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by Shadowslayer
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: New Low level undead request..
Replies: 21
Views: 3974

Re: New Low level undead request..

Ok. A vampiric plant of some type, like a thorn bush that envelops a supplicant (willing or unwilling) and turns them into a minor league vampire...minor league vampires of a couple of HD and they'll drink for 1d4/round if they get a latch onto you. (Not much more dangerous than stirges...but the PC...
by Shadowslayer
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Low level "magic items" with character but little power
Replies: 29
Views: 3306

Re: Low level "magic items" with character but little power

There was a fun 4e ability called Fey Step. Pretty sure that's what it was called. Basically it alllowed a 5 or 6 square minor teleportation. You could give your badger a collar that allowed him to do that. Call it a Collar of Ethereal Burrowing or something.
by Shadowslayer
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Low level "magic items" with character but little power
Replies: 29
Views: 3306

Re: Low level "magic items" with character but little power

Don't underestimate one-use stuff like oils and potions. Say the PCs come across a couple of vials labelled "orcsbane" which could be an oil you pour on your sword that gives you a hit bonus vs orcs that lasts one battle/x number of turns/a full day/whatever. Or the all powerful, but one use only, m...
by Shadowslayer
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Ability checks - How often to you call for them?
Replies: 16
Views: 2104

Re: Ability checks - How often to you call for them?

I wonder though...by the book, C&C doesn't seem to set itself up as needing skill checks until something tough comes up. At 1st level, an easy check, if its prime, you still have to roll an 11 or better (give or take depending on stats) just to succeed at something. And if its not prime, then you ne...
by Shadowslayer
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Ability checks - How often to you call for them?
Replies: 16
Views: 2104

Re: Ability checks - How often to you call for them?

What about using an ability check to indicate something besides absolute success or failure? In my last game I came up with a small scenario as a wilderness obstacle. The PCs came across a steep muddy and rocky ravine with a creek at the bottom of it. They had the option to try and find away around,...
by Shadowslayer
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Ability checks - How often to you call for them?
Replies: 16
Views: 2104

Ability checks - How often to you call for them?

On the heels of the "RPGnet has Prime Questions" thread, it arose in me a curiosity. Aside from Saving Throws, how often, or under what game circumstances, do you actually call for a dice roll to perform a non-combat task? I've read some advice on the interwebs that suggests to never even bother cal...
by Shadowslayer
Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

Re: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan mater

On a related note, I've been looking at the 1st ed. Monster Manual and noticing how many variations of brain / mind eater / destroyers there are: brain mole, cerebral parasite, ear seeker, intellect devourerer, mind flayer, thought eater. Someone really liked the concept ... Well, at the time DnD w...
by Shadowslayer
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

Re: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan mater

Relaxo wrote:As long as you coat the fan material in a thick layer of pure salt, it should be kosher.
Hmm. Mine tend to be coated in more cheese than salt. ;)
by Shadowslayer
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tales from the Table: How Are You Using/Planning to Use C&C?
Replies: 18
Views: 2973

Re: Tales from the Table: How Are You Using/Planning to Use

I'm currently running a game for my 15 year old daughter, my better half, and my better half's best friend. Yup....I DM an all girl group. Were just doing basic C&C, no fancy houserules. Combat is with a battlegrid and minis. Everyone is a newb so everyone is learning. I was afraid they wouldn't lik...
by Shadowslayer
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Any C&C pregens out there?
Replies: 13
Views: 3893

Re: Any C&C pregens out there?

I have a bunch of basic ones I made a while back. All 1st level, a fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric of human, halfling, dwarf and elf. Just used the same array for all of them. They're nothing fancy but good if you have an unexpected newb at the table. Pm me and ill send you the pdf if you want them.
by Shadowslayer
Thu May 29, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

Re: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan mater

Ill look into that when I get to a proper computer. My smartphone no likey that website for some reason. Can't see a "join" button.
by Shadowslayer
Wed May 28, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

Re: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan mater

Well see, thinking about it, I'm not really worried about the legalities of it. I wouldn't be selling anything, and if requested to cease and desist, I would. Easy peasy. I'm more interested in whether or not fans are encouraged to do this stuff by the guys who own C&C. It seems they are, but I just...
by Shadowslayer
Wed May 28, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

Re: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan mater

Yeah the OGL is largely like reading Chinese to me. I'm a gamer not a lawyer. But I'll see what I can make out on it.

I mean, I don't think putting together a group of encounters and statblocks to go along with them is gonna irk anyone...but I don't wanna step on any toes either.
by Shadowslayer
Wed May 28, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.
Replies: 26
Views: 6216

What is kosher and what is not with regards to fan material.

