Listen, I’m gonna be honest here: I like mushrooms. I just think they’re really cool and unique and awesome. Way better than plants. Seriously, fuck plants.Anyways, basically I’m interested in incorporating more mushrooms into my role playing games, and I’m looking for any suggestions: player characters, enemies, items, locations, quest hooks, whatever.Any ideas?
>>80171648How about a type of mushroom that grows on decomposing plant matter and takes on some of the properties of what it grows on? Chop up some mint leaves and mix it into the soil and you’ll get mushrooms that taste minty. If there’s sugar-rich plants available you can mix those in too and create sweet flavored mushroom treats to sell!Plus, what would you get if you mixed in plants with medicinal properties? Do it right and you might even invent the equivalent of chewable cough drops or antacids.
>>80171648This badass dad.
>>80171648let me get uhhh
>>80171648Create a table full of mushrooms, each with a visual description, and effects. They should have a variety of positive, negative, and superficial effects, some of them also should have different effects if players fail or succeeds a check to prepare them. Now that you have a list of mushrooms, you can either manually or randomly place them in the damp corners of all your dungeons. Don't forget to make some of them lookalikes.
Myconids are probably my favorite race. They’re so uniquely bizarre in their culture and values, and they contrast sharply with every other race in the underdark
>>80171804it's fascinating how quickly I can go from loving an image to despising it nowadays
>>80171648A mushroom race where clans are different species or mushrooms. The Portobello clan in very common, they are unassuming and hardworking. The Truffle clan dwell underground are are rarely seen on the surface, maybe they are expert craftsman from all the fine minerals then dig. Maybe they are ignorant to the real value of precious metals and hoard them because they look cool. The Morel and Chanterelle clan are renowned for their exotic appearance, they can be scholars or magicians. The other mushrooms clans hold a grudge against them, they think the are arrogant and sheltered, while the Morels and Chanterelles think the other mushrooms are stupid and dirty.
I don’t know if this is relevant, but I have two artbooks of different species of mushrooms personified as cute anime girls.I just thought you should know that.
>>80171648Myconid hands wrote this op
>>80171775This is actually pretty goddamn smart.I’m very fond of “mundane fantasy” that fleshes out the small details of a world. Something like this could be used to easily mass-produce things like flavored candies, medicines, magical consumables (similar to potions)
I like this idea. Have a logo, if you'd like.
>>80172055Good point, players are probably spending a bunch of time in damp underground caverns and dungeons. Prime fungus location.
>>80171648A race of puffball mushrooms that are hunted for their spores. Some spores have healing properties. The general public will want those, but merchants, the church, and adventurers will especially want them. Some spores have drowsy or poisoning effects, criminals will want to get their hands on those or maybe even healers in some situations. Some spores have charming effects and will be bought at a high price by royalty, performers, and corrupt politicians.
>>80172575>>80171648FUCK IT, everything is fungi.>Instead of fantasy races, everyone is just different species of Mushroomfolk (Fly Agaric, Morels, Truffles, whatever)>Instead of houses, everyone lives in mushrooms like the fucking Smurfs or some shit>Instead of grass, lichens>Instead of crops, mushrooms>Instead of paper, they use Artist’s Conk, which changes color when scratched>Instead clothing, everyone walks around naked because they don’t have genitals, they reproduce through spores>Instead of wood, they use Tinder Fungus to start fires (real thing, look it up)>Instead of candles, bioluminescent mushroomsIt’s easy enough, we can do it
>>80172374it lost its luster when "theorygram" started meming it hard. iFunny may have had something to do with it too
Okay I think I speak for everyone when I say that we need to discuss the various bonuses of different mushroom species>Psilocybe mushrooms obviously get a unique ability to cause disorienting hallucinations>Death Caps get a unique poison attack>Truffles get a unique tunneling ability that allows it to hide or move underground>Puffballs get a unique area-of-attack spore attack
Cute thread. Have a bump with some mushroom paintings the kids that I work with painted:)
http://goblinpunch.blogspot.com/2021/02/myconids.htmlan interesting take on myconids
In case you guys don’t know, there was a character design challenge a few months back for #MushroomFighter. And while I hate Instagram and Twitter, there was some fucking rad artwork posted
>>80172411>>80172951>>80172713Aw yeah that’s good. I love the idea of mushroom races.>Shiitake are the weird out-of-place Asian culture every setting seems to have>Lions Mane is a very cool mushroom (pic related), and maybe they live up in tree tops with rope-bridges and suchAny others?
>>80171648Down with he knife ears as the longest lived race! Mycelia can live forever!
