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Tuesday Toot!! | Amulet of Unseen Minions

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Amulet of Unseen Minions ::

Summary
The item can summon a weak force; or (only once) a mass of weak forces

Amulet of Unseen Minions.png

Detail
Once per day
– the item can summon an ‘unseen minion’.

The minion is in fact a ‘soft force’ that obeys the user’s will. When focused, the force can exert a force of up to about a pound. It can turn a door handle, lift a latch, knock over a vase. The force is not hard enough to do inflict HP damage directly. But, a knocked vase falling on someone’s head is another matter. The force only works in line of sight of the user.

Once, and only once – the item can summon 100 to 1000 minions. This action completely depletes the item of unseen minions, thereafter rendering the item useless.
This mass of minions could be used for example to:
• slow the passage of a foe through a corridor as a plethora of minions grasp at them;
• slow/break a deadly fall; minions grasping and pulling against gravity
• form a ‘human pyramid’ for the character to climb;
• combine together to generate enough force to nudge a heavy object, e.g. nudge a boulder down a ravine

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More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Tuesday Toot!! | Baton of Three Strikes

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Baton of Three Strikes ::

Summary
This item can capture and store up to 3 spells

Baton of Three Strikes

Detail
This item is useful in powering up a cleric or magic user character a bit.
This item allows them to take 3 extra spells into the dungeon, and at a risk, use the item defensively to suck up spells used against the party. The item might for example also allow a fighter to carry a ‘curing stick’ with him with healing spells stored inside.
The item stores spells – Therefore, spell-like abilities do not count, e.g. a stare attacks.

Use – the item has 3 gems on its shaft. Pressing a gem allows a single spell to be captured and stored by that gem. That is, provided the spell effect is directed at/near the item.
To release a spell stored in a gem, the other two gems must be pressed simultaneously. Spell can be released from the item by anyone without penalty.

Failure – there is a % chance that the gem capturing the spell is denatured/destroyed instead of capturing the spell.

Level of spell – The % chance of failure is equal to the spell level of the spell being captured (e.g. a 5th level spell has a 5% chance of destroying the gem).

Hostile spells – The % chance of failure is 10 times larger if the spell being capture is hostile to the user (e.g. a 5th level hostile spell has a 50% chance of destroying the gem).

Class conflict – anyone can use the item to capture a spell, but if they are not familiar with that branch of magic there is a +25% increase in the chance of failure.

Table summary:

Spell Lv Friendly Base % Hostile Base % Class Conflict modifier
1 1% 10% +25%
2 2 20
3 3 30
4 4 40
5 5 50
6 6 60
7 7 70
8 8 80
9 9 90

Examples
(a) A cleric (or fighter) trying to store a (non hostile) Web spell (i.e. a 2nd level magic-user spell) would have a % failure chance of 2%+25%=27%.

(b) If the above spell were hostile, then (2%x10)+25%=45%.

If the cleric were a magic user instead, then the +25% class modifier would not apply, so (a) would be 2% and (b) would be 20%.

Therefore, it is far safer to ‘bank’ your own spells prior to an adventure, rather than trying to catch a foe’s spell on the fly. That said, sucking a hostile fireball into the item might save the party’s skin!

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More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Tuesday Toot!! | Blackstone’s Bracelet of Cauterised Cutting

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Blackstone’s Bracelet of Cauterised Cutting ::

Summary
Allows cutting without drawing blood

Blackstone’s Bracelet of Cauterised Cutting.png

Detail
When the bracelet is put on, the hitting surface of any held weapon is covered in a thin layer of super-hot air.

Edged weapons
The super-hot layer of air, riding the edge of the blade like a razor, instantly cauterises any wound caused by the weapon. So, when used, no blood is spilled in combat.
Therefore, this item allows (those) clerics who are not normally allowed to spill blood in combat, to use bladed weapons.

The damage caused by cauterisation is cancelled out by the reduction in blood loss, so no extra damage is caused.

Blunt weapons
The sheath of hot air actually makes blunt weapons more unwieldy, and so harder to hit with (-2 to hit); but it does do some extra searing damage (+2 damage).

Cold Ones & others
Clearly creatures not fond of ‘heat’ will find this weapon especially vexing.
In addition, the cauterisation effect might interfere/prevent special creature abilities, e.g. the regeneration ability of trolls.

