Monday, January 29, 2018

Basic Fantasy - The Vestal

A few months ago, I was playing the game Darkest Dungeon while watching Matt Colville's YouTube video talking about playing in a West Marches-style game.

Now admittedly, I have not run/played in a West Marches-style game, but from my understanding, it seems like the Darkest Dungeon setting might mesh pretty well it. I mean, you have a town that as the heart of the setting, a roster of characters for players to choose from, several different dungeons to explore, and a continually influx of new adventurers to replace the fallen (which makes it easier to explain a new player's character showing up). All that with the ultimate goal of trying to get a high-level party to explore the final dungeon.

My idea was as follows:

  • Basic Fantasy for the game rules
  • Characters start at 3rd-level, top at 12th-level
  • Players weren't stuck playing a specific character, they could play any other in the town's roster
  • Each game session was self-contained; if the party didn't make it back to town before the session ended, they were considered "lost", but players could form another party in a later session to go look for survivors or retrieve the lost treasure
  • Rules for the unique elements of the Darkest Dungeon: light levels, stress, afflictions and virtues, building and managing the town, town events
  • Camp skill, with fifth edition-style rules for short and long rests
  • and the usual material covering new character classes, magic items, spells, monsters, etc.

Eventually I drifted away for various reason. Thinking back, I had written down quite a bit. Maybe one day I might go back to finish writing it all.

But with all that said, I'd thought I'd share something. So here is the Vestal, a sub-class of the Cleric. Now, this sub-class would certainly be more powerful than the regular cleric class of a standard Basic Fantasy game. But in a Darkest Dungeon game, where all the character types are sub-classes with their own unique abilities, not so much.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

AGE of Tamriel - The Dark Curse

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Fantasy AGE. On one hand, I like the system's straight-forward mechanics, how easy it is to write for, and I really like the High Swale setting in the back of the book; remind me of TSR's old Thunder Rift setting for AD&D. On the other hand, I hate the lack of support it has been given (or lack thereof), how its magic arcana system makes it hard to have a D&D-style wizard with many spells, and wishing they would open the system up to third-party support.

In writing AGE of Tamriel, I have had a hard time wracking my brain on various issues of trying to bring the Elder Scrolls setting to Fantasy AGE. Once I had decided to fit Tamriel into the AGE system, instead of the other way around, I found it much easier to write for. However, as one can see how long it has been since my last AoT post, I haven't had the motivation to keep writing for it.

Lately I have been trying to change that. So here is my write-up for vampirism for AoT. My idea for vampirism is to treat it as a talent, with a vampire-related specialization and two additional talents for those wanting more vampiric powers. My impressions of these rules tell me that they seem very overpowered, especially if all talents are taken. Hopefully I can trim down that power and make it more balanced.

<< AoT: Vampirism PDF >>

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.

Edit ---

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.