Softening the Death Blow

In most games death sucks, so lets look at softening the blow. This was written with Lamentations of the Flame Princess in mind, but will work with any D&D style game. If people are interested I could look at moves for different classes.

Fighter

Final Strike – As you die make a counter-attack on the creature that killed you – Roll <your level>d6 and apply this as damage to the creature.

Cleric

Cleansing Fire – Your patron god delivers a vengeful fire through your body in your last moments – Roll 1d6 those of your alignment gain that many hp, those of other alignments lose that many.

Magic-User

Screaming Fissure – Upon your death the chaotic forces you’ve kept at bay break free, centered on your body a dark fissure appears in space and time. Everyone in the area roll vs Paralyze, those that fail are sucked into the fissure and deposited somewhere else.

Specialist

Always Prepared – Upon your death roll a dice:

Odd. A scrap of paper with the blueprint of a possible trap falls from your pocket

Even. The key to a unknown lock falls from your pocket

 

Do you do anything to soften the blow of death?

I can also suggest this from James Young: Funerals for the Fallen.

This is something I plan to use as well.

 

Trinket Table

Trinket Table

Sometimes you want your players to have a little something that has no declared mechanical effect, but could be introduced and defined as the story develops. This was created with Lamentations of the Flame Princess in mind, but will be fine in any fantasy RPG.

D12 Trinket
1 Small Bag of Bones
2 Old Map
3 Unusual Medallion
4 Large Egg
5 Broken Dagger
6 Pouch of Grey Powder
7 Vial of Yellow Liquid
8 Small Animal’s Foot
9 Two Metal Cubes that Attract Each Other
10 Two Smooth Stones
11 Book Written in an Unknown Language
12 Small Crystal Ball

Do you use any trinkets? Or do you give your characters anything beyond the books?

Review: Uncharted Worlds

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Powered by The Apocalypse has a special place in my heart, I sadly don’t get to play it as much as I’d like (the versions that include sex moves are right off the table for my usual group). I’m also really into Sci-fi, dipping my toes into Fantasy every once and while but mainly I want to run games with ships, lasers, explosions, trading, fleet battles and more explosions. So when on Drivethrurpg I encountered Uncharted Worlds, I got very excited. In the span of about 2 hours I had bought, downloaded and read the whole book; needless to say I think I’m in love.

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