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by numenetics
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:45 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Dryads and Monster Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 2294

Re: Dryads and Monster Magic

Nice. Those seem like good options, and good advice on thinking ahead about dueling potential.
by numenetics
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Dryads and Monster Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 2294

Dryads and Monster Magic

I'm working on an adventure focused on obtaining the "wood from a dryad's tree" from the Free RPG day adventure, which involves designing a dryad for my campaign. As I'm starting to think through this, it's leading me to a broader question: how should magic and magic-like effects work for monsters? ...
by numenetics
Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:06 am
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Free RPG Day: Pod-Caverns Under DCC RPG Rules
Replies: 8
Views: 3883

Re: Free RPG Day: Pod-Caverns Under DCC RPG Rules

Remember that the guy with the best stats isn’t always the one to survive the funnel. I don't remember the exact numbers, but so far in my games the guys with the best stats have usually been the first to die in the funnel, because they get put in the front but aren't actually that much stronger th...
by numenetics
Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: 3d6, in order
Replies: 91
Views: 49665

Re: 3d6, in order

Comments from the playtest last night (I'll be posting in Actual Play this evening) were generally, tacitly and tamely okay with the stats. 3d6 in order was a-okay by them. Which is surprising because most of the players started out from 3e onward. Only one was an active roleplayer in the heyday of...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Why no "WIS" Wisdom stat
Replies: 15
Views: 4618

Re: Why no "WIS" Wisdom stat

ok, but how do I explain to my players that, since no skills like Notice exist, Luck is used for sensory perception checks like Listen? Listening is a good question. Not being sure the best way to go, and not being fully comfortable with luck as listen, I defaulted to D6 for listening at the door. ...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Unexpected developments in player psychology
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

Re: Unexpected developments in player psychology

Ironic if it's harder to convert treasure from one game to another than it is to convert monsters. :P Although with the rarity of magic items in DCC, that seems like it might be the case. Do you just cut all the magical treasure from a module? Some of it? Probably most of it, and make the remaining...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Bonding a hireling to Azi Dahaka
Replies: 1
Views: 2060

Bonding a hireling to Azi Dahaka

One of my players sent me this, and I got permission to pass it along. The character began as a Chaotic Jeweler (he rolled for alignment). Even though INT wasn't his best stat, it also wasn't his worse, and he wanted to try out being a wizard. He rolled Patron Bond and decided to go with Azi Dahaka....
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Megadungeons and Appendix N
Replies: 3
Views: 2840

Megadungeons and Appendix N

I'm far from competent in appendix N: are there many examples of "megadungeons?" Moria could count, but is perhaps better thought of as a sort of underground wilderness (?) That's an honest question, as I can't think of any examples from the stuff I've read. I've been playtesting with Stonehell, and...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Unexpected developments in player psychology
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

Re: Unexpected developments in player psychology

I'm more puzzled about the Ogre with 1000 gp. A gp is like a year's worth of income for a """well-to-do""" farmer. How does a solo ogre accumulate that kind of wealth without attracting the attention of higher level adventurers? Don't shoot the messenger on this one. As I said, I was just using Lab...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll
Replies: 28
Views: 9271

Re: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll

interesting idea. like maybe everyone gets to add d4 to their luck. and some advetures might have bonuses. If a good player despoils an evil temple, he get's a big bonus, while a chaotic character does not, rather the other way around. Yeah, something like that, but with the possibility that it cou...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Suggested Published Adventures That Would Make for Good DCC
Replies: 21
Views: 7257

Re: Suggested Published Adventures That Would Make for Good

This past weekend we started “Modnar’s Cellar” from Stonehell Dungeon Supplement Two: Buried Secrets (link below). I'm using it for our funnel and it's working out great so far. http://www.lulu.com/product/media-download/stonehell-dungeon-supplement-two-buried-secrets-%28pdf%29/13648216 Stonehell i...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Unexpected developments in player psychology
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

Re: Unexpected developments in player psychology

She returned to town with a little bit of treasure, and rolled up three more zeroes. Not trying to criticize, but I'm genuinely puzzled--why is she rolling more characters when this is supposed to be a funnel that whittles down the number of characters? That's a good question, and maybe it would be...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll
Replies: 28
Views: 9271

