Showing posts with label encounters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label encounters. Show all posts

Monday, February 2, 2015

Gnartian Wilderland Hex Exploration Enc Tbl

Simple Encounter Table for Wandering Parties in my Gnarth campaign, # Checks/day by Terrain...

2  Dungeon, Lair, Ruin
3  Humanoids &/or Settlement
4  Common AD&D/Other Monster or Misc Wildlife
5  Featured Local Enc Table (1d6 or 2d4 entries)
6  Common Gnartian Monster, or ‘Game’ Animal
7  Weird Encounter, NPC, or Rare Gnartian Monster
8  Spawn of Shog-Gnargoroth, or Misc Major Random

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chose the Form of the Destructor! (d12)

What did you do, Ray?!!

"Subcreatures!  Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus, Zildrohar, The Traveler, has come! Choose and perish!"

Well, now you've done it.  Save vs Mental Spells, or Roll a d12 to determine what form pops into your head (from some near-forgotten childhood tale, or elsewhere).  If everyone makes the Save, the Form will be chosen by the DM.

1. The classic Stay-Puft Golem.   Deceptively innocuous looking, massively huge, dangerously viscous, highly flammable (no Save/dbl damage vs. fire)
2. A large and moving Torb.  Much worse than the immobile variety, for obvious reasons
3. A giant Slor, its gullet like a roaring furnace, enough to make a Balrog jealous
4. The last creature which caused a successful Fear among the Party
5. The last creature which slew a Party member
6. The worst Thing on the local Random Encounter table
7. A Shoggoth
8. A Spawn of Shog-Gnargoroth, possessed of odd magic/mutant abilities
9. The goateed Evil Twin of the most powerful Party member
10. Roll on Dungeon Lvl X table
12. Players get to vote on an entry from this table

Friday, March 15, 2013

This Week's Game, "The Cauldron", pt 4

The continued trek through the jungle, being lost, unsure where to go, what to do... has had it's desired effect, and The Players are getting restless... however, I am, too!  We both miss operating around a clearer objective!  Figured the Random Encounters would have resulted in The Party gaining more information by now, myself...  They have not yet encountered any Neanderthal, I think I'll have to insert one at the outset of the next session, so that they can gain some allies (hopefully!) and some info from my Rumors/Clues table.  Since they seem to have no plans to go back and check on the Lost Boys of Troop 51, I'm thinking that maybe the Neanderthal have found and rescued them... maybe they have been following The Party from a distance for a while now, and are ready to reveal themselves...

I did manage to roll on one of my favorite subtables:

From the Skies; a meteorite impact or spacecraft re-entry… (d4)

1. Releases Something Weird… maybe a Garthok with a Magic nose-ring (torc)
2. Showers area with debris, contains rare ore/gems, everyone takes 0-9HP dam, finds 100+ 1d% GP worth of ‘free’ treasure
3. Spaceball of unknown metal, one meter in diam, in bottom of small crater.  How it might be opened, and what it might contain, is unknown at this time… humming of machinery can be faintly detected (come up with something for next session!)
4. Explodes in a 90-yard Fireball, 1d% yards away, damage increases toward epicenter;
0-10 yards = “Ground Zero” 12d6,
w/in 30 yards = 9d6,
w/in 50 yards = 6d6,
w/in 90 yards = 3d6,
beyond 90 yards = “Whew!”
(I don’t mind ruining a Character’s day, but this is a dickish way to kill one; rule that anyone killed by the blast is alive with 1d4HP)

...I rolled #4, the Fireball, and gleefully described the entire entry (sometimes it builds suspense when they DO KNOW all the terrible consequences facing them)... and then... rolled a 90!  Everyone made Save and took 1/2 of 3d6.

Session ended over the carcass of a Hydra, near the base of the great volcano.  I must be doing a decent job of populating my Sword and Planet campaign with the weird and unknown; The Party is comprised of both native Gnartians and the remnants of the PCs from my fantasy world of Calantos who originally found the Gateway to Gnarth, when I said, "Hydra," the Calantosi responded eagerly, "A Hydra?  Here?  Oh, we got this..."  They did!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gonzo (Found) Random Villian/Idea Generator

from short YouTube video, everything from Aliens to Undead, Masterminds to Mutants, NPC's, unassuming, unbelievable, and Orcs. Always with the Orcs.

Movie 'Monster' ABC's (d30)
  1. A: Alien
  2. B: Beetlejuice
  3. C: Chucky
  4. D: Dexter
  5. E: E.T. ...really?
  6. F: Freddy Krueger
  7. G: Godzilla
  8. H: Hulk
  9. I: Incubus
  10. J: Jason Voorhees
  11. K: King Kong
  12. L: Lecter, Hannibal
  13. M: Mummy
  14. N: Nosferatu
  15. O: Octopus ...what?
  16. P: Pinhead
  17. Q: Queen Of The Dammed
  18. R: Razorback
  19. S: Satan
  20. T: Terminator
  21. U: Uruk-Hai (told ya so)
  22. V: Vader, Darth
  23. W: Werewolf
  24. X: X-traterrestrial (I prefer to insert favorite from the X-Files)
  25. Y: Yeti
  26. Z: Zombie
  27. - 29. DM's Pick
30. Roll Twice for bizarre Team-Up, or grotesque Antagonism

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