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Encounter table kelder steps v1I discovered through work this new form of representing tables. Rather than columns and rows with values – essentially what you produce with pivot tables in Exel – you can represent this in a circular form. Things flow from one category to the other.

Quite aside from representing complex data for work, I immediately thought of doing it with an RPG encounter table. Creatures in a region may be available at different times and in different locations. Instead of several smaller tables you can put them all into this round.

Here is an example. This was generated using the online generator from the inventor of this visualisation Circos.

From the environments, Day, Night and Underground, roll a d12. Read the result and follow the flow to the creature indicated. Arguably simple. Its certainly more attractive to look at than a table. I’m yet to decide if it is more informative.