#RPG #Dnd5e – Grimdark – Cleric

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A few changes are, however, needed. Obviously, the miraculous curing of wounds is something that shouldn’t happen – if at all – until the higher levels, but people can draw strength from faith and faith can motivate and move people. As such, what would heal normally, would now restore or grant temporary heroism.

Rather than material costs, higher level spells like resurrection would require donations or the sacrifice of experience points.

Class Features:

  • Hit Points: 5+Con Bonus.
  • Heroism: 1d8/Level

Proficiencies:

  • Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields.
  • Simple Weapons.
  • Saving Throws: Wisdom/Charisma
  • Skills: Any two of the following: History, Insight, Meicine, Persuasion and Religion

Tools/Equipment:

Five of the following, multiples are permitted – Fine clothes, vestments, mace, club, warhammer, chain mail, leather armour, light crossbow, pistol, 20 rounds of ammunition for a weapon, priest’s pack, explorer’s pack, shield, holy symbol.

Clerics retain spellcasting and channel divinity (along with destroy undead), but with a severely limited spell list and only one domain…

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#WeirdHookMonth – Powerful Liquor

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The Hook

One bottle of Charavask’s Reserve is made a year, the centennial bottle gifted to those who gather the rare ingredients to make it. Elemental water, dryad’s nectar, assassin vine berries, giant bee honey and more are used. Can you win this year’s bottle by finding what is needed?

Suggested Systems

Advanced Fighting Fantasy, D&D, Pathfinder, Dragon Warriors.

Art by Katherine Souza

#RPG #TTRPG #WeirdHookMonth – Silly Hats

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The Hook

The reason mages wore pointed hats was because they grounded evil energy unleashed by spells. When they go out of style everyone has forgotten this. Ba, city of magic, is now under siege with every spell cast by its (nattily millinered) mages to fight the demons, making it worse.

Suggested Systems

Any fantasy game.

Art by Zachary Hixson

#RPG #TTRPG #WeirdHookMonth – Poetry

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What would an RPG become?
Would it be a game most fine?
If every time you did something
The action had to rhyme?
Can you slay a dragon
When wordplay comes so hard?
At least there’s finally a reason
To play the part of bard

Suggested System

Any fantasy game with a slightly more whimsical turn.

Art by Alexander Shatohin

#MayRPGQ2018 What are game themes you enjoy?

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I tend to enjoy darker themes in my games, primal themes, moral themes, ethical dilemmas and the sort of layered plots that have ‘Aha!’ moments where the players finally piece everything together. I like to bring some horror elements into other games, emotional and relationship entanglements, investment and betrayal…

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#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – Are the Lands Cartographed? Where are the Boundaries?

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This is the last entry in this monthly challenge, so I’m not paywalling it. We’ve mapped out the basics of the world and have some idea of the rules. Eventually, I’ll get around to turning them into an actual book! As regards this question though… I think short of roughly mapping the world and – perhaps – ‘hex crawling’ a section of the world as a starting area, I’d like to leave things rather vague. Talk of distant nations and lands without anyone being truly, entirely, sure of what is out there. A less defined world leaves far more room for Games Masters to add their own material and leaves room free for supplements and definition as good ideas occur.

Some things will be defined of course, and those have already been covered, while the ‘bottom page text’ – as with Machinations of the Space Princess, will contain plenty of rumours and story seeds.

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#WeirdHookMonth – Gluttony

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Karakala is known for garlic, cleanliness, health and sausages. There’s just one blot on their record, the Olemerick festival. Contestants must eat as much sausage as possible. The losers disappear in the mysterious black ooze beneath the town, the winners showered with wealth.

Suggested Systems

D&D, Retroclones, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.