150 Reasons for a tavern brawl


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as the name suggests-bar fights. Ill start.

1.) One of the PCs notices that a completely drunken halfling is attempting to pilfer his pockets. When confronted the halfling attempts to attack the PC but trips and beats one of 7 dwarves sitting next to the PCs in the back of the head


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2.) A Barbarian walks into a bar...


3.) A human patron of the establishment singles out a non-human, declaring, "Your kind isn't welcome here."

4.) A group of clever scoundrels starts a staged fight between two of their number. While all eyes are on the combatants, the others proceed to steal food and drink from the bar and its customers.


5. The barman insists that one of the PC's hasn't payed his full tab

6. A serious card game explodes when one of the players is caught cheating.

*Fixed


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7?) A barmaid decides she doesn't like the way one of the PC's are looking at her and some local drunks are over eager to defend her honor.


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  • bad music
  • your advances to charm the barmaid are noticed by the tavern owner, her father
  • the beverages sold contain too less alcohol
  • the beverages sold contain too much alcohol

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    12.) A deep theological argument regarding the cosmology. (I say its a Great Wheel! *WHAM!*)
    13.) A coach crashes through the facade.
    14.) A wedding celebration at the local tavern has a few disgruntled individuals show up to "send their regards."


    15) A drunk punches a PC at random for no apparent reason, that was the surprise round, roll initiative.


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    16) A drunken spellcaster casts Confusion on the whole bar.


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    17). Browncoat on Unification Day. Just sayin'.

    Scarab Sages

    18) The PCs call the local ale goblin piss.


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    19) Somebody insults a local brawler's Moma
    20) Somebody insults a local brawler's Girlfriend
    21) Somebody insults a local brawler's desire to wear a pink frilly dress


    22) A Bard fails his perform: comedy check with the line...
    "2 Guys walk into a bar, the third man ducks..."


    23) Someone insults the over-sensitive cook's signature dish, and he turns out to be better skilled at brawling anyway...

    (edit for #)


    24) Sitting at the local tough's favorite table.


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    25) When confronted about his offensive odor by the barkeep, Stinky Fandrall, who collects urine for the local tannery replies, "Everyone has to earn a living; maybe I should just use this swill you serve instead!"
    The bar takes exception, and things go from bad to worse.


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    26) The dwarf crossdresser in the posh frock questions the fashion sense of the half-orc courtier at the neighboring table after the latter accidently bumps the former's table, knocking a bottle of ridiculously expensive perfume to the floor, causing it to shatter. All within a 10 foot radius must make a Fort save (DC 18) or be sickened for 1d4 rounds.

    Scarab Sages

    27) A critical failure in a Darts game causes you to throw a dart into another patron.


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    28) the party druid gets piss drunk and decides to show some toughs where the bear sh%#s in the ... WHEREVER I FEEEL LIKEIT!


    blahpers wrote:
    17). Browncoat on Unification Day. Just sayin'.

    time to break a jaw!

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    29) A heavily drunk Paladin spams his detects evil for the hell of it and finds out a parton or three(Or a PC, if an evil campaign) happen to be evil. Said drunk paladin decides to attempt to smite the patron(s) despite the fact they are just drinking and causing no harm despite their alignment....

    30)A low-wisdom Necromancer(Oracle or wizard, perhaps?) walks into a bar flanked by his undead(possibly "disguised" depending on how low/high the guy's wisdom is). Due to the fact Necromancy is Evil, and one or more of the patrons and maybe even the PCs happen to be from a stringently anti-undead religion, fighting ensues.

    31)The bar is in a lawful evil city/kingdom/empire/whathaveyou, and happens to be a hang out for dissidents. They haven't been paying their taxes to the overlord lately so the imperial guard who happen to be suspicious decide to stop by and collect what's due...

    32)A cleric(evangelist?) walks into the bar with no intent to buy anything. Instead he rants on in a "sermon" about about the "sinful" ways of the patrons, insulting their gods and going on about how his god is the only true deity/god worth following that can save them. All in an effort to "convert" the people of the tavern. Eventually, a PC or patron gets insulted and tires of this guy's holier-then-thou attitude enough to commence the face-smacking..

