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by Joe Mac
Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: New Barbarian?
Replies: 21
Views: 2059

I'm actually thinking, for my own use, of combining the best features of the 'new' and 'old' barbarian. Neither one is exactly what I want, but picking judiciously from both can get me there, I think.

Sorry, I've just got to be like that..
by Joe Mac
Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Canadian Police Chase
Replies: 7
Views: 280

I've been in a foot chase with a suspect in conditions so icy that it took us a couple of minutes to run one block -- because we both fell so many times.

Man, was I pissed when I finally caught that guy.
by Joe Mac
Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The Good the Bad & the Ugly: C&C
Replies: 90
Views: 2200

<t>Steve, I voted to streamline it.<br/> <br/> The parts I'm looking forward to are the SIEGE tweak options, rules for higher character levels, ideas for integrating character classes within a setting (e.g. the excellent ranger stuff that appeared in Crusader)...those sorts of juicy details...<br/> ...
by Joe Mac
Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Official list of changes (PHB 4th) ?
Replies: 30
Views: 724

gideon_thorne wrote: See, with or without the new spells, in my campaign illusionists could conceivably convince others that they were clerics and heal them. Rangers and barbarians could hunt, track, perform leatherworking and tanning on animals. Classes, depending on their primes can have all sort...
by Joe Mac
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: C&C Core Books, Perfect Bound, Color Plates
Replies: 144
Views: 10066

Anyone know if any PHBs are left?

I didn't see this thread until this morning.
by Joe Mac
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: CZ Secondary Skills -- alternative 'costs'
Replies: 15
Views: 2366

serleran wrote: The Castle Keeper of the current game is considering something like this, as the party is leaning toward breaking out of archetypes anyway (only one PC is not a multiclass character), so if we did, it would probably be a 20 or 25% penalty on earned XP, with the Intelligence bonus al...
by Joe Mac
Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: CZ Secondary Skills -- alternative 'costs'
Replies: 15
Views: 2366

<t>Hey, I'm bumping my own old thread, after two years, to ask again: is anyone currently using an XP percentage system for skill bundle costs? Something like:<br/> <br/> Prime 5%<br/> <br/> General 10%<br/> <br/> Non-prime 15%<br/> <br/> I'm thinking this might make skill bundle attainment at lower...
by Joe Mac
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: TLG Wish Products.
Replies: 42
Views: 4729

Gaxmoor. C&C GAXMOOR. Maybe in hardback, with a big, pull-out map.

Please?
by Joe Mac
Wed May 20, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Relaxo wrote: Evidence? no idea, but I like it better than vague, oh, you can see. Now that I think abuot it, before the two huge lamps that Melkor knocks over, was there light then? what about after he knocks the lamps over, back to darkness? I think GG's inspiration was science. the fact that the...
by Joe Mac
Wed May 20, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Relaxo wrote:
Bring back infravision!!!!

Is there some evidence in Tolkien for it?

Where the hell did infravision come from in D&D, anyway? Anyone know what Gary's inspiration was?
by Joe Mac
Wed May 20, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>Let's change topics for a moment: the visual capabilities of non-humans.<br/> <br/> Tolkien described hobbits as "quick of hearing and sharp eyed", in the prologue to LotR. We can cover that adequately, for game purposes, with bonuses to hearing checks and missile weapons usage.<br/> <br/> For el...
by Joe Mac
Wed May 20, 2009 2:14 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Relaxo wrote: Joe, good catch about traveling magicians! I never put that together. That was Keolander's catch, spurring me to go back and re-read that passage. As a general point of interest, a quote from JRRT's Letters: "Nowhere is the place or nature of 'the Wizards' made fully explicit. Their n...
by Joe Mac
Tue May 19, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Relaxo wrote: It's also why Galdalf can harm the Balrog, whcih is clearly not an elf or man. (also a maiar, to my knowledge, but don't go by me) Is it denoted somewhere that others literally could not harm the Balrog, or was it simply that Gandalf was the only one capable of (eventually) kicking hi...
by Joe Mac
Tue May 19, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>Man, I was up much too late last night, digging through my bookshelf for primary source info on Wizards.... <br/> Yes, I think the 5 'Chief' Istari were Maiar, as Tolkien repeatedly describes them as 'Emissaries of the Valar' (he also described them as 'angels' in his letters). However, other tha...
by Joe Mac
Tue May 19, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>Thanks for the kind words, fellows! I'll be posting more rules drafts soon.<br/> <br/> Magic is indeed a tricky subject, but I do think it can be done without too much trouble. Tolkien was (deliberately) vague on how magic was employed -- which not only preserves our sense of wonder, it keeps us ...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 5:14 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Keolander wrote: Well, Elves favoured many different types of weapons. There is also nothing, per se, called Elven Mail. There is Dwarf Mail, who made matchless armour not equaled by any others in Middle-Earth. There is also the fact that Mail is the top-end armour. There is no plate, no plate over...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

