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Adventure Seed: Legacy of C.A.I.N.
We've had some really serious Adventure Seeds over the last few months. So let's lighten things up and run a one shot that touches on the consents of consciousness, the nature of intelligence and life, and exploitation, then asks you to decide if the villain has gone too far.
https://housedok.com/legacy-of-c-a-i-n/

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Legacy of C.A.I.N.
 
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Anoch the grejmen


As this is now a normal social media profile and not a collection of artworks, I will start posting some of the things I have been working on lately, even though they are not necessarily ready to be published.

This one was made because I have begun playing role-playing games again with some old friends and family - I am building on a game I rather inadvertently invented when I demonstrated the GURPS rules (Yes... a strange name) for my daughter and a nephew.

It is a very bleak and bloody world and I have included some of the drawings I have made recently: Norn the dead God and The Zombie Steed to be part of the story. This is a drawing of a Norn Missionary warrior monk called, Anoch. His large shield looks like it is a door torn off a hobbit hole, and he is standing with his spear in a forest of spruce. In the game the players are sort of colleagues to this enormous man as they all play warrior monks in the Norn Mission.

The symbol of the Norn Mission is on his shield and bronze breastplate as it was on the crazy man sitting on the zombie steed.

I will probably return to this topic soon!

#art #krita #madewithkrita #illustration #eveningdrawing #eveningdrawings #penandpaper #RPG #role-playing #tabletop #games #GURPS #monk #warrior
 
Steel Aces Intrude 6
This week Frankie continues to explore the forces of Chimera, delving deeper into the idea of a new Commander subtype. While not part of the original entry this is something we're hoping to add to a future update.
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-6/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 6
 
This Week In Veloren 136 - 06 September 2021


7 minute read - - AngelOnFira, TWiV Editor Contributor Work Thanks to this week's contributors, @zesterer, @Naryadchikov, @XVar, @xeriab, @Sam, @Slipped, @khalludi, @xMAC94x, @slashplusplus, @Sharp, @juliancoffee, @ubruntu, @Snowram, @knightresspaladin, @imbris, and @Cap…

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This Week In Veloren 136 - 06 September 2021


7 minute read - - AngelOnFira, TWiV Editor Contributor Work Thanks to this week's contributors, @zesterer, @Naryadchikov, @XVar, @xeriab, @Sam, @Slipped, @khalludi, @xMAC94x, @slashplusplus, @Sharp, @juliancoffee, @ubruntu, @Snowram, @knightresspaladin, @imbris, and @Cap…

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The Untitled Mutant Martial Arts Campaign
It's time to start a new article series, and because we enjoyed both the Martial Arts and Animal Powered series, I want to bring them together. Only this time, we're going to do it together. Each new update for "UMMAC" will include a poll where you can help steer the final shape of the setting. Then we'll do a write up similar to our PSI series based on everyone's input!
https://housedok.com/the-untitled-mutant-martial-arts-campaign/

One more thing!
We also recently did an interview with Mildra the Gaming Monk, outlining 20 fantasy marital arts rapid fire! Check of the video of that here:


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The Untitled Mutant Martial Arts Campaign
 
Steel Aces Intrude 5
This week Frankie continues his look at Chimera and their forces. Here we have concept art for a Drifter Commander.
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-5/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 5
 
Adventure Seed: The Alpha Force Shakedown
In the wake of attacks on local infrastructure the Bureau of Metahuman Affairs is stepping in to introduce their newest government sectioned super team, the Alpha Force. While they say they're here to help, actions speak louder than words.
https://housedok.com/the-alpha-force-shakedown/

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The Alpha Force Shakedown
 
Steel Aces Intrude 4
This week we have a new character study from Frankie looking at the forces of Chimera.
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-4/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 4
 
Steel Aces Intrude 3
We hope you have been enjoying watching Frankie interpretation of the Steel Aces. Today we see the full team, in a line up, colored and ready for action!
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-3-now-in-color/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 3 (Now in color!)
 
Got to join Mildra for their Amazing Artifice series, we model 10 random powers using Metahumans Rising. From Jotun to Kitsune, the powers get a bit weird. Click the link. Get weird with us!



