A modern kingdom still strictly adheres to ancient traditions due to their long forgotten deity getting annoyed at the moral decay appearing as an AI Singularity and forcefully correcting everything it sees as morally wrong. As such, even though the weapons and technology have improved, the culture hasn't.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 12, 2020
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In a society, people who are in a higher postition of authority have a bigger incentive to stay on the right side of the law since the more authority you have, the punishments for criminal activities become much more severe. To the point where the most powerful face defacto death/life sentences for every crime.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 3, 2020
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Wandering Items by Goto Author View Single
Anything not bolted down has a chance of moving about when unobserved. The items are smart enough to open simple latches, or break weak bindings. The rate of this oddness seems to follow certain astrological patterns.
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Encounter - Any
April 27, 2020
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Dust Elemental by Goto Author View Single
Dust Elemental

https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1594

At the corner of air and earth elemental planes resides the dust Elemental, a growing threat to Parisia. With it's powerful choking attack, this creature is a threat to the city. More and more of them are appearing in town, spawned from the many dust devils, a frequent foe of the party, they come in size from 3 HD to 20 HD. Why are there so many? Why in the city?
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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Hungry Tumbleweeds by Goto Author View Single
Hungry Tumbleweeds

It is almost impossible to believe. Simply mind bending. These carnivores are actually the strangest undead you can meet! With ac as plate and 2HD, these animated plants are found in desert and grass lands. They are effected by anything that harms undead, hiding among ordinary tumbleweeds. Whats next Killer Tomatoes!?!?

Ever wonder where minor evil souls go that are unclaimed. Wonder no more. Minor evil souls wander unclaimed throughout the worlds.ordinary tumbleweeds attract them for unknown reasons. These souls also tend to group and somehow find the weeds. When the weeds are disposed of there is a 50% chance that the souls will survive and go into another weed.
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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Mundane Weapons Expanded for OD&D by Goto Author View Single
I've never been happy that almost every player picks long sword and greatsword, so I made a special chart to make them more unique. I use this in OSR and Pathfinder. I use 20 only as crit threat(Pathfinder speak),double damage.



dagger +2 to hit, D4 damage

short sword +1 to hit, d6 damage

long sword, threatens critical(see below) on 19-20, D8 damage

battle axe, ignores one Damage resistance( some monsters have resistance to damage in the form of knocks damage off before you do actual damage)(scale at higher L?) D8 damage

Mace, 0ne damage on a miss(Scalable?) D8 damage (Ok , should prob only be vrs Metal armor but not looking for that kind of complexity)

spear D6 damage, d12 damage vrs large creatures

great sword 2d6 damage

military pick d6 damage, x3 damage( triple dice damage) on crit(20)

great axe D10 damage, +3 to confirm crit ( in pathfinder if you roll a 20 you then reroll your attack and if you hit the targets AC, you get a critical multiplier)

quarterstaff(2 handed) D6 damage +1 bonus to AC (to the better)

Etc.
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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New Spell for OD&D by Goto Author View Single
L1 wizard spell

This spell must be cast for 31 consecutive days by one wizard to create a +1 sword,-2 to anyone else holding it(other than sword owner).No special ingredients or quality of blade, the only requirement on this part is it must be a short sword or longer and must be a true sword. The sword must draw blood from a living creature of at least 1-1 hit die every day and The blade is -1 until the 31st casting, when it becomes fully and permanently enchanted .Variants that enchant other weapons could be possible.
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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World Changing Spells for OD&D> Fireball by Goto Author View Single
FIREBALL
L3 Wiz

As I walk through devastated landscape only one thought burns in my head. Revenge.I was a normal adventuring wizard, dungeon delving and putting out innocents fires. Ha, fire.After years of trying to find out what happened, the truth is unfolding for me, a second word has entered my vocabulary. Castinlig. a name put to the scorched earth. The one who did this.

He was too powerful and too greedy.He summoned the king of the djinn and a supposedly perfect wish w incredible power behind it. Fire ball now has a 100 mile radius and is locked at 7d6. I didn't know this when I cast it for the first time in days. My party was wiped out and I would have been too except my ring of total fire resistance saved me. But not my friends.

I scavenge for food and a potions, really all I can and have to do.I will find him.

( a solo game for a l7 wiz)
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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World Changing Spell for OD&D> Go Beyonde by Goto Author View Single
Go Beyonde

Wiz 1

For one full round, a gate to another dimension is opened. That Dimension is called Beyonde. It is a place of eldritch horrors but if you are careful, movement there for every 10 feet there you cover 1 mile here. It is very dangerous and creatures will attack). near instantaneously upon your arrival. in practice, you can roughly cover about 300 miles(after this point you will be subjected to overwhelming attack.Brave(Foolish?) peeps attempt to send armies through, that is very iffy. you can only get to approx. D^ miles of where you want to come out(requiring another casting of the spell.

