I like the utility of the GM Screen, but I don't like the... screen part. Plus it's not super helpful for playing online. So I knocked together a playmat. It's mostly 5e, with a few tweaks I made, some rules brought over from Knave and The Black Hack, and some "GM moves" from BitD/AW/DW.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
The People's Defence Brigades
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
|How DO you hunt a bear?|
At some point my decision to convert the OD&D bestiary to The Black Hack to make my life easier while stocking a hex crawl has turned into a much larger project. Because scope control is for nerds.
I just finished the "Animals" section and thought I'd share some (unedited and untested) highlights...
Bears, man. They're bad news.
In seriousness, one interesting thing I found while exploring the OD&D and B/X bestiaries is that animals are appropriately scary in a way that they really aren't in later editions. In 5e a bear is not a significantly greater threat than an orc. Which is just wrong. I would assume that the mundane got pushed down the Challenge Rating to make room for the fantastical. I decided I wanted to keep mundane animals as proper threats, while adding some fantastical-ness to them.
I am a Very Serious Designer
You should be afraid of herbivores.
But not everything needs to be an existential threat.