Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2018

Random Magical Moon Stone Table

This was inspired by a call for submissions for a moon themed RPG zine by Evlyn Moreau.
Roll a d10 once for each column. Optional: roll a new power and drawback each moon phase. 

d10
Form
Power
Drawback
1
Strange rock. Looks blurry when you focus your vision on it, but normal in peripheral vision. Concentrating on this effect makes any observer dizzy and lose 1 hp.
Moon vision, once per night for 6 turns. In addition to night vision, this makes all magical things glow with a pale aura, so it doubles as detect magic.
Slowly turn into moon child. 1 in 6 chance per use that one of the following changes its color to that of the moon: all nails, all hairs, iris, skin.
2
Tooth (has to replace a regular tooth in your mouth)
Summon ancient wolf spirit. It cannot fight or interact with physical world, but it can scout and possibly give advice. Can move through physical objects (e.g. walls). Stays for one task or up to 1 turn, once each moon phase.
Turn into raging werewolf at next midnight after use. Save negates. Lasts for one turn, afterwards totally exhausted for 6 turns, no natural healing during this night.
3
Orb. Has to be licked to use. Tastes like the void between the stars (with a slight aftertaste of cheese).
Polymorph self into bat for 1 turn, once each moon phase.
If not carefully veiled from direct sunlight, take 1 damage per turn.
4
Ring. Cannot be removed without cutting off the finger.
Bless any weapon to deal magical moonlight damage (extra +1d3 damage). Only works at, and once per night, lasts 1 turn.
Moon aura. In darkness, a faint glow of pale light emanating from your body is clearly visible, making hiding extremely difficult.
5
Ioun stone (orbits your head)
Shoot moonlight beam for 2d6 damage, once per night. Unavailable during new moon.
Vision heavily impaired while in direct sunlight (see everything as if in twilight).
6
Marble. Has to be rolled between your palms or put into mouth to use.
Ability to converse with any creature of the night.
1 in 20 chance that it loses its power after each use.
7
Wand. Using it teleports it exactly one turn into the future. This produces a loud popping sound.
Become an ethereal phantom made from moonlight for 1d12 rounds, unaffected by non-magical weapons. Only works at, and once per night.
Using it drains life energy, take 1d4 damage per use (heals normally).
8
Helmet. It is made out of moon rock and looks damn cool.
Levitate upwards in the direction of the moon. Only works if the moon is visible, and only once per night for up to 1 turn.
Owner has to howl at the moon when going outside at night.
9
Crescent ring/buffalo ring (has to be worn as a piercing jewellery in a suitable spot, like ear or septum)
Polymorph self into wolf for 1 turn, once each moon phase.
Become preferred target in fights against wolves and lycanthropes.
10
Bug (yes, a living moon bug made from moon stone). Likes to sit on your shoulder. Sometimes, it makes a melody by rubbing its wings against each other.
Lesser anti-magic shield. Subtracts one point of damage from all magical damage received, and adds +1 for all saves against magic.
Chill of the void. You are constantly feeling a light chill when not near a fire or in sunlight. You suffer 1d6 additional damage from cold-based attacks.

Freitag, 13. Juli 2018

Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table

This is my Barrowmaze random encounter table for travelling the Barrowmoor. All page numbers refer to the Barrowmaze Complete edition by Greg Gillespie. I advise preparing one or more swamp crypts for encounter #7 by using the Barrow Mound Random Crypt Generator starting on page 245.

Random Encounter Roll:

Roll 1d6 once per 4 hours of travelling (once between Helix and the Barrowmaze):
1-3: roll on Random Encounter table below
4-6: no encounter

Random Encounter Table (d8):

1. Signs: roll on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table (p.240), but only encounter signs (d6):
   1-2: that the monsters were there or
   3-4: are nearby (possible encounter depending on party decisions), or
   5-6: find dead monsters
2. Wandering monsters: roll on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table (p.240)*
3. Wandering monsters: roll on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table (p.240)*
4. Wandering monsters: roll on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table (p.240)*
5. Wandering monsters: roll on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table (p.240)*
6. Stray Barrowmaze monsters: roll on the Barrow Mounds random encounter table (p.28), with half the number appearing (round up)
7. On strange paths: stumble upon swamp crypt (if travelling with a competent guide, swamp conditions caused a short detour)
8. Lost (ignore if travelling with a competent guide**): add one hour of travel time and check again (random encounter roll d6, if 1-3, roll on this table again with a +1, this is cumulative; if 4-6: back on track)
9. Rolling 9 or higher: found the Barrowmaze, but enter at unusual location, 1d4: 1=N, 2=E, 3=S, 4=W; roll d40 for hex on N/S, or d22 for W/E)

*If part of the journey is happening during the night, roll 1d4 to see at which hour of travel the encounter occurs. If occuring at night, add +1 on the Barrowmoor Random Encounter Table for each hour after dark (or before dawn).

**If one of the characters or a henchman guides the party, let them roll INT DC15. If successful, ignore this encounter (back on track after a 20 minute detour).

Donnerstag, 3. November 2016

Xorn for DCC

A Xorn conversion for the DCC RPG. Guest art by +Ray Otus! Check out his complete inktober art collection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8RNTkB.


