entrepreneurs".

Thanks!