Friday, December 16, 2011

Signs of the Times

"Hobo Symbols of the Great Depression" = Adventurer Symbols of the Megadungeon?

Could be used by the PCs, Thieves Guild, or a secret cult, or found by them while duneoneering, used as hints, misdirection, red herring... 
Several would require a broad interpretation, or even an alternate meaning to incorporate into a fantasy setting.  Could also be adapted as a Random Encounter or Random Dungeon/Town  Design table, or your next Dungeon/Map could be marked with symbols...
Several more charts of varying sizes can be found with an image search.
Original Link 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I'm not sure what this website is about... Vulcans and Biblical Figures... I dunno.  Anyhow, here's a list of weird creatures from various sources, have fun.

(my favorite)
"dobermantis: (Doberman + mantis) pale green caninoid hexapod with powerful grasping forelimbs"

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Three On-The-Fly d20 Tables

Nothing you ain't seen before, but handy.  I keep these on an index card for those times when I want to generate something immediately and quickly. 

TRAP                                  JEWELRY                 DUNGEON CREATION
1. ACID                               EARRING                  STRAIGHT 20-50'
2. GAS                                NECKLACE               DOOR, USUAL
3. CALTROPS                    BRACELET                DOOR, UNUSUAL
4 .NEEDLE                         PENDANT                 STAIRS, UP/DOWN 
5 .CHUTE                           ARMBAND                BRANCH, RIGHT 10-60'
6. DOOR (roll again)           BROOCH                   BRANCH, LEFT 10-60'
7. JAW                                STUD                         SPLIT, 45-DEGREE ANGLE
8. PIT                                  RING                          "T" INTERSECTION
9. -LOCKS                          CLASP                       "Y" INTERSECTION
10. -FLOODS                     BUCKLE                     4-WAY, 10-40' ea
11. -SPIKED                       COLLAR                     TURN, LEFT/RIGHT
12. FIRE/OIL                      DIADEM                      WIDENS or NARROWS
13. CRUSHING                  CIRCLET                    SM ROOM, 1 Exit
14. ARROW/DART             CROWN                     SM ROOM, 2 Exits
15. BLOCK, FALLS            GIRDLE                      MED ROOM, 1 Exit
16. SPEAR/SPIKE             TORC                         MED ROOM, 2 Exits
17. GUILLOTINE                ANKLET                     MED ROOM, 2-4 Exits
18. PORTCULLIS              PIERCING                  LRG ROOM, 2-5 Exits
19. COLLAPSING              LOCKET                     CHANGE to NATURAL CAVERN
20. SCYTHE BLADE         OTHER                       ODD SHAPE or FEATURE

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monster Monday 3,

This is possibly the most Lovecraftian thing I ever hope to see...
and I don't even dare to imagine it's
weird appetites and disturbingly Freudian motivations...

...but if anyone is sick enough to stat it up for me,
all I can promise is I'll use it in my game and let you know how it went

The "Thank You for Coming" Potion

Whenever a new Party or Character is created, the PC(s) automatically receive a "Thank You for Coming" (random) Potion, assumed to be part of their starting/current equipment.  Gives 1st Level PCs a little boost, makes new/"replacement" PCs feel welcome, and also makes them a bit less jealous of existing members and their preexisting loot!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Taverns of Gnarth

Odd Houserule: XP is awarded only when the Party enters a tavern and orders a drink. I have no idea who among our group first came up with this, or why, but we've been doing it for many years.

In order to identify their establishments to a largely illiterate populace, the taverns of Gnarth typically display a colorfully painted image or distinctive item above or near the entrance.

