Ismael Alvarez Archive

  • Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e)

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e) The 5e-conversion of the Phoenix Lily clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction to the subject matter at hand, we are introduced to two magic items: The uncommon specimen jar, which conserves 1/2 cubic foot of material, preserving it. (Yes, including information on putting things inside or drawing forth items.) and the second being the very rare fecund totem: Vegetation within 600 feet of the totem becomes overgrown as if affected by plant growth, which is btw. not italicized in the pdf. The totem also grants all plant creatures +2 hit points […]

    Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e)

    Deadly Gardens: Phoenix Lily (D&D 5e) The 5e-conversion of the Phoenix Lily clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction to the subject matter at hand, we are introduced to two magic items: The uncommon specimen jar, which conserves 1/2 cubic foot of material, preserving it. (Yes, including information on putting things inside or drawing forth items.) and the second being the very rare fecund totem: Vegetation within 600 feet of the totem becomes overgrown as if affected by plant growth, which is btw. not italicized in the pdf. The totem also grants all plant creatures +2 hit points […]

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  • Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e)

    Deadly Gardens Extra: Natural Items (D&D 5e) This FREE pdf (included in regular Deadly Gardens, just fyi!) clocks in at 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 1.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are natural items? They are basically parts of creatures vanquished, in some cases specifically treated. The harvesting of these items is pretty simple – all are based on Intelligence, though the precise skill used diverges from creature to creature. Beasts can be harvested via Intelligence (Nature), while most creatures can be harvested via Intelligence (Religion) and Intelligence (Arcana). Slightly odd to my eyes: Oozes are harvested via Intelligence (Investigation) – though that makes sense, if you […]

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  • Frozen Gardens: Deadly Gardens Winter Special The second of Rusted Iron Games’ extra-long specials in the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 a page editorial + SRD, leaving us with ~11.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so this pdf begins somewhat different than one would expect, introducing us first to the realm of eternal winter, a demi-plane of eternal ice…and otherwise sans unique planar traits, which is a bit of a missed chance there. The pdf provides two magic items – the first is the Cask of Ancient Winters, which, when opened, spreads lethal cold and enhances associated magic, while the second is Winter’s Edge, a frosty short sword […]

    Frozen Gardens: Deadly Gardens Winter Special

    Frozen Gardens: Deadly Gardens Winter Special The second of Rusted Iron Games’ extra-long specials in the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, ~1/2 a page editorial + SRD, leaving us with ~11.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so this pdf begins somewhat different than one would expect, introducing us first to the realm of eternal winter, a demi-plane of eternal ice…and otherwise sans unique planar traits, which is a bit of a missed chance there. The pdf provides two magic items – the first is the Cask of Ancient Winters, which, when opened, spreads lethal cold and enhances associated magic, while the second is Winter’s Edge, a frosty short sword […]

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  • Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles

    Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles This pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not 100% sure – yes, this is an April’s Fools product. And yes, I’m reviewing it in August. Sad, but better late than never, right? So this begins with a basic, humorous introduction of poles – both in the game worlds and in real life. Let me go on a slight tangent here: If you do not know 10-foot-poles, they are perhaps the source of more anecdotes and prevented PC-death in old-school gaming than any other item. They […]

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