Basically you have teleportation available to L 1 Wizard's , this would shake kingdoms to the core, if an enemy army could appear at any moment,D6 miles from a target. Warfare becomes very fluid and much smaller forces are scattered about the countryside.
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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Gentle Strangler by Goto Author View Single
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These gentle relatives of the squid is being hunted to extinction. The reason for this is that their brain matter can be used to create potions of esp at 1/3 the cost.They will not even fight back until they have lost 25% of their HP

Flying slowly
4 tenticel attacks for d6 each
ac 3
10 hit die
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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Naga of The Four Poisons by Goto Author View Single
This powerful Serpent man has 4 different poison sacks that can only be triggered individually

Poison of Frequent Death> on a failed save, does D12 damage

Poison of the deadly Soul Mate> Charm person on a failed save

Poison of the Fire Within> On a failed save the victim is filled w hate and rage and is only capable of melee attacks

Poison of the Stil Stone> on a failed save, victim is paralyzed.

all poison attacks also do d6 bite damage

in addition to a bite attack , they can do a 2d4 constriction attack

8 hit die

ac 1

move 6
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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Motherthing by Goto Author View Single
No undead provokes more sympathy than a Motherthing.



These are the frightening remains of mothers who lost a child to violence. These undead gather children that are encountered alone and "mother" them ". They fiercely protect their "children"
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Encounter - Any
April 9, 2020
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The Dragons' Lair Project by Goto Author View Single
Here at Dragonsfoot http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=65381 The post discuses the use of the classic arcade game " Dragon's Lair" as a playable dungeon but it approaches it like a normal D&D game. You cannot represent DL with " Ok Bob, it's your turn what are you doing?" So I've got a germ of an idea.

The castle itself is a dream construct of the way-too-powerful-to fight Dragon. From a distance the castle is changing, growing towers, walls falling , getting bigger and smaller in rapid succession. The castle "eats" interesting things that the players will need to extract. It is also Multidimensional and planer and moves around.

The way I am planning on running it is that individual rounds are broken into 3 parts and only one player gets an action to interact with the "trap". a second player will be able to aid the "phasing" player in what ever action he takes. casting spells will be broken up over the 3 partial rounds(depending on L of spell).The phasing player will in essence be the party leader for the 3 partial rounds. The phasing player "job " will be rotated in some fashion(havent got this worked out yet). This is all run w/ the idea that you are trying to recreate the frantic pace of DL The growing and shrinking nature of the castle forces constant movement on the players A brief description of the situation will be provided with the idea of "looking around" will be an action that takes up a whole "partial" round. A few normal combats to be sprinkled in.

Since a lot of work will go into an encounter that should only take IRL 2 maybe 3 min., the rooms and traps are reusable (justified by the "dream logic")

This will obviously not work for a large group of players. Prob want to keep it to 3 or 4.
This will require MASSIVE prep time for what will prob amount to a 1 hour crawl at best (depending on how many standard fights you work in) That's why REUSABILITY is key. To make the prep worth it , you can rerun it w/ the "dream logic"

Not sure if I'm going to pull the trigger on this. But I really like the idea.Not promising a part two if I don't.
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Encounter - City/ Ruin
April 9, 2020
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Escape your time by Goto Author View Single
A society or country has a unique method of correction. Criminals are imprisoned in a dungeon with two options: Serve their time, or try to escape. Those who manage to escape alive, their crimes are forgiven early.
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Ideas - System
February 2, 2018
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Escape your time by Goto Author View Single
A society or country has a unique method of correction. Criminals are imprisoned in a dungeon with two options: Serve their time, or try to escape. Those who manage to escape alive, their crimes are forgiven early.
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Ideas - System
February 2, 2018
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The 'Temporary' Monarch by Goto Author View Single
The monarch used to have absolute powers until the disappearance of King Henry V. A 'temporary' replacement was put on the throne to hold it until King Henry returned, and he would have only one vote on the governing council of nobles and no other powers except persuasion. More then 50 years have passed since then and everyone knows King Henry is almost certainly dead-but the nobles don't want to go back under the rule of an absolute monarch, so the kingship is only 'temporary' until King Henry V returns to take back his throne.
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Ideas - Plots
November 11, 2017
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Bramble-Beasts by Goto Author View Single
The forests, the swamps, the lands lost to wilderness, fang, and willow. These lands are home to the creatures of wiing, tooth and claw. Some far more capable of fending off the hominids, others still, are less fortunate, falling prey to spears, arrows, and dogs. As the hominids encroach upon the sacred woodlands and miry bogs there are times that the thorns and vines are animated by the spirit of the land in order to fight. In this way the mysterious guardians are formed. In the shapes of wolves, bears, and many other greater and more terrible beasts, each with eyes of glowing emerald. Fiercely defending creatures of burrow and glade.
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Ideas - Lifeforms
November 7, 2017
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Mimic Blade by Goto Author View Single
A Mimic in the rather unconventional form of a weapon, can be used as a weapon and grows more powerful over time. If introduced to the party early it could make an unexpected betrayal. Skittering around like a terrifying insect.
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Ideas - Items
November 5, 2017
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Lord Fecund by Goto Author View Single
A group of Mages sought to create an Elixir of Fertility, to deal with the Curse of the Empty Cradle. After acquiring such things as the 'ahem' vigor of a war deity, and the 'ahem' blessing of a forest goddess, the mages almost created the cure. Instead, the vessel of Divine Virility was spilled, and instead of curing sterility, infused the ancient hill with life. The temple and alter rose, becoming a demonic force of life essence and the fecundity of nature.
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Encounter - Any
August 26, 2017
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Once a year by Goto Author View Single
freedom of speech is allowed in what is normally a dictatorship.
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Encounter - Any
August 24, 2017
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