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by mbeacom
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What box could this be in my mail??
Replies: 30
Views: 8047

Re: What box could this be in my mail??

NICE! Love the leather. So I ended up on your photobucket, looking at your shelves. Your collection is godlike. Thanks for putting photos online. My jealousy knows no bounds. Two questions. 1. Why so many copies of the Rules Cyclopedia? 2. What on earth is that digest sized copy of the basic redbox...
by mbeacom
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:24 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What box could this be in my mail??
Replies: 30
Views: 8047

Re: What box could this be in my mail??

NICE! Love the leather. So I ended up on your photobucket, looking at your shelves. Your collection is godlike. Thanks for putting photos online. My jealousy knows no bounds. Two questions. 1. Why so many copies of the Rules Cyclopedia? 2. What on earth is that digest sized copy of the basic redbox ...
by mbeacom
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:25 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Move and Attack - How about Attack and Move?
Replies: 50
Views: 4666

Re: Move and Attack - How about Attack and Move?

As long as the character they were attacking is no longer in the equation for whatever reason. Otherwise, the disengage rule probably comes into play. In such situations, I allow an attack at any point along the permitted movement distance. I just don't see a good reason to lock it down to (or disal...
by mbeacom
Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Initiative,movement and rpg's
Replies: 30
Views: 4905

Re: Initiative,movement and rpg's

:ugeek: I'm afraid not, the higher he gets the more horizontal wall force is exerted on the wall. Sum the moments around the base support. There are now two forces: 1) weight down and wall exerting a horizontal reactive force. Weight pulls straight down times its arm which is the distance from the ...
by mbeacom
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Initiative,movement and rpg's
Replies: 30
Views: 4905

Re: Initiative,movement and rpg's

So I was watching a 5E D&D DM run a game at a comic/rpg store and he used house rules that reminded me of classic D&D(house rules maybe?). I really like his jury rigged system a lot as it solved several issues I have always had with tabletop games. This is my take on his system and what it seemed l...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Secondary Skills & Adding Level to Checks
Replies: 29
Views: 4107

Re: Secondary Skills & Adding Level to Checks

I've always made the call that you only add your level to attempts at non-class specific tasks if the task is justifiably within the skillset of the class. So, perhaps a rogue finds a trap and wants to camouflage it so that the next person is even less likely to see it. That seems properly roguish, ...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Okay what gives.... Barbarians cant wear Leather Lamellar?
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: Okay what gives.... Barbarians cant wear Leather Lamella

A barbarian is listed as being able to wear any armor. However, they do lose a some abilities if they wear armor that weights 25 lbs or more. Now this is easily changed if you don't like it. Some "fixes" include: 1. ignoring the restriction 2. making a list of armors that are exempt 3. raising the ...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...

If you keep reading, it appears to me that sentence is referencing the actual details of the spell. In the declaration phase (before init is rolled), I only require (and the PHB in a following paragraph say MOST CK's require) that to cast a specific spell or not be declared, not all the details(tho...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...

But to me, this is the only way that doesn't conflict with any of the printed references to casting. It conflicts with this statement in the PHB: A character who wishes to cast a spell announces his intention to the Castle Keeper during the character’s initiative turn. If you keep reading, it appea...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:47 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...
Replies: 19
Views: 2132

Re: Casting in Combat or getting targetted while casting...

My take has always been that the spell takes time. From just prior to init roll (declare) to the result of your init die. So the casting takes time and finishes on your turn. I've never viewed this method as instantaneous casting because it allows for interruption any time the caster is attacked pri...
by mbeacom
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:14 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.

1E had as the fighter's THACO or (number on the matrix) rapidly progressed beyond the maximum THACO that monsters had at about 16 hitdice In 1st Edition a 14th level fighter had a 7 to hit AC0. A 14 HD creature hit AC0 on an 8 . You are thinking of a different game. And that's just fighters, which ...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Avoiding numbers bloat.
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Avoiding numbers bloat.

Just be aware, that while 5e limits pluses, it also limits AC. I just did a quick look through of the 5e MM and there are only a few things in there that have ACs of 20 or better and only one thing that went as high as AC 25. So, they did make a concerted effort to limit number bloat, but they did ...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:17 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.

