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    BRP Amber?

    I'm starting up a new campaign soon, and am going over the various things I could run. One thing that I'd love to run would be an Amber campaign (based on the Zelazny books). Unfortunately, my players like rolling dice and fighting stuff, and just wouldn't adapt to the whole dice-less thing. And most of them haven't read any of the books, despite getting books as gifts, being encouraged to read them,etc. But, the idea came to me that I could run a sort of "back door" Amber game using BRP. The idea would be that the characters are younger Amberites with no knowledge of their heritage, or the big picture, and are being raised in a world (personal shadow) designed for just that purpose. Said world working just like BRP, probably BRP Magic World (mixing in Moorcock isn't impossible, both versions of the Courts of Chaos are very similar). In Amber terms the players would be starting characters without any special powers yet, but with a lot of Good Stuff. The idea is that the characters were left here is safekeeping during the Patternfall War and the one responsible died before they could tell anyone else. The PCs start off on an estate, and have some teachers and guardians (I was thinking of using Ganelon), as the shadow was custom built for these PCs. Then something nasty comes around and the PCs start to discover clues to the heritage (for example, some Trumps and a "sometimes there" staircase) and get drawn into a full Amber campaign. I was thinking that, in Game Terms, Amber level is probably about 30 ish, and someone like Corwin has a STR in the 40s (he and Random could lift a car). Most of the Amber Magic could be duplicated by the BRP rules, and Power such as Pattern Imprint could be worked up in BRP terms (probably some skills and Stamina rolls, POW if resisted). Does this sound feasible? And would it be interesting? Any pitfalls?
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    BRP Amber?

    I was thinking the same thing, and it was one of the reasons why I've considered upping the AP for the weapons used by Amberites. BRTC's Timerlords system had a rule for this. If I recall it correctly, a weapon had to have enough armor to take an average damage roll. If not the weapon would take damage whenever it's armor rating was exceeded. Normally this wasn't a problem as most weapons are strong enough to withstand most characters. But a really strong character could run into problems and start damaging his weapons. If we ported that over to BRP, then a broadsword with an average damage score of 5.5 and 10 AP could easily be used by someone with up to a +1D6 db (average damage 5.5+3.5db= 9) without any problems. This would mean most of the population. But if someone with a 2D6 bd used it, they'd be doing 12.5 points on average, which exceeds what the sword can withstand, and so they'd damage their sword every time they did more than 10 points with it. So such a person would need a sword with 13AP, and someone with a +3D6 db would need one with 16AP. That might be one of the enhacements a weapon like Grayswandir has- it's tough enough that Corwin can use it without breaking it. The problem with such an application in BRP terms is that stronger weapons become better at parrying and so everyone will want them. Likewise stronger shields. Also, there are special hits in RQ that do more damage, and spells, so it would mean opening a can of worms.
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    Active Fireblade?

    More like does that mean the rules need to unchange. Fireblade worked fine as a active spell in RQ2, and as a passive spell in RQ3. It's just doesn't work as written now.
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    Just how big is Massachusetts, anyway?

    It can be. It depends on how "high profile" it is. If there are signs about such and such Brook, then yeah, there is probably a country club, historical site, or resort area nearby. If it's just a stream a few yards long that doesn't come up to your ankles, and that you could easily have missed, it could be the other type of New England brook. They are actually one and the same. It's just that most people don't know or care about the names of the old brooks in out of the way places,or that have been covered over. When somebody decides to redevelop an area they find the name of the brook and (over)use it's name for recognition. Some times they do it without any redevelopment. And it's not just for brooks. That's how Water Street, Worcester, suddenly became the "Blackstone Canal District" despite the fact that there is no canal, and the Blackstone (River) was covered over years ago, and can't be seen in that area.
  5. Yeah, I've been seriously considering reworking the weapon damage and/or damage bonuse along those lines. d2/d4/d6/d8/d10. Maybe a shift for every 4 points of STR+SIZ. Then everything else could be handled with die shifts. Sorry, my bad, I didn't explain what I was thinking. I meant that is the bonus for a mounted javelin throw as good, in game terms as the alt-alt was in RQ3, where it gave +10m to range, +20m to max range, and +1D6 damage. Again sorry, I should have clarified that.
  6. Lol! Don't forget poleing rafts and gondolas.
  7. So how much of a bonus do you think that's worth? Break even, slight damage bonus? I could see a range bonus due to height. Is a charging horse as good as, say an alt-alt ? That would be a an easy solution.
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    BRP Amber?

