Hey, I recently got XCrawl and some of the crawls and ran Dungeonbattle Brooklyn. I had some questions come up though, maybe people can help me with them.
1. Grandstanding and mugging. It seems like there's a lot of rules surrounding these, but is the only game effect really "make 5 in a row to get a long term Fame boost?" It would seem like getting the crowd psyched would have some kind of short term effect. And even if not, making 5 in a row of anything in a d20-based system is pretty unlikely even with friendly crowds and high skills, and also it seems like if all the players are trying to get in 5 in a single crawl then someone's spending time on that about every other melee round. I feel like I must be missing something.
2. Death and incapacitation. Our crawl ended in the second room, sadly, as our three PCs were beat up by the five orcs (the note in the tunnel said three, but then the text said five... Bad luck on their surprise round meant they got wasted). But none got killed outright, they just got taken to negative HP. I assumed that they don't bleed out, that once the fight is over paramedics come in, patch 'em up, and send them to the hospital where they recuperate in their shame and at their unspecified expense. How do people handle this?
3. Losing. They only got to the second room so I wasn't comfortable just saying "oh yeah, you won" which seems to be what the game wants you to do. It kinda made me want a mechanic to roll to see how far the other teams got (the PCs got interested in who the other teams were and how they did, and were adamant that they didn't want the team of guys in drag with Bugs-Bunny-as-Brunhilda helmet-wigs to best them). Anyone done anything like that?
P.S. I enjoyed the game, a complete writeup of our first session can be found here: http://mxyzplk.wordpress.com/2010/12/26 ... -brooklyn/