Fantasy Handouts: Wanted Posters, from Ronin Arts, looks like a fun way to add some props to your game without having to do a whole lot of work yourself.
They also offer a blank wanted poster as well as menus. The menus seem less useful, but in the right circumstances they could be — if your PCs’ home base is an inn, for example.
Seems more appropriate for a western game.
Some ideas for other premade hand outs.
Fancy Fill in the blank writ of nobility.
Modern to future looking id cards
Letter of mark and reprisal for privettering.
Mock up Letters and note in runes or elf gibberish. Don’t matter what they really say.
fill in the blank Pardons
Letter of seizure of goods
Letter of commission to millitary rank
We’ve got a long list of handout ideas and, as of this morning, have released Pardons.
Pardons and writs of nobility would both be great to have in-game.
In our current Stargate campaign, our GM gave one player her PC’s official commendation for bravery (in a frame, no less!), and I’ve gotten my character’s official promotion document. Both look awesome, and he timed them so well that they had some real impact — I felt like my PC had really earned his promotion.
One of the first campaigns I played in was Boothill. The GM had a list of wanted posters, researched from historic documents. Some of them said, “Wanted for Murder, onery cuss who rob the bank in Fargo.”
Notice: no description of the robber.
Notice: no description of who (if anyone) was killed.
Notice: which bank?
And this was in an era where there where presses with mobile type.
Where I campaign, “wanted posters” means draw your weapon and decide when you start shooting.