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Troglodytes and bone tomahawks

After watching the movie Bone Tomahawk, I decided I should write a varmint entry for the troglodyte for Dungeon Crawl Classics. It’s a perfect fit for the Black Powder, Black Magic setting.

If you’re adventuring in the mines of Brimstone, you may find these guys on just about any level. They can also be found in remote caves beyond Brimstone.


Init +1; Atk bone tomahawk +3 melee (1d6+3); AC 16; HD 2d8+2; MV 30’; Act 1d20; SP infravision 60’, Throat Whistle; SV Fort +2, Ref +0, Will +1; AL L.

The forsaken tribe of cannibalistic, demon worshipping natives (commonly called troglodytes) can be found in wilderness caves and the tunnels beneath Brimstone. They mark their territory with effigies of slain interlopers. Should these effigies be disturbed, the troglodytes may muster a hunting party to venture into town to capture their next stock of food and breeding selections.

In addition to seeing well in the dark, the troglodytes can hear frequencies similar to canines. They have a mutation, a bone protrusion in their throat, that allows them to communicate over many miles. When first encountered, a troglodyte or group of troglodytes will use their throat whistle to call for aid or warn their brethren. One additional troglodyte per average level of the party will arrive 1d4 rounds later. Reinforcements will not use this ability, as there are no reinforcements for reinforcements.

The bone tomahawks carried by troglodytes are studded with the petrified talons of demons. Troglodytes use sap from the roots of the World Tree, hardened by fire, to fuse the talons to their tomahawks. On a natural attack roll of 20, the victim suffers a devastating wound, and that character’s hit point total is forever reduced by 1d4 HP. Players may opt to permanently reduce their Luck score by an equivalent amount to counter this.


Common (DC10): Name, visual description, origin

Uncommon (DC15): Infravision, throat whistle

Rare (DC 20-25): bone tomahawk special damage

Obscure (DC30): Troglodytes all worship Ushtooth the Usurper, an elder brain. Clerics with this knowledge may attempt to turn the troglodytes.

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Coming Soon: The Treasure Vaults of Zadabad for Swords & Wizardry

Eric and I feel that TVoZ is an ideal candidate for play with Swords & Wizardry. Eric’s converted all the monsters, items, and entries, and I’ve redone all the maps and put everything into a new layout. As of this post, we’re at the final proofing stage.

Eric will have some review copies with him at this year’s GaryCon, so if you’re in attendance, be sure to find him and ask to thumb through it. At 64 pages, there’s a boatload to do on the island of Kalmatta!

Below are some samples of the cover and interior:




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Black Powder, Black Magic Vol.2


The wait is over, and Black Powder, Black Magic Vol.2 is born, and only 100 print copies are available through this site, with another 100 copies to be distributed through conventions.

In addition to changes to existing classes from the DCCRPG, we introduce the Gambler and the Prospector. Also, you’ll find a complete writeup for John Henry, the current guise of the powerful wizard Solomon Gui. Gui made bargains with the shadowy powers of pre-history to gain his immortality, but now feeds on the pain and hardship of others.

The night John Henry is born an ax
of lightning splits the sky,
and a hammer of thunder pounds the earth,
and the eagles and panthers cry!
– Melvin B. Tolson

We introduce Folklore, which is something that will accompany all new monsters in the Dark Territories. To get things started, we give you the Minewight.

Volume 3 is already in the works, and we have the new patron Johnny Appleseed, the Alchemist class, and a contribution from Daniel J. Bishop for the Varmints! section. I’m also working on a side-view map of Brimstone and the many levels of mines, caverns, tombs, and lost civilizations beneath the bustling town. This map will also show where the various types of demon ore is waiting to be mined.

If you have ideas and would like to contribute to Vol.3, use the Submissions form on this site.

These are exciting and dangerous times in the Dark Territories. We hope this little zine prepares you for the journey ahead.

Order your copy now before they’re all gone.

Keep your powder dry,

-Carl Bussler