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Lost Magic: Revive Lost Tome

Another spell lost to the ages (or vagaries of lore) has been recovered. This time, Frank Gori gives us an option for acquiring other potentially lost lore. Revive Lost Tome School Necromancy (language dependent); Level cleric/oracle 4, wizard/sorcerer 4, inquisitor 4, bard 4 Casting Time 10 minutes Components V, S, F (scrap of parchment with …

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Old Hat Monsters: Flavoring an Old Hat Encounter

The dice land and, according to your random encounter, it’s one of those classics your crew has become way too familiar with. Zombies, trolls, giant spiders, goblins, and worgs can fail to excite more experienced players. Maybe you scroll through some of my old templates and add a twist to the monster, but frankly there’s …

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Old Hat Monsters: Brawler Crunch

Last week, I introduced some new concepts for bar brawlers to liven up your next dustup. I said I’d present all three if I got enough comments, and you folks delivered. It’s time to pay up! Join me after the jump for your brawler crunch.

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Old Hat Monsters: Cupid’s Arrow

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu The romantic interest hostage is a staple of action movies, fantasy, and comics. The setup is easy, lazy writing, and the good guy always comes out on top, except when he doesn’t and the romantic interest gets killed …

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Old Hat Monsters: Divinely Monstrous

Last week, a colleague of mine tackled the paper tiger nature that a lot of monster gods have. It had me thinking about how many monsters are intelligent enough to worship a deity (Intelligence 3 or better) but generally lack the statistics to have clerics, inquisitors, druids, or oracles. Where there’s a gap in monster …

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Old Hat Monsters: A Ritual Madness

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” —Edgar Allan Poe About a year ago, I started a Kingmaker campaign for Pathfinder. Without spoiling much, there’s a location in that Adventure Path that begs for a homebrew dungeon themed around the Dark Tapestry. I drew up a map, …

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Old Hat Monsters: Tapestry-Enlightened Template

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” —Aristotle Last week, I wrote a template for this site I wish I could redact or recant. For those fortunate enough to have missed it: Do not click on this link. I was wrong to discuss the “fiction” of H.P. Lovecraft or its impact …

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Old Hat Monsters: Tapestry-Tainted Template

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” –Friedrich Nietzsche Inspiration can be drawn from many places. In fantasy, Tolkien gets all the press, but I’ve always had a thing …

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Old Hat Monsters: Companion Treasure

“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” —Thomas Carlyle Last week, I wrote an article that was effectively a bandage. Equipping animals with humanoid gear is something I have playtested, and it makes an animal more likely to survive the brutal realities of adventuring life. Although the …

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Old Hat Monsters: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Equipped!

Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.” —Plato Humans dominate the Earth because we use tools, plain and simple. Animals are limited to genetic and behavior adaptations, while humans can adjust to new environmental hazards with technology. Fangs and claws simply cannot compete with swords and guns. We have even taken …

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