Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #10: Monsters That Improve withThe age chart is a powerful tool for Mutant Lords who want to scale monster encounters with the powers and artifacts of the player characters. These charts describe how a creature's characteristics change over its lifespan, using three columns: the age of the creature, its hit dice, and notes. Notes might include damage, mutations, drawbacks, or anything else that affects the creature in and out of combat.
Though the first Age Charts article (Wisdom from the Wastelands, issue #2) introduced the basic idea and structure, there are still plenty of other possibilities that go far beyond that starting point. This issue presents example charts for creatures that weaken during the last stages of life, giant creatures (kaiju), plants, and truly odd creatures that go through metamorphoses as they age.
Wisdom from the Wastelands is dedicated to providing useful information, game content, and ideas to players of modern, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic table-top and role-playing games in general and to fans of Goblinoid Games' Mutant Future RPG in particular. The material it contains are compatible with it and any others that use the "Basic" system introduced in the most popular role-playing games of the early 1970s and are easily adaptable to many other games (especially successor systems, to include those covered by the Open Game License).
Our goal is for each thematic issue of this publication to contain a variety of material that will inspire Game Masters and players alike and provide them with things that they can immediately plug into their games. We very much hope you will find this and subsequent issues of the Wisdom from the Wastelands to be useful and enjoyable!
Author(s): Derek Holland, Chris Van Deelen, Skirmisher Game Development Group