Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1. Roll 3d6
2. Pick 1 or 2 dice of your choice, and add them. This is your starting hit points.
3. Take the remaining 1 or 2 dice. Add them if there is more than one, then multiply by 10. This is your starting gold.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Roll to detemine your character's belief system:
1. That of your lineage - roll again to determine.
2-3. The Chlendi Spirit Host
4-5. The Mindat Path of the White Book
6-7. One of the North Sea people's pantheons
8-9. Heteri Gods of Blood, Coal, and Horses
10. You make offerings to the large squid in the cave by the port, like all sane sailors.
11. He has no name, but when you snort the orange powder you know his truth
12. Member of the Sarpha Cult.
14. The Way of Flesh
15. Eschlatli Pleasure Cult
16. Local spirit of town, river or forest
17. The Supreme Being, a (1-3 old man, 4-6 old woman, 7 hermaphrodite, 8 childlike neuter) in the hills beyond town
18. A heresy of an established relgion - roll again to determine the source
19. One of your (character's) own creation
20. The Mindat Old Gods
- Some notes to be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/worldofuod/
- There is a 5% chance that your patron god, saint, or spirit is an extra-planar or dream plane inhabitant masquerading as a your deity. 20% change the masquerader is beneficient and a 50% change that the masquerader sincerely believes itself to be the diety in question.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Class NameAlternate Roles:
Melee Attack Bonus:
Ranged Attack Bonus:
Thrown Attack Bonus:
Full Defense Bonus:
Initial Hit Points:
Initial Combat Proficiencies:
Hit Points, Levels 2-10:
Hit Points, Levels 11+:
Combat Proficencies, Additional:
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The mechanical effects of those score can vary from negligible to disastrous. If you're stringent with encumbrance, the thief's 8 in strength may come up, or the low charisma cleric is stuck with a few less hirelings. In many cases almost forgettable. A low Constitution for a fighter is annoying, but playable, but even a -1 one to rolled hit dice is crippling to a Magic-user - you're averaging less than 9 total hit points at 5th level. The odds of survival are realistic for a susceptible person crawling around sewers and fighting monsters, but almost not worth trying. Making it to 2nd level on 1 hit point can be scary and exciting for those sessions. Still dreading a single hit from a halberd months later is tiresome.
We can do this better. Penalties to fundamental game activities can turn a quirk into frustration. Not only do flaws make the character more interesting, they should come up in sessions.
1. Remove or change most class minimums. The fighter with a strength of 8 is awesome. Maybe for the rarer classes (Paladin, Assassin) you compensate for their not meeting the minimums in some other way (The Paladin Rules), but usually the low score or lack of bonuses is painful enough for the standard classes.
2. Change how penalties from low attribute scores work. Use the disadvantage rules from 5th Edition (still may be too in some cases). Find effects that don't require tweaking every die roll - a poor constitution manifests in requiring more rest at night (can't take a watch shift) or twice as much rations due to gastrointestinal issues.
A few ideas:
- Strength - reroll door opening attempts, decreased encumbrance capacity, needs assistance in manual tasks (piling crates to block the door)
- Intelligence - ability to read/write, becomes a fan of the New Orleans Saints, inability to learn other languages, may misunderstand written or verbal communications (misinterpret NPC saying: "I don't know if it's poisonous" vs "it's not poisonous") or miscount coins
- Wisdom - saving through penalties are probably sufficient, becomes lost more frequently, poor perception (distance vision or other senses)
- Dexterity - clumsy or unlucky in catching or grabbing items (You are Jack Burton), misfortunes that hit once random party member (rock falls from ceiling) tend to hit you.
- Constitution - I think the examples above, plus the AD&D system shock and resurrection survival percentages are good. A simplified disease system would make this really shine.
- Charisma - loyalty percentage per AD&D, increased possibility of hirelings lying/stealing, noticeable feature (weird eyes, scar or tattoo), suspicious feature (extra finger, forked tongue, webbed fingers), poor reaction rolls in more mundane situations ("The innkeeper dislikes you and you end up sleeping in the stables").
