July 16, 2016
The MCC Kickstarter is down to the last 3 days, so if you were thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, now’s the time. The KS campaign has already cleared several stretch goals, plus there’s an add-on for the funky dice you need for DCC/MCC, as well.
I got the chance to play a little Dungeon Crawl Classics a few weeks ago, doing a 0-level funnel (Sailors of the Starless Sea). The numerous charts for DCC had always been a turn-off for me, but I found in practice they weren’t so bad after all (for 0-level characters, at least). Plus, the adventure just had a really cool, funky vibe to it: weird magic, non-traditional monsters, and lots of opportunities to get your 0-level funnel dudes killed off. :) Alas, none of my characters survived, but I had a blast playing.
As I’m impatient for post-apocalyptic goodness, I’m already kicking around ideas for my own version of a DCC PA game, though it would be all-funnel, all the time. I’m thinking 0-level wasterlanders with laser guns and atomic grenades. Sure they can die fast, but they can also kill things fast. Just don’t get too attached to your characters.
June 24, 2016
For anyone who is interested, the MCC Kickstarter has (finally) gone live. If you don’t know, MCC is to Gamma World what Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) is to D&D. Here’s the cover:
I’m in for the full color hardback version. I just hope they add an option for the funky dice, too – those can be hard to find sometimes.
And here’s the link to the Kickstarter campaign. Cheers!
May 16, 2016
Just wondering what you think makes characters memorable: their “build,” or how you play them in game?
For myself, I think most of the time what a character does in game makes them far more memorable than their collection of feats, skills and abilities.
May 7, 2016
Looks like I might finally have a chance to run the Long Winter Campaign in a couple of weeks. Now it’s time to drill down from high-level concepts and ideas to specific content.
I will, of course, post campaign updates here, for those who are interested. Cheers.
Edit: Never mind. Looks like the Long Winter campaign will have to wait a little longer.
April 29, 2016
By Ben Wootten, used without permission
I figured the Long Winter Campaign could use a couple of new, icy monsters. So I present Beginner Box conversions for the Remorhaz and the Yeti.
Please let me know if you have any questions or notice any errors. Cheers!
April 6, 2016
Those of you familiar with Pathfinder core recall that there is a rule for aiding another character during a skill check. Pathfinder Beginner Box has no such rule. This provides an opportunity to add a simple house rule that borrows from 5th Edition without affecting any other part of your BB experience.
Simply, when one character aids another during a skill check, the player making the skill check rolls two d20s and uses the higher result (in 5E this is called Advantage). In order to aid another, the character must be trained in the skill in question. Of course, there may be particular circumstances in which aiding another during a skill check is either impossible or highly impractical (at the GM’s discretion).
April 1, 2016
Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. March just kind of got away from me, and next thing you know it’s April.
So, just throwing around an idea here for a Swords & Wizardry campaign: Castle Crom.
Some of this…
…and a dash of that…
The Monster Manuals
Just for something different.
Definitely the version with Cthulu Mythos.
And this, because I’ve never used it before and it has some creepy monsters in it.
And the Map
From a game called Demonlord. No idea where I found this version, but I thought it looked cool.
March 1, 2016
Here’s the Expanded Deities for the Pathfinder Beginner Box. What I’ve done is take the four deities presented in the BB and add five additional ones, making 9 in all (and one deity for each alignment).
As much as possible I’ve tried to avoid duplicating abilities and spells. Given the BB’s limited options, in some cases I had to cheat a bit with the holy weapons and bonus spells.
Technically the BB doesn’t allow PCs to be evilly aligned, so perhaps you can use the evil deities for NPCs, or change their alignments, or just ignore deity alignment altogether (as the BB seems to).
On a final note: GMs may want to use this document as a reference for creating their own deities, or allowing players to create their own deities. Simply let your players pick two abilities they feel are appropriate for their deity (with GM approval, of course), and then a selection of appropriate bonus spells (one each of 1st, 2nd and 3rd level spells).
Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, etc. Cheers.
February 18, 2016
If you’ve noticed, the PFBB doesn’t really go into schools of magic much, other than a handful of schools for the wizard. But it doesn’t really classify each spell by its corresponding school the way the Core rules do. So, that got me thinking a bit on a way to expand wizard schools of magic.
So, each of the core wizard schools are represented. Also, each school grants a bonus spell for each spell level (instead of just a bonus 1st level spell, per the PFBB). And since the BB doesn’t specifically list each spell’s school of magic, I set it up so that the player can simply pick six spells of their choice (two each from 1st, 2nd and 3rd level spells) to be the restricted spells they cannot prepare or cast.
Here it is: PFBB Schools of Wizardry (PDF)
Sometime in the coming week, I’ll probably do a similar document expanding the deities for clerics.
January 26, 2016
Wizards recently released the 3 Little Brown Books from Original D&D as PDFs. I take it these are the versions from the premium reprint they did a couple of years ago. You can get them here, if you’re interested.
Presumably, the other supplements will also be released, in due course. Personally, I hope this means they’ll release a PDF for Chainmail, as well.