As the title says, I'm looking for idea's for some jungle tiles I'm working on. Not really traps per say, more like natural hazards that slow the party down as they try to get past/through them, to give the bad guys time to catch up or ambush them as they try to "GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!"
Hazards may also be fantastic or scifi in nature.
So far I've got:
A swamp/bog. A group of drillworm nests/alien eggs. A giant Venus flytrap.
Please limit your ideas to things that can fit on one tile, ie. a river would appear out of the adjacent tile and disappear in another one so no go.
Euh.. guys... I think we're going to need a bigger glue gun!
also do a google on 'balsamina impatiens balfourii'. aka jewlweed aka poor man's orchid. these plants have seed pods that grow up under pressure and when they ripen and dry out the burst and shoot the seeds over very long distances.
for man made traps check do some googling on traps used in by VC in the vietnam war.
A log fallen across the path Something obviously buried in the path. (It might be a trap, or a mine, or just where an animal was digging.) Totems hanging from tree limbs. (Think Blair Witch Project.) A scattering of dead birds. It suddenly gets quiet.
All of these might be completely harmless. Give the players some non-dangerous encounters and they'll never know what to expect.
Jungle treefolk - think ents in jungle... Huge mossy rocks that the adventurers have to climb only to be revealed that it is an ancient sleeping turtle when it grabs one unfortunate soul by the leg... Spiked pit traps that can be jumped over with the vines that are hanging over... And one of the vines can be a snake, or they can be living bloodsucking leechvines that absorb the essence of its victims through contact..
And as a nuisance, a creeper plant that attaches itself to the players, that can just hinder their movements...
Here is an idea to make the characters guessing. Have a bare patch of sand in the jungle with just a hat lying on top of the sand. Is it quicksand? Where is the owner of the hat? Under the hat?
Also, you could have a large tree that has some sickeningly looking fruit. Maybe a guide says that the fruit is dangerous or highly acidic. Oh, did the guide forget to mention that it's past season and the fruit is dropping? Boy, a fighter in chain mail would hate to have one of those fruity bombs land on his nice new, and cleaned, armor.
Another idea, maybe the party runs across a nest of rust monsterlings. They don't do all that much damage but there sure are a lot of them.
Non-lethal: Strange pools of metallic water Glowing sphere or disk of energy Teleportation Traps (sends you where ever you were 10 minutes ago). Magical Poppies with sleep-inducing pollen (contact poison with Fort Save vs Poison or fall asleep; use Drow Poison values) Spine-shooting plants or creatures (1 hp damage plus fort save vs poison or suffer paralysis) Glyph of Terror (you run screaming back the way you just came) Glyph of Confusion (you stand around forgetting who you are and what you were doing) Fog of Hallucinogenic Mist (contact poison, fort save or suffer effects of high-level illusionary magic) Hearing childish giggles and glimpses of a young child playing in the jungle. (can be very disturbing if timed right) Fairy ring (Jungle Fae, perhaps?) Half Buried artifact randomly generates a stasis field every day that lasts for x minutes/hours/days and it just happens to catch the party The Party hears voices calling for help, but can't find the person Illusionary Terrain
Lethal: Teleportation traps (send you 50 feet into the air above a pool of acid or quicksand) Dire Bear Traps (think a Bear-Trap big enough to catch an elephant) Hostile War-Band Sudden Lightning Storm (randomly pick targets that must make reflex for half vs xd6 damage) Mud Pits with lashing tentacles (mimics Evard's Black Tentacles spell) Evil Twins (either one copy of the party claiming that a party member is a Doppelganger, or a half-buried magic artifact creates evil copies of the pary. Illusionary terrain hiding some danger (monster/trap/whatever) A swirling vortex of energy pulling anything that enters it into another plane, and anyone passing within 50 feet of it must make a STR vs STR check to avoid getting pulled 10 feet towards it each round. Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Inspired by movies/books: Super-Predator nest with a hatchling (Jurassic Park 2) Large patch of tall grass with lurking pack hunters (Jurassic Park 2) clutch of pack-hunter eggs (Jurassic Park 3) Two Super-Predators fighting; winner starts chasing the party (Jurassic Park 3) pond/lake/pool full of inferi (lacedons) (Harry Potter book 6) Flesh-eating insect swarm nests (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) Pack of Warhounds/Hellhounds/Wargs catches up to the party (Preditors) Huge cluster of interlinked traps (Predator, Preditors) Flesh-eating fog (Hunger Games Catching Fire) Killer Attack Monkeys (Hunger Games Catching Fire) Pools of water with something dangerous living in them (Riddick) It gets dark and swarms of monster emerge from a cavern network (Pitch Black)
Inspired by Fan Fiction Set of ruins filled with creatures vulnerable to fire, and wards that trigger when fire is used.
Famous Last Words: "What Dragon?"
"Remember kids, the only difference between science and screwing around is writing it down." - Adam Savage, Myth Buster
Well, depending upon the jungle type, you could use the ever present mists through most of the day that make finding your footing difficult save in the hottest part of the day...both from making it hard to see things on the ground and from making things slick.
Punji stick traps all over the place.
Poison Dart Frogs...small, relatively harmless if you leave them along, but well, they're brightly colored and most players tend not to quite get the bright colors equal leave alone thing.
Curious Monkeys or other animals. They aren't there to really go after the party, just follow them around and create odd noises and such in the brush...at night, you can spook the players with glimpses of odd colored eye shine all around them.
If a player has a feather cap or similar thing, well, imagine the party's reaction to an amorous parrot or similar that's actively pursuing his headgear...
Grab grass (D&D Basic) is a fun prank to play, or you can make it lethal by having something nearby that has discovered the patch makes for easy hunting. Living wall as part of a ruin. Giant spiders hung a web across the path and between a couple large trees. Archer bushes. If they have mounts, maybe something like a Roc swoops in and takes the mount (player leaps clear). Mushrooms with hallucinogenic spores. An Odic, though it might need more room than one tile however a leaf could pursue a character. Unexploded ordinance, the vibration of running characters may set some off, could make for a few tense moments. Obviously mutated or mutilated creatures partially off the path. A few mud huts, a central cooking fire with a humanoid on a spit. Random NPC party running the opposite way. A single white rabbit sitting on a bare skeleton. A puddle with a small reddish fish swimming in it. It's mating season for the aurochs and there is a pair dancing right in the way of the party. An abandoned amphitheater for the party to either stumble down or up or encounter something using it. A bookish white haired man sitting at a wooden desk working at a typewriter who looks up over his spectacles and exclaims "Oh, no, not again!"
One I thought of late last night, was to jave them stumble across a clearing with a prominent feature in the center, and clay jars, sealed and set around the clearing in a pattern. What it's for and what are in the jars is up to you...but curiousity should get them at some point. Perhaps the jars contain poison dust? Remains that reconstruct into jungle mummies? Jewels and treasure (cursed of course)? What about the major feature? Could be a statue or a fountain, or even just a memorial marker with unknown runes on it.
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factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
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sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
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May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
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