Friday, January 12, 2018

My friend the black pudding will help!

Normally, being trapped in a small, freezing room with a black pudding is bad.

Black pudding saves butcher trapped in freezer

But this butcher was able to leverage destructive powers of the pudding to save himself. A door? No problem, those suckers do 3-24 damage in AD&D. This butcher must have rolled extraordinarily well on his Reaction Roll for it to get it to help.

Perhaps he'd taken some advice from Gary Gygax, who wrote a war story called How to Tame A Black Pudding (link to Grodog's resources) back in Dragon 289.

(A real black pudding)

Either way, it just goes to show you can't just paint all oozes out to be horrid, vile, unfeeling foes. Sometimes they can be horrid, vile, unfeeling friends!


  1. Charisma is NOT a dump stat, everyone!

  2. I've always said that they should be safely edible once dispatched. Also white puddings, figgy puddings.

    1. Hostile British food is realistic, but is edible British food believable? I don't want to shatter suspension of disbelief.

    2. 'Edible' and 'Enjoyable' are still distinctly non-synonymous.

    3. That's a good point. Neither would apply to any kind of pudding.


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