May 25, 2016

Wondrous Wednesday: Elven Drum of Armor

So, I was fooling around online (as you do), and came across Dinkum’s Random Magic Item Generator from Rusty & Co. I let it spin a few times, and it came up with this: "Elven Drum of Armor. This slender hide drum surround the user with an unseen field of force, providing some protection while a rhythm is maintained on it. Additionally, the user sprouts pointy ears while wearing it. The protection doesn't stack with any armor the character may be wearing." A little whimsical for most campaigns, but I like using random generators to get the creative juices flowing and seeing where it goes from there.

Blog Spotlight: North of Reality

As a service for my readers (the few, the proud...), I thought I'd spotlight a very useful blog called North of Reality. It's a fiction blog written and edited by Uel Aramchek, and it is just chock full of fantastic inspiration for fantasy gaming. Each entry is a snippet of his bizarre, wonderful imagination, and many of them have gaming application -- in fact, they're written in a way that I think he games in his spare time.

For narrative gamers (using, say, Dungeon World), many of the entries could be used as written (look at, for example, The Understeel). The next time your group finds a potion, choose something from the archive that's been tagged "bottled goods." Introduce binari into a remote city's economy. Some snippets are dripping with potential character backstories.

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.)