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by Joe Mac
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Get your 3E Goodman DCC's ASAP...
Replies: 39
Views: 1422

Mike Frank wrote: I've had my eye on Rappan Athuk Reloaded for some time, but $50 for a PDF just stinks. I haven't the faintest idea what that is, but, umm...excuse me......someone is asking FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A BLOODY PDF??!!! Have I stumbled off the Demonweb into some freakish plane of confusion?
by Joe Mac
Sat May 03, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The 80's inquisition
Replies: 30
Views: 991

<t>Here's a chilling memory for you, re: the Reagan assassination attempt. I remember our teacher telling us the President had just been shot, and we started cheering. (!) Why? Because this teacher had been filling us with the notion of what a horrible president he was, so we thought it was a good t...
by Joe Mac
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I am an Ancient RPGer
Replies: 54
Views: 2176

Omote wrote: How can I be the young one of this bunch?! Started playing in the early summer of 1987 with the Mentzer Basic D&D box set of goodness. Turned 32 years of elderness about 2 months ago. Rookie. Spring of 1980 with Holmes, for me -- then as soon as the characters were 3rd level, I bought ...
by Joe Mac
Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:54 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adding 3/2, 2/1, 5/2 attacks without breaking stuff.
Replies: 24
Views: 704

<t>My house-rule idea is similar to Serl's:<br/> <br/> 3/2 attacks at level 5 for fighters, level 6 for the other fighting classes.<br/> <br/> 2/1 attacks at level 10 for fighters, level 12 for the others.<br/> <br/> Also, I'm thinking about treating 3/2 attacks (for C&C or AD&D) as not a fi...
by Joe Mac
Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: [HP] You Rolled Poorly
Replies: 28
Views: 2146

<t>See, you learn something every day -- 28 years of gaming and there are some ideas here I've never considered... <br/> My approach has sometimes been this: you have the option to roll all hit dice in advance, as part of character creation. If the ability scores suck donkey balls, I won't make you ...
by Joe Mac
Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Cuir Bouille?
Replies: 20
Views: 837

Matthew wrote: Hmmn. Unearthed Arcana introduced the idea that Thieves could wear Elfin Mail, Studded Leather and Padded, providing a table on p. 22 for the penalties associated with doing so, but I don't think it provided any modifiers for wearing heavier armour. The rest of it appeared in the off...
by Joe Mac
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: The Ranger's favored enemy
Replies: 1
Views: 1429

The Ranger's favored enemy

<t>Question: should (human) rangers be allowed to choose humans as a favored enemy?<br/> <br/> On the one hand, it seems logical and justifiable. If a 6th level ranger has spent much of his early career hunting human bandits and outlaws along the trails of the East Mark, why shouldn't he be permitte...
by Joe Mac
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What's the highest level you've played using C&C?
Replies: 45
Views: 6919

Rigon wrote:
I have a 7th bard who could take over a small kingdom, if he wanted to.

R-

You mean France?

...sorry, couldn't resist.
by Joe Mac
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

Col_Pladoh wrote: Yuletide Greetings Joe, My short answer to your question is no. Lacking a firm belief in a deity of LG, the Paladin could not gain the capacity to use clerical spells. The Palasin is what he is because of a spiritual and moral committment to a deity of the LG alignment. He has the...
by Joe Mac
Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:59 am
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

<t>Good morning Colonel,<br/> <br/> As long as we're mentioning fanatics....a philosophical query for you, concerning paladins: <br/> <br/> I like the paladin as a sub-class of cavalier, and also prefer the original dictum on the 'cavalier-paladin' in your Dragon article introducing the cavalier: th...
by Joe Mac
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

Col_Pladoh wrote: Sure, that works well. and the higher average damage surely does make combat against such foes a much more deadly affair. The chief giant in any group should have a bit of an edge, eh? the +1 adds to chance to hit, and each dagger adds 2-5 points of damage delivered, the number fo...
by Joe Mac
Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

Col_Pladoh wrote: The two systems are separate. Silly of me not to have stuck to one. I prefer the damage bonus based on the monster's HD, and only special weapons getting an additional bonus above that. thus a 12 HD giant uses a big weapon but the damage bonus is for the giant's size and strengthm...
by Joe Mac
Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:28 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using ability scores to determine success or failure
Replies: 12
Views: 453

slimykuotoan wrote:
No, the author just introduced the idea.

Maybe I made up the different multiples myself, then -- it's far too long ago to remember and take credit for anything!
by Joe Mac
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Using ability scores to determine success or failure
Replies: 12
Views: 453

<t>I remember that article, and must have the mag buried somewhere in my Dragon box. I recall it was my favorite method of ability checks throughout most of the 80s -- ability x 5 for a common check, or x 4, 3, 2, or 1 for increasingly difficult ones...<br/> <br/> (Was the increasing difficulty in t...
by Joe Mac
Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: AD&D 18/01 - 18/00 Strengths for C&C
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

<t>From my C&C house rules (AD&D conversion obvious):<br/> PHB 8 Insert Attributes greater than 18:<br/> <br/> Attributes greater than 18 are possible at character creation as follows: <br/> <br/> A rolled score of 18 for a primary attribute has the potential to be higher*; roll D1000:<br/> ...
by Joe Mac
Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: BLOG TIME!
Replies: 34
Views: 1105

