More Skeletons!

Thanks to the thrifty gamers on G+ and FB who found these little (or big) buggers at their local Dollar General. The low down is that it’s 10 skeletons for $1. And yes they are already putting out Halloween decorations.
Of course they are a little big compared to your standard mini. You could always use them as Giant Skeletons or whatever the craft necromancer came up with.

However, if you’ve been along at home with this blog you should remember the TimMee Galaxy Laser Force mini’s and the True Legends Mythic Bucket. A quick note on the Mythic Bucket. Yes, you can find it on Amazon but according to my Google Fu, this is a Toys R Us exclusive. Which means the one’s you’re finding on Amazon are from resellers who massively marked up the price. And of course there’s some knights I picked up at Goodwill. There’s many variations of those available on Amazon. For these mini’s, the Skeleton Army is almost the exact same scale.

So check out your local Dollar General and all those discount stores too. Halloween is cornucopia of cool things for games. And there’s a good chance any excess school supplies could be on clearance. Because who doesn’t need more graph paper. Look for them on the shelves.

Mutated Dinosaur Skeletons

A gang of monsters inspired by Museum at the End of Time and a few other things. First, I grabbed up a pack of cheap dinosaur skeletons on Amazon. Because you can always use dinosaur skeletons. Looking ahead to Tomb of Annihilation. But any way, here’s some of them with regular mini’s for scale.

Now here’s the stats.
Common Stats:
Init: +2; ATK: +2; AC: 12; HP: 16; Saves: Fort: +2, Ref: +0, Will:+2
Specific Stats:
Laser Rex:
Bite: 1d20; DMG: 2d5; SP: Severs Limb on a Crit.
or
Laser Eyes: 1d20; DMG: 2d6; Range: 100 feet

Mega-Stega-Spiny-osaurus:
Bite: 1d16; DMG: 1d6; and Tail Sweep: 1d16; DMG: 1d8 plus make a DC: 12 REF Save or be knocked 2d6 feet in a random direction and knocked prone.
or
Bone Spikes: 1d20; DMG: 1d6; Range: 60 feet

Tundrotops (Bonus points if you get where I was inspired for this one.):
Gore: 1d20; Damage: 2d8
or
Stone Bullets: 1d20; Damage 1d8; Range: 60 feet

Stiletto-Dactyl:
Stiletto Wings (2x): 1d16 (each); DMG: 1d6
or
Sonic Screech: DMG: 1d6 in a 30 foot line. Make DC 10 Fort Save for Half Damage.

So yeah. I’m really having a great time with Mutant Crawl Classics. The party is almost done with Museum at the End of Time. That means it’s time to start brainstorming at what to throw at them after that. Oh, I have some ideas. Stay Tuned for those.

Spell/Glow Burn Cheat Sheet

I decided to make this little sheet for players in order to speed things up a bit when it comes to Glowburning and Spellburning. I went ahead and added a Luck row for those classes that can recover Luck. If I was really industrious I’d make a Character sheet with this on it. But feeling a bit lazy on that front. I know I could have fit more on the sheet but I wanted it big enough to use tokens to mark the character’s current score in an affected ability score.
So here you go: Spellburn Cheat Sheet
Have a happy Sunday and keep those heads and dice a rolling.

Maggot Jerky and Fire Ants

A couple more monsters from my Mutant Crawl Classics game. I had intended for these to be random encounters after the party had finished Museum at the End of Time but they decided to rest and forage after glowburning a bunch of points. So it was scribble down the notes in my head and run with it.

Fire Ants (because I’m in Texas): Init +1; Atk Mandibles +2 melee; Dmg 1d6; SP DC 12 Ref Save to avoid 1d3 fire damage each round until save is made; HP 6; MV 30; Act 1d20; SV Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +2
Huge, aggressive, and territorial. Plus they tend to carry off any fallen characters to their mound for later consumption. So if you want roll over your buddy’s body, you may just have to fight the ant(s) again.

Giant Radioactive Meat Maggots: Init +1; Atk +2 bite; Dmg 1d6 + 1d6 Radiation damage (DC 12 Fort Save to avoid radiation); HP 12 (1/2 Damage from blunt/bludgeoning weapons); MV 25, SV Fort +4, Ref +0, Will +2
Gigantic mutated maggots that are usually found inhabiting the corpses of megafauna found in the wastelands. While they survive on carrion, they love fresh meat (like player characters).

Player characters being player characters asked after dispatching the maggots, “Can we eat those?” And so Radioactive Maggot Jerky was born out of the judge coming up with something interesting off the top of this head.

Radioactive Maggot Jerky
Eating a single day’s ration causes no ill effects but a character may gorge themselves and eat two days worth Maggot Jerky rations and have some special effects.
Pure Strain Humans: It’s bad. Take 1 HP of damage and gain no benefit from rest for 1d3 days.
Mutants, Manimals, and Plantients: Take 1 HP of damage. Roll an unmodified d20. On a 1 or 2, the character gains a defect. On a 19 or 20, the character rolls on the appropriate Radburn table for the character’s class.
There you go. Maggot Jerky. Only in the crazy world of MCC.

Tomb of Annihilation Minis!

