Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oldschool Conversion of 4e D&D - The Nemesis

I whipped up an oldschool D&D conversion of the 4e Avenger. No flavour text, but Google and all.

THE NEMESIS (Fighter Subclass)
Requirements: Lawful Alignment; Intelligence and Wisdom of 13, Dexterity of 15
Prime Requisite: Intelligence and Wisdom 15 or greater, +10% experience points
Weapons: All melee, crossbow, javelin and sling.
Armor: No armor or shield
Experience Points: As Paladin
Hit Points: As Fighter
Benefits:
Effective Armor Class as a Monk of the same level.
+1 on all saving throws.
At 3rd level gain the ability to turn and affect undead etc. as a Cleric two levels lower.
Find Traps, Move Silently, Hide in Shadows, Hear Noise and Climb Walls as a Thief of the same level.
Nemesis Oath:
-Once per combat you may select one enemy within 50' to be subject to your Nemesis Oath.
-If the enemy is slain or reduced to 0 hit points you may select another enemy to apply Nemesis Oath upon.
-If you are in melee range of the subject of your Nemesis Oath, and they are the only enemy adjacent to you, you gain a +4 to all melee attack rolls against them.
-If the subject of your Nemesis Oath willingly moves away from you, you gain +2 damage on all attacks against them until the end of your next turn.
-Once per combat you may allow one ally who is within 50' of you to make an attack with +4 on the to hit roll against the subject of your Nemesis Oath. This ability does not refresh if the subject of your Nemesis Oath is killed or reduced to 0 hit points.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Someone Hook Zak S. up with a copy of Mesopotamia & Mazes and Minotaurs has Awesome Random Tables

a) Zak S. d&d pornstar doesn't believe anyone has written an excellent adventure, I consider Ancient Kingdoms: Mesopotamia to prove him wrong... ...I'm not going to give him my copy, but maybe someone, maybe someone froggy, would...

b) The revised edition of Mazes and Minotaurs has some pretty awesome randon tables for islands, temples and cities. Well worth checking out.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Otda'Btatle - Petty Toad-Demon-God of Battle

Name: Otda'Btatle, Petty Toad-Demon-God of Battle
Symbol: A grinning toad's face with the horns of a ram
Alignment: Chaotic (evil)
Movement: 120'(40)', swim 120'(40')
Armor Class: -2
Hit Points (Hit Dice): 128 (16)
Attacks: 2 kicks/punches or ram
Damage: 3-18/3-18 or 4-24
Save: Fighter 16
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: you figure it out Gorgonmilk
XP: ditto

Otda'Btatle, rumoured to be a Hezrou demon who became mighty through constant, gruelling combat, it the Petty Toad-Demon-God of Battle, worshipped by berserk and martially minded batrachian beings such a Ranine, Batrachians, and Tsathar. It stands 8 feet tall, bears a bear of ram-like horns on it's head, wears a spiked black harness, armbands, and kneepads, and it's mottled green-and-tan skin is covered with lurid pustules, buboes, sores and rashes. 

Otda'Btatle is a Demon, is only damaged by magical weaponry, and takes half damage from cold, electricity, fire and gas. It can teleport without error, cause darkness in a 15' radius, gate in a Type II Demon with a 90% chance of success, Cause Fear (as a wand), levitate (as a 16th-level magic-user), detect invisible objects, and telekinesis 600 lbs. of weight.

Otda'Btatle prefers to punch and kick opponents, but can ram opponents if it has 40 feet to charge at them, at +4 to hit, and if it strikes the target must make an open door roll or be flung 10-60 feet backwards. If they strike and obstacle they will take 1-6 points of damage for every 10 feet of trajectory remaining.

Those struck by Otda'Btatle must make a saving throw versus poison or contract a disgusting skin ailment that covers the victim in livid acne and rashes, and reduces their charisma by 1-4 points until the ailment is cured.