>>80171648Mushroomen and fungi based monsters are based.
>>80173309>Fly agaric are treated poorly in society they usually become swindlers, thieves and assassins.>King oyster are folk heroes known for their imposing stature and fighting capabilities.>Veiled lady are dancers, singers, and actors.
Mushrooms are very hot right now. I’m thinking it was the emergence of Spore Druids that sparked this.Regardless, I welcome our new fungal overlords
>>80173538And here come the fucking coomers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>/d/
why are mushroom themed witches so cute and based?
>>80172450I think we all know that you should scan and post these artbooks.
I’ve always felt that there’s too much hornyposting when it comes to fantasy races.Mushroomfolk are the perfect solution: cool-looking and nonsexual
Mushroom creatures are cute
>>80173690Don’t go making audacious claims like that
https://www.melsonia.com/fungi-of-the-far-realms-69-p.aspAn amazing book
>>80173664What I need to do is get access to one of those good scanners so I don’t have to damage the books by removing individual pages.Book books are by Emi Tamaki (玉木えみ):https://www.amazon.co.jp/少女系きのこ図鑑-玉木えみ/dp/4925064592https://www.amazon.co.jp/増殖・少女系きのこ図鑑-菌類イラスト集2-玉木-えみ/dp/4907583265
>>80173033>>80173181Great blog, that and http://monstermanualsewnfrompants.blogspot.com/2016/11/tickle-boys.html?m=1Are my go to Rpg content blogs
>>80172760Nooo, as much as I love mushrooms, we need some non-fungal things as well.Trees, for the mushrooms to grow on. Snails, slugs, and frogs, because they always seem to hang around mushrooms. Maybe little insect friends too.
>>80173690>and nonsexualshows only the part of the Fungus that is solely for reproducing....
>>80174248Those snails? They're fungi too
>>80174035This is fucking cool
>>80174570Now that is cool as hell. I do like the dnd spore druid myself and there is now a stat sheet for mushroom liches which is awesome.I made a mushroom garden this year but the extreme tempersture shifts we got this spring killed my babies.
>>80174971Yeah, that one’s based on the Destroying Angel, the most deadly mushroom on earth. Scary stuff. If you eat it, you feel totally normal for a full day. And by the time symptoms show up, there’s no cure,
>>80171648Check out Shadow of the Demon Lord. It has a whole supplement for mushrooom people. Even if you don't want to play SotDL, you can just take the mushroom lore.
>>80174971>stat sheet for mushroom lichesI cannot find this--can you point to it please?Thanks.
>>80173690GOD I HATE THIS NEW CAPTCHA AAAAAAAARRRGGGG!!!!!!!
>>80176808I assume he meanshttps://5e.tools/bestiary/devkarin-lich-ggr.html
>>80176935I don't mind it that much. A little bit harder to solve but at least it's not google anymore.
>>80172411>>80173309>>80173505Everyone hates the cordyceps. They terrify the bug-folk and the man-types, who come with fire.>>80176958Thank you.>>80176935>AAAAAAAARRRGGGG!!!!!!!Hear, hear.
>>80173718I came here to post this, gj
>>80171648The OSR has an unhealthy obsession with fungi. And toads. They have tons of adventures and sourcebooks which incorporates those.
I like the idea of Myconids but I can't find a design I really find satisfying for them. They tend to either be too humanlike or just be mushrooms with feet.That's a bit frustrating.
>>80182477personally i think this one is just the right amount of humanoid and shroom >>80173250 maybe some more mushrrom or fungi stuff on the legs
>>80182626It's pretty cool I admit, though it's still built around a human "skeleton".
>>80171648>player characterswithout going too far into mgical realm shit with walking-talking mushrooms, letting the players choose from a range of symbiotes (either on character creation or later in the game) with a set of advantages and tradeoffs, be those mushrooms or animals, is an incredibly underused idea compared to how cool it is>enemiesbeyond the obvious two (fixed explosive or spitting shrooms and shroomified enemies), some expansive, intelligent hivemind-like mushroom could work fairly well, especially if the players can explore how alien its mind is through dialog>itemsthere was that one game where weapons were made of flesh and wiggled and twitched all the time, something like that with mushrooms could be epic>locationsimagine the party climbing on the gills of a huge shroom while fighting off whatever enemies (maybe birds, nesting up high) you want to put in therethere's a whole lot more to this topic than "le explody mushroom forest">quest hooksa player is infected bya mushroom, loses stats and gets effects as the sickness advances, party has to find cureparty can only prevail if theyí get symbiote, so they must get the exact spores and the know-how
>>80184929Is this nausica
>>80187938Yes. As is pic related and >>80182809
>>80172977wholesomehere's one i made many years ago
>>80171648In the video game noita, which simulates liquid physics and chemistry, you can eat weird fungus to LSD trip, if you trip hard enough you transmute all instances of one element into another. Turned snow into acid once and the snow level was just a big hole.