Artwork by Ray Otus

Xorn: Init +0; Atk slam +7 melee (1d3) or bite +7 (6d4); AC 21; HD 7d8+7; MV 30’ or burrow 30’; Act 4d20; SP camouflage, stone meld, immunity to fire and cold, resistance to electricity and edged weapons, all-around vision, smell precious metals 20’; SV Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +5; AL N.

A Xorn can use three slam and one bite attacks per round and fight up to three opponents at the same time. 

It can use camouflage to blend into stone backgrounds, gaining +5 to hide attempts. In combat, it is more likely to meld into any stone surface, then move and attack from somewhere else 1d3 rounds later, thereby gaining surprise (top of initiative order). 

While passing through stone, it can be damaged by a Shatter spell as if it was an inanimate object, and a Transmute Earth spell with a spellcheck result of 20+ on the stone area it passes through will destroy it; a successful lower result will expel it from the stone and turn its body into mud, which prevents it from merging with stone and lowers its AC to 12 for 1d6 rounds while it reforms its structure to stone.

Xorns are immune against any kind of fire and cold and get a Fort save against electrical attacks, negating all damage if successful and taking half damage if failing. They always take only half damage from edged weapons.

Montag, 7. März 2016

The Flayed King DCC Conversion

+Tim Shorts was so nice to send me a print version of his mini-adventure The Flayed King last year, and I recently ran it at a con using Dungeon Crawl Classics. Here are my monster stat conversions, used against a party of five level 1 characters.

You can get the adventure for free here: https://www.rpgnow.com/product/148003/The-Flayed-King?

Draugr

North men skeletons with chainmail, axes and a raging desire to kill the living, I suppose.

DRAUGR: Init +0; Atk axe +1 melee (1d6+3); AC 15; HD 2d12; MV 40’; Act 1d20; SP un-dead traits; SV Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +3; AL C.

Goreth

Huge north man guardian skeleton with tattered chainmail and a shiny blue ring. And a raging desire to kill whoever wants what he’s guarding, I suppose. Wears the Ring of Kearar (see below).

GORETH: Init +2; Atk two-handed sword +3 melee (1d10+3); AC 15; HD 6d12; MV 40’; Act 1d20; SP un-dead traits; SV Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +5; AL C.

Ring of Kearar

Since the original Ring of Raraek that Goreth was wearing was more suited for campaign play, I changed it to something easier to hand out at a convention game:

The Ring of Kearar is sentient, but not aligned. It shimmers with a cold blue light. The wearer can make any melee weapon appear in their hand. It will form in one round; changing it to another weapon is also possible in one round. It appears as if made out of blue light. It gives no bonus to attack or damage, but the damage counts as magical.

Montag, 29. Februar 2016

Twisted and Bloated Ghosts

I created these ghosts for an adventure I ran recently, and if you need some quick ghost stats for your DCC game, they can haunt your players, too. 

The phenomenal guest art is by +Luka Rejec - check out his blog Wizard Thief Fighter!


Twisted Ghost - artwork by Luka Rejec

Twisted Ghosts


Twisted Ghosts: Init +1; Atk lifedrain +2 melee (1d6); AC 15; HD 2d12; MV 30’ fly; Act 1d20; SP un-dead traits, life drain, create spawn, immune to non-magical/non-silver weapons; SV Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +4; AL C.

They are translucent, with their faces, bodies and limbs strangely twisted and bent. They are usually bound to the place where they died.

Un-dead traits: immune to sleep, charm, and paralysis spells, as well as other mental effects and cold damage.

Life drain: all damage done gets added to their hit points (characters can regain lost hp normally).

Create spawn: any living humanoid killed by their life drain rises as a twisted ghost after the next sunset or after 1d4 rounds after “bleeding out” if it is currently night. “Recovering the body” is only possible before sunset and only if the respective ghost has been destroyed.


Bloated Ghosts


Bloated Ghosts: Init +1; Atk lifedrain +3 melee (1d4 + DC14 Fort or 1d4 STA); AC 15; HD 3d12; MV 40’ fly; Act 1d20; SP un-dead traits, life drain, create spawn, immune to non-magical/non-silver weapons, half damage from silver weapons; SV Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +4; AL C.

They are translucent, with their faces, bodies and limbs strangely tumid and bloated. They are usually bound to the place where they died.

Life drain: all damage done (both hp and STA loss) gets added to their hit points (characters can regain lost points normally).

Create spawn and un-dead traits: as above.


Adjusting for character level:


Both of these variants should be a good challenge for a party of 1st level adventurers if the number appearing is about half the number of characters. It will be a very difficult encounter if they don’t have magical or silver weapons (or clerics), so you might drop some hints or rumors so the players have a chance to prepare if they’re clever.

Adjusting for higher level parties: For 2nd level characters, simply add +1 to init, attack, damage, stamina loss, HD and all saves. For 3rd level characters, add an additional +1 on everything.


Silver weapons:


These are not readily available, but if there in a reasonably big city or market, a character may find a weapon suitable for them if they succeed on a luck check. The price should be about 30 times as much as the normal cost of the weapon.

