Encounter Decks!

It’s no secret that I love Swords & Wizardry and I did rant about this a bit on the old podcast but I figured that I’d revisit it here. So here’s the deal, I had coupon from a Humble Bundle and shop Frog God’s online store and I grabbed up the Encounter Deck(s). Actually both Encounter Decks (It appears that Deck 2 is out of stock or I suck at searching their store), the Treasure Deck and the Hireling Deck.

What can I say about it? Well, it’s about the handiest damn thing I have in bag of DM stuff. Why? Well, let’s see. Here’s how your average random encounter works. DM rolls on table, flips through the book to find the monsters’ stats, and all the while try to come with some inspiration to make the encounter interesting. Well, the deck combines those first two steps into one. Draw a card and there’s the monsters with the stats. And the good thing is that it’s just 2d6 orcs. There’s a range of monsters and combinations of monsters that can pop up. Spell casters, undead, adventuring parties. You know the usual stuff. Of course, in true old-school style; the encounters are not scaled to the party’s level. Oh well. Better learn how to run or at least negotiate really well.
But wait there’s more. Yes, the monsters are stated out for Swords & Wizardry but that hasn’t stopped me from using them in 5E. I just use my quick and dirty conversion method. HD equals attack bonus, damage remains the same, triple their HP and for Saving Throws. Well, I just use the Swords & Wizardry Saving Throw and not really worry about what the Save DC is based on the character. Does this follow the rules strictly? No but it’s close enough for a random encounter.
This is one awesome little product due it’s usability. Its something the DM can use again and again. It’s literally the size of a deck of playing cards. Quick and easy reference. So check it out.
Remember. Roll Dice and Have Fun!

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