100 D&D Random Encounters Non-Combat

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Are you looking for some non-combat random encounter tables for D&D? I’ve got you covered, fellow gamer. Here’s a list of 100 non-combat city encounters, but you can use them in other situations with a bit of work on your part as the DM. I hope these D&D ideas help your fantasy tabletop campaign. If you like this list, I’ve got a few RPG tools at the bottom of the page that you might enjoy. First, let’s get to the non-combat random encounters.

D&D Random Encounters (Non-Combat)

  1. Zorak the halfling is walking through the streets with a box of his artwork. He is hoping to get paid by a wealthy patron.
  2. A group of children are playing with a ball. They run away from player’s character when he gets near.
  3. A group of men are standing in the street, talking about the latest news. They are worried about invasion, and wonder what the king is going to do to protect them.
  4. A group of children are playing with a ball. They run away from player’s character when he gets near.
  5. A group of men are gathered around a fire, talking about the latest news. They are worried about invasion, and wonder what the king is going to do to protect them.
  6. A man is standing in the street, talking about the latest news. He is worried about invasion, and wonder what the king is going to do to protect them.
  7. A man is standing in the street, talking about the latest news. He is worried about invasion, and wonder what the king is going to do to protect them.
  8. A man and a woman are arguing with each other in the street. They are not too concerned with the state of the kingdom at the moment, as they are too busy arguing with each other.
  9. Two men are arguing with each other in the street. They are not too concerned with the state of the kingdom at the moment, as they are too busy arguing with each other.
  10. A group of musicians are playing music for tips in the street. They are not very good musicians.
  11. Ugly, powerless wizard tries to sell a potion that makes the drinker 1d4 feet taller. It’s really just water.
  12. A man offers to sell you a talking dog. It’s not really a dog at all, but a strange creature that resembles a dog. It talks, but only says two things: ‘Feed me’ and ‘Woof woof’.
  13. A man offers to buy your horse. He offers you a fair price. If you sell it to him, he will immediately ride away on it, leaving you stranded in the city.
  14. A man asks you for directions to a nearby location. He will follow you there, then mug you as you arrive.
  15. A group of drunks stumble around, singing loudly. If anyone makes eye contact with them, they will demand a donation.
  16. An older man offers to tell your fortune for a small fee. His readings are correct, but he only tells you what you want to hear.
  17. Outside a temple, a priest preaches to passersby. He preaches against all other religions, saying they are false and heretical.
  18. A man offers to sell you a map of the city, but it’s just a map of the city with all the important locations marked as ‘Here Be Dragons’.
  19. A group of men are arguing about something. They look hungry and desperate. If anyone gets involved, they will beg for food and tell the players their story. They will then try to steal something from them.
  20. A group of halflings are selling toy swords, shields and other toys from a small stall.
  21. FOUR PRIESTS walking down the street, singing hymns and praising their god. One of the priests is a female.
  22. A group of children, led by a man in a black cloak and top hat. They are carrying a coffin, and they are searching for a place to bury it.
  23. A man is sitting in the middle of the street. He is wearing a black robe and has a book in his lap. As the PCs pass, he will say, ‘I was just reading an interesting passage in this book I have. It’s about how the gods created the world. I think you will find it interesting.’ If the PCs talk to him, he will offer to sell them a book for 10 gold pieces. The book is called ‘Gods and Goddesses of Tal’Dore’ and it is filled with lies and misinformation about the gods and goddesses. The man’s name is Samuel Black, and he is a member of the Black Cloaks, a cult that worships Vax’ildan.
  24. A group of men, dressed in black cloaks, are standing on the corner. They are talking about the Black Cloaks and what they have been doing lately. They will not talk to anyone who is not wearing a black cloak.
  25. A group of women are standing on the corner, talking about how they were robbed by a group of men wearing black cloaks. They are talking about how they want to get revenge on the Black Cloaks.
  26. A group of children are playing with a pet dog. The dog is wearing a collar with a bell on it.
  27. A group of children are playing with a pet cat. The cat is wearing a collar with a bell on it.
  28. A group of children are playing with a pet rodent. The rodent is wearing a collar with a bell on it.
  29. A man is sitting in an alleyway, drunk and passed out. He has a bottle of wine next to him. His name is Jim and he is an alcoholic.
  30. A pair of lovers are walking hand-in-hand through the streets, talking about how much they love each other and how happy they are together
  31. Oily, smelly old man with a cart of lizards and snakes offers to sell local party members some of his pets. He offers to sell them very cheap, as he says he’s just trying to get rid of them. The man has a ring of thieves on his right hand. His name is Ludwig, and he is a thief. He is trying to get rid of the animals before the local thieves guild notices that he’s selling them.
  32. An older woman with a cart of bread offers to sell local players some bread for cheap. She says that it’s because she’s trying to get rid of the bread because it’s getting stale. She is actually a vampire and is trying to get rid of the bread so that people will think she’s poor and not bother her.
