Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Random Monster Determination

Yesterday's post elicited a comment which inspired me to finally comb through my custom bestiary and make a proper OD&D style random Monster level determination procedure. Such a dice rolling convention is used not only for Wandering Monsters, but more importantly for randomly determined initial fills and restocking steps. In case you aren't familiar with the guide in Vol. III of the LBB, here's a scan of pages 10 and 11:

And here is a scan of the two-page custom guide I have fashioned for my new megadungeon. I suppose I am letting the cat out of the bag a bit early, but yes The Bleak Beyond, my current project, is a new megadungeon. It is the bastard child of the Dismal Depths and Ulin-Uthor, the Dim Expanse. Here's the custom version scanned:

The above guide uses my custom bestiary, itself an updated version of the Dismal Depths Bestiary. For those keeping track, there are 11 new entries and some name changes; specifically Moorlocks = Phlemoks, Boglings = Bogloids, Mole Men = Mol-Min, Sleestaks = Saristaks, Blue Gunky = Bloo-Goo, Alfar = Aelfar. There were some other minor edits as well.

The new Bleak Beyond Bestiary is now available for download, along with a printable copy of the above scanned Random Monster Determination file, both situated atop the mediafire links section to the right under SHAM'S OD&D STUFF.

In the near future there will be more information concerning the Bleak Beyond.



Anonymous said...

Woot! Sham Bestiaries are the best Bestiaries!

Sham aka Dave said...

Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

What awesome resources!
Thank you for sharing these :)
I love your blog... glad I found it!


ckutalik said...

The Dismal Depths Bestiary is a mainstay in the binder I bring to the table. I am embarrassed to admit how much I lean on it to throw in "non-traditional" monsters.

Look forward to your next project.

Sham aka Dave said...

Jeff: Glad you found it. Hope you get some use out of my ramblings.

ckutalik: Thanks - that is the truest form of flattery for an old DM like me.

Staples said...

I'll second everyone and say thanks immensely! I like this system a lot! Thanks for sharing!

Sham aka Dave said...

Thank you for the inadvertent nudge after the preceding post. Sharing my current bestiary became necessary after making the tables. Win-win!