I haven’t followed football all year, so last night I decided I’d root for Kansas City because they have better BBQ nearby and a dude named “Breeland.” As a Tolkien fan, that pretty much sealed the deal.
The point is, people make decisions and get attached to things and people and football teams for the dumbest reasons.
Use that to your advantage as a DM.
You can go straight for the heart strings like the Google commercial if you want, but honestly any reason for your players to care about your world is a good reason.
NPCs, particularly older or younger ones, just so happen to work great.
Give your players (and their characters) someone to root for and someone to care about, and you just might hit a home run.
Jan 2020 Blog Carnival: Some Thoughts On Random Encounters – Campaign Mastery (with a shoutout to Dungeon Master Daily in it!! Thanks Mike!)
The Return of Ask Angry… No, For Real This Time – The Angry GM
Spending a Whole Day Preparing a D&D Game – Sly Flourish
How Does the Hide Action Work in D&D 5e? – Dungeon Solvers
Dungeon Master Basics – Magical Items – The DnD Coalition Blog
GM Organization – 5 Tips – Roleplaying Tips
RP Famous – Investigation Check Podcast
199: Alien Life (feat. Rich Howard) – Dungeon Master’s Block Podcast
120 Non-Combat Creature Encounters – Random Tables – DMsGuild – $1.00
The Blackstaff’s Book of 1000 Spells – DMsGuild – $14.95
More Than Coin – Non-Monetary Rewards – DriveThruRPG – $1.49
Now get out there and tell a story!