May 23, 2016

Monstrous Monday: Aquatic Death Worm

Jason Fogleman posted a link to the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Facebook group about the Bobbitt Worm, an aquatic predator more properly known as Eunice aphroditois. It's a nasty creature, and has popped up in fish tanks and aquariums when owners add coral or other natural decorations that contains a larval worm. The attacks of the creature are particularly savage, and, as Jason put it, "This needs a stat block so badly... Small, Medium, and Large versions too." I'd love to oblige.

Apologies to Shane Smallwood for stealing his idea for the creature's name.

May 18, 2016

Wondrous Wednesday: Rope of Winds

So, personal stuff went past the weekend, which meant I was too busy to post a Monstrous Monday entry; those will resume next Monday.

For today's Wondrous Wednesday, I'll post an item inspired by fairy tales and folklore (a source of inspiration heavily used by Gary Gygax back in the day): the rope of winds.

May 11, 2016

Wondrous Wednesday: Minimaton

I figure, if there's "Monstrous Monday," then why not "Wondrous Wednesday" where we post magic items? So, here's one that's I did decades ago, reimagined and reinterpreted for 5E: the minimaton.

May 9, 2016

Monstrous Mondays: Wormwood, the Treant Lich

Apparently, several Old School bloggers do something called Monstrous Mondays, where they stat up a monster for OSR games. I run and play D&D 5E right now, and it could use a few new ones. The game has been out for a while now, but the release schedule is slow, and a lot of effort on making monsters in the 5E Homebrew community either revolves around converting monsters from previous editions to the current one, or converting monsters from other properties (video games, movies, etc.) to the RPG side. Here are a couple of good sources I've found online:

I'd like to see some new monsters. There have been some good repositories, but I guess I should put some content on here. So, without further ado, here's my first contribution: Wormwood, the Treant Lich. (I'm still working out the kinks, so the experience value I have put in is based on the lich's value from the MM; per the DMG, it might be closer to the lich.)

Apr 29, 2016

One Page Dungeon 2016 - Magic Shop Mayhem

This year has been the worst so far, at least as far as dithering over my One Page Dungeon Contest submission goes. It's the same story every year: I have a million ideas, but none of them really gel, and as the deadline looms I end up polishing the shiniest turd just so I can get something done.

Anyway, without further ado, I present Magic Shop Mayhem.

Apr 26, 2016

Tenkar's Tavern: Fundraiser for Charles "Chuck" Wright's Medical Expenses

I read over on Tenkar's Taven about a Fundraiser for Charles "Chuck" Wright's Medical Expenses (he's the Frog God Ganes Art / Layout Director). He's got diabetes (as do I) and as a result is having surgery to remove all or part of his foot (which is something that can happen to the best diabetics). As gaming companies are not exactly swimming in capital, his friends in the gaming industry have gotten together to create a GoFundMe page to cover the medical expenses, and have donated a lot of fine PDFs and product that will be given away to random donors.

As a fellow diabetic (albeit probably with better health insurance), I think this awesome, and I encourage anybody who feels like it to donate to the cause. You have a really good chance to get some free stuff (the list of "prizes" keeps getting bigger, which is awesome) and it's for a good cause.