Saturday, August 6, 2011

[osr Challenge] Stat blocks and less than a month away!

One of the things you need for your 25 short adventures are stat blocks. I use a very simple format and I'll show you how it's done.

I'll use the unicorn from the Labyrinth Lord main book. Here's how it appears in the book:

No. Enc.: 1d6 (1d8)
Alignment: Lawful
Movement: 240' (80')
Armor Class: 2
Hit Dice: 4
Attacks: 3 (2 hooves, horn)
Damage: 1d8/1d8/1d8
Save: F8
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: None
A unicorn has deep sea-blue, violet, brown, or fiery gold eyes. All unicorns have a long, straight horn growing from the center of their foreheads. Males sport a white beard, and all unicorns' coats are snow white. A typical adult unicorn is the size of a wild horse. These majestic creatures have the ability to teleport 1 time per day, along with a rider, up to 360'. A lawful, virtuous maiden may only approach these shy creatures.

The stats are important, so be sure to include them all (but I usually leave out the movement rate because it's easy to find it in the book if needed). I figure out the hit points, combine the damage into the attacks stat and add any special abilities that are mentioned in the text at the end. The shortened listing is at most two or three lines for ease of use:

Unicorn; Alignment: Lawful; Armor Class: 2; Hit Dice: 4d8, Hit Points: 28 ; Attacks: Hoof/Hoof/Horn (1d8/1d8/1d8); Save: F8; morale: 7; Special abilities: Teleport (1/day).

And that's how I do it. Pretty straight forward and useful for quick reference.

So there is less than a month to the osr Challenge: A September of Short Adventures! Be sure to sign up and participate!

1 comment:

  1. I find movement rate to be more important, alignment less, and run mine like this (guessing as to the movement rate because I'm posting on the road):

    Unicorn (AC: 2, HD: 4, hp: 28; Mv: 180 (60), Att: 3, Dmg: d8/d8/d8, Sv: F8, M: 7, Special: teleport 1/day)


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