So Wizards of the Coast has their adventure coming out and along with it a new collection of minis. So I gave myself a little treat. I grabbed the Tomb & Traps set for Tomb of Annihilation. Heck, I’ve got plenty of minis for monsters and player characters. However, when it comes to cool dungeon dressing, count me in. Let’s say that I’m happy, meh, and WTF? about this set.
First the good. I mean this why anybody is picking it up. THE GREEN DEVIL FACE! You know the one. Plus a nifty magical portal. A sarcophagus. And the “fire traps” are hand for torches of that party camp fire.

Well that was the really good bits. And there’s meh bits as well. The trap tiles and treasure. Handy but really nothing that would fall into the OMG that’s cool.

And finally, we have the WTF were they thinking. Hey let’s put some potion bottles and scrolls in there too. Good thought. But really. That’s the stuff piled on a dime. That’s right a dime. I had to use tweezers just to pick up the stuff to put it there. It’s tiny. Too tiny to actually use at a game table unless glue them onto something bigger.

That was special gaming treat to myself. And back soon for some crazy rants on Mutant Crawl Classics. Been running that game and it’s blast so far. Heck one of the characters is a two-headed wizard. But more an that later.

Chainsaw Locust

A few weeks ago, I had some guys out to cut down a tree in the front yard. They worked fast like a gang of chainsaw locusts. I made a comment about this on the G+ Mutant Crawl Classics Community and folks said it should be a monster. So I did and threw them into my 0 Level funnel. They proved quite interesting against a mob of mutated meatbags.
Chainsaw Locusts are “small” (about 8 inches long) mutated flying insects. Their most outstanding feature are their mandibles which appear and work like a pair of tiny chainsaws ripping through flora and fauna with little effort.
Chainsaw Locust: Init +1; Atk bite +1; Dmg 1d3; AC 12; HP 9; MV 15′ (30′ Flying); SV +1 Fort, Ref +2, Will +0; AL N; Special: On a Crit, the Chainsaw Locust burrows into the flesh of the target automatically causing damage each round. Additionally,they use 1d7 for their Crit Die.
Yep, pretty nasty against 0 Levels. I rolled poorly so there weren’t any crits but there were a couple of deaths. I’ve more crazy ideas for monsters but I’ll post those after I throw them at the player characters and see how they work out.
As a side note, I’m becoming the “DCC guy at the FLGS”. I suppose that’s a good thing. I should start getting my schedule together and seriously think about the World Tour.

Hacking the Cleric for Mutant Crawl Classics

So this is my final class hack before starting up my own little Mutant Crawl Classics game. I’ve messed with the Warrior and the Wizard. As I said before, I won’t mess around with the Thief since I feel the Rover fills that role nicely and it wouldn’t really add anything to the game. Now onto the Cleric. If the world and civilization has been destroyed and a new world and civilizations crawl out of the ashes then why not new fledgling gods?

I saved this for last because I really needed to think about what would be cool and add some other option to the game. The cleric has three main abilities in DCC: Lay on Hands, Turn Unholy, and Spells. The Healer in MCC fills the role of Healbot so drop the Lay on Hands. Turn Unholy just doesn’t seem to fit the genre (IMHO) so it’s out too. How about “Spells” well once again my opinion, the Shaman, my hacked Wizard, and all the mutant-type characters fill that role. Plus many of the standard cleric spells just don’t fit right into the genre. I sat back and thought. Looked a bunch of other DCC stuff and then Lankhmar’s Fleeting Luck mechanic popped into my brain and there it was. I know this infringes a bit on the Plantient’s Luck schtick but I think it’s different enough to make things interesting.

Cultist of the Wastelands
The Basics: Use HD, Action Die, Crits, and Saves as Healer.
Darwinian Luck: Unlike other Pure Strain Humans, Cultists do not have Darwinian Luck. Their connection to their god prevents from them from regaining spent Luck points but there is an upside with Blessing of the Gods.
Blessing of the Gods: The Cultist may offer the blessing of his god. Yes, the Cultist can bless themselves. Roll 1d20+Personality Modifier+Level and use the Adjacent Alignment heading on the Lay on Hands table from the DCC Core book for the number of temporary Luck Points granted to the character. These Luck Points work as Fleeting Luck. If any one (including characters who did not receive a blessing) rolls a Natural 1 then everybody loses all of the additional Luck Points. Additionally, this increase the Cultist’s Disapproval by 1. Disapproval still works the same as Core DCC but with a different chart (which is still a WIP) with failed checks increasing Disapproval and so forth.
Holy Weapon: This is specific special weapon gifted to the Cultist by the god. The Cultists gains a bonus to hit and damage equal to their Personality Modifier with this weapon.
Divine Gift: Each god bestows a special gift on his faithful followers.
So what about the specific gods and their Holy Weapons and Divine Gifts? Well, I’m pulling and tweaking the gods from Crawling Under a Broken Moon/Umerican Survival Guide. Since those are specific gods to that setting and Umerican Survival Guide hasn’t been publicly released yet (Kickstarter backers did get the beta PDF), I won’t post those specifics publicly. And if you don’t have any of issues of Crawling Under A Broken Moon then grabbed them up. There’s plenty of awesomeness for MCC in there. Let’s just say I couldn’t resist bringing in Buddy O’Burger, Kizz and the rest of that cool crazy gonzo gods into my campaign.
Let the Mutating begin!

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