Pendria House Rules

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Pendria House Rules

Postby jcftao » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:29 am

For this game, we will be using the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules with the following house rules.

Updated for S&W Complete, 2-14-2016

Character Generation—roll 3d6, eight times, arrange six rolls in any order for stats, one roll for starting money (in silver pieces), and discard one roll

Hopeless Characters—there is no such thing as a hopeless character. Some of my favorite characters had serious flaws! I suggest you play the character for awhile and try it out. If you still want to roll another, then we can do that.

Hit points—maximum hit points for 1st level characters. For higher levels, players get one roll when attaining each new level but any 1's are re-rolled.

Contacts—characters start the game with d4 + CHR bonus contacts. These contacts will be NPCs that the PC knows and will be considered friendly. They may offer information and help within reason.
1. Merchant
2. Blacksmith
3. Wise old hermit
4. Sergeant of the Guard
5. Local farmer
6. Local woodsman
7. Member of the Rangers
8. Local priest
9. Local scholar
10. Tavern owner
11. Stable owner
12. Noble
13. Captain of the Guard
14. Guildmaster
15. Local wizard
16. Serf
17. Local criminal
18. Slave

Elves
Elven characters will roll for their house affiliation (Noble Elven House list)

Dwarves
Dwarven characters will roll for their clan affiliation. Dwarves may use battle axes one or two handed, but may not use two-handed swords or long bows.

Ability Checks
If a player describes an action and wants to attempt it, there's always a chance. The DM may roll an ability check vs (str, dex, wis, etc). Success is rolling the target number or less. Modifiers: -4 for a simple task, +4 for a difficult task. A roll of 1 is always a success and a roll of 20 always fails.

Weapons
Battleaxes will be considered one handed weapons and usable by dwarves.

Money and Treasure
I want to try the Silver Standard in the Pendria game. Copper pieces will finally get some respect! All this means is that when looking at price lists, I replace GP with SP and so on. This will have a benefit in game play...a small purse of gold pieces really means something.

Shields Shall Be Splintered from Trollsmyth http://trollsmyth.blogspot.com/2008/05/shields-shall-be-splintered.html
If the character is hit in combat and damage has been rolled, the character may opt to sacrifice his shield in lieu of taking damage. Magical shields will have a 10% chance per +1 enchantment of not shattering. A shield may be splintered from a magical energy attack or breath weapon, allowing the wielder to take half damage. Magical shields will lose a +1 of enchantment if used in this manner. This ability is only usable by player characters and major NPCs.

Arrow recovery—if PCs take time to recover arrows, they may roll one die closest to the number of arrows shot and recover the result. For example, if a PC shot 7 arrows, he would roll 1d8 for the number of arrows recovered. This also applies to crossbow bolts and sling stones. The DM may rule that arrows are not easily recovered given the situation (i.e. firing into a forest.)

Masterwork Weapons—melee weapons and missile weapons that are finely crafted are considered masterwork items. These are rare and valuable items. They have no magical powers but are well balanced and stronger than normal weapons and therefore grant a +1 bonus to hit (but not to damage). The cost of masterwork items will vary, but will be at least ten times greater than the cost of normal weapons.

Masterwork Armor and Shields—these exceptional items will add an additional +1 AC bonus.

Combat
Missile fire into melee incurs a -2 penalty to hit. If target is missed, there is a 50% chance an ally is hit.

Longbows cannot be fired on horseback but shortbows can.

Spears can be set to receive a charge. If attack hits, damage will be doubled

Flails, due to their design, can bypass shields, thus ignoring AC bonus and also Shields Shall Be Splintered rule

Chop When They Drop—fighters (and only fighters) gain one extra attack (opponent within 5') immediately after having killed an enemy

Heavy Crossbows fire every other round, but gain +4 to hit opponents wearing heavy armor (ring mail or better)

Aiming—each round spent aiming a missile weapon at a target adds +1 to hit roll. (+2 max)

Critical Hits—an attack roll of a natural 20 is a critical hit. Damage will be maximum weapon damage plus one roll of the damage die (and then add any modifiers for Str).

Critical Fumble—on a natural 1, attacker must roll a dexterity check or drop his weapon. If the dexterity check misses by more than 5 or a 20 is rolled, the attacker falls down and is considered prone (+2 to hit until standing up).

