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Our Campaign Domain rules are nearing completion. We basically re-wrote the domain rules for our campaign to suit our needs and incorporate a more story-oriented, plug-in-play method to Domains. It uses (most of) the ACKS math as closely as possible, but tries to simplify things in certain areas and develop others. 

We're pre-BETA at this point, but interested in outsider thoughts, feedback, etc. Particularly, in terms of things we might have overlooked and things that don't make sense to an outsider. 

Each chapter is a separate document. Seasons are almost done. Vassals and Augments are nearing completion. 

Check it out: 

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_dOIZGCUXGkcHpFdWdYb2pncWc&usp=sharing
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Loving what I've read so far and I can see this being a godsend for those folks who don't play C&S (Calculators & Spreadsheets) 8)
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Updated (again)! This G+ circle contains a bunch of blog writers and a few artists for D&D, OSR, DIY, etc. so you can filter these guys from your normal G+ RPG circle when you need inspirational blog material or want to see what they're currently writing. 

If you know someone who belongs in this circle, but ain't, post their name and blog below. 
#dnd   #osr   #blog   #blogs   #diy   #dungeons  
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Link to a list of these people and blogs: https://plus.google.com/109977891248454555881/posts/A4Rkp8sN84P
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Me too man! Great tune!
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Is there an app that allows you to highlight a section of your computer monitor and immediately upload it to a photo app (Instagram, Twitter, FB, etc.) or save it as an image? Like, right now, I save my screen and import to Paint, crop and save. I want to just click app button, highlight, save / upload.
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Also discovered: Snipping Tool and Greenshot as options. 
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I love the sun coming out crescendo.
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If you have an RPG blog or know of someone with an RPG focused blog, can you post their blog and G+ name here for me please? I'm trying to compile a list / circle for RPG blog writers. Particularly, I'm looking for OSR, old school D&D, DIY, etc. But, other stuff close to that realm works to. 

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Everyone I can think of has already been mentioned. Mine is at sycarion.com - Mostly Swords & Wizardry stuff nowadays.
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Heh. 
 
So, I was sitting there being all quietly smug about an amusing malapropism (as jackass pedants like myself are wont to do), when I decided to look up the etymology of the "right" word for the phrase. Turns out, "mettle" is just an alternate spelling of "metal" from before spelling conventions got hammered out, and it just fossilized into being used for metaphorical toughness and ability to cope.

So anybody saying "test your metal" is actually correct, and in fact expressing himself in a more immediate, poetic way. So much for smug. 
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Has anyone built an expanded Mortal Wounds / Tampering with Mortality table(s)? I want to do this (mostly, horizontally by increasing the d6 to say, a d10 roll), but wanted to see if others have attempted this first. 
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Would love to see it! Can you share via Google Docs or something? 
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Hello, ACKS fans. Looking to solicit some feedback / ideas for something I'm working on. We're writing up an alternate Domains system (using the ACKS math, but streamlining stuff quite a bit) for our campaign. One of the additions we have are (working title) "augments" for Settlements / Strongholds. Augments are special buildings that you can build that give your domain a unique bonus for your domain. Augments are limited (settlements have a limited number of "slots"). Here are some examples for Settlements: 

Apothecary
An apothecary allows characters to commission potions without the additional fees typically added for commissioning magical items (i.e. Base Cost + Components only). Furthermore, potions, ointments, unguents, powders, oils and other alchemical items can be identified for 100gp and monster parts may be purchased as if the settlement were one Market Class greater than it actually is (up to Class I). 

Famous Tavern (Name it.)
A famous tavern lures more potential henchman seeking employment. Henchmen of levels 1st-6th (instead of the normal 1st-4th) are available for hire. Furthermore, the ruler of a settlement that has a famous tavern may visit once each season and get a list of anyone looking for a particular treasure or item of note within the domain, who they are and what it is they are looking for. 

Adventurer's Guildhouse
If a settlement has an adventurer's guildhouse, when posting ads for hiring henchmen employers may inquire about prospective new hires and learn of their level, ability scores, proficiencies, spells known and other aspects as needed before hiring them. Furthermore, any Assault a Lair season actions are made at a +1 on the roll. 

Famous Brothel (Name it.)
If a settlement has a famous brothel, each season the ruler may visit the brothel and ask 1d3 questions from the following list about one of their subjects (including vassals or councilors, but not other player-characters): 
*What most troubles them?
*What do they aspire to be?
*What dark secret do they harbor?
*Where do their true loyalties lie?

Grand Library
A settlement with a grand library increases the availability of sages by one Market Class (Class I becomes 2d4) and any character with the Loremastery or any Knowledge proficiency can make a check at a +3 bonus if they spend a day in the library performing research on a particular topic. Furthermore, once per season, the ruler of a settlement with a great library may visit the library and be provided with a treasure map (1-4), formula (5) or scroll (6) discovered in the archives. 

Seer's Grotto
A seer's grotto provides a +5% bonus to the truth of any divination spells cast in the settlement. Furthermore, once a season the diviner will perform a more powerful version of Augury for the ruler of the settlement that can predict results for up to 3 months (a season) instead of 3 turns. 

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So, thoughts? Ideas for new augments you'd want if you were an ACKS ruler? 
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It's a good concern. Here's what I have to say: Augments are intended to be special versions of those things. So, yeah, every town has a tavern. But, if you have an augment, it's a unique Famous Tavern that stands apart from most. Like, every town has a Taco Bell, but only the Highlands in Louisville has the Taco Luchador that sells the #15 Desayuna. Also, yes, they'll be expensive. It's abstract, so it's not necessarily building material cost. It's more like, investing in infrastructure, district space, reputation, etc. to pull in those special businesses. So, the Famous Tavern won't cost the same as you might to just build a tavern. It'll be thousands and thousands of gold. 
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