Archive for Homebrew

Using Dwellers of the Forbidden City with Labyrinth Lord

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by Kullervo

Anyone know much about what tweaks need to be made to use an AD&D 1st edition with an older edition retro-clone like Labyrinth Lord or Swords and Wizardry? I’ve got a copy of Dwellers of the Forbidden City and I’d love to run it, but I am not sure what the differences would be in terms of monsters. I suppose converting to Swords and Wizardry would be the easiest because there’s that big document of monsters for S&W floating around the internet, so I assume anything in DotFC is written up in there anyway.

But is there any kind of general consensus as to switching around between different retro-clones and other retro games? Just curious.

New D&D Monster: Foul Hound

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by Kullervo

Foul Hound

No. Enc.: 1d6
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 180’ (60’)
Armor Class: 7
Hit Dice: 3+1
Attacks: 2 (tentacle lash)
Damage: 1d6 plus disease (see below)
Save: F2
Morale: 9
Hoard Class: None
XP: 135

Foul Hounds are large wolves with eyes of baleful green flame and clusters of long, ropy black tentacles emerging from their mouths. They serve evil druids and priests of nature as a boon from the dark gods, and are rarely found in the wild.

The tentacles of a Foul Hound drip with disease, and an adventurer hit by one must save versus poison or be smitten with a horrible fever and die within 2d10 days. The victim may be cured by a cure disease spell, but while sick, takes a -2 penalty to hit rolls and heals from all damage at half the normal rate.

Foul Hounds are also known for their eerie, terrifying howls. An adventurer who hears a Foul Hound’s howl for the first time must save against paralysis or be frozen with madness and fear for 1d6 rounds.

Illustration by David Deitrick

New D&D Monster: Dark Druid

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by Kullervo

Vercix, the Dark Druid

No. Enc.: 1 (plus 2 Foul Hounds)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 5
Attacks: 1 (sickle)
Damage: 1d6
Save: C5
Morale: 12
Hoard Class: XV
XP: 365

Vercix was once a guardian of nature before he came into contact with powerful forces of corruption that drove him murderously insane. Now he practices an evil, twisted from of nature magic, doing the bidding of the dark whispers that he hears in his dreams and spreading corruption wherever he can.

He stands tall and straight, clean-shaven and bald with thick, ugly features. Vercix wears a crown of poison ivy and a mouldering gray hooded robe trimmed with thorny vines. In combat, he wields a wickedly sharp sickle forged from an ill-looking green iron. He is always accompanied by two Foul Hound companions, gifts from his insane masters.

Vercix receives a +2 bonus to saves against fire and electricity effects of any kind, and he has the ability to pass through thick vegetation with no movement penalty. He may cast the following spells once per day as a 5th-level cleric (some of these spells are found in the Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion): entangle, putrefy food and water, darkness, cure light wounds, obscuring mist, barkskin, charm person, cause disease, and insect swarm.

Illustration by David Deitrick

New D&D Monster: Albino Alligator

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by Kullervo

No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d8)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Swim: 90’ (30’)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2
Attacks: 1 (bite)
Damage: 1d8
Save: F1
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: None
XP: 29

These blind, subterranean alligators navigate by echolocation, but their subsonic screams cause extreme distraction, irritability and confusion. This effect is magnified when multiple Albino Alligators are present. Every round that a creature is within 10’ of an Albino Alligator, it must save against spells or be affected for that round as if under the influence of a confuse spell. For every Albino Alligator beyond the first one that is within 10’ of a creature, that creature must make its saving throw at a -1 modifier.

Illustration by David Deitrick

New D&D Monster: Blight Hulk

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Kullervo

Blight Hulk

No. Enc.: 1 (1d3)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 4+2
Attacks: 2 (slam)
Damage: 1d8/1d8
Save: F4
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: XI
XP: 205

AA looming, 10’ mass of corpses stitched together by black, pustulent vines and roots, a Blight Hulk is a true monstrosity. Apart from its size, a Blight Hulk is immediately distinguishable by its gaping, slack maw lined with teeth of thorns and jagged bone. A Blight Hulk is utterly mindless except for an all-consuming urge to consume and destroy.

Blight Hulks are completely blind and deaf, and can only sense the presence of other creatures within 10’ by the vibrations they create. However, if attached with a missile weapon, a Blight Hulk will charge in the direction of the attack until it finds a target or is attacked from a different direction.

If a Blight Hulk hits a creature smaller than it with both slam attacks, it will shove the target down its gullet, where the target will be jabbed with rows of poisoned spines (automatic 1d6 damage per turn until the target or the Blight Hulk is dead, plus the target must save versus poison or die in 1d4 turns).

Like ordinary Blightlings, Blight Hulks are undead (and thus immune to charm, hold person and sleep) but are generally immune to turning by a cleric, except by clerics that specifically serve deities of nature or nature itself.

