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About Hzark10

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    Runequest, BRP, Superworld, HeroQuest, Pendragon
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    have name in many Pendragon Products and soon to be author of new book, "Book of Sires"

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  1. We chose a name. Uther is known to be somewhat lecherous and probably had many encounters with the fair maidens. He may very well have lots of bastards, but he gave a ring to the mother of Madoc. Why was purposely not answered. The gm is free to run with this however they may want.
  2. And that is what a good gm is aware of. When I was examining the Picts, I found they used dogs to a large extent. In skirmishes, dogs were another threat to a knight. In battles, the gm needs to try to emulate what the Picts would do. Double-feints would be good, but when in a unit, the combined arms of sword-shield man, backed up by spearmen, who in turn are backed up with javelin throwing Picts make a solid enemy. Dawn attacks, feints and retreats, and so one. Try to make each enemy a bit different, and the players will appreciate it. Above all, remember the Romans never conquored the Picts. They simply walled them off - the success of that depends on who you talk to.
  3. One wrinkle that we added in Book of Sires was to inform players when to roll on the table. That way, they had a direct connection to it and the gamemaster could use it to create further plot points if it was desired. The above method also does it, but requires the players to work a bit more, but also works.
  4. In one of the campaigns I played in, the Angles were allied with the Iceni and fought as allies up to 500 or so. When the British got their rear end handed to them after 500, the Angles saw their chance and took over.
  5. That may be true, but it shows the scenario can also be scaled upwards in danger. "Pah, a bear?! We'll have steak for dinner," could easily be changed to the theme of "Sir Robin".
  6. That also is good. So, from one basic scenario, we now have 9 different ways in can be presented: normal bear, magical bear, shapechanged bear. kills everyone, just knights, just christians.
  7. I'd be tempted to change this just a bit, to "slay every knight" that tries to leave. Squires could come and go, as could merchants, and such.
  8. My group usually spends one night doing character creation. Usually, we coordinate to ensure we cover all the bases. That is not always what happens, but most times it does. In Pendragon, that means we spend a bit of time going over our previous history noting all the names of people, battles, and odd things that we have in common, but also what we don't have in common. Knowing your fathers were in the same battle and possibly where one died and the other didn't, we look a the glory totals given and create a mini backstory about that battle. It really gives the players a feel of a group from the get go.
  9. I used this book as one of the sources for Book of Sires. It was a pretty good source for information, but if taken on its whole, would change the GPC as we know it. But then, we do that in our campaigns anyways... Sorry for the lateness of this post, I missed the reference when I first read through
  10. This is exactly what happened in one of my earlier short-lived campaigns. She was not a woman-knight, but her love for the husband was so high, the player wanted to continue on as the wife. I might be in a similar situation in a campaign where I am a player. But, she was not a warrior, but worked her way up very quickly in her weapon skills. Alas, the campaign ended before we could resolve how it came about.
  11. Yes, Greg wanted it changed to Berroc. In the really old texts it was Thamesmouth, then Surrey, then Berroc. As long as you and your players decide on which naming method you are using, then you're fine. Any texts/source material you use however, will need to be checked.
  12. Off hand, I would say that when things were codified, vassal knight ended up at 200. Of course, one could argue becoming a vassal of another knight would be one amount, of a banneret would be a different amount, of a count, more still, etc.
  13. Yeah, Book of Sires did not deal with this as everyone in this section weren't as important to the Uther/Arthur arc. If/when a regional book for Cambria comes out, I am assuming this will be attended to.
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