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by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Character creation question.
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Character creation question.

It's interesting to hear the opinion that stats don't matter that much. Back in the day, we all obsessed about them , but I think C&C makes them less important, thanks to the prime / secondary distinction. I've occasionally toyed with the idea of getting rid of the numerical stats altogether and ju...
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!
Replies: 20
Views: 2768

Re: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!

I agree that the fifth printing of the PHB is pretty good (just a handful of misplaced homophones and "strained" passages). I'm just reporting what I heard back from the people in my group when I loaned out the PHB and some of the monster books so people could look everything over. Aside from the on...
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Character creation question.
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Character creation question.

It's interesting to hear the opinion that stats don't matter that much. Back in the day, we all obsessed about them , but I think C&C makes them less important, thanks to the prime / secondary distinction. I've occasionally toyed with the idea of getting rid of the numerical stats altogether and ju...
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!
Replies: 20
Views: 2768

Re: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!

BTW, this boxed set is far and away the worst edited, badly written, poorly formatted product TLG has ever put out. Yes, its even worse than the 1st printing PH. If you guys reprint this, don't, unless you clean it up. Since picking up my first batch of C&C materials about four months ago, I have t...
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Character creation question.
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Character creation question.

I've always been a 3d6 reroll 1s kind of guy in B/X D&D and the numbers work out mostly the same in C&C (based on the spread of modifiers). In AD&D you sort of had to use "roll 4d6 drop lowest" if you ever actually wanted your players to be able to play character classes like the Ranger, Paladin, Dr...
by NJPDX
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Fighters
Replies: 78
Views: 6659

Re: Fighters

To parrot Relaxo, I agree that opening up DCC RPG and perusing its "mighty deeds or arms" mechanic is well worth it. You couldn't port everything over, but that might have the best bog standard warrior I've ever seen in an RPG.
by NJPDX
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: House Rules Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 1570

Re: House Rules Thread

I'm not going to argue that Gamescience dice are casino quality because I know they're not, but the two sets I've purchased in the last year or so were inked, the sprue marks were minimal (and easy enough to sand down) and my sense is that they are "random enough" - In a completely unscientific surv...
by NJPDX
Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: House Rules Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 1570

Re: House Rules Thread

Yes, but casino dice are made to a precision not found in dice used for role playing, so that really isn't a valid comparison. Role playing dice are mass produced, then polished to remove evidence of them being molded, which does affect rolls. Casino dice are initially molded but subsequently machi...
by NJPDX
Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Did we kill Haunted Highlands talk with their own forums??
Replies: 10
Views: 5198

Re: Did we kill Haunted Highlands talk with their own forums

Shows how much I scroll down. I didn't even realize there was a specific HH sub-forum until this re-organization.

:oops:
by NJPDX
Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:12 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Bluffside City on the Edge Pre-Order Now
Replies: 30
Views: 2601

Re: Bluffside City on the Edge Pre-Order Now

I've been busy skimming for the past hour or so. Great stuff so far, definitely lots of fertile ground in there and lots of stuff I can steal and integrate into my game world.
by NJPDX
Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Bluffside City on the Edge Pre-Order Now
Replies: 30
Views: 2601

Re: Bluffside City on the Edge Pre-Order Now

Might just be on my end, but the pdfs I extracted from the zip archive all had errors ... redownloading now. EDIT: PDF corruption confirmed. The zip archive is fine but the map pdfs throw up a pop-up error dialogue saying "Internal error" and don't display and the actual book yields the following me...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Haunted Highlands Survey
Replies: 6
Views: 5192

Re: Haunted Highlands Survey

nyet
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: C&C Hero Lab
Replies: 81
Views: 25529

Re: C&C Hero Lab

I don't personally use Hero Lab (nor any other computerized character creators for my own Player Characters) but maybe the reason for the dearth of these options is because it's so quick and easy to create a character from scratch in a retroclone or OSR style game? This stands in stark contrast to g...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 469
Views: 236733

Re: What are you reading?

