Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AGE of Tamriel - Spells Preview (Illusion, Mysticism, Restoration)

And here are the finally three schools of magic; Illusion, Mysticism, and Restoration. << PDF Link >>

Sunday, August 6, 2017

AGE of Tamriel - Spells Preview (Destruction)

Today's post is another spell preview is the Destruction school of magic: << PDF Link >>

Out of all the schools of magic in AoT, Destruction has the largest list of spells. Most of the spells are elemental in nature, and many of them are just variations on base spell form (X Weapons, X Storm, Wall of X, etc). While that made it easier to write, it also made the school feel rather bland. So, I tried looking at the earlier Elder Scrolls games for ideas for non-elemental spells. From what I have read, most of the earlier spells also fell into that variation-on-a-spell trap. But I did add a few unique spells into the mix, so at least there is some variation within the school.

Friday, August 4, 2017

AGE of Tamriel - Spells Preview (Alteration and Conjuration)

Quick post about my AGE of Tamriel project.

It is coming along okay, if a bit slow. Spent most of the time writing out all the spells for each school of magic, as well as tidying up the specializations. I have also added some small rules for item durability and repairing items. Plus the usual minor edits here and there.

Anyway, here is a preview detailing the spells for magic schools of Alteration and Conjuration.

<< PDF Link >>

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tools & Coconuts: A Laser & Feelings hack

Ever wondered about what it would be like to be stranded on a tropical island? Of course you have. We all have! Well, today you are in luck. Because now you can play out that little thought-experiment with:

What is Tools & Coconuts? Tools & Coconuts is a hack of Ray Otus's Sorcerers & Sellswords (which itself is a hack of John Harper's Lasers & Feelings) that whisks you away to survive on a tropical island. Will you last long enough to be rescued? Or die from exposure, starvation, dehydration, a wild animal, or a poisonous plant? Play and see!


Tools & Coconuts is the product of a night spent reading over Lasers & Feelings, Sorcerers & Sellswords, Tactical Waifu, and few other L&S hacks. During that time I kept imagining quite a few different ideas for my own L&S hack. Even as I lied in bed, I still was having game ideas; an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider hack, a Redwall hack, Disney's Gargoyles.

When I sat at my computer this morning, I decided to write out one of my ideas: a L&S hack about wilderness survival. But as I started writing, I focused on the tropical island scenario rather than an all-encompassing survival hack. T&C uses much of the text from Ray Otus's Sorcerers & Sellswords. Except for how you create a character and rules for sorcery, T&C pretty much uses the text from Ray Otu's Sorcerers & Sellswords, just re-written to better fit the theme of surviving on a tropical island.

For a good idea on what I was going for, try watching the tv show Gilligan's Island, and the movies Cast Away and Six Days, Seven Nights. Or if you are particular to video games, try playing Stranded Deep.

Friday, June 23, 2017

5th Edition - Zaheer (Re-post)

It has been brought to my attention that I am missing my old Zaheer character write-up for 5th Edition D&D. A little over a year ago, my original site had some issues with it and I lost everything I posted. Well, the posts for my old blog, I still have earlier drafts of everything I've posted. So I spent the morning re-writing Zaheer. I also created a PDF as well.

Screenshot from Nickelodeon's “Avatar: The Legend of Korra".


Disciple of Guru Laghima, Member of the Red Lotus

Chaotic Evil Human Monk of the Elements 11

Medium Humanoid (human)
Armor Class. 15.
Hit Points. 69. Hit Dice. 11d8.
Speed. 60 ft. Initiative. +3.
STR 10 (+0), DEX 16 (+3), CON 12 (+1).
INT 12 (+1), WIS 14 (+2), CHA 12 (+1).
Proficiencies. Proficiency Bonus +4.
Saving Throws. Strength +7. Dexterity +7.
Skills. Acrobatics +7, Insight +6, Persuasion +5, Religion +5, Stealth +7.
Tools. Artisan's tools (Calligrapher's supplies).
Armor. None.
Weapons. Simple weapons, Shortsword.
Languages. Common, Celestial, Draconic, Elvish.
Feats. Athlete, Mobile, Polearm master.
Immunities. Disease, Poison.
Senses. Normal. Passive Perception 12.


Attack. Can attack Twice with the Attack action, using the following:
Quarterstaff. Melee attack +7. Damage 1d6+3 bludgeoning (versatile 1d8+3).

Martial Arts. Melee attack +7. Damage 1d8+3 bludgeoning.

Racial/Background Traits

Human (variant). Ability scores (+1 Dexterity, Wisdom). Bonus skill (Persuasion). Bonus feat (Athlete).

Acolyte (background). Skill proficiencies (Insight, Religion). Languages (choose any two). Feature (Shelter of the Faithful).

Monk Class Traits

Unarmored Defense. Armor Class 15 when wearing no armor, nor using a shield.

