Monday, March 21, 2011

Martian Death Flu

I came down with some sort of severe flu over the weekend that's really bothering me.  I just can't seem to shake it.  So posting has been much lighter than usual.  I hope to get back up to speed soon.

In the meantime, I offer this little goody you can use in OSRIC, although I'm sure you could use it in LL or S&W or whatever, too since there are really no stats to it.  Enjoy. 

(I'm being kind of funny here and saying things like "there is no save" and pointing out the "profuse sweating" part which just happened to me while on an important business phone call.  Do with it what you want!)

Disease: Martian Death Flu

This disease can be spread by any humanoid creature.  From Spring through Fall (3/4 of the year), the chance of encountering a creature with the Martian Death Flu is 1%.  During the Winter, the chance of encountering a humanoid or demi-human creature with the Martian Death Flu is 5%.  
If you encounter a creature with the Martian Death Flu, there is no save.  After an incubation period of 1d3 days, the character will suffer a penalty of -1d4 to Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, and Wisdom for the course of the disease, which lasts 1d3+1 days.  During the time the character is afflicted with the Martian Death Flu, he cannot get a full night's rest, meaning that the recovery of spells becomes difficult if not impossible.  When engaged in highly stressful activity (combat, intense negotiations, etc.), the character will begin sweating profusely, causing a further -1d2 penalty to his Charisma score for the duration of the stressful activity.  He also has a 25% of dropping whatever he is holding during these periods.  At the end of the disease, ability scores return to normal at the rate of 1 point per day. 


  1. Martin, this is awesome! I love that you still have all your old gaming materials around. Keep posting stuff like this! (Also, your writing is very good.)

    I must admit, however, that when I look at your old stuff from '83 and see it's pretty much the SAME quality as what I'm doing now in my thirties...

  2. Oops, I re-clicked on your title from Google Reader and meant to send my above comment to an earlier "memories" post. My bad.

  3. @Dylan - Hey, thanks very much! Nice to hear. Glad you're enjoying the posts. I have plenty more old stuff to dig out of the coffers. More to come...


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