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    Default What do potions taste like?

    Wow I canít believe that didnít see this sooner. I love this conversation and hope to help keep it going.

    My players love the many different descriptions that I give my books and potions. These are a few of their favorites but also agree some are totally gross. Too bad none of them were spell casters to use prestidigitation and change the flavor. My main idea is to not always give the players the name of the potion and let them experiment or weigh the personal apprehensions of drinking such liquids for the benefits they might give. Iím also thinking of including Will or Fort saves for certain potions.

    Bull Strength - a yellow-red-brown potion that reeks of bull urine and tastes of iron.

    Giant Strength - a syrupy potion, a toenail clipping and grit floats at the bottom. It reeks of body order and tastes like dirt and sweat. (Since there is no potion of giant strength in PF, I made it a greater Bull strength but at the cost of reducing your intelligence for the duration.)

    Potion of Invisibility - looks and tastes like bubble solution.

    Potion of Levitation - looks and tastes like club soda

    Potion of Flying - same as above but the liquid floats at the top of the bottle making this an interesting potion to drink.

    Are al of your potions liquid or do you have powdered, syrupy, or even solid/ chewable potions?


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    I love all those descriptions, especially the Potion of Flying!

    So far I've only described/imagined potions as liquids in games I run, but you're inspiring me to think up some fun edible ideas.

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    Well, in one game I ran a long time ago, there was a potion of Fox's Cunning (the spell that makes the target smarter), but it wasn't actually a potion you drank. For no reason at all I decided that it was a Sherlock-Holmes-looking pipe that you smoked. The gag was that not only are you definitely smarter while smoking the Pipe of Fox's Cunning, due to the spell's effect, but you actually look smarter, too, puffing away and spouting scholarly gems all the while. It also caused a pair of small, round-lensed spectacles to materialize on your face for the duration of the spell, which you are at all times compelled to remove, clean the lenses, and return them to your face. If you were able to perform that task while trying to think of something, you received an additional small bonus to your roll on top of the regular bonus that the spell is already giving you. So you really come off looking scholarly as hell, puffing your pipe and cleaning your glasses at the same time.

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    Default What do potions taste like?

    Iíve always loved giving my players some unlabeled and curious potions and let them try and figure it out. I got so into it that I fell behind actually assigning an effect to the potions.

    Here are some fun examples. What effect would you give these potions?


    1: A ceramic vial with a tight-fitting stopper. It is half-filled with a fuming, metallic light-amber substance. The contents smell and taste like chalk. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in a foreign language, is too faded to read and misleading anyway.

    2: A ceramic vial with a tight-fitting cork. It contains an oily, translucent light-green fluid. The contents smell and taste like clams. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in a foreign language, is potentially readable but wrong.

    3: A ceramic vial with a tight-fitting stopper. It holds a creamy, translucent light-yellow substance. The contents smell and taste like mutton. The potion name on the paper label, written in a foreign language, is too stained to read and wrong anyway.

    4: A glass flacon with a tight-fitting cork. It contains an effervescent, translucent grey liquid. The contents smell and taste like strawberries. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in the common tongue, is too battered to read and wrong anyway.

    5: A glass vial with a tight-fitting cork. It holds a very thin, translucent black substance. The contents smell and taste salty. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in the common tongue, is too worn to read and wrong anyway.

    6: A ceramic flask with a loose-fitting stopper. It is half-filled with a fuming, sparkling, transparent yellow liquid. The contents smell and taste like carrion. The potion name on the paper label, written in an unknown language, is potentially readable but wrong.

    7: A ceramic bottle, whose loose-fitting cork is very loose. It is full of a syrupy, translucent amber substance. The contents smell and taste like cheese. The potion name on the paper label, written in the common tongue, is too worn to read and wrong anyway.

    8: A glass phial with a tight-fitting stopper. It is partly filled with a watery, translucent black substance. The contents smell and taste like cherries. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in a foreign language, is potentially readable and accurate.

    9: A porcelain vial with a tight-fitting cork. It is half-filled with a watery, opaque yellow fluid. The contents smell and taste like old socks. The potion name on the paper label, written in an unknown language, is too faded to read but accurate.

    10: A glass flask with a loose-fitting stopper. It is full of a bubbling, sparkling, translucent yellow substance. The contents smell like blood but actually taste more like brussels sprouts. The potion name on the hanging tag, written in the common tongue, is readable but wrong.

    If you want me to keep going. Iíve got about a thousand of these including books as well


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