• Justin Handlin

Dungeon Dressing: 20 Side Effects of Eating Wild Vegetation in Dungeons & Dragons



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Dungeon Dressing: 20 Side Effects of Eating Wild Vegetation in Dungeons & Dragons


The fantasy world is one of adventure, magic, and monsters. When a character decides to step into the life of adventuring, it becomes one of almost all business. With this comes the dangers of surviving in the wilderness. Adventurers often pack plenty of nuts, berries, dried meats, and other rations for a trip. While spells such as create food and water are perfect for these situations, an adventuring party may not always have access to them. That’s when foraging and survival skill checks come into play. While oftentimes a poor roll is treated as a failure to locate an edible resource, we’ve taken a different approach. One that is more engaging and likely to make the players think twice about their resources and who they send out to collect food.


Sometimes the unexpected can lead them to need to survive off the land and that requires knowledge of vegetation. Since the roll of the dice adds randomness, let's have fun with it. Let’s assume they find enough food for the party, but with a twist. Let's use the poor roll of the dice to drive our story. What I mean is simply have the character mis