A while a go, I made a couple of monsters for OSR fantasy RPG. Now, I want to share them with you. Sadly, I do not have enough to label it “Monster of the Week”, but it is still a Monster for You. And I start with the Golden Phoenix Snake.
In the forums of lotfp.com, some folks discuss how to improve the cleric class. While I cannot side with the “does not hits as good as fighter” argument (NO class in lotfp has a higher to-hit-bonus as the fighter, as all but the fighter have a flat THB of “+1”), I see the point that is made about the spells.
I would not say that they are less powerful. People tend to measure power in “opponents killed”, which is something that I happily leave to the fighters. To revive somebody from the dead is more powerful to me than to burn said somebody to crisps with the flick of a wrist (again, I fighters take more time, but do the job). But I agree that the clerics spells are in total less fancy as they are often defensive or “negating” in nature: the majority of magic-user spells create a certain effect of their own (which gives the player a moment to shine) as the PC does something. What the cleric does often negates something somebody else did: removing damage, disease, curses etc. is reactive instead of active, the kind of support role that those who want to hug the limelight like to avoid.
This is hard to change without mixing the two classes up into one and the same thing, which turns it into a question of flavor if your PC is “C or MU”. But what -could- be done for those that feel that their cleric is “underpowered” and “un-shiny” compared to a regular MU? Here are some suggestions of mine:
Lately, I turned Skull Mountain into my personal sequel to Scenic Dunnsmouth, and into a connection to the Veins of the Earth. Of course, this called for a bit of tinkering an adaption. Among other things, I decided to replace a certain statue guardian with something similar to a Gilgamash (p.66), but instead of taking the names and functions from the d12 table provide in the book, I used a table of my own for the first: Strange & cruel personal titles. And it worked well! It even gave me the inspiration for a special ability for the animated statue in question. As I don´t want to spill the beans about this one around here (my players might be reading it), I will provide you with six other random Gilgamash names and special abilities instead. Of course, you are free to omit the Gilgamash-part and just use those six as inspirations for your own living OSR-style statues .
The rundown men-at-arms stopped chatting as they saw the young fellow coming down the middle of the road that ran through the village. „Hey! You there! Where do you think you ar´going with THAT thing?“ the first one shouted. „Perhaps he has an oversized nail at home?“ another added. The three burst into dirty laughter while the figure in the worn overcoat slowly approached them, one step after the other. The thing the shabby swordsman had commented about, he dragged behind him: a warhammer, thrice the size of a regular one and with a handle so thick no man could ever keep a proper hold of it. A few steps away from them, he came to a stop and glared over from under the filthy strains of his red hair that fell into his face. “Alright… stand there and show us your money… passing down this road is no longer free, you know? There is a toll now…”. The former soldiers and now-brigands spread out a bit as they came closer, and the young fellow with the huge hammer spat out to his right. Then, he hefted the hammer, raised it high and shouted something. Next, the brigands started screaming…
By now, I run two different games (with two different groups) in Dunnsmouth. One of them is just at the start of it, while the other has been through most of the encounters, the common as well as the „important ones“. As I am writing this, the tale of The Three Men that went to Dunnsmouth will continue tomorrow and a prep session is waiting for me. But before I take up this labor of love, I will share with you my answers to a question you might not have asked yourself yet: what comes after Dunnsmouth?
Today I noted that all titles of Neoplastic-Press are FREE or PWYW want now. After the hacking of Plate Mail Games I decided to get into contact with Rafael Chandler before posting the info here, but he quickly confirmed that he is indeed offering his titles like that now.
So, here we are: in front of us, the open door to a small vault full of strange and nasty things. A while ago I have bought Obscene Serpent Religion (mature content, through and through) and while I did not put it to use yet, I really liked the ideas and options it offered.
Lusus Naturae had gained my attention as well, and now I can read through the whole text before I decide if it is for me and how much money I want to give.
And there is more, some of it strictly for free (reads: the publisher will not accept money for it).
So, you fellow maggots and rats, all you fellow harpies and ghouls, you friends of feast and carcass: lets swarm in like a black cloud and sate ourselves, but let us also not forget to thank Rafael Chandler for the generosity AND let us all keep in mind: everything counts in large amounts.
It has been a while since I have released my last title, but I just changed THAT by publishing Examples of the Dark Arts Vol.03. As its predecessors, that I have now all bundled up, it was written to be compatible with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and this times it is all about the Summon spell. But before you begin to yawn about my sales pitch, just click below to have a look at a freely available specimen that is not part of the preview at drivethrurpg.com.