The Hexanomicon is a setting generator using stickers of hexmap landscape elements, sheets on which to place them and tables to determine the contents of hexes. Specific destinations are left to the judge. I dot my map with published adventure modules and a few NPC homes. This issue includes a template to create and print your own stickers from graphics you create or find.
In the game I currently run, the party may learn that there is a Wizard's tower a few days journey away. I decide that their journey should not be trivial so I use the hex name generator to create The Glittering Bogs of Ada'akka. The bogs will contain beasts so Jumping Gore Beetles are created from a table that combines stats for jumping, gore, and beetles. Later, the evil wizard is defeated easily by burning down the party's luck and stats. With their decreased luck, on the way home they roll a terrible encounter in the Glittering Bogs. Perhaps they should not have burned down their stats so far.
These tools are created for Dungeon Crawl Classics but can be easily adapted to other systems.
I use this tool to create a casual hex map as we play. Hexes are not particular distances but more like story elements. The wizard's tower inhabits one hex and when the party reaches that hex, they are at the tower. The Glittering Bogs around the tower may only take one hex to pass through but that hex takes 3 days. The map is created on the fly, develops as the story does and requires little preparation.
Included are stickers to create your own fleeting luck tokens as well as a few other tokens. This issue also includes blank sticker sheets for you to print your own stickers or tokens. Links to where you can purchase additional blank sticker sheets and blank wooden tokens will be provided. I hope people will make and share their own hex map stickers.
All reward levels include
- A PDF copy of the zine, Map page, Map stickers, and Fleeting Luck Token stickers.
- Editable Inkscape SVG files of the sticker sheets and Map page.
- Links to blank stickers sheets you can buy for yourself.
- Links to blank wooden tokens to put stickers on yourself. Future issues will have more uses for the wooden tokens.
You can use these tools a number of ways but hopefully, you will have a way to create a setting on the fly that is fun for you as well as your players.
Hexes have an alignment. The alignment can change. The party may bring the light of justice to an area. I usually decide the hex alignment myself but it may be determined randomly. There are rules for determining the hex alignment based on luck or you can also determine the landscape randomly.
1 Doom Hex or Plains / hills
2-4 Plains / hills
5-6 Forest / Jungle
7 Mountain Range
8 Desert / Ice
9 Swamp / Bogs
I have a general idea where I want major rivers or impassable terrain and I draw that between hexes.
Chaotic hexes have a negative effects. I do not decide these randomly in my game but you can. Doom hexes may have two or more effects. I choose or roll once for an area and it always has that same effect when the players pass through. Doom Hexes are generally only one hex across and the domain of a particularly vile creature. Maybe a trio of Glamorous Spore Women who also have a couple spells and some landscape that helps them like Fire Vines. Tables help create these meanies.
Here is an example of a thirst result:
First begins the terrible thirst then the aching head. The sun beats down on you as you squeeze out the last few drops of water onto your parched lips.
d20 +Average luck modifier to find water. Provisions or other factors can modify this roll.
Fumble As below and unluckiest party member succumbs. Permanently lose 1 Stamina and bed ridden for 1 week.
1-5 1d4HP+1, 2 Stamina
6-10 1d4HP, 1 Stamina
16-20 Desperate, you find a watering hole
Crit Healing oasis - Food, water, and all healed
These strange landscapes need their own particular wildlife. Just as The Fire Swamp hosts Rodents of Unusual Size. Roll first on the Beast Attribute table. (60/60 rows complete)
d Type Effect
1 Acid Yellow green skin or eyes. Damaging this creature sprays 1d4 damage for 1d3 rounds unless washed off, plate armor may protect against this damage while non-metal armors may become damaged. DC 15 Reflex save to avoid.
2 Ambush SURPRISE! Init +3.
4 Beast Hairy with claws and fangs or misshapen like no head and face on torso. +1 HD, +1 DMG, +1 INIT.
5 Blinding Spit or glowing eyes attack can cause temporary blindness, +1d14 ACT for special attack, +2 ranged, 1d3 rounds, DC 15 Reflex save.
6 Blood Deep red/black in color. If an attack causes damages all beasts target wounded character...
And then on the Beast Type table (30 rows so far but most need stats).
1 Ant (1d3x10): Init +0; Atk bite +2 melee (1d3 plus latch); AC 16; HD 1d5; MV 50’ or climb 50’; Act 1d20; SP Latch; SV Fort +5, Ref +1, * Will -3; AL L. Successful attack latches on. -AC and -d1 Act until dc10 * STR to shake one off or dc 20 to shake all off.
2 Ape (3d3): Init +1; Atk bite +2 melee (1d4+1) or slam +3 melee (1d6); AC 10; HD 1d8; MV 20' or climb 30'; Act 1d20; SP +5 to hide checks in jungle terrain; SV Fort +4, Ref +2; AL N. Intelligent. Attacks include small frontal attack with hidden numbers attacking from rear.
3 Bats: DCC Core pg. 396.
4 Bear (1): Init +2; Atk bite +2 melee (1d6 plus grapple), claw +4 melee (1d4+1); AC 13; HD 3d8; MV 40'; Act 1d20, 1d14; SP maul for additional 1d8 damage if bite victim remains grappled next turn.
5 Beetles (1d3x4): Init -2; Atk mandibles (1d3+1); AC 15; HD 1d6; MV 20' or climb 20'; Act 1d20; SV Fort +1, Ref +0, Will -3; AL N. Size of a small dog, usually very hungry....
These two tables can create creatures like Gore Wolves. Vicious pack hunters with piercing tentacles springing from their backs. Or, Poison Slime Rats. These swarming beasts coat you in a sticky diseased goo.
If you wish to name your area, you can use the naming tables like so (optional items in italic):
Neutral Area Name + Proper Name
- The Sands of Dagbala
- Ada'akka Desert
Chaotic Special Name A + Area Name + Proper Name
- The Blighted Crags
- Crooked Woods
Doom Special Name A + Special Name B + Proper Name
- The Womb of Sadness
- The Screaming Pits of Uruksoom
After a hex is created I put a few more hexes down with the same contents so it is not so easy to bypass and with that you have created a new area of your hex map.
Beast Encounter Types (20/20 rows complete)
This table gets nicer as it moves up so modifiers or dice chain can hone in on easier or more difficult results. 1d8+4 would give a range of difficult but not too difficult situations. These are meant only as wilderness encounter seeds to add a bit of variety.
Roll d20 or 3d6 +/- Luck Modifier (x2 or x3 if you want luck to be more important).
4. In their territory
6. A trap...
People and Parties (30/30 rows complete)
1. Plague victims
3. Armed forces
Settlements (16/16 rows complete)
Larger settlements will be planned into the campaign but some smaller settlements may be come across randomly. Use a die lower on the dice chain for smaller structures.
3. Trading post
4. Mining colony
6. Spider Goat Herder...
$2000.00 - Psychogeopraphy
The psychogeographical map lies under the physical map and can only be discerned through testing (casting spells at particular locations) or through the Divination spell.
Ley lines cross the map. Line intersections are points of strange magical effects. Mid-points between intersections are the points of arcane focus. Spell checks and encounters may be affected.
$3000 - Divination Spell
A first level spell used to identify the location of psychogeographical points of interest as well as mundane geographical features such as underground water sources.
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