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Getting Ready For UCon!

I’m wrapping up things for work so I can eat supper and make final preparations to drive across the state tomorrow and meet up with some fellow OSR folks to get in some pre-con gaming and fellowship.

Adam of Dispatches from Kickassistan & Drink Spin Run and Tim Snider of Savage Afterworld are among them I will see tomorrow. I’m sure others will be in early, the con doesn’t start until Friday AM. I hope to connect with many others I know from the internets.

I set up so I can post here from my phone.

I may not do any posts while at the con, but I wanted the ability. Blippin tiny screens….

Whether you’re at a Con this weekend or not, game on!

An Example Of Creative Spell Use

Back in college, one of my room mates was DM for an established group. I was allowed to play and run a “version” of my character from my Brother Robert’s game. I couldn’t take the XP from his game and then add more XP from my brother’s game.

He ruled that Griswald showed up by some sort of inter-dimensional travel.

As a half-elf Fighter/Cleric/Magic User, he could do a lot of things. I don’t recall what levels he was in each class at the time, but he had levitate and fly, so he was at least 5th level as a magic user.

For some reason, the party split up to cover more ground. The group I was with was on the beach of the island we were exploring. I don’t remember if we were being chased, or something would happen to us if we didn’t get away from the beach fast. One of the party was a dwarf and could not run fast enough to make it. I think one or more of the party was unconscious.

I decided to cast levitate on the dwarf to neutralize his weight, and cast fly on myself so that I could move everyone quickly. As I recall, there were three of us.

The image of a flying half elf pushing a levitating dwarf with someone else hanging onto him gave the other players a great laugh. It may have been ridiculous, but it was effective.

One need not have a lot of spells that do damage to be effective in life or death situations. Defense, getting away, and information are just as powerful if played right, and the DM is in tune with what you are trying to do.

Creatures you stated from fiction

Some creatures from mythology and fiction that do not already exist in a game are fun to develop stats for in game use. I have only created stats for a few creatures myself, and have yet to use them in my campaign, but have played in games that had them.

For me, the most memorable are creatures in my brother Robert’s game.

Stormhounds from Chronicle of Amber – I don’t have specifics, but Robert mentioned that the adults have 12 HD. The main NPC wizard has them to guard his tower and raises them. Many an adventurer has offered a lot to try to get a puppy.

The Rancor from Return of the Jedi – See Out of Character Outbursts.

Modifications of existing  creatures:

 Stewart war dogs 3 hd instead of 2. In my brother’s game, the hillsmen are based on Scottish clans. My character in his game, Griswald, is a Stewart and raises these dogs. They were historically (in the game) used in battle. The dogs would be lined up in front of the battle lines with collars with sharpened blades, thus they are also called “Sword Dogs”.

I read about the labors of Hercules back in February and yesterday I finally did stats for the Stymphalian birds with beaks of bronze and metallic feathers they can launch. I have not seen the movie with Dwayne Johnson/The Rock that came our earlier this year, to know if it included them.

What mythical or fictional creatures have you stated for use in you game(s)?