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Everything posted by Mugen

  1. I don't know if it is the same in other countries, but in France the biggest problem of BRP is that people only know it through Call of Cthulhu. AFAIK, the biggest complaints are : *Very limited impact of characteristics on skills; *Mortality; *Boring combat; *The 1-100 scale. All aspects which have been addressed in an incarnation of BRP or another... I even saw some people describing James Bond 007 resolution system as genius and criticizing BRP...
  2. Latest edition (at least, the one that has been translated in french) of the Spanish RPG "Aquelarre" uses a variant of BRP in which "light" weapons use DEX to determine damage bonus instead of STR. D&D 3.5 Finesse only adds DEX to the attack roll, but has no effect on damage, which is still determined by weapon & STR. D&D 4 has a more interesting view on the subject : the general rule is to use the same stat to hit and for damage. That is a Fighter will typically use STR as a bonus for attack and damage roll, a Rogue will use DEX for both, a Cleric its WISdom and a Wizard its INT. In BRP, this would lead to 3 or 4 different damage bonuses, with INT and/or POW for magical attacks. An other way would be to use the 10s of the attack roll as base damage (counting criticals as 10), and then add a bonus depending on the weapon. This means considering that the skill roll is a global measure of the attack effectiveness, and not only of its accuracy.
  3. Do you plan on translating the optional rules for combat also ?
  4. Note that it is not difficult to use an HeroQuest-like mechanism with 1d10 instead of 1d20.
  5. First, I have to say I like Chaot's minimal system Now, about the balance in characteristics, the problem is when you try to use a pure point distribution method... APP never makes you good at fighting or magic, which makes it a less appealing characteristic than others. There are even times when being handsome or gorgeous is a disadvantage (remember James Bood RPG ?)... Also, SIZ is used to compute both Damage Bonus and Hit Points whereas the CON and STR only affect one. Of course, SIZ won't help you resist poisons or bend bars, but that's another problem... In the end, a "fighter"-type character will have to juggle with 4 stats to optimize his fighting capacities, whereas a magician-type will simply maximize INT and POW, minimize STR and spend remaining points according to his likings. That is why I stopped using point distribution methods in BRP some times ago
  6. As far as I remember, the RQ3 rule is a bit more complex than that: *with 1 Weapon (either 1 handed or 2 handed) : you cannot use twice the same action with your weapon. That is : you can attack and parry, attack and dodge or parry and dodge, but not attack twice or parry twice. I don't remember if 2 dodges are allowed... *with 2 Weapons (a shield being considered as a weapon) : it is possible to attack or parry once with each weapon. That is, if I have a Broadsword and a shield, I can parry twice : once with the shield, and once with the sword.
  7. I'm not saying it is a bad rule : I use it with every weapon And, as a matter of fact, Riposte doesn't sound so elegant to me, as french is my native language.
  8. Personnally, I always modelled Shields as weapons with a low damage and high Armour Point value, and parry as a reduction of damage done by the attack. It makes sense however to say that it is easier to put a Hoplite Shield between you and your opponent's weapon than a dagger. The solution of giving a free attack after a parry by a shield is not satisfying to me. I mean, this would fit very well in a "Swashbuckling" setting where Main gauche are used instead of shields
  9. What is the point of averaging the STR+SIZ total here ? Using the sum and increasing the bonus by one every 4 will be as good There is a big problem when using both rules together. A critical hit from an experienced swordman (90%+ skill) will hit randomly any body part. A critical hit from somebody that never learned how to use a sword (say, 25% skill) will hit either the head or an arm of its opponent. As is, it doesn't make sense.
  10. What about the following rules tweak ? Characteristics scale : "Trash" NPCs : 4 to 8 "low level" PCs and NPCs : 10 to 20 Important PCs and NPCs : 20 to 30 Derived characteristics : Hit Points : equal to CON Number of actions per turn (including defenses and reactions) : DEX/10 Optionally: Base Melee damage : (STR+SIZ)/6 in D6 (modified by weapon) Base Ranged damage : (DEX+INT)/6 in D6 (modified by weapon) It could also be possible to use "Healing surge"-like rules : allow one to spend Magic points to get Hit Points back.
  11. Personnally, I don't like rules that gives different mechanics to different characters depending on their "type". If I had to tweak BRP in order to have very resistant PCs and very "weak" NPCs, I would rather play on the characteristics scale than give different formulae for hit points. If my average PC has CON 30 (which means super-resistant ones could reach 45 or more) and my common "mook" NPC CON 4, fights outcome will not be the same than with standard RuneQuest 3 or Call of Cthulhu characters. I also like Hero Points, if they are not restricted to the PC and specific NPCs can have some.
