18 May 2022

Return of The Savage Afterworld

Tim Snider's post-apocalyptic gaming blog, The Savage Afterworld, has reawakened, so bookmark it and add it to your blog roll.

30 April 2022

Table of the Quasi-Answerable

As a bonus to Random Generator Month 2022, readers may notice I added a few random tables after the completion of the Unpredict-O-Bubble Table, which are now part of the...

Table of the Quasi-Answerable

Roll 1d6 if you dare!

1. Roll on the Magic d20 or Oracular Icosahedron? Tables!
2. Roll on the Universal Resolution System Table!
3. Roll on the Variable Resolution System Table!
4. Roll on the Low Impact Reactions Table!
5. Roll on the High Impact Reactions Table!
6. Roll on the Player Character Reactions Table!

28 April 2022

Table: Player Character Reactions

Why should monsters and non-player characters have all the fun with reaction tables? Why can't players make random decisions for their characters with their own reaction table? Now they can with the Player Character Reactions table! Let the dice decide!

Player Character Reactions

Roll 2d6

The player character responds by...

2Fleeing (which is uncommonly wise).
3-5Checking stuff (spells, weapons, equipment, did I mention spells?).
6-8Fighting (as usual).
9-11Sneaking (e.g. attempting to backstab in full view of everyone).
12Parleying (or, to be more specific, lying).

[The above is a table of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

27 April 2022

Table: High Impact Reactions

Are you weary of the same old reaction table churning out the same old reactions regardless of extenuating circumstances? Would you like to break up the monotony of casual adventuring with a bit of bloodshed? Then perhaps you need High Impact Reactions. Whenever your adventurers encounter a monster or nonmonster with an inclination for violence, roll on the High Impact Reactions table for an action-packed role-playing experience. Enjoy!

High Impact Reactions

Roll 2d6

The being's reaction is...

2Berserk. Attacks anything and everything.
3-5Furious. Attacks with unbridled ferocity.
6-8Ambivalent. Alternately attacks and apologizes.
9-11Excited. Wants to go killing and/or carousing with you.
12Bonded. Wants to make a blood oath alliance.

[The above is a table of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

26 April 2022

Table: Low Impact Reactions

Are you tired of the same old reaction table churning out the same old reactions regardless of extenuating circumstances? Would you like to break up the monotony of hack-and-slash adventuring with a bit of conviviality? Then perhaps you need Low Impact Reactions. Whenever your adventurers encounter a monster or nonmonster who might not fit the stereotypical profile, roll on the Low Impact Reactions table for a relaxing role-playing experience. Enjoy!

Low Impact Reactions

Roll 2d6

The being's reaction is...

2Exasperated. Politely requests some time alone.
3-5Dismayed. Asks to discuss it over tea.
6-8Unsure. Asks to discuss it over coffee.
9-11Interested. Asks to discuss it over alcohol.
12Enthusiastic. Invites you to a party.

[The above is a table of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

25 April 2022

Table: Variable Resolution System

The premise: Each time a player character attempts an action with an uncertain outcome, roll on the table below to determine the method of resolution.

Variable Resolution System

Roll 1d12

1. Roll equal to or lower than stat.
2. Roll and add stat (or stat modifier) to beat difficulty.
3. Roll number of dice equal to stat to beat difficulty.
4. Roll and consult combat matrix.
5. Stat and difficulty are rated by die-step. Highest roll wins.
6. Stat and difficulty are rated via Fudge trait ladder. Resolve with 4dF.
7. Compare relevant stats and/or difficulty. Highest value prevails.
8. Flip a coin. Heads = success; tails = failure.
9. Throw darts. Player gets number of darts equal to stat; GM gets numbers of darts equal to difficulty. Highest score prevails.
10. Play Rock-Paper-Scissors. Player with advantage can call for best two out of three.
11. Play tiddlywinks. Victor prevails.
12. Break out the nerf guns.

[The above is a table of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

24 April 2022

Table: Universal Resolution System

Whatever the system, whatever the situation, you, too, can use the Universal Resolution System if you have an eight-sided die. Use it for combat. Use it for diplomacy. Use it for skills, stunts, feats, saving throws, or anything else that seems appropriate.

How Does it Work?

If you are at an advantage, roll two eight-sided dice and pick the highest result. If you are at a disadvantage, roll two eight-sided dice and pick the lowest result. If neither apply, just roll 1d8.

Go On...