Martial Arts. When unarmed or wielding a monk weapon:
— Can use Dexterity instead of Strength for attack and damage rolls while unarmed or with monk weapons.

— Unarmed damage is 1d8.

— After using the Attack action with an unarmed strike or monk weapon, can make one unarmed strike attack as a bonus action.

Ki. Points 11. Ki Attack +6. Ki Save DC 14. Can spend Ki points on the following abilities:

Flurry of Blows. After using an Attack action, can spend 1 Ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action.

Patient Defense. Can spend 1 Ki point to use Dodge as bonus action.

Step of the Wind. Can spend 1 Ki point to use Disengage or Dash as a bonus action, and double jumping distance.

Unarmored Movement. When not wearing armor, nor using a shield, Speed increased by 20 ft. Can move along vertical and across liquid surfaces without falling.

Way of the Four Elements (monastic tradition). Can spend up to 4 Ki points on a spell. Elemental disciplines are:
Elemental Attunement. Can spend 1 Ki point to briefly control elemental forces.

Fists of Unbroken Air. As an action, can spend 2 Ki points and have one enemy within 30 ft. make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, target takes 3d10 bludgeoning damage, plus an extra 1d10 damage for each additional Ki point spent, and push target 20 ft. away and knock it prone. Takes one-half damage on a successful save and not knocked prone or pushed back.

Ride the Wind. Can spend 4 Ki points to cast the fly spell on self only.

Rush of Gales. Can spend 2 Ki points to cast the gust of wind spell.

Deflect Missiles. When hit by a missile from a ranged weapon attack, can use Reaction to reduce damage by 1d10+11. If damage is reduced to 0 and missile is small enough to hold in one hand and have one hand free, can spend 1 Ki to make a ranged attack with the caught missile as part of the same Reaction. Treated as a monk weapon for the attack.

Slow Fall. As a Reaction, can reduce falling damage by 55 ft.

Extra Attack. Can attack twice with the Attack action.

Stunning Strike. After hitting a creature with an unarmed strike or melee weapon attack, can spend 1 Ki point to attempt a stunning strike. Target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be Stunned until the end of next turn.

Ki-Empowered Strikes. Unarmed strikes count as magical for purposes of resistances and immunities.

Evasion. When subject to an effect that allows a Dexterity saving throw for one-half damage, on a successful save no damage is taken instead and only one-half damage on failed save.

Stillness of Mind. Can use action to end one Charmed or Frightened effect on self.

Purity of Body. Immunity to disease and poison.


Air nomad robes, Quarterstaff.

Creation Notes

Starting Ability Scores. 15, 13, 12, 12, 12, 10.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

AGE of Tamriel - Special Materials

Been spending the last few days going over the rules for special materials, not to mention which materials from the Elder Scrolls games I wanted to include. Initially, I tried to give flat modifiers, but with how minimal Fantasy AGE details arms and armor, I found it quite difficult to make each material feel unique. After some time thinking (and looking into FA's magic rules), I decided to try to connect each material to a combat stunt, leaving flat bonuses to those the most powerful, or I didn't have a good idea for.

With all that said, here is what I have currently settled for:

Special Materials

The Elder Scrolls setting has several unique materials in which arms, armor, and other items can be crafted from. These special materials can be used to create Masterwork items, items that are superior to your everyday items.
Special materials come in four grades; Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Legendary. An item's grade determines how hard it is to craft, a character must have an equivalent degree in the Master Crafter talent to work with the material. The only Legendary material is Daedric, it cannot normally be crafted by characters, it is included here for completeness. Outside of crafting, Uncommon and higher Masterwork items should be acquired as loot during adventures, or as rewards.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

AGE of Tamriel - Birthsigns

This passed Thursday, my internet went out for day and a half after an afternoon of a heavy rain and real strong winds. So I spent that Friday and first-half of Saturday working on AGE of Tamriel, bouncing around between magic talents, spells, specializations, alchemy, enchanting, and birthsigns. I ultimately spent my time on a variant rule for birthsigns. This variant rule makes birthsigns are a special talent that can only be taken at 1st level (and only with GM approval).

In designing these talents, I used the wikis for Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, and the Elder Scrolls Online as a starting point. And as I'm constantly concerned about power-creep, I tried to steer clear of giving out flat bonuses. I tried relying on granting ability focuses, using unique stunts, re-rolls for a specific focus, and other benefits.

That said, I still feel like many of these talents are outright overpowered or too combat focused, while others will never seen much game-time or are just boring. Perhaps I will visit this variant rule again later on, but for now here is a PDF on what I have for birthsigns so far. I also have another idea for birthsigns, treating them like the racial benefits table. Each birthsign will have a table that you roll 1d6 on to determine your random birthsign benefit.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tidying up and adding old files

Spent the morning tidying up the static pages for 5th edition, Fantasy AGE, Basic fantasy, and the Other Games, adding back links to some of the missing game materials that I've previously had around here.

