D12 Dice-o-Nautica US Edition.

Just don’t roll a one. 😛

Roll a d12 to determine which strange place you visit today.

  1. Open Sewage and Manhole Cover Museum in Cape Giradeau, MO.
  2. Middle of nowhere Ohio.
  3. Random grid coordinates of a former town in Utah.
  4. World’s Largest Ball of Twine (One of them) somewhere in Missouri.
  5. The First Sex Shop ever erected in San Francisco, USA.
  6. Grid coordinates of an abandoned shack in New Mexico.
  7. Underneath an old bridge in central Minnesota.
  8. Coordinates in the middle of the Hudson River, New York City.
  9. Reference to a salt mine underneath a small town in Colorado.
  10. Boone, IA. Bring your own trailer. Largest elderly population in Iowa.
  11. A broken down Acme toy factory in Illinois.
  12. An abandoned campsite in Northern California.

Random D12 Table for the Month.

Pretty much all of this has happened at one point or another.

Roll 1d12 and consult the table below to see what went sideways in November this time:

  1. Someone’s sick. Roll on the Disease of the Week Subtable.
  2. Toilet is backed up, leading to bigger plumbing issues.
  3. Distracted by Internet Drama.
  4. Family issues. Drop everything and tend to one family member.
  5. Crippling Depression and Social Anxiety.
  6. Dirty dishes and laundry pile up. It’s like no one heard I was writing this month.
  7. Car problems. Roll a d2. Odd: Mine. Even: Hers.
  8. Bills start piling up. Family tension over money increases.
  9. Kid gets in trouble at school.
  10. Holiday panic. In-Laws might be coming for Thanksgiving.
  11. Red letter pain flare puts me on the couch for three days.
  12. Multiple internet outages and days on the phone with tech support.
Subtable 1-1, Family illnesses.
  1. Icky Cough-Coughs. aka Covid, or the Beer Virus. We live in Iowa. Go figure.
  2. Strep Throat.
  3. Appendicitis.
  4. Strep Throat leading to Tonsilitis.
  5. Ear Infection.
  6. Strep Throat leading into Covid. (Yes, that really happened.)
  7. Pink Eye. (Euww.)
  8. Stomach bug. Everyone roll a Fort Save DC 14. Usually one person makes it.
  9. Food Poisoning. Usually only one person gets sick, but see Stomach Bug.
  10. Big school project requiring adult assistance.
  11. Fever of unknown origin. There’s a fun day in the ER.
  12. Gnarly cold that’s not strep or Covid. It happens.

Promptober Day 28: Swamp.

D12 Giant nastiness found in a swamp

Horrible, giant, icky things of all sorts live in a swamp. Roll 1d12:

  1. Giant Dragonfly.
  2. Giant Frog.
  3. Giant Mosquitos.
  4. Giant Alligator.
  5. Giant Freshwater Shark
  6. Giant Catfish.
  7. Giant Skunk Ape *Sasquatch
  8. Giant Ghoul.
  9. Giant Hag.
  10. Giant Bats.
  11. Giant Snake.
  12. Swamp Giants.

Promptober Day 14: Potions

D12 Potion Table. But not what you think…

D12 Potion Table. But not what you think…

For Dungeon Crawl Classics or any D20 compatible and #OSR Fantasy RPG.

