Good crew. I address you all because we are about to embark on a journey that is likely to rend your minds and tear at your souls, should you stop being pure of heart and sound of mind. Stay close and my allies will protect you. Tonight, we discover the source of the soul-draining plague! We descend into the land of fire and fell sorcery, Gehenna! – Lucien, an angel-blooded aasimar paladin, captain of The Indefatigable.
The planes are ever rife with mystery and wonder, just as they are with conspiracy and horror. And its inhabitants are equally curious beings, incarnate representations of the very domains, dimensions and demiplanes whence they came. Many creatures are born with a purpose, while others came into being from circumstance. A mixture of creatures of destiny and lost souls of chance.
Author’s Note: Plane-Jammer stuff is back! This time, more monsters. As always, I love coming up with all sorts of downright bizarre creatures to help and hinder your heroes. This time, it’s one half trip to Wildspace, one half trip to The Bleak Eternity of Gehenna.
I had more beyond what I posted! Here’s part 2, containing armor and misc. items! So, let’s travel back into the strange, very chrome future and puruse some equally odd items from a truly alien era! Enjoy!
Once again, you find yourself in a familiar store. However, everything looks chrome… very chrome. It’s sleek, it’s bright, everything looks angular. Strange lights illuminate the silver shaded corridor leading to a somewhat familiar cashier stand. Instead of the lovable traveling monk is some kind of mechanical humanoid. Components grind and chirp as it takes notice to you. “Designation: GREETINGS! Operation: SALES, X = Promotion, go to X. What items are you seeking today, Occupation: Adventurers?” The illuminated metal humanoid seems to be ushering you around the renovated shop. “The specialty of Location: Bizarre Bazaar is adventure equipment, mostly involving arms and armory. DISCLAIMER: Some items are inherently restricted and will require proper documentation in order to receive them. Items can be delivered to a proper base of operations, if need be. Do any Ocupation: Adventurers have any inquiries?”
Author’s Note: Time marches on, even for Zam’Dul! I’m back doing one of my favorite segments. This time, I’m doing a much needed update to tech items and magitech! Here is an assortment of techno items from past and present! Also, these operate similarly to enchanted magical items and contain similar properties as a result. Keep a look out for scattered pop culture references… which are revealed in the tags. Also, this is one of my longer ones!
If interested, you can find the Performance Boosting Exo-Suit and the Force Field Coil Armor here, the Crystal Ray Gun here and the Flight Pack here.
Across the wastelands and into the mega-cities, all sorts of people dwell in truly dark places. Many fall to corruption, whether from inside of or outside of its “protective” walls. Many adventurous folk are not merely content with a mediocre life as a drone or even the life of a delivery courier. While the latter explores the world outside, they are still tethered to a track, lest they quickly find themselves in over their head. The rest who make their way across the strange and bleak world? Thrill seekers, mercenaries, civilians on a vital but deadly mission, absolute maniacs! But, haven’t adventurers always been this way?
Author’s Note: Yes, I know my RPG Blog Carnival is done. But, I’m still quite inspired! With that, here’s a couple of new backgrounds and how to incorporate them into a more average fantasy setting… and not so average settings. Dark Sun, Ravenloft and other darker worlds might make for good fits.
They shouldn’t have existed, mistakes of nature and mistakes of humanity! These abominations were the accidents as a result of careless experiments and deadly warfare. And the result? Worse than we could have ever feared. Confused, angry, resentful, hateful! These things seek to destroy both their creators and the world around them. Much like the forces that spawned them, destruction is usually their goal. But, these creatures are no villains, but the consequences of arrogance, apathy, discrimination and violence.
Author’s Note: As a continuation of my theme, here’s a plethora of horrible mutants and mad experiments. While much of it is revisiting old monsters, there’s a good amount of new goodies to toss into your wastelands, super secret labs and other such locations.
Most creations of the apocalypse are accidental.
The end of the world happened as we expected, too many people squabbling over too many things. And with their super weapons, a new breed of terror was unleashed. Not only did the radiation spread, it became aware, it gained its own life. And what followed? I dare not say… All that is certain is the horrors of this war spawned all of them. Protect yourself at all costs, should you run into such a mockery of life.
The post-apocalypse, a staple of darker science fiction. There are few greater fears than not only one’s own death, but the death of the world we live in. Or at the very least, the death of civilization. In most cases, we wouldn’t have roaming raiders, so much as starved out and depressed barbarians. But, since science fiction gives some leeway, we’re able to explore the grittier side with the likes of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to the more gonzo like Mad Max and all of the bootlegs and homages that it inspired! (And ’70s/’80s Italian post-apocalyptic bootlegs are simply incredible.) Or go even further with the likes of Adventure Time, especially in the more recent years as the old world was further expanded upon. Even if settlements are rebuilding the old world and some semblance of stability comes to the wastes, there are still many hazards that roam the blasted out reaches. Just like the dungeon crawls and treks of D&D fantasy, the world has regressed into an age of buried secrets, monstrous threats, lost knowledge and high adventure!
With that, today I’m going to focus on retooling some old ideas I’ve had for post-apocalyptic settings. Effects of radiation, as well as enfeebled equipment and ruins of buildings are given some spit and polish. Plus, I wanted to bring back a fair share of gruesome and ghoulish creatures I had worked on in the past. Whether it’s an elemental power of radiation itself or the many mutants that is probably created, there are tons of familiar faces. While I wanted to make a scrapping based craft mechanic, I couldn’t really settle on a base craft mechanic. To be fair, neither has core D&D really. And until we have an expanded idea, there are tons of concepts floating throughout the web. So, I’ll likely come back to that in the future.
Author’s Note: Here’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! In fact, it’s part 1 for that matter. Expect a heaping helping of horrifying mutants within the next couple of days to next week! Stay glowing, my radioactive muties!
The Stuff of Childhood Nightmares
While we have all grown up and have faced many of our fears as youth, that haunting sensation of encountering fear as a child always rings true. That dreadful encounter with the grotesque, the macabre, the evil, the horrifying. Many the psyches of many children, the experience can be outwardly traumatizing. For some, that’s just part of the adventure. Many adventures alone came with twists that surprised and shocked us in ways we would never forget. In creative and interactive mediums, the chance to experience a story first hand allows us to take it further. Tabletop games enable us to experience the truly wretched and twisted; inducing madness, terror or revulsion. One medium grew out of the tabletop hobby, video games.
The world of the video game shows us visuals to help capture the world, allowing us to see a world and interact with it. While more limited than humans, as computers are the game master, they still give us that illusion of freedom. Back to the original idea, they can help to instill horror through a variety of creative visuals and audio. Maybe the intent was to scary us like crazy, perhaps it was something the developers thought they made an amusing gag… and it turned out wrong. (WARNING: TV TROPES LINK) No matter the intention, these interactions stick with us, they fascinate us, they disturb us, they chill us. Something that truly scared us leaves us not only horrified, but in awe. With that, I thought I’d break the usual take on things and revive some classic horrors from the gaming world that stuck with many of us. Or at the least, revive some encounters that stuck with me.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Have a little classic gaming nightmare fuel. I wanted to do a theme like this for a while, so here we go! Also, I’ll put up a disclaimer here. I wanted to get a little more experimental with this, meaning I’ll have to clean up the resulting mess I make. I was more eager to make homages to classic baddies, so this will probably be polished over the next couple of days. Stay tuned!