Sunday, 28 October 2012
I have launched a crowdfunding campaign for Sagas of the Icelanders, my historical viking-themed Apocalypse World hack. You can find it here.
It has funded on the first day and has already passed a number of stretch goals. It now also supports PayPal.
If you don't already know about it and you think you'd like playing a historical game about Icelandic settlers and their problems, go check it out!
Monday, 10 September 2012
Traditional energy drain is a pain in the ass, especially with all of D&D's derive values. Get hit by a wight and you basically have to rewrite your whole sheet.
There are far kinder (but still scary) alternatives.
1. I think James Raggi suggested this once. Instead of losing a level, you loose all xp for that level. Easy math and it means it takes that much longer to level up again. This can be good for oldschool games where asymetrical advancement of PCs is common anyway.
2. Deal ability damage (con, dex or str) and/or reduce max HP instead. Again, much simpler and brutal, but not my favorite. Works well for many people though.
3. Negative levels. Instead of eating your levels, the undead gives yo a number of negative ones. The simplest form this can take is -1 to all d20 rolls and -5 hp per negative level. If you get as many as your regular level, you die.
4. My favorite one by far requires either healing surges, 5e's Hit Dice (with the slow recovery option) or my homebrew Class Dice. The energy drain eats those. It means simply that recovery time after fighting undead is longer, as characters feel sickly and weak and even if you kill the wight with most of your hp intact, you can't immediatelly recover and fight on. The attack rather literally drains your enegy.
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Each faction has a "philosophy"/outlook and one or more goals. Factions have relationships to one or more factions (rivalries, open warfare, tenous alliance...). The GM outlines those, along with faction names and important NPCs (or improvises them in play).
Upon joining a faction, a character gains the rank of Novice (1). Characters can gain "Faction XP" by:
-performing jobs for the faction, by receiving orders from superiors (fxp based on level of challenge)
-spending money on the faction (bribes, investments, donations; gp for fxp)
-eliminating or demoting higher-ups in a manner that's not noticeable, detestable, abominable or frowned upon in the faction (it might be acceptable to murder your superior and take their place in an evil assassin guild...doing the same within the ranks of the town guard...not so much)
Similar to class levels, faction ranks offer certain benefits.
Access - the member can request entry into buildings, meeting places, archives etc. of the faction
Assistance - the member can request protection, healing, training or similar assistance from the faction
Command - the member can give orders to those of lower ranks
Fund - the member can request money or similar resources of the faction and its members
Each request is considered a 2d6 reaction roll, based on the monster and retainer reaction rolls, modified by the character's charisma modifier (I'm assuming old school modifiers) and rank bonus.
2 - suspicion, hostility, rejection
6-8 uncertain, needs convincing, requires recompensation
9-11 agreement, acceptance
12 agreement and more
Use whatever xp chart you want based on how fast you expect the PC to rise in ranks. Here's a simple one:
Rank FXP required Rank ability
1.Novice...................0 fxp Access -1
2.Apprentice..............2000 fxp Access +0, Assistance -1
3.Journey(wo)man.......4000 fxp Access +1, Assistance +0, Command -1
4.Master....................8000 fxp Access +2, Assistance +1, Command +0, Fund -1
5.Grand Master............16.000 fxp Access +3, Assistance +2, Command +1, Fund +0
Alternatively, instead of a rank fxp chart, rank could be determined by relative amount of fxp. If there are only three guys in the faction and you have the most fxp out of them, you're the Grand Master. If you're the Grand Master with 18.000 fxp but someone gains 23.000 fpx, they push you out...but that would require more tweaking and calculations.