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    Appendix d12: Underdark Grottos

    To help DMs add further detail to their adventures underground, Jason Sholtis (of The Dungeon Dozen) has provided the following table -- in the spirit of the 1st Edition DMG's appendices, charts, and random encounters! This week: What??s in that out-of-the-way Underdark grotto?

    Read Appendix d12: Underdark Grottos on D&D Insider here!

 

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    Ermm.. yeah, hope that anyone unfamiliar with Gary's excellent tables gets a bad impression of them because of this garbage article.

    Troglodyte salami :rolleyes:

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    We really don't need every single piece of content from the WotC site in this forum.
    When they are 5th edition related, they are quite neat to have mentioned here.

    But now that everything gets dumped here, I don't really feel like looking at them because most of it is unrelated spam advertising.
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    I liked it (and the Dungeon Dozen too). I think these are good hooks.
    "If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    We really don't need every single piece of content from the WotC site in this forum.
    When they are 5th edition related, they are quite neat to have mentioned here.

    But now that everything gets dumped here, I don't really feel like looking at them because most of it is unrelated spam advertising.
    It's an RSS feed. It's either 'on' or 'off'. So it's all WotC news or no WotC news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostSoul View Post
    I liked it (and the Dungeon Dozen too). I think these are good hooks.
    I liked it too. Even the cheesy humor made me fondly remember the humorous cartoons throughout the 1E DMG. Each of the entries either presents a good hook or strong visual. A grotto swarming with cockroaches would have my wife on edge for the rest of the game night, while just another side cave is easily forgotten and a waste of time to mention. Replace 'salami' with 'dried meats' and the one entry becomes less silly. But I won't knock the chart for being a little light-hearted in its presentation.
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    I love this table (and the others like it from Jason). Evocative and original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyvyan Basterd View Post
    Replace 'salami' with 'dried meats' and the one entry becomes less silly. But I won't knock the chart for being a little light-hearted in its presentation.
    I think the best way to use these is as hooks for DM-generated content. They're useful as a springboard to fuel the DM's imagination.

    When I read "troglodyte gourmet", I picture a vile worshipper of Torog flaying his victims alive to make his dishes, then feeding a pit full of writhing vermin (most likely giant centipedes).

    Another one that grabbed my interest was the guy who was reciting the epic poem. Why? Is he under a curse? What will he do if stopped - will he attack, and if so, will the PCs fall under his curse if he's slain? What does the poem say - could it shine light on some other feature of the dungeon? Are the lines that contain valuable information earlier on in the poem, and will the PCs risk waiting around (wandering monsters) while he gets to the good parts?

    Other people will come up with totally different ideas, questions, and answers, and I think anything that does that in a few lines is great.
    "If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
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