    33)The bar's owner is a perverted old man who's latest target happens to be a female PC. He starts with casual flirtation and free drinks, but eventually things escalates to him "accidentally" brushing against her in certain places; or if he happens to be a caster, he tries to use a spell(like say mage hand) to get a look under her skirt/dress. Obviously, this leads to a brawl...


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    No Blasters, No Blasters.

    34) Sour beer.
    35) Someone finds half a rat in their beer.
    36) A distraction is needed.
    37) An unpaid loan is collected.
    38) The infamous bard Justin Bugbear takes the stage.

    (Some fake reasons -
    An argument of THAC0 vs BAB escalates.
    An argument between worshipers of Ares and Mars starts the fighting.
    Less filling - Great taste.
    A drunk patron attempts to pinch the barmaids rear, but she moves just in time for him to discover exactly what the Scotsman wears under his kilt.
    Alternative sexuality night at the local biker bar.)

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    39) Because it's a Friday


    40) NPC thieves are pulling an complicated heist, realize the PC's are the most competent opposition, and pay beggars to distract them with a bar brawl.


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    41. Thievery in the bar!

    Perception check (DC 5):

    You hear a loud shout from the other end of the bar followed by the loud sounds of fighting a minute later. As you peer over to see what has happened to cause the disturbance you feel a tug at your belt and when you check you see that someone has pinched your coin purse! As you are looking around for the culprit you are violently jostled backward against the wall and punched in the face!

    <You are in combat>

    Perception check (DC 10):

    You hear a loud shout from the other end of the bar followed by the loud sounds of fighting a minute later. As you peer over to see what has happened to cause the disturbance you feel a tug at your belt and when you check you see that someone has pinched your coin purse!

    Perception check (DC 15):

    Someone loudly exclaims "Someone stole my wallet!", which is followed by several other exclaims of missing items. In the confusion one of the drunker victims turns to someone next to him and slurs "It wash you washin't it...?" and throws a punch knocking the large man next to him into a group of people causing a fight to ensue. During the commotion you see a hooded figure move through the crowd near you, your eyes meeting under their shaded hood for a second as they pass.

    Perception check (DC 20):

    You see a shadowy figure picking his way through the crowd in the bar pulling items from patrons pockets as he passes. As he nears the door one of the patrons that he stole from goes to buy a drink, and loudly exclaims "Someone stole my wallet!", which is followed by several other exclaims of missing items. In the confusion one of the drunker victims turns to someone next to him and slurs "It wash you washin't it...?" and throws a punch knocking the large man next to him into a group of people causing a fight to ensue. As the chaos erupts you see the responsible party slip quietly out the door...


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    Vod Canockers wrote:
    35) Someone finds half a rat in their beer.

    The half-rat beer is served to a half-orc. Who exclaims "Hey where's the rest of my rat!"


    42. Dollar Pint Night at the Publican House.

    Scarab Sages

    43 A foppish aristocrat stumbles into a low class tavern and vomits on the food being severed and exclaims "This vomitorium ought to be closed down, it's filthy and beggars have taken over the place!"

    Sovereign Court

    44 Gnome bard (bluffs) everyone into beleiving a doppleganger is among them. The only way to out the ganger is to punch each other in the face.


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    45) Because we're in a tavern and brawling is what taverns are for.


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    46.) It's been a week since the last tavern brawl.

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    47. A "professional" halfling scamp takes offense to the PCs' latest "rogues suck" argument, and uses the opportunity to demonstrate just how much you get away with employing Improved Dirty Trick when your Stealth bonus is +15 higher than the most alert PC's Perception score. Naturally this will lead to the PCs assuming it was the half-orc barbarians next table over who picked their pockets.

    48. A goat crashes through the thatch roof during a famine, landing on a waiter delivering ale to a group of dwarven fighters. They demand the goat in compensation for their spilled drinks, and begin chasing it with drawn waraxes (smashing through tables and chairs) with the intention of gutting it and cooking it in the fireplace -- completely ignoring the pleas of management to stop wrecking the place.