>>80172881I wouldn't know, I don't follow ecelebs or visit garbage websites like ifunny. Why the hell do you?
>Way better than plants. Seriously, fuck plants.This. I’ve had it with plants completely dominating role playing games. It’s all dryads and druids and shit. I get enough of that bullshit in my daily life. I walk outside every day, and you know what I see? Grass, fucking bushes and trees. Leaves, branches, flowers. I’m fucking sick of it bro.
>>80191784Forgot my mushroom guy pic.Fuck plants.
>>80171648>Way better than plants. Seriously, fuck plants.I will never not be miffed at pathfinder categorizing mushrooms as plants
I found some tiny mushrooms in my potted plant and they pleased me.Surely this is a blessing from Robigus, the ancient Roman god of fungus.
>>80171648>fuck plants.you realize literally all life depends on plants right
>>80182477This one has been my favorite since long before this thread: >>80182320I like the idea of myconids growing from corpses that have been inoculated with mycelium. It fits well with their already bizarre relationship with death.
>>80191965This post was written by a ficus tree
>>80191965Fuck you ghost pipe
I quite like mushrooms too.
Mushrooms are damn cool. I have used them as enemies in my campaign, where they would function as a biological weapon. They would shoot their spores at any non-plant or fungus in the vicinity and they would quickly drain their victim into a husk while using them as nutrients. One mushroom could depopulate a mid-sized town in 20 minutes, if left unchecked.
>>80195484That seems pretty cool. Our campaign has a batch of dragon shrooms, mushroom infused dragons created by a wizard and a druid. They grow fast as fuck going from egg to adulthood in a few montha. The party has been raising them and setting them loose into the world. I do not see any problems coming from this.
>>80171648I'm home brewing a race of sentient fungus that infest a corpse or living organism and take it over to form a body. Can be anything large or smaller. Inherits the creature's stats with some modifications. If they fail 3 death saves, they release a cloud of spores. Every living creature within range makes a con save to resist. On a fail, they take root in the body and begin to grow. Growth can be safely removed at a later date and transplanted onto another body.
>>80171648Here are some takes I quite enjoy.https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.com/2018/01/osr-myconids-part-1.htmlhttp://goblinpunch.blogspot.com/2021/02/myconids.htmlI've also done my own spin in terms of a vast solipsistic resource broker which occasionally infests and animates corpses for information gathering purposes. Purely chemical thought is sluggish and as the myco-mind is composed of hundreds of species it's always at risk of learning itself apart into autophagic schizophrenia so rather than something so crude as "learning" about an "outside world" it perceives new data derived from whatever's rotting as sudden insight and the fiendishly complex task of balancing nutritional needs of their many tree symbionts as an engaging abstract puzzle. The cordyceps scouts don't have the brains to pull off this elaborate self deception but are also self-contained enough that they didn't implode when they fail. That said once they realise that others minds exist (and vitally that they are now separate from the myco-mind) debriefings get a lot more stressful (think alpha complex with a reverse blame game, implying anyone ever has distinct agency gets you goo'd).
Not asking about fungus people here, but actual fungi. I want to substitute a potion seller with a dwarf merchant selling different mushrooms that basically function like potions. What are some tonally fitting left field effects that a potion fungus could have?
>>80171648You might like the book Radical Mycology, for some of the scientific and cultural BG of fungi.https://archive.org/details/radical-mycology-a-treatise-on-seeing-and-working-with-fungi/Radical_Mycology_A_treatise_on_seeing_and_working_with_fungi/mode/2up
>>80199233Hallucinations are common, as is paralysis or memory loss. Usually life threatening effects are what you get out of bad mushrooms, they dont fuck around. Though you could probably have them just make your mouth numb or have tingly feelings. Hell maybe they have a pain killer effect so that when you take the potion shroom it makes you feel no pain for a while. Or maybe they put you to sleep.
>>80199233Perception of the color spectrum shifts around, so that instead of red you see orange, instead of orange you see yellow, instead of yellow you see green, etc.
>>80199233Have them fuck with casters. Shuffle their spell slots, make them roll wild magic, reflavor spells to be mushroomy, change their damage types. There's a lot of options.