#Metahumans #Superheroes #RPG #TTRPG #Podcast #YouTube
 
Steel Aces Intrude 2
The Steel Aces are on hiatus. However, Frankie Mendoza, an incredibly talented artist, who has worked on shows like #Archer and #Unsupervised, continues to amaze with his interpretations of the Steal Aces! Check out the entire team.
From Left to Right: Bulwark, Crossfire, Nox, Ronin, Elf, Guardian, Wayfarer, and Vigilant
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-2/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 2
 
Adventure Seed: Diversionary Tactics
It's starts with an attack on the traffic control systems, triggering accidents all over the city. Things only get worse from there? Can you stop Backlash before he turns the city into a federal disaster zone?
https://housedok.com/diversionary-tactics/

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Diversionary Tactics
 
This week's Traveller session sees the crew jumping into the Anundarluu nebula, a strange region in Reft. They're heading to explore a comet where the Deepnight Endeavour picked up its infection from. During the jump though, some of the crew start getting strange dreams.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/07/bad-dreams-dead-rats.html
#traveller #rpg #roll20

Bad Dreams, Dead Rats
 
We have come to the end of the fourth chapter of Strange Aeons, The Whisper Out of Time, and are ready to head off into the next part of the adventure path, What Grows Within. We managed to find what we needed, and rescue some slaves, whilst avoiding various subplots which involved grinding for XP. We got given the XP anyway, for being sensible enough to avoid them.

Personally, if I ever run another Pathfinder adventure path, I think I'd deliberately remove all the XP grinding sections so we can get them finished in a reasonable time.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/what-the-elf-said.html




#rpg #roll20 #pathfinder
What The Elf Said
 
Steel Aces Intrude
The Steel Aces are currently taking a hiatus, but that doesn't mean we don't have fun new content. Check out the amazing line art from Frankie Mendoza!
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-1/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 1
 
We're back to a full group for this session of Traveller, and are now just at the point where the PCs are ready to begin the mission to enter the Anundarluu. I expected us to be at this point some weeks ago, but illness and side quests have delayed things a bit.

The in-game clock has clicked around to the start of 1107. One thing that I do like about Traveller is that time moves on, unlike in some other games where you seem to go from 1st to 20th level in a few months. It gives opportunity to have things happening in the background at a reasonable pace.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/new-year-new-mission.html




#rpg #traveller
New Year, New Mission
 
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An adventurer gave this #dungeon a bad review on #Yelp. ("Yelp" is #Orcish for "this wall here".)

#RPG #Roleplaying #Games #DnD #graffiti
 
I normally use TravellerMap when running Traveller adventures, but the Deepnight Revelation campaign will be taking the PCs to places TravellerMap doesn't cover, so I'll be using my own WorldGen to populate these sectors.

I've also using it to flesh out the systems in charted space, which means adding better support for binary and triple star systems since a lot of the UWP data includes such systems. So far, 56,244 planets and moons have been mapped, across 1,798 systems and 14 (mostly empty) sectors.

And I've just realised I've already used 248GB of a 1TB disk. I think I need a bigger drive.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/uwp-star-system-types.html




#traveller #rpg
UWP Star System Types
 
Animal Powered 10: Shark
Half shark, half man! .. They bite, they fight!

Jawesome!
https://housedok.com/animal-powered-11-shark/

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Animal Powered 11: Shark
 
Had the opportunity to speak with Mildra the Monk. We talk a about the influences behind Metahumans Rising, both role-playing games and comics. Then we dive into topics like avoiding analysis paralysis in a Superhero RPG and how the system handles balancing different characters and building trickier character concepts.



#Metahumans #MetahumansRising #Superheroes #RPG #TTRPG #Interview
 
Patron Adventure Seed Poll
Join us on Patreon and help decide the next Adventure for Metahumans Rising.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/52449067

Pick from:
Diversionary Tactics: Backlash is targeting infrastructure throughout the city, causing blackouts and chaos. This is way outside his M.O; until you consider there's not a paycheck he didn't like. Who's really behind Backlash's attacks? What are their goals? And, can you stop them in time?

Legacy of C.A.I.N.: In 1996 an android was created to explore the harshest environments on earth. Something went wrong and CAIN became self aware. After years of terrorizing the corporations that made him CAIN disappeared. A recent break-in at a XST Research Facility indicates someone is trying to recreate the android.

Party Crashers: The first international space elevator is nearing completion on the island of Kiribati. However, a local extremist group doesn't want their home turning into a colonial outpost. The heroes have been asked to show support and prevent anything from going wrong. While the militants have their muscle, Chimera is also watching the orbital launch platform for their own goals.