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More on Hex Flowers Game Engines.

Tuesday Toot!! | Blade of Blinking

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Blade of Blinking ::

Summary
The user ‘blinks’ (i.e. teleports locally) when an adversary is hit

BoB

Detail
This weapon takes the form of a slicing weapon. Appended to the weapon is part of a Blink Hound, usually its tail.

Whenever a successful hit is made on a target, the user will ‘blink’, i.e. teleport locally, but still within striking range of the target.

To Hit Roll

  • Natural 20 – the target is so befuddled by the ‘blinking’ they are unable to attack the user with their next attack opportunity;
  • Successful Hit – the user ‘blinks’; see below for Blink Location;
  • Natural 1 – the users blinks, but ends up with their back exposed to the adversary

Blink Location
The ‘blink location’ is indexed to the weapon damage roll (see below). Where multiple dice are used for weapon damage (e.g. 3D6), then only the lowest die roll of the set is used to determine the ‘blink location’:

  • 1 Rolled – user blinks, but ends up front and center of the target (no advantage gained by the user or target);
  • 2 or 3 Rolled – user blinks to the side/flank of the target (next attack is: +1 to hit target; and -1 for the target to hit user);

•  4+ Rolled – user blinks behind the target (next attack: +2 to hit target; -2 for the target to hit user). Thieves also get an opportunity to backstab with their attack.

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Tuesday Toot!! | Star Wars (etc.) Mission Generator

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Background:
This resulted from a collaboration on G+. It mainly did the Excel generator and added a few tweaks. The idea is that you generate a ‘mission’ by clicking a button. The mission might be legitimate or not so.

I suppose this thing would work for Traveller and Stars Without Number etc (you know, space stuff). The spreadsheet could be tweaked too, with just a little knowledge of Excel.

This Widget was put up on G+ and automates the process.

Screen capture:

SW SC 101a

Widget
The Excel widget can be found here: xls Download

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Tuesday Toot!! | Bottle of Misadventure

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Bottle of Misadventure ::

Summary
When players miss ‘game night’, what happens to their characters? Where do they go? Into this item of course!

BoMA

Detail
In the real world, this item serves as a way to rationalize where characters “go” when their players fail to turn up for a gaming session.

In the characters’ world, the bottle is an accursed and capricious item, taking one or more characters into its confines without warning. It also returns the characters without warning.

The normal looking bottle is located randomly on one of the party members who are outside the item. Like many cursed items it cannot be thrown away.

The characters inside the bottle are housed in an inter-dimensional space, and can only dimly perceive the outside world through the item’s thick smoky walls. The trapped characters cannot be communicated with. Time-based effects ceases when inside the bottle. Therefore, no rest, HPs or spells are gained etc. when inside the bottle. If an item (e.g. a key) is needed from a character inside the bottle, it is “possible” that the character briefly appears, only to be taken again, but not before the needed item (e.g. the key) is transferred.

:O|

Looking from the outside in, the trapped characters look still and strangely blurred, as if time-lapsed.

When the characters return from the item (i.e. when the players return to the game), it is as if the characters had never left their world. What the characters perceived while in the item will be the same as that told to them by the GM or by the other players by the other players.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Axe Beak … drawn in 10 lines or fewer

Background: Following on from my post the other day, for a while I’ve been interested in the idea of drawing things using 10 lines (or fewer), while still hopefully capturing the essence of the thing …

I rolled some dice, consulted MMI and ‘Axe Beak’ came up.  In truth an archdevil came up first, but I had already descried to skip dinos and devils. If I do Giants and/or dragons, I’ll do just the ‘class’ of the creature and not all the variants …

Axe Beak in 10 lines:

 

Axe Beak

Ever feel like a worm being sized up for a meal …

Some more initial sketch(es)

Axe Beak full

On foot …

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Tuesday Toot!! | Flutter-by of Misdirection

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Flutter-by of Misdirection ::

Summary
This item is most often used to distract a sentry or guard

FomD

Detail
The item is an enamel broach in the shape of a small flying creature, such as a butterfly, bee, moth, glow-worm, hummingbird, etc.

If thrown, the item transforms into a living version of the creature, and flies towards the target.

The target becomes bewitched (similar to charm magic), and will follow the flying creature up to 300 yards in a random direction, and always away from the user.