Howdy all. Been on a bit of a creative streak lately and was curious about some of the finer points of offering fan created material online, with regards to C&C. My bent lately has been on dungeon encounters, adventures and such, and had just thought about maybe posting some of this stuff up somewhe...
by Shadowslayer
Thu May 22, 2014 6:31 pm
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

I recall guys in my group obsessing over lowering their AC and heightening their damage output back in the 1e days before anyone ever heard of a computer RPG...so I'm not sure how the "character optomization = video games" thing comes into it. Besides, RP means making decisions for your character ba...
by Shadowslayer
Thu May 22, 2014 4:26 pm
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

Not sure what your scenario is with the pre gens, but if I'm doing them I tend to give pregens something middle-of-the-road. Better than a pointed stick but not as outlandish as some of the more exotic stuff. (Shortsword, shortbow etc) Because the idea of finding better weapons and armor can be a mo...
by Shadowslayer
Sat May 17, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: List of Character Classes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: List of Character Classes?

exoknight wrote:Adventurer Backpack sounds like a PHB 2. That sounds cool.
I thought so too. I'm not a real nut about specific settings, regardless of system, so I thought that sounded cool.
by Shadowslayer
Fri May 16, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: List of Character Classes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: List of Character Classes?

exoknight wrote:
Also Adventurer Backpack? What is that about?
Found it on the boards one time. Don't think anything became of it.

https://www.trolllord.com/forums/viewto ... =8&t=11477
by Shadowslayer
Fri May 16, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: List of Character Classes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: List of Character Classes?

Weren't they talking about some kind of Adventurer's Backpack thing that had some new base classes in it? Was pretty sure I saw it somewhere, but it might have been scrapped.
by Shadowslayer
Wed May 14, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Wild animal loose in the city...
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Re: Wild animal loose in the city...

Fiffergrund wrote:This is really very cool.
Seconded.

I had been thinking of this as almost a throwaway encounter...but maybe Ill scrap the cat thing until I can do it up right, and save this for later.
by Shadowslayer
Tue May 13, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Wild animal loose in the city...
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Wild animal loose in the city...

Just looking for a little inspiration. A wild animal, I'm thinking a saber tooth cat, escapes his cage and is loose in the citadel. I'm looking for a way to make it a little more interesting than just they:"We look around" me: "OK you find it. What do you do" The only parameter I have is that there ...
by Shadowslayer
Mon May 12, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monster and villain tactics
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: Monster and villain tactics

D&D was created and designed by wargamers yes, but it was marketed at the non-wargaming masses. I think wargaming was falling out of vogue even then. Regarding tactics: There was a pretty good chapter on encounter design in an othewise non-memorable WOTC 3e book....I think it was called Dungeonscape...
by Shadowslayer
Mon May 12, 2014 4:18 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Too tough?
Replies: 13
Views: 1733

Re: Too tough?

Don't forget, they're allowed to run away. and poof! instant nemesis! hooray! Only problem with that is that, in my experience, is that by the time they figure out they should run, its too late. A Salamander is hit on a 19. A second level fighter probably has to roll a natural 14 (or thereabouts) t...
by Shadowslayer
Sun May 11, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfinder?
Replies: 17
Views: 2935

Re: What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfind

Dragon age stunts. I love them. They are fun and add spice to your combat. Yes, this means using 3d6 instead of d20, but there is something very satisfying about seeing those doubles pop up. However, I haven't figured out how to make it work for magic users. Especially since they don't roll to atta...
by Shadowslayer
Sun May 11, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfinder?
Replies: 17
Views: 2935

Re: What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfind

I guess its a matter of asking what your purpose is in having PC backstories in the first place. Honestly, as a DM I don't care a whit if the PC's background explains his ability set or not. He has the abilities, he rolled them or picked them out of the PHB. He has them and that's that. No backgroun...
by Shadowslayer
Sat May 03, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Seeing some very positive statements abouot the ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2362

Re: Seeing some very positive statements abouot the ...

Try living in Canada and wait for packages sent from the U.S. It seems the U.S.P.S. and Canada Post have had a model of expensive shipping for the crappiest service they sometimes go out of their way to provide. Haha. Yeah the shipping rate is pretty obnoxious. But I did make an order for 3 hardbac...
by Shadowslayer
Fri May 02, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfinder?
Replies: 17
Views: 2935

What other games do you borrow from besides D&D/Pathfinder?

Recently I snagged a used copy of the first Dragon Age RPG box. Not so much the play the game, but for inspiration...and I kinda like the dark tone to the stories and artwork in it. Anyway, its a pretty basic game, and it has a subsystem of stunts that's kind of neat. Basically, you roll an attack o...
by Shadowslayer
Fri May 02, 2014 5:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Help us decide what to put on our screens!
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Help us decide what to put on our screens!

That being said, I'll agree, no cheesecake on the screens themselves. The books can be closed and put away. But the screens are up non-stop. And while I love cheesecake, I don't think it needs to be "in your face" the whole time. This. I have no issue with the whole chainmail bikini thing, but reco...
by Shadowslayer
Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Well, it happened again, gents
Replies: 47
Views: 5297

Re: Well, it happened again, gents

I have a 5th printing. I'm not sure what everyone else is getting at, but I'm not having a problem reading it at all....and I have horrible eyes even for a 43 year old. Yeah the background is a little odd....I assume that to discourage pdf ers? But no prob to read it. Worst was actually those old 1e...