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Adventure Seed: The Immortal’s Trail
What starts as your run of the mill museum heist evolves into a globe trotting adventure through history. Walk the Immortal's Trail, and uncover the secrets of Pythagoras.
https://housedok.com/the-immortals-trail

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Part 1: Museum Troubles https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1037520476
Part 2: On The Immortal's Trail https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1045063546

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The Immortal’s Trail
 
Steel Aces 23: A Price To Be Paid
We close the first issue of Steel Aces catching up with the ever charming Deputy Director Baylock, following his meeting at Fort McNair.
https://housedok.com/comic/playing-jacks-page-23/

With the conclusion of our first issue we will be taking a break, and reviewing the comic. In the meantime, check out our guest appearance on the Wandering DM's Twitch channel. You can see Bulwark and Nox in action along with Tecnica a member of the Metahumans Rising Hall of Legends.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1037520476

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Playing Jacks, Page 23
 
We are down a player this week for our Traveller game, but we finish off the current investigation on the world of Eskandor anyway since we're going to be skipping next week since we'll probably be down two people.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/soldiers-heart-chained.html
#rpg #traveller
Soldier’s Heart Chained
 
Adventure Seed: Gator Bites
People are going missing in the Louisiana swamps, the heroes have been asked to investigate. Do they have what it takes to uncover truth of Krotz Springs, the adjacent basin, and face the Swamp Mother?
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Gator Bites
 
We had ended the previous session of our Pathfinder Strange Aeons game with one character leaping through a magical portal and forcing us to follow her, despite being down on hit points and spells.

The insane angel that we faced looked daunting, but several criticals and a lucky success with a Possession spell turned it into a quick and easy fight. Unfortunately I was in its head when it died, which has given the GM an opportunity to provide my psychic character a double-edged 'gift'. As if I don't have too many people in my head already.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/broken-angel.html
#pathfinderrpg #rpg

Broken Angel
 
Steel Aces 21 & 22: Size Doesn’t Matter
Chimera's resources may be cast. In the end, there is only one question for Guardian.
https://housedok.com/comic/playing-jacks-page-21-22/

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Playing Jacks, Page 21 & 22
 
As we run up towards the start of the Deepnight Revelation campaign, the Travellers are getting involved in investigating a local plot involving missing hunters and talking stones on the world of Eskandor. Many of the local's aren't too interested in finding out who killed some off-world hunters who were hunting their endangered animals, and the Imperium representatives at the starport are interested but don't have the authority to interfere in local matters.

#rpg #travellerrpg

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/elmos-wilderness-travel.html

Elmo’s Wilderness Travel
 
Animal Powered 10: Rabbit
Quick reflexes, fast and agile, the Rabbit is great for avoiding danger.
https://housedok.com/animal-powered-10-rabbit/

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Animal Powered 10: Rabbit
 
Had something of a half of a session of my #Solo #MightySix #RPG #Game. It was an information-gathering scene. While I did gather enough information to move the story forward, it didn't feel like it was enough for a satisfying scene. My experience with solo games is that information tends to build in momentum, perhaps even more than when GM'ing a game for a group. I've been taking a few stray moments here and there to generate ideas, writing everything down and taking what sticks, so that I can continue to build upon what I have so far, until I feel like action is appropriate.

In the meantime, I also have to write out a couple character sheets. When I started this campaign, I generated a small cast of #Superheroes and villains, with some notes on a few of them. Now it looks like some of those characters are coming into play, so I'll need more than just notes and ideas.

#Superhero #ttrpg #Gaming
 
I've started expanding my WorldGen software again, in order to use it more extensively with my Traveller campaign. Adding some more world types, and taking a look at some of the possible types of dwarf planets.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/proto-thermic-dwarfs.html



#rpg #scifi
Proto Thermic Dwarfs
 
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#DragonAgeDarkFortress #1 (2021) #SachinTeng Cover & #FernandoHeinzFurukawa Pencils, #NunzioDeFilippis & #ChristinaWeir Story The next chapter in the world of #BioWare's award-winning dark fantasy #RPG #DragonAge begins here! Deep within enemy territory, the warrior-legend Fenris and a fearless team of Inquisition agents prepare to assault a fortress said to be unbreakable in a bid to prevent the unthinkable from being unleashed. o The continuation of Dragon Age: Blue Wraith! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0937HY7TZ?ref=myi_title_dp

 
Animal Powered 9: Octopus
It's tentacle time! This was one of the most fun and toughest builds to put together. Trying to cover everything an octopus can do as a superhero was more than tough. Consider adding Surprising to this build for more tentacle love.
https://housedok.com/animal-powered-9-octopus