Keolander wrote: Just to quibble for a moment, but this is slightly more than a bit stereotypical and decidedly unTolkien. The Grey Elves of Doriath were noted for wielding Battle Axesw when they went off to war. There is also the Spear, a weapon made famous by the soldiey of Gondolin (its said tha...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 1:52 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>THE HOBBIT CLASS (Dexterity, Constitution)<br/> <br/> Hobbit adventurers have gained renown as goblin fighters, shirriffs, and even burglars! They have the following traits and abilities:<br/> <br/> ACCURACY: Hobbits are keen-eyed and coordinated, receiving a +1 bonus to hit with all thrown and r...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>THE DWARF CLASS (Strength, Constitution)<br/> <br/> Dwarves are doughty warriors and skilled craftsmen. They have the following traits and abilities:<br/> <br/> ANIMOSITY (Elves): The disparate personalities of dwarves and elves have resulted in eons of misunderstandings, squabbles and even wars ...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

<t>THE ELF CLASS<br/> <br/> Elf characters may select one of two paths: <br/> <br/> Elven Warriors are deadly fighters and scouts with wilderness skills. They may be of Sindar or Silvan race.<br/> <br/> Elven Lords combine skill at arms with spellcasting abilities. They may be of Noldor or Sindar ra...
by Joe Mac
Fri May 15, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

C&C Middle Earth -- work in progress

<t>Inspired by Antonio's long-running thread (and many email exchanges with him ), I have been cranking away on some rules for adapting C&C to Middle Earth, for an upcoming game I'm planning to run.<br/> <br/> Thus far, I've done the most work on racial classes: Elf (two variants), Dwarf, and Ho...
by Joe Mac
Thu May 14, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Assassin?
Replies: 82
Views: 4759

NPC only!

I do like having rules for assassins, to send them after PCs on occasion...
by Joe Mac
Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I can't take it any longer...I have to share this.
Replies: 19
Views: 3278

serleran wrote:
Such fond memories of a bygone era...

Glad I wasn't the only one thinking that! Pushing 40, that problem is 20 years in the past.

How does that song go: "...but I'm as good *once* as I ever was..."
by Joe Mac
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:37 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Lake Geneva Con Canceled
Replies: 52
Views: 2271

Rhuvein wrote: Heck, on Friday before the CON, I was sunning myself on the Lake - twas about 68 or so (not in the wind). Anyway, Gary CON is about gaming in memory of Gary who passed away on March 4th, so it will probably always be in March. [But yeah, Joe is right about the family/spouse angle - s...
by Joe Mac
Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Lake Geneva Con Canceled
Replies: 52
Views: 2271

Deogolf wrote:
Talking with Luke and Kerry at the Con and afterwards, it looks like a really good bet that there will be a GaryCon II.

How about GaryCon moving to a summer month? This makes it a great trip for non-gaming spouses, as well, like LGGC was...
by Joe Mac
Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Rules Cyclopedia - what's the hub-bub about, bub?
Replies: 40
Views: 3225

Omote wrote:
It would have been so bad-ass for them just to keep the amazing Easley artwork from the Mentzer sets

Agreed -- Easley kicks ass. I've actually used some of his illustrations from the Mentzer PDFs in my 'AD&D House Rulebook' (an ever-evolving tome that needs artwork, of course...)
by Joe Mac
Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Rules Cyclopedia - what's the hub-bub about, bub?
Replies: 40
Views: 3225

DangerDwarf wrote:
Dude.

Heh....what can I tell ya? I spent 4 or 5 months with Holmes before moving on to my life partner, AD&D.
I'd be very content to play in a Classic game -- but when I'm running the game I want to start adding crap, until I just end up at AD&D anyway!
by Joe Mac
Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Rules Cyclopedia - what's the hub-bub about, bub?
Replies: 40
Views: 3225

Yeah, it's a good resource between one pair of covers.

The artwork is so wretched, though, I can't stand to look at the book.

I sold my hard copy, but have the PDF if I need it. I've never been a big fan of Classic so I don't use it for much but an idea mine.
by Joe Mac
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I know I'm behind the times...
Replies: 26
Views: 2409

gideon_thorne wrote:
*chuckles* Doubt it, see my last post.

Join me on the porch? We can growl at the neighbor kids while we draw some maps.

I'll bring the bourbon.
by Joe Mac
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I know I'm behind the times...
Replies: 26
Views: 2409

Behind the times, my ass.. You picked up what?

No hablo video games, amigo. Haven't played them since the Atari 2600.

I might be the pencil-&-paperest bastard around here.