Monday, June 19, 2017

New B/X Extra-planar Creature: Jikibria

This is another of the creatures from my Fifty Fiends project.

JIKIBRIA (pron. ji-kib-BREE-uh)



ATTACKS/SPECIAL ABILITIES

Diseased Touch. Although a successful touch attack of a jikibria does no hp damage, there is a possibility it will cause as many as 6 diseases in a victim. The victim gets a saving throw vs. each effect, and contracts all those with failing rolls.
1. leprosy: lose 1d3 hp per day (from bleeding) and unable to heal naturally until cured

2. lycanthropy: as wererat

3. mummy rot: as a mummy

4. plague: loss of 1d3 points of Constitution and unable to get restful sleep (cannot recover lost hp or memorize spells) until cured

5. rabies: loss of 1 point of Intelligence per day until cured

6. tuberculosis: –2 on all attack rolls, +2 AC penalty, and exhaustion (cannot recover lost hp or memorize spells) until cured

Once a creature has been touched by a jikibria (whether it failed any of its saving throws or not), the creature is immune to the touch of all jikibriae for the remainder of the encounter. A single disease cannot be contracted multiple times (e.g., in future encounters with jikibriae before previously contracted diseases are healed). A single cure disease spell will remove all of the diseases. Once cured, lost ability points are regained at a rate of 1 point per day of full rest.

Cause Disease. In lieu of making its touch attacks, a jikibria may use the spell cause disease as a 6th level cleric. This ability is usable as many times per day as the jikibria wishes. Any creature that is currently afflicted by a jikibria’s tuberculosis is immune to this ability.

Disease Immunity. Jikibriae are immune to all disease, both of a standard and magical nature.

Disease Deflection.
In addition to being immune to disease, a jikibria deflects all instances when a disease might otherwise come in contact with it, shirking off the disease magically on a chosen target within a 120' range. This is done as a free action at the moment the jikibria and the disease (or disease effect) come into contact with one another. Targets of the deflection are permitted a save vs. breath to avoid the jikibria’s deflection. If the target fails, it is still permitted any saving throws normally allowed to avoid the original disease or disease effect.

Summon. Two times per day, a jikibria may summon 1-2 other jikibriae with a 30% chance of success.

DESCRIPTION/ECOLOGY

Appearance. A jikibria would measure nearly 7' tall, if it were able to stand upright. Instead, the gangly jikibria hobbles at a nearly unbelievable speed. The skin of the hairless jikibria is sickly gray mottled with putrid yellow, and the entire creature is surrounded by a sort of membrane sack that is a nearly-transluscent green. This sack is vestigial and self-healing, and while it provides some protection for the jikibria, it affects neither the jikibria’s Armor Class, nor attacks made against it.

Ecology. Jikibriae hail from the 149th layer of the Abyss—a feverish, diseased place where the air is thick and humid. This layer is known by two names—“Innapih” by those who know its ruling demon prince by the name “Asag,” and as “Ganzer” by those who know the ruling demon prince by the name “Nergal.”

Languages. Jikibriae speak abyssal, celestial, and common.

HOME: Innapih/Ganzer
(the 149th layer of the Abyss)
SERVES: Asag/Nergal (Demon Prince of Sickness)


ARMOR CLASS: 2
ARMOR CLASS: 4
HIT DICE: 6**
MOVE: 240'(80')
ATTACKS: 1 touch
DAMAGE: Disease
NO. APPEARING: 1-3 (1-6)
SAVE AS: Fighter:6
MORALE: 7
TREASURE TYPE: B
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic (CE)


RESISTANCE/IMMUNITIES
ACID: Normal
COLD: Half
ELECTRICITY: Half
FIRE: Half
GAS: Half
IRON: Normal
MAG. ENERGY: Normal
POISON: None
SILVER: None
REQ. “T.H.”: +1 or better


PSIONIC ABILITIES
PSIONIC LEVEL: 6 (30 PSPs)
Attack modes: all
Defense modes: all
Psychometabolic: all




Friday, June 16, 2017

d30 Feature of the Week: d30 Skeleton Variations

This is a d30 table I created for my Sunday morning d30 game ("The Tomb of Trianta") at the recently-concluded NTRPGCon.

When each wave of skeletons showed up with different runes on their chests, the party was having to constantly rethink their tactics. Also, because characters were created completely randomly at the beginning of the game, there ended up being no cleric in the party... which ventured into a tomb full of undead. That surely didn't help in what ended up as a TPK when the party faced the boss monster (a vampire and once-matriarch of the Trianta family).

Click here (or on the image below) to download
a free PDF of d30 Skeleton Variations PDF from MediaFire.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

New B/X Extra-planar Creature: Holsohr

This is one of the creatures from my Fifty Fiends project.
Please note, it also uses one of my new psionic Treasure Type designations.

HOLSOHR (pron. HOLE-sore)



ATTACKS/SPECIAL ABILITIES

Silent Scream. Although the holsohr are voiceless, they are able to emit a silent “roar” of sonic distortion in a 60' long radius and a 180° arc. All creatures caught within in the area take take 4d6 damage; a successful save vs. breath halves this damage. This ability is usable 3×/day.

Phobia Aura. In addition to possessing the telepathic devotion phobia ampli cation, holsohr are always surrounded by a 30' radius effect equal to that ability. All creatures caught within the area must make a psionic saving throw or suffer the effects for a duration of 2 turns.

Phobia Reflection. This ability is similar to the illusionist spell alter self, except that all creatures that view the holsohr will see it as the living embodiment of their greatest fear. A psionic saving throw results in the creature being able to see the holsohr as it truly is. This ability is usable 3×/day and has a duration of 1 hour (6 turns).

