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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Minigame: Tama-Dama Collectible Egg Battle Game!

I have several other posts brewing but I've been fairly busy lately, so I figure now's the time to break the glass on some of my backup posts. This is something I wrote up forever ago.


This is a minigame that exists in my Phantasmos campaign setting, but could be applied to other science fantasy, or even other science fiction or regular fantasy settings, with a bit of tweaking. The game was designed around Numenera / Cypher System and would need to be heavily re-worked for other systems, but I still think it's a cool idea.

I ran it in my old Numenera campaign set in Phantasmos which was forever ago, I can't believe I never posted this on my blog!

It only showed up a few times, mainly giving the players some alternative ways to problem solve (the shopkeep won't sell the mcguffin... unless you can beat him in a tama-dama battle!), and I thought it was fun. You could theoretically build a whole campaign around this!

Rules for Tama-Dama battling



  • By default, lvl 3 difficulty
  • For every lvl difference between tama-damas changes difficulty by 1
  • Element advantage/disadvantage changes difficulty by 1
  • Anti-Information>Absolute Solid>Liquid Starfire>Impossible Light>Anti-Information
    • Learn more about the Elements of Phantasmos
  • Training/specializing in Tama-Dama battling changes difficulty by 1 or 2
  • Intelligence/Might/Speed type determines which pool to use for effort

List of Tama-Dama


Cordicoyot: A cyan-furred puppy coyote-like creature with a psilosymbiote infection 
  • Element: Anti-information
  • Type: Might


Starmander: A translucent yellow, gel-skinned salamander-like creature which breathes liquid starfire
  • Element: Liquid starfire
  • Type: Speed


Angefel: A pink-skinned, cherubic, semi-humanoid, golemite vulture-like creature

  • Element: Absolute solid
  • Type: Intelligence


Elephanshine: An impossible-colored baby elephant-like creature which sprays impossible light rainbows from its trunk
  • Element: Impossible light
  • Type: Intelligence


BB-Beetle: An emerald shelled beetle with pinkish skin, which shoots spitballs of absolute solid
  • Element: Absolute solid
  • Type: Speed


Phreaky Frelin: A frelin-like phreaker who casts spells of anti-information magic
  • Element: Anti-information
  • Type: Intelligence


Cosmom: A ball of gelatinous starfire with arms and big, red lips, which smothers its enemies with love… to death
  • Element: Liquid starfire
  • Type: Might


Impossipanda: A panda-like creature with patches of impossible colored fur, and mesmerizing eyes which produce impossible light. Surprisingly fast for such a fat creature
  • Element: Impossible light
  • Type: Speed


A sample Tama-Dama Tournament


Players will compete against 4 NPCs or each other in a tournament:

Georgina: A mutant girl with the mouth of a lion. 
  • Battles with a lvl 1d2 BB-Beetle.
  • A bratty girl who acts mean to cover her insecurities. Underneath her bluster, she's actually timid and caring.
  • Will get angry and flustered if she loses the first round.
  • Will cry if she loses.
  • If you convince her that you respect her, even if she loses, she will cheer up.

Ruk: A middle-aged tartarian with a hunched back. 
  • Battles with a lvl 1d2 Phreaky Frelin. 
  • Is trained in tama-dama battling.
  • Neckbeard.
  • Will accuse you of cheating if he loses.

Loys: A mutant boy with spirals in place of eyes. 
  • Battles with a lvl 1d2 Cosmom.
  • Nice, but very weird.
  • Has an overbearing / domineering mom.
  • His mom will yell at you if you win the first round.
  • She will begin crying and console the (unperturbed) Loys.
  • He will ask if he can be your friend, regardless of whether you win or lose.

Vincent: A pale, skinny mutant with greasy grayish-blue hair. He is almost attractive, except for his slightly droopy, beady eyes, and large nose. 
  • Battles with a lvl 2 Impossipanda. 
  • Is specialized in tama-dama battling.
  • Arrogant. Too cool to talk to you. Mildly sociopathic. 
  • 1337 h4x0r.
  • If Vincent makes it to the final round and loses a single round, his Impossipanda will turn into NaNo, the secret glitch tama-dama. 
    • NaNo has type superiority regardless of player's tama-dama type.
  • Will be an over-dramatic edge-lord if he loses. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Aquarian Dawn: Howlston the boom town

Howlston is still very much a growing city (both in-universe and because I'm making things up as I go in my current TNT Aquarian Dawn Campaign), but after the seventh session of my current campaign, I think there's enough here to share more about Howlston, the primary location of the setting.

Since I intend for this campaign to focus heavily on settlement building, Howlston needs to be an interesting place. While my SHIELDBREAKER campaign, set in Nova Arkham of my Phantasmos campaign setting, was also a fairly centralized campaign, unlike Phantasmos, in Aquarian Dawn I can't over-rely on gonzo, so this is an interesting challenge for me. I still allowed myself a little bit of gonzo baked into the premise of Aquarian Dawn, but i want these places and NPCs to stand on their own merits, and not just for being "weird", so we'll see how that goes.

If you need additional context for Aquarian Dawn, I have the following posts for some of the major species in the setting:

And a couple pieces of prose:

And with that, here's Howlston!


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These lists are broken into three overlapping sections, each referring to the other two.

I chose to put NPCs first because I think the personalities and preconceived interpersonal relationships are the main driver of Howlston. Ideally, even without any pre-written modules or adventure seeds, the interpersonal relationships alone should lend themselves to natural emergent narrative within a sandbox adventure.

NPCs: These are NPCs commonly found in or associated with a given region/location.
Locations: Specific points of interest within a region.
Regions: Broad areas that include several locations.

Finally, there are some "spoilers" in this table, so if you're in my current campaign please don't read this. If you're a GM, you may want to mix some things up anyway. 

Palthos the Triton Warlock by u/captdiablo. Not quite an Aquarian, but close enough for a visual reference.