The Order of the d30, "One Die To Rule Them All"—once per gaming session, the player may opt to roll a d30 in lieu of any other dice. This does not include ability rolls during character creation or hit points

First Aid and Healing
In addition to the various magical means of restoring hit points, a character recovers naturally at the rate of 1 hit point per day of uninterrupted rest. Four weeks of rest will return a character to full hit points regardless of how many hit points may have been lost. [S&W Complete Rulebook]
In addition, if they are in the care of a trained healer (doctor, wise woman, etc.) then they regain hit points at double the rate.

Binding Wounds—characters can spend one turn to bind 1d4 hit points of wounds immediately following a battle. The character can only recover hit points lost during this particular battle and recovered hit points cannot exceed the uninjured maximum amount. Binding of wounds may only be done once per day upon any character.

Strong Drink—a drink of ale, wine, or other spirits will restore 1d4 hit points. This may be done once per day.

Healing Poultices—characters and NPCs trained in the healing arts may create non-magical healing poultices. The poultice, when applied to an injury, will heal 1d4 hit points. This can be done once per day. The healing poultice can be made if materials are available (the DM will determine if the character has located the proper herbs and materials). 1d3 healing poultices may be created per day but the character can pursue no other activities during that day. Otherwise, the healing poultices may be purchased for 50sp each from an NPC healer.

Anti-Toxin—characters and NPCs trained in the healing arts can aid others that are poisoned. If a healer has the necessary materials (herbs, etc.) and is able to administer to the victim within one turn, the victim will receive a +2 bonus to their initial saving throw. The DM will ask for the poison save after the healer has given aid to the victim.

Level Drain—characters that have been drained of levels by undead can only be cured or restored through clerical magic.

Death and Dying—Characters that are reduced to 0 hit points are considered unconscious. If a character is reduced to less than 0 hit points, they must roll their fate on the table of Death Awaits You All... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1sBcIMhTRMcWnJMckdvX2V5U1E/view?usp=sharing

Magic
Detect Magic—magic users have the trained ability to detect magic as per the spell, but only with 2 in 6 chance (similar to secret doors check). This ability will take one turn. This differs from the spell Detect Magic which does not have the chance of failure or longer time to cast.

Bonus Spells— magic users with INT scores of 15 or greater may cast one additional 1st level spell. Magic users receive read magic and detect magic as bonus spells in their spell book at 1st level.

Magical Blasts—Magic users may use their wand to cast magical bolts of energy. They may fire one bolt per round and must roll to hit opponents AC (as per missile attack, DEX bonus can add to hit). The damage the magical bolt does is 1d4+one-half their caster level (rounded up). If they roll a 1 for the attack roll, the caster must make a CON check or fall unconscious for 1d6 rounds and must rest for 8 hours to regain this ability. If their wand is damaged or lost, they must make a new wand before using this ability again.

Cantrips—magic users gain one or more cantrips each level. The number of cantrips learned each level is equal to 1+ their INT bonus modifier. If the character has no INT bonus modifier, they will still gain one cantrip. Cantrips may be chosen. Cantrips are minor effects and may be used at will. Other cantrips may be found during adventures or created by the player. Some example cantrips are listed below.

1. Glow—small blue glowing orb appears in hand and provides light as a candle
2. Spook—illusionary sounds (minor)
3. Smoke—puff of smoke from caster's fingertips
4. Legerdemain—small object placed in hand can be made to vanish and reappear
5. Flame—small flame shoots from caster's hand (no more than a few inches)
6. Unseen hand—caster can summon invisible hand to perform minor tasks (i.e. stir tea, turn pages, take notes, etc.) Object weighs one pound or less
7. Shadow—caster can make shadows grow around him for dramatic effect (which may affect reaction)
8. Bird—caster produces a live dove from empty hands (must have dove secreted on person beforehand)
9. Touch of Frost—small amounts of liquid will freeze (1 pint or less)
10. Whispering Wind—a short message can be whispered to another person within sight
11. Gust of Wind—a small blast of air or gently breeze (not strong enough to knock down a child)
12. Clean—magically clean or polish one item (but will not mend)
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Re: Pendria House Rules

Postby jcftao » Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:35 am

Subclasses

I'm thinking of tinkering with the following sub-tables for characters. Let me know if this would be an enjoyable addition or not.
I would allow players to choose their subclass instead of rolling.