  1. Healing with double the normal effects, but the character also grows discolored bumps on their skin for 1d8 days afterward.
  2. Shrinking, but the character shrinks begins to recover at a rate of one inch per hour until normal size again.
  3. Etherealness but the imbiber can’t return at will. Potion wears off in 1d24 hours.
  4. Hulking Strength: user doubles their normal damage for 1d7 turns before gaining one level of exhaustion. The exhaustion can be removed by normal means,
  5. Invisibility but the user can be seen in mirrors and mirrored surfaces. Also, duration is 1d14 hours and can no longer be broken at will. All worn/carried items stay visible at all times.
  6. Hallucination: The user thinks all kinds of cool things are happening when really they’re just sitting/standing there drooling on themselves. Lasts 1d12 hours. (Might want to keep an eye on that character.)
  7. Fire Breathing but it only emits from the user’s nose.
  8. Clam Diving: Sort of like a potion of water breathing but only lasts 2d4 rounds.
  9. Spider Climbing but the character sprouts 4 extra legs and two extra sets of eyes for 1d8 hours. Climb speed 40′. Character has a craving for insects.
  10. Troll Growth: The imbiber’s limbs become double normal length with thin, stretched, pale green skin and gnarled, knotted appearance. Hands and feet double in size and grow grotesque blackened nails. The body stays mostly the same. The head and face grow larger and take on the appearance of a troll with green skin, a long nose and black eyes. Character inflicts damage, etc as if they have an 18 Strength. The character also regenerates 1d6 hp per turn and takes on vulnerability to fire. Lasts 1d7 hours.
  11. (Delusional) Treasure Finding: Works as a Potion of Treasure Finding but has a 50% chance of leading the character to a pile of junk or foul smelling offal instead.
  12. Super Duper Healing! Works extremely well. Restores ALL lost hp regardless of damage total. Yes. That’s it.

Monstober Day 8: Swamp

Useful in any fantasy RPG. Characters see 1-12 eerie floating lights or pairs of lights moving around seemingly at random. They appear and disappear, moving through the fog at night. They appear most nights at about the same time and in all types of weather. Roll 1d12 and consult the table below:

Ghost Lights

Useful in any fantasy RPG. Characters see 1-12 eerie floating lights or pairs of lights moving around seemingly at random. They appear and disappear, moving through the fog at night. They appear most nights at about the same time and in all types of weather. Roll 1d12 and consult the table below:

  1. The floating eyes of a vengeful ghost, spectre, or revenant floating over the place where they were made un-dead.
  2. Probably just fireflies and the character’s imagination.
  3. Orbs piloted by tiny extraterrestrial beings.
  4. Ethereal (Wizard) Eyes projected by a nearby coven of hags.
  5. Spirits trying to beckon the characters toward a secret location farther into the swamp.
  6. Very tiny flying fae going about their nightly business in the swamp. Often mistaken for insects.
  7. The floating eyes of the elusive Lantern Crocodile looking for its next meal.
  8. The reflection of magical gems embedded in a magic item under the water reflected off of swamp gas and the water’s surface.
  9. Flying parasites that feed on magic energy.
  10. A semi-permanent illusion left behind years ago to distract onlookers from his lair and business at night.
  11. Will-O-Wisps. (Use the game stats of your choice.)
  12. Moonlight reflecting off of the scales from a nearby dragon or other large beast.

1d12 Pocket Dimensions.

A demiplane filled with gravitational anomalies and (sometimes) floating rocks. The flora is globs of unintelligent algae or lichens floating about or stuck to things. The fauna are confusing amorphous blobs of semi-intelligent life. The place is as dangerous as it is confusing.

Maybe your Transwarp Drive malfunctioned, or a Portal spell went awry.

Roll 1d12 to see where you end up:

  1. Minor Hell. Lots of little demons. (They hate short jokes, btw.) Red skies and dark clouds. Fear is amplified.
  2. Red Desert. The sky is red, the sand is orange and it goes on in barren, windy desert for miles in every direction. Could there be something under the sand?
  3. Junk Rift: There are random heaps of trash everywhere from multiple different societies and tech levels. Everything from soup cans to wingnuts strewn about everywhere. Where did it come from?
  4. Paraelemental Pocket of Lightning: Dimly lit, very cloudy smells of ozone, the surface is like glass. At any given moment electrical bolts could strike. The creatures here must be very tough if there are any.
  5. Fey Forest: Everything here is vibrant and alive! There are birds and blooming flowers. Faeries and fuzzy animals abound. Forests and grasslands stretch endlessly. The sky is always sunny. Everyone seems very happy here.
  6. Upside Down World: A demiplane filled with gravitational anomalies and (sometimes) floating rocks. The flora is globs of unintelligent algae or lichens floating about or stuck to things. The fauna are confusing amorphous blobs of semi-intelligent life. The place is as dangerous as it is confusing.
  7. Psych-a-la-del-ica-la: A colorful place where things are very surreal, almost nonsensical. Has been known to cause mental and emotional instability in those who stay too long. Some never want to leave.
  8. Ethereal Cloud Layer: Upon entering, the traveller immediately begins falling. There are clouds, but nothing solid to grab onto. Luckily, an effect of this pocket dimension is the fall is slowed after a few minutes and does not increase beyond 30’/round.
  9. Brutal Barbaria: This place is full of carnivorous apex predators 10x larger and more powerful than regular lions, tigers, bears, velociraptors, etc. It is only slightly safer to travel on land during the day. Nights are far scarier and last about 16 out of 30 hour cycles. Most of the plants are poisonous or covered in thick spines. There are no signs of civilizations or intelligent life.
  10. Hexagon Lands: The sky is perpetually cloudy and there is no night time cycle. The “land” consists of gray, clear, yellow, green and blue plasticine hexes of the same size. some are linked in a straight line or formed into islands. All of the land masses are floating randomly at varying heights and seem to go on in every direction forever. There is no sign of naturally occurring flora. What could the fauna be?
  11. Greco-Romania: This plane is a giant cloud city that goes for miles in every direction. The goblins that rule this dimension seem to form a pantheon similar to those of Greece and Rome on Earth. Other goblins have wings similar to doves or eagles. It is very peaceful as long as the rules are followed.
  12. Iowa: Vast fields of grass, corn, or beans stretch in every direction as far as the eye can see. The only things sticking up in the distance are a few trees situated around a creek or pond. With a little luck, adventurers might find a small town. The most exciting feature is when UFOs come down at night to abduct the local livestock which are always returned the next morning. This pocket dimension is also a time loop wherein nothing ever really changes from one day to the next.

You discover an abandoned ship floating in space.

Roll 1d12 to see which version you’ve discovered.

  1. U.S.S. Cloudbreaker. The crew abandoned ship following an encounter with a time/space/dimensional anomaly. The engineers were forced to eject the warp core after the anomaly caused a matter/antimatter instability.
  2. Smurf Cloudbreaker: The crew are all 2 apples high and eager to explore space. The ship itself is made out of wood, mushrooms, cloth, and held together with magic. Captain and Papa Smurf ordered an abandon ship when Gargamel and Azreal cornered it in a pitched space battle.
  3. I.K.C Cloudbreaker: A fight broke out amongst the crew. The captain was honorably killed by one of the engineers and things devolved from there. It turns out a sentient ball of energy projected its emotions onto the crew, causing them to seek honor or death. It might be long gone.
  4. Space Hulk Cloudbreaker: A Tyranid outbreak on board forced the crew to defend themselves. Unfortunately, an accident with a Shokk Attack Gun projected Snotlings into the life support system. The end result was pretty messy.
  5. I.S.S. Cloudbreaker: This Imperial Star Destroyer was taking a group of Neimoidian prisoners and several experimental battle droids to a black site on a remote world when the prisoners broke free and activated the droids. The droids were the only survivors.
  6. The Correlon Cloudbreaker: Survived the initial Cylon assault on the colonies long enough to make the first jump with the fleet. Unfortunately, human-appearing Cylons vented the atmosphere, killing most of the occupants in the outer compartments. Fierce onboard fighting ensued until the last remaining cylons boarded the escape pods and ejected.
  7. Mining Colony Ship Cloud Breaker: Was doing okay until they found a strange egg while mining in an asteroid field. The captain was attacked by a creature that attached itself to his face. Later, the creature fell off on its own. At dinner, the captain had some sort of xenomorph burst from his chest. The beast then killed the rest of the crew and is still on board, along with a lot of eggs.
  8. TFTC Cloudbreaker: The unfortunate victim of an experimental Arachnid space mine. Infested with Arachnids. The bug presence will be pretty obvious upon scanning the ship.
  9. Bioship Cloudbreaker: This very strange craft is actually a living being. Currently no crew aboard save one being permanently fused with engineering. The engineer will be able to explain that the crew went down to the planet to observe a religious ritual and came back with a virus that killed all of them.
  10. Union Ship Cloudbreaker: This vessel is reminiscent of Earth vessels seen in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. Internal surveillance systems indicate the crew was grabbed by a freaky wormlike race for use in nefarious experiments.
  11. Spelljamming Ship Cloudbreaker: An astrogation error led to the crew running out of air and supplies. It’s messy and smells terrible on board. Otherwise salvageable. It’s got a very strange power source and jump drive compared to those used by technological societies.
  12. Space Freighter One! He’s not abandoned. He’s not even adrift. He was just observing one of his maintenance cycles when you bumbled into him. He’s a loveable intelligent starship and will gladly stay and chat about humon culture and society.

Enjoy. I hope you found these tables useful or even slightly amusing. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you all so much.

Sentient Beings in Hexcrawl 1d12 tables for Dungeon Crawl Classics

So, you’ve entered a new hex and civilization has been detected. Roll 1d12:

So, you’ve entered a new hex and civilization has been detected. Roll 1d12:

  1. Terrible News!
  2. Chaotic Inclined (Tyrannical Ruler.)
  3. Chaotic Inclined (From Another Realm.)
  4. Neutral
  5. Neutral (From Another Realm.)
  6. Neutral (Xenophobic.)
  7. Neutral (Welcoming.)
  8. Neutral (From Another Realm.)
  9. Neutral
  10. Lawful Inclined (Strict Ruler.)
  11. Lawful Inclined (From Another Realm.)
  12. Great News!

Explanation of Terms:

  • Tyrannical Ruler: Settlement is overseen by a devil, demon, dragon, lich, vampire or some other powerful monster. They will attempt to detain or even destroy outsiders
  • From Another Realm: Wherever these beings are from, they are not native to the current lands. Much like the village the group came from, strange pillars appeared all around the settlement and they woke up “here.”
  • Xenophobic: These beings might be willing to trade/negotiate/lend aid, but they are extremely wary of outsiders and might be considered hostile.
  • Welcoming: As the name suggests, these beings are happy to trade/negotiate/lend aid to outsiders with no second thought.
  • Strict Ruler: This settlement is lawful to a fault. It is ruled by a powerful (not necessarily kind) being who metes out strict punishment for breaking their laws. Could be any number of beings. (Judge’s choice.) Angels, dragons, sentient monsters of immense power, powerful wizards, possibly even a demon. Entry or negotiation with this settlement will likely involve adherence to all of their rules and regulations.
Terrible News!

The group has accidentally stumbled upon a settlement most creatures would tend to avoid. Extra time and care should be taken in passing through a hex with this result. The group will have to be very stealthy in order to avoid detection/destruction/capture.

  1. Demons! Obviously they are not native to the area, but they maintain a stronghold here and there are a lot of them.
  2. Dragon! This settlement is made up of like-minded dragons, dragonkin and their humanoid followers.
  3. Vampires: Safe during the day, minus the humanoids who are used as cattle. At night, it is not safe to go to sleep in this area. Many of the humanoids are sympathetic to the local vampire lords.
  4. Automatons: These beings look and act like regular humanoids. However, the ultimate goal of their creator is to extract information and conquer other settlements.
  5. Bandits: This settlement will take all of the visitors’ possessions and leave them to walk naked back to the next hex.
  6. Nuclear devastation! Whatever happened in this hex was not pleasant. Aside from mutants and irradiated flora/fauna, there is nothing stirring in this area. Whatever actual organized civilization was here is now extinct. Their buildings and irradiated “pets” remain.
  7. Dagon Worshippers: A cult dedicated to a member of the Great Old Ones has taken control of this settlement and formed a twisted theocracy. Join them, flee, or umm…
  8. You Hear Banjos: This matriarchal society is comprised mostly of cannibals. They consider men to be servants, breeding stock, or food.
  9. Necropolis: This settlement is very clean and very old. All of the beings within are ancient and presumably wise. They are, however, quite un-dead. They would love to add to the population.
  10. Dimensional Conquerors: These beings came from somewhere across the vastness of space and dimensions to raise an army and take over the rest of the region.
  11. Giants! This one will be obvious the closer the group gets to the outside of the settlement. There are giants afoot.
  12. Complete anarchy! Whatever happened prior to the group’s arrival has left panic and disorder in the streets. Lootings, chaos and violence are everywhere. It’s every living thing for itself. Just when it looks like things are quieting down, the temporal loop resets and it starts all over again.
Chaotic Inclined:

(We know complete chaos wouldn’t form an actual settlement, but these beings have aligned under a banner of similar goals and philosophies.)

  1. A single, powerful dragon has kept order and ruled for a couple of centuries. Failure to serve the crown may find one eaten or well roasted.
  2. Fel Gnomes: These primarily subterranean beings aren’t exactly known for their hospitality. They are more likely to loot interlopers and tie them out to bleach in the sun.
  3. Servants of the god of wine and song: This primarily human settlement travels regularly. They normally wish no ill will on anyone, but do have to pay for their wild lifestyle somehow. Those who encounter this settlement may be fleeced of their wealth, rations, and trade goods through more subtle means.
  4. Fanatical zealots! Roll 1d12 on the Gods of Chaos Table. This theocratic society is ruled by a high priest insisting on strict rules and constant sacrifices or taxes paid to the church. Failure to follow the deity in question may lead to dire consequences.
  5. Aelves: These are not the elves from the home realm the group came from. They are taller, muscular and far more warlike. They will negotiate safe passage and possibly trade IF they think there is advantage in doing so.
  6. Orcs: These will be run of the mill orcs per the rulebook. They may or may not tolerate the party of explorers who encounters their settlement. Consider the settlement to be a large band including a boss and a witch doctor.
  7. Reptile Men: Similar to Serpent Man entry in the rulebook. Humanoid body with the head of a Gila monster or similar lizard. Not from the group’s home plane. Mostly hostile toward interlopers, but may be willing to trade or negotiate if they have a distinct advantage. Or, they might just try to kill and eat the group.
  8. Humans: They may or may not be from the group’s plane of origin. They don’t seem friendly at all. Judge will determine disposition, outlook, and attitudes of the settlement. The settlement appears to be in a state of decline.
  9. Goat Men (See Subhumans Entry in the DCC book): Not from the group’s home plane. They are mean, nasty, and one might wonder how this “society” functions at all beyond brute force and iron rule. They should be considered hostile from the get-go.
  10. Deadites: This is an eerie settlement of the dead. It may have once been a town or village from another dimension. Now there are Ghosts, Skeletons, and Zombies instead of people. The settlement will usually be headed by one of the Hollow Ones.
  11. Troglodytes: These trogs are not from the group’s home dimension. Their attitudes and outlooks are more civilized as well as their clothes, weapons, armor and ability to walk unhindered in broad daylight. They inherently distrust outsiders.
  12. Servants of an Elemental Lord: These beings of mixed races may be very welcoming to outsiders. They serve an elemental lord. They come from all over and only to their ruler’s bidding beyond their day-to-day chores.
Neutral:
  1. Circle of Druids: A near-perfect natural society consisting of humanoids, centaurs, faeries, and other nature-oriented creatures. Usually led by a druid or council of druids.
  2. Humans: They may or may not be from the group’s plane of origin. They seem friendly enough. Judge will determine disposition, outlook, and attitudes of the settlement. The settlement appears to be a normal town or village.
  3. Elves: They may not be from the group’s plane of origin. They seem friendly enough. Judge will determine disposition, outlook, and attitudes of the settlement. The settlement appears to be a normal town or village of elves that have adapted to the environment they are encountered in.
  4. Ogres/Minotaurs: (See Ogrenomicon for more details.) This unusual pairing of two groups of creatures has thrived as a society for years. They are usually wary of outsiders, however.
  5. Dwarves: They may not be from the group’s plane of origin. They seem friendly enough. Judge will determine disposition, outlook, and attitudes of the settlement. The settlement appears to be a normal town or village of dwarves that have carved a settlement into whatever terrain they’re on.
  6. Sentient Insects. Judge’s discretion:half humanoid/half ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, etc. They have different social views and settlement construction depending on the type of insect. They may view the group as friends or food depending.
  7. Barbaric Gnolls. These 7 1/2’+ tall shaggy hyena men value tribal loyalty, respect, strength and ferocity above all else. Fairly easy to get along with.
  8. Time Travelers. These beings may or may not be from the group’s plane of origin. They have come from some time in the far future. Their concern for paradox is the only thing tempering their generosity and kindness.
  9. Halflings/Gnomes/Pixies. This settlement of wee folk are happy to receive visitors. Kindness, respect, mindfulness, and gentleness are expected in return for their hospitality.
  10. Ape men. Perhaps born in a different age or even dimension, these ape men have adapted to the local surroundings and are quite adept at fending for themselves. They are explorers, too. They may have valuable information on the surrounding areas.
  11. Merchant caravan. Long ago, this caravan of interdimensional beings who are also merchants broke down here and decided to settle. Gold speaks with these beings more than anything else.
  12. Mercenaries. This settlement is actually a large mercenary militia camp. Money and trade will win favors, as will shows of strength and martial prowess.
Lawful
  1. Humans, but they’re a little too stodgy. It’s almost as if they’re being controlled by something or someone.
  2. Utopian social democracy of halflings. A settlement where everyone has a say.
  3. Mechanical Beings. This settlement is entirely made up of automatons.
  4. Advanced elves. Their technology and magic have surpassed that of most other beings. May or may not be native to this realm.
  5. Rabbit people. (Or some other Anthropomorphic animal of the Judge’s choosing.) Docile, calm, peaceful and easy to get along with.
  6. Mixed settlement where all are welcome as long as they obey the basic laws of the settlement.
  7. Broken Dwarves under an oppressive regime of an overly lawful tyrant.
  8. Orcs. Peaceful, democratic, highly advanced culture.
  9. Lizardfolk. Fiercely loyal to their leader. Very militant culture. Often refer to another home amongst the stars.
  10. Magocracy. All of the inhabitants of this settlement are magically inclined. Made up of various mages, witches, warlocks, and other spellcasting traditions.
  11. Theocratic society of humans. Worship the deity of the Judge’s choosing.
  12. Mixed agrarian medieval settlement. Farmers, hunters, fishermen, and/or associated trades under one ruler (baron, king, chieftain, etc.) Seems pretty harmless.
Great News!
  1. Settlement of powerful divine beings. Could be demigods or angels.
  2. Technologically advanced society. All kinds of wild new ideas to be discovered!
  3. A completely illusory city designed to test the group’s reactions to various situations. The being who created it is not from this realm.
  4. Very old mixed settlement. It’s been around the current realm for hundreds of years and has mapped the next two concentric rings worth of hexes. Trade is also very lucrative.
  5. A settlement built amid a gorgeous tropical oasis. Almost paradise. Every accommodation the party could ever want.
  6. High Aelves. A rare group of aelves from an age long past. Very old, very wise.
  7. Multidimensional Beings. These humanoids exist in multiple realities as well as the Astral and Ethereal planes at the same time. Freakishly wise and intelligent.
  8. A kind, Lawfully aligned dragon and her entourage. Wealthy, kind, civil settlement where all of the residents are provided-for.
  9. Arcane City. This settlement has attracted beings from all over. Everyone’s basic needs are provided by magical means. Some structures float in the air. There is magical healing for almost any condition. The council in charge is pleasant and somewhat forgiving.
  10. Extradimensional analogue version of the group’s own village. It’s from a timeline where the village has already been in the current realm for 6d12 years. they have adapted to different surroundings very well and have grown strong as a result.
  11. Necropolis Redux. This city of the dead is less fraught with death traps and evil un-dead. There is a great buried treasure below, and the Elven Lich may even allow the group to part with some of it in exchange for a favor.
  12. The Builders! These are the ones who brought the group’s village to the realm. They have the answers if the group asks the right questions. Settlement is similar to the characters’ village.