We play 3d6 stats and are somewhat stingy with the magic items. That makes a huge difference. If your fighters all have 17-18STR strength and +3 swords, yeah, it's gonna be easy for Fighters to hit, but that's not the way the game was intended. So that's not really bloat since it's a groups choice t...
by mbeacom
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: HD derived from race
Replies: 12
Views: 2061

Re: HD derived from race

Not really fitting for above 1st level when considering HP in C&C. I could see it as a base HP then by class for subsequent levels. I was thinking the same thing. Unless somehow they have racial "advancement"? Like somehow they raise their Dwarf level up one? Otherwise, any advancement from base wo...
by mbeacom
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Avoiding numbers bloat.
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: 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 specializatio...
by mbeacom
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

Hit die should be based on race instead of class. I was of this mind for a while too, and wouldn't freak out of someone wanted to play with such rules. But then I decided that since HP is an abstraction, not just meat (size/strength,etc) that it must come from somewhere else. I decided that somewhe...
by mbeacom
Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

I thought about this but then realized that no amount of training is ever going to allow a 3' tall 45 lb halfling to soak up the same punishment as a 6' tall 230 lb human and that HP do not properly describe near misses as that is covered by dexterity. Quite correct. Which is why Hit point don't re...
by mbeacom
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

Hit die should be based on race instead of class. I was of this mind for a while too, and wouldn't freak out of someone wanted to play with such rules. But then I decided that since HP is an abstraction, not just meat (size/strength,etc) that it must come from somewhere else. I decided that somewhe...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

Hit die should be based on race instead of class. I was of this mind for a while too, and wouldn't freak out of someone wanted to play with such rules. But then I decided that since HP is an abstraction, not just meat (size/strength,etc) that it must come from somewhere else. I decided that somewhe...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Rogue's tools ~ what are they?
Replies: 19
Views: 3095

Re: Rogue's tools ~ what are they?

Here is my initial incomplete list.... Multicolored Fabric (Simple Disguise) Make-Up Double Ball Pick Straight Pick Brass Hammer Magnifier Saw Blade Saw Key Scissors Miniblade / Razor Copper Wire Medium Hook Small Hook W-Rake Copper Cone Small Spring Medium Spring Rubber Square Ball of Clay / Wax F...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Most disliked / over used monster
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Most disliked / over used monster

I'm not sick of things in my own game but as someone who reads a lot of modules and a fair amount of D&D fiction, I will concur that Drow in particular are vastly over utilized. And if I never heard the name Drizzt again it would be too soon. I don't like that about any monster that gets too detail...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Most disliked / over used monster
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Most disliked / over used monster

Following the dislike thread and moving it to Arch-Enemy (yes that's capitalized) The Solar... man that thing terrorized our group of not so nice high level PCs for the better part of the summer of '83 (I might be off by a year)... but it has taught me, every PC group needs an arch-enemy.. one that...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

Who said they wouldn't be multi- or class-and-a-half? It comes down to defining the cleric, and its options, more specifically in the game world. General "cleric" as presented in the PHB is the general cleric in the PHB -- no changes. Add in some faith that gets fighter powers, and there's likely t...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

All clerics? No. Clerics of given faiths, or racial clerics (like a dwarf cleric), possibly. I do not see an elf cleric of the Lord of the Sliding Hand (a pacifist thief) having d10 HP but I would not mind the half-orc cleric of Foe-Crusher getting it. That is why I would define clerics by Order. A...
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:44 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Most disliked / over used monster
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Most disliked / over used monster

I'm not sick of things in my own game but as someone who reads a lot of modules and a fair amount of D&D fiction, I will concur that Drow in particular are vastly over utilized. And if I never heard the name Drizzt again it would be too soon.
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:47 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

Rhuvein wrote:Hmmm, am I being the cleric's devil's advocate?? :P
HA! Love this!
by mbeacom
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:47 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?
Replies: 66
Views: 34233

Re: Should clerics have a d10 hit die?

I many times wonder if they should have a higher hit die. I play them a lot and have found myself in many situations where . . turning undead fails, spells fail or are resisted and I can't use crossbows. So I have to go toe to toe with monsters, cause the wizards and rogues are fucking hiding and b...
by mbeacom
Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Training to gain levels ~ do you enforce/use it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3029

Re: Training to gain levels ~ do you enforce/use it?

I've used it some times and not used it others, depending on the group. Some don't like it or find it burdensome. But I've found it can improve the game when used properly. If you see it as just something the rules are forcing you to do, then shelve it. But in my games it has increased the pleasure ...
by mbeacom
Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: I just purchased the ol' Leatherette PHB & M&T off of ebay.
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: I just purchased the ol' Leatherette PHB & M&T off of eb

slimykuotoan wrote:Yeah, I'm starting to like the black & white glossy pages more and more myself.
Smell it. Just bury your nose in it and breathe. I don't know what the printing chemical/ink is, but it's superb. Maybe better than MSG. :)
by mbeacom
Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: I just purchased the ol' Leatherette PHB & M&T off of ebay.
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: I just purchased the ol' Leatherette PHB & M&T off of eb

I got one off ebay for $9!! The other was a gift from a friend. I love those books. Super thin and just feel great (although the spines don't match). I was not in love with the glossy paper at first but now I like it. And they smell wonderful. :)