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.

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