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by Gundoggy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 10157

Re: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.

I'm getting to the age where even the text in the full size books is hard to read.
No digest for me.
by Gundoggy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurer's Backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 8057

Re: Adventurer's Backpack.

It doesn't have any discussion on "The End Game: Why old characters never die" despite the description on the Kickstarter Page.
by Gundoggy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurer's Backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 8057

Adventurer's Backpack.

I downloaded a copy of this today. The comparison to Unearthed Arcana is very strong. I did like how they added back spellcasting for Paladins/Rangers/Bards like 1E at an extra XP cost. The new classes are unusual with a few having powers that may be extremely overpowered...for example the magic use...
by Gundoggy
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Saving Throws
Replies: 20
Views: 10355

Re: Saving Throws

If BTB is too intense you can always modify the save by taking only 2/3 or 3/4 of the attacker's hit dice to add to the save difficulty. This still makes saves harder than 1E but allows higher level PC's to have a better chance to save than BTB
by Gundoggy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: They said I should play a different game, so I did!
Replies: 14
Views: 10644

Re: They said I should play a different game, so I did!

Charisma is not a dump stat. None of the stats are dump stats in C&C.
All of the stats are tied into saving throws. Charisma is actually associated with saves against some very nasty effects like death magic.
by Gundoggy
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: How'd you get into Castles & Crusades?
Replies: 42
Views: 8996

Re: How'd you get into Castles & Crusades?

I was burned out as a DM after running Age of Worms for my players. I vowed never to play 3.x again. It was also around this time that it was announced Castle Zagyg would be in C&C rules and Gygax supported it. I switched to C&C and found it allowed me to use all the 1E/2E resources I had yet had a ...
by Gundoggy
Mon May 11, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What Video Game(s) are you playing
Replies: 118
Views: 75693

Re: What Video Game(s) are you playing

Recently bought the AD&D package from GOG.com. 1. Played Planescape Torment for the first time. I was absolutely stunned by the story, NPC's, music and the dialogue. I eventually turned difficulty to easy so that the boring combat didn't get in the way of progressing through the plot. Very haunting ...
by Gundoggy
Fri May 08, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Putting the SIEGE engine into 1E AD&D...
Replies: 22
Views: 2568

Re: Putting the SIEGE engine into 1E AD&D...

I've thought about SIEGE in 1E as well.

I much prefer the C&C monk and Illusionist however.

I end up letting players use spells from 1E PH and UA anyway.
by Gundoggy
Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:31 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Favorite Gary Gygax module?
Replies: 30
Views: 8236

Re: Favorite Gary Gygax module?

I DM'd GDQ 1-7, S1....my players loved those.

As a player, I really liked S4.
by Gundoggy
Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:29 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Avoiding numbers bloat.
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Avoiding numbers bloat.

To clarify, it's not the calculation time that is the issue. It's the rapid progression of bonuses that make high level play boring unless you have monsters with extremely high AC. 1E had as the fighter's THACO or (number on the matrix) rapidly progressed beyond the maximum THACO that monsters had a...
by Gundoggy
Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:57 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Avoiding numbers bloat.
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Avoiding numbers bloat.

One thing I really disliked about 1E and subsequently 2E, 3.X and even C&C is the bonus bloat that occurs with attributes, magic items, to hit progression and class features. For example: 10 th level fighter with 17 str, +3 sword would have +15 to hit (this is not even counting weapon specialization...
by Gundoggy
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Things People House Rule
Replies: 19
Views: 4418

Re: Things People House Rule

1. I only use about 2/3 or 3/4 of attacker's hit dice for saving throw difficulty modifier while the saving party gets their full level as a modifier. 2. I have slowed down the BtH progression in the teen levels with a maximum BtH of +15 for fighters (also max AC of 30). Of course they add str, spec...
by Gundoggy
Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.
Replies: 65
Views: 5977

Re: Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.

http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/88CSB/ ... EAKER.aspx

Use this to break swords instead of a sai.

Not sure if it's historical although Chinese versions of maces sometimes were simply square metal rods with a handle and guard.
by Gundoggy
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.
Replies: 65
Views: 5977

Re: Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.

Very good ideas.

Just to clarify, I was looking for ways to make low level humanoids challenging for a group with average level of 15+.
by Gundoggy
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Best Non-C&C Monster Book for C&C?
Replies: 16
Views: 2849

Re: Best Non-C&C Monster Book for C&C?

When I switched to C&C I considered throwing away all my 3.5 stuff. I didn't and realized many of the 3.5 monsters can be used as is for high level parties...keep the crazy to hit and damage bonuses intact. Similarly, running a 3.5 module as is makes it challenging for C&C characters of levels highe...
by Gundoggy
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:25 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Illusionists and Wizards and Sorcerers, oh my!
Replies: 34
Views: 6546

Re: Illusionists and Wizards and Sorcerers, oh my!

