After taking a peek at Sorcery, we’ll be going over the various threats and monsters that players can expect to run into in the Conan RPG.
The RPG has five different categories for the encounters that the GM can throw at his players:
- Minions – The most frequently encountered opponents, Minions fight with the normal rules, but do not have hit locations. They only roll 1d20 on tests and Stress equal to half the associate attribute, rounded down. They may not attempt Reactions or sacrifice armor or shields to ignore wounds. New Minions can be added to a scene by spending one Doom per Minion as long as there is a logical and plausible reason for reinforcements to show up.
- Toughened – Are the category of a serious threat. Exceptional individuals among various lesser creatures tend to fall under this category. Toughened creatures act and fight with the same rules as player characters.
- Nemesis – This is the most powerful category, representing “boss” type characters. These fight with the same rules as player characters, with multiple Harms and the ability to sacrifice armor and shields to ignore wounds.
- Horrors – This category of encounter represents creatures called to being with a Summon a Horror spell.
- Undead – This category represents creatures summoned by Raise Up The Dead spell.
Like the cultists in our Combat example, many adversaries work in groups. These are defined as either Mobs or Squads. Mobs are a disorganized rabble, while Squads are usually lead by a Toughened or otherwise exceptional leader.
Creatures being what they are, possess a host of special abilities that allow them to exhibit immunities to certain types of damage, carry their own personal stash of Doom, cause characters to suffer mental damage upon seeing them, or even have alternate modes of movement, such as flight.
A Host of Horrors
As this point, the book offers a dizzying array of threats and opponents for our heroes. These range form mortal threats like Cultists and Savages, to Wild Beasts, Monsters and Horrors from Beyond. Finally, the list ends with a quick rundown of Characters of Renown, including the stats for celebrated characters such as Conan the Barbarian, Belit, Queen of the Black Coast, Valeria of the Red Brotherhood and Thoth-Amon of the Ring.
The Conan RPG has a huge selection of threats (as it should!) and any GM worth his salt will find something of use here. Each of the creatures presented could be the seed of a new adventure, and with a little elbow grease, anyone can come up with encounters here that feel like they were ripped from the pages of Robert E. Howard’s pulp stories!
Next up, we’ll be taking a look at Game Mastering Conan the RPG, and we’ll wrap up this Let’s Study series with a review of the game now that we’ve had a chance to go through all of it.