NPCs

  1. Tetra-El-Voss
    • Aquarian ambassador who has chosen to identify as female for the convenience of humanoids. She has aqua skin with greenish-gold spots and greenish-gold eyes. Her head filament is in the shape of a tight bun haircut, and unlike most Aquarians she dresses in human clothing. She is surprisingly knowledgeable of human language and culture but is still not totally fluent. She tries to be friendly and accommodating but presents in a way that comes off inauthentic.
    • Usual Locations: Aquarian Caravan
  2. Urin'Kal
    • A dwarven engineer working on the surveillance suite project. His appearance is somewhat more humanoid than other mountain dwarves, although he still has a round and inflated appearance. He is also more adapted to thinking like and communicating with other intelligent species; not just humans, but also Aquarians and fey. He is friendly and excitable. He builds tiny warforged servants which he refers to as his babies.
    • Usual Locations: Aquarian Caravan; Lighthouse; Mount Laputa
  3. Quint
    • A goblin engineer working on the surveillance suite project. She has greenish-gold skin and light, wispy, shock-orange hair in the shape of an onion. She rides an "impossible" rocket-powered tricycle. She loves pranks and is a thrill-seeker, but is a bit of a softy and does not take well to criticism. Unerringly loyal to those she cares about, sometimes to their detriment.
    • Usual Locations: Aquarian Caravan; Lighthouse; Fey-Town
  4. Hericlesa Siriwell
    • A renowned artificer from the capital, who is temporarily staying in Howlston to work on the surveillance suite project. She is commonly seen with Lumo, who is partially funding her work, although at night she's more likely to be found at Black Tom's Tavern with Lumo's wife Natrova. She is also "old friends" with Peter Gibson, although it's unclear how exactly they know each other.
    • Usual Locations: Aquarian Caravan; Lighthouse; Black Tom's Tavern
  5. Bet-Don-Tuin
    • Aquarian engineer of the lighthouse. They have a haughty contempt for humanoids and has made no effort to learn the language or customs of humanoids. They are older, with dull green skin and loose, wispy filaments.
    • Usual Locations: Lighthouse; Aquarian Caravan
  6. Ruth Gibson
    • Human mechanic and general groundskeeper of the lighthouse. She is a middle-aged, heavyset woman with short brown hair and a muscular frame belying a history of some sort. She is stern but kind, as demonstrated by how she berates her “no-good” fisherman husband and dotes on her three young children. It is tacitly understood that she is working for one of the Kind Companies with the purpose of reporting on Bet-Don-Tuin and attempting to at least copy, if not reverse engineer his work. Ruth and Peter were elite Huntsman for the empire and are significantly older than they appear. They were involved in the extermination of what they believed was the last domain of the bluecap fey. Horrified by the things they were forced to do, they later ran off to live a simple life in Howl's Village, Ruth's original home long, long ago. 
    • Usual Locations: Lighthouse; Oldtown
  7. Peter Gibson
    • The “no good” fisherman husband of Ruth, an aging and somewhat portly man with a jolly blush to his smile. Has an unusual accent for one of the “original villagers”. He came from another place, long before the Howlston Boom. He really is a sub-par fisherman, but is kind, and generous to a fault, and treated as a pillar of the community among the original villagers. His eyes carry a heavy weight. Ruth and Peter were elite Huntsman for the empire and are significantly older than they appear. They were involved in the extermination of what they believed was the last domain of the bluecap fey. Horrified by the things they were forced to do, they later ran off to live a simple life in Howl's Village. 
    • Usual Locations: Docks; Lighthouse; Oldtown
  8. Gilgamesh
    • A large, muscular middle-aged man, the top of his otherwise shaved hair tied into a knot. He has a raspy voice with an unusual accent. A smooth talker and salesman hocking the finest wares from throughout the empire. He wears a purple and gold vest and carries a silver and gold saber that occasionally glows and sparks.
    • Usual Locations: Fish Market
  9. Gemini Forthright
    • The proprietor of Black Tom’s Tavern, a surprisingly young halfling, known for her competence, cunning, and comeliness. She dresses in a professional looking black leather suit appropriate for business and for getting one’s hands dirty, wears black gloves, and a black top-hat. She wears yellow lenses, the top half of her face is painted in a black that fades down to her cheekbones, marked by many yellow spheres like the eyes of spiders. A large toothy grin is painted across her face. She is an information broker, and as a result is one of the most important people to the Kind Companies. She is also nominally associated with Le Fauves. She does not believe strongly in the philosophy and actions of Le Fauves, so much as that she does not identify with humanoid society. She has learned to work the system in her favor so that she can buy the power necessary to buy freedom. She sees herself as an animal, and wishes for civilization to accept its place as part of the animal kingdom.
    • Usual Locations: Black Tom's Tavern
  10. Cyrus Giancarlo
    • An esper and enforcer for Black Tom’s. He’s large and strong, with a stern face and stubbly shaved head. His skin is slimy and gummy, making it easy for him to grapple and disarm opponents. Additionally, his skin is impervious to piercing. He can still be hurt but has abnormally high durability. Despite his exceptional wrestling skills, he prefers the simple life of an enforcer, with ample free time for hunting and fishing.
    • Usual Locations: Black Tom's Tavern; Docks; Mononoke Forest
  11. Damon Ricci
    • An esper and enforcer for Black Tom’s. A rogueish mystic who appears as a photo-negative of a human. For this reason, he hides his skin behind clothing, black gloves, and a black mask over his entire head. He has the ability to create a field of light distortion around himself, in addition to general magical abilities (61: Photobomb). He has a developed a major gambling problem, and can often be found at the Clover Casino. He thinks Gemini doesn't know about this, and would prefer to keep it that way.
    • Usual Locations: Black Tom's Tavern; Clover Casino
  12. Gylex Hane
    • The owner of Clover Casino, a leprechaun and real-estate tycoon, and the biggest threat to the Kind Companies in regards to dominance and effective ownership of Howlston. Although he puts on a used-car saleseman charm with his customers, he's a cutthroat and a scrooge. He wears a perfectly-fitted red suit and red bicorn hat, and his clothing is laced with the finest luster gold. It is said that he built his empire on the blood of those murdered by the legendary Death Metal Crow and her Mosh. If the rumors are to be believed, he set her up to fail on their last job together, leaving her for dead, and now she is out looking for revenge.
    • Usual Locations: Clover Casino
  13. Jeremiah Blackstone
    • Effectively the mayor and sheriff of Howlston. The Kind Companies have privatized most of Howlston’s new developments, leaving him with frustratingly little power. He’s a small, thin, elder man, but carries himself with a gravitas of leadership. He was among the last generation of monster hunters (at least until they recently started coming back), and there are few deadlier with a bow than he. His bow is a magical artifact from the high age of humanity, an ivory bow that charges its arrows with energy that launch like beams of light, capable of arcing and bouncing, if the wielder knows how to use it. He is strongly opposed to the Aquarians and what has happened to Howl's Village, and seeks to expand Old Town and collaborate with the Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra against outsiders, although he does not approve of the current Hydra Head, Alice Olmstead.
    • Usual Locations: Law Building
  14. Alice Olmstead
    • The Hydra Head of the Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra. She has short red hair (dyed aqua) and large and awkwardly-shaped, egg-like eyes. The temple is nominally associated with the greater pantheon of the empire, but the church is mainly focused on the patron deities of the sea, and few churchgoers besides Alice are even familiar with the broader pantheon. Alice believes that the Aquarians are the gods' chosen people, and sees their arrival as a blessing. Although a new cult is forming around these beliefs, there is also an orthodox resistance to this movement, and the church is at risk of sprouting a new Head.
    • Usual Locations: Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra
  15. Robert Marsh
    • An elder member of the Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, his wrinkled head, fatty neck, O-shaped mouth, and large pearl-shaped eyes give him the appearance of a canned sardine. He is a former fisherman and firm believer in the orthodoxy, and some believe that he intends to split into a new Hydra Head in the face of Alice Olmstead's Cult of the Aquarians.
    • Usual Locations: Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra
  16. Patrick Russo
    • Captain of a Kind Company, operating out of one of the low to mid-tier offices of the Slum Ruin. His company only has a single apartment for an office, but is respectable and well kept, and the shared enforcers of the Kind Companies on his floor keep the area safe. He wears a brown leather bomber jacket, rounded goggles that cover half his face, and a clean but worn cloth scarf. He prides himself on the number of fey gadgets and trinkets he’s amassed, many of which he keeps in a utility belt around his waist and across his chest, and others that are worn over his clothing. He acts manically and eccentrically, like he’s never satisfied with what’s happening in the moment. He puts on a bold front, but is actually deep in the red with Lumo and desperately trying to claw his way to prominence.
    • Usual Locations: Slum Ruin
  17. Lumo
    • Captain of the Luminose Kind Company on the penthouse top floor of the Slum Ruin. Middle-aged mafia don type who wears expensive but flexible outfits (always ready to scrap) and has a rogueish build. (Power 83 synchrous flow). So long as there is a beat or rhythm, he is a perfect, Ace shot. His crew always includes bards and a musical mage esper. He regularly cheats on his wife Natrova but would be furious if he learned that she is cheating on him.
    • Usual Locations: Slum Ruin
  18. Natrova
    • An attractive, vaguely elven or fey-looking woman in her early 20's with an unusual accent, the wife of Lumo. It's an open secret that Natrova regularly cheats on him, and has struck up a relationship with the renowned artificer Hericlesa, who is temporarily in Howlston working on a secret project for the Aquarian Caravan. She is actually a drow mystic working on behalf of the Machine Goddess, but has tricked a Pride of the Righteous Angry Lemurs into believing she is a lamia elf. She is using Hericlesa and the Lemurs to activate the Whitemare Ziggurat, to summon the Machine Goddess from the Whitemare Dimension.
    • Usual Locations: Slum Ruin; Black Tom's Tavern
  19. San Alemania
    • A field medic and general provider in Slum Park. He has tan skin, dark hair, and a high-born foreign (real-world Spanish) accent. He's attractive and charismatic, but doesn't look like much of a fighter. He is an esper; he has a ghoulish alter-ego which exists only in mirrors, is incredibly powerful, and invulnerable. So long as he is being reflected in a mirror, his real body is also invulnerable, although not supernaturally powerful. He is also a member of the true Le Fauves, and when operating he wears a razzle dazzle outfit of brown, green, and orange, that blends into the crowd and trashfires, giving him near-supernatural stealth. His Le Fauves makeup is like a hyper-exaggerated dandy gone wrong, with yellowing jaundiced skin and running makeup; like an uncanny parody or satire of opulence, like a creepy clown.
    • Usual Locations: Slum Park; Razzle Dazzle Den
  20. Death Metal Crow
    • The largest hob you've ever seen, covered from head to toe in black metal armor; a long, crimson, beak-like visor obscuring her face. She rides a beast thrice the size of a horse, with a scaly gray hide like a metal lizard covered in jewels, and a girthy horn longer than any man. She carries a metal compound bow as long as she is tall, and the metal string screeches and rends on each draw. Her metal bolts pierce the air, shrieking in absolute dissonance with the pounding music of her Death Metal Bards. Two massive blades protrude from both sides of her beast, the metal stained crimson from the fields of meat and blood left in their wake. It is said that at the end of battle, she draws these blades and effortlessly eviscerates every bit of dead meat into a single lump of pinkish pudding. She is a warlord, leading a legion of red, green, and blackcaps, along with her elite Crows and shocktrooper Mosh. She has a long-standing grudge against Gylex Hane.
    • Usual Locations: Eastern Wildlands
  21. Hobb Headhunter
    • A mysterious knight and presumably esper, covered in full body armor. He has become something of an urban legend, known for hunting firbolg war gangs, and other remnants of the Machine Goddess. Few take these threats seriously; up until recently they were thought to have been virtually exterminated. However, the recent rise in firbolg gangs has made the Hobb Headhunter a more prominent figure. He will begrudgingly leave "civilized" hobbs alone. Has an antagonistic relationship with the Death Metal Crow, whom he's not totally convinced isn't part of the Firbolg.
    • Usual Locations: Eastern Wildlands; Elsewhere in Howlston
  22. Golure
    • Grendel elf with bright red skin, fiery orange stripes, covered in burns he received from a starborn cyclops. Part of the Righteous Angry Lemur Pride, often hunts with Celinael and Tanarfin.
    • Usual Locations: Mononoke Forest
  23. Celinael
    • Lamia elf who seems to always be in a breeze. Part of the Righteous Angry Lemur Pride, often hunts with Golure and Tanarfin.
    • Usual Locations: Mononoke Forest
  24. Tanarfin
    • Black-skinned Grendel elf, supernaturally stealthy. Part of the Righteous Angry Lemur Pride, often hunts with Golure and Celinael.
    • Usual Locations: Mononoke Forest
  25. Lessarie
    • A Grendel elf with an uncanny, deer-like face and short antlers. Her quiver is the trumpet of a giant calla lily, and its pollen enchants her arrows with various effects. Part of the Raging August Leopard Pride. She has taken criticism from her pride for being overly cooperative with the humans / Aquarian colonization project. She sees any conflict as an inevitable loss for the Leopards, and so wishes to position the pride as best as possible through diplomatic means.
    • Usual Locations: Mononoke Forest; Kind Company Camp
  26. Debbie
    • A daemon, a cyborg creature containing djinn energy, subservient to the Machine Goddess. Her body is covered in open wounds seeping a dark grease. Her mouth is covered by some sort of breathing apparatus, giving her the appearance of a wide grin. She has a long spiked tail. A series of rotating fan blades dance around her in a repeating pattern. The fans each contain organic tissue with a mouth. She is oblivious to mortal concerns, but has a friendly / HR-like demeanor. She tends to make 20th and 21st century, real-world pop-culture references, specifically pertaining to robots and AI. If the Whitemare Ziggurat is freed from the Machine Goddess, she would likely serve the new owners. However, she may also try to trick them into freeing her.
    • Usual Locations: Whitemare Ziggurat
  27. Woody
    • An esper and former Huntsman for one of the Kind Companies working on the Aquarian Colonization Project who deserted. He was running an illegal drug trade as a side business, but fell in love with the dwarven mountainside and dwarven way of life. He is in his early 30's, has medium-length black greasy hair in a ponytial, and wears round blue-tinted sunglasses. His esper power is to see six seconds into the future. He also has three magical dog companions known as the War Dogs.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  28. Keelut
    • A hairless Siberian Husky with an odd foulness about him. He's actually an undead ghoul-dog.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  29. Bul-Gae
    • A maroon Jindo with an aura like sunset. He has a determined personality. He also has natural fire and lightning magics.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  30. Cu-Sith
    • Bull-sized, shaggy dark green fur, coiled tail, and a soul-chilling howl. She is the alpha of the pack, is motherly, and protective. She rescued Keelut from the realm of the dead.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  31. Coca'Cola
    • A dwarf who is clumsy and perennially sick, leading to her damaging her saiga suit and regenerating it so slowly, that she is often found in humanoid form. She is an oneironaught; a dream explorer, meaning she's a genius philosopher and mathemtician. She speaks in a poetic code, a hash function for a geo-spatial map; to communicate with her one must simulate, must imagine the space from the graph theory model her language is encoded in. She prefers to go by the shortened name Cola. In dwarven society, where individuality is valued, referring to someone by their surname is seen as a term of diminution but also endearment. She is seen as the spacey "problem child" in her family, and so the name stuck.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  32. Pepsi'Cola
    • A well-meaning, practical-minded dwarf blacksmith, and the brother of Coca'Cola. He is somewhat embarrassed by his sister, who he does not really understand. He has a simple worldview.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
  33. Arsee'Cola
    • The village elder of Blue Candlelight Village and father of Coca'Cola and Pepsi'Cola. He is proud of his daughter in his own way, understanding her on some level, but he has a much stronger relationship with his son, who is a more practical-minded person.
    • Usual Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
Land of Giants by Desmond Wong. A bit too big and not aquatic looking enough, but roughly a visual reference for the Aquarian Caravan.

