Watch out! These deceitful Dungeons and Dragons monsters are around the corner they could be hidden in plain sight or maybe even disguised as your friends…
Dungeons and Dragons is known for its multitude of dangerous monsters and creatures that are able to inflict fates worse than death. You probably could recognize a dragon or a beholder with ease, but what about the monsters that you can’t identify so easily? We brought you a list with interesting monsters to watch out for while adventuring.
1. Gelatinous Cube.
You might be asking yourself “What’s so scary about a big wall of Jell-O?” Well these things need a wisdom check JUST to be seen and they love to hide in plain sight on the corridors and small spaces of dungeons. Any adventurer that gets trapped will get engulfed by them and take continuous acid damage. Also, don’t let any hunters or warlocks get near them.
2. Cranium Rat.
Cranium rats look and act just like normal ones, except that they have their brains exposed and have innate psionic abilities. They also get smarter whenever they are close to each other. The most famous example of their potential can be seen on the game Planescape: Torment, where a colony of cranium rats formed a powerful collective mind known as Many-as-One.
3. Atropal Scion.
Oh boy, depending on your point of view, an Atropal Scion can be either one of the most interesting or the most inappropriate creatures of the DnD franchise. They are pieces of flesh from divine entities that were given unlife and form by the most evil gods. Atropals look like still-born fetuses and are cunning and extremely powerful.
Doppelgangers resemble tall and athletic gray aliens, and are deceptively strong and swift. These creatures are exceptionally self-centered and love to literally take other people’s lives. After studying an individual, the Doppelganger will murder them and then take their form and appearance. A nice guy to have around if you like adventures centered on betrayals and spies.
Resembling a simple pile of rocks or a stalagmite, ropers are vicious creatures that are able to grapple their victims with tendrils and damage four enemies at once. They also like to bite off chunks of flesh from adventurers who have annoyed their DMs.
If you like surprises then you’ll probably like to encounter these monsters on your adventures, just don’t let their initial appearance deceit you, as they can put a premature end to your journey.
Perhaps your players might need an exotic weapon to help them in their battles against these tricky foes?
We all have a backstory. And it contains events and people from our past that have shaped us to be who we are today. Maybe we had a turning point that made us more confident or an accident that made us afraid of something, and such things will reflect on our choices and personalities.
That is why character backgrounds are so important. They will make your character more interesting and fun to play with, giving you a more immersive experience on your play sessions. Playing with an interesting character backstory will make it easier for you to develop your character’s story whenever you play. That’s why we’re going to teach you how to create a good character backstory. Whether you’re writing your backstory for Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Star Trek Adventures, or any other game these simple tips will help you create a great character backstory.
Where did your character come from?
Your character’s hometown will define his accent, his mannerisms, his culture, and many other characteristics. For example, it’d be weird for a Drow that came from the Underdark to know a lot about the surface races, or worse, get along with them.
Why did they join a group of adventurers?
Everyone has a reason why they have picked a career or a path in their lives, and your characters should have one too. Their reasons should get along with their personalities and their goals.
What are their goals?
Giving characters a goal or a dream to pursue will define a lot of their actions during their adventures. While not giving it a goal can be a good thing too, you should give your character something to look for in his life. For example, if you are playing a warrior that just wanders to feel the thrills adventures, then he will have the seeking of thrills as his goals.
Do they have important things to remember?
Giving your character memories of his past can help you with character development. A grudge, a lost love or a fallen comrade can give your character fuel to their story, so always give your characters things to remember.
There are many other things you can give a character to solidify their backstory, and each one of them can help you make your games more interesting and fulfilling to play. Give your character secrets, friends, rivals, anything that can let your character grow and have fun with it!
What’s your backstory?
Sometimes when you’re DMing D&D you just want a weapon that either your players can search for, to give as a reward, or to give your big bad. Here is a short list of the best exotic weapons you have never heard of.
The world of Dungeons and Dragons has a lot of powerful weapons. Swords that can melt the minds and hearts of those foolish enough to wield them and magical staves that are able to make powerful sorcerers out of farmers. But everyone knows about these weapons, and the chances are that your DM won’t let you have any of those so easily. So why don’t you pick an exotic weapon? Most of these weapons were introduced in the 3.5 edition of the game and are as deadly as they are weird, let’s check them out!
Why fight using a simple and balanced sword when you can cut your enemies with a cooler but deliberately unbalanced one? This exotic weapon is filled with mercury on the inside which is moved outwards when swung, making it heavier at the moment of the attack. Due to being unbalanced the wielder receives a -2 penalty on attack rolls but increases its Critical Multiplier by +2. Make sure to roll only your lucky dice (perhaps a beautiful set of metal dice?) whenever you fight with this weapon equipped.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” that is probably what the guy that invented the Sugliin told himself. This bizarre weapon is fashioned like a scythe, but it has antlers instead of a single blade. This curious weapon has a high base attack bonus that will wipe the smile out of anyone that doesn’t take it seriously.
Scorpion Claws. You don’t need a lot of imagination to picture this weapon in your mind. These weapons have the look of scorpion pincers and use an internal mechanism that makes them capable of opening and closing. When they are open they deal slashing damage and when they are closed they deal piercing damage. They also enhance your grappling attacks, but don’t let your DM know about this.
