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Nick J.

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    Elf games. They're what's for dinner.
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    DCC RPG, Magic World.
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    Pretending that what I do is work.

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  1. Nick J.

    Tooleys Underwhelming Projects

    I look forward to whatever you've got cooking in the kitchen. So when you say "Druid Handbook" are you thinking of historically grounded Celtic druids, or more of the hippie/D&D/wood-priest type?
  2. I guess if you take only the narrowest interpretation of the rules, then it's not explicit, but attacking a "defenseless" opponent is an "easy" roll in the RAW. How the victim of an attack gets to "defenseless;" either because they've run out of parries/dodges, or just choose not to parry/dodge (for some crazy reason) doesn't seem all that difficult to draw a line between the two concepts. As for your D&D character example. needing to get a 10+ on a D20 roll is 55%. Sure some characters will have bonuses from Strength, etc.but it's not an average of 75%. Anyway, no system is perfect at modeling physics/reality. If you don't like something then make your own rules -- In this example you could easily state that the only way to fail an attack roll vs. a defenseless opponent is to fumble. A house-rule like that won't break the game, I promise.
  3. Maybe read the section on backstabs and helpless opponents (pg 215 of the BGB). A character who chooses not to parry or dodge is basically identical to a character who can't parry or dodge, so all attacks against them would be "easy." So in your example above, the chance to hit rises to 60%. As to how I would conceptualize the idea of not automatically succeeding? Well, maybe the attacker winds up and swings and doesn't actually hit with the sweet spot of the weapon? Hell, there's plenty of times I've been choppiing some perfectly defenseless firewood with a splitting maul, and hit at a slightly odd angle which deflected the blade into the chopping block and didn't cut the piece of wood at all. So while I might have "hit" a glancing blow against the piece of wood, I didn't "succeed" and no real damage was suffered by it. Why should it be any different if you were trying to whack somebody with a stick, a bat, a sword? Even without somebody actively avoiding a blow, you could accidentally slap somebody with the flat of a blade, or hit with the haft, or do something else that connects, but doesn't inflict real damage. I think the key point is that achieving contact is not the same as achieving a "success."
  4. Nick J.

    Return of the Homely Pilgrim

    No worries, it just seemed like a reply to something I hadn't said or implied.
  5. Nick J.

    Return of the Homely Pilgrim

    I have no idea what you are replying to me for? @tooley1chris said he wasn't sure where he wanted to put his energy: BGB or MW. I said I didn't think it would matter to Chaosium's sales one way or another (and then explained Chaosium's current strategy, which doesn't criticize or question their strategy).
  6. Nick J.

    Return of the Homely Pilgrim

    The BGB ain't exactly a priority for Chaosium either. But since the two games are so broadly compatible, I doubt there's any harm in putting your efforts into one vs another. For what it's worth, Chaosium seem to be pretty zeroed-in on RQG and CoC (which makes financial sense) and there's a couple of other things in the pipeline that seem to be moving away from generic systems towards games with tightly integrated settings and rules. Fan-support of MW or the BGB isn't going to hurt (or help) their bottom line, it's all about finding players who want to play in your games, and running whatever system clicks for you, whether it's old or new, supported or not.
  7. Nick J.

    Return of the Homely Pilgrim

    I still play Magic World (and I worked like hell on my form-fillable character sheet, and an NPC generator that I just uploaded a month or so ago here in the downloads section if you want to give them a look). Personally, I'm just about to start a new campaign adapting Gavin Norman's Dolmenwood setting to MW and I'm excited for it to begin in a few weeks. As for Classic Fantasy, it did indeed get released by The Design Mechanism, and it's pretty good from what I've read, plus they released several adventures for it. RuneQuest: Glorantha is in the process of being rolled out and the main rule-book and the bestiary are available; it's tailor-made to run games in Glorantha and doesn't seem like it's suited for any kind of homebrew game settings, but there's some interesting ideas in it. With respect to modules, adventures, settings, I think they'd be appreciated by the people that still play Magic World, and it's always easy enough to convert stuff from one D100 system to another. Follow your bliss I say.
  8. Nick J.

