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Submitted by Clint Staples on Feb 28
Riffing on the system that I developed for Runequest, based on Chris Nan Deelen’s article detailing the Brute Tattoo, I decided to write up a system for magical Tattoos in Ragnarok! The RPG of the Viking Apocalypse.
Submitted by Michael O. Varhola on Feb 28
During the most recent episode of our weekly "d-Infinity Live!" show, my co-hosts and I discussed our various methodologies for designing RPG character races. 
Submitted by Chris Van Deelen on Feb 28
Surprise. Another week and I’ve managed to post another blog. This week was pretty much like every other week … work, not able to take a break during lunch to write, so that story I have been trying to finish is still in the works. We shall see what next week happens to look like.

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Following is an encounter area that was part of a large, ruined Hindu temple complex that I created for use with the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition game system some time in the mid-1990s. Its central feature is a relatively obscure monster from Indian folklore called a Dristivasa, which by all accounts would seem to be a primordial cousin of the more familiar Carrion Crawler. It was part of a pretty vast amount of content that I developed for an "Indian Adventures" campaign setting I hoped to have published but which the pretty terrible playtest group I had at the time hated (along, it turns out, with everything I ran for it). Now that I have started scanning and reading back through this old material, I am thinking that 5th Edition versions of some of it might be called for! 

Live February 2nd, 9pm EST

So if you have been following the development of the Clanking Ruin and the ramblings of the Heroes of Brightwater through it, you might know that Zoe, the Orlanthi cultist and Lunar Half-breed (yes, family get-togethers are complicated) hatched a plant to steal the Wyverns that the Lunars use both to patrol the Clanking Ruin and generally exert their might in the region.

In honor of the lunar Chinese New Year, Skirmisher Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Fire Rooster: A Monster for 5th Edition”

Fire Roosters are elemental animals made of living metal that have glowing red metallic feathers, are studded with numerous small gems, and have low flames wreathing their bodies. In cultures that observe the Lunar New Year and adhere to the Asian Zodiac, spellcasters often summon Fire Roosters to take part in annual celebrations, where they are displayed, doted on, fed treats, and directed to continuously set off pyrotechnics for the duration of their visits. 

These mutant plants are found only in tropical rainforests and swamps. They are gargantuan in size compared to their ancestors, with the average specimen being nearly fifteen feet in length from top to bottom, with a width being equal to half that. The typical creature weighs about five hundred pounds. When it is actually seen, the creature is a pale white, with red veins running through the fibrous body. The mouth of the plant is large, and can easily swallow a humanoid creature with little difficulty.

Due to their size and unique coloration, many would think avoiding such predatory plants would be an easy task. It would be except for the fact the plants have several abilities which help camouflage them from casual viewing.

Bizarre mutant fish found in the depths of most lakes and rivers across the globe. They are strictly fresh-water creatures and as such will never be found in the oceans, although rumor has it they have mutated further and are supposedly found in the shallow depths along the shores of the mouth of the Amazon River in South America.

These oddly shaped fish appear to be free-floating bits of flotsam, gently swaying in the currents of rivers, or floating just below the surface of lakes. They are uniformly brown in color and when the eyes are closed can easily be mistaken for seed-pods. They shell is somewhat rough-textured and more mature specimens have spiky protrusions, making it a rather dangerous task for creatures which wish to use them for food. A slit is located just below the mouth, which can often be missed.

Note - a special thanks to the author Scott Sigler for posting the image of this real-life critter on his Facebook page!

These mutant plants are found only in tropical rainforests and swamps. They are gargantuan in size compared to their ancestors, with the average specimen being nearly fifteen feet in length from top to bottom, with a width being equal to half that. The typical creature weighs about five hundred pounds. When it is actually seen, the creature is a pale white, with red veins running through the fibrous body. The mouth of the plant is large, and can easily swallow a humanoid creature with little difficulty.

Due to their size and unique coloration, many would think avoiding such predatory plants would be an easy task. It would be except for the fact the plants have several abilities which help camouflage them from casual viewing. With the exception of when they feed or attack, the fibers of the plant naturally blend in with the surrounding foliage, allowing them to surprise on a 1-3 on a d6.

Bizarre mutant fish found in the depths of most lakes and rivers across the globe. They are strictly fresh-water creatures and as such will never be found in the oceans, although rumor has it they have mutated further and are supposedly found in the shallow depths along the shores of the mouth of the Amazon River in South America.

These oddly shaped fish appear to be free-floating bits of flotsam, gently swaying in the currents of rivers, or floating just below the surface of lakes. They are uniformly brown in color and when the eyes are closed can easily be mistaken for seed-pods. They shell is somewhat rough-textured and more mature specimens have spiky protrusions, making it a rather dangerous task for creatures which wish to use them for food. A slit is located just below the mouth, which can often be missed.

Note - a special thanks to the author Scott Sigler for posting the image of this real-life critter on his Facebook page!

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