Locations

  1. Aquarian Caravan
    • Opulent district, consisting primarily of mobile coral-like structures on the backs of large crustaceans, turtles, and amphibians. 
    • Region: Coast
    • NPCs: Tetra-El-Voss; Urin'Kal; Quint; Hericlesa Siriwell
  2. Lighthouse
    • A large building made of smooth marble, a wonder from the High Age. It’s believed to have been used to signal ships from across the ocean, before that knowledge was lost. The Aquarians recently restored its functionality by placing a large magic pearl at the top. It has become a local attraction, and a useful tool for the caravan.
    • Region: Coast
    • NPCs: Bet-Don-Tuin; Hericlesa Siriwell; Ruth Gibson; Peter Gibson
  3. Dock and Fish Market
    • A once quiet area where local fisherman would head out on their small ships to fish nearby waters. As Howlston has grown, the “fish market” has become a hustling bazaar of oddities from throughout the world.
    • Region: Coast
    • NPCs: Gilgamesh; Peter Gibson
  4. Black Tom's Tavern
    • The first and so far, exclusive luxury inn on the coast. In addition to the finest food, drink, lodging, and entertainment, it is also the den of business and politics. It is a large building, painted entirely black, with black gargoyle-like sculptures at the corners.
    • Region: Entertainment District
    • NPCs: Gemini Forthright; Cyrus Giancarlo; Damon Ricci; Hericlesa Siriwell
  5. Clover Casino
    • Part of the burgeoning Fey-Town neighborhood of the entertainment district. The casino is a small but flashy house of cards, dice, game machines, and other mechanical contraptions. The building has mechanical arms and other constructor machines operating on top of it, giving the casino the appearance of being alive. They recently opened an amphitheater, and are constructing an inn, which would make the casino larger than Black Tom's and put the two in direct competition.
    • Region: Entertainment District / Fey-Town
    • NPCs: Gylex Hane; Quint; Hobb Headhunter
  6. Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra
    • Perhaps the nicest and largest building in Oldtown, a steepled church with aquatic colored stained glass depicting the patron gods of the local religion.
    • Region: Oldtown
    • NPCs: Alice Olmstead; Robert Marsh
  7. Law building and jail
    • A small, unassuming building, that contains the courthouse (as it were), jail, Jeremiah's office, and a general reception area.
    • Region: Oldtown
    • NPCs: Jeremiah Blackstone
  8. Slum Park
    • Hooverville-style overcrowded slum of makeshift housing.
    • Region: Slums
    • NPCs: San Alemania
  9. Slum Ruin
    • A large brutalist ruin in the middle of slum park. The lower levels are slum housing, the higher levels are Kind Company offices.
    • Region: Slums
    • NPCs: Patrick Russo, Lumo
  10. Razzle Dazzle Den (aka Den of the Wild Beasts)
    • It is rumored that a secret underworld exists within the slums, a pattern enmeshed within the tents and makeshift buildings of Slum Park. Graffiti, like bunches of dots or cubes or other simple geometric shapes, interrupting and intersecting stripes of contrasting colors, all designed to give the illusion of densely packed spaces, where from within the true Le Fauves gang operate.
    • Region: Slums
    • NPCs: San Alemania
  11. Kind Company Camp
    • The main camp managed by the Kind Companies for the Aquarian colonization project. Located in the northeasternmost region of Mononoke Forest that has been colonized, one of the furthest points along the current length of the road. Has the bare essentials but little else. Must be associated with a Kind Company, and willing to pay, in order to enter. The golden rule is no in-fighting among Kind Companies within the camp.
    • Region: Mononoke Forest
    • NPCs: 
  12. Whitemare Ziggurat
    • A fractal pocket-dimension embedded within an unassuming cabin. A secret base of the Dark Lord Athena, the Machine Goddess, who appears to have returned. If the ziggurat is removed of her forces, Debbie may assist the new owners as a subservient daemon or free djinn, depending on the circumstances.
    • Region: Mononoke Forest
    • NPCs: Debbie
  13. Blue Candlelight Village
    • A dwarven village nestled within unevan terrain, partway up Mount Laputa. It is known for its vision-inducing Withered Mallow Flowers, hot spring, stilt-legged huts, and the Singing Bard Tavern. Within the village are a handful of metal sculptures of ancient humanoid dwarves which contain bluecap fey magic. The town smells of potpourri, devil-water, and burning pig feces, and at night has a pastel glow.
    • Region: Mount Laputa
    • NPCs: Woody and the War Dogs, The Cola Family
Fairy Market (Stardust) by Charles Vess. A visual reference for the Fish Market or Entertainment District of Howlston.

