Saturday, March 2, 2019

Somebody stop me

This system is basically an unholy hybrid of Into the Odd and a few of my previous experiments here and here.

Design goals:
  • Remove hit points
  • Tie combat effectiveness to statistics, which Into the Odd doesn't do
  • Differentiate weapons without variable damage
  • Provide interesting tactical decisions in an intuitive way
It's not quite as elegant as I would like (the way you use the injury chart for ranged weapons is particularly clumsy), but overall, how did I do? Any glaring oversights?

Character Creation

Roll 3d6 each for Strength, Dexterity, and Willpower. Saves and non-combat skill checks are roll under these stats. Each level, try to roll over each on 3d6 to increase them by one.


Consult this table for Weapon Skill:


Dexterity Score


3-8
9-12
13-15
16-17
18
Strength Score
3-8
1
2
3
4
5
9-12
2
3
4
5
6
13-15
3
4
5
6
7
16-17
4
5
6
7
8
18
5
6
7
8
9

(The charts kinda got fucked up, but hopefully they're readable.)

Choose equipment according to your preferred method or roll on an Into the Odd-style starting package chart.

Hand to Hand Combat

Combatants make opposing d10 rolls. If they have equal Weapon Skills, they each roll one die. If one combatant has a higher Weapon Skill, he or she rolls one more die. If one combatant has at least twice the Weapon Skill of the other, he or she rolls two more dice. During the first round of engagement, the combatant with the highest-reach weapon adds another die to his or her roll, but after that (until they disengage) the combatant with the highest-speed weapon adds another instead. Compare the two combatants’ highest rolls, and use the difference between them to consult the Injury Chart for the low roller.

Weapon
Reach
Speed
Minor (like daggers)
1
5
Small (like shortwords)
2
4
Medium (like longswords)
3
3
Great (like two-handed axes)
4
2
Pole (like spears)
5
1

Confined Quarters

In cases where the width of the fighting area is less than the length of a weapon extended from the body (use your best judgment), its reach bonus during the first round of engagement does not apply.

Fighting in Ranks

If combatants fight in a line, any reach bonus from their weapons continues to apply after the first round of engagement, except on either end of the line.

Ranged Combat

The shooter rolls a d10 and hits the target if he or she rolls equal to or under his or her Weapon Skill. If the intended target moved in the previous round, the shooter rolls two dice and uses the higher result. If the shooter spent at least one previous round doing nothing but aiming at a stationary target, he or she rolls two dice and chooses the lower result. If the shooter hits, subtract the lowest roll from 10 and consult the Injury Chart.

Armor

For both hand to hand and ranged combat, armor reduces the number used to consult the Injury Table by a certain amount. However, heavier armor reduces the speed of the weapon carried by the armor’s wearer.

Armor
Injury Reduction
Maximum Weapon Speed
Light (like leather)
1
5
Medium (like chain)
2
4
Heavy (like plate)
3
3

Armor Piercing

Longbows, crossbows, maces, and lances from horseback reduce the effectiveness of armor by one point.

Called Shots

Instead of consulting the injury chart as normal, combatants may aim for a specific injury. In that case, consult the Injury table’s “Called Shot Dice” column. In the case of hand to hand combat, the defender of the called shot rolls that many extra dice. In the case of ranged combat, the shooter rolls that many extra dice and chooses the highest roll. If the attacker still succeeds, the desired injury takes effect.

Injury Chart


Injury to:
First Hit
Second Hit
Third Hit
Called Shot Dice
1-3
Legs
Temporary disadvantage on Dex-related rolls
Disadvantage on Dex-related rolls until healed
Disabled, dead in 2d4 rounds if not stabilized
1
4-5
Arms
Temporary disadvantage on Str-related rolls
Disadvantage on Str-related rolls until healed
Disabled, dead in 2d4 rounds if not stabilized
1
6-7
Torso
Disabled, dead in 2d4 rounds if not stabilized
Dead
-
2
8-9
Head
Dead
-
-
3

Healing takes d4 weeks after a “Second Hit” and 2d4 weeks after a “Third Hit.”

Friday, March 1, 2019

Ok how about this one?

I cannot help daydreaming new combat systems. It's a character flaw.

Instead of attack bonus, characters have a Weapon Skill (thanks Warhammer) equal to Str + Dex modifiers (and Fighters add their level).

Weapons don't have damage ratings anymore, but instead have Reach and Speed:

  • Daggers etc: Reach 1, Speed 5
  • Shortswords etc: Reach 2, Speed 4
  • Longswords etc: Reach 3, Speed 3
  • Great weapons: Reach 4, Speed 2
  • Pole weapons: Reach 5, Speed 1

Combatants make opposing rolls (d6 or d10 probably, depending on the game's HD regime). The combatant with the higher Weapon Skill rolls one more die. On the first round of combat, the combatant with the highest-reach weapon rolls one more die, but after that (until they disengage) the combatant with the highest-speed weapon rolls one more die. The winner in the roll-off deals damage equal to the difference between the two players' highest rolls.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Knight's Heraldry Generator


A simple heraldry generator in Abulafia format. Click the button, and the full text of the generator is below.



;heraldry

1,[colour], [charge] [metal]
1,[metal], [charge] [colour]

;colour
1,Gules
1,Sable
1,Azure
1,Vert
1,Purpure

;metal
1,Argent
1,Or

;charge
15,a [ordinary]
10,two [ordinary]s
10,three [ordinary]s
16,a [beast] [beast attitude]
10,a [beast]’s head
5,two [beast]s [beast attitude]
5,three [beast]s [beast attitude]
5,a [beast] and [beast] combatant
5,a [beast] and [beast] addorsed
11,a[bird] [bird attitude]
10,a[sea creature]
16,a[plant]
16,a[object]
1,a serpent glissant
1,a serpent nowed
1,two keys addorsed
1,two keys crossed

;ordinary
1,chief
1,bend
1,fess
1,pale
1,chevron
1,saltire
1,cross
1,cross botonny
1,cross crosslet
1,cross flory
1,cross Maltese
1,cross moline
1,cross patee
1,cross patonce
1,cross potent

;beast
1,lion
1,wolf
1,bear
1,boar
1,horse
1,bull
1,hart
1,hound
1,hind
1,tyger
1,fox
1,weasel
1,hare
1,goat
1,ram
1,lizard

;beast attitude
3,rampant
1,rampant guardant
1,rampant regardant
1,passant
1,passant guardant
1,passant regardant
1,sejant
1,couchant
1,dormant
1,salient
1,statant

;bird
1,n eagle
1, martlet
1, peacock
1, pelican
1, swan
1, cock
1, crane
1, dove
1, duck
1, goose
1,n owl

;bird attitude
1,displayed
1,overt
1,rising
1,volant
1,recursant
1,vigilant

;sea creature
1, pike
1, perch
1, salmon
1, squid
1,n octopus
1, dolphin
1, cod
1,n eel
1, whale
1, seashell

;plant
1, fleur-de-lis
1, rose
1. trefoil
1, quatrefoil
1, cinquefoil
1, thistle
1, grapevine
1,n oak
1, pine
1, pine-cone
1,n aspen
1, willow
1,n alder
1,n elm
1,n olive branch
1,n ear of wheat

;object
1, sun in splendour
1, crescent
1, moon in her plenitude
1, star
1,n estoile
1, constellation
1, ship
1, tower
1, crown
1, clarion
1, drum
1, fasces
1, hammer
1, sickle
1, key
1,n anvil
1, beehive