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by smathis
Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Removing the Cleric
Replies: 6
Views: 6786

Re: Removing the Cleric

Has anyone come up w/ a way without doing too much violence to the system to remove Clerics? For example, moving their spells to the Mage class or providing a second wind sort of thing. Transylvanian Adventures uses "Staminaburn" to restore lost hit points. It's Ruin mechanic also stands in as a wa...
by smathis
Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Any news since October, smathis? At last report you were very, very busy, but were about to sign up a co-author. How did that go? If there's any way that any of us fans can help the rest of TATG make its appearance, I'm sure we'd be glad to. I certainly would. Hope I'm not nagging too much, but I r...
by smathis
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Thanks for those tips, I have no idea what the Ruin rules are, I just got the adventure with a streamlined version of the rules, so I suppose the Ruin rule should be detailed in the TA rulebook. We had a very funny session that ended in a total killed party, once the had the girl they bypassed some...
by smathis
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I plan to play this adventure to my group next saturday as a Halloween game. Any advice or clue to keep in mind? (first TA game for all of us, but we already played several DCCs) If you've played or run DCC RPG in the past, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how similar they feel in play. Do...
by smathis
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Finally got a chance to play. We played the "Winter Home" adventure. One of the best session I've been a part of. One hp away from a TPK. But, our female reaver was able to killed the big bad guy through the sacrifice of the other 3 players. The GM allowed all of the characters who died in the prev...
by smathis
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Hoplitenomad wrote:Did the swords and sorcery variant get published yet?
It's supposed to be in D.A.M.N. #2. I got it to Garrett back in March. Haven't heard back on it.
by smathis
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Major suggestion: This game needs a generic Zero-Level character sheet split into two columns for funnels. Perhaps an add on in TG??? I have one around here somewhere. I'll see if I can dig it up. Otherwise this is a fabulous supplement to DCC! Also does anyone here have a suggestion on which versi...
by smathis
Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Rules discussion
Topic: Forgive me, I know not what I do...
Replies: 10
Views: 10552

Re: Forgive me, I know not what I do...

Transylvanian Adventures has an In-Between Adventures thing that I use to explain the lapse of time between the end of the funnel and the emergence of a 1st level character. Works out pretty well.
by smathis
Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Mutant Crawl Classics RPG
Topic: Mutant Crawl Classics (??)
Replies: 190
Views: 128476

Re: Mutant Crawl Classics (??)

facts: 1. This is very real. I have seen it. 2. I've painted the cover for Jim. It will be up to him to share it publicly. 2. Jim has already put a lot of work and play testing into MCC and he is coming from a most sincere place with it. 3. Joseph Goodman is fully aware of whats going on, but has y...
by smathis
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: What DCC Needs Is.....
Replies: 50
Views: 24115

Re: What DCC Needs Is.....

catseye yellow wrote:i would love that. also a blog on cool uses of ruin would be neat while we wait :)
I'll see what I can do on that.
by smathis
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: What DCC Needs Is.....
Replies: 50
Views: 24115

Re: What DCC Needs Is.....

Raven_Crowking wrote:I am interested.
Cool. I'll try to do a blog list with the monsters in the chapter. I know there's more than 40.
by smathis
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: What DCC Needs Is.....
Replies: 50
Views: 24115

Re: What DCC Needs Is.....

Not sure if anyone would be interested but I've been putting some time in on the monster chapter in TA . It will be available as PDF until the rest of the second book (The Hanging Judge's Guide to Transylvania) is complete. I'd estimate it's about 3 months off, given a month for layout/editing and s...
by smathis
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

T ... They didn't get very far in the investigation when we broke for next time. So, how about a Hungarian random names table? ;) This is fantastic. It sounds like an amazing time. It's interesting that the group decided to go back to the village to investigate before Starkweather. Very smart of th...
by smathis
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Difference between D&D dungeons and DCC dungeons
Replies: 14
Views: 12833

Re: Difference between D&D dungeons and DCC dungeons

I definitely think there's a distinction between the classic D&D dungeons and DCC RPG ones. I'm not sure if there's a purpose behind that distinction. But the idea of the 5-level dungeon with 100s of rooms being the central focus of one storyline doesn't seem to be a part of DCC at the moment. And I...
by smathis
Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Ah yeah, forgot about the adversary die. I had the PCs go over "what did you learn from the investigation" and explained to them about the adversary die. The adversary die was a d20. They were so disappointed in themselves when it only went down to a d14. :D Yup. That can really creep a group out. ...
by smathis
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I ran the third session on Sunday. It was just a straight dungeon crawl through a variant of The Portal Under the Stars. It turned out to be super-deadly, mostly because of a couple of added/changed monster encounters I put in. Only one PC (of seven) survived, but for the grace of the Judge (I deci...
by smathis
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

podweasel wrote:Cant wait to see the S&S hack. I'd also like to see your take on monsters before anything else. Love what you're doing, keep up the good work!
Thanks. And excellent first post to the DCC boards.
by smathis
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Excellent! I hope so. TA tackles a few of the challenges of low or no magic fantasy roleplaying and does so differently from other games that have tried the same (like Iron Heroes). It actually does S&S very well. There's a fun space in there where the TA classes could be used for a Tales of Fallen...
by smathis
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Is there any information about using TA as is for S&S campaign. So instead of using DCC spells and classes, you just use the book as is for a grittier world. HN Great question. That has been written and submitted for the next copy of DAMN. Its called the S&S setting hack And includes instructions o...
by smathis
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Argh, a tough choice, but yeah. I've been using monsters from other OSR stuff (and AD&D 2e) with slight tweaks, and it's been working out OK. I am really curious to see the TA versions of Gothic classics like vampires, werewolves, abominations, and in particular named adversaries like Dr. Frankenst...
by smathis
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

Regarding the future publishing model referenced on the blog, I'd like to vote for the magic system. There are references to 0-level rituals and quickcast spells in the existing classes, and I'd like to be able to answer questions about them if my players ask when they're choosing a class. They wil...
by smathis
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I haven't given them any assets yet, or increased money from in-between adventures. I'll do that next time, whenever that is. Assets and relationships are tied mostly to the IBA events. If you didn't want to use them, it's possible to wing it such that other items or NPCs in the characters' sphere ...
by smathis
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

I've run two sessions of TA so far and just wanted to tell you how it went. Thanks for the excellent write up, grald. It's ambitious to try an investigative phase with so many characters. Typically, I only use it with a 1:1 player-to-character ratio. That's probably more manageable. You're doing it...
by smathis
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:38 am
Forum: DCC RPG Third Party Publishers
Topic: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimoire
Replies: 581
Views: 462084

Re: 2012: Transylvanian Adventures & The Transylvanian Grimo

A review of TA. Can't please everyone. I fully disagree with two of his substantive criticisms, however. First, that all foreigners must be Exotics. That is flatly untrue. There's even a sidebar saying as much. Second, that TA lacks a Clergyman class. First, Clergyman is an Occupation. Second, the ...
by smathis
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Judges' Forum
Topic: Awarding Luck
Replies: 11
Views: 10606

Re: Awarding Luck

I give out Luck all the time. The more I give, the more the players spend. And I like it that way. Between adventures, I usually give the characters back their Level in Luck. With the luckier classes (Thief, Halfling, Valiant, Scoundrel) recovering back up to their full (originally rolled) total. Lu...

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