<t>I welcome lots of new ideas in the CKG. Maybe I'm just a cranky curmudgeon gamer, but after 27 years of this stuff, any rule in any RPG book I crack open is 'optional' as far as I care! <br/> My attitude is if someone doesn't like the way I run a game, or tweak a system, they can sit in the GM's ...
by Joe Mac
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: House Rule: Three Saves
Replies: 15
Views: 1532

csperkins1970 wrote: What about this? Each save is linked to two different ability scores. FORT is linked to CON and STR REF is linked to INT and DEX WILL is linked to WIS and CHR If both linked abilities are Prime the base is 12 If one linked ability is Prime the base is 15 If no linked ability is...
by Joe Mac
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

<t>Bene sparrowfart, Colonel! <br/> As I currently wallow in delight after the arrival of the East Mark Gazetteer and the 'Mouths of Madness' module, a related question:<br/> <br/> I like your current rule of using a giant's hit dice as his damage bonus, but what is this bonus atop? Do you currently...
by Joe Mac
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: World of Aihrde Campaign Setting
Topic: New Aihrde Maps at RPGNOW.COM
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

<t>Mine are downloading as I type this, and are about 14 MB each zipped. Hmmm....will report in later on my 'zoom & print' experiment...<br/> <br/> Edit: success! Mine were 17.9 MB (West) and 17 MB (East) when unzipped. I printed a zoomed section at 300%, and it came out great! It doesn't seem t...
by Joe Mac
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:10 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Got the CZ GAZ!! Got the CZ GAZ!!
Replies: 37
Views: 544

Definite similarities, or outright homage, to the Caves of Chaos -- and amen to that.

I just got mine hours ago, and from an initial cursory leafing-through, I might be more excited about Mouths of Madness than any other C&C module to date!
by Joe Mac
Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: World of Aihrde Campaign Setting
Topic: New Aihrde Maps at RPGNOW.COM
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

<t>Anyone have these yet? If so, how is the resolution when you zoom in?<br/> <br/> I have the Folio, but I wouldn't mind having the maps on the computer too -- especially if you can print zoomed sections without losing much resolution.<br/> <br/> I'd pay a buck each and find out myself, but RPGNOW ...
by Joe Mac
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Point-buy for C&C
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Hairfoot wrote:
Oh, I'm a dead-set point buy convert. I believed it to be heresy until recently, but a friend pointed out the wholesome, party-balancing goodness of it.

It IS heresy.

Spit out the kool-aid, man!
by Joe Mac
Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: World of Aihrde Campaign Setting
Topic: Placing Yggsburgh and the East Mark in Aihrde
Replies: 4
Views: 1981

Re: Placing Yggsburgh and the East Mark in Aihrde

Rhuvein wrote: I think you've got some great ideas here! And . . you'll get the Darkenfold Forest as well in this area - Mortality of Green!! And another module in the works. Thanks, I'd forgotten about that one.. The 'Dwarven Glory' PDF module also takes place there on the western end of the map. ...
by Joe Mac
Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: World of Aihrde Campaign Setting
Topic: Placing Yggsburgh and the East Mark in Aihrde
Replies: 4
Views: 1981

Placing Yggsburgh and the East Mark in Aihrde

<t>Alright, I think I've cracked the code! Err...if there is a code... Perhaps I've just found the spot that makes perfect sense to me. <br/> Yggsburgh has a decidedly English flavor to it; in Aihrde, the nation of Kayomar is likewise noted as being English in flavor. (At least, it is in the intro t...
by Joe Mac
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:37 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What would you think of an RPG
Replies: 35
Views: 1178

<t>Count me among the not terribly interested...<br/> <br/> I like classes, levels, experience points, alignment.....even halflings and gnomes, though they are optional to my enjoyment! If I didn't like all that stuff, I'd be on some other forum about now. <br/> The siege engine is great, as is C&am...
by Joe Mac
Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

Col_Pladoh wrote: Outstanding! We have the EWTN channel on our cable, so Gail and i will watch for his appearance Ciao, Gary I discovered today that I have EWTN too.. I'll pester the Mouthpiece for specific times, but he might not know -- sounds like he'll be in front of every bishop in the US for ...
by Joe Mac
Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

Col_Pladoh wrote: Hope you can make it...maybe with Fat Tony the Mouthpiece As for Laura being content as you note, Gail is the same way as long as there are antique shops in range. While she is an excellent boardgamer, Gail far prefers hunting antique treasures to a win at some game Cheers, Gary W...
by Joe Mac
Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: C&C Gaxmoor?
Replies: 12
Views: 378

<t>Thanks Peter.. Since I'll likely want to run Gaxmoor before the C&C conversion sees the light, I went ahead and ordered another copy tonight from Noble Knight -- Aaron's practically giving them away, which seems a shame because it's a superb module (big, fat, sloppy d20 stat blocks aside...)....
by Joe Mac
Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: C&C Gaxmoor?
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Aye, I doubt that Ernie and Luke have time for it, but I thought I remembered hearing about someone else taking on the conversion project....(?)

Not a big deal to convert by any means, but I'd rather preserve limited game-prep time and pay $30 for the finished product.
by Joe Mac
Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Keeper Advice
Topic: Q&A with Gary Gygax, Part II
Replies: 237
Views: 47925

<t>Thanks -- exactly the method I was envisioning.. <br/> I sure hope I'll be there in June. We're having a major re-alignment at work in January, and not knowing where I'm going to land, I can't mark the time off yet. I'll look into the dates as soon as I find out what unit I'll be working in.<br/>...