>>80202567>>80199233A few common symptoms of different types of mushroom poisoning:>Gastroenterological symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea>Leaking fluids: excessive salivation, sweating, tears, and lactation (lol what?)>Neurological symptoms: confusion, visual distortion, a feeling of greater strength, delusions, convulsions, drowsiness, tingling arms and legs, warmth and flushing, heavy limbs>Symptoms of kidney failure: headaches, anorexia, frequent urination, difficulty urinating, anxiety, burning thirst, weakness, sensations of coldness and shivering>Other symptoms, associated with anemia: paleness, yellowish skin, eyes, and mouth, dark urine, unable to handle physical activity, increased heart rateSome mushrooms have unusual effects that only occur under certain circumstances:>False morels are edible and delicious when fully cooked. But if they are eaten raw they are deadly>Inky Caps are normally edible, but if you consume ANY alcohol within about 24 hours they become very poisonous>Certain mushrooms must be eaten repeatedly over a period of time, before they cause anemiaOther mushrooms have unexpectedly delayed effects:>The most deadly mushrooms, such as The Destroying Angel, have an incredibly bizarre course of symptoms. Initially they have no effect, but after 24 hours, the patient experiences severe gastroenterological symptoms. Then the patient suddenly seems to fully recover, and remains fine for about a full day. But after that, shit goes fucking bananas. The liver and kidneys just fucking liquify, and the patient seems to just “bleed out” from every orifice.>Perhaps even stranger, some mushrooms cause severe kidney damage, but only after a period of 3 days to 3 weeks after eating it.Might be a good quest hook, giving the players time to search for an antidote?
>>80203180Sounds like it could be fun. Maybe have a bunch of myconids of various mushroom species running around could be cool, some poison and some cures.
>Just living my life as a myconid, chilling in some caverns, getting high on spores>We get a visit every few weeks from Ulric, a half-elf salesman from a nearby village on the surface>He’s a nice guy, and will chat and make jokes while buying up our potions>One day Ulric is terribly depressed, and tells us that his young daughter Rowan just died>I feel awful for him, so I decide to set up a special surprise for the next time he comes to visit>When he returns, we hold a huge feast for him>Explain to him that we myconids have a different view of life and death from the surface dwellers>In death, there is also new life, and it is never really an “end”. And that is true for his little daughter as well>Ulric smiles, out of happiness>Explain to him that this is why we snuck into his village at night and dug up his daughter’s body>Ulric stares blankly, out of happiness>Explain how I inoculated Rowan’s corpse with spores, in order to harvest the mushrooms used in this feast>Ulric vomits, out of happiness>Explain that we even infused her rotting cadaver with myconid mycelium, in order to birth the newest member of our circle>Our newly created sibling shambles out, proving that the cycle of life continues, and that Rowan’s death has not been without meaning>Ulric shrieks and runs off, out of happiness>I’m glad we could give him some closure and comfort in his time of need
>>80205511>myconid huffing sporesLiteral shroomcum cocktails
>>80205511I want to shpw this to my group but they are already convinced I am going to accidentally become the nicest lich ever
>>80191965muh deepsea vents
OP sounds like a fun guy.
>>80172411>>80173309Don't know how many of you might remember this, but there was an old Wii game that revolved around this premise - Mushroom Men.Just to paraphrase the wikipedia article:>Bolete - These mushrooms are a peaceful, Utopian society, and want nothing more than the entire mushroom world to be at peace. This is the tribe to which the main character, Pax, belongs. They have telekinetic abilities, which they call "Sporekinesis", which most other tribes don't exhibit. They are experts at surprise attacks, and are believed to be the first sentient mushrooms or "alpha" mushrooms.>Morel - This mushroom tribe consists of intelligent inventors of machines. This tribe is also peaceful and assists Pax. However, they are poor fighters. They are masters of mechanical defense systems.>Amanita - An evil mushroom tribe who started the mushroom wars in the first game "Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi" for the DS platform. They are master fighters, and always attack in groups. Their weapon of choice tends to be scavenged spears. Their leader, the Amanita General managed to grow to a massive size..>Lepiota - Another evil mushroom tribe, characterized by mystery and dark mysticism. Their cities are shrines and they are very religious. Tough and resourceful, they secure human artifacts and insects to use as weapons, using them in slashing attacks.>Shiitake - An order of elemental monks.There's probably some concept art floating around that you could use for inspiration.
>>80195914Damn anon, you can use them as a plot hook in the future, where a warlike society like goblins is using them as mounts and as experimental gardens for their alchemical potion brewing.