Random things you might see in a strange port

Our random things articles are designed to give quick hits of inspiration for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, when you’re stuck for a detail roll 1D20 on the table below for an idea. Although these articles are mostly fantasy-based in nature we’ve strived to keep them generic enough that they can be used with most games.

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Frost-covered Trinkets for D&D 5E

These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, in this article we’re looking at trinkets again. Trinkets were one of my favourite things about character generation in D&D 5th Edition; essentially each character starts with at least one, a small item or curiosity that has some odd property or something strange about it, it’s not a powerful magic item, just something interesting that could spur conversation and plot. Although this article was inspired by D&D 5E the same mechanic can be used in pretty much any game including OSR titles.

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3Brothers Recap Video: Episodes 1-4

It can be difficult sometimes with actual plays, even if you’re really interested in them to find the time to listen to a bunch of 3/4 hour long videos, and with a long running campaign once you fall behind it can be difficult to catch up.

To try and make it a bit easier for people who might be interested in my 3Brothers D&D 5E campaign I’ve created a short 20 minute video that summarises the first four sessions of our game.

3Brothers Campaign Intro Trailer

It may seem a little odd to do a teaser video for the campaign, after all we’re 3 sessions in to our 5E D&D Campaign with the fourth session taking place tomorrow, however I had some free time and wanted to make a short video hinting at some of the campaign worlds history, the battle to throw off the shacles of Gith oppression occurred 100 years before the start of our campaign.

The Obisidian Portal site for the campaign can be found here: https://threebrothersdd5ecampaign.obsidianportal.com/

Random Things: Gothic horror trinkets for D&D 5E

These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, in this article we look at trinkets. Trinkets were one of my favourite things about character generation in D&D 5th Edition, each character starts with at least one, a small item or curiosity that has some odd property or something strange about it, it’s not a powerful magic item, just something interesting that could spur conversation and plot.

These items can of course be used in other RPGs.

To honour the recent of the Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast this article provides 100 gothic/horror themed trinkets that can be substituted for those in the 5E PHB. Continue reading

3Brothers: The Kingdom of Al Mamlakah

My FLGS Spirit Games runs a yearly convention at our local town hall called Beer & Pretzels, it’s quite informal with plenty of board games and the like to be borrowed from the games library that can be played over the day, it has a cool relaxed atmosphere, both myself and my wife Hannah have been going for a number of years.

This year, since I’ve been enjoying my 3Brothers D&D 5E campaign that I’m running online so much, I decided to run a one-shot set in a different area of the campaign world, getting the players to help further define a different area of the world. I’ve put out a call to people that I know and will hopefully have my wife, a long-time friend of ours and a couple of my regular 3Brothers players coming down for the weekend and joining in with this one-shot.

After canvassing their opinion we’ve landed on the idea of a desert kingdom ruled by a dynasty of elemental-blooded Pharoahs, drawing inspiration heavily from Ancient Egypt; below is a map of where this kingdom (that I have called Al Mamlakah) fits into my world map of Talamh.

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I’m planning to get the players to help me define this desert kingdom more when they get down here but I’ve drafted out a rough framework and some character generation options (drawing on the Elemental Evil Players Handbook and some other resources I found on the internet) in a handout:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByVpAo4rxDGuUjl5RThPemR2NWc/view?usp=sharing

I hope to post a written report of the session after it has taken place, I’ll also add the report as an adventure log to my obsidian portal site.

3Brothers D&D 5E Campaign Episode 3: The Fall of Kortis?

In the third session of our 3Brothers D&D 5E campaign our heroes attempt to trap and banish the demon Kortis with the aid of a new ally, learning as they do more about the mystical heritage of Battlebridge.

Random Things: Alternate Trinkets for D&D 5E

These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, in this article we look at trinkets. Trinkets were one of my favourite things about character generation in D&D 5th Edition, each character starts with at least one, a small item or curiosity that has some odd property or something strange about it, it’s not a powerful magic item, just something interesting that could spur conversation and plot. Continue reading

Random Things you might hear said in insult

These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game. This series of tables are designed to create interesting in-character insults that can be used during a RP session.

This post differs from previous ones in the series since it has three tables, you roll a D20 on each table and apply the results to the following formula/madlib to get your devil/demon name.

[Table1][Table2][Table3].

For example: If I roll 3D20 and get 12, 14 and 20 then I might call someone a villainous, knock-kneed cur.

Table1
No.Description
1Blubbering
2Catawauling
3Foul-mouthed
4Idiotic
5Feeble minded
6Hot headed
7Vain
8Venomous
9Foolish
10Impetuous
11Surly
12Villainous
13Vicious
14Weak-willed
15Twisted
16Deceiving
17Conniving
18Droning
19Mangy
20Craven
Table2
No.Description
1watery-eyed
2loose-limbed
3full-fed
4fat-headed
5loose-lipped
6pox-marked
7adle-minded
8toad-faced
9half-witted
10milk-livered
11wandering-fingered
12spineless
13feculant
14knock-kneed
15fool-born
16weather-bitten
17stone-headed
18grasping
19greedy
20grasping
Table3
No.Description
1dolt
2fool
3imbecile
4dullard
5miscreant
6strumpet
7varlot
8charlatan
9vagabond
10harpy
11bore
12viper
13snake
14serpent
15lout
16maggot
17whey-face
18peacock
19boot-licker
20cur

3Brothers D&D 5E Campaign Episode 2: Kortis lives!

The second of our 3Brothers D&D 5E campaign where our heroes discover more about Kortis the Manslayer and begin to realise that the bandit may pose an even greater threat than previously thought: