More witcher inspired spells! I like the quen sign. Can I make this in DnD?
Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range: Self Components: V, S Duration: concentration, up to 1 minute
A translucent shimmering shield of force envelops you. This shield has 10 hit points, and will take damage first from melee or weapon attacks. When exhausted, it emits a flash of light causing blindness for one round on the attacker if the attacker is with in 10 feet and fails a Constitution saving throw.
At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 2nd level or higher, the hit points of the aegis increase by 5 for each slot level above 1st.
Saving Throw Will half (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)
You speak words of power and twin two willing souls together. Chose a number of willing creature in range as determined below. Those souls now share a total hit point pool. Damage to one deals damage to the whole hit point total. When the total hit point total is reduced to zero, both begin to die. When you heal one of the pair, increase the total hit point total by that much. When the spell ends, divide the remaining hit point total as equally as possible. This spell has no effect on stamina points.
1st: 2 willing creatures
2nd: 3 willing creatures
3rd: 4 willing creatures
4th: 5 willing creatures
5th: 5 willing creatures
6th: 7 willing creatures
Casting this spell doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity.
How about we move the previous item to Starfinder? Let’s melt some people!
Genetic Destabilizer, Mk 1
Genetic Destabilizer, Mk 2
Genetic Destabilizer, Mk 3
Genetic Destabilizer, Mk 4
Genetic Destabilizer, Mk 5
This item is a simple black box with a touch screen on the front. You can select a creature species on the menu, and the box will emit a subspace wave out to 30 feet. Creature of the species begin to destabilize at a molecular level. Each round when a creature of that species enters or starts its turn in the area around the box, it must make a Fortitude saving throw or take sonic damage depending on the level of the item. The DC of the save is equal to 12 + half the item’s level. Each time after the first save, increase the DC by 1.
Another witcher inspired potion! I like the potion that damages undead that just hang out near you. Wonder if Pathfinder needs that?
Corpsebane Item 1+
Alchemical Elixir Consumable Usage held in 1 hand; Bulk L Activate
This flask filled with the essence of undead distilled and purified with prayer. When consumed, you emit a faint light out to 30 feet. Any undead in the area must make a Fortitude saving throw or they are damaged by holy energy at the start of their turn or when they enter the area. They must repeat this at the start of any turn in the area or when they enter the area.
Corpsebane (Lesser)Item 1
Price 3 gp Bulk L Saving Throw DC 17 Fortitude. It deals 1d3 positive damage.
Corpsebane (Moderate)Item 3
Price 10 gp Bulk L Saving Throw DC 19 Fortitude. It deals 1d6 positive damage.
Corpsebane (Greater)Item 11
Price 250 gp Bulk L Saving Throw DC 28 Fortitude. It deals 3d3 positive damage.
Corpsebane (Major)Item 17
Price 2,500 gp Bulk L You Saving Throw DC 37 Fortitude. It deals 2d6 positive damage.
TL; DR-Two tastes that don’t quite go together. 78%
Basics-How do we stop a hoard who feels no pain! Zombies or unfeeling monsters have surrounded the town, and you are called to aid the defence. But mid-meeting you are whisked away to do the bidding of a wizard. Can you save the town and stop being a mister fixit on call?
Mechanics or Crunch-This adventure is short! The major bad guy is the wizard who keeps summoning you. You can fight the zombies, but the book makes it seem like you will die. As a DM I would kill you as well. The tower with the wizard isn’t bad, but he also is pretty much the only thing in it. It’s a short dungeon with balanced fights, but just not enough of them. It’s a little too old school as you have to find the fights and the goods here as opposed to them being out in the open for you to pillage and kill. I didn’t hate it, but it will require you to punch up the adventure to keep your group involved. 4/5
Theme or Fluff-There are not one, but two things for the PCs to face. But, they are tied together. BUT, only you, the GM, really get that. The wizard only brings you in when he needs help. You have to find and explore the place in seven rounds before he sends you back. The zombies are ok, but why are they here? I know why because I read the book, but it feels like two different adventures put together. I didn’t hate this, but even after reveals, my players felt like there were really two adventures here. Both of the singles are good, but together it’s three Michelen star steak mixed with gold ribbon winning chocolate. Maybe these two things shouldn’t go together. 3/5
Execution– PDF? YEP! Hyperlinked? no…That’s honestly my biggest gripe here. The execution isn’t bad. I would like clean maps I can show my players without having things marked on the map that they find. Text read fast and I could play quickly. It is one of the standard well put together DCC modules I know and love. 4.75/5
Summary-I don’t hate this one, but this might not be the first adventure I show to new players. I was able to turn this to keeping my players on the purple planet. It works well that way, but the basic story gets lost in most of the GM fluff. Not bad, but unless the players work to make friends with their captor, they won’t get it. The dungeon needs more pieces and stuff to play with in the form of fights or toys. The presentation is good, but I still want hyperlinks! Overall, it’s an ok adventure that is maybe a bit too stuffed with disparate things. 78%
This helmet is made from bashed together metal plates from the scraps of other helmets of those who were the last to survive a battle. While wearing this helm, you gain a +1 bonus to AC and increase your maximum hit points by one hit point per level. In addition, while wearing this helmet, you will always be the last one to survive the battle. If you would be killed, you teleport to the last safe bed you slept in and are at one hit point waking up the next morning . If the last safe place you slept is not safe, the magic of the helm will continue to find the previous place until it finds a place where you are safe to wake up.
There are powers to resist damage. How about to resist conditions?
(Condition) Resistance You been through a lot of pain in your life, and you’ve learned how to shrug off things that don’t just hurt, but cripple. • Cost: 12 Karma • Game Effect: When choosing this quality, select a status (p. 51). When under the effect of that status, gain a point of Edge before making a test for any test affected by that status and on tests to end that status.
TL; DR-How the mythos is meant to be played in 5e! 99%
Basics– Ia Ia Cthulhu Fhtagn! The grand cleric of the elder gods is writing for DnD 5e! Sandy Pertersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for 5e is a MASSIVE book with new races, class options, feats, spells, monsters, and mechanics that you can throw into your 5e game. Let’s break down the pieces to see what’s in here.
The tcho-tcho in the room-Ah Lovecraft…I love his work, but MAN he would not fly today. From mental illness to racism, Lovecraft in his original form isn’t post #METOO or #BLM friendly. So, how do you handle the insanity and cosmic horror with the subtext or just text of Lovecraft? Sandy Peterson walks this line extremely well with sidebars dealing with handling mental illness to just dropping the racist parts of the mythos monsters and human acolytes. We can go mad with terror from learning the true history of the universe without having to go to HR!
New Eldritch Toys- This book is a BEAST of content. This book features THREE new races with race specific class options. The old standards of 5e all get some toys as well with feats for everyone, class options for all the core classes, books of unholy lore, and a boat load of new spells. There are also several new items that all cover the fan favorites of star mead to things I haven’t heard of before.
New Mythos Monsters-A hero is only as good as the monster is bad. Then let’s make your heroes LEGENDARY! This book has everything from simple monsters you can throw into your game just because you want something weird to freak out the power gamer who memorized the monster manual to GAME ENDING TITANS who would be the final bad guy in your campaign. Again, you have the fan favorites here like cthulhu to some of the more esoteric, even for the Lovecraft alicionadio, like Byatis. This book also adds in new options for you to throw onto worshipers so your bland cultists into true harbingers of the mythos even at low levels.
New Mythology Mechanics-This book isn’t just a highlight reel of Lovecraft’s old toys. This book adds new crunch to 5e. There is a whole revamped madness and dread system. All characters can now learn how to cast some spells called formulas. There is even a whole new skill dedicated to understanding the cthulhu mythos. The final boss of a campaign now has a solid progression system where the fight becomes epic tales you will tell for years to come.
Ok, now my thoughts.
Mechanics or Crunch– Sandy Peterson is one of the foremost game developers in the Lovecraft mythos, and it shows. This book isn’t just a reskin book where you take a scary monster and now it’s cthulhu. The crunch here is truly Lovecraftian. Monsters feel like they are beyond human ken. There are DEEP dives into the mythos, and not just into the new stuff from people writing in Lovecraft’s shadow. Stuff that gets a small mention that even I forgot like the gnorri get a full race write up. The stuff that is in the base DnD 5e book gets revamped well. I don’t like the madness system in DnD 5e, but this book provides an amazing system that has a great write up that you can drop into a non-cthulhu campaign. I like most of what’s here, but there are a couple of things I have some minor quibbles with. The new mythos skill is called yog-sothothery. I just want it called mythos lore or even to borrow from Call of Cthulhu- cthulhu mythos. Also, I want stat bonuses you get from eldritch tomes to be permanent. But honestly, those are pretty small issues. This book is a solid addition to the Dungeons and Dragons 5e crunch regardless of if you want to run a Cthulhu based campaign or not. 4.9/5
Theme or Fluff-Sandy Peterson is one of the foremost Lovecraft scholars today, and it shows here too. This isn’t just a pile of reskins with tentacles so Lovecraft. This is a well crafted library of Lovecraft eldritch lore. I MYSELF learned stuff about the Lovecraft world from this book. This will teach you not only how to run a solid horror game but also about the world of Lovecraft. But, let’s say you just want a splat book to draw some scary stuff from? This has you covered too. This book is a solid addition to my collection as both a DnD DM and a someone who love the mythos. 5/5
Execution– PDF? YEP! Hyperlinked? YEP! AND IT NEEDS IT! This is a BEAST for 20 bucks. It’s over 400 pages. The base DnD books are not that long and cost twice as much! It’s easy to read but still feels familiar with the font and backgrounds looking like the base books with a decidedly eldritch flare. Monsters have TONS of pictures, so I can throw pictures to my players quickly without having to do a google image search. This book is a solid example of how to produce a 3rd party book. 5/5
Summary– I love Lovecraft. Any idiot can stab me, so that’s not scary. Any punk rogue can sneak attack my character and kill him-not scary. But learning the horrible history of my family and what cost I too have to pay to keep the thing in the basement “pleased” so my family prospers? That’s horror. This book will help you do that. I can’t heap enough praise on this book. I have my minor issues, but those are so minor it almost doesn’t matter. For the amount of content alone for 20 bucks, you can’t go wrong. If you want some monsters to throw at your bored players? Done. You want a book that will be the key and the gate to a world of horror you might never have known existed? This is that book! 99%