Cause Nightmares. At will, a holsohr may touch a sleeping victim and cause it to have nightmares. On a failed psionic saving throw, the sleeping victim will be wracked with nightmares and restless sleep. When the victim wakes, it will have gained none of the ben ts from such a period of sleep (e.g., natural healing can- not take place, spells cannot be memorized, etc.). If the victim is woken, the nightmares will be disrupted and the victim may then return to restful sleep. The holsohr must be in the same plane as the actual body of the victim for this ability to work (e.g., the holsohr may not reach into the Prime Material from the Dream Plane to use this ability).

DESCRIPTION/ECOLOGY

Appearance. These dreadful creatures are a horror to behold. A holsohr’s body is generally humanoid in form, but its extremities feature bird-like hands and feet, its arms and torso are covered with feathers, and it wings are composed of long feathers. The head of a holsohr appears as a human skull with sunken eyes and a ghastly, fang-filled, vertically- set mouth that extends down its elongated neck.

Ecology. Holsohr are native to Melas Oneiros (the Black Dream realm of the Dream Lands)—the place where the most terrifying and dreadful of nightmares are born. In fact, it is believed that the holsohr themselves were born into existence from nightmare.

Holsohr prowl through Dream in search of the unattended bodies of dream travelers, through which the holsohr may escape from Dream into the plane occupied by the sleeper, in order to bring chaos, confusion and mayhem to the waking world.

The holsohr are the sworn enemies of both baku and zowls.

Languages. Holsohr are voiceless, communicating via a form of sign language (unique to the holshor). They do, however, understand common, auran, celestial, nocturne, primordial, and supernal.

HOME: Melas Oneiros
(the Black Dream Realm of the Dream Lands)
SERVES: Phobetor (Demon Prince of Nightmares)


ARMOR CLASS: 2
HIT DICE: 7+7*
MOVE: 60'(20')/180'(60')
ATTACKS: 2 claws/1 bite
DAMAGE: 1-6/1-6/1-8
NO. APPEARING: 1-3
SAVE AS: Fighter:7
MORALE: 11
TREASURE TYPE: W
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic (CN)


RESISTANCE/IMMUNITIES
ACID: Normal
COLD: Half
ELECTRICITY: Half
FIRE: Half
GAS: None
IRON: None
MAG. ENERGY: Normal
POISON: Normal
SILVER: None
REQ. “T.H.”: +1 or better


PSIONIC ABILITIES
PSIONIC LEVEL: 7 (35 PSPs)
Attack modes: ego whip, id insinuation
Defense modes: mind blank, thought shield*
Telepathic: D) thought concealment*, phobia amplification*
Psychoportative: D) dream travel*

* Costs no PSPs to use.





Friday, April 7, 2017

d30 Feature of the Week: d30 Deity Generator

I know that title may be a little misleading, since I haven't posted a "d30 Feature of the Week" since mid-June of last year! I'm trying to get back into the swing of things (in general). Which is why you've seen a few new posts here and there, and why I'm trying to keep some new content coming.

I do have some new d30 charts I'm trying to finish in time for this year's NTRPGCon. Last year saw the adventurers journey to the Halls of Trianta. This year, the adventurers will journey to the Tomb of Trianta. I'm not sure how many of those new tomb-related d30 charts I'll be sharing, since they'll be spoilers for the players. But I'm sure that I'll be proud of some of them, and share anyway (with a spoiler warning).

Anyway, I think this one came out pretty nice, so I hope you'll enjoy it.

Click here (or on the image below) to download
a free PDF of d30 Deity Generator page from MediaFire.




Friday, March 31, 2017

Free B/X Adventure Supplement: Riding Dogs

In our regular gaming group, I recently finished up running a year-plus-long campaign that started with Vault of the Faceless Giants and culminated with The Jah'nu Prophecy (the latter of which is intended to be my Friday night game at this year's NTRPGCon.

So the group started a new campaign, and I chose to play a gnome thief (because I've never played a gnome before, and the GM wasn't explicitly forbidden as it has by some GMs in the past). Instead of considering a horse or mule, I decided I wanted a riding dog. And though they seem to be a thing, I couldn't find any older edition rules for them. So I wrote my own, based on B/X stats and SRD material, woven in with thoughts from some old Dragon magazine articles. The campaign is AD&D, but except for the movement rates, it's pretty adaptable from B/X to AD&D (and to OD&D or S&W, I'd imagine).

Here it is for your use and enjoyment.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS PDF.

And if you need some gnomes for your B/X game, don't forget to download CX1 Extra Gnomes from RPGNow.

Monday, March 6, 2017

New B/X Character Classes: 3 Barbarians

Please note: this is a preview/beta version only. It is not considered Open Gaming Content until the official release of Old School Adventures™ Accessory CX1: Character Class Codex. AND BEFORE YOU ASK!!!! It will be late 2017 or early 2018 AT THE EARLIEST!!!! This is not priority right now. I am simply releasing some "stockpiled" material because it feels like the OSR blogosphere needed it.

This PDF has the following three classes: a "berskerker" barbarian, a "wildling" barbarian (with survival skills, tracking abilities and the like), and a "horde" barbarian (adapted from the 1e Oriental Adventures barbarian).

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New B/X Character Class: Wärf (Hybrid of Dwarf & Winter Wolf)

Please note: this is a preview/beta version only. It is not considered Open Gaming Content until the official release of Old School Adventures™ Accessory CX1: Character Class Codex. AND BEFORE YOU ASK!!!! It will be late 2017 or early 2018 AT THE EARLIEST!!!! This is not priority right now. I am simply releasing some "stockpiled" material because it feels like the OSR blogosphere needed it.

Click here to download the PDF. >>