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5 Minute Workday Presents: Poisons & Diseases

In this book you will find twenty-one new and updated diseases as well as fourteen additional poisons. Inflict twisting rot on your players, or subject them to the horrors of zombie sickness. Spike their drink with deadly nightshade or trap weapons with healer's bane. 

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Jeremy E May 29, 2016 7:39 pm UTC
New question: Flesh rot description says "At the end of each short or long rest, the infected creature must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or gain 1 level of exhaustion as their body begins to decay." In the paragraph prior to that it says "After 1d4 days the creature gains 1 level of exhaustion..." My question is, does the exhaustion start taking effect after the character's FIRST short/long rest or short/long rests beginning in 1d4 days?

Thank you
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David G May 30, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Good question.
The intent is that symptoms appear after 1d4 days with the first level of exhaustion (prior to which the disease is incubating) after which the character begins to make saving throws.
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Christopher S May 13, 2016 9:10 am UTC
I bought this and was not very happy with it.
The diseases don't follow the format in the DMG...such as having immediate/tertiary effects using conditions. They are a bit wordy and some contain unnecessary information that wastes time to read in the middle of a game.
Regarding poisons I stopped immediately after the first one 'cyanide'
It was apparent that no research was done to translate a real world poison into the game. The effect saying 'you can't eat or drink' makes no sense at all.
Cyanide easily translates to direct necrotic damage or suffocation.
TLDR: Good for ideas but not refined or tested enough to even be usable. Seems like a first draft as of my reading on 5/13/16
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Francois D April 08, 2016 1:12 pm UTC
I david, i really like your work and i bought a couple of them. They are well made but it would be awesome if you could make a printer friendly version of all of them. (I hate to read on a screen and i print everything) Thank you very much and keep up the good work, we like it!
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David G May 02, 2016 5:51 am UTC
At this point I probably should. I'll prioritize getting PF versions of my documents up over the next week.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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Jonas B March 11, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Nice work, but it lacks something: A table with the effects in a quickly accessible form. This would be very helpful, better than just scanning the text or writing it out yourself.
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Steve B March 08, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Again well-presented selection of Poisons and Diseases that doesn't require Adobe to read the PDF. Has also helped me determine the nature of a mystery illness in my own campaign …
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Jeremy E February 07, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Should "black vomit" cause exhaustion? I'm guessing since they can't keep food and water down that's the effect. Also is Bestial Rage called "crimson fury" too? It references that in the description. With Bestial Rage would a caster maybe go nuts and start blasting cantrips around instead of melee attacks?
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David G February 07, 2016 8:07 pm UTC
Black vomit: If you don't eat, you become exhausted, so that's handled via the starvation rules.

Bestial rage: This changed names numerous times during writing. Crimson fury was an old name. I'll have to do a revision that either removes that reference or explicitly gives it as an alternate name. Thanks!

I went back and forth over whether an enraged caster would use cantrips or not. I pictured a sorcerer using cantrips since its an inherent ability but a wizard seemed less likely. But clarifying the distinction in the text was wordy and potentially confusing.
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