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THE OLD MEN TELL

Indeed…

 

THE LOOTISTS – DESIGN OF THINGS TO COME

Excellent suggestions. I’ll return to this later on with ideas of my own I’ve used over the years, mainly as either hard to decipher clues or as misdirections.

20 Things to Loot From the Body

Adventurers are always looting the bodies of their fallen enemies. But often the NPC seems to have nothing but weapons, armour, (hopefully) a couple of magic items and a smattering of coinage.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

 

That’s great for PCs hunting for loot, but it sadly fails to provide any depth or verisimilitude to the experience; after all, everyone’s got bits and bobs in their pockets! Use the table below, to generate the details of minor items the fallen foes have about their person.

  1. A partially carved piece of wood that might represent a small dog…or it might not; the carving is so bad, it’s hard to tell.
  2. Three worn and bent silver coins of obviously ancient origin. The details on the coins’ faces cannot be made out, but one has a small chip missing.
  3. Two keys tied together with a short length of fraying twine.
  4. A bloodstained cloth along with a tightly wound bandage and a half-empty flask of oil.
  5. A small wooden box containing a fine white powder—snuff—that smells strongly of cinnamon.
  6. A list of names on a scrap of parchment. Only the last two have not had a line drawn through them.
  7. A much used and well-worn flint and steel along with some scraps of dried and frayed cloth all bundled together in a small, waterproof pouch.
  8. A handful of dried meat and an all but empty tiny jar of honey.
  9. An empty bone scroll tube missing both its stoppers. The bone is yellowed and obviously old.
  10. A tarnished and broken golden chain missing several links. Several of the links are very worn and the whole thing is worth no more than 10 gp—as scrap metal.
  11. A small, mud-stained book. The pages within are in better condition, although not particularly well written or illustrated. The work is an overview of a nearby kingdom and details major settlements and geographical features.
  12. Several long pieces of string all hopelessly tangled together.
  13. A dozen gold coins (seemingly). In reality, these heavy coins are of lead and have been covered with a golden wash. The job is good enough to stand a cursory glance.
  14. A whetstone, an oily rag and a small flask of oil all contained within a stained, slightly smelly belt pouch.
  15. A scrap of parchment with the message, “Midnight on the Street of Smoke.”
  16. A scrap of parchment depicting a very crude treasure map. Named features include, “Big Tree”, “Pond”, and “Bone Pile”. However, there are no other features to enable anyone to actually follow the map (or what the treasure might be).
  17. Several sheaves of parchment depicting scantily clad elven men in rather odd poses—the illustrations are surprisingly well detailed.
  18. A simple golden band—perhaps a wedding band. The engraving inside spells out “Beloved” in Dwarves runes. The ring is worth 50 gp.
  19. A pouch containing several bunches of dried herbs. Each bunch is tied with a different colour twine.
  20. Several small chunks of rock of a type found in the locality. Each of the chunks has fleck of gold embedded within that glimmers in the light—a tantalising clue (perhaps) to a nearby as yet undiscovered deposit of gold.

I Loot the Body

Are your PCs always looting the bodies of the fallen? Want more of these cool little details? Fear not—Raging Swan Press has got you covered! I Loot the Body, by Josh Vogt, is a virtually system neutral supplement designed to provide hundreds of small knickknacks to “populate” your NPC’s pouches and pockets.

THE ESCAPIST’S ADVANCE ON THE MANTICORE

I very much like this type of Chimera (the Manticore)

 

Well, I guess I won’t be sleeping tonight.

The early release of the new Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual is but a week away in select stores, with general availability close on its heels on September 30th. During Gen Con, we had a spoiler of the entire table to contents, with Wizards of the Coast revealing a steady trickle of monster spoilers ever since. Without further ado, check out the new edition’s hideous Manticore:

If you’re interested in how we’ve received the new edition so far, you can see our review of the Player’s Handbook or all our coverage of Dungeons & Dragons. If you want to see the new edition in action, check out where we’ve been playing D&D 5e live on our twitch channel.

Curious about the book? Read our official Monster Manual review right here.

If you’re not up to date on Monster Manual spoilers so far, they’re right here:

THE BEST RPG SITE ON THE INTERNET

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If you ask me the very best RPG site/message board on the internet and one of the best gaming and gaming entertainment sites on the internet.

If you’re a gamer then I recommend them.

BEST GAME AND FIRST GAME

I got my new copy of the 5th Edition of the Player’s Handbook last Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

I’ve been reading and re-reading it over the past week and it is by far the best edition of the Dungeons and Dragons games I’ve ever seen, especially when it comes to character design and development, going all the way back to the original rule set, which I also have and used to play. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master’s Guide.

I’ll be writing up a full review later on but I am extremely pleased with what I have seen and play tested (I took part in the design playtesting phase) thus far.

This weekend my family and I will be playing our first real game of the Fifth Edition rule set and we’re all looking forward to that, especially my oldest daughter (who really likes the game). I think my youngest daughter will also very much like the character development set of rules as she is a natural performer. My oldest daughter said to me that she thinks they will all be creating multi-class characters, which is fine by me, as I’ve always liked multi-class characters.

I’ll also be rolling up three characters which I’ll be eventually playing but for now I’ll be using them as NPC back-up/support characters to assist whatever characters my family develops. The characters I’ve already envisioned are here: My First Character, and Character Development.

Should be a really nice time of play and family fun and a great Labor Day weekend.

P.S.: My youngest daughter just brought me a sketch of a sentence she wrote in “dragon-script” from the new edition (5th Edition) of the Dungeons and Dragons game. She wrote and transcribed it all by free hand as she was developing her character and was quite excited about it.

She did an excellent and very neatly artistic job of it and it was quite impressive. I think this game will teach them many skills (artistic, map-reading, preparation, survival methods, problem-solving, team-work, math, etc.) as it did for me, and will be very good for their overall imaginations and creativity.

FOR THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS TURNS FORTY AND GETS A READ-OVER

Happy birthday, Dungeons & Dragons! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the roleplaying game. Here’s to fighting monsters, telling stories, and fighting villains with dice. To help celebrate, Audible has released an anthology of Dungeons & Dragons short stories penned by R.A. Salvatore. The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories focuses on the popular character. Drizzt Do’Urden is a drow from the “Forgotten Realms” campaign and has been a mainstay in Salvatore’s work for over 20 years. And guess what? The audio short stories feature narration from an impressive line-up of actors and actresses, including Ice-T…

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