When the enchantment wears off, the target is free to return to whatever they had originally been doing (e.g. a guard returns to her post). Other than feeling slightly uplifted by the experience, the target will not think anything unusual or untoward has occurred.

While the item has only a single use, it is often found in sets of five, e.g. five differently coloured butterflies; or five different kinds of flying critter etc.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Orcs … drawn in 10 lines or fewer

Background: Following on from my post the other day, for a while I’ve been interested in the idea of drawing things using 10 lines (or fewer), while still hopefully capturing the essence of the thing …

I rolled some dice, consulted MMI and ‘orcs’ came up.  It’s such an iconic creature, that I nearly did a re-roll, but then thought I’d just go for it. This is it (I may or may not try to refine this some later):

Orc in 10 lines:

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Thaogg gonna chop you up …

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Another try … perhaps less ‘raw’ than above

Some more initial orcy sketches

 

Link to other 10 line drawings posted before

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Class Ideas 1e (Art Sketch Version)

Class Ideas 1e (Art Sketch Version)

With the talented artist MARCINs, I’ve made an art sketch version of my Class Ideas for AD&D 1e:

Download:
image_preview The full document (PWYW .pdf) with new concept art can be downloaded from here.

Screen clip of pages 2 and 3

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Concept sketches by MARCINs


Details
This document offers 8 new classes written for AD&D (each now with a concept sketch), and below is a summary of each:

Augur – beardless dwarves with an innate sense for metal detection. To use their abilities, they must be free of metal items.

Catabolyist – a non-Vancian magic-user who can use their body like an alchemical battery. They can gamble life-force for additional magic. But it’s a dangerous gamble that could irrevocably damage their health.

Gambler – open to the daring-do classes, fighters and thieves. Luck (or at least the belief in Luck) affects everything about them. Highly superstitious, these superstitions only proliferate as they progress.

Infiltrator – specializes in getting into secure locations without being noticed, and in obtaining sensitive information. They have a connection with an insidious and ruthless organization.

Shire Runner – a halfling woodsman, with two possible paths. One path is ranger-facing the other is druid-facing.

Shaman – a fighting wild-man/woman with woods magic. This class may absorb a race/species specific ability from a defeated foe. The Shaman can follow four possible paths, each with different spells.

Urchin – is a street kid that has learnt to survive. In reality, this is a proto-class before the PC dual classes to their ultimate adventuring profession. The Urchin is blessed with intuition, insight and pluck.

Wereman – when lycanthropes turn good. A person cured of lycanthropy can sometimes harbor the menace within them, albeit in a semi-benign form. This class is often destined to hunt for the lycanthrope that infected them (and their descendants and corrupt cousins), trying to rid the world of this terrible curse!

I’m sure the willing mind can concert these over to other fantasy based RPGs.

Link to download.

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Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The above classes were originally published on G+.

Tuesday Toot!! | Garb of Fast Changes and Filching

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Garb of Fast Changes and Filching ::

Summary
This item allows for a swift change in attire

GoFCaF.jpg

Would look a bit like this:

Detail
The item resembles a shear bodysuit made of Phase Spider silk. The fabric is exceptionally fine allowing the item to fit in one hand when scrunched up.

Application – The bodysuit can be pulled over whatever the user is wearing, including fairly bulky armor. The only things not covered by the bodysuit are the hands, feet and head.

Whatever is covered by the suit is located in an impossibly thin inter-dimensional space under the bodysuit. No benefit is gained from the covered items.

The wearer is then free to put on a new set of attire over the bodysuit.

Use – When the user wishes to change their appearance (i.e. to don the attire hidden under the bodysuit) they simply need to yank on an exposed portion of the bodysuit.

In a split second the outer attire appears to be replaced by the attire under the bodysuit.

When yanked, the bodysuit transverses through the ethereal plane, flips inside-out and ends up in the user’s hand like a scrunched-up handkerchief. In the process, the (then) outer attire (e.g. the clothes and armor) is dragged into an inter-dimensional space located inside the inverted bodysuit, leaving the user wearing the previously hidden attire.

Items like swords, boots, hats, backpacks, rings etc. are not affected, and so are not dragged into the inter-dimensional space. In some ways, the process resembles pulling a tablecloth off a laid table, revealing a new table cloth below, while leaving all the dishes in place.

