Starting Larger Random Table Titles with an Encounters Collection

Starting Larger Random Table Titles with an Encounters Collection

Duncan Thomson

Time to start publishing larger random table pdfs starting with a collection of encounters

Publishing Tables on the Guild

I've been creating Random Tables titles at Dungeon Master's Guild for 3 years now, with my first title Underdark Encounters a Platinum Bestseller (over 1000 copies sold).

I've since experimented with random tables for Non-Combat Encounters, Character Ancestries, Trinkets, One-Shots, Adventure Sites, Pets, and support for D&D Adventures such as Icewind Dale at Wild Beyond the Witchlight.

There's a summary of titles and metals over at Chaos Gen.

And dabbled on DriveThru RPG with Alliterative Adversaries!

Collected Encounter Tables

The titles have all been less than 20 pages, and I'd like to start publishing some larger titles.

As well as the Underdark, I've covered 16 other terrains and encounters for planar, spooky and festive themes.

And it's time to collect them altogether in Collected Encounter Tables. A collection of 20-30 terrains and encounter tables by creature type such as Plant Creatures and Sahuagin.

I'll be moving from 1d8+1d12 tables to 1d20, keeping each terrain to one page.  Each terrain will have tables for Levels 1-4, Levels 5-10 and Beasts.

Each terrain and creature type will include Encounter Details, a 1d20 table with entries detailing the activity, aim or scenario the creatures are found in. Examples include being hunted by a beast, under the effects of a curse or in a boat.

So River Encounters will have d20 tables for

  • River Encounters (Levels 1-4)
  • River Encounters (Levels 5-10)
  • River Encounter Details
  • River Beasts

Planned Tables

The current planned lists are


  • Arctic
  • Coastal
  • Desert
  • Dungeon
  • Forest
  • Grassland
  • Hill
  • Jungle
  • Market
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Road
  • Ruins
  • Sea
  • Sky
  • Swamp
  • Underdark
  • Underwater
  • Urban


  • Chaotic Planes
  • Elemental Chaos
  • Feywild
  • Lawful Planes
  • Lower Planes
  • Shadowfell
  • Upper Planes

With possible others being Arcane, Caves, Farmland and Sewers.

Other Encounter Tables

Other Encounter tables include:

  • Celestials
  • Demons
  • Devils
  • Dinosaurs and Reptiles
  • Domesticated Beasts
  • Elemental Air
  • Elemental Earth
  • Elemental Fire
  • Elemental Water
  • Drow
  • Duergar
  • Fey
  • Fiends
  • Fungi and Oozes
  • Giants
  • Goblinoids
  • Guardians
  • Kobolds
  • Lizardfolk
  • Mind Flayers
  • Modrons
  • Orcs
  • Planar Travelers
  • Plant Creatures
  • Restless Spirits
  • Sahuagin
  • Scavengers and Vermin
  • Undead
  • Yuan-ti

And NPC tables for

  • Criminals
  • Cultists
  • Dwarves
  • Elves
  • Patrols
  • Spellcasters
  • Travelers
  • Warriors

Plus possibly Aberrations, Gnomes, Monstrous Mercenaries, Slaads / Frog Creatures, Spider Creatures and Wolf Creatures.

Finishing Up

I'll show some previews soon and hopefully this should be ready in the next month!

No doubt the list of tables will shift a little as I'm creating them, but I'm hoping it will be a useful collection for a lot of people.

Happy Rolling!