1d12 Tables innn SPAAAaaace!

Roll 1d12. Please have other dice on standby.

Captain, sensors indicate a breathable atmosphere on the planet, but…

Roll 1d12. Please have other dice on standby.

  1. Super heavy gravity. Roll 1d10+1 times normal Earth gravity.
  2. Massive wind storms dot the planet.
  3. Innately hostile flora and fauna have adapted to other toxins on the planet’s surface.
  4. A serious lack of water on the planet contributes to massive dust storms.
  5. It’s breathable, but… The humidity is 200% that of Earth. Most of the planet is water covered in dense fog. It’s pleasant minus the almost constant rain.
  6. It’s basically a hollow moon with lots of deep craters that somehow conspired to maintain an atmosphere. The plant life all growns deep underground.
  7. The inhabitants don’t exist in a visible spectrum available to human eyes.
  8. Pollution in the air, water, and soil is almost toxic to most beings. The previous residents really made a mess of things before they died or abandoned the planet.
  9. Geomagnetic and electrical storms pound the planet day and night. The planet is bathed in constant darkness, with sunshine being only about 4 Earth hours long on a given day. The planet sits in orbit behind a jovian planet’s shadow.
  10. Low gravity. Roll d00% for the fraction of 1G. Bouncy!
  11. Mountainous planet with most of the breathable air being at low altitudes. There are also some big creatures down there at those altitudes.
  12. The planet is currently experiencing an ice age. It’s a lot cold down there.
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1d12 Things found floating in or around asteroid fields.

  1. Clank! The ship finds an abandoned electrogravitic mine! It might even still go boom. Or maybe it won’t? Sure hope we can figure out how to detach it,.
  2. Bleep. A forgotten? alien probe is floating around out here. Who and what it reports-to is anyone’s guess.
  3. Halp? A distress beacon from a ship stranded deep within the field. It may or may not still be there. Someone got stranded. Seems harmless enough.
  4. Grawr. Giant space worms with massive teeth lurk within nearby asteroids.
  5. What the?!? A giant space tardigrade floats by. It’s alive.
  6. Tong-tong-tong. A space train of full ore cars seems to be looking for a ship to dock with.
  7. Ping. A long deserted ship floats by. It’s on minimal battery reserve and almost no life support. It’s an old mining ship from some long dead world. It’s as if the crew fell prey to some kind of vicious xenomorph. There might even be eggs still on board.
  8. Tink tink. A rogue mining operation has taken up residence in a large nearby asteroid. They aren’t hurting anyone, but they’re officially not supposed to be there.
  9. Swish. A stellar cloud of ice, iridium space dust, and radiation create a deadly combo that knocks sensors offline and interferes heavily with communication.
  10. Hmm. A seemingly innocuous vessel detaches from one of the asteroids and leaves the field in a hurry. If questioned, they seem to be regular cargo haulers. If searched, it eventually becomes apparent they are smugglers.
  11. Alert! Space pirate vessel detected. Shields up. Red alert. They apparently have a stash in one of the asteroids.
  12. Vreeep Pew Pew Pew! A series of especially aggressive Kill Satellites have opened fire on your vessel. An unknown species built them, possibly as a doomsday weapon. They seem to be coming from an automated facility in one of the asteroids. Good luck, commander.

1d12 Fantasy Beverages

Characters who go pub crawling beware! Some specials on the menu are a lot of fun, or completely lethal.

