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by Aldarron
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Barbarians as a Race/Culture, not Class....
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

Lord Dynel wrote: You're quite welcome! I'm beginning to envision an interesting system. I think that having a certain animal companion/mount and having a few bonuses for having that comapanion (and having the bonuses vary depending on the companion/mount) would be an interesting system. I think th...
by Aldarron
Tue May 12, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Barbarians as a Race/Culture, not Class....
Replies: 30
Views: 2523

<t>I'm with you on this. Changing barbarians from a class to individual races makes absolute sense. I always saw the class as a codemane for Conan. Changing Barbarians from a one shot, 2 dimensional stereotype to a racial background with multiple classes possible really enriches the game. Bravo.<br/...
by Aldarron
Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: New Class: Lo-Fan
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Go0gleplex wrote:
They take double damage from Jack Burton's however...oh wait...that was Lo Pan.

Looks like a fun fighter...
ROTFL !!!
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by Aldarron
Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

<t>It takes a certain amount of expertise and wood knowledge to make a good self bow (non laminate), but can generally be done in about an hour, provided you have a stave blank to work with - so not anywhere near as labor intensive as smithing. Wood is also cheaper than steal, usually. I have no exp...
by Aldarron
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Modern RPG
Replies: 14
Views: 678

Treebore wrote: I think it was defined in the WOTC/D&D world, or at least I believe they coined the phrase. I think its defining element is an ascending AC. I don't see anything modern about them. Every single thing I have seen in "modern" games I have seen over the last 20+ years, just in differen...
by Aldarron
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

Hrolfgar wrote: Do you know of any pictures online of these early medieval sling stones ? Seems like they would been using lead, which had been used in Greek/Roman times. The pictures of the lead ammo I've seen are football shaped. [/quote] I looked in my books, but couldn't find a pic. I think its...
by Aldarron
Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Modern RPG
Replies: 14
Views: 678

Modern RPG

<t>Its been mentioned many times that Castles & Crusades is a modern RPG with an old school feel. "Modern" also seems to be linked to d20 systems. I know its good marketing to say something is modern and progressive and all that, but what does it really mean in practice? Other than slicker graph...
by Aldarron
Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

Hrolfgar wrote: Most clay sling bullets are described as being acorn shaped http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/070118/hamoukar.shtml Lead bullets were often made in similiar shapes. The range penalty btb is -6 for long range. I kinda like the idea of extreme range posted by Lord Tryon. Maybe the 4th pri...
by Aldarron
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

Treebore wrote: That looks to be high fire ceramic materials. I am very familiar with Ceramics, since I am on my second semester of ceramics class. Exactly so; and always of untempered clay. Actually, I've just had a thought. One could make say, golf ball sized ones that were hollow, that could the...
by Aldarron
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: what I'd like to see in PHBk 4th printing....
Replies: 48
Views: 4224

DangerDwarf wrote: Because over the past few decades, druids have become a staple of D&D and games which give a nod to D&D. I don't particularly care for them, but a lot of folks deem them necessary. True that. _________________ We thought we were crazy, but we had a great time. - Dave Arneson
by Aldarron
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

Treebore wrote: Lets not forget the ranges are for "increments", so for the sling its 0 to 50, 51 to 100 at -2, and 101 to 150 at -4. 151+ would be CK's call. aha that makes much more sense. Still on the short side but prolly good enough for gaming. Do you mind pointing to the page treebore? I've j...
by Aldarron
Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: what I'd like to see in PHBk 4th printing....
Replies: 48
Views: 4224

CKDad wrote: Illusionists as a subset of wizards - maybe. But druids are a separate and distinct kind of priest that I don't think can be rolled into clerics. At least not without making the cleric class much more complex and going done the road of customization and subclasses - and next thing you ...
by Aldarron
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

Hrolfgar wrote: Nice link, I find the articles on that website more interesting than the records page. I think I would keep the sling range at 50 feet for a stone, and 60 feet for lead/clay bullets. 50'!? Okay, lets have a reality check. Pitching distance for girls softball age 10 and under - under...
by Aldarron
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Another Change in the 4th PH?
Replies: 63
Views: 948

<t>Wait, lemme look those up in the index... D'oh there is no index. <br/> Seriously though, the ranges are all too short, at least as absolute maximums. I dunno if you guys shoot primitive much, but a good archer can hit a stationary man sized target at about 200' or better - double the distance fo...
by Aldarron
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: what I'd like to see in PHBk 4th printing....
Replies: 48
Views: 4224

<t>It doesn't help that the print is so danged small. I suppose that's to keep down costs. What is most needed though is a stinking INDEX! I mean sheesh any old intern can put that together in a week or two and it would make finding things so much easier. I am with you on the illusionist, and I'd sa...
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: SIEGE engine anomolies
Replies: 70
Views: 11163

serleran wrote:
I dunno about you, but any guy who can track a gaseous vampire has to have some pretty mighty tracking skills...