Regions

  1. Coast
    • Beautiful, increasingly over-developed. High concentration of ruins and ancient wonders.
    • Locations: Aquarian Caravan; Lighthouse; Dock and Fish Market
    • NPCs: Tetra-El-Voss; Bet-Don-Tuin; Hericlesa Siriwell; Ruth Gibson; Peter Gibson; Gilgamesh; Urin'Kal; Quint
  2. Entertainment District
    • Between the coast and the town. Has developed to accommodate the new traffic in Howlston.
    • Locations: Black Tom's Tavern; Clover Casino
    • NPCs: Gemini Forthright; Cyrus Giancarlo; Damon Ricci; Gylex Hane; Quint; Hericlesa Siriwell
  3. Fey-Town
    • A burgeoning neighborhood, technically within the entertainment district, centered around Clover Casino.
    • Locations: Clover Casino
    • NPCs: Gylex Hane; Quint; Hobb Headhunter
  4. Oldtown
    • The original village center.
    • Locations: Law building and jail; Temple of Father Dagon and Mother Hydra
    • NPCs: Jeremiah Blackstone; Alice Olmstead; Robert Marsh
  5. Slums
    • Hooverville-style campgrounds, full of crime. Massive brutalist ruin in the center has been re-purposed into slum housing (lower floors) and Kind Company offices (higher floors).
    • Locations: Slum Park; Slum Ruin; Razzle Dazzle Den
    • NPCs: Patrick Russo; Lumo; San Alemania
  6. Eastern Wildlands
    • Mostly flat or hilly planes east of Howlston. Treacherous for the Firbolg gangs, human gangs that did not become Kind Companies, and increasing numbers of monsters.
    • Locations: 
    • NPCs: Death Metal Crow; Hobb Headhunter
  7. Mononoke Forest
    • The forest of the elves, where the Kind Companies are developing roads for the Aquarian colonization project towards Mount Laputa.
    • Locations: Kind Company Camp; Whitemare Ziggurat (appears as a cabin)
    • NPCs: Golure; Celinael; Tanarfin; Lessarie; Debbie
  8. Mount Laputa
    • Home of the mountain dwarves and duergar, the destination of the Aquarian colonization project. A large and dangerous hollowed out mountain, known for Withered Mallow Flowers and other flowers and herbs that grow on its surface.
    • Locations: Blue Candlelight Village
    • NPCs: Urin'Kal, Woody and the War Dogs, The Cola Family


Monday, September 9, 2019

War Dogs: TNT Type and Caves & Canines Hack

This is an experimental new character type for TNT, and also a TNT hack built specifically around this Type for a swift and brutal dog tactics RPG. I believe I've seen classes like this for OSR but can't think of any off hand, which is why I'm calling this experimental. From both an RP and gameplay perspective, this Type operates uniquely from other Types. You play not as a single character, but as a War Dog Pack, and there are some other unique mechanics which will be described below. It's loosely inspired by the novel Belka, Why Don't you Bark? I actually wasn't that into the novel, to be honest, but I did appreciate how it described the history of dogs in combat and dog fighting tactics, and I thought it would be cool to translate that to a tabletop RPG. It takes some inspiration from the dog units in the Red Alert RTS videogames as well.


Premise


You play as a War Dog Pack. A level 1 War Dog Pack consists of three War Dogs. They can be the same breed or different breeds, real breeds or fictional, magical, cybernetic, bio-engineered, etc. Even if they are the same breed, they should each have their own name, personality, behavioral quirks, and at least one distinctive feature. They can be "real" dogs who happen to be well socialized and able to follow rules of civilization and complex commands, but it might be better if they have heightened intelligence if not outright uplifted, and some means of communication. It can be a magical ability to speak, or telepathic impressions. Even if they are uplifted, their cognition and behavior should still be animalistic. Or you could just use intelligent animal cartoon logic and roll with that.

A War Dog Pack generally operates as a single unit, but can be split up. However, the Type loses many of its benefits if there are fewer than three War Dogs in a pack at a time.

War Dogs have high damage output and powerful Pack Maneuvers. However, they are extremely vulnerable, operating very differently from other Types, with a Stress Track rather than subtracting damage from CON / HP.


War Dog Mechanics


  • Must start with Dog Senses as a talent.

  • Being quadrupedal and lacking opposable thumbs, War Dogs cannot normally wield weapons or wear armor designed for humanoids, or use or carry items or tools.

  • Gain 2d6 combat dice for each War Dog in bite or claw attacks as part of a single action, plus combat adds as normal. 
    • I.e. A first level War Dog Pack has 6d6 combat dice plus combat adds.
    • If one War Dog split from the Pack, the two-War Dog Pack would deal 4d6 + combat adds, and the lone War Dog would deal 2d6 + combat adds. However, neither group would be able to use Pack Maneuvers (see further below).

  • For each level, the maximum Pack size increases by 1, and at advancement a new War Dog will join the Pack within one day.

