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I've finally decided what to do re: a fantasy campaign; I vacillated a lot about various different options and it's taken me some time to finally come to a conclusion that I like. And, much to my surprise, it's turned out to be "Stick mostly with third edition D&D, with some house rules."

Basically, I'm going to bring in a few of the Saga Edition changes that make the GM's life easier, but they're just going to be superimposed onto the existing 3.5 framework. Trying to retool every class, skill, spell, and feat isn't worth the effort, but I'm going to make some "high level" changes right off the bat, and then make rulings on individual items as they come up.

Some details, for those interested. These changes have been designed to enable us to keep using E-Tools with minimal trouble.

  • "Heroic" characters (i.e., PCs) get (hit die x 3) + Con bonus hit points at 1st level. This is largely to counter the increased likelihood of critical hits (see below).

  • Iterative attacks will be replaced by a +1/2 level damage bonus. The "Double Attack" and "Triple Attack" feats will be added.

  • Critical hits will not require confirmation rolls but will automatically hit for maximum damage. I am thinking about adding "Optional Critical Hit Effects" like I did for Uncanny Midnight Tales. Most creatures are no longer immune to critical hits or precision damage (such as sneak attacks).

  • The condition track will be used; when a character takes damage exceeding their damage threshold (haven't decided what that will be, leaning towards Con + level), or the character suffers a critical hit, they move down the condition track. If the character takes damage that would move them down the condition track and the attack also reduces them to 0 hit points, they are slain. Otherwise, reaching 0 hit points or the bottom of the condition track leaves the character incapacitated.

  • No multiclass XP penalties and no "favored class." Abilities (especially spells) formerly based on class level are based on character level instead. So for instance, FTR 2/WIZ 3 character casting magic missile would gain three missiles instead of two.

There are more sort of "behind the curtain" changes I will make, and there will probably be other house rules besides these that I haven't finalized, so if my players have any requests/suggestions, now is the time.

-The Gneech


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Jul. 27th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
just wondering have you eyeballed pathfinder? it really is what 4.0 should have been.

Jul. 27th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I was pretty deeply involved in the first couple of alpha releases, but it kept moving further and further away from what I wanted — if anything, being more fiddly and annoyingly numeric than 3.5 — so I stopped following it.

I also don't care for the setting much, but that's another issue.

Jul. 27th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
haha! Now that rogue/wizard combo can be pulled off more effectively! -Frisk
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
FYAmusement: By far the thickest folder in my file cabinet is your rulebook writeups.
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
In fairness, some of those were professional or semi-professional attempts!

Jul. 28th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
So... Will the Condition Track make it harder to die?
How will your Iterative attack rule affect Flurry of Blows?
Is Plains Ka an available character race?
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Generally, the condition track will make it harder to die, but easier to "get injured." It will also make wands or bags of cure light wounds a bit superfluous. Still working out some of the ramifications of that.

re: Plains Ka, if you want it, sure. :)

Plains Ka (Medium Humanoid [catfolk])
+2 Str, +2 Dex, -2 Int
Base Speed: 6 squares
Low-light Vision
Racial Skills: +2 racial bonus to Climb, Listen, and Move Silently
Claws: Plains Ka are considered to have Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat.
Dash: Once per encounter, a Plains Ka may improve their base speed by +2 squares for a number of turns equal to their Con bonus (minimum 1) if they are wearing Light or No Armor. This increase in speed also gives them a +2 bonus to Jump checks. This does not stack with increased base speed from a class (such as Barbarian or Scout).
Special Advancement: Plains Ka may spend a Feat (but not a class bonus feat) to gain the Scent ability.
Automatic Languages: Common, Feline. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Gnoll, Sylvan.
Favored Class: Ranger (or at least, it would be, if the game used favored classes)

-The Gneech

Edited at 2009-07-28 05:02 am (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh, and probably Flurry of Blows would require a full-round action and behave essentially like two-weapon fighting (with the two weapons being body parts).

Jul. 28th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
You might ought to take another look at Pathfinder, the first couple of Alpha releases were bad. I highly recommend the Beta version, even if only for the Fighter. In my opinion you could drop the Pathfinder Fighter class straight into 3.5 and it would balance out most sweetly.

Setting? Since when was that ever an excuse with an RPG?
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