Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Underworld Lore #4!

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A Weird Thing To Drop In Any Dungeon

Note: Here's a PDF of this post for easy printing.

You’ve Been Schooled
A Stop, Drop, & Roll Adventure Seed Dice Table
(You’ll need a d4, a d6, a d8, and a d10)

The PCs have stumbled into a schoolroom in the middle of the dungeon. The teacher is having a bit of trouble with the students. Can the PCs give Mrs. Winterwitch a hand?

Drop a d4, a d6, & a d8 on the Class Picture.

If any die lands on Mrs. Winterwitch, drop all the dice again.

If more than one die occupies a square on the chart, leave one and drop the other(s).

The d4 is X
The d6 is Y
The d8 is Z

Roll the d10 and consult the Situation Table

Situation Table

1. Z convinced X to place a whoopee cushion on Y’s chair just before the PCs entered the room. Hilarity ensued. Y has asked Z to help beat up X. X is claiming innocence. Can the PCs help sort it out?

2. Z forged a mush note and signed it with Y’s name, and passed it to X. X wrote a response and got caught passing it back to Z. Mrs. Winterwitch made X read the note aloud. Now Y is seething mad at X and things are about to get out of hand. . .

3. X and Y were caught playing “seven minutes in heaven” in the coat closet by Z, who spread the news around the classroom. X and Y are actively trying to beat the crap out of Z, and Mrs. Winterwitch is having trouble restoring order.

4. Z has copied test answers from Y. X ratted out both of them to Mrs. Winterwitch. Y is having an emotional breakdown about how this mark on their record will affect college scholarship offers. Z is actively attacking X while Mrs. Winterwitch tries to console Y. Can the PCs get to the bottom of all this?

5. Three new students have transferred into the class and have decided to make things tough on Mrs. Winterwitch. Of X, Y, and Z, one is an honor student, one is a juvenile delinquent, and one is always confused. The honor student always tells the truth, the juvenile delinquent always lies, and the average student can either lie or tell the truth.

Y says Z is a juvenile delinquent.
X says Y is the honor student.
Z says “I am an average student.”

Mrs. Winterwitch can’t figure out who is the honor student, who is the juvenile delinquent, and who is the average student. Can the PCs?*

6. Z has eaten all the glue in the classroom (and does not regret that decision). Mrs. Winterwitch sent X and Y to the supply cabinet to get some more. When they opened the supply cabinet, they were sucked into a time portal to Cleveland circa 1976. If they’re not back before school is dismissed, Mrs. Winterwitch could lose her job. Can the PCs go get them?

7. X and Z won’t allow Y to sit with them for in-class lunch (it’s too dangerous in the dungeon right now to go to the cafeteria). Y ate lunch with both of them all the time before today and doesn’t know why they are acting this way.

8. Z & Y used to be BFF, but today Z claims that Y is nothing but a dimwitted banded skink and is claiming X is now his/her BFF. Y is crushed and mad at Z more than X, but is trying to woo X away from Z with bribes of candy & other sweets.

9. Y has been having an affair with Mrs. Winterwitch. Mrs. Winterwitch thinks X suspects something. Z is the one who actually knows something and has been writing lewd notes & stick-figure drawings on the chalkboard hinting at that knowledge, but has tried to frame X by leaving chalk in X’s desk & chalk dust on X’s coat in the coat closet, etc. Y is madly in love with Mrs. Winterwitch and is plotting to whisk her away from the dungeon during the Beltane break. X has a crush on Y and hates Mrs. Winterwitch because she’s recommending X be held back a year because of poor math grades.

10. Mrs. Winterwitch has lost it. She’s imprisoned X, Y, and Z inside an isolation orb (a flaming sphere set on simmer) because she’s sick of their constant bickering over who said what about whom and all the snarky, gossipy, whining noisy-noise. What’s going on in the orb? Look at the result of the d4:

1. Y claims X secretly likes Z, but Z says that X really likes Y, even though Z secretly likes them both. Oh, man, the arguments . . .

2. X and Z say Y’s mother wears combat boots. Even though she does indeed wear combat boots as a member of the Demon Lord’s Fighting Fifth Regiment, Y was offended and has started an epic “Yo’ Mama” rant in reply and won’t shut up.

3. Z has made 1000s of rubber cement boogers and is flicking them at Y. X is attempting to stop the assault by shooting rubber bands at Z. Y, caught in the crossfire, is whining. Loudly.

4. X and Y are siblings. Z’s dad accidentally ran over their pet rust monster. X and VICTIM engaged in a shoving match and things escalated to a fist-fight and so . . . isolation orb. Everyone is pouting and not talking to each other.
Resolutions & Rewards
If combat ensues, treat all students as Humanoid Thugs (they are 3rd graders, after all). Mrs. Winterwitch is a 6th level wizard working out the tail end of a community service sentence (for littering) and has two months left on her sentence. As part of her sentence, she is supposedly limited to only casting cantrips but has a trick or two up her sleeve (see #10, above).

