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by vivsavage
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using "old school" saving throws
Replies: 0
Views: 3348

Using "old school" saving throws

As an experiment, I've been thinking of coming up with a workable system for C&C that uses the concept of saving throw categories, such as was used in every edition in D&D up until 3e. Yes, 3e used reflex/fort/will, but I'm talking about the breath weapon/paralysis/magic type of saves. As I see it, ...
by vivsavage
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Re: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

So what is the purpose of the table, exactly? So I can quickly look at chances of success for a variety of methods. Consider a 12th level character facing a CC of 20. Then compare the values for each of the 3 cases you have below (base, prime, class). For a character with attribute score of 10, the...
by vivsavage
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Re: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

In trying to come up with numbers that work for me, I made this table. Thought it might be of interest.

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by vivsavage
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Re: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

While i myself am not a fan of all-primes for class abilities, i know others are. Apparently it hasn't broken their game, so likely no worries there. :) The prime difference i always thought was the result of math- it is 1 standard deviation of a d20 roll. (Of course, the Trolls just liked it as C&...
by vivsavage
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Re: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

Otherwise, the level modifiers you propose sound a lot like D&D 5E, where as you grow in level, you don't gain so much in bonuses, but new skills and hit points. I think my only potential worry is that some classes are more dependent on level bonuses than others, so i wonder if those classes should...
by vivsavage
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Re: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

Report back after you use it for a while and let us know how it changed your game. Yes. Definitely. Maybe do a write up about it to include in a future issue of Domesday... That's a good idea. I'm going to put up a free work-in-progress version on DTRPG soon, adding more content every week until I ...
by vivsavage
Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20
Replies: 18
Views: 10243

Hacking the SIEGE engine to limit CC to 20

I love playing around with house rules, and I came up with the following to address some of my hangups with the SIEGE engine. My basic issues are thus: 1) The 12/18 challenge base for primes vs non-primes is too great 2) Classes without a prime attribute in one or more of their abilities (non-human ...
by vivsavage
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Need help with my class revision ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 2974

Re: Need help with my class revision ideas

So your looking to give the Cleric and Wizards something more based on those attributes, in addition to what your already planning on giving them based on DEX or STR? The standard bonuses are gone. Instead each class gets its own special benefit from having high attribute score. One at 14+ and anot...
by vivsavage
Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Need help with my class revision ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 2974

Need help with my class revision ideas

I'm going to begin C&C soon and want to add something I've been thinking about for a while. Rather than having standard ability score bonuses, I want high scores (14+) to mean something different to each class. For example... Fighter STR 14+: +1 to hit and +1 damage Fighter STR 16+: can wield 2-H we...
by vivsavage
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Bestiary cards for OSR games
Replies: 0
Views: 4233

Bestiary cards for OSR games

I don't know if this is of interest, but I've just released the first half of an OSR bestiary card line, covering letters A-J. The 6"x6" cards contain all pertinent information such as armor class and hit dice, but also include full details on treasure, saving throws, and "to hit" numbers! The cards...
by vivsavage
Sun May 29, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Has anyone read Iron Tower Trilogy by Dennis L. McKiernan?
Replies: 23
Views: 12992

Re: Has anyone read Iron Tower Trilogy by Dennis L. McKierna

slimykuotoan wrote:I don't actually see that much of a lotr connection, aside from perhaps the flavour.
It was originally conceived as a LOTR sequel. He just changed some of the names.
by vivsavage
Sun May 29, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Has anyone read Iron Tower Trilogy by Dennis L. McKiernan?
Replies: 23
Views: 12992

Re: Has anyone read Iron Tower Trilogy by Dennis L. McKierna

I too was attracted by the book covers, but the writing is pretty amateur-level stuff. Tolkien it ain't. I remember White Dwarf savaging the series. The author's writing has improved immeasurably since.
by vivsavage
Sun May 29, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Are the color books worth replacing my "old" editions?
Replies: 25
Views: 11098

Are the color books worth replacing my "old" editions?

I own the "4th crusade" versions of the 3 core books (the ones with green covers). Are the new color versions offering anything other than more visual punch?
by vivsavage
Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribute?
Replies: 16
Views: 3330

Re: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribu

Aragorn is hundreds of years younger than most elves yet is described as "the greatest traveller and huntsman" of the age. To this point, Aragorn is not a normal human, he is a descendant of the Numenoreans, and therefore of Elros Half-Elven, brother of Elrond. Much power flows through the line of ...
by vivsavage
Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribute?
Replies: 16
Views: 3330

Re: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribu

I like where Aramis is going. Racial abilities are little mini powers and bonuses to things your race is good at or typically most skilled. Thus since we keep assuming that humans "learn faster than all the other races" (where did this ever start?), why not pull together a host of options for human...
by vivsavage
Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribute?
Replies: 16
Views: 3330

Re: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribu

Yeah, the 10% bonus certainly is NOT equivalent to having the third Prime. 30 to 40% would be in the ball park. What about allowing humans to receive fortune points/luck points/fate points (whatever you want to call them), while other races don't receive any? Maybe couple that with 10% extra experi...
by vivsavage
Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Haunted Highlands CK Guide missing pages?
Replies: 1
Views: 4737

Haunted Highlands CK Guide missing pages?