  1. Barking Chicken there's a chain of these. no one knows what it means
  2. Horny Toad when you aren't picky, you just wanna get laid
  3. Iron Spike great place to advertise for/hire henchlings
  4. Funky Monkey chimps entertain the clientele for tips
  5. Grinning Golem those causing a ruckus will most definitely be bounced
  6. Plunging Piercer natural cavern, 100' below street lvl
  7. Goblin's Gizzard drinks are OK, but don't order food
  8. Dragon's Flagon 1CP drafts during full moon
  9. Roast Beast locals recommend the mystery meat, but it's all about the gravy
  10. Random Encounter pick-up bar
  11. Purring Puss "exotic" live act is a cat doing tricks onstage
  12. Cloven Hoof there's something in the basement
  13. Old Wheel built around a massive metal cog sunken in the earth
  14. Clanking Tankard dbl freebie for the Party; someone buys drinks and supplies info
  15. Silver Shortsword lycanthropes!
  16. Albino Rhino it's head is mounted above the bar, speaks in riddles
  17. Double Zero bartender is Psionic, reads minds, etc.
  18. Golden Grail fops and dandies
  19. Half Pint wee folk; Halfings, 1/4lings, fingerlings
  20. Busted Nut drifters, ne'er-do-wells
  21. Shitty Griffon panders to the very wealthy, who refer to it as "The Griffon"
  22. Smoking Bowl damn hippies, all-porridge menu
  23. Arguing Ettin Giant-class bartender dispenses two forms of conflicting advice
  24. Lucky Charm dude, that bartender's a leprechaun
  25. Salted Slug scary restrooms, smelly buggers
  26. Bob's Dungeon he's retired, now, but has plenty of tales of his adventuring days
  27. Eunuch's Balls chance reunion with old NPC friend
  28. Bottomless Pit it's where the customers go, 'cause sometimes ya just gotta go
  29. Leo's Tiny Hut bigger on the inside
  30. Tater Shack best fried taters & cheese in the park
  31. Troll Hole ya gotta pay the Troll toll
  32. Great Helm lot's o Fighters
  33. Randy Andy's 10' Pole strip joint/titty bar
  34. Blinking Dog blind proprietor's dog makes change
  35. Blue Moon on tap, and that one guy looks familiar
  36. Alchemy Jug extensive variety, pricey
  37. Glassy Gnoll no one's sure what they saw
  38. Chainsmoking Dwarf hazy cigar bar, must be accompanied by Dwarf
  39. Headsman's Axe gets raided by The Man the one night you decide to stop in
  40. Seventh Heaven champagne suite available
  41. Friend o' the Devil rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
  42. Doppleganger Hangar meet someone you share many characteristics with
  43. Rot Grub Pub cheap eats, good pie
  44. Treant & Termite gourmet viands, weird potted plants
  45. Horn o' Plenty family-style buffet, somehow significant tapestries
  46. Slammin' Hammer finest Dwarven porter, my friends
  47. Cleric's Codpiece hangout of students , sages, scholars
  48. Flying Pig unbelievable daily happy hour specials
  49. Skunked Monk loquacious sage talks forever
  50. Three Dart Inn favored by the local Wizards dart league
  51. Sundered Shield veterans of a thousand psychic wars
  52. Fourth Wall performers, artists
  53. Centaur's Stall straw everywhere, no barstools
  54. Bard Rock Cafe worth the cover charge
  55. Cloak & Dagger when you need some guy... to do this thing...
  56. Roaring Borealis massive bar fight
  57. Stumbling Satyr a case of mistaken identity leads to madcap hijinks
  58. Caryatid Column entire establishment randomly teleports between two locations
  59. Legion Hall ya gotta know a member
  60. Vomiting Vrock notable absence of nobility and civility
  61. Penitent Paladin the 'confessional' is really a glory hole booth
  62. Temperance's Teat topless
  63. Thirsty Thyrsus bartender has excellent connections, will hook ya up for a price
  64. Bacchus Brewery tall tales and extensive tabs
  65. Secret Door it's hard to leave when you can't find the door
  66. Screamin' Demon 25% chance your date is a Succubus
  67. Bent Bar armwrestling bartender likes to gamble
  68. Ole Dirtye Bastarde bawdy playhouse
  69. Kane's Roadhouse houseband plays from behind portcullis
  70. Angry Ankheg they're really pushing the Ankheg theme, and it isn't working
  71. Flayed Brain do not order a cocktail
  72. Milking Maid massages in back, happy endings
  73. Odd's Blood the wine makes you blind in one eye and adds +1 WIS for 24 hrs
  74. Jack's Potion Flask if anyone asks, you don't know Jack
  75. Crock o' Doom crazed drunkard spouts of ill omens and dire prophecy
  76. Crummy Beard only the bearded may enter. false beards, breadsticks on request
  77. Unseen Servant impeccable invisible waitstaff
  78. Wanton Wench pickpocketing doxies
  79. Three Toed Sloth bartender is unusually SLOW, and missing two fingers
  80. Burning Bush flophouse of ill repute
  81. Keoghtom's Keg proprietor sells a esoteric powder which cure hangovers
  82. Ten GP Gem big with the locals
  83. Dreaddy Yeti mellow and cool
  84. Second Level lies below the local burial crypts
  85. Gnarly Harley's biker bar favored by itinerant mercenaries
  86. Rusty Mail off-duty City Guard
  87. Beholder's Eye someone is watching you
  88. Heady Horseman blow the head off a frothy one!
  89. Otyugh's Mug located next to pile of refuse, smells funny
  90. Crystal Pistol there is a possibility of Alien abduction from the restrooms
  91. Pirate's Parrot obnoxious speaking bird spouts insults, nonsense, clues
  92. Pan's Pipe flute band will stop if paid in cash or drinks
  93. Flaming Moe's also a pick-up bar
  94. Freaky Tiki firedancers
  95. Last Gasp patronized largely by the mummification/internment industry
  96. High Five bartender incessantly requests he be "fived" for this or that
  97. Treasure Chest Oktoberfest meets Hooters
  98. Wishing Well there is one in the center...
  99. Blotto Grotto all-night rave bar
  100. DM's Choice