A blacksmith might be willing to coat any weapon with silver for 20 times the normal price of the weapon; this is but temporary: after using such a weapon in a fight against a corporeal enemy, a luck check decides if the silver coating is still functional or wore out. Fighting incorporeal enemies does not tarnish the silver coating!

Magic weapons: These are never for sale. (Well, maybe if they are cursed.)

Mittwoch, 11. März 2015

Soul of the Serpent King


Soul of the Serpent King is a free DCC adventure, written by me and illustrated by +Luka Rejec.

It can be used as a standalone scenario for 6-8 2nd level characters or as an expansion for +Edgar Johnson's Blood for the Serpent King.

Download it here:
Soul_of_the_Serpent_King.pdf

Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Absorber Imp


The Absorber Imp with DCC stats and familiar rules. The guest art is by +Noah Stevens - check out his blog The Hapless Henchman!

Artwork by Noah Stevens

An Absorber Imp is a very small demon, typically about one foot tall, with a pitch black hide, a set of leathery wings, often strangely colored eyes and a head like a miniature dragon. They possess child-like intelligence but cannot speak. Their reflexes are quick, they can sense magic and they are able to fly for short periods of time.

Absorber Imps are often used by more powerful demons as retainers, and fulfill simple tasks and services for them. Still, it is possible to encounter an Absorber Imp on its own, if it was lost, trapped, abandoned, or on a mission for or even fleeing from its master. It is very rare to face two or more Absorber Imps in the same place. They don't work well with each other.

Like a lot of imps, they are not truly evil but mischievous in nature and love to play pranks or otherwise annoy their chosen victims. These pranks are never intended to be life-threatening but can sometimes be dangerous. The favorite victims of Absorber Imps are those gifted with magic powers, because they feed on magical energies.

It is not known whether their name originally stemmed from their skin's property of absorbing all light or from their more fantastic ability to absorb pure magic power. These imps can absorb any magical spell or effect in their vicinity, regardless of the intended target, area of effect or power. The original magic effect is cancelled completely and is instead stored inside the imp. The imp can store the magic of up to three spells or other magic effects at the same time for as long as it wishes, potentially forever, but it can also unleash its powers whenever it wants to. Absorber Imps can also decide to devour a magic power that they previously stored. This destroys the magic completely.

When the Absorber Imp releases stored magic, it can choose all variable aspects of its effects, like targets, as if it were the original caster of the spell, or the original user of a magic scroll or wand. If the imp has already currently stored three magical powers, it can choose to absorb a new magic effect and release one of its stored ones as one action.

Absorber Imps are immune to magic weapons and can absorb magical effects of magic weapons hitting them, including all damage, like they can absorb other magic. They can release the stored effects from magic weapons by hitting the intended target with their otherwise not overly dangerous claws.

Due to their abilities to store spells and sense magic, Absorber Imps are rare but highly priced familiars for witches, warlocks and dark mages. Although not easy, they can be befriended, especially if they are well fed with magical energy. An Absorber Imp familiar is a double-edged sword, though, because no matter how well trained, they will never stop playing pranks.

Absorber Imps can be bound into shards of obsidian, if one knows the required ritual. They will stay bound until the word of release is spoken or the obsidian is shattered. Furthermore, magic effects or damage originating from magical obsidian objects or obsidian weapons cannot be absorbed and fully affects the imps. Any damage received from obsidian weapons is a perilous and grave incident for an Absorber Imp and one of the only sure ways to permanently destroy them instead of just sending them back to their shadow realm. For these reasons, most of them are afraid or even repelled by obsidian objects of any kind.

The Absorber Imp's eyes change with the kind of magic powers it has currently stored. An absorbed fireball might turn its eyes into a fiery inferno, a friendship enchantment can make them seem trustworthy and a portal spell might transform their eyes into actual windows into time and space. Often, but not necessarily always, the eyes adjust to the most powerful magic that is currently stored. Pitch black eyes can be a tell for an Absorber Imp with no stored magic whatsoever, or an alarming signal for devastating black magic.

Absorber Imp: Init +3; Atk Claws +1 melee (1d4 + potentially stored magic attack ability); AC 14; HD 2d8; MV 20’, fly 20’; Act 1d20; SP absorb magic, release magic, vulnerable to obsidian (double damage), immune to magic, invulnerable to magic weapons; SV Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +2; AL C.

Absorber Imps as familiars

Optionally, a Judge may allow a player character with the Find Familiar spell to bond with an Absorber Imp if the rolled familiar type is demonic or if an the imp is encountered by a neutral or chaotic spellcaster without a familiar (but the spell must be known). The Absorber Imp will have the abilities and stats described above instead of the usual demonic familiar traits. As a familiar, it can freely absorb spells from its wizard, but can only absorb spells from other casters up to it’s wizard’s caster level per hour (e.g. the familiar of a 5th level wizard could absorb one 3rd level and one 2nd level spell in the same hour). In the case of absorbed magical creature abilities, substitute the creature’s hit dice for spell level. The imp’s immunity to magic and magic weapons remains intact. Absorber Imps’ familiar personality trait is always prankful.