War Dog Stress Track

  • War Dogs do not subtract combat damage from CON. Instead, each War Dog has their own Stress Track.
    • If a War Dog would take damage, it gains a Stress.
      • Any time a War Dog takes stress, it is incapacitated for the remainder of combat.
    • If the amount of damage would exceed the War Dog Pack's CON, the excess damage is taken by another party member (if group combat) or to another War Dog in the Pack.
    • Normally, Stress is permanent.

  • Given how vulnerable War Dogs are compared to other characters, under normal conditions where the party loses an opposed combat roll, there is a 1 in 6 chance that a War Dog will be the target. This may be greater or lesser depending on the context, at GM discretion.
    • War Dogs can also be specifically targeted by missile attacks but defense / evasion SRs against enemy ranged attacks are 2 levels lower than normal.
    • A War Dog may only be the victim of Spite Damage in special circumstances, at GM discretion, where it would be narratively interesting, and ideally giving the player some reward in exchange.

    Effects of Stress

  • One Stress: While this War Dog is in the Pack, the Pack takes -2 to STR or DEX, or -1 to each (random, based on the injury, or GM discretion), and +1 to IQ. They have a permanent injury represented by a visible scar or disfigurement, but are wiser for their loss.

  • Two Stress: The War Dog is maimed or in some other way significantly impaired, causing all SR challenges for either STR, DEX, or CON to be one level more difficult, including Pack Maneuvers. Alternatively, the War Dog is traumatized. Every time it enters combat, there is a 1 in 6 chance it goes Feral, permanently leaving the Pack, and possibly attacking the party or innocent bystanders, and may eventually turn into a Lone Wolf (NPC). Whether maimed or traumatized, or if maimed, which stat is affected, can either be random, based on the injury, or determined by GM discretion.

  • Three Stress: The War Dog is either fatally wounded, too impaired to continue with the Pack, or goes Feral, and even if it recovers, it becomes a Lone Wolf (NPC).

  • If the Pack has fewer than three War Dogs, a new War Dog may join the pack within 2d6 days until there are three War Dogs in the Pack. 
    • For Packs with a maximum size greater than 3, additional War Dogs may be recruited within 1d6 days at the cost of 100 + (10 * current pack size) XP up to maximum.
    • I.e. a level 3 War Dog Pack that has lost two War Dogs and currently has three War Dogs may recruit a fourth War Dog for 130 XP in 1d6 days, and after that a fifth War Dog for 140 XP in an additional 1d6 days.

War Dog Pack Maneuvers

  • A War Dog Pack can make a Pack Maneuver as a free bonus action for each round of combat, for every three War Dogs in the pack.
    • I.e. A level 3 War Dog Pack with five War Dogs can make one Pack Maneuver as a bonus action.
    • A level 4 War Dog Pack with six War Dogs can make two Pack Maneuvers as bonus actions, or split into two Packs each capable of one bonus Pack Maneuver (if the party is split- not within the same combat zone).
    • A War Dog Pack of any level with fewer than three War Dogs cannot make Pack Maneuvers.

  • Pack Maneuvers require an SR challenge equal to the MR dice of the target.
    • I.e. A monster with MR 17 has 2 combat dice, so has an SR of 2.

  • War Dogs are swift. Under normal circumstances, Pack Maneuvers resolve before any other combat actions.

Pack Maneuvers List


  • Knock 'em Over: STR SR. Knocks the monster backwards or prone, negating their combat action.

  • Blitz: DEX SR. Bypass a defensive line. If the party wins the opposed roll, the damage can target a specific enemy that would otherwise have been protected.

  • Close the Gap: SPD SR. Catch up to a fleeing opponent or enter attacking range of long distance enemies, allowing for opposed rolls against distant targets.

  • Disarm: LK SR. Bite and claw the weapon or item out of an enemy's hands. They can only contribute unarmed damage to an opposed combat roll and lose any other benefits from the weapon or item until it is retrieved.

  • Stealth Strike: IQ SR. While two or more War Dogs distract the enemy, another War Dog makes a stealth attack. The damage for that War Dog bypasses the opposed roll as if it were missile or spite damage.

  • Disrupt: WIZ SR. The Pack eerily whistles, growls, or howls, disrupting a spellcaster.

  • Intimidation: CHA SR. The Pack growls, barks, howls, snarls, or circles around an opponent threateningly, reducing its morale and possibly causing it to flee. Enemies that are weaker than the Pack, have taken heavy damage, have already been intimidated, or have witnessed an ally flee, are more likely to flee. Whether or not an enemy flees or other effects of lowered morale are at GM discretion.

  • Protector: CON SR. The Pack protects a specified ally from an attack. If the enemy succeeds in a missile attack against that ally or the party loses the opposed roll, one random War Dog in the pack automatically gains Stress. However, excess damage is not re-distributed to the party or the rest of the Pack as it would otherwise be.


Caves & Canines


The War Dog Pack Character Type definitely needs testing, but theoretically it should be playable in a normal TNT game with other Character Types. However, below is a TNT hack built entirely around War Dogs. In this hack, the party as a whole is the Pack, with some altered mechanics from regular TNT.

These War Dogs are more powerful and more versatile than the normal War Dog Pack Type. However, because the entire party are War Dogs, failing a single opposed combat roll has major short and long-term impacts. Enemies also go down quickly, making well-planned, one-hit strikes the way to go. This game is designed with quick and brutal combats in mind, with an emphasis on taking enemies down swiftly and silently.

Because all players are on roughly even footing with this hack, I actually think Caves & Canines may be easier to balance and more intuitive to GM than a normal TNT campaign with a War Dog Pack amidst other Character Types, but part of the fun of the War Dog pack Type is that it's so different, so I think it could be fun either way!


Game Mechanics


  • All players are War Dogs in addition to their normal Type.

  • All players gain Dog Senses as a bonus talent.

  • All players have a Stress Track rather than using CON as HP, however, if the left-over damage of an opposed roll exceeds a player's CON, another War Dog will also take Stress.

  • War Dogs have 3d6 bite/claw combat dice by default, but Warrior War Dogs gain +1d6 combat dice per level, and Wizard War Dogs only have 2d6 combat dice.

  • War Dogs cannot normally wear armor, wield weapons, or carry or use items.

  • Wizard War Dogs may wear a magic collar, or hold a magic bone in their mouth, or something similar serving as their wizard focus.

  • In lieu of doubling armor bonuses, Warrior War Dogs can roll LK SR to avoid taking stress. Each time they succeed, the difficulty permanently increases by 1, starting at SR 1.

