Yesterday I released a new Jenga-based party game on itch.io, Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Go grab a copy here.
This set of trinkets was created for John Gregory in exchange for a tip on Ko-Fi. John is responsible for one of my favourite ZineQuest releases, Gourmet Street, so it was an absolute pleasure to put together a table of weird things you might dig up on the beach for him.
Feel free to use these trinkets in your own games – and if you do, please let me know about it!
1d6 Items Unearthed on the Beach
- A small folding knife, with a handle of mahogany and a blade made from whale tooth. The blade is etched with an intricate design of a swordfish, stained in black ink.
- A long, twisted piece of glass formed from lighting striking the beach. It was a wand, once, but it was discarded when the magic that imbued it faded.
- A black leather scroll case painted with deep green waves. It contains an old parchment map that claims to lead to buried treasure. Somebody has written “gone now!” across the face of it.
- A large silver ring sculpted to look like an octopus, with tentacles forming the band. The eyes are small emeralds.
- A thick book bound in dried seaweed and shut tight with a rusted chain and padlock. The pages are rough and uneven in size, seemingly hand-made, and have been waxed to protect them from water. They contain handwritten notes about forgotten deities and denizens of the ocean, though large passages seem to descend into unintelligible rambling.
- A cracked glass eye mask attached to a snorkel that appears to have been carved out of a human tibia, with a scrimshaw mouthpiece.
If you want your own table of items, drop me a tip on Ko-Fi and give me a theme to play with!
Image Credit: Ramsgate, Kent: the beach and harbour at night. Wood engraving, 1850. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)