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William Broom
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My DCC campaign plans  - 
 
Been reading over 'The People of the Pit' and 'The Emerald Enchanter' (some spoilers for these obviously) - I really like them but they both seem pretty easy to beat by simply retreating and resting regularly, and indeed both booklets acknowledge this as an optimal strategy. There aren't any disincentives I can see for retreating, except that in PoP you might occasionally be trapped in the dungeon for a short while. Judging from past experience my players are likely to exploit this to the hilt.

I was thinking of making the enemies in both adventures more proactive, perhaps hunting the PCs, drawing on reinforcements, or laying ambushes. I especially like the idea of having the Emerald Enchanter harass the players throughout his dungeon rather than just appearing twice at predetermined points.

Any thoughts on this? I'm especially interested in other people's experiences with the modules in question.
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Our party rested in the basilisk pit.

A screaming posse of gray robes suicide-waved them from the tentacle-vator at midnight.
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DCC Rules & Rulings, Questions & House-rules.  - 
 
Some people have been saying that fumbles get repetitive after a while. Has anyone thought about different tables for different weapon types? Worse fumbles for big heavy weapons, less worse for daggers or fisticuffs.
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I always adapt the fumble to the weapon and physical situation, regardless of the fumble table result, while maintaining the degree of failure of the rolled result.
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What do y'all think of the "lucky roll" mechanic? Seems kinda fiddly and pointless to me, do you think anything would be lost by ditching it?
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Hmm, I guess I'll play it by RAW for now. I'm not sure I like the idea of giving it to everyone because a) we quit 4th edition to get away from lots of fiddly bonuses and b) it seems a bit odd, flavour-wise, for everyone to have an augury at their birth.
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Another newb question 'cause I'm too cheap to just buy the PDF: What's the difference between a patron and a god? If a wizard gets spells from his patron and a cleric gets spells from her god, what's the difference exactly?
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+Adam Muszkiewicz Bobugbubilz does indeed get a mention as the "evil god of amphibians". Even still, in my campaigns I think I will endeavor to keep patrons and gods fairly separate and patrons fairly weird... Does anyone out there have a party with a cleric and a wizard both associated with the same entity?
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Dungeon crawling in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Hogwarts. #flailsnails  characters welcome. More info here: http://awizardskiss.blogspot.com/2012/09/night-haunted-hogwarts-setting-info.html

RUMOURS & QUESTS

- The last survivor of a slaughtered party lies fever-ridden in the garret of the the Three Broomsticks Inn. He claims that his fellows discovered an ancient relic before they were destroyed.
- A scene of a forgotten massacre has been discovered in the castle's Great Hall, along with mysterious flying plates of food.
- Herculobus Black, an emissary from Azkaban, will pay 150 galleons (1500gp) for a captured Dementor, and even more to anyone who can work out how to kill one.
Night-Haunted Hogwarts - Session II
Sun, September 16, 2012, 7:30 PM

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I got Shovalds the 1st-level goblin all statted up! Anyone strong, be sure to pack some extra wood or metal along. 
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Hey, I'm looking for people interested in playtesting a playset that I wrote. It's based on Jack Vance's Dying Earth series. I'm especially looking for fans of the Dying Earth, but anyone interested in weird fantasy is welcome. You can read the playset here:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwwqQp3rXKHgakg2d3doNXh0R1E/edit
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...and now I've read a good few of the stories. Mazirian is quite the bro.
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Is DCC compatible with other OSR-type material, such as homebrew classes? It seems like most homebrew classes would be lacking reference to crit tables and action dice, but you could just map them onto whichever class fits best, right? e.g. "this Orangutan is kind of like a thief variant so just use the thief tables." Anyone have experience with doing this?
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DCC seems to be less automatically adaptable to other OSR game-stuff than any of the rest of the OSR game stuff.  Labyrinth Lord, S&W, OSRIC, even LotFP or ACKS are all pretty much interchangeable with near-zero effort; but DCC is sufficiently innovative in its rules that you'd have to actually sit down and convert stuff (plus, the power levels are way off; a 10th level DCC character is, from what I can see, WAY more powerful than a 10th level D&D or LL character). It will be a point I'll be making in my upcoming review.

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't still borrow a lot of stuff back and forth.
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Ho there DCC players, could you tell me if the DCC book includes monsters and magic items? And if so what's the quality of them like?
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+Jeffrey Tadlock I generally agree, but I would have preferred more stats over a huge picture of a man-bat. The art and layout are very nice, but a bit self-indulgent.
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FLAILSNAILS is: a gnome monk, wearing a leather jacket, riding on the shoulders of a morphine addict
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FLAILSNAILS is a PC accidentally getting killed by another PC's dying act and then having their dying act hammer home the now dying PC's once living goals.
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Something has riled up the skeletons of the keep, and meanwhile the rumoured relic has still not been retrieved from the first floor. Many other mysteries await in the halls of fallen Hogwarts. More info here: http://awizardskiss.blogspot.com/2012/09/night-haunted-hogwarts-setting-info.html

Rumours & Events

- An Azkabanj is offering a reward for the capture of a Dementor, while a sage from the House of Ravenclaw wants a certain book from the library on the second floor.

- A party of capering skeletons attacked some travellers on the west road. Those slain by the undead rose as skeletons themselves, and they fled together back to the castle.

- The last survivor of an ill-fated expedition has finally died, crying out with his last breath: "The cup... the cup!" As rumours fly about the relic's nature, a party of mercenaries has arrived stating their intention to find it.

P.S. I've settled into a groove on Sunday evenings, but I'm open to running the game on other days and times to get a good variety of players. If you're interested, let me know/pester me about what times you can play.
Night-Haunted Hogwarts, Session III
Sun, September 23, 2012, 6:30 PM

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Enjoyed the game, but I have to attend to a situation around the house. I doubt I'll be able to rejoin tonight. I hope to do it again sometime. Nice to meet everyone.
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    Creative Writing, 2011 - present
  • West Virginia University
    English, 2012 - 2013
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