Dungeon Tables: Dungeon Dressing

A GM’s work is never done, so to make things easier on you, we’re providing a series of tables to help you flesh out your encounters, your adventures—your world. This week we’ve got a plethora of dungeon dressing tables for you. From sounds and smells your players may encounter to, well, actual encounters, these tables will provide you with everything you need to build an engaging dungeon for your party to crawl their way through.

1d20Smell
1Moldy
2Dank
3Dusty
4Rotten
5Decay
6Ashy
7Fresh
8Clean
9Earthy
10Sickly sweet
11Fragrant
12Floral
13Burnt
14Acrid
15Metallic
16Grassy
17Smokey
18Musty
19Tangy
20Sulfur
1d20Sounds
1Dripping
2Shrieking
3Trickling
4Grinding
5Clattering
6Banging
7Whispering
8Hissing
9Crying
10Laughing
11Snapping
12Clattering
13Footsteps
14Skittering
15Cracking
16Clanking
17Whistling
18Humming
19Buzzing
20Slurping
1d20Surface Textures
1Slimy
2Dry
3Crumbling
4Smooth
5Wet
6Mossy
7Fuzzy
8Squishy
9Rough
10Pitted
11Muddy
12Gritty
13Sandy
14Hard
15Soft
16Solid
17Porous
18Oily
19Slick
20Bumpy
1d10Airflow
1Still
2Gentle
3Gusting
4Howling
5Whirling
6Whipping
7Swirling
8Calm
9Slight
10Suffocating
1d10Air Quality
1Humid
2Stagnant
3Frigid
4Hot
5Warm
6Pleasant
7Chilly
8Dry
9Cold
10Damp
1d20QuantityDomestic Items
12d10Sacks, flour
22d6Sacks, coffee
32d10Bags, empty
46d4Barrels, empty
56d4Barrels, grain
63d4Casks, wine
73d4Coffins, empty
83d4Coffins, occupied
92d6Crates, empty
102d6Crates, vegetables (fresh or rotting)
113d6Cords of firewood
122d4Buckets, ash
132d4Buckets, empty
141d4Chamber pots, empty (thank the gods)
152d4Pewter plates
162d6Sets of pewter flatware
176d6Linen napkins
181d4Meat hooks, hanging
196d4Sewing needles
2010d10Skeins of rough wool yarn
1d20Interior Design Element
1Intricate floor mosaic in shades of blue and green
2Cracked yet elegantly carved stone columns
3Ceiling beams carved to look like winding serpents
4Elaborately painted wall murals of a mountain range at sunset
5Racks, hooks, chains, and other elements of torture bolted into the walls and floor
6A curved, stepped floor, resembling an amphitheater
7An elegant stone bathing pool, green with algae
8Twelve stone plinths, each with a twelve-inch statue of a different beautiful elf in semi-sheer silk robes
9A circular pit in the center of the room, 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep
10A chessboard-pattered tile floor, featuring red and black squares, each 24-inches wide
11A huge orrery, 30 feet tall, made of tarnished brass and silver, the smallest sphere of which is 12  inches in diameter, the largest 12 feet
12A dozen long stone troughs, filled with soil and dead plants
13A wall carved with a stone relief of a fruiting apple tree
14A ceiling painted to resemble the heavens: none of the constellations are familiar
15A floor carved with hundreds of screaming faces
16A single stone sarcophagus in the exact center of the room, carved with a name, but the name has since been chipped away
17A dozen long stone troughs, filled with rotting and congealed blood
18A dry fountain
19A long room with a raised dais on the far side
20Walls that are covered with strange reliefs of various humanoids, all looking as if they are in pain or afraid, and were caught partially trapped in the wall
1d20Random Found Objects and Decor
1A broken longbow
2Cracked and gnawed bones
3A perfectly round sphere of quartz, three inches in diameter, with a large crack
4A life-size statue of a humanoid in a long robe, it’s face obscured by a draped hood
5Five rusted longswords
6A shattered full-length mirror
7A long dining table, set with service for eight and covered in a thick layer of dust
8Piles of old, moldering clothes
9A humanoid skeleton in tarnished armor
10A dented pewter goblet
11A moth-eaten taxidermy dire wolf head, missing most of its teeth
12A single black feather the length of a human arm
13Spiderwebs: lots and lots of spiderwebs—but no spiders
14Decaying tapestries so dirty and worn their images are no longer discernable
15A crumpled banner from a forgotten kingdom
16A cracked ceramic ewer
17Fourteen arrows scattered about the room, all missing their arrowheads
18Three empty bookshelves
19A pile of paver stones, carefully stacked
20Keys to a lock that no longer exists
1d20EncountersCR
12d4 swarms of rats1–4
2A wererat2
3A gelatinous cube,of course2
42d6 giant bats1–6
5A black pudding4
61d4 phase spiders3–10
72d6 rust monsters1–8
8A manticore3
9A mimic2
10Four ghast of Leng (see Creature Codex)10
11An empty cloak (see Tome of Beasts)1/4
12Two animated armor3
13A chimera6
14A goreling (see Creature Codex)1/4
15Three doppelrats (see Tome of Beasts)9
16A corpse thief (see Creature Codex)1/2
17An errant dogmole (see Tome of Beasts)3
18A tveirherjar (see Creature Codex)7
19A hungry otyugh5
20A blemmyes (see Tome of Beasts)8

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2 thoughts on “Dungeon Tables: Dungeon Dressing”

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    Thank you for this series. Things like this are such huge time savers at the table and during prep. Even just as inspiration fodder they are wonderful. Please continue!

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    Charles in Florida

    I loved the old Dungeon Dressing tables in the 1st Edition DMG. I still have my copy, faded and dog-eared. Nice to see the tradition continue.

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