If the PCs can successfully resolve the rolled situation without resorting to violence, reward them 1000XP and roll 1d20 on the below treasure table (all treasure is worth 1d10 cp, but are priceless to the school kids . . .):

  1. Fortune Telling Mystic Medallion (with Zodiac symbols!)
  2. Skin Head Wig
  3. Joy Buzzer
  4. Trick Black Soap
  5. “How to Become a Ventriloquist” informational booklet
  6. Phony Cast
  7. 1 pack Onion-flavored gum
  8. 1 pack Hot Pepper gum
  9. Sling Shot
  10. Sneezing Powder
  11. Itching Powder
  12. Luminous Wrist Compass
  13. Hypno-Coin + 25 lesson “How to Hypnotize” pamphlet
  14. Exploding Fountain Pen
  15. Whoopee Cushion
  16. 100 Monster Stickers
  17. Jiu+Jitsu Nerve Center Chart
  18. Finger Guillotine
  19. Snow Tablets
  20. 1 pair X-ray Specs

*Solution to #5
Y is the honor student.
Z is the average student.
X is the juvenile delinquent.

Z is not the honor student, since if she/he is, then Y would also be the honor student.

X is not the honor student, since his/her statement would then be a lie.

Therefore Y is the honor student. Hence X is the juvenile delinquent, and Z is the average student.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5e Resource List

So Wizards of the Coast released an updated version of the free Basic rules, splitting them into a Player's version and an DM's version. And you probably know there are some other free resources for 5e floating around WotC's new craptastically designed website (I say craptastictally because all legacy content seems to have been nuked).

Anyway, I've gathered those links here, plus some great goodies from around the interwebs.

Official 5e Resources

Free Basic Rules
Player's Basic Rules Version 2
Players's Basic Rules Version 2 Printer Friendly

DM's Basic Rules Version 1
DM's Basic Rules Version 1 Printer Friendly

WotC Character Sheets
Zip file
Version 2
Version 1

Monster Manual Preview
Bone Devils

Published Adventure Supplements
Starter Set Pregenerated Characters

Hoard of Dragons Supplement
Printer Friendly Version

Legacy of the Crystal Shard Monster Statistics

Murder in Baldur's Gate Launch Weekend Adventure

Murder in Baldur's Gate Events Supplement

Murder in Baldur's Gate Monster Statistics

Dead in Thay map

Return to the Caves of Chaos

Adventurer's League Materials
Adventurer's League Quick Start Guide
Adventurer's League Player's Guide 1.0
Printer Friendly Version
Character Sheet
Adventurer's League DM Log Sheet

5e Fan Freebies

DM Stuff
DM Log
Moldvay Style Character Sheet
Majestic Wilderness-style Character Sheet
Twisted Origins

The Wizard's Amulet (1st Level)

The Town of Bridgepuddle
Direct Link

A Martyr's Treasure
Direct link

Festival of Horror + Alabaster Mines
Direct link to FoH
Direct link to AM

ENWorld Fan Adventures which includes:

Big List of NPCs
Direct link

Setting Homebrews

Basic Arabian Adventures (WIP)

Gamma World Fan Creation
Gamma Five (Gamma World for 5e) which includes:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wizards of the Coast Broke the Internet Wayback Machine

Attempts to use The Internet Wayback Machine to search Wizards.com/dnd/ are now broken.

Here, try it:


Where it used to give a huge listing of files, there is now a "cannot be displayed because, robots" message.

I think this changed happened when Wizards of the Coast updated the D&D website to the god-awful navigational mess that is the new D&D site. They introduced a robots.txt file which excludes websites from crawling certain directories.

This represents a major break with the ability to search & retrieve old material from the Wizards.com domain in an easy-to-navigate interface.

Site-specific Google searches still work, but only bring up current content, not older, "disappeared" material.

Luckily, I have ALL the free 3.0 & 3.5 free adventure PDFs downloaded. I even managed to snag the d20 Modern and Star Wars d20 & SAGA freebies (well, most of the Star Wars stuff). This weighs in at roughly 1GB of data. That's a lot of free material Wizards released over the d20 years.

I'm not in the mind to check all of the links to free 4e material that I had previously compiled. I think most of it is still accessible, but it most likely won't be for long.

Also, the new CMS that Wizards.com is using to manage the updated D&D site hosts most of its downloads on http://media.wizards.com. They do not have a consistent file directory system or naming scheme for files, either. I'll be posting a 5e resource list soon.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Updated: Receeding Goblins & Gremlins

I've updated my gonzo Goblins & Gremlins sandbox encounter thingy to correct a few formatting issues and several typographical errors.

not so pretty cover

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ashes of Athas -- FREE Living Dark Suns 4e Scenarios

Check this out:

According to the Dark Sun fan site The Burnt World of Athas, Baldman Games (which runs games at cons) has received permission from Wizards of the Coast to distribute Baldman's Dark Sun convention games (designed for 4th edition) to non-con attendees.

The catch? Baldman can't post them online for free download. And neither can you, if you get them in your grubby little hands.

You have to pony up an email address first, and then you'll receive the files via email over several days -- seven zip archives in all, plus links to a Dropbox account holding maps and pregens. They're yours for FREE, but you have to agree to keep them off the open web, filesharing services, the *chanz, and all the "ahoy there matey" sites.

Check out the details here, or this forum post at Baldman Games.

Just for the sake of info, the zip files are rather large, so if your email storage quota is tight, be forwarned (somewhere in the 8-to-20 megabyte range). I don't think this is too much of an issue for most folks, but if you are on a pokey 'net connection (like me), then you'd might like to know.

I don't play 4e, but I love to snag stuff for inspiration and adaptation. Since these are free, you might as well request them.