Pheww Wonder what gave it gas in the first place?
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by Aldarron
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Is the Ranger unplayable!?
Replies: 33
Views: 1961

<t>Well argued Koralas. You give some really thoughtful rationale for explaining how a ranger as an adventurer might be given more freedom even under the restrictions of being mission oriented and tied to protecting a particular civilization from the borderlands, and how one can read between the lin...
by Aldarron
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Is the Ranger unplayable!?
Replies: 33
Views: 1961

<t>Loper Peter, not hopper although bushhoper does sound like a fun character to play I suppose I ought to post the description I use for the ah hop, lope, range, bush type person. Fair warning, A lot of it is cribed from the PH so some folks might not want to bother to read it.<br/> <br/> Core Skil...
by Aldarron
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Is the Ranger unplayable!?
Replies: 33
Views: 1961

<t>Heh. So its a bit ironic, this being one of the most frivolous posts Ive made, arguing over text and all, that its generating the most responses and some real good ones, and its turning out to be very interesting. First, yes Relaxo, I do overthink things. Habitually. Overthink should be my middle...
by Aldarron
Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Is the Ranger unplayable!?
Replies: 33
Views: 1961

Is the Ranger unplayable!?

<t>I hope you can forgive the overly dramtic topic title, but there is a playability issue goes back to the roots of the class. I have sometime wondered if it was really a good idea for D&D to have copied so much of Tolkiens middle earth into the game when it was first being designed and markete...
by Aldarron
Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Reimaging the 'Monk'
Replies: 17
Views: 2509

<r>Huh, I just learned that Gygax was apparently thinking of reimagining the monk along lines apparently similar to my "Agent" class posted above. He said:<br/> <br/> "What I was contemplating was a non-Oriental sort of Monk character to replace the clearly Eastern martial artist one featured. The c...
by Aldarron
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Morale?
Replies: 33
Views: 902

<t>Thanks Everybody. It was the Modvay D&D set that I cut my teeth on and perhaps for that reason it just seems logical to me that monsters should have some inherent morale rating, to be modified by the CK according to circumstance. It should also be a reflection of the general character of the ...
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Morale?
Replies: 33
Views: 902

Morale?

So I'm wondering if anyone has developed any interesting or creative ways for checking morale of monsters and NPC's or if folks are just making it up without a check.
by Aldarron
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Reimaging the 'Monk'
Replies: 17
Views: 2509

<t>In my 2e campaign I developed a monk class that combined aspects of the ninja and the assasin classes with the european cloak and dagger tradition. The idea was that one of the major gods (Dosevin - ala oo7) was consumed with curiosity and spying and so instructed his followers called "Agents". I...
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: RULES CYCLOPEDIA???
Replies: 55
Views: 911

So I just dug out the old "All That Glitters" module and in the explanation of Thaco it actually has (see DMG p196-215) D'oh! Anyway, it was the first module that I ever saw use it.
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: DISCUSSION: Alternate Magic System
Replies: 11
Views: 534

<r>Youv'e got some interesting ideas. I never liked the Vancian magic system in D&D and I think there is definitely room for some creative ways of handling magic. I rather like Tori Bergquists spell point system posted in his house rules on the <URL url="http://www.cncplayer.net/">www.cncplayer....
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Bandages
Replies: 8
Views: 697

<t>Judges guild published a tournament module in 1979 called "The Dragon Crown" by Michael Mayeau that came from the 1978 pacific encounters convention and was written for use with the Greyhawk rules. I have always applied some of the "Technical rules" listed for it to my campaigns including this on...
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: RULES CYCLOPEDIA???
Replies: 55
Views: 911

<t>I am virtually 99% certain that Thaco first appeared in print in "All That Glitters" Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Official Game Adventure<br/> <br/> UK6 by Jim Bambra 1984. I bought the module when it was new and remember being very intriguid by the page long description of Thaco in the introd...
by Aldarron
Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Armor, Shield Ratings, and Two Weapon Fighting
Replies: 20
Views: 603

<t>Hmm, I never had the oriental adventures rulebook so I don't know what was in there. I did find this on page 28 of the DMG (1e) in the paragraph on large shields "You may allow them to add +2 to this armor class rating with respect to small (non-war engine or giant hurled) missles..." On the same...
by Aldarron
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Armor, Shield Ratings, and Two Weapon Fighting
Replies: 20
Views: 603

Armor, Shield Ratings, and Two Weapon Fighting

<t>I realize that in the early days of D&D the rules were generated from fertile imagination and inspiration from various works of fiction. Although, like everybody else, I once was accustomed to the armor rules and took them for granted, I now think the D&D armor ratings owed more to imagin...