  • Pack Maneuvers may be performed as a bonus action for every two War Dogs in the Pack.

  • Enemies also have a Stress Track rather than CON / HP. Most enemies are incapacitated after One Stress, while bosses or powerful monsters may be able to take two or three Stress before being incapacitated.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Huntsman: TNT Type and TNT Trap Mechanics

This is part of a series of Character Types and game mechanics for Tunnels & Trolls (TNT), although I think conceptually it could be re-worked for OSR or any other Fantasy RPG.

Previous TNT Posts:
Mystics
Subtypes
TNT Cheatsheet + impressions + homebrew rules
Mechs & Monstrosities Hack: Massive Combat
Mechs & Monstrisities Hack: Mechs
Minigame: Dueling

The Huntsman


According to the internet this comes from the D&D module Storm Kings Thunder


The huntsman is primal. They thrive in the wilderness, but they are decidedly not one with nature. They are frontiersman, they seek to carve their way through the wild, to conquer it. They often pledge loyalty to some hierarchical faction; whether a kingdom or a mercenary group. Sometimes it is out of genuine faith in the system, other times it is the result of a cynical worldview; a belief in the necessity of authoritarianism, that carving ones place in society, literally and figuratively, is the closest to a guarantee of safety in the civilized world (however dangerous the work itself may be).

Huntsman are hunters, trackers, trappers, lumberjacks, explorers, and survivalists. The Huntsman is intended to fill a somewhat similar role to a ranger or thief, but thematically is almost more like an anti-druid, anti-ranger, or depending on the themes of the setting, an anti-fey; as they are best-suited to roaming the wilds, but exist as a force against nature. They are tough, although not as adept at hand-to-hand combat as professional fighters and warriors, and are impeded by heavy armors.They are expert handlers of whatever weapons, tools, and technologies are employed in their place and time, and can scrounge resources and develop ingenious crafts from their environment. They tend to carry a bow, crossbow, or gun, a throwing hand ax, machete, shovel, handsaw, or chainsaw, and tools for crafting traps and simple shelter. Their traps, and abilities to shape the environment in their favor, make them a force to be reckoned with against monsters and singularly powerful foes. However, they are less suited to prolonged fights, or fights against many creatures at once.

While the inspiration for this Type is primarily the Huntsman of Snow White, the archetype as I'm envisioning it is more so rooted in American Fantasy and the idea of the Turner-esque Frontier, or like a Grimm Paul Bunyan. The Huntsman could just as easily be called the Woodsman or Lumberjack, or Ranger, but that already has such a specific connotation in fantasy. In an OSR-style game they might literally just be frontiersmen fighting against the odds for their very survival, but in a more heroic game, they should be given a level of mythos and gravitas equivalent to any other Adventurer, not unlike The Huntsman who was tasked by the Queen herself.

SWORDDREAM note: I use the term Huntsman to specifically evoke the aforementioned Snow White character, but I don't mean to imply that Huntsman must be male, nor to reinforce male-normativity. Hunter might be too generic a term, but you could just as easily call them Huntsmxn, Huntsmyn, Huntswomen, etc.

Stats

  • Must have at least one of the following talents (or similar GM-approved talent):
    • Hunting, Trapping, Trap-making, Tracking, Wilderness Survivalism, Lumberjacking
  • Gain Huntsman Level bonus combat dice for surprise attacks, ranged attacks while un-spotted, and any damage dealt by a trap immediately after triggering.
  • Cannot wear any metal armor or other armors that are heavy, loud, or impair movement, or else they lose all other Huntsman abilities.
  • Can scrounge resources from the environment to craft and set traps in the current area at no cost. 
    • "Current Area" is intentionally vague; it can be the room of a dungeon, a hex of a hexcrawl, or some specific measurement of area, at GM discretion.
    • Can make and set traps in the current area of total Trap Level up to Huntsman Level.
    • Only one trap can be made or set per combat turn, regardless of Trap Level.
      • Some traps may be impossible to make or set within a single combat turn, or would be ineffective if the monster witnessed the trap being made or set, such as a Pit Trap. This is determined at GM discretion.
    • Outside of combat or a limited time window, or in an area where resources are especially accessible, Huntsman may be able to make and set more traps at GM discretion.

Paul Bunyan by James Bernardin

Traps


There are no formal rules for traps in TNT, so this is a loose framework for traps. They can be bought at specialty shops, but only Huntsman or characters with Trap-Making as a talent can make traps (or the GM can allow a high SR challenge). While any character with Trap-Making may scrounge resources from their environment to make traps for free, only Huntsman can do so quickly (within a single turn, a handful of minutes, etc.), and non-Huntsman can only do so if resources are especially prevalent (and/or with a high SR challenge).

Non-Huntsman must succeed at a SR LK Challenge in order to successfully set a trap, where the SR is the Trap Level. It may not be obvious that the trap was set incorrectly (on an especially low roll, as a GM Intrusion in exchange for an Adventure Point, or other GM discretion). Huntsman always succeed at setting a trap unless they attempt to set a trap of Trap Level above their Huntsman Level, or at GM discretion.

If the Trap Level is higher than the MR dice of the creature that triggers it, it is assumed to automatically succeed if the monster enters the range of the trap (within GM discretion). Otherwise the trap-setter must make a SR Luck Challenge equal to the difference between the MR dice and the Trap Level (where an SR of 0 is 15 - LK). Some monsters, due to intellect or natural ability, may be especially wary of traps, or exceptionally skilled at dodging or resisting them, while others may be stupid, caught off-guard, or indifferent; all of which may affect the SR or feasibility of the trap.

Sample Trap List


Trap Level 1: Cost 25 unless otherwise stated

Alerting Trap: A trap that causes a loud snap, crash, flare, or explosion. It generally deals no damage and has limited status-effecting properties, but draws attention to the area. Can be used as an alarm, or as a decoy. 

Mouse Trap: A rectangular trap that, when triggered, clamps a bar down on the creature. Only effective against small creatures. Deals 1d4 damage. Each turn, the creature has a 1d8 chance of escape.

Small Deadfall Trap: A set of logs holding up a heavy object such as a large rock at an angle. When triggered, the trap falls on the target. Only effective against small creatures. Deals 1d6 damage and the creature is generally incapable of escaping. Deadfall traps provide cover against ranged attacks.