    Yes. That is to say either. Ideally I want something for Amber proper (I'm using the Visual Guide to Castle Amber for that, unless I can find something better), and something that is similar, but not identical to Abalus. My goal is that when the PCs finally get to Amber, the castle, city and terrain will be eerily similar, but not identical. I'd love to adapt a real castle for Abalus, if I can find something suitable.Blackrock Castle and Mont St. Michel, Lichtenstein Castle, but so far I think the Fortress of Guaita in San Marino might be the best. I know about the Visual Guide to Castle Amberthat the only offical illustrated stuff I'm aware of. , and found a map that Roger Zelazny drew and that Liz Danforth touched up, but that's the only official stuff I'm aware of. I've seen a few people's Amber campaign stuff on the net.I'll check out Dyson Logos.
  9. Yeah. Plus with javelins most of the force impated in the throw comes from body motion when the thrower puts their front foot down, which they won't be able to do on horseback. Kinda like a baseball pitcher's windup. So the thrower would gain the speed of the horse but loose his "windup". I don't know if he comes out ahead in the deal or not.
  10. Yeah, it's a "where do we draw the line" sort of thing. I once saw an RPG that just boiled the characters down to one ability score. Whenever they tried to do anything they would roll against that one ability. I can't even remember if that RPG had any modifiers, either. Yes, it's very simple, but I think most of use prefer something a little more detailed and, dare I say it "realistic".
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    BRP Amber?

    Anyone got any suggestions for a Manor House or Castle to use for Shadow Abalus' answer of Castle Amber?
  12. Yeah, and some decent reach, too, although not as much as when thrusting. There is "half swording" when you grip the sword somewhere along the blade and can strike with the ends. It's more practical with greatswords than with other blades due to the greater length, and the fact that greatswords weren't necessarily sharp. They didn't need to be. But, yeah they are different weapons.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Ramirez's blade did not cut deeply enough. That's a wonderfully awful idea. Yes. I was just keeping in simple. Basically they are "in tune" with all living things, but only have limited control over the experience. For a Rune Lord? Why not. For an immortal it would be a different story. Their life force has moved on to another. Yes. Although I would expect it to be the most dominant traits.So if the immortal you behead how a low DEX, you're DEX isn't going to go up. POW should almost always go up, unless you already outclass the other immortal by a significant margin. I'd probably go with the SIZ progression for POW gain, bur probably cut the amount in half.
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    BRP Amber?

