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by Persimmon
Wed May 01, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tome of the Unclean
Replies: 16
Views: 7480

Re: Tome of the Unclean

Finally got mine last week. The t-shirt and color map of the Underworld were great bonuses that I didn't recall pledging for. Haven't had much time to go through it yet, but glad to see a good mix of new and classic AD&D baddies. We're mostly playing Advanced Labyrinth Lord & Astonishing Swordsmen &...
by Persimmon
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurer's Backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 6877

Re: Adventurer's Backpack.

So you're bailing on the system altogether? What did your group decide to switch to? We switched to a mashup of Astonishing Swordsman & Sorcerors of Hyperborea and Labyrinth Lord, since they've finally come out with a combined book for that. So far, so good. The AS&SH party is all at 4th level and ...
by Persimmon
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurer's Backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 6877

Re: Adventurer's Backpack.

Frankly, it seems like the Troll Lords jumped the shark on this one. I'll sell my hardcover for $10 plus shipping to anyone who wants it. In fact, our group has decided to move on from C&C so I'm thinking about selling pretty much my whole C&C collection for $10 per hardcover & $5 for the modules. S...
by Persimmon
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Elemental Spells
Replies: 6
Views: 3500

Re: Elemental Spells

To each his own. We are enjoying it for just having new stuff to cast. And players are tailoring spells for character personalities more because they have altered spell selections to pick from. Fun for the druid to use water javelins or the for the gnome illusionist to drop a jade sphere on someone ...
by Persimmon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Elemental Spells
Replies: 6
Views: 3500

Elemental Spells

Been playing a fair amount this summer and I must say we are enjoying the spells in the Elemental Spells supplement by James Ward and Jason Vey. Really good for druids and clerics with an elemental bent in particular. Our group has a dwarf cleric and he loves the earth related options. And it's nice...
by Persimmon
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Eclectic Inspirations
Replies: 6
Views: 4074

Re: Eclectic Inspirations

I think that inspiration can come from a lot of places, however. The tough thing is when you are inspired by something that your players haven't read. When I ran a Lankhmar adventure for my wife and kids they didn't get it. They hadn't read the books and apparently I wasn't really able to convey th...
by Persimmon
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Eclectic Inspirations
Replies: 6
Views: 4074

Eclectic Inspirations

In doing a bit of writing of my own material lately I've been struck again by the eclectic mix of original D&D. A lot of people talk about the pulp influence on Gygax and friends, but there's really just so much in there. And I've come to realize that I have pretty broad tastes too. Sometimes I want...
by Persimmon
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 6576

Re: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter

So I guess familiarity makes it intuitive or second nature for us. If you find this intuitive, you are a super-genius. Hence, our interest in Labyrinth Lord. We never used all those rules anyhow. If there are ties for initiative, we either re-roll or go with whichever side has thefaster movement ra...
by Persimmon
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 6576

Re: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter

[quote="Treebore"]I don't think anything can be called "intuitive". 1st Edition D&D was never anything I would call intuitive. It required a lot of memorization. Once everything was in my head, I may have described it as intuitive. I don't recall. C&C certainly wasn't intuitive for me until I had my...
by Persimmon
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 6576

Re: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter

And after playing Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea [ recently, I appreciate the convenience of having everything in one book. So if it's good and well organized, others in my circle may want to use it (I think we get a pdf with our pledge) and hopefully I'll talk them into doing one ...
by Persimmon
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 6576

Re: Advanced Labyrinth Lord Kickstarter

I backed it for a couple reasons. First, I don't own any of the books already so I'm getting all new stuff. Second, some of those I sometimes play with still don't really care for the Siege Engine or want to play C&C. They prefer straight D&D or some very near derivative. In some ways I agree in the...
by Persimmon
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Seeking help with the old modules original content
Replies: 22
Views: 6681

Re: Seeking help with the old modules original content

In answer to your question, all PCs were basically made using C&C rules with one exception, a halfling sawshbuckler taken from Hackmaster 4th edition. But all his equipment was culled from C&C rulebooks. I didn't worry about minor differences in armor, weapons, etc., that might have emerged in the A...
by Persimmon
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Seeking help with the old modules original content
Replies: 22
Views: 6681

Re: Seeking help with the old modules original content

We used 20-AC for the AD&D stuff. So AD&D AC 3= AC 17 for C&C. You also have to figure out if saves are mental, physical, or both. Most of these low level monsters seem to be physical. The character who died was killed by a critical strike that ended up doing 45 points of damage! Since he was a barb...
by Persimmon
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Seeking help with the old modules original content
Replies: 22
Views: 6681

Re: Seeking help with the old modules original content

We've got a party that started at 1st level and have now gone through 2 C&C adventures 1 1st edition AD&D adventure, and 1 OSRIC (Advanced Adventures) module. I did nothing to any of the monsters or treasure and all have played fine. The group lost 1 PC (in the AD&D adventure, which was Against the ...
by Persimmon
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Addicted to Megadungeons
Replies: 21
Views: 9362

Re: Addicted to Megadungeons

Okay, here goes my short assessments of various (in)famous megadungeons: 1. Barrowmaze Complete by Greg Gillespie [ Labyrinth Lord Overview: A collection of small barrows along with a much larger traditional dungeon with almost 400 rooms. The dungeon is horizontal rather than vertical, meaning that ...
by Persimmon
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Addicted to Megadungeons
Replies: 21
Views: 9362

