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by TheNobleDrake
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...
Replies: 16
Views: 7117

Re: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...

My fix for the problems caused by spell save DCs (especially those of criticals on spells) that I thought up after no one could even possibly manage the save against an enemy critical on a spell which resulted in the entire party and all their hirelings dying: Half, round down. That would have been ...
by TheNobleDrake
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Warrior's Arm: Roll of "26" on table 1-2
Replies: 5
Views: 3739

Re: Warrior's Arm: Roll of "26" on table 1-2

I like to be thorough with my answers, as I find that helps people understand more of the "why" I think something: 1 -- The wizard scores a critical hit on an 18 or higher on an attack roll (provided a hit is obtained). That would be an increase of 2 to the character's "critical threat range", as de...
by TheNobleDrake
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Dagger damage question
Replies: 5
Views: 3198

Re: Dagger damage question

The 1d10 damage expression, and any other damage following a "/" on the table is specifically stated as being for when that weapon is used with Backstab. The important thing to note is that "an attack from the rear of an opponent," and "a Backstab," are not the same thing - Backstab is a class featu...
by TheNobleDrake
Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Questions about the zero level funnel
Replies: 3
Views: 3855

Re: Questions about the zero level funnel

To use your example of an ogre, and elaborate upon how 0-levels stand up in my experience, I'll break things into the different moving parts. 1. Initiative - the Ogre has +2, which is better than most 0 levels characters. He is very likely to go before most of the players, since their using group in...
by TheNobleDrake
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Detemining creature Hp
Replies: 11
Views: 6403

Re: Detemining creature Hp

So is anyone sure exactly WHY the modules list Hp values other than the average of the HD? The module writer rolled/decided up the HP just as was done in the old-school D&D modules... and the reason why is very likely because that's how it was done in the old-school modules. Are these values the in...
by TheNobleDrake
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Detemining creature Hp
Replies: 11
Views: 6403

Re: Detemining creature Hp

I roll, but not until the creature has been hit and the damage dealt isn't more than its max HP. ...though, in the case of needing the HP totals of many creatures of the same type that have more than just a few HD in short order (like when needing half a dozen giants' HP), I use average +/- 1 hit di...
by TheNobleDrake
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Dragon Hit Points
Replies: 22
Views: 17041

Re: Dragon Hit Points

Listen, I just gotta tell ya -- don't get between a baby dragon and it's momma. Seriously. This reminds me of how one group of players learned the lesson "The smaller the dragon, the harder the kill." Dragons, at least in my world, are solitary creatures that are fiercely independent... except when...
by TheNobleDrake
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Dragon Hit Points
Replies: 22
Views: 17041

Re: Dragon Hit Points

The HP per HD thing is a throwback to old-school dragons that used to have their number of Hit Dice based on their color (not age) and had more or less HP for each HD to represent the differences between age categories. ...the way DCC puts dragons together is a bit odd since it tries to use both mor...
by TheNobleDrake
Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: "recovering the body"
Replies: 27
Views: 13896

Re: "recovering the body"

You could always take a page from the rules, open the next session with the same characters in Hell, and let them fight their way out. Imagine the surprised look on the cleric's face when they come back? Imagine how funny it would be if the encounter concluded in the same way it previously did........
by TheNobleDrake
Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: "recovering the body"
Replies: 27
Views: 13896

Re: "recovering the body"

Criticals are fantastic in DCC. ...matter of fact, just the last session of DCC I ran the party ran across a critical that not one player at the table is going to ever forget: They were facing off against an evil priest as their two ships drew into a naval battle, a great storm had rolled in and fro...
by TheNobleDrake
Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Do we really need clerics and magic healing?
Replies: 25
Views: 5627

Re: Do we really need clerics and magic healing?

I don't have anything against the Cleric class, nor do I oppose magical healing... however, my favorite of systems handles damage and healing in such a way that First Aid and resting allow for ample feeling of resilience (i.e. you can typically throw on some bandages after a fight and keep going, th...
by TheNobleDrake
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: burning luck
Replies: 15
Views: 9032

Re: burning luck

How and when do you reward Luck back to Players. In one campaign I was running, consisting of the official DCC modules, I awarded Luck to players at the conclusion of each module - that boiled down to a Luck reward about every 3 sessions, and the awards ranged from 1 to 3 points depending upon how ...
by TheNobleDrake
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Descriptive Immersion - Saving Throws
Replies: 4
Views: 1840

Re: Descriptive Immersion - Saving Throws

"Test your fortitude against the dark priest's vile death magic!" "...and the dragon belches forth a roiling, black fog filled with liquid fire - are your reflexes quick enough to stop you being immersed?" "A dreadful spell takes hold of your very mind! See if you can muster the will to resist." Wor...
by TheNobleDrake
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Who holds the spell charts - GM or PC?
Replies: 14
Views: 3385

Re: Who holds the spell charts - GM or PC?

