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Investigative Journalist Pack

In many TTPRG campaigns information is key and a party member that is an expert at getting it is invaluable.

What is an Investigative Journalist

This is a character who is naturally inquisitive and good at picking up details. While others in the party are in the forefront of the action and quick to draw a weapon, the Investigative Journalist is more drawn to using their words and skills of perception to save the day.

The fantasy Investigative Journalist

Investigative journalists are not often played in fantasy campaigns using systems like Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder, however, it’s a fun character background for those who like characters that stick to the shadow or are naturally curious.

Bards, rogues and urban rangers are Fantasy character archetypes that work well as investigative journalists. Make sure to focus on skills around investigation, perception and intelligence to make the most out of the build.

The urban Investigative Journalist

For games that are set in a more urban setting, the investigative journalist is a natural choice, They are great characters for digging up information or being able to access data and lore. Whether your investigative journalist takes the forms of a Pulitzer-winning reporter, a nosy neighbourhood watch member or a true crime podcaster your drive to find information may get you into the odd scrape but you also get what you’re after.

Investigative Journalist Pack

  • Notebook
  • Pencil (fantasy) or pen (urban)
  • Hooded lantern (fantasy) or flashlight (urban)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Lock picks
  • Disguise kit
  • ID card for a journalist guild (fantasy) or association (urban)

Optional Extras

  • Cloak
  • Rope
  • Fake ID kit

Worth noting

If your Dungeon Master (DM) or Game Master (GM) allows you to then get these items before the game starts or if you don’t have the gold for it yet then you can pick up the items as you go. Just be sure to let your DM know that you want to do that so they are prepared.

As a GM you can also have a merchant selling these kits to possible investigators. They can either be selling them as part of a legitimate trade business or at an inflated rate if they know the demand for them is high.


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