Today I was rearranging my office. I needed to make it a bit more productive friendly. Plus, changing up the furniture situation is always a good thing. Gets the creative juices going. When I finally completed moving things around I started thumbing through my Monsters & Treasure Assortment: Sets One - Three: Levels One - Nine.
I've had my copy since 1980 I think. So when I say I cracked open a crusty book, I mean it. So with this in front of me craving to do some random table plundering I asked Ivy for a title of an adventure. Which she gave me, which I will not give here yet. Cause I haven't finished it and I think it's fun. As soon as she said it I got a couple of ideas. Plus I had one of my older maps in the hopper for a long time and thought it would be a great time to use it.
Not one of my best, but I think it suits the adventure I'm writing.
How I Used the Monster & Treasure Assortment
So back to the Monster & Treasure Assortment. I decided I'm making the ground level, 1st level. So I rolled 2d4 to determine the number of critters. I rolled a total of 4. Then went to the First Level Monster table and started to roll.
(32) Black Widow Spider - 1
(59) Bandits - 4
(67) Centipedes - 3
(55) Gnomes - I rerolled this. There is nothing wrong with being a gnome, except they are gnomes.
(70) Giant Gecko - 1
I decided to roll 1d4 for the number of treasures. I rolled 3. Then I went to the front page of the book where some of my favorite tables are located. There are three 1) Treasure is contained in... 2) Treasure is guarded by... 3) Treasure is hidden by/in... Love these tables. For the latter two tables I roll one die larger than needed so if I roll above the table that means the treasure isn't guarded or the treasure isn't hidden. For example, the Treasure is Guarded by table is 1d16. So I roll a d20, if I get a 17 or above the treasure is not guarded.
Treasure Contained in...
2. Small Coffers
3. Metal Urns
Treasure is Guarded by...
2. Spring darts in the front
Treasure is Hidden by...
1. Under a loose stone in the floor
2. Illusion to change or hide appearance
3. Disguised to look like something else
With those determined I rolled on the treasure table. First off, no electrum. I've got issues with electrum. It makes me angry. And I am okay with it. I run a silver standard game anyways, to if the e-word pops up I changed it to silver.
3. +1 leather armor
I scanned in my worksheet to give you a peek at what it looked like.
So with these building blocks I number my map and begin detailing my adventure. There will be a small 2nd level. I am thinking of making it a 3rd level place to make a young party poop in their pants. Probably one or two creatures at the most with a treasure of some sort, rolled on the 3rd level table.