This weekend, I decided to try something new. I saw a thread on another site asking about how ChatGPT might be used in gaming. And I just decided to give it a try.
I kickstartered the Old Gods of Appalachia RPG. It’s not done yet, but should be soon. I want to have some stuff ready for my group, so when it gets here we can just dive in and go with it. But I get writer’s block and was drawing a blank on where to start. I know a bit about modern Appalachia, but not much about a dark supernatural 1920s-era version of it.
So I asked ChatGPT. And much as expected the first few responses were fairly bland and equivocating, and not really useful. But starting from question 4, it really blew me away. It totally picked up on the theme, tone, and genre and started giving me so many ideas. And worded in a way that fits too!
It’s not perfect, but it totally put together a whole menu of ideas I could draw upon, and when I asked for more detail on some, it responded right in line with the intended tone and theme, and in detail.
I’m amazed, and can totally see this as a very valuable assistant to writers and GMs and such. Once you get it on your wavelength, it can just start bouncing ideas off you, and you can follow up on whichever ones you are interested in.
This AI is not going to replace people, but it is certainly going to empower them. Possibly enough to make being a creative a better-paying job choice. And it’s going to open opportunities for people who want to create games or write stories.
This is my transcript so far: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TUgmSlIlyv46eEbQy3qOpAhuQ_OTiwqV/view
Look at how simple it is.
And how interesting the followup is!
Me: Our main character encounters the moonshiners, but doesn’t do anything you suggested, and it doesn’t go well. They are after him, and he is running through the woods. He takes shelter in a run-down cabin which happens to have the enchanted banjo. What happens next?
ChatGPT: As the main character takes shelter in the run-down cabin, they may be surprised to find the enchanted banjo. The banjo may seem to call out to them, and they may feel compelled to play it. As they do so, the music may take on a life of its own, filling the cabin with a haunting melody that seems to draw on the power of the forest itself.
As the main character plays, they may feel the tension and fear of the encounter with the moonshiners begin to fade away. The music may seem to protect and guide them, leading them on a path through the forest that the moonshiners cannot follow. Along the way, they may encounter other mysterious creatures and spirits of the forest, but the music of the enchanted banjo keeps them safe.
However, there may be a heavy price to pay for the protection of the banjo. As the main character plays, they may feel their energy and strength draining away, and they may begin to see strange visions or experience eerie sensations. They may also realize that the banjo’s power is not entirely under their control, and that they may be called upon to perform tasks or make sacrifices in exchange for its help.
Overall, the enchanted banjo is a powerful and mysterious artifact, and the main character will need to navigate its powers and limitations carefully. While it may offer protection and guidance through the dangers of the forest, it may also demand a heavy price in exchange for its help, and its motives and loyalties may not be entirely clear.
And there’s more, but I’m not going to copy it all because this is already long.
the witch’s mirror is a dangerous tool, and it may not always reveal the truth. Its visions and revelations may be distorted or misleading, and the main character may find themselves drawn into dangerous and unpredictable situations as a result. They will need to use the mirror with great care and caution, and be prepared to face the consequences of what they learn from it.