The group walks into a bar. Roll 1d12 to see what the special is today:

  1. Dragon’s Milk: Don’t ask how they acquired it. It’s been watered down with strong ale as not to kill the imbiber instantly. Repeated consumption may cause scales to grow and a +1 to save vs that dragon’s breath weapon.
  2. Lightning Water: Drawn from a rain barrel struck by (magical) lightning. Retains a mild electrical charge. This drink will rattle the patron’s teeth but not do any permanent damage. Staticky.
  3. Void Ale: This thick, viscous goop is a mixture of Nightshade, dark beer, anise, and hard whiskey. Intoxication rules apply. Effects doubled. Survivors retain a +1 Save vs Poison for one week. And cool stories to tell!
  4. Apple Toadstool Grog: Intoxication rules apply. After 10 minutes anyone who consumes this beverage will experience mild, harmless hallucinations. After four cups, the hallucinations are indistinguishable from reality. After six cups, the character falls into a deep sleep and dreams of a completely different universe much more bizarre than their own. +1 Save vs Illusion magic for one week once they awaken. Or did they?
  5. Hair of the Dog: This breakfast beverage is perfect for any character with a hangover. It reverses any negative intoxication effects at a price. Anyone who consumes this drink experiences five times the amount of hair growth. Within eight hours, characters (including characters who normally don’t grow beards) will have a fully grown head of hair, a long beard, and fur in, umm, other places. Can be cut/shaven normally after 9 hours.
  6. Fizzy Glug: A non-alcoholic carbonated beverage that comes in a variety of flavors- Orange, Cherry, Strawberry, Lime, and Grape. It’s fun to drink.
  7. Monster Claw Venom: Intoxication rules apply. Also grants a +1 Inebriation Bonus to physical actions (non cumulative) for five hours after consumption. Drinking more than three of these in eight hours can be fatal. Drinker must make a Poison Save after the fourth cup and each subsequent cup or suffer a heart attack (and possibly die.)
  8. Sweet Honey Mead: This mild non-alcoholic beverage is common in some lands. It has a pleasant taste and can be easily stored in a wine or waterskin.
  9. Sea Monster Brine: This oddly salty alcoholic beverage (Intoxication rules apply) is oddly pleasant to drink. After three cups, the imbiber may breathe underwater for 1 hour.
  10. Bedeviled Concoction: This reasonably pleasant tasting alcoholic beverage (Intoxication Rules apply) does very little on the first cup. On the second cup and every subsequent cup, the character becomes more and more enamoured with anyone and everyone around them. Each being they interact with is more and more attractive to them. (Be careful with this one. The Judge may wish to bypass the effect if players become uncomfortable.)
  11. Monkey Ale: This alcoholic beverage is stronger than most. (Intoxication effects doubled.) Anyone drinking more than two cups may find a sudden craving for bananas or other tropical fruits. Thorough inebriation will cause the imbiber to hang upside down from the rafters and fling random objects. Everything becomes super silly!
  12. Nectar of the Gods: (Intoxication Rules apply.) Despite the name, immortality will not be granted. However, this brew does allow any character enjoying it to forego eating and drinking for 1 day. This drink is only served one shot glass at a time and only one drink per customer per day, ever. Innkeepers and bartenders caught breaking the rules risk divine wrath. Rarely ever served.

Compatible with most fantasy RPGs.

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1d12 Reasons Ships Drop Out of Hyperspace

Drive breakdown! Somebody missed something during the last maintenance cycle. The part that broke requires replacement.

Sometimes the Jump Drive shuts down mid-run.

Roll 1d12 to find out what went wrong with the long jump.

  1. Uncharted, unexplored planet! Group may wish to reconnoiter.
  2. Hyperspace particle waveform cloud. Ship must travel through regular space to get through the phenomenon.
  3. Life forms detected! A large life form or cloud of life forms that live in space.
  4. Another spacecraft in distress. Just close enough to cast a hyperspace shadow.
  5. Wreckage from a battle. May be pretty old.
  6. Pirates with a hyperspace shadow generator. Prepare to be boarded!
  7. Drive breakdown! Somebody missed something during the last maintenance cycle. The part that broke requires replacement.
  8. Binary star gravitational well.
  9. Astrogation malfunction! The drive is fine, but the computer controlling it has malfunctioned. Reprogramming requires skill and time.
  10. Hyper-intelligent cosmic energy being.
  11. Rogue comet or planetoid. Unmapped, unsurveyed chunk of ice, a moon or planet flying through space.
  12. Black Hole! Still time to maneuver out of it.

For use with any space RPG. Have fun with it. Thank you for stopping by.

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