Typically only light, e.g. leather, armor can be worn over (or under) the bodysuit. Heavier armor risks getting the bodysuit jammed halfway on/off,” and the user being tangled/crushed/constricted between the two layers of apparel.

The item is favoured by thieves and diplomats. It can be used for an instant change of clothes (for disguise or to evade tracking); to change from black-clad night prowler to innocent bystander; or simply as a way for a character to wear armor without looking like they are.

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Tuesday Toot!! | ‘God Call’ an Excel Widget

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+. (published a day early this time …)

This Widget was put up on G+ and automates the process I submitted to ‘& Magazine’.

Background:
The idea is that maybe a PC wants to make a plea for divine intervention … when desperate. This widget is meant to enable that process.

But, in this system, for there to be even a chance for a deity to hear you, the PCs are really going to have to make a sacrifice, a level sacrifice (so it’s going to hurt). Also, there is a chance that if the PC goes ‘chips all in’, the deity could take the PC soul as payment. What can I say, trifle with the Gods at your peril.

And, even if your deity hears you, are they going to act, and act in your favour?

Well, in this system that depends on the nature of the deity (a chaotic good deity might be a helpful sort, but what of Chaotic Neutral or even true Neutral deity?) and what you want from them.  Is your request inline with their ‘legal ethos’ (i.e. lawful, neutral, chaotic) and their spiritual ethos (i.e. good, neutral, evil). If inline with those ethoses, the chance of success is greater.

The Excel widget does the maths … and gives a verdict.

Screen capture:

God call 101e

& Magazine
This widget is based on ‘& magazine’ issued 14; pages 35-40;  “Making the ‘God Call’”. Link: http://www.and-mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/and-mag-i14-p2.pdf

Widget
The Excel widget can be found here: xls Download

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Tuesday Toot!! | Globe of Futures Forestalled

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Globe of Futures Forestalled ::

Summary
An item that gives a player a chance to undo an event

GoFF

Detail
The globe shows the viewer various fates they may wish to avoid.

Armed with this knowledge, the character can make different life choices, so as to avoid an event (for an adventurer, the event to be avoided is usually their death).

Essentially, the item gives a player a “mulligan”.

The way it works: if the player dislikes a gaming event, the player needs to tell the GM that this was the event their character witnessed in the globe, and the character wishes to avoid that event.

To avoid the event, the player must tell the GM how far back in time the character chose a different path, (thereby the character’s timeline diverging from the fate seen in the globe), this can be up to 24 hrs of in-game time.

For example, the GM announces that a boulder falls on the player character killing her. The player then tell the GM that this was the event the character foresaw in the globe and that she chose a path to avoid this fate. The player elects to go back in time only a few minutes. This time, when she heads down the passage she knows about the trap (i.e. as seen in the globe) and steps around the pressure plate.

Please note this is not time travel per se, the events being ‘rewound’ never happen, they are merely the events as seen in the globe (and now being actively avoided).

The character could go back in time as little as one combat round, e.g. to re-roll an attack they fumbled, or they could go back to a point in time before the start of the dungeon (as long as 24hrs has not expired).

Obviously, all gold, XP, items etc. gained during the period of time being ‘rewound’ are lost. However, things lost (e.g. HPs) are regained. This applies to the whole adventuring group.

Clearly, ‘rewinding’ time poses some logistical difficulties for the players/GM. The players and GM should do their best to get the characters (and the dungeon) back into the state they were prior to the moment time divergence. The player and GM can try to agree a convenient divergence-time that makes most sense. Any discrepancies should be attributed to the vagaries of quantum-time-shivering :O/

It’s important to note that the information obtained from the globe can only be used once. This is because, from the moment that the timelines diverges, the information from the globe is defunct. The globe’s information now concerns the timeline that is now being avoided. Therefore, even if everyone in the adventuring party looked into the globe, only one person can make use of the information.

Looking into the globe more than once leads to insanity without any benefit.

The Globe of Futures Forestalled is a unique item, often kept in the highest of temples and tended to by great seers. The last time it was seen, it was in the hands of the Medusa Oracle.

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Tuesday Toot!! | … drawn in 10 lines or fewer

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+

Background: For a while, I’ve been interested in the idea of drawing things using 10 lines (or fewer), while still hopefully capturing the essence of the thing …

These drawings will not win any awards, but nonetheless here are some I posted on G+ back in the day:

:: Umberhulk ::

umberhulk crop

Look into my eyes, wherever they are …

 

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I think I might do a few more of these 10 line drawings going forward …

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Tuesday Toot!! | Helm of Sound Sight

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Helm of Sound Sight ::

Summary
This item allows the wearer to ‘see’ sound

HoSS

Detail
The helm functions in 4 main ways:

(1) Passive mode – the wearer can literally see sound waves, and where they are coming from. The sound waves are superimposed on the wearer’s normal vision.

This mode is only really effective in relatively quiet environments. When it’s too noisy the sound waves become indistinct. Seeing sound waves is not the same as hearing them.

The wearer needs to actively concentrate on the sound waves to see them properly.

(2) Active mode – the wearer can use echo‑location (sonar) to see around them. To use this mode a faceplate is flipped down/up/across obscuring the wearer’s face, such that they cannot see properly in a normal sense.

From a crest on top of the helm, high pitched clicking sounds are emitted. These sounds cannot be heard by most creatures. Like a dolphin (or bat), the helm uses the reflected sound waves to generate an image of the surroundings. In this case, the helm generates a monochrome image on the inside of the faceplate/visor.

In this mode, the wearer can see clearly for about 30 feet in a 180 degree arc. Vague shaped can only be made out in the range 30 to 60 feet. Nothing can really be seen beyond 60 feet.

Because the helm uses sound to see, it can be used to see in the dark (even magical darkness), and will pick up invisible or camouflaged creatures.

In this mode, the wearer is immune to ‘stare’ attacks, e.g. petrification gaze.

(3) Probe mode – once a day, the wearer can generate a short-range focused beam of penetrating sound. This allows the wearer to see into things, a bit like x-ray vision, i.e. about 20 cm into flesh, 5 cm into wood and 1 cm into metal or stone.

(4) Blast mode – alternatively, the strong pulse of sound used in (3) can be used to nudge things, range 3 feet, with a force equivalent to that of a finger poke.

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Tuesday Toot!! | Class Ideas

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Update: Art Sketch version is now here (link below update too).

Background: The classes in the were first published on G+ (when that existed). This document brings these class ideas together in a convenient downloadable .pdf:

Class Ideas - Cover.png

One paragraph summary of the classes

Standalone classes:

Augur – beardless dwarves with an innate sense for metal detection. To use their abilities, they must be free of metal items.

Catabolyist – a non-Vancian magic-user who can use their body like an alchemical battery. They can gamble life-force for additional magic. But it’s a dangerous gamble that could irrevocably damage their health.

Shire Runner – a halfling woodsman, with two possible paths. One path is ranger-facing the other is druid-facing.

Shaman – a fighting wild-man/woman with woods magic. This class may absorb a race/species specific ability from a defeated foe. The Shaman can follow four possible paths, each with different spells.

Bolt-on classes:

Gambler – open to the daring-do classes, fighters and thieves. Luck (or at least the belief in Luck) affects everything about them. Highly superstitious, these superstitions only proliferate as they progress.

Infiltrator – specializes in getting into secure locations without being noticed, and in obtaining sensitive information. They have a connection with an insidious and ruthless organization.

Urchin – is a street kid that has learnt to survive. In reality, this is a proto-class before the PC dual classes to their ultimate adventuring profession. The Urchin is blessed with intuition, insight and pluck.

Wereman – when lycanthropes turn good. A person cured of lycanthropy can sometimes harbor the menace within them, albeit in a semi-benign form. This class is often destined to hunt for the lycanthrope that infected them (and their descendants and corrupt cousins), trying to rid the world of this terrible curse!

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Tuesday Toot!! | Inktober 2017

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Background: Now that G+ is gone, I can’t really see me doing this again in a hurry. Anyway, I only got to 13 out of 31 drawings done. Below is the post I did about the experience and what I learnt, and the art (I’m not sure I have the original scans/photos, of these anymore, but these are the best I’ve found to date)

Inktober 2017 was an interesting exercise for me. I’ve not really drawn consistently since before I was about 16 years old. As you will see I only got to Day 13.