While this may be true, have you considered that a wizard who is smart enough to know when not to cast a spell might be attempting to do a good job role-playing their character's advanced intellect? I have always been of the opinion that, when dealing with magic as a chaotic and dangerous thing to ...
by TheNobleDrake
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Who holds the spell charts - GM or PC?
Replies: 14
Views: 3385

Re: Who holds the spell charts - GM or PC?

I prefer letting the players know what their spells do in vague terms, such as "if you get at least a 12 that spell provides you a defensive bonus against certain enemies, but if you roll pretty high that might actually manifest as an aura that protects your allies in the same way. In all cases a hi...
by TheNobleDrake
Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Characters
Topic: Decent Pics of Halflings, Anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 10639

Re: Decent Pics of Halflings, Anyone?

I can see that perspective makes the girl pictured either quite small, or the house built for a giant... That picture was in Dragon? Do you know which issue? I'd like to see if I can get a look at it to satisfy my curiosity as to whether it was intended as a) a half-elf sneaking into a giant's place...
by TheNobleDrake
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Characters
Topic: Decent Pics of Halflings, Anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 10639

Re: Decent Pics of Halflings, Anyone?

I think Elmore pretty much redefined the Halfling in my books :) Ugh. I love some of Elmore's older works (he does great snowy landscapes), but this particular pic is something I don't; the whole 3e-style "microelves/microhumans" redefinition of halflings in 3e was not a good thing, imo. To the def...
by TheNobleDrake
Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Zocchi Dice Buyer's Guide
Replies: 218
Views: 89562

Re: Zocchi Dice Buyer's Guide

I don't know why it has take Goodman Games so long to have an official set of dice. :( Allow me to explain: They are not a dice manufacturer, nor do they have an employ whose job is to liaise with a dice manufacturer - and being a small company all their employs they do have are already handling a ...
by TheNobleDrake
Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Where are stats for mithril items?
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

Re: Where are stats for mithril items?

Ogrepuppy wrote:"you buy mithril hide."
You found someone selling armor made from the hide of a dreaded white gorgon?! How lucky that you had the coin on hand to snatch it up before the merchant realized his error selling such a rare artifact.
by TheNobleDrake
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Zocchi Dice Buyer's Guide
Replies: 218
Views: 89562

Re: Zocchi Dice Buyer's Guide

Where can I order a full set of precision dice like these please? You can find 12 piece sets of precision dice, inked and uninked, at Gamestation.net. The d30, unfortunately, is not included in any sets and is very difficult to find these days in a precision style - especially one matching the colo...
by TheNobleDrake
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Where are stats for mithril items?
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

Re: Where are stats for mithril items?

There is not, nor is there really all that likely to be, any official "this is what mithril does" ruling. You should ask your Judge what differences there are between mithril weapons and normal weapons. Possiblities include, but are not limited to: lighter weight (possibly manifesting as a lessened ...
by TheNobleDrake
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: XP Average ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2101

Re: XP Average ?

My group tends to get around 6 XP per session on average, we tend to either get a lot of things done or just a couple that are pretty tough... depends on how many of the 9 players show up. A couple sessions ago 4 of them showed up and took on a pair of adult dragons at 1st level - got one dead and t...
by TheNobleDrake
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Aereth maps on this site
Replies: 19
Views: 3657

Re: Aereth maps on this site

Even Hackmaster redone their campaign setting. They got rid of all the D&D stuff and made a nice PDF, least that is a good start, of the Kingdoms of Kalamar: http://www.kenzerco.com/product_info.php?cPath=25_94&products_id=777 What they actually did was release a pdf of a 20-year old version of the...
by TheNobleDrake
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Some more rules questions
Replies: 26
Views: 12413

Re: Some more rules questions

I don't understand. How is giving them an option to roll the d20 going to get a higher potential roll result than 20? Because instead of taking a result of 20 and all the usual critical stuff to the roll, you instead roll with a +20 bonus on top of the rest of your typical stuff which could result ...
by TheNobleDrake
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Some more rules questions
Replies: 26
Views: 12413

Re: Some more rules questions

9. „A wizard who sacrifices a full 20 points of ability scores in one fell swoop automatically treats his next spell check as a roll of natural 20.“ - pretty sure I saw this discussed somewhere already, but I couldn’t find it just now. The question that came up for us was, wouldn’t it be worse to s...

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