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i had an idea for a dnd campaign based on old 50's and 60's horror… 
29th-Apr-2005 09:58 am
i had an idea for a dnd campaign based on old 50's and 60's horror movies. so far the moves i think would be good adventures are:
frankenstein (flesh golem)
the wolf man
the blob (big black pudding or a shambling mound)
the creature from the black lagoon (locathah with barbarian levels?)
the mummy
night of the living dead
invasion of the body snatchers (dopplegangers)
29th-Apr-2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Check out Ravenloft. That's all it is really, variations on classic horror.
29th-Apr-2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
yeah, there's something about ravenloft i don't like. besides i like making up my own stuff.
29th-Apr-2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* just a suggestion.
29th-Apr-2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
yeah no, its cool. i have used maps and stuff from ravenloft before. just something about it i didn't go for. the mists thing for one.
1st-May-2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Nothing is saying you can't swipe the elements from it that you do like, though.
29th-Apr-2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
it does sound fun.

but i mainly wanted to comment on how your icon made me smile this morning.
29th-Apr-2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
29th-Apr-2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
You know, the Night of the Living Dead idea would rock if zombies were more like they are in movies. A friend of mine modified the stats so that they can be crit'd (to the head, of course) and so that their bite spread zombie-ness as a disease. Zombie Transformation Fever: incubation 12 hours, initial damage 2d6 Con, secondary same, roll every hour for daily damage, on death rise as zombie in 1d4 rounds, save DC: 35, no taking 20, save is at -1 for every hour after incubation. Granted, that was in a d20 Modern game, but it was still pretty cool. Really took away the idea that zombies are just low-level cannon fodder, you know?
29th-Apr-2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
The "zombie with disease" is called a Ghoul. Libris Mortis has variant versions of Zombies/Vampires/Liches/Skeletons too. d20 Modern with Ghouls and Zombies is like a survival horror game. Unless you flavor them differently, DnD Zombies aren't scary at all. Especially since adventurers deal with aberrations and weird other junk all the time.
29th-Apr-2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
D&D zombies are comically useless. I love them.

Modern 28 Days Later and/or Dawn of the Dead zombies are called Ghouls in D&D parlance, like Xchimirax said.
29th-Apr-2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, you could use ghouls, but ghouls are free-thinking and thus totally not like the zombies in movies. I mean, really, if you want classic flavor in standard D&D, you pretty much have to do it yourself. Good call, though, on the whole zombies kind of sucking normally, because even in a game where you don't get into the really weird stuff, you leave zombies behind REALLY early on unless you just want cannon fodder. I kind of like Eberron for that, though, with the new variants in there, but Libris Mortis is most definitely the way to go as far as variants.
29th-Apr-2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
D&D zombies seem to fit better in the pre-Romero voodoo-queen mold as mindless slaves, rather than bloodthirsty monsters.
29th-Apr-2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
Invasion of the Body snatchers wouldn't really be dopplegangers I don't think. They came out of pods. That reminds me of yellow musk plants(I think that's the name, from the Fiend Folio). Though you'd have to rework some mechanics so that they podling would look like another pre-existing person.

Frankenstein would be an intelligent flesh golem. In a recent dragon magazine, there was a feat that a golem's creator could use to give the golem an intelligence score of half the creators caster level.
29th-Apr-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
well, my adventures are based loosely on the movies. but yeah i'd have to change the dopplegangers areound, or find something closer to the movie.
29th-Apr-2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
You need those dream monsters from Dal Quor (sp?) in Eberron. They'd fit very well. If you fall asleep they'll invade your dreams and turn you into a communist!
29th-Apr-2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
hey dammit... you're not supposed to see this! now i gotta find someplace else to steal ideas from!
29th-Apr-2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oops. Don't worry, I haven't seen anything gamebreaking yet. I'll just forget I ever saw it.

These aren't the droids we're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along, move along.
29th-Apr-2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
It's funny, I had this idea for an Eberron campaign where the PCs were all vetrans of the Last War who had started up a detective (Inquisitive) agency in Sharn. Some their adventures would be straight up detective stuff, find out who is blackmailing your client, or track down the maltese falcon. Others assignements might be more exotic: Find the Lost Ark (or Xen'drik artifact), fight nazis (the Emerald Claw), sneak behind enemy lines to sabatoge the communist super weapon (or the Lord of Blades' creation forge). Still others would come from the very classic horror movies you're talking about: hunting an invisible murderer(invisible stalker), freeing frankenstein's monster from captivity and helping him find his humanity (flesh golem), battle a vampiric foreign count building a powerbase in the city (Karnathi vampire).
29th-Apr-2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
Savage Species (scary as that sounds) includes the thematically correct spell Awaken Construct, which requires a fresh brain as a material component.
29th-Apr-2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
There's also The Brain Eaters (alien crawly bugs that attach themselves to people's spines and turn them into puppets), Them! (50' long ants as well all the other variations on bugs the size of city buses), Attack of the 50' Woman, The Amazing Colossal Man, wait a minute. I'm doing science fiction. I hate that.

Fantasy/horror. Right. Got it.

King Kong.
The Exorcist.
The Birds.
The Thing.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hude.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The Phantom of the Opera.

29th-Apr-2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Hude? Hyde. Hide. Heid. Whatever.
29th-Apr-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
29th-Apr-2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Night of the Leapus.
Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
29th-Apr-2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
D20 Menace Manual has an almost direct copy of John Capenter's The Thing. Scifi, sorta, but Urban Arcana has creatures called Grendelspawn that strongly resemble xenomorphs from the Alien series. A Hyde template is in D20 Past.

Phantom of the Opera is certainly a guy with some Bard levels. Unless you mean Lon Chaney. Then he's a hobgoblin.
29th-Apr-2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, you could totally do attack of the 50 ft. Woman, too. I mean, come on, female barbarian with a permanent enlarge... Yikes.
29th-Apr-2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe a female titan barb with enlarge. Enlarge Person only takes you so big. And doesn't work on outsiders like titans, damn.
29th-Apr-2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Deadites anyone?
1st-May-2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
I remember Dragon magazine had a segment on "pulp heroes". That might be worth checking out for you.
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