  33. A young woman with a cart of apples offers to sell local players some apples for cheap. She says that it’s because she’s trying to get rid of the apples because they’re not very good. She is actually a sorceress, and she is trying to get rid of the apples so that people will think she’s poor and not bother her.
  34. A man offers to sell local players some exotic animals for cheap. The animals he’s selling are extremely rare. He says that he is trying to get rid of them for cheap because he is extremely poor and cannot afford to feed them anymore. If a character buys the animals from him, he will try to steal them back after the players leave. He is a thief.
  35. A group of men are hanging around on a street corner, talking about a big event that happened that day. They are talking about the big event like it was a big sporting event. They are talking loudly, and they seem extremely excited. They are talking about the fight between a magic-user and a cleric in the arena earlier that day. They are talking about it like it was a big sporting event like a football game.
  36. A group of people are gathered around on a street corner, talking about a big event that happened that day. They are talking about the big event like it was a big sporting event. They are talking loudly, and they seem extremely excited. They are talking about the fight between a magic-user and a rogue in the arena earlier that day. They are talking about it like it was a big sporting event like a football game.
  37. A man offers to sell local players some rare and expensive gems for cheap. He says that he is trying to get rid of them for cheap because he is extremely poor and cannot afford to feed them anymore. If a character buys the gems from him, he will try to steal them back after the players leave. He is a thief.
  38. A man offers to sell local players some rare and expensive gems for cheap. He says that he is trying to get rid of them for cheap because he is extremely poor and cannot afford to feed them anymore. If a character buys the gems from him, he will try to steal them back after the players leave. He is a thief.
  39. Two men are standing on a street corner, talking about a big event that happened that day. They are talking about the big event like it was a big sporting event. They are talking loudly, and they seem extremely excited. They are talking about the fight between a magic-user and a cleric in the arena earlier that day. They are talking about it like it was a big sporting event like a football game.
  40. A man is standing on a street corner, talking about a big event that happened that day. He seems excited and talks loud
  41. Eerie decorations appear in a random shop window. The decorations include but are not limited to: ghostly wisps, tiny grinning skulls, and a man-sized spider in the corner. The decorations are not an advertisement and are free.
  42. A witch named Amanda is outside of a random tavern. She has a small sign that says, ‘Beauty is pain.’ She is offering free tattoos and piercings to patrons.
  43. A man dressed in all black sits in front of a random house. He has a small sign that says, ‘Pen Pal.’ He is there to trade information and rumors.
  44. A man and a woman approach a party. They have a small sign that says, ‘Men Seeking Women.’ They are there to offer men the chance to be a mail-order husband.
  45. A man and a woman approach a party. They have a large sign that says, ‘Women Seeking Men.’ They are there to offer women the chance to be a mail-order wife.
  46. A drunk man stumbles out of a random tavern. He shouts at the top of his lungs, ‘I ain’t no thief! I ain’t no thief!’ This continues for several minutes until the man passes out.
  47. A young boy refuses to get off the sidewalk. If a party member tries to move him, he will begin to cry. If they do not try to move him, he will continue to stand in place for up to an hour before moving on.
  48. A man bumps into a party member and says, ‘Oops, sorry about that.’ The man does not look like he was actually trying to bump into the party member.
  49. Two men argue over whether or not they should hire an adventuring party to hunt down a monster that has been terrorizing their village. They argue for 20 minutes until one of them storms off.
  50. A party member sees an odd-looking man with an odd-looking animal. The man and animal look hungry and desperate.
  51. Jugglers and musicians on a porch
  52. A man is selling flowers. A woman is buying them. They are both beautiful and in love. They are strangers. They are going to get married.
  53. An old woman is sitting on a chair in front of her house. She is knitting.
  54. A group of children are playing tag in an alleyway.
  55. A group of men are standing on a street corner, talking about their jobs.
  56. A woman is walking her dog down the street. The dog is small and yapping at her heels.
  57. Two men are standing on a street corner, talking about the weather.
  58. A group of children are playing hide and seek in an alleyway.
  59. A man is standing on a street corner, yelling at passersby to vote for him in the next election.
  60. A group of children are playing football in an alleyway.
  61. Bards perform a street play about the dragon that lives atop the tallest tower of the city’s tallest castle.
  62. A random person asks for directions to the bazaar. The person does not realize that he is in the bazaar.
  63. A group of local officials are holding a meeting. One of the officials is a warlock. The warlock is trying to convince his colleagues to start a war with the elves.
  64. A group of young nobles are holding a tournament to find the best noble. They greet any new comers with a hearty ‘Hello, peasants!’
  65. An old man is sitting on a bench. He is waiting for his wife to arrive. She is late. He is worried she may be ill or even dead.
  66. A group of young men are fighting with swords. They are not using proper body language or even wearing scabbards for the swords.
  67. Several merchants are holding a meeting. They are discussing ways to increase profits. They decide to raise prices on food and other necessities.
