Sunday, June 24, 2018

Blast From the Past: Using OSR Turn Undead Tables as a Skill System



I think the Turn Undead Table in Labyrinth Lord (or any early version of DnD or it's retroclones) would make an excellent Skill System.

A Background or Non-Weapon Proficiency increases your level by 2 for use on the Table.

Any Ability Score modifiers adjust your level by the appropriate amount.

Find your modified level, cross reference it with the Threat Level of the Task and look for Automatic Success, a Target Number on a d20 or Automatic Failure.

Pretty straightforward if you ask me.

Thieves would get to roll their Thief Skill oercentage first, if they fail they may try to roll on the Skill Resolution Table.  Essentially, Thief Skills can be thought of as an extra chance at success or a chance to critically succeed.

Shadow of the Demon Lord: Kosmograph




A Kosmograph is a magical rendering, the place where it is painted primed in a special mixture of brain and marrow and then painted upon using oil and menstrual blood as a medium, of Urth's Sun and the nine worlds that orbit it. 

At a glance, it is extremely realistic, even as many who view it do not understand celestial dynamics or even realize that they are looking upon their own solar system. 

After that initial shock wears off, inevitably, the next thing the viewer notices is the large shooting star (many do not know what a Komet is) moving coreward towards the Sun (thus far, the Komet has moved past the Blind Eye and Tempest and is moving towards Depth). 

Finally, as the renderings scale is burnt into the mind, the eye finally notices that the whole image is moving, lovingly, hauntingly displaying the the orbit of the nine planets and countless moons in their ponderous journey around the Sun.

In the last six years, the Cult of the New God has found four Kosmographs, the first in the attic of a townhome in Sixton in the Northern Reaches. The attic had belonged to a retired Professor of the Stargazer Society, Madeleene Dare and it's presence was reported by her nephew, Phillip, after the townhome was left to him, upon her death. At first, several investigators for the Cult thought that Madeleene had access to some form of magic unique to the Society. When that quickly proved untrue the Inquisition was brought in. A young Sojourner named Diffidence Gideon had a childhood friend, a scribe for the Cult named Eggard Holmes who she knew was brilliant. Their investigation found evidence linking the rendering to mirror discovered fifty years prior that was used by a doomsday cult known as the Order of the Komet.

Since then, Kosmographs have been discovered in a cave in the Holy Kingdom and an apartment in Caecras, itself. Finding the magical painting in the Capital caused the leadership of the Cult to make a hard decision, they chose not alert the Emperor until they had a better understanding of what they had discovered.

Recently, a pigeon arrived from the village of Asylum, reporting several murders, cultists wearing strangely painted porcelain masks, and a new Kosmograph on the ceiling of a slain toddler's room in farmhouse. The Prelate who oversees the region where Asylum lies, immediately sent word for Gideon, now an Inquisitor in her own right and the brilliant scribe.

The one sure bit of information gleaned from each Kosmograph is that the ominous Komet is getting closer to Urth.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shadow of the Demon Lord: The Thing



"Man is the warmest place to hide."

The Thing          DIFFICULTY 100
Size 0 to 2 horrific extraterrestrial
Perception 14 (+4), darksight
Defense 15; Health 80
Strength 16 (+6)   Agility 13 (+3)   Intellect 14 (+4)   Will 14 (+4)
Speed 15; climber
Immune damage from disease or poison; gaining Insanity; dazed, 
   fatigued, frightened, immobilized, impaired, poisoned, slowed, 
   stunned

ATTACK OPTIONS
Natural Weapons (melee to short range) +6 with 2 boons (2d6+2)


SPECIAL  ACTIONS
Steal Form
 t
he thing uses an action or a triggered action on its turn 
   to alter its appearance to match that of a target dead creature it 
   can see within short range. The target must be Size 0 to 2 and 
   have a shape of flesh and blood. The thing's body changes so it 
   looks exactly like the target, including clothing. The effect lasts 
   until the thing uses this talent again. If it becomes incapacitated 
   the thing can create a hybrid form composed of any portions of 
   it's existing shape. When the thing steals a creature’s form, its 
   challenge rolls to deceive others have 3 boons.



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Creature Crucible: Raqquill for Labyrinth Lord


Raqquill or Beast Men for Labyrinth Lord
AL NE, MV 35', AC 7, HD 2, #AT 1 [whip or claws], 
THAC0 18, DG 1d6, SV 2 fighter, ML 9,  XP 20

The Raqquill are mercenaries for the Horde, an mysterious organization bent on conquest. Typically a cadre of beastmen is led by the one of the skeletal wizards known as the Krux. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Creature Crucible: Sharknado for Labyrinth Lord


Sharknado for Labyrinth Lord
AL CE, MV 60', AC 9, HD 12, #AT 3 [shark], 
THAC0 11, DG 1d6+4, SV 12 fighter, ML 12,  XP 1200

It's a tornado filled with sharks. Yep, you pissed off your DM.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Shadow of the Demon Lord: Asylum

We started a new Shadow of the Demon Lord campaign two weeks back. I'm using the excellent PDF adventure, In Need of a Killing (a Kickstarter exclusive), and expanding it's setting, the village of Asylum.



Some things that set my Asylum apart:

The World has two moons Gottlieb and Morrslieb, the blood red Witch's Moon (I completely stole this from Warhammer's Old World). Recently, both moons were full and the Road to Hell reappeared.

A few miles northwest from the village is Gaunt's Crick, but ol' timers know it as the Road to Hell, because of strange happenings that used to be common place there. In reality, a powerful leyline runs the length of the Crick and while it has been inactive for years, it's strange energies burnt so bright at night that it can be glimpsed from Asylum.

Esther McClintock's son, Thurston, is believed by the villagers to be an albino, but he is in fact a mooncalf, a mutant who is sensitive to the strange energies of the cosmos.  Esther's husband, Clive, died last summer and she worries that the erratic behavior Thurston has begun to exhibit will wear thin on villagers that barely tolerated the boy before her husband's death.

Otis Stapp and Gerald Burris, two teenage boys, claimed to have seen some strange, hairy men prowling close to the Crick the other day. While some adults checked the area, all they found were horse tracks that vanished into the Crick. It has the village cluckin'.

Immigene Laroo found a grotesque idol that fits into the palm of her hand. It was lying just outside the Weary Traveler Inn. She went to show it to Samyra, the Inn's owner, but couldn't bring herself to do so. That was several days ago and now she keeps it in her apron at all times and frets over her inability to share that it exists.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shadow of the Demon Lord: Gorilla-Men



"Within the Assembly of Apes, the gorilla caste is strictly used for military and defense."

Gorilla-man          DIFFICULTY 10
Size 1 ape-man
Perception 10 (+0)
Defense 13 (hard leather); Health 20
Strength 13 (+3)   Agility 11 (+1)   Intellect 10 (+0)   Will 12 (+2)
Speed 12
Intimidating A gorilla-man attempting to frighten makes
   the Will challenge roll with 1 boon.


ATTACK OPTIONS
Rifle (long range) +1 with 2 boons (3d6)
Saber (melee) +3 with 1 boon (1d6+2)


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Blast From the Past: Using OSR Turn Undead Tables as a Skill System

I think the Turn Undead Table in Labyrinth Lord (or any early version of DnD or it's retroclones) would make an excellent Skill Syste...