Otda'Btatle will always aid chaotic or evil frog or toad beings in battle, for all other beings a 2d6 roll determined it's reaction:

2 - Otda'Btatle goes into a berserk frenzy and attacks, gaining +2 on all attack and damage rolls, and it's morale becomes 12
3-5 - Otda'Btatale attacks
6-8 - Otda'Btatle attacks and devours one beings before teleporting away
9-11 - Otda'Btatle demands an offering of one sentient being to devour; if this offer is declined it attacks. If the offering pleases Otda'Btatle it may it may be amenable to bargaining to perform a service, ones involving slaughter preferred,  in exchange for more victims.
12 - Otda'Btatle loom, glares, and croaks balefully for 1-6 rounds; if an offering is provided it will be open to further negotiations as above. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AD&D-derived Dexterity-based "Surprise Save (d8)"

In 1st ed. AD&D there's the Reaction/attacking Adjustment awarded for the highest (and lowest) 3 scores. This provides a modifier to missile attack rolls and also adjusts how many segments the character is surprised for.

The cool thing about this is that with this adjustment high dexterity characters could be surprised for zer oor less segments, and therefore not be surprised.

Now, if you don't use surprise segments, but you like the mechanic of high dexterity characters' pantherish reflexes allowing them to avoid surprise, what you can do when the d6 are thrown and the party is surprised is subtract the characters' dexterity bonus from the monster side initiative roll, and if that sum of that operation is equal to or less than the party's surprise roll, then the character isn't surprised.

Or you could just roll a d8 "Surprise Save", that I crunched the numbers for using the AD&D guidelines, and ignoring weird AD&D corner case where a monster isn't surprised because the party is more surprised, and got this:
Dexterity Missile Attack Modifier - d8 save to not be Surprised
+1 - 1/d8
+2 - 3/d8
+3 - 5/d8

You can streamline the process by having the DM or one of the players make the Surprise Save for the high-dex members of the party.

The OD&D Reprints? Brave Halfling... make us a dang box for them!

The only reason I never nabbed the Brave Halfling lurid D&D game boxes was that they weren't digest sized.

With the upcoming re-release of OD&D in a gigantic, hideous box, this is a perfect opportunity for Brave Halfling to benefit from Wizards' mistake!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Oldschool Conversion of Newschool : Shadowdancer Prestige Class for Thieves

When a thief has enough experience points to attain 8th level they can choose to prestige class into Shadowdancer; they lose any progression past 7th level thief abilities in backstabbing, climb, pick locks, and remove traps; they do not gain the ability to use scrolls; and they lose any future stronghold or follower benefits. They keep the same hit dice, attacks and saving throws, and gain the following benefits at the following levels (as per the 3E Shadowdancer Prestige Class):

8th level - Hide in Plain Sight
9th level - Infravision
10th level - Shadow Illusion, Summon Shadow
11th level - Shadow Jump
12th level - Defensive Roll
14th level - Slippery Mind

Prerequisite: When a seventh level thief has gained enough experience points to advance to 8th level, and they wish to become a Shadowdancer, they must unabashedly perform The Dance of Shadows for the other players' and the DM's entertainment in order to qualify for this class.

Or, if your game uses them, the character must blow a non-weapon proficiency or skill on Dancing.

This is my Perfect Underdark...

False  Machine

This cat's vision of the undeworld is pretty much perfect; I want to play in his game.

Reading his entries had me thinking about the vast subterranean vaults of pulp fantasy as the megadungeon, which led to me thinking of the underworld as a wilderness.

If you have a dungeon/underworld complex that spans the tens of thousands of feet, and you use the snails-pace oldschool D&D underground travel rates, you end up in a situation where it takes ~1 day of travel to cover ~1 mile.

Suddenly bringing food and water is even more important.

I love the idea of a megadungeon composed of a complex of miles-spanning caverns and tunnels, connecting various dungeon complexes.

Journey to the Center of the Earth; Descent into the Depth of the Earth; The Descent (novel); mega-spelunking. Caches. Base camps.