RMA: Wood Golem

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

Looking over my many old RMAs, I see that I've now covered every golem from BX except this one. I'll be honest. The wood golem has never seemed that impressive to me. They are, to be sure, the weakest of the golems; both in terms of  puissance and any special abilities. Let's just jump into the stats first, shall we? Since it's so brief, I'm including the full write up of this variety for reference.


RSA: Questioning the Questing

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

While I have seen NPCs use Quests on characters as a plot hook (or just to mess with them), I don't know that I have ever seen it used by a player character.

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RMA: Nixies

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I thought I'd spend a little time looking at some of the more "fairy tale" creatures in the monster listings. Many are lifted right out of classic folklore and I think can be a real plus to giving a setting more of a fantasy/fantastic tone.

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RMA: Sprites

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I think that sprites are seldom used because they often viewed as more of a nuisance than an encounter. While it's true they are pretty harmless in combat, I think that they could make for a very interesting roleplaying encounter and/or noncombat challenge. What's strange to me ...

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RSA: Geas

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

As I mentioned in the Random Spell Assessment for the cleric spell quest, I felt that -while they share similar purposes- geas is different enough to warrant its own discussion. First of all, consider its peers. Sixth level MU spells include such things (among others) as death, disintegrate, control weather ...

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RMA: Dryads

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

While dryads are a bit more mythology than fairy tale, their sylvan nature makes them a good fit for the

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RMA: Pixies

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

Rounding off the BX fairy-tale types is the pixie. This one is probably closest to the classic "fairy" that many people think of. They are small (1-2' tall) elfin humanoids with insect-like wings. They can be encountered in dungeons (Level 2 wandering monster) or in wilderness on the Flyer subtable ...

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Curious Objects: Staff of Command

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

Welcome to the first in a new category of posts on this blog. I've decided to call it "Curious Objects." In these posts, I will take a look at some of the more obscure and/or interesting items in "Classic" (e.g. Basic/Expert) D&D.

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Curious Objects: Ring of Djinni Summoning

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

Magic rings in BX are pretty powerful. They usually don't have charges, and most are usable by a variety of classes. This one has –to my knowledge– never shown up in a game I've run or played. Maybe other folks have different experiences, but it's a stranger ...

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Curious Objects: Treasure Maps (scrolls)

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

Now, maps are hardly unheard of in fantasy role-playing games. They are a classic trope as well as an essential dungeoneering tool. Treasure maps in particular are a staple of both fantasy fiction and adventures. What I want to talk about for a bit is the random treasure result under ...

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Stories vs Adventures

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I ride the subway to and from work every day. Since I don't tend to obsess over my iPhone's screen and I don't like carrying "extra encumbrance" e.g. books, this leaves my mind some time to roam freely. Of course gaming is a common subject.

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RMA: Neanderthals

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I was reading through the monsters sections of Moldvay & Cook a few days ago (Shocking, I know!) and was reminded of several references to "Lost World" areas and settings. Prehistoric mammals, dinosaurs, etc. Of course this is all presented in a fantasy world/"Appendix N" manner, not with an eye ...

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RMA: Crocodile Rock

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I think any discussion of crocodilians and their ability to intimidate is best summed up by the World's Greatest Secret Agent,

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Curious Objects: Protection Scrolls

Tue 29 August 2017 by Bighara from Echoes from the Geekcave

I know in my personal gaming history, scrolls were nearly always spell scrolls. Even though over a third of random scrolls results in BX (using the Cook table) are protection scrolls, I don't think one of these ever came up when I was younger. After coming back to the ...

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