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About Algesan

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    Pretty much anything from OD&D onwards through the 80s
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    Variants of multiple genres using AD&D/OSRIC
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    I'm just here to do some research

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  1. Um, no, they are merely similar. Yes, some have pretty much the same mechanisms as each other, but often enough they various versions streamline different mechanisms. For example, I like the Mythras Classic Fantasy method of using Ranks as "levels", although I'm reworking that section because trying to shoehorn classes into a d100 type system can be klunky. Doable, but it takes more flexibility, which means more skills, which means more different "rank up" (level up) numbers. I mean, seriously, what melee character isn't going to spend every possible experience roll on their Combat Style?
  2. Heh, part of the post that got eaten was that I didn't want to do the "do what you want in your game" excuse. I find it funny and annoying because I learned to play and GM using the OD&D ruleset, which required it because it was broken in so many ways. It is a good position because the purpose is mainly defensive and, totally IMO, if we actually could go and watch well trained fighters who grew up trained in these martial arts, I bet there are counters to offensive shield use that make it far less useful than we find it today. I may go look there then, although the logic you gave m
  3. Thanks. First answer as expected (had a generated higher rank character who happened to qualify for the next rank based on the +5 CS bonus and another skill). Second one, not so much. The system ate a longer post where I gave my qualifications to speak on this subject and why shields are far, far deadlier IRL than the standard RPG rule constructs allow. IMO, the official rule should either be the +20 (they really are two different skills and shield use mostly doesn't change regardless of the weapon) OR that the shield spec +10 should be either Parry only or Parry + Offensive shield strik
  4. After doing some playtest fights, a few questions popped up: 1) Does the +5% Combat bonus for the melee types count towards their Rank? 2) For Fighters, do the Shield Specialization (+10% Combat Style when using shield) and Melee Weapon X Specialization (+10% Combat Style when using Melee Weapon X) stack, giving an additional +20% to Combat Style when fighting with Melee Weapon X & Shield?
  5. Interesting, I went to look at my copy of this pdf... and all the text was missing. I redownloaded a copy and still have no text visible. Well, I can convert it to encoded text and the text reappears in a text document, although badly formatted, just not in the PDF. Just fixed it. One of the last several Adobe Reader updates somehow screwed up the layers on the original document, so I printed to file to compress the layers. Lost some of the bling artwork, but recovered the text and the actual required tables reappeared.
  6. Thanks, useful design note. While I can and do house rule my own stuff, I prefer to know the designer's intent.
  7. Where are you seeing this in Fireball? Yes, this is trivially house ruled and I think I actually found the source of my issue. Fire(ball) in BRP 4th allows for alterations in number of hexes covered by the AoE and increasing the damage. This works, if it isn't clearly stated (like with Haste), then intensity is only relevant on odd numbers (when the damage goes up). Thanks for the assist.
  8. Spell Intensity, does it do anything besides adjust the amount of damage a spell does? I've gone from the little BRP Classic Fantasy supplement to the RQ6/Mythras Classic Fantasy version. I remember somewhere that increasing spell intensity/level allowed for changing several different effects: larger AoE, longer range, more damage, etc. I would have blown the entire question off and left it as just a way to pump damage only since I cannot find any cross reference or source skimming through both books, except I find this under Magic Missile: An apparently clear reference to extend
  9. Minor addition to this. The rule of thumb depends on what your social class is. The peasants may get away with that penny, but their cabbage soup will be the one with the bit of gristle still in it. As you go higher up the strata (of whatever culture you are using), the costs of buying a meal (really, anything) will go up, sometimes quite a bit, as will the quality. The craftsman might get a bit of meat. The merchant will get a bit of fat with the meat. The big merchant/city official will get some meat on the side. The nobility will get meat garnished with cabbage. All of this
  10. Agreed and Agreed. I was fortunate to grow up with some really old school GMs, as in D&D was released when I was 14, but I didn't find the Sunday afternoon gaming club until months later when I was almost 15. Hmmm, I actually can confirm one of my suspicions if I move fast enough as my first DM (not GM back then) was 30ish and I know he is back in town and working at the old hobby store. I think he had contact with the Gygax crowd prior to D&D's official publication. He always had the newest books before the official release.
  11. Heh, different D&D games, perhaps run by differing GMs with a different take on economics. I've never been able to buy durable magic items in a game. Potions and scrolls, yes, you could buy them if you had enough coin, but rarely get exactly what you were looking for. I take your point on Pendragon economic games, but outside of D&D (where gold is almost a given) most of my games use coppers and silvers mainly. Influence from other sources. As for carrying it around, I had a bit of fun once. I indulged in some Kickstarters where they made coins for playing games with. I
  12. Well, I do admit the appeal of Hack'n'Slash since I'm about to order two copies of Diablo 3 for my son (our mutual birthdays ) and I to have fun blasting stuff apart..... OTOH, even with players making economic decisions, other than some basic rules for a "living wage" as the basis for the economy, subsidence level living isn't really relevant to player level economic decisions (unless the murder hoboes are actually hoboes....).
  13. Yes, nothing like making sure you are fed and cleaned every day. Sorry, couldn't resist Actually, it should feed more than one a day in that kind of economy or there should be some kind of "found" available to support daily laborers with wife and a kid or three. Barely support, yes, making any interruption of work into an almost immediate debt problem. Of course, remember if anyone gets ahead in this kind of culture, immediately their family and neighbors will pressure them for a "loan" since it would be "sinful" to hold on to such wealth. And this is actually more detail than 99.9%
  14. I agree, the Mythras version of CF is much, much cleaner. In fact, to run an OSR (A)D&D or (O)D&D campaign in d100, I'd go for the Mythras version for character creation and development. It might need some work with the Mythras elements imbedded in it, but I'm not sure Mythras itself is that bad, but even so, it is doable to ignore most of it. I think you just set the skills you want as "level up" skills and let the players go. Although I will admit I'm leaning more towards purely development roll after each adventure (1-5, maybe a couple of extras and a freebie for crit rolls duri
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