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by sbarrie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Skills and Max Ranks
Replies: 18
Views: 3727

I was ruling that cross-class skills had a lower maximum rank, as per D&D3.0. Setting max ranks to a flat character level+3 sounds good. Really good. I don't care if it's supported in the rules or not, my new campaign will use this.
by sbarrie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Zamorian Nobility
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

Try "Cacique" , or variation thereof. It's the title of a central american tribal chief or a corrupt official. I've always seen Zamora as a mix between Eastern Europe and Mexico. If you want to stick to Europe, I'd go with the Polish term "Szlachta" . Stealing historic names and giving them a twist ...
by sbarrie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Over/underpowered Classes
Replies: 98
Views: 19167

Lets imagine a party that does a lot of traveling around (as most Conan parties do) and either has a Noble with 16 Charisma and maxed out social skills or a X Class with 16 Charisma and maxed out social skills. What can the noble do social-wise that Class X can't? Let's see: Rank Hath Its Priviledg...
by sbarrie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Variable Bad Guys
Replies: 34
Views: 7303

To a degree, but if a normal line soldier can be 5th level and an elite trooper is 10th, a 2nd level PC is a total spod. That just isn't Conan for me: PCs should matter from the word go, at least a little. Its all a matter of taste of course. That's why I pick a starting level for PCs which is appr...
by sbarrie
Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Slings
Replies: 16
Views: 3861

I don't have the rules in front of me, but I've always felt that slings should:
1) Do as much or more damage than arrows.
2) Have poor or no armour penetrating ability.
3) Be somewhat harder to use than a bow (require a higher level of proficiency?).
by sbarrie
Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Variable Bad Guys
Replies: 34
Views: 7303

I use the same distribution as Kemper Boyd , except without the level of Commoner. If a recruit has background skills that can't be represented by a level of soldier, he can take a skill-based feat (Skill Focus or a 2+2). Also, high level PCs should know that killing 3rd level soldiers brings conseq...
by sbarrie
Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:47 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Tower of the Elephant Module Questions
Replies: 32
Views: 7715

Personally, I tack the "sickened" and "nauseated" conditions onto most toxins in my campaign. Being nauseated isn't as irreversible as dying, but it sure makes players fear spiders and snakes. As they should.
by sbarrie
Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Some Proficiency questions
Replies: 48
Views: 12295

...and I didn't mean to dog pile on Sutek.
by sbarrie
Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Some Proficiency questions
Replies: 48
Views: 12295

The actual key point is "unable to use either his Dodge Defense or Parry Defense", clearly meaning if either one can't be used, then you are succeptible to sneak attacks. That's not clear at all. "Unable to use either his Dodge Defense or Parry Defense" means the same as "Able to use neither his Do...
by sbarrie
Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Tom-Toms and Talking Drums
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Your suggestions sound very reasonable.

(You'll have to copy and paste the link below - BBCode is choking on the underscore. The "_(communication)" is part of the URL )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_(communication)
by sbarrie
Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Picts as characters?
Replies: 67
Views: 16323

In the main rule book under the write up of picts it mentions that Pict's have all, (Basically as a race,) sworn a blood oath to kill Cimmerians on sight. I cirtainly got the impression that the Cimerian responce to this was to kill all Picts on sight. Most Picts only expect to see Cimmerians who a...
by sbarrie
Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Picts as characters?
Replies: 67
Views: 16323

Here in Canada, its not uncommon for friendships to develop between individuals whose nations of birth frequently make the evening news together, if you know what I mean. I've had friends admit that these friendships would not be possible in either's home country. I am not sure what countries you a...
by sbarrie
Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Picts as characters?
Replies: 67
Views: 16323

Jumping in late here; A Cimmerian adventurer would have huge problems in Pictland. A Pict adventurer would have huge problems in Cimmeria. But there's no intrinsic reason for a Pict and a Cimmerian to hate each other while in Shem. They could easily relate to each other better than they relate to th...
by sbarrie
Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Month names in hyborian age
Replies: 22
Views: 6963

Personally, I don't use months at all. I use weeks, solstices and equinoxes. E.g. "We will leave the third week after the Vernal Equinox, and return during the tenth week of winter". (13 weeks in a season, just like cards in a suit) The advantage to this appraoch is that players don't need to learn ...
by sbarrie
Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Opposed checks and penalties to hit
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

By the rules, yes it does.

I've houseruled that your penalty when using Combat Expertice does not hinder your opposed rule to resist Sundering or Disarming.
by sbarrie
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:19 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Defensive Blast: Fix Consensus Discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 10912

Re: Opportunistic Sacrifice

Translate the PP spent into Strength 1:1. Take the Blast STR bonus and roll that many d6 for the damage of the blast. The Magic Attack roll is further adjusted by that STR (MAB+CHA+1d20+13, in the case above) and acts like a Bull Rush at that STR. Drawback is that the Sorcerer takes half the blast ...
by sbarrie
Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Shadizar Map - Get It Here!
Replies: 212
Views: 65039

I still haven't recieved mine. :(
by sbarrie
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:56 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Extending the Conan RPG
Replies: 8
Views: 2682

Ashton Clark Smith's Zothique may not have the fan support for a full game, but it would make a nice soft cover alternate campaign setting for the Conan game.
by sbarrie
Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Scott's Defensive Blast rules, feedback appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

a) Why different ranges and radii? Variety, variety, variety. And the higher PP minimums keeps the flashier ones out of the hands of apprentices. b) Are they really more powerful than the fiery blast? ~12d6 damage is going to force a lot of high massive damage saves. c) Is DC 15+PP too high? I know ...
by sbarrie
Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Scott's Defensive Blast rules, feedback appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

Would it work as 10' radius for each one? Why the different sizes and strengths? I really like the effects though - very nice. Each has its own radius or range listed. If a range is listed, I intended it to affect only one target. The different PP requirements was me eyeballing the power levels. I ...