Phineas Cooperbotham was a finicky old gnome, even for a powerful wizard. He liked everything to go smoothly and got rather irate when things didn’t go as planned. So one day he set out to make sure that if something drastic did go wrong, he could fix it. In fact, he determined that if it went so wrong as to require that level of adjustment then he might as well “do it again and do it right this time.” And thus were born his Visionary Goggles.
Do you need some more magic in your game? Perhaps you want to make your foes less effective in combat and other areas of potential conflict. Take a look at what Lost Magic entrant Gary provided us with. Imagine how you could make this spell work in the story of the game, too, in terms of how to describe what the curse feels like to one affected by it.
From the genesis of the D&D game, random lists have been used to create, inspire, and complicate games everywhere. A GM is essentially keeping all the knowledge of a fabricated world inside his or her head, along with all the relevant laws of physics and mechanics, which are transformed into a living story around the table. With that in mind, sometimes it is difficult to come up with appropriate names, descriptions, NPCs, castles, or environmental features on the fly. Luckily, there are certain tools that simplify a GM’s life no matter what game he or she is running.
These random generation tables can be used for just about any topic. The trouble is that though they are great to have, they take time to generate yourself. The good news is I have taken the liberty and done the hard work up front, leaving you free to copy, paste, and print right into your notes.
Every town in the world is a place with its own individual people with a myriad of stories and rumors making each town a rich environment for exploration and interaction. Now, not every village or town the adventurers come across is a fully fleshed-out campaign setting detailed down to the last stable boy. At times all you need is a couple of interesting characteristics to put a twist or a flavor to the people and places. Use the following list to add a few points of interest for your players.
One of the entries received for the King of the Monsters 3 contest included a write-up for a snap dragon. Today we provide the statistics and description from Jason Leonard. Enjoy more of this monster beyond the jump!
Punishment. Eternal punishment. The prospect of an eternity of Hell weighed heavily on the mind of Black Harran in his final years. He could not undo a life of sin, but he could seal himself away from the consequences.
Aura strong abjuration and conjuration; CL 20th
Slot none; Weight 1 lb.
Tiny silver and cold iron tubes surround and feed into a fist-sized diamond. Dark patches churn through the diamond’s core, marring its beauty. An effect similar to a continuous mind blank affects the soul sanctuary, shielding the device from prying eyes. By succeeding on one or more consecutive Knowledge (arcana) checks (each check requires a move action to perform), the owner of the soul sanctuary can unleash several magical effects.