What did I learn (in no especial order):

:: I learnt that drawing is harder than I remember
:: I learnt that drawing is like a muscle, use it or lose it
:: I learnt that other people do genuinely enjoy seeing new art (despite the work not being that professional; possibly because it is not professional!)
:: I learnt I don’t have a ‘style’ (perhaps not unduly surprising)
:: I learnt my inherent understanding of anatomy has decreased (a lot!)
:: I learnt that improving would take lots of work

Will I try again in 2018? Not sure!

Why did I stop at Day 13? – Various reasons – Mainly, I think the Inktober format burnt me out . I wanted to draw something interesting (at least to me) each day, and at least the topics of Days 14 to 17 didn’t inspire me enough to go on.

Perhaps that’s a total cop out – I was very pessimistic about Day 7 (Shy), but that along with Day 3 (Poison) are amongst my favourites! I found that I enjoyed theming Days 10 to 13 with the front cover of the first edition of the PHB (which helped me maintain my interest near the end).

Anyway, thanks to all those that viewed, liked and commented on the original postings!

I’ll shut up now, and you can look at the drawings!

Drawings:

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Tuesday Toot!! | Hosiery of Ten Steps

Edit: in my haste to publish another post, I’ve managed posted this one a day early!

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Hosiery of Ten Steps ::

Summary
Magical socks, stockings, tights etc. that allow the wearer to project their footfalls

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Detail
Once a day the wearer can, without moving location, project their footfalls as 10 steps in any direction away from themselves.

The combined distance of the 10 footfalls cannot exceed about 30 feet. Each footfall following on from the last. The combination of steps must be something the wearer could naturally do. If fancy footwork is involved, an ability check may be required.

For example, if the user wanted to stride forward and kick a door, they could do this without actually moving from the position they were standing in. Indeed, they could do this even if they were restrained or tied up.

Therefore, the user should be able to put this item to creative use, e.g. creating a diversion, testing for traps, ‘walking’ past a portcullis and kicking a duck, checking the sturdiness of a rope bridge etc.

The wearer also has the option to choose to get some sensory feedback from the projected footfalls, as if they were actually doing the walking/striding/jumping. While the wearer’s weight is projected with the footfalls, it is optional if an accompanying sound is also included.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Tuesday Toot!! | Oil of the Arcane

Tuesday TootG+ is closing gone. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

The Master’s Hoard is a compilation of quirk-some magic items which I posted on my G+ page over a period of weeks. The compilation of magic items can be downloaded for free here: Link

:: Oil of the Arcane ::

Summary
An oil that makes an ordinary weapon magical for a limited time

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Detail
The oil contains essence of magic. When applied to a weapon (or even hands/feet) the item is imbued with a magic surface for about 24 hours.

This allows the weapon to hit creatures that can normally only be harmed by magic weapons.

When the oil is freshly distilled the treated weapon can also hit creatures located in the ethereal/astral planes etc.

Rarely, sometimes the oil has added components that give bonuses to hit specific creatures. For example, the oil with added silver flecks may give a bonus to hit lycanthropes.

It is reputed that the oil is made from the brains of psionic creatures. An unopened bottle normally contains enough for 6 applications. The oil’s smell elicits memories of tears.

A small rodent skull is usually found in the bottle as this helps to stabilise the oil.

The item offers the advantage that a party can fight a creature only hit by magic items without the GM having to give the whole party magic items.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Tuesday Toot!! | H’Excel a random ‘Hex Crawl’ generator (and editor) using Excel

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Background:
H'Excel 101On a four hour train journey I decided to try something new. Rather amazingly, the idea worked first time. Since then H’Excel has had a bunch of iterative tweaks, like staggering the cells in Excel.

H’Excel can do a bunch of things (see features below), but at its core it is a random Hex Crawl terrain generator and editor.

Here’s a demo video:
The key features are explained in the below demo video:

xls  Download: Link

Features:

  • Randomly generates a ‘Hex’ map (i.e. squares in a hexagonal array)
  • Global settings – raise or lower the terrain of the whole map
  • Regional settings – raise or lower the terrain in a portion of the map
  • Screen capture mode (‘Snap Map’)
  • Edit mode – generate a map and tweak it, or build the map from scratch
  • Customisable random encounter tables
  • Refresh encounter (but keep the map the same)
  • In Hex locations, for encounter locations etc.

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InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.