Friday, September 25, 2015

% In Lair: None

I don’t know if ACKS invented dynamic lairs (a raison d'etre for the otherwise ancient % In Lair), but ACKS is the first game in which I actually used % In Lair.  I love dynamic lairs!  In one of my earliest ACKS games, I created a “dynamic dungeon” consisting of a series of prepared encounters in a sprawling cavern complex.  It worked fantastically well.

For some time now, I’ve wanted a list of all Autarch-published ACKS monsters.  Compiling that list, I noticed a lot of monsters with “% In Lair: None” (see below).  “Nooooooooooo!” I thought.  I want “lairs” for all my monsters.

Many if not most of the % In Lair values are likely legacy values.  Although I can see the logic of some monsters not “lair-ing”, I don’t agree with all of the list below.  (Yellow Mold never appears in its lair, only as a wandering monster.  Wait, what?)  It may be the creative Judge in me, but I want prepared encounters with every monster that are more than “a monster appears.”

Therefore, I am now running “% In Lair: None” as “% In Lair: 5%.”  The number of monsters in the prepared encounter will be the same as for a wandering monster encounter.  At least to start with – more monsters may make sense for some monsters, perhaps even being the reason for the prepared encounter, e.g. a spot favorable for finding the monster’s food, bringing more than usual.

Monsters with “% In Lair: None” often have “Treasure Type: None.”  However, not all.  Most of those that do have treasure have “Incidental” treasure types (C, I, M, or P), often said to be found in their bellies.  I think similar incidental treasure may be appropriate for any monster capable of swallowing (or killing in place) a human, such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Yellow Mold.  Also, Treasure Type Q seems as appropriate for a Djinn or Efreet as a Frost or Fire Salamander.

Core rulebook monsters with "% In Lair: None"

Black Pudding
Boar, ordinary
Boar, giant
Crocodile, ordinary
Crocodile, large
Crocodile, giant
Elemental, air
Elemental, earth
Elemental, fire
Elemental, water
Elephant  Treasure Type: Special
Fish, giant, catfish
Fish, giant, piranha
Fish, giant, rockfish
Fish, giant, sturgeon  Treasure Type: I
Gelatinous cube  Treasure Type: C
Golem, amber
Golem, bone
Golem, bronze
Golem, wood
Gray ooze
Green slime
Herd animal
Horse, light
Horse, medium
Horse, heavy
Invisible stalker
Leech, giant
Mastodon  Treasure Type: Special
Men, merchant  Treasure Type: J (per 10 wagons)
Ochre jelly
Octopus, giant
Pterodactyl, pterodactyl
Pterodactyl, pteranodon
Purple worm  Treasure Type: P x2
Rhinoceros, ordinary
Rhinoceros, woolly
Rot grub
Sea serpent  Treasure Type: M, I
Shark, bull
Shark, mako
Shark, great white
Snake, spitting cobra
Snake, pit viper
Snake, sea snake
Snake, giant python
Snake, giant rattler
Squid, giant
Statue, animated, crystal
Statue, animated, stone
Statue, animated, iron
Toad, giant  Treasure Type: C
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Whale, killer  Treasure Type: M
Whale, narwhal  Treasure Type: Special
Whale, sperm  Treasure Type: P
Yellow Mold

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