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Back to work on a new character class: the Wise One. An excerpt:

Magical Affinity: A Wise One has a special affinity for a particular type of magic: arcane, divine, or druidic. This affinity is determined by a Wise One's highest mental ability scores. Intelligence corresponds to arcane magic, Wisdom to divine magic, and Charisma to druidic magic. If two or more of Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma are tied for highest score, the player may choose an appropriate magical affinity.

A Wise One can use gems and herbs to duplicate the effects of spells on the applicable spell list as if he were a member of the applicable class. In other words, Magic-User for Intelligence, Cleric for Wisdom, and Charisma for Druid.

Wise Ones, however, do not prepare and cast spells either via pray or by studying a spellbook. Instead, Wise Ones meditate upon the facets and interstices of gems as well as gather and mix herbs. In the process, Wise Ones tap into the innate powers and properties of gems and herbs to create magical effects.
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I guess as the levels go up, the herbs, gems would increase in rarity, expense? I would not limit it to those types of things. That's a good start, but I'd expand your list to monster parts, and things that aren't quite so easy to quantify or qualify... like emotions, states of being, etc.
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General Discussion  - 
 
I kicked off my 1E AD&D campaign a couple of weeks ago with BTW-style character creation. Worked pretty well. A few wrinkles still need to be ironed out, but overall it was a success. Here's the unkeyed village of Safe Harbor I drew based on the players' village map.
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Adventures  - 
 
Where does the road to adventure take us today? To the Fierce Library of the Lethal Amazons? To the Furious Mountain of the Inescapable Seers? To the Irreparable Forest of the Pestilential Puppets?
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Most excellent. 
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More mid-terms equals another map. :)
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I... I don't think this map follows Euclidean geometry...
More Escherian geometry.

Other than that, it's pretty nice :)
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Drew three smallish, interconnected maps while I had two students taking mid-terms. Scanned via copier, cut-and-pasted, et cetera.
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Becoming more and more infatuated with isometric drawn maps every day. Nice work here. 
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Fantasy Maps  - 
 
The City in a Cave.
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cooool
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Inked but not yet done map of Safe Harbor, the starting village for my new 1E AD&D game.
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Thank you
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1st Edition  - 
 
My new AD&D 1E campaign kicks off tomorrow. I've amended my house rules document to include the following:

Character Improvement

Each time your character advances a level, you have an opportunity to improve the character in one of five specific ways.

1. Ability Score: Increase one ability score by +1. This increase can bump an ability score higher than normal limits due to race or sex, but no ability score can increase beyond 18.

2. Skill: Choose another skill. You gain a +2 bonus with ability score checks for that skill.

3. Saving Throw: Choose one category of saving throw. Gain a +1 bonus to saving throws against that category.

4. Hit Points: Gain a number of bonus hit points equal to one-half the maximum result for your Hit Die.

5. Attack Roll: Gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls with a specific weapon.

Your character cannot gain a bonus from any specific way more than once until your character has gained a bonus for all the available options.
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Hi Mark! Thanks for uploading this for us all. I've downloaded a copy and i'll be having a read through this evening. Looks great!
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Drew three smallish, interconnected maps while I had two students taking mid-terms. Scanned via copier, cut-and-pasted, et cetera.
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I've gone as far as getting some iso paper to try this out! 
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Finished our twice-monthly Fate Accelerated game early, so it's time to break out BTW. The adventure starts with a village bear, a future warlord, and an assistant beast keeper from Lundenfeld. Little do these young heroes know, but a hidden cult threatens their homes.
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The Assistant Bear Keeper could be a really fun alternate Playbook.
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I thought I had parameters set for this to go on sale on Wednesday, 6 January, for Epiphany, but something got goofed up, and folks are already purchasing it. C'est la vie.

Magi study the hidden signs in the stars, in dates, dreams, and the movements of both smoke and fire. They understand that time moves not in a straight line, but rather in a great circle encompassing numerous aeons before all that is passes away only to return and repeat itself. Most creatures, unaware of this cosmic cycle, live the same life over and over again, but not the Magi.

Through their art, Magi read between the universe's lines in order to divine what is both the past and the future at the exact same moment. Armed with this knowledge, Magi can exert subtle but real influence on events, changing what was to come.

The Magus is a new character class for Swords & Wizardry. Also included are 12 new spells.
The Magus - Magi study the hidden signs in the stars, in dates, dreams, and the movements of both smoke and fire. They understand th
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Ah. I'd forgotten about that. Could work. :)
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More map progress. :)
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“The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." -- G. K. Chesterton
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