Developed using the latest improv technology, the Universal Resolution System ensures that decisions are left to you... and chance... and really a combination of chance and your interpretation of the result... and what your GM allows... or what your players allow if you are the GM and you give them that leeway.

Try it!

Universal Resolution System

Roll 1d8

1. Critical: Extreme No
2. No And... No Way
3. Yes, But... Not Really*
4. Perhaps
5. Definite Maybe
6. No, But... Yeah, Sure**
7. Yes And... Yes Way
8. Critical: Extreme Yes

* Also known as "Yeah, No."
**Also known as "No, Well, O.K., Fine."

[The above is a table of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

23 April 2022

Magic d20 or Oracular Icosahedron?

Can I ____?

Sometimes a player asks, "Can I [blank]?" Maybe you know such a player. Maybe you have been that player. There are many ways to answer that question, some helpful, some not so helpful, but if ever you wish to allow the supernatural to offer a guiding hand, here are some tables with the answers you just can't be bothered to formulate.

One table is based directly on the Magic 8 Ball, but requires the use of a magic d20 instead (although a nonmagical d20 will suffice). The other table requires an oracular icosahedron (although, again, a nonmagical d20 is an acceptable substitute). Choose the table that best serves your needs, but if indecision strikes, you may always resort to a random method, e.g. roll any die — if the result is an even number, roll the magic d20; if the result is an odd number, roll the oracular icosahedron.


Magic d20

Roll 1d20

The answer to your yes-or-no question is...

1. My reply is no.
2. My sources say no.
3. Outlook not so good.
4. Very doubtful.
5. Don't count on it.
6. Better not tell you now.
7. Cannot predict now.
8. Ask again later.
9. Reply hazy, try again.
10. Concentrate and ask again.
11. Outlook good.
12. Most likely.
13. Signs point to yes.
14. As I see it, yes.
15. Yes.
16. Yes definitely.
17. Without a doubt.
18. It is certain.
19. It is decidedly so.
20. You may rely on it.

Oracular Icosahedron

Roll 1d20

The answer to your yea-or-nay inquiry is...

1. Fool! The answer is no, and all your ambitions are as dust!
2. Fool! The answer is yes, though you be ignorant of its implications!
3. No! And woe to you and your descendants!
4. Yes! And woe to you and the reputation of your ancestors!
5. No, for mortals such as you can never attain such lofty aspirations!
6. Yes, though you shall wish it otherwise!
7. No, if you don't mind offending Nature!
8. Yes, if you would offend the gods!
9. Not as mortals perceive it, no.
10. As mortals perceive it, yes.
11. The answer lies within you.
12. The answer is all around you.
13. Quest and you shall know.
14. Know and you shall perish.
15. It is known that there is no known answer.
16. Those who utter such a question draw the attention of alien gods or demons.
17. Not at this time.
18. Yes, but not for long.
19. Never.
20. Always.

[The above are tables of the Table of the Quasi-Answerable.]

22 April 2022

Random Generator Month

April is Random Generator Month at Applied Phantasticality, and I have taken care to add that link/label to every April mega-table including the one I retroactively created for the first satirical tables I posted in 2013. Thus far, we have the Table of Tablecentric Tables of 2013, the Table of Many Tables (Contains Tables) of 2020, the Expanding Unknown Table of 2021, and the Unpredict-O-Bubble Table of 2022. Apparently, it's a self-imposed tradition now, so I thought it deserved a name. Happy Random Generator Month, readers!

21 April 2022

Table: Royal Gifts for Loyal Subjects (Unpredict-O-Bubble Table)

Those few adventurers who have been of particular service to their rulers may be surprised with rare and usual gifts that befit the gratitude and, shall we say, eccentricity of their royal personages. This is the twentieth table of the Unpredict-O-Bubble Table.

Royal Gifts for Loyal Subjects

Roll 1d8

1. An adamantite paperweight engraved with the recipent's name.
2. A "chair that rocketh" fashioned from mammoth tusks.
3. A lifesize origami paper golem folded in the likeness of the recipient.
4. A magnificent stuffed horse on wheels.
5. A painting entitled Still Life with Turnip and Severed Head.
6. A pair of Slippers of Heavenly Comfort (nonmagical, but convince your feet of that).
7. A pet miniature purple worm, which, if not kept in its terrarium will soon become considerably larger.
8. A rare homing pigeon capable of breaking the sound barrier.