    LOL! One memorable d6 Star War game I had a Wookie with 6D6 STR (your stats are a dice code that you roll whenever you use them), and I got caught on the fringes of a grenade (2D6 or 3D6, I forgot which). In that RPG you comapre the damage to your STR roll and if you win you take NO damage (a typical PC has a 3D STR and most attacks do 4D or 5D). But I rolled bad (ended up with a 4 on 6 dice), the GM rolled great damage, and I was mortally wounded and spent the rest of the adventure healing up in a bacta tank. I think your 'dice cancel out" on a parry should handle it nicely. You can used fixed armor without hit locations. Just go with the normal protection for that tpe. Padding stops 1, leather stops 2, etc. So you could just make you 5.5 armor 6 points. Yeah that does make armor much more useful in HERO. But then HERO is a much more forgiving system. It's not normally an issue for me, but Amber will will require that I have to deal with some things that don't crop often enough to become an issue in a typical BRP campaign. I just ant to try to be ready for anything that could derail the campaign. Me either, but under normal circumstances it's rare enough that it's not worth the trouble to houserule it. But, in Amber the dbs should be a bit higher-especially if somebody gets some magic). Simular end result, different application. I don't like MA for weapon because I just don't think it's necessary. Besides, I think Ki skills handle that better for weapons any. Definitely. I'm more focused on adapting the system to the needs of the setting. If I were going to run a different style of campaign, I'd have fewer issues. Some variation of the fetch might work. That is something that the player can slowly improve that ups his POW a point at time. You could do that with a wizard's staff or familiar and it could start off weak and grow as the player devotes more POW to it. Another option might be not to raise POW at all but simply raise the refresh rate. A wizard could have an ability or skill tat let's them recharge their power at a faster rate, maybe twice as fast? Say the tap a ley line for POW and their recharge rate is tied to their success level.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Maybe not even that hard. A Rune Lords gets DI, an Allied Spirit, "iron" weapon and armor, a bunch of spirit and divine spells, some POW storing crystals, and a bunch of cult member to back them up. The Rune Lord get a chance to come back even if he is beheaded! An immortal only gets his immortality, a great CON and POW, and a few "Quickening" perks that seem to function like a few points of Battle Magic (including a very specialized "Detect Enemies") that seem to trigger automatically. Still, the Rune Lord's in trouble if he runs into someone who's been around long enough to get his combat skills up over 400%!
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    I've read that a lot of people got burned by Palladium over thier latest (and last) Robotech Kickstarter. So yeah, there is risk involved.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    I though KS was "all or nothing" That is, is the pledge isn't met people get their money back. I though they way you got burnt was when a project did get funded but for some reason wasn't able to be completed.
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    Pike and Shield in RQG

    😳 Whaddaya want from a Baboon? Ya know how many of us it took to type of the complete works of Shakespeare?
  19. Well, John Silver, a Birish nobleman (not the pirate) wrote a fencing manual, Paradoxes of Defense that was printed in 1599 where he states that Not surprising, steel is a lot denser than wood. There are some greatswords that has amass of under 2 kilograms, though. I suspect that a lot of that has to do with when the sword was made and for what purpose.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Line, no. But, there should be only one! After all, once we got the immortal stuff we could easily port them into Fantasy Earth, Call of Cthulhu (it'd be to have a character that might actually survive an encounter with a Mythos Horror, and to just once be able to say "Ryleh rising up from the ocean, again?!")
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    Pike and Shield in RQG

    Yeah, and the Romans always had a problem with Calvary.
  22. I've seen stuff that suggests that it is wielded like a staff, which is why it has the double quillions and unsharpened section of blade near the hilt. But then in real life a spear is used to cut and swing, too.
  23. I have. RQ3 for one. In the Vikings supplment there are some stats for Huns and they get a penalty if they have to fight on foot. I believe they were considered to be Demoralized. Yeah, unless it is made from bone or some other local material. Okay, still with you. Uh, I doubt it. I think that would would probably be too difficult. It's got a higher ENC that a Great Axe, and all the weight is at the far end. I think it would easier to swing a greatsword one handed than the dagger-axe. Considering that the skill the character gets is listed as 2H I'd be more inclined to believe that they can hold it like a staff or bill-hook and just guide their mount with their legs.
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    BRP Amber?

    Yeah I could, although I think I'd like a little more granularity than just. "still fighting"/defeated. I think I'd want some sort of wound track so someone could be impaired. Much like how Eric was bleeding and Corwin considered trying to just wear him down and let him bleed out. Maybe some sort of opposed roll where I could get different levels of success and different results. Come to think of it I wrote up a hit point less system for BRP a decade ago. I think I still have a version of in in the downloads section. maybe I should DL it and check it out.😳
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    BRP Amber?

    Brilliant! I didn't even think of doing it that way. That would solve the problem nicely. All those minor hits in the books could have been parries where some damage got through. Considering that Eric, Corwin and Benedict are among the best swordsmen, period, that seems much more likely.
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