Monday 1 December 2014

[D&D] Death & Dismemberment Tables II - When too many tables are barely enough...

It seems I can't open a web browser at the moment without stumbling across more Death & Dismemberment Tables (DADT's). My last post contained 23 tables, count 'em (including Trollsmyth's second table in the comments). However the D&D blogosphere is swollen like a week old corpse with DADT's, so here's another 10 tables to further whet your appetite for blood, maiming, scarring, and grisly death.

Ten Foot Polemic's Another Death and Dismemberment variant - takes Hack & Slash's highly detailed DADT and simplifies things by using pools of different coloured dice.

Wheel of Samsara's Wound Table - roll 2 d6's, the first for general hit location and the second for the specific wound, then roll 2d6 again to determine if the wound is temporary or permanent.

First Level Mage's Death and Dismemberment - dice drop on the back cover of Vornheim for hit location, then use WHFRP's critical hit tables with the adjustments given here.

Quickly, Quietly, Carefully's Elective Dismemberment Table - when dropping below 0 HP a player can elect to roll on this pretty brutal table (every entry is a form of dismemberment) and stay on 1 HP. Now that's my flavor of narrative control.

Wonders and Witchcraft's Death and Dismemberment Table - looks to be based off the Fisher/Trollsmyth/Troll & Flame model but tweaked for Lamentations of the Flame Princess (a game which frankly I'm surprised has no native DADT). 

The XP Experience's Dismemberment, Dying and Death Table - inspired by the W&W table above only simplified.

Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque's Life's Thread Cut Short Table - a fairly dangerous table based off a flat d20 roll.

Billy Goes To Mordor's An Interesting Death  and Pirate  DADT's - inspired by TOTGAD's table above only deadlier and dismemberier respectively. 

Dispatches from Kickassistan's Death Dice! - a pool of dice accruing every time a PC drops which can result in attribute loss leading to permanent injuries and death.

If you've got a DADT of your own please feel free to link to it in the comments, or message me for posting in the inevitable DADT part III!

To fully appreciate the mindset of the author whilst writing this blog post it is best read whilst listening to:  Gerling - When Young Terrorists Chase the Sun


  1. It's great that you collected all of these! Regarding my own, I posted an updated one at some point. Also I made a cyberpunk one at some point.

  2. Sweet, thanks for the shoutout! It works pretty well, though obviously you need a whole lot of d6's.