Saturday 14 October 2017

So It Looks Like You're Gonna Die

Perttu pushed me to this. You're the best, Perttu! You have forced me to become my best self.

Behold, an actual table pamphlet where I actually pulled everything together! 

Grab pdf here!
Doc here if you want to edit it!

It's designed as a booklet for table use, as in someone gets to 0HP and you slap it down in front of them like it's a Dealing With Grief pamphlet or something.

"Fuck I died".
Throw booklet.

Letting the player look up their own death table results and working out what gory thing just happened is a lot more fun than me reading it out off a table. Plus it means they get the mechanics better than me flipping coloured beads at them and saying "YOU BLEED NOW".

Rose & Kingfisher has an additional Psychic death table here if you need that too! (I sure as hell will!)

This is based directly on Courtney's Table For Avoiding Death, and all the writing is directly plagiarised.
If you like it, go back and report about it! That part remains.

The only things I've added are the Bleeding table, and trimming off the fatty status effects in favour of clean Bleed/Pain/Trauma tokens.

The other day we had a super great player-on-player battle due to a series of unfortunate events, which ended up in the gory death of both PCs. It went great, especially since the Barbarian was raging and so couldn't physically die despite getting a rapier to the brain. It was super awesome.


  1. PvP is great if the two players are okay with it. Best kind of conflict, again with that same caveat.

  2. Does Bleed count as "an attack that hits you" for the purposes of gaining a new Pain token and rolling on the Death tables?

    So in the typical example an enemy hits me for 4 damage, I'm on 0HP, I already had 3 pain tokens from earlier rolls, so now I have a 4th from this attack, I add the 4 damage for 4d6+4 on the table

    But if the enemy ignored me that round, but I had 1 pain and 1 bleed tokens, and so I took 1 point of damage, would I then add a new pain token and roll my tokens (now 3) for 3d6+1?

    1. It does indeed! You'll pass out from blood loss pretty quick of its not dealt with.

  3. THIS IS GREAT! I can't wait to use this at the table. We had a 0hp situation at our last session that didn't play too well. This would have made it an experience to remember.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you

  4. Haha thanks man! I hope it works for you! Let me know how it goes!

  5. The bleed table also works nicely as a replacement for poison being a save or die. What I did last game for a failed save on a spider bite was have the spider inject 1d6d6s which went straight to the bleed table. It could still kill in a single hit so it's still scary without being so cut and dry.

    It ended up as a 17 so the PC in question lost some stats and sensed that the next one could be worse so they legged it. I plan on doing something similar for traps. Cheers!

    1. Great idea! Currently I have poison inject different kinds of tokens, so ghouls inflict Pain poison and spiders inflict Trauma poison... but going straight through to the bleed table would actually work really well.
      I might try that, thanks!

  6. Hey there! I made a dismemberment table for Psychic. My players seem to use and encounter that a lot, so it became necessary. I hope it's useful for your purposes!