It was October 9th, 2017. As every Monday for some years now, I sat down in front of my trusty old computer—named “Narsil” because it’s as old and broken as its namesake—and started pounding the keys. I don’t remember it well, but I was probably working on some RPG related project. Then, I decided to watch—or actually listen to—some YouTube in the background. To my surprise, Matt Colville had uploaded a video entitled “The Climax of Critical Role, Season 1”. I pressed “Play” without any idea of what I was about to watch/listen to.
During the past two years I’ve introduced more people to tabletop roleplaying games or RPGs than ever before (and I’ve been playing since 2000). Since last December, three have run their first adventures. Curiously enough, all three asked me more or less the same question: how do you write an RPG adventure? On each occasion I tried to explain my process as best as I could—and to refer to other people’s advice when possible—but I think this information could be useful to others, so I’ll summarize my current ideas on the matter here.