…what it’s got in its nassty little pocketses?

I was never a customer of the Judges Guild products BITD. When my brother & bought anything game related, it was almost always rules, and pretty much never a module or adventure. Among the very few exceptions were a few supplements that combined adventures with new rules (the Dwarves and Dark Folk books by Role Aids. I don’t think we ever used anything in them, although we enjoyed reading them!) Anyway since getting swept along in the wave of nostalgia, I’ve been looking at a few of their products. Adventures like Caverns of Thracia get rave reviews, and the City State of the Invincible Overlord is pretty popular, but I can’t see using a published setting under any circumstances. However one module I stumbled across (Heroic Expeditions by Edward R. G. Mortimer) had three adventures, one for a “party” two half-orcs and one (IIRC) for a party of halflings; not sure about the third. It had one awesome idea I am stealing in my game: a table of random mundane items. And when I say mundane, I mean things like wooden boxes and teabags, but also a few more useful items like candles and torches as well as coins and a few valuables. When the PCs kill a random humanoid (or human or demihuman) and searches the body, I use this table rather than the crummy “d6 coppers” or “2d6 silver” or whatever they normally carry. (If they kill 20 goblins, I’ll just roll a few times, not 20!) Anyway here is the d100 table of random mundane treasures.  Half of the entries and the original idea are pretty much straight from Heroic Expeditions, so obviously Ed Mortimer and Judges Guild deserve the lions’ share of the credit.  Mr. Mortimer was kind enough to grant me permission use his table for this post and share my version provided he & JG are given due credit, and no-one tries to profit from his work. He said that he used this table a lot as a DM and remembers it fondly.

This also seems like exactly the sort of table DM Muse should be turning into a “living table,” so if Dion decides to incorporate it into his site, I hope others will add more items.

Mundane Items Table (PDF)

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  1. Very cool. Thanks for the PDF.

  2. I have a fascination with providing players with mundane items. Here’s A Table that I put on my sadly neglected gaming blog.

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