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The Tri-Fold Path of the Bat Serpent (Review)

Nate Treme kindly sent me copies of two of his pamphlet-dungeons, Temple of the Bat Serpent, and The Mephitic Laboratory of the Pescamancer.

Both are perfect for a low-prep one-shot, which was exactly what this past weekend called for. I choose Temple of the Bat Serpent, because I didn't want to describe some of the surgical horrors of Pescamancer to kids.

Prep: I read through the pamphlet, went through it again to double check some details, put about 30 seconds of effort into thinking about how the cultists would talk.

The pamphlet contained all the information I needed, and it was all readily accessible. The only supplement I used was a handful of Rory's Story Cubes for when I wanted to fluff up some extra flavor.

System: Bat Serpent would run as-is with anything in the OD&D/B/Xish spectrum. I used Knave, which was great. My three players quickly generated two characters each, and everyone enjoyed the scallywags that resulted. And I enjoyed letting the players do all the …

At Fifth Level, Everybody Rides (5e)

Several years ago, Benjamin Baugh posted this document, At Fifth Level, Everybody Rides. It generates fantasy mounts for B/X-ish D&D-alikes. It is a lot of fun.

With Benjamin's permission, I've adapted it for D&D 5e. I hope this is fun, too.



At Fifth Level, Everybody Rides (5e)
Let's call this a beta document. I'll be implementing it soon, and we'll see how it stands up to a little play-testing. If there's interest, I'll lay it out properly with decent proportions and hyperlinks.

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