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Monday, January 6, 2014

Exploring Ruins in the d30 Sandbox Companion

We've looked at Taverns and Cults so far. Now it's time to step into the Ruins...

Page 19 in the d30 Sandbox Companion for those playing along at home:

Ruin One

Type - roll of "8" makes it a Hamlet.

Let's check out the character and degree of decay - a roll of "6" indicates it's "barely sunken"

A roll of "29" indicates it's overrun by reptiles of some sort - a roll of 10 on a d15 indicates it some sort of dragon.

Hmmm... sunken hamlet inhabited by a dragon. We'll make this encroaching swampland. Damn, which kind of dragons inhabit swampland? Probably a young adult in size. Possibly nesting with an egg or two. That would make it a high stakes encounter...

Ruin Two

Type - roll of "16" makes it a Catacombs.

Rolling a "4" indicates it has been slightly vandalized.

A roll of "6" indicates there is a nuisance amount of magical inhabitants - a roll of "6" on a d15 looks to make that a rust monster. Shit, that might be more than a nuisance ;)

Catacombs speak for themselves. Grab a +Dyson Logos or +matt jackson map, throw in some mindless undead along with the rust monster and you have a prefect recipe for a low level dungeon.

Overall, quick and dirty and fine for a quick encounter. If I was looking for more in depth (and done in advance) I'd probably opt for Tome of Adventure Design for a fuller effect (as I already have it in my gaming library).


  1. You might look also at Kevin Crawford's stuff.

    The _Red Tide Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit_ has some good stuff in the back, but I think _An Echo Resounding: A Sourcebook for Lordship and War_ is a better fit here, having richer site generation. It's not as concise as _d30 Sandbox Companion_, though.

  2. I was going to recommend Mythmere's Adventure Design Deskbook but then I realized it was the first part of the Tome of Adventure Design....which at some point I purchased but never downloaded?!?! WTF is this craziness???