|Against the Giants cover by Bill Willingham|
Last night I was reading the article What's in the Bag from the latest edition of Dragon+ and it occurred to me that the Giant's Bag is just filled with random, useless shit. It got me to wondering if this was something that began back in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons days or if it was a relatively new phenomenon so I took a look at module G-1-2-3, Against the Giants. Here's the entry:
. . . Giant's Bag Contents: There will be numerous occasions when bags and chests will be searched by the party. The contents of these containers may be determined randomly by using the table hereafter. The number of items in the bag or other container is simply determined by rolling five four-sided dice (5d4) to obtain a random number of items between 5 and 20 . . .
Giant's Bag Contents Table:Die Roll ______ Item In Bag or Other Container ______01 - 03 old axe blade for use as hand chopper04 - 17 boulders, small (1-4)18 - 19 bowl and spoon, tin or pewter, battered20 - 21 brass item, various and sundry, bent22 - 23 caltrops, iron, large (1-6)24 - 25 cheese, hard, slightly moldy and stinky26 - 30 cloak, shabby, wool or hide31 -32 comb and hairpins, bone33 - 40 cooking pot, iron41 - 43 horn, drinking44 - 47 knife, skinning48 - 53 linens, various, soiled, patched54 - 60 meat, haunch of61 - 64 money, copper (100 - 400 pieces)65 - 67 money, silver (20 - 80 pieces)68 - 69 money, gold (10 - 40 pieces)70 - 76 pelt, fur, worthless and mangy77 - 83 rope, 10' - 120 ' coil, very strong84 - 85 salt, small bag or box of86 - 90 sandals, old91 - 98 skin, water or wine, full99 - 00 teeth or tusks, animal, no ivory value (1 -8)
It is suggested that no item be duplicated; roll again if a duplicate item is indicated by any given roll . . . (pg 2 - 3, Gygax)
So it seems that giant sacks have always been filled with crap but rarely have they been filled with anything that could remotely be considered interesting. This seems like something that +Chris Tamm could easily remedy with one of his d100 charts that he's always putting out on Elfmaids & Octopi. Actually, now that I think about it you could make a pretty epic list just by going through his d100 lists and taking an item from each one until you've made up a giant's sack filled with such bizarre fair that it'll have your players talking about where that giant had been and what it had done for days afterwards.
You know what?
I kind of want to make a giant's sack table filled with useless shit now.
Update 1 - 8 -17
+Chris Tamm came by and left a link to his d100 Giant's Sack Table! Check it out:
Gygax, Gary. Against the Giants. TSR Games, 1981. pgs 2 - 3. Print.