    Return of the Homely Pilgrim

    Welcome back! What exactly do you mean by "newer renditions?" The MW mainbook got a single revision to its PDF, but there's been no new printing, or did you mean newer renditions of other d100 systems? Anyway, it's good to see you back around these parts.
  9. Giving a quick reading of the kinds of spells Undo Sorcery is meant to affect (Mind-affecting, elemental spells, and illusions) then I'd say it's perfectly reasonable to let it have an effect on similar sorts of spells in Advanced Sorcery (and I do). Undo Sorcery is specially called out as countering several Fey Magic spells, so maybe it was an oversight bey Ben Monroe when he compiled the "Advanced Sorcery" spells at the front of the book or it was deliberate, but who knows? Off-hand I'd include: Break the Will, Close the Gate, Compulsion, Domination, Enthrall, some of the Rune Magic spells that emulate similar effects, and the Fey Magic spells specifically called out.
  10. Nick J.

    Dying Earth Setting in the Works!

    Magic has without a doubt been the most difficult thing to get right, but after hacking away at things I think I settled on a few beats that should (hopefully) work well. In short this is what I have in mind: Fey, and demi-fey will have exclusive access to Fey Magic from Advanced Sorcery A modified and somewhat codified version of Deep Magic is the province of the Drune Dwarfs don't feature prominently in the zines, but I decided to put in my own version who are more in the vein of Rumpelstiltskin, or dwarfs from Grimm's fairy-tales (7 dwarves, et al.) They are the exclusive users of Rune Magic. The Church of the One True God don't have magic, but they can call on divine intervention. I stole the mechanics from Stormbringer 4th edition; the character can call upon their patron saint and they make an Allegiance check, if it fails they lose half of their Light points, otherwise if the roll succeeds, they lose Light Points equal to the die roll. The divine intervention is not limitless, but should be fairly spectacular ("sinful" invocations fail automatically). True Deep Mages are wild talents, and are viewed with a lot of suspicion and are frequently the target of Drune kidnapping raids Witchcraft uses the BRP Witchcraft supplement. Good ol' tried and true sorcery works just like it says on the tin, but is strictly the province of a master-apprentice relationship (so you need the sorcerer or sorcerer's apprentice occupation to use such magic). The real fun I had was making up my own versions of Elves (which are basically changelings), grimalkin, and some of the other Dolmenwood denizens like goatmen and I even pulled in firearms from Renaissance and modified them to fit with Magic World a little better. Anyway, I'm not really sure this is ready for primetime, but if anybody wants to take a look, it might be marginally interesting? It still needs a Magic World version of Woodgrues, and Moss Dwarfs. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hersmtj6dbvt91g/Player Rules %26 Gazetteer(final).pdf?dl=0
  11. Nick J.

    Dying Earth Setting in the Works!

    P.s. I'm really glad to see you found my character sheet useful. Sláinte.
  12. Nick J.

    Dying Earth Setting in the Works!

    Very interesting. I'm doing a similar thing, adapting Dolmenwood for Magic World. I did have one question about your conversion doc: You mention classes like Barbarian, Assassin, etc. How does that work?
  13. Nick J.

    BRP Amber?

    CON+SIZ Hit Points is the easiest remedy I can think of without trying to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.
  14. Nick J.

    MW Quickstart

    The Magic World main rule book is much more clearly worded than the Quickstart. I get what it's saying because I grok Magic World (and just about all other BRP games) but I can see why you'd think it was a little too thin. Really about the only noteworthy thing in the Quickstart is the little introductory adventure at the back (which I think is actually pretty good).
  15. Nick J.

    BRP Amber?

    Well, I loved the Amber novels (well almost all of them) so I'm curious to see how people adapt some of my favorite fiction to make it game-able. I suppose a lot of the success or failure comes down to what kind of game your player's like to be involved in; but it sounds like they lean towards characters that are more on the heroic side of the scale, so they should hopefully enjoy that aspect of it, even if they don't grok that you're running them through an Amber game. In some ways it's probably better, because they won't have any preconceived notions or meta-knowledge and will just have to figure it out for themselves. Good luck!
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