Friday, May 30, 2014
I'm totally psyched that my dungeon was even among the candidates. Looking forward to seeing what I get in my prize box.
Lizardman Character Class
Google and OSR Search aren't really turning up a lot of Lizardman as character class entries, although I know that they are out there - Anyway, here's mine, statted out for S&W (although easily convertible to other old-ish systems).
Available Classes: Fighter, Shaman (as Cleric or Druid)
Max Level: 9
Prime requisites: Str 13, Con 13
HP: 2d8 @ 1st level, 1d8 subsequent levels
AC: 5/14 (natural armor), only shields allowed.
Atk: unarmed: 2 claws (1d3 ea.) + bite (1d6); armed: Melee weapon (variable) + bite (1d6) or thrown weapon (variable)
Allowed weapons: Club, spear, javelin, morningstar (as Aztec macuahuitl), trident (1d8 [+1dam if 2-handed]), sling
Move: 9/swim 12
AL: Any Neutral
Languages: Draconic + 1 additional
Special abilities: Hold breath # of rounds = 4xCon
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
|(Technical illustration by my wonderful wife, the biologist. Not sure why she added the car. Probably because it's funny.)|
Attack: Bite 1d6+attach (addtl. 1d6/round), 5% chance of disease
Move: 12, burrows at 6
Special: Immune to (natural) paralysis and disease (potential carrier), low-light vision, light sensitivity (-1 in daylight)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Ice Knight called upon old foes to solve a predicament.
The ice elementals, idiotic and implacable, were multiplying as they maintained the frigid grip on his holdings and kept the Spring Faeries at bay. Somehow his magic had become too powerful, and fed upon itself. The Ice Dikes and Plains of Frozen Knives, barriers to the vernal forces, were becoming too tortuous and impassable for even his most stalwart trekkers. Elementals joined and split in slow chaos. Soon he would be imprisoned within his own realm.
|No, I didn't use a GoT Ice Wall picture... (source)|
He sighed and shook his head, ashamed that it had come to this. There were too many elementals to control or dispel alone. He needed herd-dogs. He needed Fire.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
|Sorry, if it doesn't have miscreants pilfering gem eyes from|
a giant idol, I'm not buying.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Just checked the One Page Dungeon contest page, and discovered that my entry is in the running as one of the top vote-getters! Quite the pleasant surprise, especially knowing the quality and creativity of the other entries.
I worked on it for about a month, did a big rework about 2 days before submitting, then woke up the morning after with a much "better" idea...
Clicked through the other top candidates, and each one is unique in content, approach, and design. I do not envy the judges in having to pick a "best."
Invariably, as May 18 rolls around in the Northwest, we revisit the mountain on that Sunday morning.
So it was a pleasant surprise this year when a new cache of eruption photos came to light, taken by Richard Bowen, a retired geologist and private pilot who, upon hearing that the mountain was erupting, rented a Cessna with a friend, and with his 11-year-old daughter in tow, flew to the mountain to take some shots (I can't believe they received clearance to take off...). "One more pass" of the mountain turned into a two-hour-long flight, and a series of historic photos...
Friday, May 16, 2014
So back at it....
"Studying Spells from Madness"
Long-term study of the arcane arts leaves an indelible mark on the mind of its practitioners, as spells are memorized, then ripped from the mind as the spell is spent... It goes without saying that a wizard's mental health will be affected by this, as would any long-term user of a dangerous and unstable substance.
Some become twisted and fevered, and some use their mental scarring to twist the spells through their own machinations...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Dovoro's Skipping Stones: A bag of 4d3 flat stones. The stones appear to be flat river rocks, each approximately three inches in diameter. They are unremarkable in appearance other than having a 'water' rune carved onto one face.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
There is much creativity in the world, but iconoclasts always have been, and always will be, rare.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
"A Deputy Sheriff from De Leon Springs, FL, responded to a report of an upside-down coffee in a wooded area. He arrived on the scene, overturned the coffin, and discovered that it was full of replica medieval weaponry"
.... looks like a good random stash find for Room #11 in the dungeon...
Friday, May 9, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Here's a historical mine map - with both cross-sectional and plan views - a pretty good little dungeon map in its own right...
Monday, May 5, 2014
One of humanity's oldest 'industrial' endeavors is mining. The oldest accepted mine in the world, the Ngwenya Mine, is over 40,000 years old, and mined hematite (iron ore), not for ironworking, but as a pigment.
So how does this apply to our sandboxing and dungeon design? Certainly dungeons (especially those described as being mines) don't need to be "technically" correct, they are archetypal environments, after all. But the design CAN be informed by the real environment.
Friday, May 2, 2014
This week, "Hiding Hoards in Space"
Cron's Ethereal Pendant...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
|Because everything is better with monkeys.|