Just got done with Gene Wolfe's "New Sun" books. I'm not quite sure what to say ... very tough read, not so much because of the many archaic words, but the narrative was very hard for me to trace at times. I get the feeling this is one of those series that needs more than one read-through to suss i...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: House Rules Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 1570

Re: House Rules Thread

"Roll the Body" This is sort of copied from DCC RPG, with a few tweaks. When somebody is reduced to zero hit points or less they fall to the ground comatose. If their comrades (or other friendlies) recover the body within an hour they roll them over to see if they are "all dead or just "mostly dead...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: House Rules Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 1570

Re: House Rules Thread

I've finally rustled up a gaming group to start running C&C in about a month (once the last vestiges of Summer have finally yielded to Autumn rain) and I'm toying around with using the following house rules, but I'd appreciate feedback before I subject my players to them. "Roll the Body" In the past...
by NJPDX
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 469
Views: 236733

Re: What are you reading?

Just got done with Gene Wolfe's "New Sun" books. I'm not quite sure what to say ... very tough read, not so much because of the many archaic words, but the narrative was very hard for me to trace at times. I get the feeling this is one of those series that needs more than one read-through to suss it...
by NJPDX
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Battle Field Inspiration
Replies: 10
Views: 577

Re: Battle Field Inspiration

The ungodly stench was the first thing that came to mind. Then again you say it's a cold environment, if it's cold enough then there might be some level of refrigeration going on and that would mitigate some of the stink. Regardless, I can barely imagine how horrible an ancient battlefield would hav...
by NJPDX
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Castles and Crusades Rules are Incomplete
Replies: 127
Views: 15750

Re: Castles and Crusades Rules are Incomplete

I guess I'll add my two cents. As a total neophyte to C&C in the last 3 or 4 months, I can say that I do find some of the grammatical errors especially jarring when I'm reading the books, but when it comes to the hard and fast rules and applying them in play, I've always been more prone to use a fra...
by NJPDX
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:21 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What in the Sam Hill . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: What in the Sam Hill . . .

All I can think of is R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket, "This is my rifle, this is my gun, this one's for fighting, this one's for ..."
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Castles and Crusades Rules are Incomplete
Replies: 127
Views: 15750

Re: Castles and Crusades Rules are Incomplete

Well, its a hell of a lot "liter" than 2E with the Options and Complete books, and even a hell of a lot more "liter" than 3E or 4E. So at least comparatively, it is. Plus outside of my own game, I never saw anyone using Weapon speeds or weapon versus armor tables. Those were ignored. Heck, back dur...
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monster Tables by XP value
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: Monster Tables by XP value

Agreed. Let's not get off track and start criticizing the OP's style of play. As for the OP's question, CLASSIC MONSTERS does have some handy reference charts for all three monster books. They aren't sorted by HD, but they are pretty easy to skim for HD in the range you're looking for. Definitely w...
by NJPDX
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Monster Tables by XP value
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: Monster Tables by XP value

I'm a newbie to C&C. Just got my books in the mail and looking forward to trying the system out with my group. Are there tables that list the monsters by XP value so I can easily find monsters of appropriate level to challenge the group with? Thanks ! I know where it comes from and I've experienced...
by NJPDX
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: magic armor weight
Replies: 12
Views: 1504

Re: magic armor weight

OK, let's get really obnoxiously pedantic. If it was weightless, it would weigh less than air, which has mass and thus it would float away like a helium filled balloon. Come to think of it, if the armor was weightless that would seem to imply that is has no mass and then you start to wonder how a th...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Immune to critical hits
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: Immune to critical hits

Better question: How would you grapple an ooze?
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Monsters for C&C
Topic: Bugbear's stealth
Replies: 3
Views: 3335

Re: Bugbear's stealth

For simplicity's sake I would just worry about the "stealthy" description as it relates to surprise. If the party is unaware of the bugbears, give the PCs a -5 penalty (maybe less depending on circumstances) on a surprise check when they first encounter the them. I suppose you could make it more com...
by NJPDX
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:50 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Sinking Ships
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

Re: Sinking Ships

I don't really want to nit pick too much, but a wooden ship hull would not be as porous and prone to absorption as you might think. They would almost certainly sealed with a heavy layer of pitch or tar. If you put a hole below the water line, it's just a matter of the weight of the water rushing in...