Hi, my name is Jeremy and sometimes I like to dungeon master! Mostly, I’m known for making funny videos on the internet with LoadingReadyRun, among them Friday Nights, a sitcom about Magic: the Gathering and The Temple of the Lava Bears, a D&D podcast in which I took my friends on a hilarious and deadly excursion into a temple … to fight lava bears.
I’m super thrilled to be asked to DM as part of this year’s official D&D Extra Life campaign. The scenario I run will be based on Zuggtmoy, the DEMON QUEEN OF FUNGUS, who is associated with PARASITES, DECAY and MADNESS which. If you’ve watched Lava Bears, you know that are some of my favourite things, and I cannot wait to put my party through some really messed up stuff.
If you donate at least $5, I will send you a digital copy of my adventure notes, in whatever form they end up taking. This will not be a perfectly-composed long-hand adventure module, but it should be enough for you to run the adventure yourself. ALSO, I will randomly draw the name of one person who donates $5 before the end of the event (THE EVENT IS NOW OVER: THE DRAW IS CLOSED) or more and send that person a box of swag, including: the dice I use for the adventure, a copy of Out of the Abyss signed by the players at my table and the cast of Temple of the Lava Bears, a printed and signed copy of my adventure notes, the critical hit cards that I use at the table and potentially other things TBA.
Even better, you can get directly involved in the game that I run! If you donate to my extra life drive, you can help shape the adventure in one of the following ways. To choose one of these options, make the appropriate donation and put the details in the message field in the donation form:
$20 - The Creeping Decay
At the beginning of the game, I will have each player put a sticker on the ‘1’ face of a d20, covering the number. Certain events in the adventure will cause the infection to spread to adjacent faces on the die, covering other numbers. A player who rolls a sticker automatically fails the action they attempted. If the action was an attack, they suffer a critical failure, and for those, I need YOUR HELP. For a $20 donation, you may write a critical failure. I’ll put it on a card, and when a character rolls a corrupted face, they will have to draw one of your cards to determine what happens. The rules:
Current Critical Fumbles:
TAKEN - Nightmare Fuel (0 of 5 remaining)
Send send me five words. I will turn them into a dream or hallucination to be experienced by somebody at the table.
CLOSED - Monster Mash (max 5)
Choose a D&D monster. I will include it in the adventure in some form. I reserve the right to modify it if it’s not suitable for a party of third-to-fifth level.
CLOSED - Just Rewards (max 5; 2 remaining)
Choose a non-artifact magic item. I will include it in the adventure.
CLOSED - Solve for X (max 1)
Devise a puzzle or trap. I will include it in the adventure. I reserve the right to tweak it a bit, though I’ll consult you about it.
CLOSED - What’s in a Name? (max 1)
You may name the adventure. This is probably the most powerful option with regard to determining its content.
ALL GONE - Maybe ... We Were the Monsters (max 1)
I will design a D&D monster to your specifications and it will show up in the adventure.
$500 - As You Wish (max 2)
I will run a short (one session) online adventure for you and your friends. You must name the adventure.
Also, There Are Stretch goals!
These will be unlocked based on my total donations for the event. Every little bit counts toward making my the adventure more entertaining for everyone.
$500 - Purple Fungus
The final encounter for my adventure will have overly-flowery boxed text.
$1000 - Spreading Fungus
Every time a player rolls an infected die face, they must choose another player. The chosen player’s d20 becomes further infected.
$1500 - Royal Fungus
All encounters will have extremely flowery boxed text.
$2000 - Insidious Fungus
If a player with advantage or disadvantage rolls two infected die faces, they suffer two critical failures.
$2500 - Expository Fungus
One villainous NPC will monologue about their plans and/or background for at least five minutes.
$3000 - Devious Fungus
The extremely flowery and ill-written boxed text will dictate the actions of the party once during the course of the adventure (there are no saves vs. boxed text)
$3500 - Deific Fungous
For one round, Zuggtmoy will directly intercede on behalf of the bad guys.
Also, I’m Playing This Game, Too!
As if it weren’t enough for me to ruin other people’s fun, I’m PLAYING in this madness as well! I’ll be joining a session run by Wizards of the Coast’s Chris Perkins at 8:00 AM on Oct 4. In keeping with the theme, I’ve decided to make a character based on the original adventure Zuggtmoy appeared in: The Temple of Elemental Evil. Due to the circumstances of that adventure, here is what we know about that character:
Here are the other parts of my character that you can help determine:
TAKEN - MONK — Choose my class from the Player’s Handbook
TAKEN - TIEFLING— Choose my race from the Player’s Handbook
TAKEN - NOBLE — Choose my background from the Player’s Handbook
TAKEN - "No one else is going to have to endure the hardships I've been through." — Choose my Bond
TAKEN - My character speaks in blank verse and is snooty about it. — Choose my Flaw
TAKEN - Self-Knowledge. If you know yourself, there's nothing left to know.— Choose my Ideal
TAKEN: N/A — Choose my elemental allegiance (Earth, Fire, Air or Water)
TAKEN: HEART IT IS: GO PLANET!! — Choose my elemental allegiance (Heart—GO PLANET!; presumably my character has sweet 90s hair and is a heretic)
TAKEN: Chaotic Neutral— Choose my alignment. It must be non-good unless my elemental allegiance is ‘Heart’
TAKEN: Quarterstaff — Choose my weapon. We know I have a +1 weapon: what will it be?
TAKEN - Esquilax — Choose my name.
Character Stretch Goals
The more total donations I get, the better my character will become!
$500 - I start the game with a Potion of Healing
$1000 - I start the game one level higher
$1500 - I start the game with a +1 weapon
$2000 - I start the game two levels higher
$2500 - I start the game with a magic item, determined by my DM, Chris Perkins, presumably from the Temple of Elemental Evil
$3000 - I start the game with a wish spell, to be granted by the Elder Elemental Eye
$3500 - I start the game three levels higher