October 2014 Blog Carnival: Things that go bump in the night



From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us! – The Cornish and West Country Litany, 1926

Update: The blog carnival is over – be sure to check out the wrap-up.

Once again into the darkness of the All Hallows Eve the RPGA Carnival descends to find not the Spooky Spots of last year but instead those things that go bump in the night.

Nearly every person has a story of something that caused the hairs on the back of their necks to stand up, some sound that came from under the bed or a noise just outside the window. It was real to them at the time and who knows, maybe it is.

For this month’s entry into the carnival peer into the inky blackness and share what you find there, is it ghost, ghoul, or some creature with long razor sharp nails that leave it’s mark on the wall for us to find in the morning?

Or maybe you’d rather share how a tale like this can be woven into a story line in a campaign. Did you use the story to scare the characters (or maybe even the players)? Was it a plot device? Do tell!

rpgblogcarnivallogoAs always, if you decide to partake of the Carnivals delights this month leave a comment below with a link to where we’ll be able to find it so that the stories can be shared an a few more can scream in the night.

Did I hear something or was it my imagination?

I hope my dice roll well!

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33 Responses to October 2014 Blog Carnival: Things that go bump in the night

  1. Johnn Four says:

    Thanks for hosting this month’s carnival, Scot. Great topic. Here’s my entry.

    **Making Undead Cool Again**

    Undead are boring. We’ve gamed them so much they’re predictable and common. For the fantasy city campaign I’m planning, I’m adding undead. Lots of undead. And I have a plan to make them cool again. It’s an evil plan. A plan that, if you heard what it was, you’d clutch your character sheet and run screaming to a different GM. Here’s my plan….


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  3. Hey Scot, love this topic. I’m actually going to be bringing out some baddies for 5e all month over at my blog. Here’s the first post and my submission for the blog carnival. Say hello to The Lingering Havoc. http://wp.me/p4dhff-g0 

  4. John Josten says:

    Love the topic! I was preparing an October post for closer to Halloween, but I put it out earlier to share it here.

    Last year I did a bunch on zombies, if you want to check those out too:

  5. A great topic Scott.

    I’ve done a couple of entries this month:

    The original, a true story and personal account


    The follow-up with an explanation and game discussion:


  6. Jon Bupp says:

    I’ve been going through old Dragon Magazines converting monsters, spells and magic items to 5e. I’m hitting up some undead from the Halloween issues this month.

  7. jameseck says:

    Somethings don’t go bump, so much as they go *clop clop clop*


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  9. jameseck says:

    Was that really the thing going bump? Or was it something it knocked over telekinetically to scare you a little before the big reveal?


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  12. Nils says:

    Great choice and even though I have been busy I hope to get a few posts in before the end of October. Intro: http://www.enderra.com/2014/10/20/things-that-go-bump-in-the-night/

    First post, Moon Ghosts: http://www.enderra.com/2014/10/20/moon-ghosts/

  13. Jeff Dufseth says:

    Hey guys!

    I put up a post over at houserule.com about the classic horror scenario of a creature hunting the party, and how it may apply to tabletop gaming.


    Thanks for hosting this month =)


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  15. Here’s an entry from Campaign Mastery: “There’s Something About Undead” http://www.campaignmastery.com/blog/something-about-undead/

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  17. grnknight says:

    This month over at the Moebius Adventures blog, I’ve covered all sorts of ideas for getting creepy descriptions for your games (some using Moebius products, some not).Today’s features an old crone and a simple trick – a trail of ghostly blood leading to a doorway… but it’s been a fun month (challenged myself to 31 days of writing and am happy to say I’ve almost made it!)… Here’s today’s link: http://blog2.moebiusadventures.com/2014/10/29/31-days-of-halloween-day-29/

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  21. Nils says:

    Since the topic has been on the news: A short Note on Evil Clowns.


  22. Late to the Carnival this month, but we made it by the skin of our teeth. You can find Six Ooksome Things</a. at Hereticwerks now. Thanks for hosting the Blog Carnival and for picking such a great theme!

  23. leicester1 says:

    I had ambitions to create a “long-legged Beastie” for the theme, and even had my art staff (wife) sketch it up. But alas, work and life got in the way. So here is a lovely zombie based on an even more lovely real-world parasite.


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