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by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I have, and had over 100 of RPG's of the past 30+ years. All I've played or at least read through, at least once. Having others interested was/is the hard part. Some had great concepts but crappy rules. [Living Steel, sci-fi.] Other had just too many rules. [Traveller]. Some were too nichey. [Behin...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Fantasy might have been a poor choice of words, but... it's not modern horror, not super heroes/villians, not war or weird war, not steampunk, not sci-fi, not post holocaust. Dresden Files is modern fantasy. Supernatural & Grimm [both tv shows] are modern horror/fantasy. I played the Elric game bac...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Raven_Crowking wrote:Big Trouble in Little China as a Gothic Era Hammer Horror Film just about sums it up, in my mind.
:lol:
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

As an addenda, TATG is not a fantasy game. It's Gothic ...uh... Adventure Horror. I say something else in the book. But it's best summed up by that moment in the Call of Cthulhu game where the party sacks up and grabs some shotguns. TATG dispenses with the formalities. The players work on a mystery,...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Everythign sounds interesting. My only problem is when I say fantasy game, players from both of my groups think Tolkein. Those that have played some form of RPG; especially D&D think Ravenloft when you mention vampires. I'll keep my eye on this thread to see how it progresses. Maybe I can convince ...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Everythign sounds interesting. My only problem is when I say fantasy game, players from both of my groups think Tolkein. Those that have played some form of RPG; especially D&D think Ravenloft when you mention vampires. I'll keep my eye on this thread to see how it progresses. Maybe I can convince ...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

It's a pretty extensive thread, so forgive me if this question has already been asked, but how are you handling the printing? Are you going POD or do you have a publisher? The book will be available via PDF download at RPGNow/DriveThruRPG. It will be available print-on-demand through Lulu and RPGNo...
by smathis
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Well, that was exciting... You should be hearing from me more frequently now. RSI willing, I will try to put up another blogpost soon. Transylvanian Adventures has been submitted to Joseph for approval. It weighs in just south of 300 pages. I should also be able to put up some details about a Hallow...
by smathis
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Hey just curious how this is coming along? I can't wait to run a short episodic break from my main DCC game using it. And then convince everyone to use it for my next game, some sort of mix up between Castlvania, Nightmare Creatures, and Silent hill. We can see a small sliver of sunlight emerging o...
by smathis
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Characters
Topic: Monk Class
Replies: 2
Views: 4447

Re: Monk Class

Transylvanian Adventures has a class called the Exotic which has many of the abilities traditionally associated with the Monk.
by smathis
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: VOID HUNTERS: The Flaming Kickstarter Thread of Doooooom...
Replies: 53
Views: 41374

Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

This is great news. I'm a big fan of Barbarians of the Aftermath. Can't wait to see Void Hunters.
by smathis
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Cleric-less Parties: How to keep them alive?
Replies: 11
Views: 6270

Re: Cleric-less Parties: How to keep them alive?

Transylvanian Adventures supports play without Clerics, even NPC Clerics. In essence, it allows play in worlds where there is no magical healing. The changes in TATG that allow for this would be easily portable to DCC classes. Or the TATG classes could be used in a fantasy setting to allow for Swor...
by smathis
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

This has been an exhausting month. I've put in 70-80 hours a week at my day job and tried eeking out as much of TATG as I could in my spare time with the clock seriously winding down. I'm a little loopy. Tonight I've finished the index. Yes, there's an index. Not going to pretend it's a good one but...
by smathis
Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:38 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Intrigue at the Courts of Chaos and some preview pencils
Replies: 5
Views: 2751

Re: Intrigue at the Courts of Chaos and some preview pencils

Nice. I dig the background in Courts of Chaos. Love the pencil for Black Manse, too.
by smathis
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: multiple characters combineing for a skill check?
Replies: 19
Views: 12172

Re: multiple characters combineing for a skill check?

Here's my rule of thumb. Have one PC designated as the primary. He rolls normally. All other PCs roll the same check. With a 1, they take a -2 off the primary's roll. With 2-5, they take -1. With 6-9, no effect. With 10-14, they add +1. With 15-19, +2. 20-24: +3. And so forth. A natural 20 adds a +5...
by smathis
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 20
Views: 17118

Re: Firearms

So, Johann, we agree it's imperfect. Cool. I suppose modeling firearms is about what you want to reflect with them. Swordplay in D&D-esque RPGs is usually more whittling away at your foe, like something from a swashbuckling movie. In reality, both swords and guns can kill you with one blow. So, wha...
by smathis
Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 20
Views: 17118

Re: Firearms

There are rules for firearms in Transylvanian Adventures. Not machine-guns, cannons, or explosives though. Those will have to wait until a following book. The rules playtested well. Firearms are pretty cool. But don't dominate. There's no armor in Transylvanian Adventures either. And the rules for s...
by smathis
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I know you're probably very busy trying to make the answer "yes," smathis, but is Halloween still looking good for Book 1? Deadstop I think there's a possibility that the POD book might fall into November. But I would be shocked and very disappointed if the PDF wasn't available by the end of the mo...
by smathis
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I put up another post over at the blog.

As for the first book, it's still in layout. Up to Chapter 6 right now.

It's looking like it's going to be a very big book.
by smathis
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: DCC RPG Adventure Modules
Topic: 77.5 Tower Out of Time
Replies: 29
Views: 19727

Re: 77.5 Tower Out of Time

I honestly do not see any close similarity between the two, although it has been a while since I read Stargazer. I mean, they both have a tower, and they both make use of astrolonomy (the fantastical science of astrological astronomy), but otherwise, I would say that they are very, very different a...
by smathis
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 433320

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I've been busy on the blog. Which should tell you one thing... We're getting closer. I've got two more chapters to proofread. Finished two of them after I got back from GenCon. Hoping to finish these last two this week. As for the blog, we've got Terrifying Tales of GenCon 2013, Part 1 ...and the fi...
by smathis
Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...
Replies: 16
Views: 10244

Re: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...

Well, I think you've made the right call for TATG. If it's a game *about* magic and wizards, then there could very logically be 'ranks' among wizards. If it's a game that thematically 'includes' magic and the supernatural, but where a 'wizard' is set differently in the landscape, the specifics of t...
by smathis
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...
Replies: 16
Views: 10244

Re: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...

In TATG, the spells have set DCs for the saves. With a crit on the spellcheck adding +5 to that number. The spells aren't out until the third book. But when it's available, you'll have some alternatives to work with. Hmmm. Makes me wonder about fixed number + caster level for a save... Depends on i...
by smathis
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...
Replies: 16
Views: 10244

Re: ...The Save Is Made Against The Spell Check Result...

I acknowledge that this helps not at all. But this is an issue I encountered a long while back when my group was just getting going with DCCRPG. In TATG, the spells have set DCs for the saves. With a crit on the spellcheck adding +5 to that number. The spells aren't out until the third book. But whe...
by smathis
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Question: Thieves, Luck & Death
Replies: 22
Views: 11811

Re: Question: Thieves, Luck & Death

My group hasn't used the "Recovering the Body" rules in a long time. But when we did, we allowed for Luck to be spent on the roll and adjusted Luck after the roll. So there wasn't a zero-sum effect. It worked fine. At NTRPG, Michael Curtis didn't allow Luck to be spent on Recovering the Body rolls. ...

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