Small Snare Trap: A wire or rope trap on the ground, set along a tall object. When triggered, the snare tightens around the target and lifts them off the ground, hanging in place. Only effective against small creatures. If they have teeth or claws (or another means of escape), they have a 1d10 chance of escaping each turn. Attacking a snare trapped creature risks accidentally cutting the snare (trigger escape chance).

Spike Trap: A hidden spike or spear that deals 1d6 damage. It requires very little time or resources to make even for a non-Huntsman. Making, setting, or triggering spike  traps are one SR challenge level lower than other equivalent traps.

Sticky Trap: A sticky substance such as treesap traps a creature in place. Only effective against small creatures. There is initially a 1d10 chance of escape, but each turn the creature fails to escape, the die size lowers. While trapped, they are fully vulnerable to combat damage.

Stun Trap: A trap that produces a disorienting loud sound or flash that stuns and impairs the creature that triggers it for 1d4 turns, potentially limiting its mobility or combat ability.

Tracking Trap: A trap that releases a dye or scent when triggered which leaves a trail behind the creature that triggered it. Provides +3 to SR challenges against the creature that triggered the trap, or +5 for Huntsmen. Can stack with the Tracking talent.

Trap Level 2 Cost 75 unless otherwise stated

Bear Trap: A circular trap staked into the ground that, when triggered, clamps down with sharp teeth. The trigger is generally robust to small creatures. Deals 1d6 damage. Each turn, creatures with 1 MR die have a 1d6 chance of escape, and creatures with 2 MR dice or more have a 1d4 chance of escape. Creatures with 2 or fewer MR dice (or at GM discretion) may also be impaired, having reduced speed and agility or impaired attacks from formerly trapped appendage. Trapped creatures otherwise maintain full combat ability to other creatures within their attack range.

Improvized Arrow Trap: A make-shift bow set into the ground and triggered when a tight string is snapped. The trigger is generally robust to small creatures. The arrow deals 3d6 (if a real arrow) or 2d6 (if a makeshift arrow) damage.

Large Deadfall Trap: Similar to small deadfall trap, but for medium or large creatures. The trigger is generally robust to small creatures. Deals 1d8 damage and creatures with 2 MR dice or fewer are generally incapable of escaping. Creatures with 3 MR dice have a 1d6 chance of escape, and creatures with 4 MR dice or more have a 1d4 chance of escape. Deadfall traps provide cover against ranged attacks.

Large Snare Trap: Similar to small snare trap, but for medium or large creatures. Not effective against small creatures. If they have teeth, claws, a sharp tool, or some other means of escape, a creature with 1 MR die has a 1d10 chance of escaping each turn. Decrease the die size for each MR die (e.g. 2 MR dice = 1d8, 3 MR dice = 1d6, etc.).  Attacking a snare trapped creature risks accidentally cutting the snare (trigger escape chance).

Large Stun Trap: As stun trap, but can additionally affect targets in the immediate area around the creature that triggers it.

Pit Trap: Can increase in level and cost based on size, depth, coverage, and internal features. A large pit dug into the ground and covered to be inconspicuous, or potentially to allow sufficiently small creatures to pass over it. Additional features such as spikes, other traps, or even dangerous creatures, can be placed inside the pit trap (increasing the Trap Level but considered part of a single trap for the purpose of combat actions). To be effective, the trap must be large enough and deep enough to contain the creature (in which case it may deal 1d6 or more fall damage). If the creature has a means of escape (such as claws capable of digging into the earth, or climbing abilities), they have a 1d8 chance of escaping, where the die size increases or decreases relative to the difference between Trap Level and number of MR dice. Each turn a creature fails to escape, it is easier to escape on subsequent turns unless they are forced back down.

Trap Level 3 Cost 100 unless otherwise stated

Bolt Trap: The cost includes a Heavy Crossbow (80). Costs 30 gold to modify a regular Heavy Crossbow into a Bolt Trap (total cost 110, vs. 100 for buying a pre-made Bolt Trap). A heavy crossbow set into the ground and triggered when a tight string is snapped. The trigger is generally robust to small creatures. The bolt deals 5d6 damage. Sometimes the bolt is attached to a rope or chain, decreasing the velocity / damage (4d6 and 3d6 damage, respectively), but limiting the mobility of the target (starting at 1d8 and 1d10 chance of escape for creatures with 1 MR die, respectively). If the trap-setter succeeds at the SR challenge to trap the creature, they automatically succeed at dealing damage; there is no ranged attack roll. Requires a modified heavy crossbow; not even a Huntsman can construct a professional-grade heavy crossbow from resources found in the wild.

Example of Traps and Huntsman 

The GM is running a hex crawl in a forest, and the party enter a new hex. There do not appear to be any enemies, but the sun is beginning to set and the party need to catch their Owlbear soon. The level 2 Huntsman of the party scrounges together resources to build a pit trap, while the Mystic creates an illusion from Whole Cloth of a tasty woodland critter to attract the Owlbear, and the rest of the party go into hiding. 

Huntsmen do not need to roll to succeed at trap-making normally, but the player wants to add a bear trap to the pit trap, which would make it a level 4 trap, and the Huntsman is only level 2. The GM decides that the bear trap would require too much time and resources, but if they want to add a spike trap instead, the player must succeed at a SR 3 LK challenge to add the spikes; the full Trap Level. Since the Huntsman has Trap-Making as a talent, the difficulty of the roll is reduced by 3. The Huntsman has 20 in LK, so they must roll above 30-20-3 = 7. They roll 4 + 5 = 9, succeeding at adding the spikes.

The Owlbear has an MR 25, or in other words, 3 MR dice, so as it approaches, the Huntsman must succeed at a SR 0 LK challenge (MR dice - Trap Level), but since the Huntsman already has 20 LK, they only roll to ensure they don't critically fail (rolling a 1 and 2). They do not, so the trap succeeds. 

The owlbear falls, dealing 1d6 fall damage, 1d6 spike damage, and 2d6 damage given the Huntsman's combat bonus dice when a damage-dealing trap is triggered. The dice deal 2, 2, 3, and 5 damage, so the Owlbear has 25 - 12 = 13 HP remaining. Since Trap Level - Owlbear Level = 0, the Owlbear has the default 1d8 chance of escaping on its turn, and if it fails, it will drop to 1d6, and then 1d4. This gives the party plenty of time to pick it off. However, all of the commotion attracts other predators and opportunists...