Saturday, July 15, 2017

A gal with something to offer.


There may be some time in the future where I will post weekly again, either gaming or Licheville, perhaps both!

But it ain't this week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

My RPG gaming wish list.

Above: my possible entry into the One Page Dungeon contest.

My RPG gaming wish list.

Currently we're playing an Basic D&D campaign ran by my buddy John. No complaints, quite enjoyable and definitely satisfies my rpg itch. But we play it on Roll20, and I really have an itch to do some face to face gaming.

Want to play:

Delta Green. I've had the rules since they first came out, but I've never run it. I want to play it first to get a feel for how it's played first. Many, many years ago I attempted to run COC, but the boys (yes, I still game with my buddies from high school!) weren't quite into the horror thing at the time. Also, playing it would help me put together adventures for it as I prefer to make my own adventures.

WFRP. I always tend to run it rather than play it. Before I moved to Florida I got in on a session of John's, and that ended up lasting for years.  He's thinking about restarting it, so I try to be subtle and nudge hin towards that.

Battletech/Mechwarrior. Another of a friend's campaigns, Dave also started this one after I was gone. If I'm nudging John, I'm damn well pushing Dave. Imagine a Star League combat team sent to investigate where Kernesky went, waking from hypersleep in 3050. We all know what happens then, don't we?

DCC/MCC. Past the funnel for once. Fucking unending GenCon funnels!

What I want to run:
A fallout-like post-apocalyptic campaign using either Grim Hack or my current favorite rendition of the COX/RQ/D100 rulest: the new Delta green.

My Corporate Space campaign using one of the afore mentioned rules. Think hard sci fi with a teeny tiny touch of horror. The Expanse would be a good representation. Taking place in our solar system after significant exploration and settlement.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crown's Hold original campaign map

The original map I whipped up for my last (not dead yet even though I've taken an extended hiatus due to, you know-life) campaign. The funny part is that I had envisioned the campaign to be an explorative/hex crawl one, but no plan lasts after contact with a good gaming group. I'd designed a few faction/politics hooks, and that's what really got them. They maybe explored 20% of the area around them, and it lasted a year before I moved! But everybody had fun, and that is the only thing that matters.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Boys

My regular gaming group who are currently adventuring through Quasqueton and the Caves of Chaos (depicted through a Licheville lens). We each have 2 characters a piece at this time, thus the doubled features. Also included are Dave, who's computer isn't letting him game with us right now, and John, the DM (hidden by the mace head on the left).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Managing Stress


Sorry, haven't posted in some time. Let's just say when you work in the healthcare field, it's pretty hard not to get sick over and over again during flu season. And yes, I got the flu shot.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grimmer Hack: A slight refining of the core rules.


GRIMMER HACK

Attributes:

Attributes act much the same as they do in Grim Hack and WFRP, but there are some differences as they have two distinct roles.

1.        Being the target number for a successful use of the attribute.

2.        The first digit of the attribute being the resistance (used as Toughness is in GH and WFRP) against the attacks from opponents using the same attribute.



Trying to keep the number of attributes low and only ‘active’ abilities rather than passive/reactive ones, it’s why I’m having trouble with having a Defensive Skill despite the cool armor skills I’m writing up. I may also change the Stealth skills to Agility skills adding movement and initiative as integral to it along with the sneaky stealthy stuff, but it may force me to add the locks/traps stuff to Mental specialties. It may come down to do I want a pure (say fighter-type) character, to only focus on one attribute (CS) or 2 (CS and DS).



CS - Close Combat Skill: Combat with melee weapons or martial arts. Specialties so far: two-handed weapons, two-weapons, dueling, unarmed).



RS - Ranged Skill: Using ranged weapons in combat. Use of a particular weapon may be limited to the genre it belongs to, but with training may become usable in the future. Specialties so far: Firearms, missile weapons, thrown weapons).



MS - Mental Skill: Magical, mental, manufacturing, mechanical. Ex: specialties: Healing (combat heal, regeneration, curing, etc.), damage, defense (force fields, summoning, etc. Note: Magical effects in one genre may be equivalent to Technological effects of another. Requires research of some sort, i.e.: magical: learning the spell, technological: developing the tool/device. This will be an ‘effects’ list rather than a ‘spell’ list. -1st digit = magic/Tech points for casting spells, creating nanite attacks?



SS - Stealth Skill: Sneaking, trapping, Lockpicking, assassinations, traps, etc.



DS - Defense Skill/Wounds: -1st digit = Wounds? Parry/Dodge skills? Acts as a ‘Saving Throw’ skill? Still deciding on this one. Specialties will include armor use (unarmored/agility, light, med, heavy, power armor, shields, etc.)



PS - Personality Skill: negotiation, bartering, interrogation, seduction



Movement tied to turn order/initiative?



