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Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day – The Badass

April 16, 2015

SW-Appr-Day-LogoFollowing is my meager contribution for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015 – The Badass, a tongue-in-cheek class for S&W Whitebox.



“Badasses roam the gutted worlds of the Apocalypse Rim, plundering the crypts and tombs of long-dead space gods, in search of planet-busting relics and vast hoards of alien gold, gems and space-mithral.”


And for those who may be interested, here’s some additional material I’ve written for Swords & Wizardry (mostly for the Whitebox edition):



Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015

April 9, 2015

SW-Appr-Day-LogoR.J. Thompson at the Gamers & Grognards blog has resurrected Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day for April 17th, 2015.  If you’re interested in participating, simply create something for S&W on your blog and send him an e-mail with the link by April 16th.  Click here for more details.

Even if you don’t want to create something for S&W, you may want to check it out for all the gaming goodness sure to come.

So, the last time someone did a Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day (over at Tenkar’s Tavern in 2013), my contribution was Rayguns & Wizardry.  I’d like to participate again, so we’ll see if inspiration strikes between know and the 16th.


S&WAD: RAYGUNS & Wizardry

April 17, 2013

SW-Appr-Day-LogoContinuing my trend of science-fantasy related material for Swords & Wizardry, I give you RAYGUNS!  These were designed with S&W Whitebox in mind, but should work well enough with standard S&W (or any other version of The Game you prefer).

RAYGUNS & Wizardry

Rayguns may be used by any class, and by any intelligent humanoid physically capable of wielding such weapons (and possibly other intelligent creatures, left to individual GM’s judgement).

When found a raygun possesses 0 to 10 charges (2d6-2 shots).  At the GM’s discretion it may be possible to recharge discharged rayguns (replacement batteries, power crystals or perhaps a power generator of some sort).  Note, however, that rayguns cannot hold more than 10 charges.

Unless otherwise specified, the range of all rayguns is 120 feet, affecting a single target.  Most rayguns allow a saving throw to mitigate or negate their effects.

About 5% of rayguns possess multiple barrels.  Multi-barrel ray guns allow the user to switch between barrels, or to discharge all barrels at once (and at the same target; make a separate saving throw for each barrel’s effects).  Each time you roll another barrel for the raygun, roll again to determine if the weapon has yet another barrel.  One charge is consumed for each barrel discharged.  Roll randomly to determine each barrel’s effect (duplicate effects are okay).

(01-04) Atrophic Ray – On a failed saving throw, some portion of the target (randomly determined by the GM) withers and shrinks.  Atrophied limbs are nearly useless; should the torso or head be struck by the ray, the victim will have severe health complications, possibly resulting in death.  Much here is left to the GM’s discretion, but getting hit by this raygun is a really bad thing.

(05-08) Daze Ray – If the target fails their saving throw, they are put into a state of confusion, per the Magic-user spell.  No effect on robots, machines, constructs or the mindless.

(09-12) Death Ray – Death rays have a maximum range of 60 feet.  On a failed saving throw a living target falls dead, instantly slain.  Plants receive a +2 to their saving throws.  Robots, machines and constructs are unaffected by death rays.  The undead are healed for 2d6 points of damage.

(13-16) Desiccation Ray – This dreaded ray sucks the vital juices out of living targets.  A failed saving throw results in 3d6 points of damage.  Victims reduced to 0 or fewer hit points are reduced to a dusty pile of their constituent elements.  As such, desiccating rays are favored by certain spell casters who rely upon these elements as magical components.  Desiccating rays have a maximum range of 30 feet.

(17-20) Disintegration Ray – Any target hit by a disintegration ray that fails a saving throw falls to dust (including any possessions, though the GM may allow a saving throw for magic items to survive).  Inanimate objects (such as a door or section of wall) are not normally permitted saving throws.  Anyone protected by some form of force field is completely immune to disintegration rays.

(21-24) Entropic Ray – Complex machines (such as robots, computers, etc.) hit by an entropic ray immediately break down on a failed saving throw.  Constructs (i.e. golems), simple machines and solitary objects (such as a rock) are unaffected by entropic rays.  Against the undead entropic rays act as the Turn Undead ability, as a 3rd level cleric.

(25-28) Freeze Ray – Inflicts 2d6 points of cold damage (save for ½).  If the target fails their save, they are also slowed, moving at half rate for the duration of the combat.

(29-32) Gate Ray – Any object struck by a gate way that fails a saving throw is instantly transported to another dimension or plane of existence.  Each gate ray is calibrated to send its victims to a different dimension/plane, but it will consistently send all of its victims to the same dimension/plane (so such a weapon could be an effective tool for transporting a large number of people to another dimension; getting back is another matter).  The maximum range is 30 feet.

(33-36) Heat Ray – Inflicts 2d6 points of heat damage (save for ½).  If the target fails their save, one or more combustible items on their person burst into flames (GM’s discretion), inflicting additional fire damage.

(37-40) Mez Ray – On a failed saving throw, an intelligent being is rendered into a suggestible state by the mez ray.  They will compulsively follow the first instruction given to them by anyone.  They will not do anything obviously contrary to their nature, like commit suicide or kill a loved one, but may be tricked into self-destruction.  Mez rays have no effect on machines, constructs, the undead or the mindless.

(41-44) Morphic Ray – Man-sized targets failing a saving throw morph into a chalky, 1-inch cube.  A second application of a morphic ray upon the cube will return the subject to its original state.  Larger than man-sized targets take 2d6 points of damage as the ray only affects a portion of their bodies.

