So these are ideas I had for a Spelljammer like game using either Fate or Swords and Wizardry. Though these don’t reflect my ideas for the B/X Spelljammer game I’ve been considering, they are still somewhat interesting, and likely to be exploited for ideas in whatever game I do eventually run.
I really love the D&D in Space one page from the Blog of Holding. Spelljammer has always, to me, been an awesome idea executed poorly. Well maybe Spelljammer wasn’t poorly implemented, but its certainly not to my tastes. I like B/X for the most part, and really don’t like the MU nerfing nature of helms, on top of this the whole Arcane story arc is kind of a “telling other peoples stories” vs “Telling my stories” dichotomy. What I hope to outline is an interesting way to run Spelljammer like Space Fantasy “my way”. So how would I handle it?
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I’ve never really liked the dragonborn as a core race in Dungeons and Dragons. Dragonborn are just an attempt to provide a cut down race of dragons that are playable, the problem is that D&D has had that already for ages. D&D is full of playable Dragon-ish races which could have been statted up for play. Half-dragons, Dray, and Wooddrakes, were already playable in AD&D. If you really wanted strait up dragon-people, you could also have easily just statted up Dragonlance Draconians and had something way more interesting. Anyway, since I love me some council of wyrms, and since in Labyrinth Lord Gold Dragons are the only metallic dragons in town, I statted up a Council of Wyrms based Gold Half-Dragon Race-Class…
Next in my series of Mindjammer Pregens, a Sniper, because every team of black-ops badasses requires a cool efficient ranged killing machine. My first thought was to blow my Extras budget on Extras, but then I realized they were totally unnecessary.
Even though I have already worked through character generation with the two players in my new Mindjammer campaign, I still don’t feel particularly comfortable with it. For the most part Mindjammer is just Fate Core, but there are enough twists to it that I still have an interest in getting some practice at it. I’ll write them all up here as pregens for others to use as they like. This particular pregen was inspired by The Face template from Shadowrun.
They said it couldn’t be done!
Ok, actually they said it shouldn’t be done. Fate, specifically Fate Accelerated Edition, just doesn’t seem a good fit for “Save or Die” magics. Still, after consulting the holy SRD, and more specifically the toolkit section about Monster Zones, I was able to come up with a reasonable way to model the classic Dungeons and Dragons Beholder. I’ve made a few changes to account for the dramatic differences in the way FAE and D&D handle combat, moreover since there is no “Save Vs. Death Ray” in FAE the Death Ray Eye didn’t make much sense, so I’ve replaced it with a Revitalization Ray, this way the Beholder can return his victims to their pre-aspected state should the need arise (Like getting hungry only to find all your opponents are still statues). This is a Fan work and not OGL because I have absolutely no rights to the “Beholder” as while the name is not Copyrightable, the creature is, and the quoted text blocks below are 100% copyrighted by TSR (Now WotC).
GM: You enter the 15’x15′ dungeon room, your torchlight dances on the crumbling stone walls revealing the room to be empty.
Player: We fortify the doors and set down camp for the night.
GM: You all die of asphyxiation in the night, choking on the copious smoke from your 13th century pitch soaked torches.
Still working on the actual custom classes, but here are satyrs presented as a racial value for Adventurer Conqueror King as per the Players Companion custom class rules.
I love me some Metamorphosis Alpha, but after having run it I find the rules somewhat lacking. Sure, there are lots of tasty tables in the rulebook, but there really isn’t a conventional system of advancement, or class/skill system to let you differentiate characters of the same race. These are considered features by some, advancement and diversity coming from gear and experiences, but I find it just a bit lacking in a D&D derived game.
Tenkars Tavern was running a competition in honor of the new Razor Coast product in which I took third place. I just sort of posted the first thing that came to mind, and really wished afterwards that I’d fleshed it out a bit. Here is my original entry: