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Like the other generators in the “Uncanny Highway – U.S. Route 28” series, the following tables assume a time-frame of the mid 1960s to mid 1970s.

Initial Impression of the Bar

d10

The bar is named for…

1 – 2

a woman. (“Shirley’s”, “Mother’s Bar”, “Flo’s Place”, etc.)

2 – 4

a man. (“Jake’s Roadhouse”, “Harry’s”, “Nick’s Pub”, etc.)

5

an animal. (“The Stallion”, “Eagle Inn”, “Black Cat Tavern”, etc.)

6

a local geographical feature. (“Mount George Inn”, “Black River Tavern”, “Bald Hill Bar”, etc.)

7

an occupation. (“The Miner”, “Trucker’s Tavern”, “Huntsman’s Lodge”, etc.)

8

an inanimate object (or objects). (“Cannon Club”, “Big Rig Inn”, “Five Nails”, etc.)

9

a foreign locale. (“German Inn”, “Old England Bar”, “China Saloon”, etc.)

10

another kind of business or establishment. (“Junkyard Bar”, “The Abbey Lounge”, “Factory Bar”, etc.)

d12

The bar’s sign is…

1

intact neon letter above the door

2

neon and above the door, but with 1d4 letters burned out or broken.

3

cut out letters affixed above the door.

4

cut out letters affixed above the door, with 1d4 letters missing.

5

nicely painted above the door.

6

crudely painted above the door.

7

painted directly on the front door.

8

a wooden plaque affixed to the facade.

9

a painted banner hang above the door.

10

just a painted A-frame standing outside the door.

11

lettered on the front windows.

12

apparently missing.

d12

The exterior of the building is…

1 – 2

a flat-topped brick structure.

3 – 5

a flat-topped wooden structure with clapboard siding.

6

an ordinary wooden house.

7

an ordinary brick house.

8

a faux “Tudor” (half-timber) structure.

9

a faux Polynesian (Tiki) structure.

10

faux adobe (or actual adobe in the Southwest).

11

a faux “Old West” saloon with a “boomtown” facade.

12

a railway car.

25% chance of one or two gas pumps outside building. If there are two, one will be regular gas, and the other diesel.

d12

The bar appears to attract primarily…

1 – 2

blue-collar workers.

3

bikers.

4

truckers.

5

old men.

6

Country Music fans in cowboy and cowgirl outfits.

7

college kids.

8

young singles looking for partners.

9

people of a single ethnicity (other than white American).

10

police.

11

swinging couples.

12

the gay community. (LGBT+ people, but that term didn’t exist in the 1960s or 1970s.)

d8

The condition of the building is…

1

excellent.

2 – 4

generally good.

5

poor due to neglect.

6

poor due to obvious vandalism.

7

badly weathered.

8

mostly good, but there are bullet holes in the side.

d8

The parking lot is…

1

very small, but only partially filled.

2

very small, and completely filled.

3

moderately sized, and largely empty.

4

moderately sized, and half empty.

5

moderately sized, but mostly filled.

6

large, and largely empty.

7

large, and half-filled.

8

large, half-filled, and evidently a popular trolling ground for prostitutes.

The types of vehicles in the parking lot will be consistent with the primary patrons. Motorcycles in a biker bar, pickup trucks for Country Music fans, station wagons for suburban swinging couples, etc.

 

Inside the Bar

d20

The interior décor is…

1 – 5

unremarkable / consistent with the bar’s name and exterior.

6

filled with military memorabilia.

7

filled with local memorabilia.

8

filled with music memorabilia (appropriate to primary patrons).

9

a faux Irish pub.

10

faux German.

11

faux Medieval.

12

a faux barn.

13

Viking-themed.

14

Mexican-themed.

15

filled with hunting trophies.

16

filled with fishing trophies.

17

festooned with Christmas lights.

18

nautical-themed.

19

Tiki.

20

psychedelic.

d10

The behavior of the patrons is….

1 – 4

like those of any average bar of its type.

5

rowdy and belligerent.

6

friendly and welcoming.

7

extremely unfriendly to outsiders.

8

joyless, and oddly mechanical.

9

quietly menacing.

10

the complete opposite of what one would expect.

d20

The inside smells primarily like…

1 – 8

cigarettes.

9 – 10

cooking meat.

11 – 12

deep-fry oil

13

sweat.

14

incense.

15

mold.

16

dirt.

17

body odor.

18

rotten wood.

19

dry wood.

20

nothing in particular.

d20

The floor is…

1

faux-brick linoleum (or vinyl).

2

faux-wood linoleum (or vinyl).

3

faux-stone linoleum (or vinyl).

4 – 5

patterned linoleum (or vinyl).

6

badly-cracked, faux-brick linoleum (or vinyl).

7

badly-cracked, faux-wood linoleum (or vinyl).

8

badly-cracked, faux-stone linoleum (or vinyl).

9 – 10

badly-cracked, patterned linoleum (or vinyl).

11 – 12

black and white checkerboard tiles.

13

bare concrete.

14 – 15

badly-worn wood.

16 – 17

stained wood.

18 – 19

painted wood.

20

wood parquet.

40% chance the floor is covered with sawdust.

d100

If the floor is searched, you will find…

1 – 9

nothing special besides cigarette butts and beer. (If floor is sawdust, beer will be soaked up.)

10 – 11

an especially large quantity of nut shells.

12 – 13

dead insects.

14 – 15

someone’s wallet (with d100 dollars).

16 – 17

a glob of spit, still wet. (Roll again if floor is sawdust.)

18 – 19

spattered paint. (If floor is sawdust, paint is underneath.)

20 – 21

food wrapping from a nearby eatery.

22 – 23

1d6 spent bullet casings.

24 – 25

dried blood.

26 – 27

a condom (25% chance to be used.)

28 – 29

a set of house keys.

30 – 31

a pair of panties.

32 – 33

a lady’s stocking.

34 – 35

a pair of men’s underwear.

36 – 37

a woman’s anklet.

38 – 39

a wedding ring (Equal chances to be a man’s or a woman’s.)

40 – 41

a broken necklace.

42 – 43

broken glass.

44 – 45

a lost police shield.

46 – 47

a child’s toy.

48 – 49

a store receipt (25% chance the combination of items has disturbing implications. For example: rope, plastic sheeting, duct tape, nylon stockings, a dog collar, bleach, and a set of knives.)

50 – 51

a phone number written on a napkin.

52 – 53

“Help” written on a napkin in a woman’s handwriting.

54 – 54

a business card.

55 – 56

an unexploded firecracker.

57 – 58

unused tickets for a local Amusement Park.

59 – 60

a strange occult design faintly scrawled on the floor in chalk.

61 – 62

a woman’s shoe.

63 – 64

the broken heel from a high-heeled shoe.

65 – 66

a man’s shoe or boot.

67 – 68

a severed finger. (50% either a man’s or woman’s.)

69 – 70

1d4 human teeth.

71 – 72

a small, bloody knife. (Any sawdust on the floor will be stuck to knife along with the blood.)

73 – 74

a page from a Bible, with a verse circled.

75 – 76

a page from a phone book, with a name circled.

77 – 78

a religious tract.

79 – 80

a gemstone, evidently fallen from a ring.

81 – 82

a muddy shoe-print.

83 – 84

a small puddle of urine. (If floor is sawdust, urine will be soaked up.)

85 – 86

two halves of a ripped photograph. (Equal chances to be of a man or a woman.)

87 – 88

a watch. (25% chance to be an expensive brand.)

89 – 90

a dead mouse.

91 – 92

a live mouse.

93 – 94

a crumpled break-up letter.

95 – 96

a broken pencil.

97 – 98

a chicken bone.

99 – 100

a local guidebook, with a bloody fingerprint.

 

People and Events

d8

The bartender appears to be a(n)…

1

attractive young woman, (5% chance she is also the owner.)

2

young woman, (50% chance she is also the owner.)

3

handsome, middle-aged man, (25% chance he is also the owner.)

4

middle-aged man, (75% chance he is also the owner.)

5

attractive middle-aged woman, (75% chance she is also the owner.)

6

middle-aged woman, (75% chance she is also the owner.)

7

older man, (85% chance she is also the owner.)

8

older woman, (95% chance she is also the owner.)

d100

…with…

1 – 3

one eye.

4 – 6

an obvious scar.

7 – 9

missing teeth.

10 – 12

glasses.

13 – 15

a lisp.

16 – 18

a filthy mouth.

19 – 21

a dog behind the counter.

22 – 24

a pistol on their hip.

25 – 27

notably large breasts / muscles.

28 – 30

badly dyed hair.

31 – 33

an out-of-date hairstyle.

34 – 36

unfashionable clothes.

37 – 39

a very fashionable outfit.

