I Loot the Bag of Holding

Adventurers are always looting the bodies of their vanquished foes. Often the GM simply reads off the villain’s equipment list and the players move on. In this situation, beyond armour, weapons, magic items and some coin most foes never seem to carry anything of minor interest. Sometimes, the party might find a bag of holding—but it rarely has anything interesting in it beyond treasure and coins. This doesn’t help the GM diligently trying to breathe life and verisimilitude into his campaign.

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Enter I Loot the Bag of Holding. Within, find five tables full of the things the PCs might find in a bag of holding. Use them to enliven the looting in your campaign today! Tables include:

  • Adventuring Gear
  • Artwork
  • Books
  • Esoteric Objects
  • Odds & Ends

Extract: Adventuring Gear

  1. This large bundle of blue cloth folds out into a tent roomy enough to sleep four comfortably.
  2. Six elaborate sets of climbing gear indicate the users planned to scale a difficult mountain.
  3. Two iron spikes are accompanied by a note reading, “We’ll need more since we fed almost all of these to that damnable thing.”
  4. This 500-foot length of rope is impossibly tangled and will take at least an hour to straighten out.
  5. This nigh-invisible line of wire has tiny metal bells spaced irregularly along its length.
  6. A pair of brass lanterns are tied to a 20-foot length of rope; they each have enough oil to burn for two hours.
  7. This one-person wooden boat contains a pair of oars; one oar’s paddle is missing a chunk in the shape of a bite.
  8. This ladder is folded into a 5-foot-long, 1-foot-wide stack; when unfolded, it reaches 20 feet.
  9. The green, minty paste contained in this tube soothes burns and helps heal burnt flesh.
  10. This small workbench has a portable anvil and tools useful for repairing weapons and armour.
  11. Each woollen blanket in this pile is scratchy.
  12. This bundle of kindling contains enough material to start a week’s worth of fires.
  13. This spooled 87-foot-long piece of twine has multiple locations where the twine was broken and tied together.
  14. A grimy sack holds rusty picks and shovels.
  15. This hastily folded 5-foot-radius net holds the skeletal remains of three fish.
  16. This barrel of oil has a slight leak; oil lightly coats everything else in the bag.
  17. Five saddles are sized for an animal twice as wide as a typical horse.
  18. Eight black cloaks sized for various humanoids help their wearers blend into the shadows.
  19. “Cosimir’s Keep” is etched on a leather band attached to this ring of keys.
  20. These sheets of yellow parchment turn black when exposed to poison.

Extract: Esoteric Objects

  1. Each of these four cages hold the skeletal remains of a songbird.
  2. A carton labelled “Fragile: Cockatrice Eggs” holds a dozen two-inch-long, pink speckled eggs.
  3. Sheaves of parchment have nothing on them but faint impressions; however, the light of the full moon illuminates a diabolical contract.
  4. A locked chest is empty except for a note reading, “Better luck next time.”
  5. This suit of chain barding is appropriate for a dog the size of a corgi.
  6. Half of this metal hoop is fashioned from bronze; the other half is tarnished gold.
  7. This red twig ignites immediately when pulled out of the bag; returning it to the bag douses it.
  8. This table folds out into a full-sized billiards table; a complete set of billiard balls is attached to the table’s underside.
  9. Hundreds of empty scarab beetle carapaces pour out of the bag when someone opens it.
  10. A badger skeleton has labels describing major bone structures; a scroll lodged in its jaw contains a ritual to reanimate the creature.
  11. This whip is fashioned from a squid’s tentacle.
  12. Sunlight shines from the bag when it is opened; it provides light equivalent to noonday sun.
  13. Several hundred needles surround a one-inch-diameter magnetic ball.
  14. Twenty clay bricks are wrapped separately; when unwrapped and stacked together, they adhere to each other.
  15. This kit contains presses and metal used to forge coins minted with the current ruler’s image.
  16. This gaudily decorated ballista on wheels has a tag on the knob reading, “Cats only!”
  17. This cylinder, crafted from a strange blue metal, holds a rolled up portable hole.
  18. This sundial casts no shadow in sunlight; it casts a shadow in moonlight, following the moon even when clouds obscure it.
  19. Only rainwater can fill this crystal ewer.
  20. A knowledgeable character recognises this bale of preserved flowering plants as potent drugs.

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Praise for I Loot the Bag of Holding


As a whole, I felt that this was an inspired read…this is still an excellent buy and a great addition to the series…

–Endzeitgeist (five stars [+ seal of approval for the SNE version])

A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Mike Welham

Loot_Bag_220Released 23 May 2016; Pages 10

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T&T_cover_220A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Mike Welham

Released 23 May 2016; Pages 10

PDF ($2.45) DriveThruRPG, RPGNow

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