1d12 Random Potion of Appearance Effects for any Fantasy RPG.

Roll 1d12 and consult the following table. Potion effects wear off after 1d12 hours when applicable. AND

Roll 1d12 at least once per travel session.


Roll 1d12 and consult the following table. Potion effects wear off after 1d12 hours when applicable.

  1. Slow Shrinking: Character loses approximately one inch of height per minute for 1d12 minutes.
  2. Slow Growth. Character gains approximately one inch of height per minute for 1d12 minutes.
  3. Hair Growth: Character grows 1d12 feet of hair uncontrollably, even from places hair doesn’t normally grow! Can be cut/trimmed/shaved as normal.
  4. Hair Loss: All of the character’s hair falls out. Grows back as normal over the regular number of days/years.
  5. Skin Thickening: Character suddenly grows a full inch deep layer of thick, callused, numb skin over the entire body. Returns to normal when the potion wears off.
  6. Bright Glowing: Character begins to glow brightly after 1d12 minutes. Regardless of clothing/armor, the glow is as bright as an open bonfire until it wears off.
  7. Opacity Reduction: (This one is kinda euww.) Character’s skin becomes 90% transparent. Whatever muscles, bones, or blood vessels are under the skin become visible until the potion wears off.
  8. Toenail Growth: Fingernails/Toenails and even horns/claws permanently grow 1d12 inches until trimmed/cut.
  9. Bizarreness: Character’s eyes, ears, nose and mouth sprout 1d12 inch tentacle stalks, wiggling about on the ends. Character must concentrate to look in a specific location until the potion wears off.
  10. Sweaty Mucus: (This is pretty euww.) Character emits a thick, green, slippery, strange-smelling mucus through pores in the skin until the potion wears off. Bonuses/Penalties subject to GM approval.
  11. Bug Eyes: Character’s regular eyes are replaced by large, geospherical insectoid eyes until the potion wears off. If the character was already an insect, the effect is reversed giving human appearance until it wears off.
  12. Awkward Bloating: Character puffs up like a marshmallow. No physical effects, it just looks inflated.
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1d12 Temporal Fantasy Forest Camping Hazards.

Roll 1d12 at least once per travel session.

  1. Swarming Mosquitoes of Unusual Size: They are huge. Camp was accidentally set too close to their breeding ground. They bite. The may possibly be carrying disease. They are large enough to carry off a fully loaded pack mule en masse. Fire and smoke repel them.
  2. Quick Mud: Character rapidly sinks 1d12 feet into a seemingly normal patch of ground. Drowning may result per quicksand rules. (1d12’x 5′) x (1d12′ x 5′) patch of ground.
  3. Contaminated Water Source: A magic user upstream has dumped a bunch of magical potion ingredients and it ended up pooling near camp. Drinking and cooking with this water may likely have some freaky effects. Bathe in it at your own risk.
  4. Whirling Dervishes: Strike the camp randomly at awkward momentsThese miniature tornadoes are attracted to the spot where the group has set up camp. They will blow tents around, possibly spook the group’s animals and extinguish campfires. Overall they are harmless, just very annoying gusts of wind.
  5. Ants! If you thought the mosquitoes were bad, these ants are more efficient and apparently hungry. The group must have accidentally set their campsite up near the ant hill. The ants will make off with as much food and other edible provisions as they can carry.
  6. Magical Magpies: nest nearby. They are harmless, but imitate the voices of any conversation within range making things very confusing.
  7. Dungeon Entraaaance! Somehow the group manages to set up camp near the entrance to an abandoned underground complex of the GM’s making. One character will accidentally fall into a hole leading to the complex. Lucky them?
  8. Raspy Berries: Raspberries plucked from a nearby bush seem perfectly normal. For some magical and unknown reason, these berries cause whoever eats them to be afflicted with a hoarse, raspy voice for 1d12 hours.
  9. Mice: These mice live in a nearby tree stump and will try to sneak into camp for food, warmth and polite conversation. They are harmless regular mice except they are moderately intelligent and can speak. Let the cartoonish antics begin!
  10. Fungus Among Us: Rapidly advancing magical moss from nearby trees blankets anything it touches in a matter of hours. It covers one 5′ square per hour advancing toward the group’s campsite. It is otherwise harmless, just slimy and annoying.
  11. Spiders! These extremely zealous web weavers cover the area while the group sleeps in sticky white webbing. There is a chance the group can see these mostly harmless pests coming by observing their surroundings. However, if the group stumbles too close, a hatching cloud of the baby arachnids might rain down upon them. At least they’re not venomous.
  12. Freaky Firewood: The group has managed to acquire firewood from a sleeping treant. Hopefully they only picked up discarded branches from the ground nearby, but it might wish to speak to them about that fire. (Intended as a non combat encounter.)

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa always looking for more work. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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