Re: Addicted to Megadungeons

Omote, I wish I still lived in the Cleveland area. The guys at the store were really friendly and talking up their weekly games, but I was too booked up in my short stay home. My family is all up there but I'm in Mississippi and there's not much going on here besides 5E and Pathfinder at my local ga...
by Persimmon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Addicted to Megadungeons
Replies: 21
Views: 9362

Re: Addicted to Megadungeons

Returning to this thread I started a few months back, I'm almost finished reading the second volume of Stonehell, which I picked up a couple weeks ago at a cool gaming store called Weird Realms in Cleveland. So now, since Christmas I've read the following: 1. Barrowmaze; 2. Caverns of Archaia; 3. Ra...
by Persimmon
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurer's Backpacks - EV ratings
Replies: 30
Views: 12193

Re: Adventurer's Backpacks - EV ratings

I haven't been super excited about this given what I've read about the new character classes, but it seems like there may be other content in it that make it useful anyhow. The one year delay since it was originally supposed to be out hasn't helped my perception of it either. But now I'm cautiously ...
by Persimmon
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Fun Low Level Adventure
Replies: 4
Views: 2773

Fun Low Level Adventure

After not being able to play since last fall, our group went through Matthew Finch's Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom last night. I assume many of you know of this, but it's #1 in the Advanced Adventures series for OSRIC. It's a pretty entertaining dungeon romp with some fun tricks and foes. It's ...
by Persimmon
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Codex books - reviews?
Replies: 5
Views: 3000

Re: Codex books - reviews?

I've got all of them but have read some more thoroughly than others. They've got some interesting new monsters (krampus, for example), classes, spells, and abilities. I've imported a few things into my game from them so far. The writing itself can be dense, especially the historical background mater...
by Persimmon
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Monsters for C&C
Topic: The Slayer
Replies: 8
Views: 9676

Re: The Slayer

By the way, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea has some tweaks and classes that would work here. In that game, rather than humanoid foes, rangers get bonuses versus eldritch horrors and otherworldly beings like night gaunts, colours out of space, etc. And the second edition introduces t...
by Persimmon
Sat May 12, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Favorite magic items
Replies: 19
Views: 7475

Re: Favorite magic items

My first character, an elven fighter-mage, eventually inherited a +6 vorpal flamberge that also flamed on command. I had a cleric who received a Silver Mace of Demon Slaying from his deity. It is a +3 mace that has all the qualities of a mace of disruption, but also does double damage to all inferna...
by Persimmon
Sat May 12, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Playing at the Table
Replies: 25
Views: 8684

Re: Playing at the Table

Started out gaming in 1981 and we played 1 for several years, gradually adding minis. When we played a lot of MERP in the 1990s we went more towards minis because several of the players were new and most ran multiple PCs. So we eventually got to the 3-4 level where I stayed for many years. Later, on...
by Persimmon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: AS&SH Sub-Classes
Replies: 2
Views: 2238

Re: AS&SH Sub-Classes

Still skimming through the rules. My plan is to mostly just play 1st edition AD&D or C&C with them, but make use of the new classes, spells, and monsters. I do like the idea of class-based bonuses to certain saving throws. Lately our group has played C&C and that will likely continue, but some peopl...
by Persimmon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Interesting House Rules
Replies: 14
Views: 5640

Re: Interesting House Rules

Wow! I'll have to print these out to absorb them all. Some cool stuff in here. Thanks for the replies, everyone.
by Persimmon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Interesting House Rules
Replies: 14
Views: 5640

Interesting House Rules

With the academic year nearing an end, I'm hoping to have a bit more time to game this summer. As I bring new people in, I always provide the house rules to standard 1st edition/C&C, which is my game of choice. So I was curious about other house rules people may have that have proved very effective ...
by Persimmon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: AS&SH Sub-Classes
Replies: 2
Views: 2238

AS&SH Sub-Classes

Just got my copy of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea yesterday and I must say that I'm digging it so far. Seeing as I already have some Lovecraftian/pulp elements in my home campaign world I'm looking forward to incorporating this material in. I'm just going to make Hyperboria the nor...
by Persimmon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What I found out from Steve at Gary Con...
Replies: 28
Views: 10415

Re: What I found out from Steve at Gary Con...

I'd be up for some tutorials on FG or whatever. I've only ever gamed in person but it's tough to get people together in my area. I'd like a more regular game if possible, though I'm pretty swamped until late May in any case.
by Persimmon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Rappan Athuk
Replies: 18
Views: 7637

Re: Rappan Athuk

I have the SW version and I'm currently reading it. It's pretty cool but as Buttmonkey noted, not suitable for first level. The wilderness areas have some easier encounters, but even there I'd recommend at least 4th level characters to have a real chance of surviving. Though to be honest, I haven't ...
by Persimmon
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurers Backpack Editing: Adopt a Class
Replies: 38
Views: 14933

Re: Adventurers Backpack Editing: Adopt a Class

Where do we actually see the preview? I'm a backer, but I haven't seen anything yet or gotten an invite from the Trolls in my email. Sight unseen, these classes sound at best redundant, at worst just plain bad. Can we back out and get our money back? This doesn't sound like something I'm going to us...