Dungeon Masters Design the Diseases of Their Dreams With THE MALADY WORKSHOP

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Your players might complain sometimes that their characters feel cursed when a dice roll doesn’t go their way. Thanks to Jason Bakos and Themis Paraskevas, though, you can actually curse them with maladies that are either mundane or magical! The Malady Workshop, now on the Dungeon Masters Guild, is a supplement put together by medical students who dream about disease. Fantastical, magical diseases, that is.

A mad mage shares his forbidden secrets for crafting diseases in these pages. The book includes guidelines for maladies, from origin to contagion to cure, with suggestions for symptoms and diseases. Some of the more delightful diseases sound like they’ve come from J.K. Rowling’s whimsical world, like a fire-spewing cough, while others are just downright nasty.


Armed with symptoms and transmission methods, the Dungeon Master can easily add some suspense to a campaign by weaving an entire storyline around a magical, curse-like disease spreading across the land, or by giving the players a quick jaunt to save a village from a tainted well.

The robust 28-page guide is so detailed that it might make you squirm. You can download it from the Dungeon Masters Guild for just $2.95.

Has your character ever been cursed? Tell us about it in the comments.

All Images: Jason Bakos and Themis Paraskevas / The Malady Workshop

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