100 Non-Combat Random City Encounters

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Need some non-combat random encounters for a city in your tabletop campaign? I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 100 that you can use. Feel free to modify them as you see fit and use in your game.

1) Two elderly women are selling flowers by the side of the street. They are hoping to raise money for a children’s charity.

2) There is a bad smell coming from a public water fountain.

3) A couple of city watchmen are arguing over which of them will get to eat the last honey cake.

4) A carriage rolls down the street. On it is a man who looks like he is dead. He is completely covered in a white sheet.

5) A dwarven statue of Maximus Duin stands near the corner of the street.

6) A group of kids are playing with small wooden boats in the street.

7) A drunk man stumbles around, singing loudly. He is clearly very upset about something.

8) A lantern hanging over the street begins to swing of its own accord.

9) A boy runs up to an elderly woman. He has her purse and is hoping she won’t notice.

10) A man is walking through the streets, selling fake gold rings that he claims are real.

11) A woman walking with her husband is being pushed into an alleyway by a group of unsavory looking individuals.

12) A pickpocket has just stolen a man’s wallet. He is now running away.

13) A group of children are selling flowers and small trinkets.

14) A group of street performers are performing a skit. They are hoping for some tips.

15) An old beggar is sitting in the middle of the street. She is asking people for money.

16) A tax collector is trying to collect taxes from a nobleman. The nobleman is very upset about the unfairness of it all.

17) A merchant is selling large, paper fans. They are meant to keep people cool during the summer.

18) A young man is throwing pies at the local baker.

19) Two young lovers are sitting on a bench kissing. They don’t want to be interrupted.

20) A group of children are playing marbles. They are betting on the outcome of each game.

21) A man has just bought a new coat and he is trying it on and showing it off to his friends.

22) A group of bards are singing and dancing in the street. They are hoping to attract a large crowd.

23) A small, dirty child is looking around the street for something. He is really hungry.

24) A boy has just been given a big bucket of refuse from a local bakery.

25) A group of men are standing near the water fountain. They are discussing the local politics.

26) A man is standing on a balcony. He is throwing flowers down to a young lady below.

27) A middle aged uncle is putting a big, white hat on a small child.

28) A group of children are running around a fountain playing a game of tag.

29) A man has just sold a pair of old boots for a large sum of money. He is very happy.

30) A priest is wandering around the streets. He is saying a few prayers as he goes.

31) A woman is trying to sell a very old and damaged looking mirror. She claims it will bring good luck.

32) A group of people are sitting around a fountain. They are chanting a religious hymn.

33) A group of children are playing with a ball. They are hoping to score a goal.

34) A woman is practicing singing in front of a large mirror. She is hoping to make it big as a professional singer.

35) A couple of men are having a fight over a woman.

36) A couple of kids are playing with toy swords.

37) A couple is arguing loudly. They don’t want to be interrupted.

38) A group of laborers are carrying a large box through the city. It is so heavy, they can barely carry it.

39) A group of guards are trying to chase down a pickpocket. He has stolen a purse from a nobleman.

40) A group of children are playing hide and seek. They are hoping to catch someone.

41) A boy is running through the city. He is late to deliver a letter. He is hoping he won’t get reprimanded.

42) A woman is trying to sell a set of old clothes to a middle-aged couple.

43) A group of kids are trying to juggle. They are hoping to impress everyone.

44) An apprentice wizard is trying to cast a spell. He’s really nervous about it.

45) A group of children are playing with a ball. They are hoping to be able to play for long periods without getting tired.

46) A couple of middle-aged men are having a debate about wine.

47) A couple is arguing loudly. They are very drunk.

48) A group of young children are playing with toy swords.

49) A pickpocket has just stolen a man’s wallet.

50) A group of children are playing with toy horses.

51) A man is trying to sell a set of old boots. He is hoping to get top money.

52) A young man is practicing his juggling skills. He is hoping to be very good at it.

53) A couple is arguing loudly. They are very drunk.

54) A pair of city watchmen are trying to chase down a criminal. He is carrying a purse.

55) A group of children are playing with toy ships.

56) A couple is arguing with a servant. They are trying to get their poodle brushed.

57) A woman is practicing her singing. She has a large mirror next to her.

58) A group of kids are playing with toy soldiers.

59) A couple is arguing with a servant. They are trying to get their chicken cooked.

60) A man is trying to sell a set of old clothes. He is hoping to get top money.

61) A pair of young men are practicing their swordsmanship.

62) A man is trying to sell a set of old boots. He is hoping to get top money.

63) A woman is practicing her singing. She has a large mirror next to her.

64) A group of young children are playing with toy ships.

65) The sound of singing can be heard. It’s coming from a church.

66) A couple is arguing. They are very drunk.

67) Three guards are chasing down a thief. They stop and ask players for help.

68) Two young men are practicing their swordsmanship.

69) The smell of cooking meat can be smelled. A couple is grilling a boar on a nearby fire.

70) A group of 2d6 dogs is running wild through the streets.

71) Three young men are practicing their swordsmanship.

72) A crowd of people are standing around. They are watching a young man juggle.

73) A beautiful woman is standing on the balcony of her home.

74) Two noblemen are standing in front of a large house. They are debating what color it should be painted.

75) Three players are haggling with a merchant over what price to pay for merchandise.

76) A man is trying to sell a chicken. He tells players that he’s trying to get rid of it because it crows all night long.

77) Two men are fighting because one of them cheated at dice.

78) A group of children are playing with toy dragons.

79) Three guards are trying to arrest a man. They are having trouble because he is much bigger than them.

80) Two men are arguing over the price of a horse.

81) A woman is trying to sell a pair of glasses. She tells players the glasses she is selling are much better than the ones they’re wearing.

82) A group of children are playing with toy soldiers.

83) Three men are standing in front of a large house. They are debating what color it should be painted.

84) A cart breaks a wheel. It is blocking the road.

85) A merchant is selling flat cakes. He tells players they are made with the finest flour.

86) The sound of singing can be heard. It’s coming from a tavern.

87) A man is trying to sell a dog. He tells players that it is trained to fight.

88) As players walk by, a cart has an accident, spilling its contents into the road. The man was transporting fish, and they’re beginning to smell.

89) A blacksmith is working at his forge.

90) A young man is practicing his sword-fighting.

91) Players walk by a group of people. One of them is a fortune teller.

92) A group of children are playing with toy wizards.

93) Three men are arguing over the price of a horse.

94) A man is trying to sell a chicken. He tells players he’s trying to get rid of it because it crows all night long.

95) A woman is trying to sell a pair of glasses. She tells players the glasses she is selling are much better than the ones they’re wearing.

96) Two merchants are arguing about the price of a horse.

97) The sounds of dogs fighting can be heard.

98) A group of children are playing with toy wizards.

99) Players walk by a group of people. One of them is a fortune teller.

100) The players come across a man who is trying to sell his wife. He tells players his wife is very ugly.

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