Saturday, June 24, 2017
While a pack of 1 HD vampires taking on Village of Hommlet may fire some of my synapses, I keep thinking back to Sabbat characters as the ultimate murderhobos (remember to skip the last 10 minutes when you re-watch "Near Dark") even without adopting the cult/organization membership as the binding mechanism for party coherence. It's too tight conceptually to work outside of specific campaigns, though I suppose the Cleric of Khorne might be able to create potions of healing by mixing the blood of all the party members. I still feel there's something there in the mechanics even if the trappings don't work, especially in a party where a handful of PCs work with a larger number of henchmen and hirelings. The vaulderie takes place in the form of sharing treasure, shaping the loyalty of the hirelings to the party and the willingness to take risks, or simply keep working for a boss they dislike. Not much better than the typical Charisma-based loyalty rules right now, but the concept will remain percolating in my brain while I obsess on how to apply it.
My other hireling and party interaction fascination is the old Warhammer Realms of Chaos books, specifically the warband concept. For the unfamiliar, it's an (ideally) narrative wargame campaign, where each play creates a fledgling champion of one of the Chaos Gods and puts together a ragtag random entourage of monsters and followers. As games are played, the champion gains abilities or mutations based on their success (calculated with bias to the God followed), eventually becoming a daemon prince sitting by the right side of their god (winning) or a barely sentient ball of tentacles and mouths.
One aspect of old-skool D&D that I haven't seen successfully improved by the OSR is handling followers during exploration and combat. Sure a couple of hirelings, especially when PCs are at low levels, but once higher levels are tracking a menagerie of ablative targets becomes both less useful and a pain to manage. There are some great resources likes Meatshields and Hireling traits generator for creating them, but once combat occurs their utility fades along with their chances of hurting Ogres and the implementation of magic light sources increases.
We can learn from wargames on how to handle the large numbers and use of some abstract benefits, which plan to get to in Part II and explore in details in my Supplement C.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Roll each round. D4 = ranged, d8 = melee, d12 = spell, d6 = anything else, +d8 to swap gear, +d8 for bonus action, low goes 1st #wotcstaff https://t.co/7nSwTNfHCI— Mike Mearls (@mikemearls) May 16, 2017
This gave me the simulations stages of AD&D, the element of planning of side-based initiative, and the delusionally interesting bits of 2nd Edition AD&D.
The first things I'd adjust would adding something beneficial for charges vs normal "action + move", tie spell casting time in (AD&D casting time + d6 or something, or better yet use the Mythus classifications: http://vaultsofnagoh.blogspot.com/2013/02/lets-read-mythus-pt-23.html), and give some benefit for defensive reach. But the core idea above is so strong, I don't want to mess with it too much.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
It dawned on my as a pondered how to recreate the stress mechanics. Typical caveats for the poor and unrealistic treatment of mental illness apply.
Sanities Shall Be Splintered
(yet another incomplete, proposed mechanic, with root concept from Trollsmyth's Shields Shall be Splintered)
Upon taking a hit, a player may choose to sacrifice the character's mental well being instead of losing hit points. The character must make a save vs death (or wisdom, psionics, etc depending on your ruleset and preference):
- If successful, the character sustains no damage but will have a temporary (but cumulative) -1 to further saves for Sanities Shall Be Splintered until 8 hours of restful sleep had been had.
- If failed, the character gains a temporary insanity (from the AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide, p83, or your preferred edition of Call/Trail of Cthulhu). The insanity can be "cured" by a week spent in medition, prayer, flagellation, or preferred debauchery at a cost of 100 gp / character level. The character also suffers the side affect of success listed above.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tvtropes.com ever has an article about linear fighter, quadratic wizard. "Reality Ensues" really summarizes the quandry. I'll save my arguments and ideas for improvement for a subsequent post.
BUT WHY ISN'T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT NICHE PROTECTION FOR BARBER-SURGEONS. WTF CLERICS, YOU GET PLATE MAIL TOO.