You don't have to create an illusion that creates damage. Distraction can be very effective, illusion of a flame moving away from party bad guys chase it...saves you from combat or gives you a surprise round attack from behind. Illusions that draw attacks away from PC's, reducing damage to party. Us...
by Gundoggy
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.
Replies: 65
Views: 5977

Making weak monsters challenging for high level parties.

I was thinking of new ways of making groups of weak monsters/npc's challenging. By coincidence I was reading Axe of the Dwarvish Lords and noted they had all kinds of neat rules for volley fire, shield walls, spear/pike walls, coordinated attacks. These typically use the concept of having a group of...
by Gundoggy
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Wastage Rules.
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Wastage Rules.

I always had PC's roll for damage vs. items back in 1E whenever they failed a save or were exposed to certain situatioins (eg. immersion in corrosive fluid, lava, etc). CKG suggests similar. CKG also has higher target numbers. I don't go out of my way to destroy stuff, playing by the rules in 1E and...
by Gundoggy
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Wastage Rules.
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Wastage Rules.

In comparing the wastage rules in the CKG, I can't help to notice the target scores on the d20 roll are much more difficult than the item save table in 1E. Dragon breath (green) almost invariably will destroy even powerful magic items of steel...like swords. My party is hating these rules. As a DM t...
by Gundoggy
Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: change dragon slayerlong sword to bastard sword?
Replies: 17
Views: 2390

Re: change dragon slayerlong sword to bastard sword?

If allowed make it cost LOTS of gold and magic, perhaps xp to do so.

I love giving out power magic weapons in uncommon forms...eg/ daggers, picks, hammers...to encourage better use and variety of weapons rather than the one that does the most base damage, which they specialized in.
by Gundoggy
Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Is there any point playing a non-wizard at higher levels?
Replies: 15
Views: 2930

Re: Is there any point playing a non-wizard at higher levels

I agree with Arduin. The one criticism I have about C&C is the simplified spell initiative. 1E had varying casting times and the spell initiative in that game (although complicated) made it very difficult to cast spells with casting times of 3 or more segments in combat. Gygax even wrote that use of...
by Gundoggy
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Why C&C Should Be Your Go-To D&D
Replies: 22
Views: 3206

Re: Why C&C Should Be Your Go-To D&D

I recently started my group in the free Dragonsfoot module "Where the Fallen Jarls Sleep" using C&C of course. In a 4.5 hour long session they finished about 40% of the module. A combat that involved over 40 opponents only took about 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Use of SIEGE saves, and HD = to hit, ...
by Gundoggy
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monk Weapon List.
Replies: 36
Views: 7078

Re: Monk Weapon List.

I'm not sure classic or historic martial arts weapons are all that real any more than civil war buffs, but I get you point and agree fully. One of my PCs noted that many threads believe the Monk is too underpowered and that WIS bonus to AC should be added... thoughts on that? I have considered that...
by Gundoggy
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Why C&C Should Be Your Go-To D&D
Replies: 22
Views: 3206

Re: Why C&C Should Be Your Go-To D&D

I agree. As much as I love reading 1E books, C&C is a more elegant game. The siege mechanic, simplified to hit for monsters, and the customization in skills/saves that choosing primes allows makes it extremely smooth to run. As a DM I can run most sessions without looking up specific rules all the t...
by Gundoggy
Thu May 22, 2014 5:03 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monsters Books?
Replies: 10
Views: 2082

Re: Monsters Books?

I really like the monster books for hackmaster...lots of neat variations and new stuff.
by Gundoggy
Thu May 22, 2014 5:02 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What Weapon is Best
Replies: 16
Views: 5304

Re: What Weapon is Best

One thing I really liked about one of Gygax's later games (I believe Lejendary adventures) was that all weapons could do the same amount of maximum damage, but some bigger weapons had a higher minimum damage. This allows a dagger to be lethal, but your chances of really damaging someone more reliabl...
by Gundoggy
Thu May 22, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monk Weapon List.
Replies: 36
Views: 7078

Re: Monk Weapon List.

I've always thought that RPG division of swords was a little too reductionistic. Basically the Jian(GIM) straightsword is a cut and thrust sword. The Dao is basically a slashing sword although some versions were straighter and more 'pokey' in its usage. Swords also ranged from short (20"-26") to two...
by Gundoggy
Sat May 17, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monk Weapon List.
Replies: 36
Views: 7078

Re: Monk Weapon List.

Apart from the expanded weapon list, no other real changes. I had originally wanted to capture the concept of a Wandering Chinese Swordsman, common in Chinese Wuxia literature and movies. I had experimented with monk / half fighter concepts before realizing that you don't need the +1 weapon speciali...