    49. Without warning, the entire bar sinks twenty feet through the collapsed ceiling of a gold mine, remaining intact. (The GM will want to watch the movie "Paint Your Wagon" to develop the theme.)

    Silver Crusade

    50. It keeps them in practice.


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    51. Zombies walk into bar demanding an equal share of all brains. The living bar patrons selfishly refuse to share.


    52. The window has been fixed.
    53. "Heard there's an evil cult based here"
    54. You need a reason?


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    55. Someone steps on another persons foot.
    56. Someone causes another person to spill their drink.
    57. Somebody "Eyeballs" a PC.
    58. Someone order's milk, sassparilla, or some other non-alcoholic drink.

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    59. Someone is wanted in 7 systems and doesn't like you.
    60. Because Captain Carrot wasn't there.


    61. Someone accuses you of cheating in a card game (which I totally did though)
    62. Epic bardic lute-off turns into a lute fight.

    Sovereign Court

    62. Maid drops the drinks
    63. Maid drops the drinks on a local tough
    64. It's happy hour
    65. Friendly brawl between folk
    66. Someone starts debating politics
    67. Someone starts debating agriculture
    68. Someone starts debating


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    69) Sister Temperance (a mid-level commoner with a magic mace and delusions of grandeur) and her followers attempt to destroy all ale kegs and liquor jugs in the tavern for the good of society.


    70) A drunk tries to swat a fly and misses hitting another drunks girlfriend.

    71) A bored gnome illusionist uses Ventriloquism to aggravate patrons of the bar into attacking each other.

    72) A very drunk Barbarian stares at a PC for a few rounds then shouts "Sumbeech stole my lucky amulet!" and attacks. (His "amulet" is in his belt pouch but he forgot).

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    73) That man's face simply offends you.
    74) That man is simply offended by your face.


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    Saturday night's alright for fightin'.


    76. You or someone try catch a thrown peanut with your mouth, but misses and it hit on to eye of dwarf standing next of you.
    77. Barmaids get extra tips from prostitution and are happily making a ridiculous tabs for unsuspecting patrons.
    78. Elf noble is angry, because the bar don't have his favoured beverage and try serve him an ordinary beer instead.
    79. Match of armwrestling goes wrong.


    80. In a town where gambling is illegal, a local blowhard cleans up in the side game in the back and buys a round for everyone in the bar, including a few off duty watchmen.


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    81. Didn't get laid.


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    150 reasons for a tavern brawl eh?

    1: Mary
    2: Sue
    3: Victoria
    4: Amy
    5: Hellen
    6: Aaliah
    7: Abigail
    8: Morgana
    9: Adalyn
    10: Moira
    11: Sophie
    12: Marianne
    13: Rosanne
    14: Agatha
    15: Heidi
    16: ... well, you get the idea :P

    Sczarni

    @ #39 - the only real fight would be who beat up bard Justin Bieber.

    82. There hasn't been a fight yet tonight.
    83. It's been a while since you have been in a fight.
    84. Just feel like starting one.


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    85. A buffed dire wolverine is thrown into the bar by adventurers outside. As madness and death ensues, some locals try to even old scores during the chaos.


    86. Because the Small Time Sylph Street Magician known as "Rin" Slit the Throat of the Infamously Irksome Bard known as Justin Bugbear with a Dagger Based Coup De Grace while he was drinking his wine and abusing a stage actress named Vanessa Hudgens, and freed many dominated young girls from his Era of Slavery. ending the bard's magical charm over unwilling lasses everywhere.

    87. the Bugbear estate is dismantled and millions of young girls are freed from a state of Arcane Domination, true performance can rain rather than Justin's poor lyrics, and the family of the Infamous bard are out strongarming people to get their son resurrected and every cleric refuses. so as heroes, you are sent to incapacitate the bugbear family and destroy the horrible mind controlling arcane musical tradition

    88. "Rin" becomes the most infamous Street Magician in the Region, and the Bugbear Family wants her dead, so by Telling your fortunes, she tells you that your future is slay the family of Justin Bugbear one and for all.

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