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Animal Powered 9: Octopus
 
In our Traveller campaign, the crew are heading back to the Imperium in order to meet up with an expedition to investigate the source of the Deepnight Endeavour infection. I try to use the starship combat rules again, but quickly give up because they really don't do what I want them to do.
https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/going-home.html




#rpg #travellerrpg
Going Home
 
Steel Aces 19: Hero is a Strong Word
Before the meet and greet can get to out of control, Guardian has a few words for the crowd. Also, Crossfire comes to his own realization.
https://housedok.com/comic/playing-jacks-page-19/

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Playing Jacks, Page 19
 
Not much 'adventuring' this week in our Traveller game, since I needed to discuss some things about how we are going to run the upcoming Deepnight Revelation campaign. We also have a discussion about accessibility. The TravellerMap is pretty awesome - but it's considerably less awesome if you can't see, so we talked over some options for making the information in it accessible so that all my players could use it.

If anyone else has run Traveller for blind players, I'd be interested in hearing ideas on ways to allow them to 'see' a Traveller star map.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/planning-for-deepnight.html
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Planning for Deepnight
 
In our Strange Aeons Pathfinder game we continue to explore the Mysterium in the city of Katheer. There are strange creatures here, and it turns out narrow corridors and a dread wraith aren't a good combination for those wishing to avoid having their life drained. At least my phantom could go incorporeal to fight it.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/oozes-dont-read.html
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Oozes Don’t Read
 
Adventure Seed: The Night Warden’s Sights
It starts with thwarting an assassination attempt. In the aftermath, the heroes find themselves hunted by the deraigned Night Warden and his personal army of trustees.
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The Night Warden’s Sights
 
Steel Aces 18: Moral Police
With everyone rallying an undisclosed base below the Potomac, it's time to fill in a few of blanks around some of our heroes. Weather they like it or not.
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Playing Jacks, Page 18
 
Animal Powered 8: Koala
Eat poison, survive falls, "mark" your foes, yeah your kind of gross, but you're also cute!
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Animal Powered 8: Koala
 
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Dragon Hunting Notes: Sailback Dragons


As an aside, Sea Dragons exist in my dragon hunter setting. However, humans do not really hunt them, so whatever. They:

1) Have a body plan similar to an oarfish

2) Fly like nothing on our Earth, using their entire body as a flying wing

3) Use sidewinding to move on the ground

4) Swim like a snake or eel

Sailback dragons are legless reptiles. They were initially somewhat small, and developed stickle-back spines as a defense from constrictor snakes. These spines became a spiny neural sail from head to tail.

Forest sailbacks began to glide from tree to tree using their bodies for lift like flying snakes. However, flying snakes are flattened horizontally, while sailbacks are flattened vertically. This means sailbacks can fly, even though flying snakes can only glide. The natural snake-like undulating motion produces thrust like flapping wings.

Ironically, sailbacks did not last in forest environments. Their flying wing body plan may have been fine for wrapping around the nearest tree, but pterosaurs could nimbly maneuver between branches for longer flights. Pterosaurs and snakes muscled out sailbacks from forests.

Sailbacks moved to coasts and rivers, occupying mostly seabird niches. They were excellent divers and swimmers, much better than pterosaurs.

Sadly, the K-T event almost wiped out sailbacks. Birds flooded into their niches, leaving the remaining sailback survivors as evolutionary relics. By the time humans arose, a sailback dragon was a rare and spectacular sight.

It will be a long time before humans understand how sailbacks fly. They look like snakes magically suspended in the air; their undulating motion looks nothing like flapping wings. Foreign scientists will be skeptical of their existence. Even after dead bodies will force them to admit that these wingless dragons exist, they will long refuse to accept they can fly.

Actually, when viewed from directly below, the body wing is apparent, but most of the rare sightings would be from an angle where the undulating motion would be the most visible thing.

Regardless of foreign skepticism, natives celebrate sailback dragons as noble magical creatures. This contrasts with the (well earned) reputation of pteropod dragons as cruel and evil. Dragon hunters are skeptical of their existence, so obviously they have no interest in hunting sailbacks.

OTOH, sailors worldwide fear giant flightless sea serpents, which occupy the niche of our large toothed whales, such as sperm whales. In myths, these sea serpents are often regarded as related to pteropod dragons, but in fact they are only distantly related. Even though dragon hunters dismiss sea serpents as mere sea stories, most will go along with the myths if they can get a "free" ride for protecting a ship.

