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This is the sort of information that can be vital when your players go west and you were expecting them to go south.
|The Fly Ranch Geyser|
The next thing on my list is to give my map four mysterious locations within a relatively short distance. These are designed to add a little bit of verisimilitude to the game by providing a sense of wonder to the world. After all, in the real world we have thousands of mysterious and mystical locations that still rapt our attentions even in this highly technological age.
These locations have a further purpose as well; by providing a location that has some meaning beyond the apparent you provide yourself with an easy framework to create an adventure. A great place to start is the website Atlas Obscura. Here you can find hundreds of mystical and mysterious locations that will inspire you to ask where is the magical river flowing from, what is it's purpose, and who conjured it? Where did all the people go in the forgotten temple? What caused the Fly Ranch Geyser to begin corrupting the land? Who made the deal with the devil to construct that mad bridge? What's going on in that abandoned amusement park?
|This picture is just creepy as hell and I don't know why|
All of these questions matter and by at least providing yourself with a location to inspire those questions you can jump start an adventure to discover the answer alongside your players.