  12. I never heard of any french background material for Elric or StormBringer, but french Hawkmoon setting and 1st edition rules for scientific creations were truly awesome.
  13. You know, one of the most recurrent complaint I heard about D&D 3.x is that it cannot be played without miniatures because of AoOs The same could be said about Warhammer FRP (at least in its 1st edition, I never read 2nd edition), whose combat rules were designed with movement rules suited for (Citadel ?) minis. But I never heard anyone complain about this.
  14. I'm also against the idea of 100% as a limit for skill values. I think characters with more than 50% chance to succeed at very difficult tasks should exist, even outside of "super heroic" settings. I think this idea is mostly encountered in "roll-under" systems. Would you ask a maximum skill bonus of +100 in RoleMaster, +20 in D&D or +10 in Ars Magica ?
  15. Note that it is possible to use broader skills with specialisations to avoid the need to develop too many skills. For instance, you could have : 1 Hand Melee : 37% *1 Handed Sword : +32% : 69% *Dagger : +12% : 49% *Double Feint : -25% (Untrained) : 12% 2 Hand Melee : 14% *2 Handed Sword : +12% : 36% And so on...
  16. Almost eveything in D&D4 design sounds as bad RPG system design to me and a step backwards when compared to D&D3 evolutions. The idea of "Per encounter" or "Per day" powers or the use of character level in the core mechanism of the game simply don't sound right to me when used in RPG system design because it is so artificial. Using Magic Points is amuch better way to handle But the fact is, reading preview characters descriptions of the first scenario here makes me want to read or even play the game, and I understand why they did it this way.
  17. Really ? I had the following RuneQuest 3 references in mind : A 1-point spirit magic spell deals 1d3 damage. A 3-points divine magic spell (which means 3 POW were sacrified to learn this spell) deals 3d6 damage. In Sandy Petersen's Sorcery rules, a X intensity spell deals "1dX" damage. Yes, Firearrow and Fireblade have a higher damage/MP ratio, but they require a weapon to be effective. Our references are very different
  18. Isn't it redundant to add Magic category PLUS Magery if Magery and Magic category are functions of POW ? I also think fatigue costs should be doubled to adequate MP costs. I mean, casting a firebolt that deals 3d6 damage to a target with a 3 MPs expanse doesn't seem right to me, and most GURPS fatigue costs 1 to 4 fatigue points as far as I remember.
  19. Note that the SPQR mentionned above use static damage bonus as an option. Another way to change the system would be to use the same method than in GURPS or Pendragon : Have a base random damage function of (STR+SIZ) and add or substract a value depending on the weapon.
  20. "Selenim" Only available in french, as far as I know...
  21. I would be very pleased to know the differences between french and US versions of Nephilim. Does anyone know what are those differences ? I remember I really liked the system for Selenim magic. Those were "Black Moon" Ka nephilim that were deprived of their other ka elements. The supplement that described them was truly excellent. Basically, Selenim were "Ka sun" vampires and necromancers, with the power to build mystical, stronger images of themselves and "pocket realms" in Black moon ka fields. They also had their own versions of summoning and Sorcery, but I don't recall them accurately.
  22. This is the conclusion I reached about Legend of the Five Rings, in which 7 qualities essential for a samurai are listed, but rules only use one monolythic "Honor", whose signification depends on one's view on the subject.
  23. You can find those here : Sandy Petersen's Sorcery Rules Or there : Index of /aluban/documents
  24. As far as I'm concerned, I think Sandy Petersen did a great job in solving some of the major problems in RQ3's Sorcery. First, the maximum number of MP you can invest in one art is limited by your skill level divided by 10, and not your Free INT. There is a global limit to the number of spells you can keep active. It is not possible to have all your spells active at once at Intensity equal to Free INT. The total levels of Arts you hold cannot exceed your Presence, whose value depends on Vows taken. This is very Glorantha-oriented, and one may wish to use INT+POW as a value for Presence in other settings. An art is basically a manipulation skill. You can find major Arts (Range, Intensity, Multispell) and minor arts. Duration doesn't exist as such anymore. Spells that are not instant and don't need to concentrate on them are permanent as long as you don't end them. But the most spells you held, the lesser your Presence is. Minor Arts are lesser manipulation skills. For instance, Speed allows you to cast your spell faster, but increase the Presence and MP cost. There are. Sandy Petersen introduced in this version spells like Evoke (Energy) that are meant to re-create Fireballs, Thunderbolts and other Icebolts.
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