Illustration by David Deitrick

New D&D Monster: Giant Mutant Slime Eel

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Kullervo

Giant Mutant Slime Eel

No. Enc.: 1
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement (Swim:) 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 6+1
Attacks: 2 (bite, acid slime)
Damage: 2d8/2d6
Save: F4
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: VII
XP: 680

When exposed to vile magic for a long period of time, a single Slime Eel may begin to devour its own kind, grow to an enormous size and even develop an evil cunning intelligence. Such Mutant Slime Eels can grow up to 20’ in length and 5’ in diameter, their rasplike mouths grow razor-sharp, flexible chitinous plates develop in segments along their bodies, and their feeding feelers grow longer and gain prehensile dexterity. Only their simple, primitive eye and their sickly pinkish color remain the same.

An active Mutant Slime Eel generates slime that fills the water for 10’ except that the mutant slime eel’s slime is fully acidic, doing 1d6 damage per round to every creature exposed to the slime. The Mutant Slime Eel’s slime also erodes weapons and armor: each turn roll 1d6 for every non-magical weapon or piece of armor exposed to the slime. On a roll of 1, the item is dissolved.

A Mutant Slime Eel can spit its slime as a missile weapon (40’ range), doing 2d6 damage and potentially dissolving weapons and armor as above.

Illustration by David Deitrick

D&D: I Like JDJArvis’s Reformed AC/Armor Table

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by Kullervo

Check out JDJarvis’s post on his blog Aeons & Auguries about shields. He goes through some pretty intense number-crunching, but the real treat is at the end, an adjusted AC table that I think I might love enough to use in my games:

Example reformed AC/armor table
AC
2…..Plate & Shield
3…..Plate
4…..Mail & Shield
5…..Leather & Shield
6…..Shield
7…..Mail
8…..Leather
9…..unarmored

I’m not sure I actually care about accuracy or being true to any given game. Plain and simple, this chart just appeals to my sense of aesthetics. In any case, I would like to give it a spin and see how it feels in play.

New D&D Monster: Slime Eel

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by Kullervo


Slime Eel

No. Enc.: 1d3 (1d6)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement (Swim): 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 2
Attacks: 1 (bite)
Damage: 1d6
Save: F1
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: None
XP: 38

Slime eels are disgusting aquatic creatures, 8’ in length and lacking bones or a separate jaw. Their heads are merely a blunt end to their fat, pinkish, wormlike bodies with a single primitive eye and a disc-shaped rasping mouth surrounded by blubbery feelers. Their boneless bodies can squeeze through surprisingly tight spaces.

Sluggish except when feeding, slime eels burrow into the mud and rocks of subterranean river bottoms when no prey is available and go into torpor for months until they sense suitable food, at which time they can quickly enter a feeding frenzy. Adventurers caught in a mass of feeding slime eels run the risk of being knocked prone (roll 1d6 each round; characters are knocked prone on a roll of 1).

When active, a slime eel exudes a slick, viscous ooze that clouds the water within 10’ of the slime eel, imposing a -2 to-hit penalty against any attacker who relies on sight to hit. The slime also works as an anticoagulant; consequently, any wound inflicted by a slime eel will continue to do 1 point of damage every round that the wounded creature remains in the slime. Canny adventurers may try to coat their weapons with a defeated slime eel’s slime. Slime harvested from a dead slime eel retains its potency for up to an hour; each dose of the slime is good for one use when applied to a weapon and will cause a wound inflicted by that weapon to bleed for an extra point of damage on the next round. 1d3 doses may be harvested from each defeated eel.

Illustration by David Deitrick

D&D Monsters: Now With Illustrations!

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Kullervo

I managed to rope my old man into illustrating these monsters as I stat them up. You may know his work if you were a gamer in the 1980’s (Jeff Rients does, at least), when it seemed like his art was everywhere.

He’s done one drawing so far, the Blightling, and I couldn’t be more pleased:

I’ll be adding his illustrations to my monsters as he does them. All the more reason to follow along!

New D&D Monster: Blightling

Posted in Dungeons & Dragons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Kullervo


Blightling

No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d6 plus 1 Blightling Priest)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2+1
Attacks: 1 (thorn slash)
Damage: 1d6 plus paralysis (see below)
Save: F2
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: XXI
XP: 53

Blightlings are a disturbing combination of plant and undead. Standing the size of a human, they resemble pale, desiccated corpses wrapped in shrouds of ragged black, brown and green cloth, with knotted, twisting muscles beneath their thin-stretched skin. In truth, instead of flesh, Blightlings are animated by a coiled, gnarled mass of rootlike growths between skin and skeleton. Their eyes are black, empty sockets, and they are incapable of speech or sound.

Venomous thorns project from a Blightling’s fingertips, and a character hit with a Blightling’s thorns must save versus paralysis or be paralyzed for 2d4 turns. This paralysis may be cured with cure light wounds. Paralyzed humanoids are then dragged away by Blightlings to be sacrificed to their loathsome, dark forest gods. Sacrificed humanoids are buried among the roots of evil trees and have a 35% chance of rising three days later as a Blightling.

Although undead for most purposes (and thus immune to charm, hold person and sleep), Blightlings are generally immune to turning by a cleric, except by clerics that specifically serve deities of nature or nature itself, as a Blightling is as much the spawn of a distorted, corrupted plant as it is an undead creature.

Illustration by David Deitrick