While this weapon might sound painful to use, it is the most useful one. The spiked chain can be used to attack your enemies from afar, make trip attacks and it can also be used to disarm others. You’ll be an annoyance to any opponent that relies on weapons and melee combat, and your friends will love you for this.
While there are more exotic weapons these are the most interesting of the lot. Let your friends know about these weapons, maybe they’ll want to try them too! Be sure to share with us on Facebook and Twitter your favourite exotic weapons!
It is really easy for people that do not play Dungeon and Dragons to think of it is a game mainly played by geeks who role-play as macho warriors and cliché wizards, but this isn’t their fault entirely, as most of the time it is the mainstream media that perpetuates this belief.
Roleplaying games are all about imagination and in a world of your own making you can skip the normal boundaries of everyday normal life. You can always come up with a character of your own and shape it to your own liking and then role-play said character with your friends, and if they are true friends then they will accept your character with all the respect it deserves, now let’s get to the reasons why you should include LGBT characters into your storyline.
- It can add some new life to your party. Dungeon and Dragons is a roleplaying game were the more interesting and deep your character is the better your story will be, sadly most of the time some players end up with recycled ideas, such as the “funny bard”, or the “old wizard”, or the “sexy priestess” or the “knightly paladin”, you can even smell their storylines from afar. An LGBT character will add some variety to your group, think about how elegant and serious a gay elf ranger could be, or how deadly a female bisexual drow assassin can become, you can come up with totally original characters if you think outside of the box with their sexual orientations.Just be aware that your character’s sexual orientation should be a vital and serious part of their identity and it shouldn’t be used for laughs, as not only this can diminish the value of your character’s storyline, it can also make you look bad to your friends.
- They can be fun to play with. While you shouldn’t make fun of your character’s sexual orientation, you can come up with situations that relate to it that can bring some laughs to your party. An awkward interaction might be the perfect amount of spice, and perhaps can allow PCs and players to step into a situation they haven’t been able to fully consider before.Imagine how your friends would react if a gay bard dwarf suddenly recited with a deep and manly accent a really good poem to one of your male party members, if they usually don’t interact with members of the LGBT community they wouldn’t know how to react and this can bring some really fun moments to your play session.You can also get inspiration from events that have happened in your normal life to see how your friends would react if the same happened to them, but remember to be always respectful as this can be a delicate topic for some people. Make sure the homosexuality / “gayness” isn’t the punchline.
- It can be an eye opening experience. Sometimes we take important things like the acceptance of others for granted and we don’t get to appreciate it enough and some people aren’t that lucky in that aspect and are judged just because the way they are or feel.Playing as an LGBT character can help you understand how some people feel when they face certain negative situations, such as being frowned upon or being bullied due to their sexual orientations. It will also make you aware of the fact that members of the LGBT community sometimes have to ‘role-play’ as straight persons on their everyday lives so they can get accepted into jobs and groups.This can bring a change to the way you or your friends see members of the LGBT community and the things they must do to enjoy a normal life on a world that sometimes isn’t as welcoming as it should be.
Take in mind that you must always be respectful of your or your friend’s character’s sexual orientation and remember that while the world of Dungeon and Dragons is powered by your imagination your interactions with your party members are very real, so if you think that they don’t feel too comfortable with the way you roleplay LGBT characters then you should rethink your approach, just play natural and don’t try to force things.
Dice Bard loves everyone regardless of sexuality, skin colour, or nationality. This article isn’t about pidgeonholing gay characters, and we want to encourage you to read through classic gay tropes as something to generally avoid. We also use LGBT in this article as a shorthand for LGBTIQA+.
As the rain sets in on our beautiful Vancouver paradise, thoughts turn to summer again. Forgetting the burns and the awfulness which is that glowing orb of cancer and squintyness, I am drawn to the salty cool breeze of the beaches of Cuba.
One thing I find missing in Dungeons and Dragons and other RPG content is good Spanish inspired content, so I tried to make sure that Spanish was well represented in this location table. Thus, I provide you with a d20 location table which you can use to come up with fast location names in your campaign. You can use a quick d20 to generate location names.
I didn’t use overly common brands nor did I use places that I know to be real cities (Havana, you’re out). If enough people like this I’d be happy to make a PDF and perhaps create some other beverage inspired content.
Drinking Too Much Rum
Also just in case your party decides to hit the sauce in your rum inspired town, we have a great skillcheck from u/MilitantLobster. For each drink, roll a CON saving throw, starting at 10 and adding +2 for each additional drink.
||Sober – Whatever you have or haven’t drunk isn’t effecting you yet.
||Tipsy – Gain Advantage on Charisma based checks and saving throws.
||1d4 – CON
||Buzzed – Take Disadvantage on all Dexterity based checks and saving throws. Gain Advantage on all Strength based checks and saving throws.
||1d6 – CON
||Drunk – Gain the Inebriated condition.
||1d8 – CON
||Black Out – No memory of events during this phase. Gain the Poisoned condition.
||1d10 – CON
||Passed Out – Gain the Unconscious condition.
||1d12 – CON