Re: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll

For this reason, I'm going to award luck points when I award experience (based on some formula I haven't figured out yet) and disregard the starting roll. Something just struck me: I'm not sure I like having luck based at all on what a character does, or at least not primarily. What if at the end o...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: 3d6, in order
Replies: 91
Views: 49665

Re: 3d6, in order

I'm looking forward to trying the funnel in practice but looking at some of the sample sets generated by this excellent resource , my heart sunk. I can't conceive of enjoying them even if they made it to level 1. Then I realised that in practice I suppose I could enjoy the red-shirtness of these ne...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Dice...
Replies: 100
Views: 28799

Re: Dice...

I was talking to my wife about the dice ire yesterday, and we came to the conclusion that it's kind of funny. Put a d6, a d8, and a d14 in front of the average person, and the d6 is the only one that is "normal." We already use weird dice, we are just used to it.
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll
Replies: 28
Views: 9271

Re: Birth Augur and Lucky Roll

I'd really like to see some examples of the kind of actions that people have given out luck for, as I've had a hard time figuring out when that would be. Is it just acting out your alignment really well?
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Actual Play Reports
Topic: Unexpected developments in player psychology
Replies: 9
Views: 4317

Unexpected developments in player psychology

Not sure how widely applicable this will be, but I had an interesting experience last night. I was getting set to play with two players, my wife and a friend of mine. Both of them have finished the funnel through solo play. The friend hit level one via the "one adventure" rule, while my wife earned ...
by numenetics
Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: 3d6, in order
Replies: 91
Views: 49665

Re: 3d6, in order

My experience has been like what Joseph has described: people that wouldn't otherwise touch random generation of stats AT ALL with a 10' pole are willing to do 3D6 in order for a set of level zeroes. The funnel changes the experience in a lot of ways, not all of which I would have anticipated.
by numenetics
Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: 0-Level Character Generator
Replies: 35
Views: 24615

Re: 0-Level Character Generator

That's awesome. Nicely done.
by numenetics
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: More Charts?
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: More Charts?

I think that after running it for a while I'd figure out what the chance of being a demi-human was, roll that, and then allow people to come up with an occupation, weapon, and trade good (subject to DM approval).
by numenetics
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: What happens when a (n)th level character dies?
Replies: 8
Views: 8181

Re: What happens when a (n)th level character dies?

Another option is to keep any other surviving level zeroes from your original funnel around, either just keeping the sheets on hand or using them as minor NPCs, and then taking up one of those. Depending on your mortality rate, that might not work though.
by numenetics
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Playtest Report: Character Funnel Play Styles
Replies: 4
Views: 2530

Re: Playtest Report: Character Funnel Play Styles

those same players aren't thrilled with random magic effects and some of the other elements which make DCC unique. So funny that you say that. The cautious playing and a little bit of luck paid off last night when my wife took down an ogre on the way to Stonehell yesterday and took 7 level zeroes t...
by numenetics
Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Luck Check = Confusing term usage
Replies: 0
Views: 1606

Luck Check = Confusing term usage

In looking over the class descriptions, it seems that the phrase "luck check" is used in what I would consider an unintuitive way: A thief gains additional bonuses when making a Luck check, as follows. First, the thief rolls a luck die when he expends Luck A halfling gains additional bonuses when mak...
by numenetics
Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Spells and Magic
Topic: Cleric Spells Known?
Replies: 0
Views: 2231

Cleric Spells Known?

I just want to make sure I'm reading this right, as what I'm reading seems to be different from standard cleric magic. A cleric has access to the spells of his god as noted on table 1-5. Table 1-5 gives a cleric 4 spells "known" at first level. That leads me to believe that a cleric does not have ac...
by numenetics
Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Playtest Feedback: Characters
Topic: Playtest Report: Character Funnel Play Styles
Replies: 4
Views: 2530

Playtest Report: Character Funnel Play Styles

This may be too obvious to state, but I noticed something new on my third run-through of a level 0 funnel last night. I had my wife roll up 8 level zeroes and sent her to Stonehell. The above ground areas of Stonehell seem to make a great level zero adventure, btw. What I noticed was that she approa...

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