I was able to get my hands on a brand new copy of the CK Guide to the HH through ebay, and discovered that it is missing a handful of map pages. There are 3 or 4 examples of 2-page maps that only show one page, leaving a blank page where the second part of the map should be. Is this how they were al...
by vivsavage
Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribute?
Replies: 16
Views: 3330

Alternate human benefit instead of a bonus prime attribute?

I'm not keen on humans having 3 primes. I would rather they have two, just like every other race. Humans are probably younger than other races when beginning their careers, so having more primes doesn't really make sense to me. What do you think would be a good alternative? All I can think of is giv...
by vivsavage
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Why is the HH Game Master's Guide OOP?
Replies: 5
Views: 7065

Why is the HH Game Master's Guide OOP?

Didn't that just come out, like, 2 years ago? Why is it not listed in the products page?
by vivsavage
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Codex Celtarum pronunciation guide?
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Re: Codex Celtarum pronunciation guide?

Originally I had meant to have a pronunciation guide in the Codex but that never came to be, it may in the Second Edition in the future however, or near future as a PDF file so never fear! I know the various Celtic words are a bit frightful at first, but they DO make sense after their 'puzzle' is c...
by vivsavage
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Codex Celtarum pronunciation guide?
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Codex Celtarum pronunciation guide?

Unless I'm blind, I don't see any guide to the pronunciation of the countless celtic names in the guide. Um, help?
by vivsavage
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Tell me about the Haunted Highlands
Replies: 7
Views: 4786

Tell me about the Haunted Highlands

What is the HH like, especially compared to Airdhe? I assume it is a smaller region?
by vivsavage
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Looking for ideas on making 0-level characters work
Replies: 5
Views: 953

Looking for ideas on making 0-level characters work

I love Warhammer's tradition of starting out with a complete nobody (rat catcher, barkeep, etc) and advancing to fully fledged adventurer. C&C assumes you begin at 1st level as an adventurer (as most games do). I'm looking for ideas on how to make the WH style work for C&C. In other words, you start...
by vivsavage
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Adventure Modules
Topic: Is there a series of adventures with a big meta-plot?
Replies: 10
Views: 5151

Re: Is there a series of adventures with a big meta-plot?

Buttmonkey wrote:The A series. It starts with A0 - The Rising Knight.
What is the storyline (save me some time so I don't have to read the descriptions of all 13 parts!)?
by vivsavage
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Gandalf Revisited:
Replies: 35
Views: 4039

Re: Gandalf Revisited:

You have managed to make Gandalf high-powered without giving him a ton of spells. This is the most accurate depiction of him for a d20 game I've seen.
by vivsavage
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Adventure Modules
Topic: Is there a series of adventures with a big meta-plot?
Replies: 10
Views: 5151

Is there a series of adventures with a big meta-plot?

I've been enjoying reading the old Warhammer series 'The Enemy Within.' Is there something comparable for C&C, meaning a series of interconnected adventures that have a strong overarching story?
by vivsavage
Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?

Not to hijack your thread but Mordheim would be a cool place for adventuring. Different warbands could be enemies, or even potential allies. Weird mutated creatures & "regular" mosters could be random encounters. The different "missions" could be scenario ideas. What would wyrdstone do though? It w...
by vivsavage
Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?

docdoom77 wrote:It might be worth your time to look through the background section in the DDN playtest packet too, for ideas.
Good idea.

Does anyone know if there is an SRD for C&C?
by vivsavage
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?

I can see much of the WH career options working as Advantages. The problem is, to fully adapt it you would have to massively increase the number of advantages given, and totally remove BtH as a mechanic in and of itself, but have the weapon type skills of WH award BtH when taken as an advantage. I'...
by vivsavage
Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: Using Warhammer FRP style careers with C&C?

At the low end, it sounds a lot like Dungeon Crawls Classics RPG's funnel system for starting 0-level PCs. I'm confused why a PC would continue to progress in a non-adventuring career as the PC levels. Is a 5th level wizard really doing that much rat-catching anymore? You wouldn't progress in a non...