Episode 9 Way back in the day, when dragons roamed the realms and slightly deranged wizards sought to alter reality, there was a far stranger and more erratic power at play terrorizing the minds of hapless adventurers- the random encounter table. Hidden behind DM screens, polyhedrals produced unimaginable circumstances for parties already expecting the unexpected. While each edition has produced its own take on the Random Encounter Table, none will ever achieve the mesmerizing mind-numbing miasma of monsters that is Appendix C of the 1st edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. I’m quite sure my grandma had no idea that the genie she unleashed when gifting me with that magical tome one xmas morning would keep me occupied for many days and nights through middle school and eventually resurface almost 30 years later.
To those who are unfamiliar with Appendix C it is twenty pages of small font typeface that details the encounter possibilities for hundreds of possible circumstances in multiple tables- a percentile dice tossers wet dream! Second Edition AD&D didn’t even try to replicate this feat, with a paltry ten pages of mostly text (perhaps a half dozen random tables). And 4th edition takes a completely different approach by offering a suggestion on how one might go about creating their own random encounter generator.
It seems as though Gary Gygax could envision what would become hordes of players huddled around kitchen tables, scarfing pizza and soda rolling dice and battling an endlessly advancing line of adversaries; and he knew that he would have to provide young DM’s with the tools necessary to keep the bloodthirsty PC’s satisfied.
BND009 – Hungry Like the Wolf (live play starts at 11:00)