All of my other proposals have been silently ignored. This one actually got read enough to get rejected, and give a personalized reason as to why it was rejected!

Hi Caoimhe,

Thanks for your runepriest article pitch. There’s been a lot of discussion on our forums regarding support for the runepriest. We have some stuff already in the works, so I’m going to pass on this article.

Generally speaking, we’re wary of articles that present new feats since the game is already suffering from “feat bloat.” That doesn’t mean we’re out of the feat-making business, but we’re introducing them sparingly — something to keep in mind for future proposals.

Cheers!

Chris Perkins
D&D Senior Producer
Wizards of the Coast LLC

Note that my proposal did include new feats for runepriests. I think it’s appropriate, mind you, because while many other classes, races, and so on are glutted with feats, runepriests are one of the classes that lack options. One mechanic specifically introduced for runepriests in PHB3 was “rune feats” — and yet we probably will not see any more of those ever, if this rejection letter is to be believed. Which kind of sucks.

On the other hand, it’s good to read that runepriests will be getting some kind of support in the future.

Here are the rejected feats, in case anyone wants to house-rule them for their campaign:

 

Rune of Stone [Rune]
Heroic Tier
Prerequisite: Runepriest, dwarf
Benefit: When you use your second wind, you gain resistance to all damage equal to the number of rune feats you have. This resistance lasts until the end of your next turn.
Rune of Reincarnation [Rune]
Heroic Tier
Prerequisite: Runepriest, deva
Benefit: When using memory of a thousand lifetimes to modify an attack with a runic power, you gain an additional bonus on the roll equal to the number of rune feats you have.
Words of Comfort
Heroic Tier
Prerequisite: Runepriest
Benefit: While you are in the rune state of the rune of protection, adjacent allies gain a +1 bonus on saving throws.
Words of Rebuke
Heroic Tier
Prerequisite: Runepriest
Benefit: While you are in the rune state of the rune of destruction, allies gain a +1 bonus to damage rolls against enemies that are adjacent to you or to any othter runepriests who are in this rune state.
Hasty Inscriptions
Heroic Tier
Prerequisite: Runepriest
Benefit: You can change your rune state as an immediate interrupt.
So yeah, basically, I’m just happy that I got a rejection letter.

Another monster from my friend and collaborator Tommie Johnson:

This creature is theorized by most non-eaten scientists to be from a timeline where birds took over as the dominant species when the dinosaurs died out. They were probably apex predators in their original timeline, and certainly are apex predators now, as they are some of the biggest, meanest, nastiest things to “grace” Gamma Terra with their presence.

They look like regular, ordinary ducks scaled up to a massive size, albeit with enormous teeth added to the mix, and come in the colors (listed in ascending order of aggressiveness) yellow, green and red. They are often captured by the Red Death to train as shock troops, most of them horribly abused in the process, as well as by the Gammarauders who find them excellent test subjects. The grens also like to train them as “Defenders of Nature”. Those who get eaten by said Drakeons are said to have not loved nature enough.

Download the Drakeon now!

Did you know that giant killer ducks aren’t just fictional? Scientists have discovered fossil evidence!

 

My friend Tommie Johnson is a big fan of the more obscure monsters from Dungeons & Dragon history. Some of those such as the vegepygmy, garbug, and froghemoth have been brought back from obscurity and reintroduced in D&D Gamma World with new 4th-edition compatible stats.

Plucked from the pages of the original Fiend Folio, I now present Tommie’s version of the kamadan, a strange spotted cat with snake tentacles on its shoulders. There’s even a bonus version that’s an elite monster instead of a normal one, which can be used as a boss or miniboss in a campaign.

Originating from the many, many Aztec-dominated timelines, the Kamadan is a jaguar with around four to seven snakes surrounding its face. It was intended to be a tribute to reconciliation between the warring religions of Quetzalcouatl and Texacatlipoca, showing a balance between the Jaguar and the Plumed Serpent. The “breathing sleep gas” part was just added because it looked cool.

Of course, things went awry, and now they’re stuck in Gamma Terra. They have an intense magnetism that can serve them well in trying to rebuild the lost empire that they so yearn for, taking ruins from their dominant worldline and rebuilding them into grand temples, or else just repurposing existing structures for their own purposes (Rumor has it the head of the Mafia at the Luxor is one). Their favored Cryptic Alliance is the Restorationists.

Download the Kamadan stats now!

Expect more monsters from Tommie soon!