Thursday, May 21, 2015

Huge Spider 5e

"That's a lot of webs..." Nimble said very quietly.

"With some really thick strands." Allianora said equally as quietly.

"What are the chances it's all from just one spider?" Rathgar asked.

Feris tried to swallow before answering, his throat suddenly parched. "Not good. Not good at all."

"What are the chances that our horse is still alive?" Allianora asked, knowing the answer.

I needed a slightly bigger spider than the Giant Spider from the MM. This is what I came up with for last night's game.

Huge Spider
Huge Beast, neutral evil
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points  (8d12+16) Speed 40 ft. Climb 40 ft.

16 (+3)
18  (+4)
12 (+1)
4 (-3)
4 (-3)

Skills: Stealth +9
Senses Blindsight 10 ft., Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages -
Challenge 4 (1100XP)
Spider Climb: the spider can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, with needing to make an ability check.
Web Sense: While in contact with a web, the spider knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.
Web Walker: The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.

Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 2d8+5 piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw, taking 3d8 poison damage on a failed save, half on a successful one. If the poison damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, the target is stable but poisoned for 1 hour, even after regaining hit points, and is paralyzed while poisoned in this way.
Slam:  Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 2d8+5 bludgeoning damage, and the target must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, or be knocked prone.
Web (Recharge 5-6) Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, range 30/60ft., one creature. Hit: The target is restrained by the webbing. As an actiuon, the restrained target can make a DC 14 Strength check, bursting the webbing on a success. The webbing can also be attacked and destroyed (AC 10; hp 8; vulnerability to fire damage; immunity to bludgeoning, poison, piercing, and psychic damage).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Balticon upcoming!

Memorial Day weekend is approaching, and while most people think cookouts and beach days, for me it's all about Balticon, the local sci-fi & fantasy literature convention. But don't think it's limited to lit. There's plenty of programing devoted to all aspects of fandom, from New Media, to Costuming, Anime, Science, and even Gaming!

As usual, I'll be bringing my graph paper and working on maps, so expect to see those show up over the course of the weekend on G+, and then here on my blog.

If you're local, I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Whispers from the Well 5/9

Your weekly update of the goings on in Stonehell
As reported by the tavernkeepers of the Ogre Face Inn

Delving New Depths!

Jasper the Holy, Grunlik the stunty barbarian, Gideon the Sly, and Xerxes the master of the occult successfully (and profitably) made it deeper into the dungeon than any other in a long time! Upon their return they told of degenerate inmates, voices in the darkness, and broken statues as they explored the second level of the dungeon. They even returned one of those poor souls to the surface with them, and have placed him in the care of Dr. Sigmond Fraud, the local head shrink.

Whispers from the Well

A troupe of silent priests bearing symbols of the death god (some would say 'demon lord' but who's to judge?) recently ventured into Stonehell. No one knows who or what they seek. If it's death, they might have found it since they have not yet returned.

The Mad Man Curtis continues to claim that Stonehell stretches deeper than the 5th level, but clearly he needs to stay out of that rot-gut from the Shudder Mountains!

The Hobgoblins and the Bandits have been seen in talks in the Market. Dangerous tidings indeed...

Rumors that the Orcs have hired adventurers to help them defeat the goblins are unconfirmed, but they've been somewhat less aggressive, looking to talk rather than just charging into a fight.


The Ogre Face Inn is looking to restock its supply of goblin-moss. Can be obtained from either the Market or directly from the Howling Wolves Tribe. Up to 10gp per bundle.

A gold ring with a princess cut ruby may be found in the midden of the market. It's a long story... 500gp reward for it's return.

Maps for sale. Reasonable prices, trades accepted. Inquire with Buckman One-Eye.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2nd Annual #6MMRPC

Once again I'm participating in the 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge in an attempt to reduce the massive amounts of unpainted minis I've got kicking around.

Here are the rules as taken from The Spiderweb of History:

Alright everybody, it's time for the 2nd Annual 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge or 6MMRPC. We've changed up the time frame - it's going to run from June 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015. This avoids Christmas. There have also been a few rules changes, and some exciting additions IN BOLD.

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker. You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase. Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single can't splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc. [Shouldn't be a problem! I have too many minis as it is!!]

1.1 - There is an opportunity to "earn" additional jokers. If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker. [We'll see, but Jokers aren't something I need]

2. Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise. [Unlikely to have any impact]

3. Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule. [Again, shouldn't be an issue]

4. At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week. If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC [I'll try to do better this year!]

5. Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed. [I've got plenty of Mantic and Reaper undead to get me through the month just fine...]

6. Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice. Judging will be by an un-biased person. Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win. [Worth a shot. Just need to decide what it'll be...]

For those looking for additional info about this madness, please check out -

6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge Master List


The 6MMRPC Facebook Group

I haven't yet decided what I want to set as my challenge for this next 6 months. Knowing myself, I need to figure out what it'll be, then chop it in half. Then, maybe I might get it done.

I already know that I'll be using a joker on the Bones III kickstarter. Kind of the anti #6MMRPC, but what are you going to do?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time Taker

"I know this mark..." Rathgar said with astonishment.

Feris turned away from the pile of scrolls "Mark?"

"It's a makers mark on the blade. Jie Chue, the master forger. This is an amazing find. Each of his blades was unique, and all are magical."

Allianora stood away from the candles she'd lit to purify the old tomb. "Looks a little dingy for a magic sword."

"It is over a millennia old... " Rathgar ran his finger over the edge "and battle ready still, in spite of a bit of tarnishing"

"Any idea what it actually does?" Nimble asked as he scooped the jewelry from the long dead bodies.

Rathgar shrugged, then swung the blade at one of the recently re-dead ghouls. The blade passed through the dead flesh easily. In it's wake, the flesh around the cut turned to dust and fell away from the body.

Time Taker
This ancient +3 longsword is a potent weapon that steals time from it's victim. For every point of damage, the victim ages a year. A successful Saving Throw vs. Paralysis will negate the aging effect.