  68. A group of young men are playing a game called ‘Keep your Hands’. They shout ‘Keep your Hands!’ whenever they see a person with their hands in their pockets.
  69. A group of young men are playing a game called ‘Touch-a-Tail’. They shout ‘Touch-a-Tail!’ whenever they see a person with a tail.
  70. A merchant and his guards are holding a meeting. They are discussing ways to increase their profits. They decide to raise prices on their goods and services.
  71. Nude artist has just finished painting a nude portrait of a local rich woman, who is now inspecting it to see if she likes it. She doesn’t, but she’s not sure if it’s because she doesn’t like the portrait or because she doesn’t like the artist. She’s not sure if she’s going to pay him for it or not.
  72. A rich merchant and his beautiful wife are arguing about their lack of children and money. The merchant wants to go back out to sea and try to make more money, but the wife wants him to stay with her.
  73. A local priest is trying to get the local lord to admit that he’s been worshipping a false god. The lord is pretending like he’s been worshipping the same god as the priest, while secretly worshiping a different god.
  74. A group of local merchants are arguing about which one of them is the richest. They’re not sure if they’re arguing over who is the richest merchant or the richest merchant’s son or the richest merchant’s nephew or something else entirely.
  75. A group of local nobles are arguing over whether or not they should go to war with the nearby orc tribes or not. They’re not sure if they should go to war with them or if they should try to make peace with them instead.
  76. Two local nobles are arguing about whether or not they should go to war with the nearby orc tribes or not. One of them is secretly an orc spy who wants to go to war with the human kingdom so that he can help his people conquer it, but he doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s an orc, so he has to pretend like he’s not an orc, which makes it hard for him to argue his position effectively.
  77. A man is yelling at a woman for stealing his wallet, but no one is sure if he really has a girlfriend named ‘Gwen’ or if he’s just insane and keeps yelling out non-sequiturs while trying to pickpocket people.
  78. A group of farmers are arguing about how to grow the best crops. They’re not sure if they should grow their crops on flat lands or on hillsides or on cliffsides or something else entirely.
  79. A group of people are arguing about whether or not they should build a new city on flat lands or on hillsides or on cliffsides or something else entirely. They’re not sure if they should build their city on flat lands or hillsides or cliffsides or something else entirely.
  80. An old man is sitting in the middle of a street muttering to himself about how much the city’s changed since he was young. He’s not sure how long he’ll keep up doing this before he gets mad enough to start yelling at random people passing by or he gets tired of doing this and moves somewhere else, or he dies before he ever gets mad or tired enough to stop doing this.
  81. FOUR RUNNER DOGS race through the street, followed by a large man with a chain, yelling at them to return. After a moment, the man gives up and the dogs continue their race.
  82. A group of young children are playing a game of tag in a wide open area in the street. They are yelling ‘You’re it!’ as they run to tagged players.
  83. A large group of children are playing a game of tag in a wide open area in the street. They are yelling ‘You’re it!’ as they run to tagged players. One of the children is actually a young adult changeling in the middle of a transformation. The players will not know this at first.
  84. The players meet a group of worshipers of a random god who are on their way to worship at their shrine. The players are invited to join them in their worship of the god. The players may accept or decline. If they accept, they will be given a special blessing by the worshipers.
  85. A group of young children are dancing around an open fire. They are singing songs of old.
  86. The players meet a group of bards who are on their way to perform for the nobles of the city. They can join the bards in their performance or not.
  87. The players meet a group of old women who are on their way to throw garbage into their dumpster.
  88. A group of old women are checking their garbage to see if any valuables were thrown away by mistake.
  89. A group of street urchins are collecting money from passersby by threatening them.
  90. A group of children are playing games in the streets.
  91. Wagon of halflings selling pies and cakes. They are funny and make jokes. They sell pies and cakes for half their value. The pies and cakes are delicious.
  92. An old man with a small dog is walking through the streets. He is singing to the dog. The man is drunk and will ask for money. If you give him money, he will sing a song to you and then walk off.
  93. Two human children are playing with wooden swords. They are pretending to be knights slaying a dragon.
  94. Two elderly women are gossiping about their neighbors. They are laughing about their neighbors’ faults and mistakes.
  95. Three young men are running through the streets. They are running through the streets, yelling at people to get out of their way. They are drunk and will stumble into walls and then run into more walls.
  96. A man is sitting on the sidewalk, begging for money. He is not homeless or hungry. He has a job. He is sitting on the sidewalk because he has no respect for himself.
  97. A man is walking down the street, singing a song about how wonderful his day has been. He is drunk and he will stumble into people and then beg for money.
  98. A group of men are talking about how they can’t find work. They complain that no one will hire them because they are trying to find work with no skills, no education, and no experience. They talk about how they just want a job and how hard it is to find a job with no experience, no skills, and no education.
  99. A group of children are playing with toy swords and shields, pretending to be knights and dragons. They will ask you to play with them.
  100. A group of children are standing on the corner, talking about how much they hate their parents.

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