HOUSE OF DARKNESS
A book of house rules and addons for Dark Dungeons RPG
Addendum to Chapter 4: Creating a Character 5
Cleric options 6
The Corruptor 6
Dragon Rider 9
Humanoid Animals 14
Master Animal 19
Magic-User options 21
Wood Wizard 21
Renouncing Immortality 24
Addendum to Chapter 5: Ability Checks & Skills 25
The Bard 30
The Jester 30
The Acrobat 30
The Fortune Teller 31
The Charlatan 31
The Hermit 32
The Mummer 32
The Jongleur 33
Herbal Remedies 34
Herbal Remedy Ingredients 36
Reagent Recipe Type 42
Addendum to Chapter 7: Spells & Spellcasting 55
Ool’s Spallbok 55
Addendum to Chapter 9: Dungeon Delving 60
Dungeon Randomiser 60
Customised Wandering Monsters 77
Addendum to Chapter 12: Into the Wider World 92
Castle Generator 100
Addendum to Chapter 15: Out of This World 112
The Inner Dark 112
Addendum to Chapter 18: Monsters 124
Alphabetical list of monsters 124
Addendum to Chapter 19: Treasure 223
Gifts from the Gods: Crates 223
Non-random Treasure: Power Gems 224
Addendum to Part 5-Additional Material: 238
Flavour Text and Campaign Threads 238
OPEN GAME LICENCE version 1.0a 255
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A supplement for Dark Dungeons providing rules for playing Humanoid Animals – Puss in Boots, Beatrix Potter characters, TMNT, whatever takes you fancy!
Creating a solo game adventure is actually extremely easy with Zombienomicon Eisegesis.
First, metacode it out, either longhand writing on paper or on screen in notepad.
Work out all the alternatives for the main thread of your story. Remember that to really involve other people, at key points in your adventure story you should enable the “Extend” option so you can have other people enhance and alter your game.
The flow should be logical no matter whether your story is arbitrary and silly or deathly serious high fantasy or a spy story or something.
In terms of making people use randomness, there are several options. I am coding dice rollers and so on for a future release but for now, it open to you to tell a reader to roll a dice or flip a coin and then provide the options. What I am currently doing is writing out charts of outcomes, say 6 different wandering monsters on a wandering monster chart. Then instead of a roll of 6 always being the worst monster I randomize myself which position will be which monster. Then in an Episode, I add a paragraph saying for example “Pick a number between 1 and 6.” Each option leading from it is one of the random monster encounters.
USE THE POWER of the Extend-A-Story system! It is superior to physical gamebooks in that it can link back to a previous paraagraph. So for example you can have a huge long winded explanation, description or battle, and at the end of even 100 Episodes simply link back to the original adventure chapter. Likewise a long conversation with a character can return the reader to the original Episode. If you also allow extensions that will make your adventure literally, and rapidly, infinite. There are examples of this already on the site.
Mythica is a series of films, Kickstarter funded but really well done. The story is coherent, clear and in my opinion superior to SyFy movie of the week fare even though there may be higher ranked actors in the SyFy efforts.
It’s well worth tracking them down and paying for them.
We get what we pay for and we receive double for what we encourage. 🙂
The ZE site works like an online choose your own adventure, where you click through episodes until a story or an adventure ends. Some of them HAVE no ending yet, either because they’re long or because people haven’t written the ending!
That’s where the write your own adventure part of the fun comes in.
If you click on a link to an episode and it doesn’t exist yet, you have the exciting opportunity to actually write the episode!
Normal etiquette, and common sense, requires that for an episode to be any good and worth reading it has to make some sort of logical sense, and to follow on from what other people have written. However, there is NOTHING stopping you adding things that YOU want to see. If you think the adventure needs spicing up, or more battles, or a new character, or your favorite superhero – that’s what you can add in, like a guest star or a cameo or a crossover in a movie or comic book.
Some episodes won’t let you extend them, an when you write an episode you can also set it NOT to be linkable and NOT to be extendable. Usually if you want a choice to be serious you won’t let people add new options to weasel out of it or disrupt the flow of the story. Other times it’s a free for all and perfectly obvious that the “point” of the story is the fun and chaos. This sort of expansion also lets you take a classic book or story and change the outcome and the characters, a fascinating process in itself.
Why not give it a try?
An interactive fiction write your own choose your own adventure. The wizard Merlin sends you to seven different realms (at least!) to recover a Sonte of Power in each one and also face a Monster King or its minions.
Straightforward fantasy RPG fun!