One thing I have also had added a long time ago but never made a mention of (I think), was my attempt at bringing the Stargate setting to True20. To fix that, here is a link to the PDF. Enjoy.

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I've also gone and added lot more old files that I once had on my website long ago. These files are OLD! Old enough for me to feel kinda guilty about how bad they look and read. But, at the time I was having a blast writing up all those things. Still wished I had that kind of enthusiasm and energy back then, would post more often here if I did.

I've added...

... four PDFs detailing my long-forgotten Aliens vs Predator project for Alternity; covering character backgrounds, the Colonial Marines, the Yaujta, and Xenomorphs.

... a PDF detailing set of guidelines to creating starship identification codes for Alternity's Star*Drive setting.

... two PDFs detailing an insectoid race called the Waspfolk. One for True20 and one for Alternity.

... a PDF with new True20 options for adept characters.

... two PDFs detailing two monsters for D20 fantasy. The pettrin, a large flightless bird (possibly a conversion from a Dark Sun creature?), and the spider demon (basically a re-branded xenomorph).

... two PDFs concerning the divine for True20. First is the Avatar template for divinely-empowered mortals, and second is the Deity template for true divine beings.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Current progress on AGE of Tamriel

It has been nearly a year since the last time I put up the preview PDF for my AGE of Tamriel project. It is kinda crazy that it has been that long and I feel like I haven't gotten any closer to finishing this thing. With this project I have seen a tiny amount of the work required to seriously write something, let alone trying to make it look pretty. Much respect to those who do this for a living or as a hobby.

Since that update a year ago, I have made many minor tweaks here and there, had made major rules changes, and created a few more rules. What follows is a small list of the major changes since the last update:

• Completely new color layout.
• New weapon group, items, and basic rules for special materials.
• New/revised talents.
• Written the game benefits for most/all specializations.
• Created alchemy rules.
• Beginnings of the enchanting rules similar to alchemy.
• Tons of frustration in dealing with the magic rules!

And with that list, I feel like I really haven't done much in the past year. Guess I should go back to working on it.

< Preview PDF >

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fantasy AGE - The Inkvasion has come!

As I was writing up the miqo'te for Fantasy AGE, I spent time looking though my old files and trying to see if I had already done so. As I was looking I ran across my notes for a “squidian” character race. This character race was written purely for fun and not meant to be remotely serious. And I thought it would be interesting to see people think of it.


Standing four-foot-nothing, squidians are a small humanoid race that dwell under the seas and oceans of the world. They resemble half-sized humans with tentacles for hair and other traits similar to squids.

If you choose to play a squidian, modify your character as follows:

• Add +1 to your Strength.
Amphibious: You can breathe both in and out of water. However, you have a -2 penalty on Constitution tests when in a dry and/or hot environment, like a desert or in a hot spring.
Bio-Luminescence: You can produce a bio-luminescent light from your body. Your normal state is a dull glow, but with a Minor action, you can raise its intensity to light up a 6-yard radius for 1 + Constitution minutes. If you are under stress or subject to a jump-scare, you have to make a TN 13 Willpower (Self-discipline) test or temporarily lose control of your bio-luminescence for 1d6+1 rounds. Regaining control requires another Willpower (Self-discipline) test. If you are knocked unconscious or otherwise incapacitated (or sleeping), your bio-luminescence drops to a dull glow.
Ink Jet: You can spew forth an inky liquid. When underwater you can produce a 6-yard radius cloud of inky darkness that obscures sight for anyone inside. Outside of water, you can blind an enemy with ink to the face for 1d6+1 minutes. This is a ranged attack that uses Accuracy (Ink jet) focus against the enemy's Defense, and has a range of 4/8. While Blind, they automatically fail Perception (Seeing) tests and have a -2 penalty to Defense and attack rolls, but they can remove the ink with a Major action. However, each time you use this ability you lose 5 Health.
Underwater Dark Sight: You can see in the dark out to 20 yards while underwater.
Natural Swimmer: You start with the Constitution (Swimming) focus.
Speed: You have a Speed of 10 + Dexterity (minus armor penalty if applicable) while on land, but have a Swim Speed of 12 + Strength (minus armor penalty if applicable).
Tentacle Hair: Your hair is really tentacles! With a Major action, you can stretch out your tentacles to manipulate an object or perform a brawling attack out to 6 yards. When using your tentacles in this manner, you suffer a -2 penalty to any ability tests made. If used in combat, your tentacles have a Defense equal to yours -2, and Health equal to one-half your total Health. When your tentacles reach 0 Health, you cannot use them until they grow back in 1d6+1 days.
All-Thumbs: Living underwater isn't like life on land, so you suffer a -2 penalty on Communication tests when interacting with non-squidians, and on any ability tests when dealing with more complex non-squidian technology (cars, computers, etc). Gaining the Communication (Non-squidian) focus eliminates the Communication penalties, while the Intelligence (Non-squidian lore) eliminates the technology penalty.
• You speak and read Squiddle and the Common Tongue.