And The Trolls Shall Be Born Again…

Wherein your humble scribe mentions a Kickstarer and presents a couple of characters and a monster for T&T 7.5.

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Kickstarter for the new Deluxe Tunnels & Tolls. If not, click that link and learn all you could ever want to know about this project. There’s also more information available in this press release on the official dT&T blog.

It turns out that all of my dreams and plans for using any version of T&T last year fell through spectacularly (if by “fell through” I mean “I didn’t do jack to make them happen”), and I don’t imagine I’m going to do much with any version of T&T this year, either. But I am backing the Kickstarter because, well, I like T&T and enjoy the concept of seeing it live on – especially with the hand of Liz Danforth being involved once again.

So, being in a Trollish frame of mind at the moment, I thought I’d throw out a couple of T&T 7.5 characters and a monster for them to face off against. Go nuts with these if you have any inclination to do so. Otherwise, move along quietly and I promise to return this blog to its now expected, if still somewhat saddening, silence*.

Xal Balaq / Rogue / Elf / 2
STR 8 CON 5 DEX 14 SPD 18
INT 21 WIZ 8 LK 20 CHR 28

Height 6′ 4″ Weight 151 lbs.

Adventure Points 0
Combat Adds +15

Talents Roguery (+4)
Languages Elvish, Common, Dwarven, Hobb, Orc, Troll, and so on…
Spells Knock Knock

Cutlass (3+3), Kukri (2+5), Cuirboille (7)

Vorzt / Warrior / Human / 1
STR 16 CON 12 DEX 14 SPD 9
INT 7 WIZ 9 LK 11 CHR 13

Height 5′ 11″ Weight 170 lbs.

Adventure Points 0
Combat Adds +7

Talents Gambling (Luck +4)
Languages Common

War Hammer (5+1), Throwing Axe (3+2), Scale Mail (16), Kite Shield (12)

Plague Troll

Monster Rating: 60
Combat Dice: 7d6+30
Special Damage: 1/3 – Plague Trolls fight with a terrifying ferocity, doing 3 points of Spite damage per 6 rolled in combat; 6/Plague Infection – In rare cases, Plague Trolls can communicate their disease to non-trolls. Those who become infected suffer an immediate loss of 1/2 of their remaining CON. Plague victims take an additional 2 CON damage each hour (unless an L3SR on CON is made) until they expire. Natural healing does not replenish any CON lost to the disease. Only a casting of Healing Feeling will cure the Troll Plague.
Special Abilities: Plague Trolls are desiccated and lack significant meat on their bones – thus cutting, slashing and stabbing weapons are less effective against them. Treat Plague Trolls as having 4 points worth of armor against these types of weapons. Unlike healthy trolls, Plague Trolls do not regenerate damage – their regenerative properties are too busy keeping them alive to heal them of any damage within the timeframe of a combat.

Plague Trolls are trolls that have contracted a hideous wasting disease yet refuse to die. They look like regular trolls that have shriveled and shrunken away to nearly skeletal creatures. They are quite mad and easily enraged – the disease has accelerated their metabolisms, making them far quicker than healthy trolls – and are known to actively seek death.

*For those who care, I’m still not feeling the mad drive to create RPG stuff, though I am back on track with running my Dungeon Crawl Classics game. And the big Call of Cthulhu game I was in most of the past year and a half is starting back up shortly. And it looks like I’ll be joining up with what should be a long-term BRP fantasy game in the near future, too. So I’m gaming, just not writing.

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8 thoughts on “And The Trolls Shall Be Born Again…

  1. Gregarious Monk

    Glad to hear things are good, brother. I drop in now and then to see what’s spilled out of your head. Keep writing the blog when you can, there are those of us who do enjoy your crafty stuff.

    Played G-Man’s Crimson Shoals over Christmas holidays with a bunch of buddies who are Howard/Lovecraft fans. I gave them all nametags with their names, nations and careers on them. We had a blast!

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Howdy, GMonk! Thanks for the kind words and deeply appreciated interest, amigo. I’ll keep posting as things crawl out from under the rock that is my noggin.

      I’m delighted to hear that GMan’s adventure went well for your crew. The dude gave us some great stuff for sure. Hopefully he’ll surprise me with something new to post sometime.


  2. Goblinkin

    Hi mate! don’t give up the fight – stick in there. and as always, keep up the amazing work

    I’ve been amazingly lax and have let the gobbo blog go, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a creative funk.
    But I’m still RP’ing. I’ve got a great group of 4th edition D&D’er that I’ve been playing with for the past two years and we’re still going strong.

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Hey Gobbo! Good to hear from you, comrade. I’ll keep trying to work my way out of the funk, even if it’s only in fits and starts. I’ve got some great folks out there who dig what I do, it seems. And that’s pretty damn awesome.

      I’m glad to hear you’re still gaming, too. That’s really the most important thing, I think. Keep it up!

      You should also dust off your own blog if and when inspiration strikes. Your BoL stuff was just so dang useful and fun that it would be great to see more someday.


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