40 – 42

a flamboyant manner of pouring drinks.

43 – 45

a distinct lack of education.

46 – 48

an obviously high level of education.

49 – 51

strange jewelry.

52 – 54

many tattoos. (50% likely to be blue prison tattoos inked with cigarette ash and spit.)

55 – 57

a bad leg.

58 – 60

a bad attitude.

61 – 63

a sympathetic ear for all patrons

64 – 66

no interest in hearing your problems.

67 – 69

an uncanny insight into their patrons’ true desires

70 – 72

seemingly endless stories about their past.

73 – 75

a “catch phrase” that they always seem to work into any conversation.

76 – 78

extremely racist and prejudicial opinions.

79 – 81

an eagerness to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

82 – 84

strong belief in various conspiracy theories.

85 – 87

professed psychic abilities.

88 – 90

a hatred of hippies and “reds”.

91 – 93

a sympathetic view of hippies and the counterculture.

94 – 95

an encyclopedic knowledge of liquor.

96 – 97

an eagerness to share the teachings of their Guru.

98 – 99

a strangely archaic way of speaking.

100

a striking resemblance to someone famous. (10% chance they actually are that person – or their clone!)

d100

Your attention is attracted by…

1 – 11

a fight breaking among 2d4 patrons.

12 – 13

a man with a flamboyant cowboy outfit.

14 – 15

a pair of identical twins.

16 – 17

a man with a loaded pistol set in front of him.

18 – 19

a plain, small, and unassuming woman who is easily consuming more whiskey than seems possible. She has already drunk several men “under the table”.

20 – 21

a nun.

22 – 23

a beautiful woman, dressed like a high-fashion model, and wearing sunglasses. She drinks alone.

24 – 25

an artist drawing portraits.

26 – 27

a photographer taking snapshots.

28 – 29

a police detective showing someone’s photograph to patrons.

30 – 31

a nervous man who stares at everyone entering the bar.

32 – 33

a silent man in sunglasses, wearing a black suit and fedora. His briefcase in on the table or bar.

34 – 35

a man playing solitaire with an a strange set of cards.

36 – 37

a woman reading palms.

38 – 39

1d4 clown(s).

40 – 41

a Native American, dressed in a traditional outfit.

42 – 43

a group of 1d4+1 men playing “pinfinger” or “five finger fillet” with a knife and their outstretched hands.

44 – 45

a man with 1d4 obviously frightened young women.

46 – 47

a preacher (or other devotee) handing out religious tracts.

48 – 49

a young women approaching one patron after another, begging for a ride.

50 – 51

1d4 hippies.

52 – 53

a middle-aged woman looking for her husband.

54 – 55

a man with a long white beard hanging to his belly.

56 – 57

a breathtakingly beautiful woman who is collecting free drinks.

58 – 59

1d4 police who have entered the bar to make an arrest. (If the bar primarily serves LGTQ+ people, the police may be arresting the patrons. If the bar has strippers, the police may be arresting the dancers, or the owner.)

60 – 61

1 or 2 masked men with guns who suddenly burst in and demand money.

62 – 63

a dog wandering around the bar.

64 – 65

a black cat wandering around the bar.

66 – 67

a man who runs into the bar, yelling that he just encountered a U.F.O.

68 – 69

a man who runs into the bar, yelling that he just encountered a famous local ghost.

70 – 71

a strange creature briefly visible in the window.

72 – 73

a fire breaking out in the bar.

74 – 75

a section of the ceiling collapsing.

76 – 77

1d4 people in archaic outfits.

78 – 79

an obnoxious drunk stumbling into everyone and everything.

80 – 81

a man so drunk he falls off the bar stool unconscious.

82 – 83

a glowing ball of light that moves slowly across the room.

84 – 85

inexplicable banging or tapping sounds.

86 – 87

a muffled cry for help, but from no obvious source.

88 – 89

a bullet (or rock) crashing through a window.

90 – 91

a hitchhiker you’ve previously seen on the side of the road.

92 – 93

an unaccompanied child walking into the bar.

94 – 95

a woman running into the bar, screaming that she just escaped a kidnapper (or killer).

96 – 97

an African-American man with a guitar, who sits down and pours a dark powder on the ground around himself while he mutters something about keeping the “hellhounds” away.

98 – 99

a family who suddenly enters, seeking help for their broken-down automobile.

100

an automobile crashing into the bar!

Obviously out-of-place or annoying patrons will eventually be asked to leave by the Bartender.