Number of attacks start at 1 and additional attacks gained by specialties.



Attribute gain: (as in Grim Hack)

While adventuring, make note of any meaningful successes (i.e. rolls that actually have negative repercussions if they are failed) made from rolls off of characteristics, only a single success counts for any particular statistic. Multiple successes only count for one advancement attempt. At the end of the session or adventure, roll d100 for each of these noted characteristics. If the roll is higher than the characteristic’s current value, add d6 points to it, up to the max value allowed.



Combat:

Combat: Appropriate skill needed to hit. Weapon/magic damage rating + d6, - attribute resistance (its 1st digit), - armor, subtract remainder from WOUNDS?

Melee weapons: Light 2dmg, Medium 3dmg, Large 4dmg

Magical damage = spell level +1

Armor=full sets Light:1-2, Med:2-3, Heavy: 3-4, Shield:1 (Different types of armor may have special attributes)




Crits=general, not location specific.



Specialties:

List for each attribute.

Pick either 2 or 3 at creation (haven’t decided yet).

Each will have 6 levels of progression.



Gaining specialty points:

At the end of any event/adventure wherein an attribute gain roll could be attempted for an attribute, 1 specialty point may be taken instead, but it must be used for a specialty that is related to that attribute.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fear my words!


Grimmer Hack, or: the Mess that is my Brain






So, as my quest for modification and streamlining continues to spin around in my twisted little brain and, despite being quite happy with how the Grim Hack was turning out, I just couldn’t let shit go. Here I present my seminal ramblings on my Grimmer Hack. It started out by just trying to shrink the amount of attributes needed, but I got some bug in my brain for specialty skills for more interest and varying character build possibilities.



The following is very brief, and I have conflicting ideas on Strength, Toughness, and Initiative which you will see scattered below.



I am currently working on the specialty lists. These will have the added bonus of being able to be used in Grim Hack, or even WFRP, also, as chances of me taking Grimmer Hack any farther is probably slim unless I get some feedback...



GRIMMER HACK

Attributes:

CS - Close Combat Skill: Sword and board, 2 weapons, large weapons (all usually adding to damage, speed)



RS - Ranged Skill: bows, x-bows, pistols, rifles, SMGs, thrown (usu:  damage, speed, effects)



MS - Mental Skill: Magical, mental, manufacturing, mechanical. Ex: specialties: Healing (combat heal, regeneration, curing, etc), damage, defense (force fields, , summoning, etc. Note: Magical effects in one genre may be equivalent to Technological effects of another. Requires research of some sort, ie: magical: learning the spell, technological: developing the tool/device. This will be an ‘effects’ list rather than a ‘spell’ list. -1st digit = magic/Tech points



SS - Stealth Skill: Sneaking, trapping, Lockpicking, assassinations, traps, initiative?



DS - Defense Skill/Wounds: -1st digit = Wounds? Would act as a ‘Saving Throw’ skill.



PS - Personality Skill: negotiation, bartering, interrogation, seduction



Strength, Toughness, Movement, Attacks, all a base of 2, 2, 4, 1 respectively? Or see combat below for 2 different options completely ignoring Strength and Toughness as separate attributes.



Attribute gain: (as in Grim Hack)

While adventuring, make note of any meaningful successes (i.e. rolls that actually have negative repercussions if they are failed) made from rolls off of characteristics, only a single success counts for any particular statistic. Multiple successes only count for one advancement attempt. At the end of the session or adventure, roll d100 for each of these noted characteristics. If the roll is higher than the characteristic’s current value, add d6 points to it, up to the max value allowed.







Specialties:

List for each attribute.

Pick either 2 or 3 at creation.

Each will have 6 levels of progression.



Gaining specialty points:

At the end of any event/adventure wherein an attribute gain roll is attempted, 1 specialty point is given.

~or~

At the end of any event/adventure wherein an attribute gain roll could be attempted, 1 specialty point may be taken instead.



Specialty example:



Firearms:

1.        +10% to hit with firearms

2.        +10% faster with firearms, -50% reload time

3.        Increased chance of crit

4.        1 round of Aiming = +2 Dmg on next shot

5.        Wield 2 pistols with no penalty.

6.        +1 Dmg. Opponent save or die on crit.

Combat:
Option 1:
Combat: Appropriate skill needed to hit. Weapon/magic damage rating + d6 – armor, subtract remainder from WOUNDS?

Melee weapons: Light 2dmg, Medium 3dmg, Large 4dmg

Armor=full sets Light:3-4, Med:5-6, Heavy: 7-8, Shield:1 (Different types of armor may have special attributes)

Option 2:
CS-1st digit = Melee damage?
DS-1st digit = Dmg reduction?

Crits=general, not location specific