This is my OSR version of Dr. Herbert West. I was definitely more inspired by the films than the original short story. This is basically Jeffrey Combs portrayal of West, but set in the early modern era of Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Herbert West, Re-Animator
Armor: 12, HP: 30,Specialist 8, Movement 120', 1 scalpel (1d4) or syringe (1 plus + Re-Animation Serum) attack, Morale 8 Skills: Architecture 2, Bushcraft 2, Climb 1, Languages 3, Search 6, Sleight of Hand 2, Sneak Attack 2, Stealth 2, Tinker 6 Special Items: Re-Animation Serum - This glowing green fluid is the culmination of West's lifework. It will re-animate corpses, giving them the semblance of life. The intelligence and demeanor of the corpse will be greatly affected by it's freshness. However, the serum tends to be a death sentence to the living. If injected with the serum a person must make a Poison saving throw. Failure means they die in 1d6 rounds unless they are the recipient of a Cure Disease, though Delay Poison will allow another saving throw.
Fresh corpses (dead for less than a month) make more lifelike and intelligent re-animated. While they share many qualities of the undead, due to their scientific origin they are not undead and are unaffected by Turn Undead spell. They are nearly unstoppable as well, a re-animated reduced to 0 HP is momentarily disabled (for 1d10 rounds at which point it gains that many hit points). To truly defeat a re-animated you must dismember them or dispose of their bodies in some other way.
I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that King Arthur Pendragon: 1st Edition is free on OneBookShelf until the end of the month. I never played Pendragon but I have several books (from various editions) and it always seemed like an interesting game to me. What's your experience with the game?
I really like the newest printing of Swords & Wizardry. I've seen some grief directed at the cover. Personally, I really like the piece though for me it seems like it would be better suited for a witch themed book. That being said, I wasn't a giant fan of the last cover. That discussion is not why you're here though. You want succubus artwork, right? Well, you're in luck because the new printing has new succubus art.
I really like High School of the Dead. Considering how over the top the fan service is in the series is, it's not a source of pride, but overall I still think it's a good zombie series. I'm going to stat out some of the characters (mainly because I think it's fun). I'll start with my favourite, Takashi.
Overview: The Buried Zikurat is the second part of Kevin Watson's Haunting of Hastur series. You can read my thoughts on the first one here. It's for a party of characters level 6-8. It has an implied setting, but is easy to import into any game. A zikarut has been discovered by a clay mining operation and the pc's are hired to investigate.
Layout: Each room of the zikarut is presented in a simple and useful layout like this:
# - Name of Room Ingress/Egress: how to get in and out of the room and where it leads Description: Detailed description for the DM. Players: Descriptions for players: Lore: History of the room. Not all room descriptions feature this.
Crunchy Bits: 1 new monster (Nexus Guardian), 1 new spell (Destroy Stone), 3 new magic items (Boots of Formene, Cloak of Formene, Ring of Elvenkind)
Thoughts: This adventure is full of puzzles/riddles. This is a nice change of pace from most published adventures I see, which are light on encounters like that. However, if those aren't your players' style they can just fight nexus guardians to get past locks.
I like Kevin's take on elves. In particular the Formene's are an interesting version of "dark elves." They live underground, but they are definitely not Lolth-worshiping spider-kissers.
Overall, I think this is a fun adventure with a nice connection to otherworldly horrors. It's got a mythos vibe, but not a beat you over the head with tentacles mythos while you're looting the random dungeon type.