July 2017 RPG Blog Carnival – Mutant Monsters

 

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.
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July 2017 RPG Blog Carnival – Post-Apocalyptic House Rules

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!

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Rise of the Machines – Robotic Options for D&D 5th Edition

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Technological advances at some rate, as long as there are enough minds to push it.  When thrust into a full blown revolution, new types of machines seemingly appear out of no where.  Old tasks die as new tasks replace them, old technologies become obsolete as new ones replace them.  Many praise the future of tomorrow where the fruits of innovation and creation are rewarded.  Others fear a darker future where the machine takes over us, one way or another.

Whether or not the future is a bright one, there is one inevitability; we will share space with thinking machines that are capable of thinking independently.  Some of these robots will only do certain tasks, while others are capable of more advanced tasks.  From security robots to physical trainers, the machine will find its place without a society of tomorrow.  Some become corrupted by a very human enjoyment of violence.  These become bounty hunters or psychopaths, driven mad by the contradictory moralities and ideals of sentience.  Those who don’t aspire to be paragons of righteousness or wretchedness are forced to deal with a world they don’t quite understand; they are inorganic beings in an organic world.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: ROBOTS!  I’ve been wanting to make something with that for a while.  I was hoping to make rules for using mechs, but I sadly never got around to that.  I have a feeling I might do a follow up, using my vehicle rules from a ways back.  Who knows?  Also, I wanted to make a Sci-Fi race as well, so I made my own take on the Android (as seen in Pathfinder.)  Now, this version will need some modification, as I don’t think it’s particularly interesting or balanced at the moment.

Also, want more robots?  I’ve made some via conversions as well as some homebrew of my own recently.

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Super-Science and Sorcery Roundup

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For starters, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute to this month’s theme.  While many themes have come and gone through carnival history, I’m not too sure many have really tackled this idea in depth.  Perhaps it’s due to the fact the genre hybrid of science-fantasy isn’t as popular as it once was.  Perhaps people just wanted to tackle something else that tickles their fancy.  Both are very fine reasons.

At first, I was hesitant to make the theme about science fantasy.  The reason was that it’s very much a niche flavor within a niche hobby.  I love it, but I figured not too many other people shared that same love.  None the less, plenty of fans came out of the wood work to support a pretty cool concept, if I do say so myself!  Mages and dragons meets techno-crafters and giant robots!  I mean, come on!  That’s pretty darn cool!  Also yes, RIFTS was one of my favorite settings way back when… how did you guess?

Anyway, I’m gonna stop prattling here and get to showcasing this month’s RPG Blog Carnival posts.  Here are the posts for the August 2016 theme, “Science Science and Sorcery!”

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6d6RPG: The Monster in the Machine – jfoster merges machinery with the strange and supernatural to create some fascinating and unsettling new monster ideas!

Anarcarnivàle: Any technology sufficiently advanced… – Clark proposes ideas on fusing magic and technology together with the help of historical scenarios.

Brynvalk: Cold Iron Corruptor – Faith from Brynvalk mashes classical fantasy creatures of the Fae with Sci-Fi elements such as cyborgs and mutants.

Crossplanes: F@NE For Savage RIFTS – Mark from Crossplanes creates a creature for the science-fantasy world of RIFTS, now compatible with Savage Worlds.

Daemons & Deathrays: Expedition to Barrier Peaks – Brian (Me) of Daemons & Deathrays has devoted the month to converting a classic module to D&D 5th Edition.  These posts consist of:

Forgotmydice: Astounding Tales of Science Fantasy – Grynning examines Clarke’s Third Law in its relation to the Sword and Planet genre, as well as figuring out how to run such games in D&D.

Forgotmydice: Warlock Patron of Interest – Griss makes a pact with a new warlock patron, The Machine.

Forgotmydice: ‘Tis New to Thee – Trevor transports people from a Modern world into the realm of Fantasy thanks to a new background!

Forgotmydice: From the Red Hills of Mars – Robert channels John Carter in the blog’s August 2016 finale by creating Green Martian stats.

Forgot my dice: Allons-y! – Trevor makes an intellectual and scientific sub class for the Ranger.

Mythus Mage: Are You Sure? – Alan dissects genre and treats magic as a science.

Notes of the Wandering Alchemist: Science-Fantasy Trinket Table – Based on the PHB, John has made a table of random trinkets you can incorporate into your games.

Rollcall: Reskinning to Maximize a System’s Range – Rollcall shows how simple it is to reflavor fantasy RPGs into science fiction.

Tales of a GM: Serpentfall in Heroquest – Phil takes from “The Day After Ragnarok” setting to build an epic interlude with a helping of science-fantasy!

Temple of Ravens: Super-Science and Sorcery – Anthony of Temple of Ravens ponders Sci-Fi series like Star Trek and how to run them within the realms of D&D and beyond.

 

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Even More Sci-Fi Tech! – Vehicles and Drugs for D&D 5th Edition

Here’s another sampling of all sorts of items for science-fantasy D&D games!  This time around, it’s an assortment of sci-fi themed vehicles as well as drugs and medicine.

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More Sci-Fi Tech! – Even More High Tech Goodies for D&D 5th Edition

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It seemed like mere weeks ago, we thwarted legions of cosmic entities with the power of our arcane knowledge.  They came in steel carriages and were armed with strange bows, but we ultimately triumphed.  From their wreckage, we began to sample their from creations.  In the years to come, we began to craft an arsenal that fused our magical craft with the aesthetics and functionality of higher technology.  Today, our world looks just as alien as the attackers who tried to take our world all those years ago.

About a year ago, I crafted up a heaping helping of science fiction technology for your D&D 5th Edition games!  I think it’s time I revisited that as my planar theme draws to a close, don’t you think?  As I’ve said in prior posts, I’m quite the fan of mashing up genres together to create a wholly new experience.  In particular, I like mixing aspects of science fiction and fantasy together to create a mystical experience that’s both supernatural and futuristic.  To be fair, one of my earliest memories is loving everything about Star Wars.  Without much further ado, enjoy!

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Radiation Elemental & Radiation Poisoning – Horrors of the Post-Apocalypse for D&D 5th Edition

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“A horrific visage emerges from what looks like a nuclear bomb blast!  The image of a skull begins to manifest within a mushroom cloud as the explosion seems to have gained the ability to travel!  The ghoulish form begins to gain on you as geiger counters begin to spin out of control.  In a flash of green light, your horse mount collapses in a frantic twitching fit as the living embodiment of the apocalypse has come to claim you!”
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