To get some idea of how this would look, see this video:



The drone in the video only waves incidentally, but that wave motion is how a sailback dragon would fly.

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Steel Aces 17: A Fine Wine or Grape Vinegar
Brought together for the first time, there are questions that need to be answered before real discourse can begin.
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Playing Jacks, Page 17
 
Adventure Seed: Mock Madness
Mock Madness follows the events of Burning the Midnight Oil pitting the leaders of the Brood and the Black Dragon Fitness Club in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Can the heroes piece together what's going on before it's too late?
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Mock Madness
 
Steel Aces 16: Burn Order
The Doc may look calm and collected, but what's on her mind?
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Playing Jacks, Page 16
 
Animal Powered 7: Hawk
Take to the skies, spot your target, and drop in unexpectedly. Hawk heroes are mobile and dangerous.
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Animal Powered 7: Hawk
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 3

from https://write.as/chuckdee/character-a-day-2021-dungeon-crawl-classics-day-3

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TL;DR



This is definitely a hail back to older ages, and some things I discarded even then. I suppose the fast character creation is a nod to the funnel that the characters have to go through- why waste time on a character that probably won't survive. But it's a lot different than the qualities I look for in a character creation system.

On to the system itself, since I'd never seen it- the dice chain is a novel idea, at least on paper. Basically, you have the dice ordered from smallest to largest, and though there are modifiers, when they become high enough, you promote to the next die in the chain. So if I was rolling a d20 to attack, and had enough modifiers, I'd roll a d24 instead. That brings me to the problem- I had a hard time telling the difference between some of the dice, so I think it would get to be a bit much in play.

But even more to deal with- the tables. There are tables for everything. That's an exaggeration, but not by much. I really don't know how you'd deal with that in play. I guess a good screen would help, but with so many spells having tables, there's no way to fit them all on a screen.

Reading a bit more about the funnel, I'm not sure there's a way to solo it. I'm also not sure that I'd ever actually run it, though I might play in it. The material is awesome, but not so sure about the system.

Final Build



Name: Alin Bexley

Strength: 11 (+0)
Agility: 14 (+1) Ref: +1
Stamina: 13 (+1) Fort: +1
Personality: 15 (+1) Will: +1
Intelligence: 17 (+2) Languages: Common, Dwarven, Elven
Luck: 14 (+1) Bountiful Harvest: Hit Points

Hit Points: 4
Wealth: 38 Copper
Experience: 0 XP
Occupation: Outlaw (Shortsword, Leather Armor)
Alignment: Neutral
Equipment: Flint & Steel
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 2

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Name, race, and gender are three of the things I can pick... but I'll generate them randomly, coming up with Alin Bexley, Human Female. I'm not generating a background for a character that is possibly throw away.

Step 1: Generate Stats



Going oldschool- 3d6 in order of stat. And I see that this character will definitely be a sacrifice to the funnel, as all of the character's luck went into the stats.

Strength: 11 (+0)
Agility: 14 (+1)
Stamina: 13 (+1)
Personality: 15 (+1)
Intelligence: 17 (+2)
Luck: 14 (+1)

Step 2: Roll on Luck Table



Luck roll – d30 –> 25 = Bountiful Harvest: Hit Points

I think this means that she gets to add her Stamina bonus to her hit points each level, but I don't see it explained anywhere.

Step 3: Other Stats



Hitpoints – 1d3 –> 3 + 1 = 4.
Wealth – 5d12 –> 38 cp
Occupation – d100 –> 82 = Outlaw.
That gives me a shortsword and leather armor.
Random Item – d24 –> 8 = Flint & Steel
Alignment – Neutral (Again a pick, but might as well go for the middle)
Languages – Common +2 more (Int mod). Dwarven and Elven

Step 4: Record Saves



Ref +1, Fort +1, Will +1
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 1

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Introduction



I just picked up Dungeon Crawl Classics as an add-on for the Empire of the East Kickstarter. I've never played it, but heard a lot about it, so considering that I wanted to get Empire of the East for background information, along with Lankhmar, I figured I might as well get the base game too.

From first glance, it's a lot different than other games that I've played- a lot of it is random. And not just in a 'roll your stats and class' kind of random way- but a 'default character creation is to create many characters and send them through a funnel' kind of way.

This one, I think is going to be a bit different because of that- I'm going into this not knowing what the end character will look like. I'm just going to create a character for the funnel, and see how it turns out.

I have an idea if I like the game, I might run some for myself solo just to see how it turns out.
 
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