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  • Writer's pictureDanny McKeever

10 Proven Strategies for Crafting Effective Fantasy RPG Prompts with ChatGPT

Here are 10 great approaches to getting the most out of ChatGPT.

  1. Start with a clear and concise prompt: Make sure your prompt is easy to understand and offers a clear direction for the content you're looking for.

  2. Use open-ended questions: Ask questions that encourage creativity and allow for multiple interpretations. For example, instead of asking "What is the name of the magical artifact?", ask "What kind of magical artifact might exist in this world?"

  3. Consider the scope of the prompt: Make sure your prompt is neither too broad nor too narrow. If it's too broad, it may be difficult to generate specific content. If it's too narrow, it may limit creativity and exploration.

  4. Encourage collaboration: Ask ChatGPT to give you examples of different ways to work prompts. Take recent prompts and drill into them deeper.

  5. Provide context: Include relevant information about the world or setting, such as its history, culture, and geography. This helps ChatGPT understand what you are thinking about and enables it to provide more valuable content.

  6. Ask for Lists: I use this all the time. ChatGPT, write for me 10 elven names, or give me 5 examples of fungi that may be found in a Drow city and their properties.

  7. Ask it to write in Dwarven or Elven and translate it to common tongue

  8. Allow for flexibility: Make sure your prompt allows for different styles of content, such as prose, poetry, artwork, or game mechanics. I use ChatGPT to create elven riddles, bard songs, artwork descriptions or specific dialog for NPC’s. I will even ask the dialog to be written in old english, australian or middle eastern.

  9. Have a dialog: Ask ChatGPT to write dialog between your PC and NPC around a topic or situation. Often times I will ask it to generate different answers that a PC may get from a bartender depending on how persuasive the player was.

  10. Provide feedback: Offer constructive feedback on the content generated from your prompt. Use the thumbs up and thumbs down to help train the content.

Here is a series of prompts that I used to build out a scenario for an upcoming game.

At first I started off too generic.

Initial Prompt

Then I got a little more specific.

Second Prompt

Wow, this is much better. I really like the werewolves, and the concept of a evil druid, taken from the necromancer idea. I do not want a powerful necromancer as this may be above the initial abilities of the PC's.

Third Prompt

Love the names. I will go with Drogathor the Evil Druid. Let's drill into his background.

Fourth Prompt

Ok! I can really begin to see this NPC coming together.

Fifth Prompt

Sixth Prompt

Here I pivoted over to Midjourney and created an image. Meet Drogathor, the Evil Druid.

--Midjourney Prompt: fantasy wizard, druid, forest, The Greeen Wizard steals the spotlight--

As you can see ChatGPT can be an excellent resource for fleshing out the details of different fantasy scenarios. As a language model trained on a vast corpus of text, ChatGPT is capable of generating ideas and information on a wide range of topics, including fantasy settings, characters, and plotlines.

Whether you need help brainstorming new ideas for your fantasy role-playing game or fleshing out the details of an existing scenario, ChatGPT can provide valuable insights and suggestions. From creating compelling characters and designing intricate worlds to developing detailed backstories and crafting engaging plot twists, ChatGPT can assist you in every step of the creative process.

By asking specific questions and providing detailed prompts, you can work with ChatGPT to generate new ideas and explore different possibilities for your fantasy scenarios. With its ability to generate realistic and coherent responses, ChatGPT can help you bring your ideas to life and create immersive and engaging fantasy worlds that your players will love.

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