Mixed Signals

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An illusory pile of treasure (**true sight** and similar negates) conceals a pressure plate which, when pressed, erects a 5 ft square glass box. The glass chamber's floor is made of coal and sulfur and catches fire, dealing 1d4 damage each minute for the first 10 minutes, then 2d4 for a minute. I...

This will appear as a 1 gallon water skin which, when filled with water or other fluid, will still be light to carry and unencumbering. In fact, the character will be able to carry up 100 gallons of water or liquid in this skin, before it is full, and it never seems heavy or difficult to bring with...

This item appears as a copper coin of human design that radiates magic if so tested. It has a depiction of an unknown king on one side, and a tall tree on the other. There are no markings or runes.

The coin will act like a beneficial +1 lucky token or charm, offering a bonus to all die rolls fo...

This will appear as an ordinary adventurer's oil lantern. When tested, it will work just like a normal one. It will not radiate magic at all, unless extensive tests are conducted upon it, at which time, it will also reveal its cursed status. When used in non-threatening circumstances, this lanter...

What music do you associate with your favourite cyberpunk RPG? When you sit down to catch up on the latest lore, or to study the latest rules, or dive deep into a new source book, what's your go-to album?

Here are our top 10 albums. See if you agree. More importantly, add your own favourites i...

For Spellcasters. This will appear as a crystal ball a bit larger than fist size. The ball will radiate magic, and will even pulse with a faint light. Testing will seem to imply this crystal ball works as a standard scrying device, allowing the user to peer across any distance, to see people and th...

This looks like a carpenter's hammer of great craftsmanship, and if studied closely, faint runes can be seen embossed upon it. The hammer will radiate magic if tested.

Anyone with carpentry or building skills (or, at the GM's discretion, elves or other creatures known for their wood craft), can...

This appears as a high quality long sword, made of shining steel, and accented with brass and silver. It will radiate strong magic, if tested. The sword is +1 to both Hit and Damage in most circumstances. Against undead and demonic creatures with physical forms it is +2. Against ghosts and other sp...

A hallway with a floor consisting of millions of pins and needles. Anyone with even nominally protective footwear can safely tread on the array of pinpoints without injury (bare feet take 1d4 damage each step).

However, a successful Perception check DC 10 notices that each time pins in the flo...

For magic users. This appears as a Wand of Magic Missiles, allowing the user to cast one Magic Missile spell per charge, up to a maximum of seven per day.

When used in actual combat, though, the wand still fires missiles normally, but offers up a terrible surprise: upon activation, the user w...

For spellcasters. This appears as a gold torc of intricate design. It will radiated magic, if tested.

At first, this will allow the wearer to read the thoughts of others; these thoughts will be heard as if spoken aloud, so the wearer must be within easy listening distance. Upon first being worn...

Arguments of quality and quantity aside, I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many RPG modules. And short "one-shot" adventures are, for me, priceless. If D&D is both a game and a hobby, then it's the one-shot modules that make it possible for it to be "just" a game. After all, people do...

For thieves. These appear as a pair of very fine kid gloves, which will radiate magic if tested for. Investigations will reveal them to be of special use to thieves and others skilled in delicate work. The gloves will seem to add a +20% bonus on all Skill checks for such things as Pick Locks, Picki...

An anvil, atop a stone, has a sword stuck into it.

There is a plaque beside it that reads "Whosoever pulleth out this sword from this stone and anvil is the trueborn king of the realms".

Removing the sword requires a Strength check 20. If a player successfully pulls the sword from the stone...

This appears as a magical robe of very fine construction, made of silk and trimmed with expensive ribbons and threads of precious metals. If tested, it will appear to offer the wearer a +3 to AC and all Saving Throws.

Upon being worn into conflict for the first time, however (that is, any time...

Originally developed as a random table for Blue Planet, this is a generic random table for any cyberpunk or sci-fi setting. Terminology can obviously differ between game worlds. In Blue Planet, it's body comp, in Shadowrun it's a deck, in Starfinder it's just computer, and so on; adju...