(45-48) Mutagenic Ray – Living creatures that fail their saving throws immediately develop a random mutation (such as one of these).  Mutagenic rays have no effect on machines and constructs or the incorporeal undead.  However, undead of a (former) biological nature (such as zombies or ghouls) will mutate on a failed saving throw.

(49-52) Paralysis Ray – Living creatures failing a saving throw are paralyzed for 3d6 rounds.  Losing control of all motor action, they slump to the ground in a heap, fully aware but incapable of doing anything more than breathing.  However, psionic abilities may still be used by paralyzed victims.

(53-56) Petrification Ray – These are terrifying rayguns that impose a calcification effect on biological targets.  Man-sized and smaller subjects are turned into calcified ‘statues’ on a failed saving throw.  Larger targets take 2d6 points of damage as portions of their body are calcified.  A large creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by a petrification ray will become a calcified ‘statue’ as well.

(57-60) Regenerative Ray – Living subjects hit by a regenerative ray are instantly healed for 2d6 points of damage.  The undead take 2d6 points of damage on a failed saving throw.  Machines and constructs are unaffected.

(61-64) Rez Ray – Rez rays have a maximum range of 30 feet.  Dead creatures are brought back to life with a successful saving throw, provided the corpse is intact and the subject not more than 24 hours deceased.  Undead are instantly destroyed on a failed saving throw.

(65-68) Singularity Ray – Singularity rays generate a micro-black hole lasting just a fraction of a second.  However, this is still sufficient to suck in all matter within a 30 foot radius of the point of origin.  Anything sucked into the black hole is destroyed (alternatively, they’re transported to an alternate dimension; GM’s choice).  A saving throw is allowed to avoid such a fate.

(69-72) Stasis Ray – On a failed saving throw the target is cocooned in a static energy field which divorces them from contemporary space-time (i.e. time does not pass for the subject).  They may not move (in fact, they appear to be frozen solid, in mid-action) or even use psionics and they may not be affected by any force external to the stasis field.

(73-76) Stealth Ray – Stealth rays have a maximum range of 30 feet.  The subject is cloaked by a light deflecting field that renders them invisible; involuntary targets are permitted a saving throw to negate the effect.  The invisibility persists for 1 hour.

(77-80) Stun Ray – Living creatures failing a saving throw are stunned for 1d6 rounds.  While stunned they may not take any actions.  Maximum range is 60 feet.

(81-84) Telekinetic Ray – TK rayguns emit a steady, mass-neutralizing beam that allows heavy objects to be more easily moved or manipulated by motioning the gun about.  The ray will counter 100 kg at a range of 15 feet.  Each round the ray is active consumes one charge.

(85-88) Tractor Ray – On a successful saving throw the ray ‘locks’ onto an object or surface and pulls that object towards the wielder (if trying to grab an object in another’s possession, the target gets a saving throw to negate).  When locked onto a solid surface (such as a wall or ceiling), the ray pulls the wielder towards that surface instead, covering the distance in a single round.

(89-92) X Ray – X Rayguns emit a form of radiation that allows one to see through solid matter.  When used on people, skin becomes translucent, exposing internal organs and bones (and revealing metallic objects, such as concealed weapons).  When used on an object, it will pierce about a foot of wood and approximately six inches of stone or dirt.  Even the thinnest layer of metal will inhibit the ray.  Maximum range is 10 feet.

(93-96) Defective – The raygun appears normal (roll again to determine type), but explodes in the user’s hand the first time it is discharged, inflicting 1d6 points of damage per charge (save for half).  Alternate optional rule:  Instead of damage, the raygun explodes, affecting everyone within 10′ per charge radius.  For example, a defective Petrification ray with 3 charges would explode and calcify everything within a 30′ radius.  Fun times for all!

(97-00) Booby-trapped – For unfathomable reasons, the raygun has been booby-trapped such that it affects the wielder instead of the intended target.  Roll again to determine the type of raygun.

Note:  Optionally, any of these rayguns may be treated as magical wands, if you don’t want to introduce a science-fiction element to your game.

Here’s a PDF version for download:  Rayguns & Wizardry

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Discounts

April 17, 2013

SW-Appr-Day-LogoS&W Appreciation Day is upon us.  I’ll be posting my submission in a few minutes, but as a quick community service I wanted to remind you that a couple of sites are offering 25% discounts (today only) for Swords & Wizardry related products, in case you’re interested.

Frog God Games – Enter code SWApprDay on checkout

d20pfsrd – Enter code SWAD252013

I picked up PDFs of S&W Monstrosities and the S&W version of the Tome of Horrors Complete (which I’ve been waiting to go on sale for a while now).


Pre-Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Post

April 15, 2013

SW-Appr-Day-LogoSo, the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day will be upon us in just a couple of days.  As a kind of lead-in I thought I’d post links for previous Swords & Wizardry material I’ve written.  Most of it is written with the Whitebox version in mind, but should be easy enough to convert to standard S&W (or any retro-clone for that matter).

Atomic Men & Mad Scientists

Crypts & Things Feats

Mutant Character Class

S&W Mutation Cards

S&W Whitebox Feats

The Blasted Lands

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day is April 17th.  Check out Tenkar’s Tavern for more information (you may have to scroll down a bit).  Frog God Games is offering 25% discount for S&W related products, in case you’re interested in picking up a copy of the game.  Cheers!

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day

April 6, 2013

SW-Appr-Day-LogoSo, Tenkar’s Tavern is organizing a Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day.  S&W is my favorite clone so I’ve gone ahead and signed up.  I’ve already written one post for the event, and time permitting I may write more.  However, you’ll have to wait until April 17th to see them.

If you want to learn more, or sign up and join more than 100 other old school blogs in posting something Swords & Wizardry related on the 17th, head over to Tenkar’s Tavern.

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