 

Food and Drink

d6

The bar serves…

1

a unique cocktail made nowhere else.

2

a wide selection of beers, but only a small election of spirits.

3

a seemingly endless selection of alcohol.

4

especially stiff drinks.

5

watered-down drinks.

6

only local brands.

A normal 1960s or 1970s roadside bar serves 1d4 brands of beer, and 2d6 other liquors. In most bars, all the beer will be one of the big national brands. Modern-style craft beers are basically non-existent, but small regional and local brands do exist in some areas.

d6

The food is…

1

nothing but bar snacks. (Potato chips, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, pickled eggs, etc.)

2

expensive, but high-quality.

3

both good and cheap.

4

greasy.

5

an unexpected, exotic cuisine.

6

disgustingly inedible.

 

Attractions and Amenities

d20, 1d10 times.

Other attractions and amenities include…

1

a dart board.

2

pool table(s).

3

1d6 strippers / burlesque dancers. (Mostly topless in the 1960s and 1970s, but full nude dancing exists in some places after 1969. Stripper poles aren’t introduced until 1972.)

4

a jukebox.

5

a stage for live performances.

6

a dance floor.

7

a television.

8

a pay phone.

9

a mechanical bull.

10

air hockey.

11

a foosball table.

12

a skee-ball machine.

13

various board games that can be played by patrons.

14

an electro-mechanical gun shooting game.

15

a pachinko machine.

16

pinball machine. (Or video game, after 1978.)

17

slot machine. (Or video poker, after 1979.)

18

1d4 bowling lanes.

19

a room for private parties.

20

lodgings.

There can be multiple examples of the same attraction or amenity.

d12

The bathroom is…

1 – 4

unremarkable.

5

the haunt of a local drug dealer.

6

disgustingly foul.

7

covered in graffiti.

8

surprisingly clean.

9

filled with a mysterious odor.

10

very cramped.

11

cavernously large.

12

apparently a popular spot for casual sexual encounters.

 

The Bar’s Secret

d100

The most shocking fact about this bar is…

1 – 15

only that the staff is paid “off the books”.

16 – 29

it’s Mob owned, but otherwise a regular business.

30 – 38

it serves underage patrons.

39 – 40

it has failed every health inspection, but somehow remains in business.

40 – 41

all the liquor is bootleg, but put into “legitimate” bottles.

42 – 43

it’s crawling with vermin.

44

the bartender is actually a Vampyre.

45

it is used as a hunting ground by the local Vampyres.

46

the bartender is actually a Werewolf.

47

it’s used as a hunting ground by the local Werewolves.

48 – 50

it’s haunted by the ghost of the first owner.

51 – 52

it’s haunted by the ghost of person murdered here.

53 – 54

it’s haunted by the ghost of a dog (or other pet).

55 – 56

it’s patronized by Demons and Devils.

57 – 58

it’s patronized by Angels.

59

it’s patronized by the Devil himself (or another major Infernal power). (d4: Satan is… 1 = looking to make a deal. 2 = on holiday from Hell, and just want to be left alone. 3 = drowning his sorrows from the loss of his latest love. 4 = expecting someone.)

60

it’s Death’s favorite hangout!

61

it’s used as a neutral meeting ground by the powers of Heaven and Hell.

62 – 63

the owner is a KGB agent.

64 – 66

it’s used for CIA mind-control experiments.

67

some of the drinks are actually potions that grant magical powers.

68 – 69

it’s a meeting place for Demon Hunters.

70

the local Fairy Folk meet here “after-hours”.

71 – 72

auctions of sex slaves are held here “after-hours”.

73 – 74

the basement is a way station for human trafficking.

75

the basement contains an entrance to the Underworld.

76

it’s built atop an Indian burial ground.

77

it’s actually a disguised space-ship, and the owner is an extraterrestrial.

79 – 80

many of the apparent patrons are actually ghosts.

81 – 82

its used as hunting ground for a homicidal maniac.

83 – 84

it’s a front for illegal gambling.

85 – 86

it’s a front for prostitution.

87 – 88

it’s a front for drug dealing.

89 – 90

it’s infested with vermin.

91 – 93

the meat served is actually roadkill.

94 – 95

the meat served is actually from animals not normally eaten by Americans.

96

the meat served is human flesh.

97 – 98

the small library and reading room in the back, stocked with classics and quality literature.

99 – 100

it is owned by a celebrity.