"Black Dougal gasps 'Poison!' and falls to the floor. He looks dead."

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Nightmoor Abbey Level 1 Saturday Night Specials

Using the Megadungeon - Random Area Name Generator, the area names from the Diablo games, and game reports from In Places Deep as inspiration below are the names of the "Specials" on level 1 of my Nightmoor Abbey Dungeon.

Level 1 has 108 rooms and I used the B/X dungeon stocking method. Therefore, I knew I had to come up with ~18 "Specials". My stocking spreadsheet only required 16.

  • Hidden Shrine of St. Gax
  • Thrones of Deviltry
  • The Red Chapel
  • The Hall of Forbidden Tapestries
  • The Map Room
  • The Tombs of Silence
  • The Lady's Lounge
  • The Lost Lounge of Black Magic
  • Cells of the Damned
  • The Butcher's Abattoir
  • The Chamber of the Black Pyramid
  • The Golden Skull
  • The Demon Hole
  • Cave of the Brass Face
  • Chaotic Chamber of Purple Eyes
  • The Chambers of Bone

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Nightmoor Abbey Wandering Monster Table Level 1

I'm about to begin a new megadungeon campaign with K-slacker and some guys he's been playing with for a while. I'm calling it Nightmoor Abbey and it is heavily based on Evan's Nightwick  Abbey from In Places Deep. I'm also leaning heavily on Diablo and Spellbook Games' Journey through Malebolge (which, I believe, is a completed and expanded version of Judges Guild's Inferno). Another thing I am looking at is pulling in some of Warhammer Fantasy's Doomstones and/or Enemy Within for when they leave the Abbey.

The dungeon map is derived from the geomorphs at Dave's Mapper and stocked largely using spreadsheets with random number generators and the Semi-Random Megadungeon "Saturday Night Special" Using Existing Resources from Planet Algol.

One of the trickiest and funnest parts of doing this has been developing the history (as mentioned above I am largely stealing this) and developing ways to pass this history on to the players through play. For this I've been leaning on a post from the Angry GM and the processes and presentations in Dwimmermount.

Oh, and we're using 1E AD&D (with a few minor house rules - no elves as PCs, the addition of the frogling race, adding a usable Bard class, and simplifying the alignments down to the B/X three). I threw out the idea of using B/X, but some of the players were pretty adamant in their preference for race + class. Anyway, I've had a bit of a hankering to see how much of the 1E AD&D combat procedures I can actually use. I know the players are going to dislike the random determination of targets hit in combat.

Below is the wandering monster table for Level 1 of demon-haunted dungeon below Nightmoor Abbey.

Sunday, February 2, 2020