The following tables came from Dyson Logos and can be found here...
https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/house-rules/random-tables/

Assassin Subclass (d12)
    Holy Slayer – Cast cleric spells as a cleric of 1/2 level. Cannot pick pockets, open locks, or find/remove traps.
    Executioner – Increase backstab multiplier by 1
    Guerrilla – +1 Initiative, +2 damage first attack / combat
    Hatchet – +1 melee weapon damage
    Man Hunter – +1 to hit and damage against his own race
    Spy – +10% Hide in Shadows, Move Silently and Disguise
    Marksman – +1 to hit with all ranged weapons
    Poisoner – Reduce chance of poison being noticed by 50%, reduce cost of poison by 33%
    Brutal Killer – d6 hit die
    Shadow-Touched – Cast magic user spells as a magic user of 1/3 level. Cannot wear armour.
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one
Cleric Subclasses (roll d12)
    Paladin – Can wield weapons with sharp and pointy bits
    Heretic – At each spell level replace one cleric spell with a spell from the same level magic user spell
    Elementalist – Can also turn elementals as undead
    Dragon-Priest – Can Tell and Dominate dragons, drakes, wyverns and other associated creatures (and potentially kobolds) as an evil cleric controls undead.
    Dervish – Can frenzy in battle 1/day: +2 AC, +1 to hit and damage
    Divine Light – Turn undead at +2 levels
    Healer – +1 hp / die on all healing spells
    Priest – +2 caster levels, cannot wear armour, can only wield clubs, staves and daggers.
    Penitent – d8 hit die
    Zealot – +1 to hit & damage opposite alignment (Chaos / Law -or- Chaos/Evil, choose one)
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one
Ranger Subclasses (roll d12)
    Forester – +1 to hit and damage with axes
    Nomad – +1 to hit and damage from horseback, good judge of horseflesh (roll mount hit points twice, take the better)
    Poacher – Move silent and hide in shadows as a thief
    Huntsman – +1 to hit with bows, +1 damage / level vs animals
    Guide – Travel overland at 50% greater speed, or enable a group of up to 6 + 1 / 2 levels to travel overland at 25% greater speed
    Snake Eater – +5 on saves vs poison
    Treasure Hunter – Find / Remove Traps as a thief
    Loreseeker – Can use magic user and druid scrolls of up to 1/4 the character’s level
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one
Fighter Subclasses (roll d12)
    Hunter – Can track in the wilderness
    Swashbuckler – +1 AC in chain or lighter armour
    Hulk – +2 melee damage, -1 initiative
    Berserker – Can frenzy in battle 1/day: +2 to hit and damage
    Archer – +1 to hit and damage with bows
    Militia – +1 to hit and damage with crossbows and polearms
    Marine – +1 AC in leather armour, +1 to hit and damage with club and cutlass
    Horseman – +1 to hit and damage from horseback, good judge of horseflesh (roll mount hit points twice, take the better)
    Pit Fighter – Can treat off-hand weapon as a shield
    Sentinel – -1 chance to be surprised
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one

Thief Subclasses (d12)
    Bounty Hunter – +1 to hit and damage against his own race
    Dungeoneer – +20% chance to detect traps
    Butcher – Increase backstab multiplier by 1
    Scout – +1 initiative, +1 hear noise
    Fence – +2 on reaction rolls to buy and sell goods
    Guild Thief – +10% to open locks and pick pockets
    Thug – d6 hit die
    Knife Artist – +1 to hit and damage with daggers
    Outcast – -1 on reaction checks, +1 weapon damage
    Arcanist – Cast magic user spells as a magic user of 1/3 level. Cannot wear armour.
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one

Monk Subclasses (roll d12)
    Tortoise Style Adept – +2 AC bonus
    Tiger Clan Warrior – +1 to hit and damage
    Iron Hand – Increase hit die to d6
    Scorpion Warrior – Can wear leather armour while using all monk abilities (including AC bonus)
    Temple of the Serpent – +10% move silently and hide in shadows
    Serene Ascetic – Cast spells as a cleric of 1/2 level, cannot find/remove traps or pick locks
    Enlightened – +1 on all saving throws
    Gentle Hand – Can lay on hands like a paladin
    Ghost-Faced – Can backstab like a thief
    Witch-Killer – +1 on saves versus magic, +1 to hit and damage magic-users and similar characters and creatures
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one
Paladin Subclasses (roll d12)
    Paragon of Virtue – Protection from evil effect is increased by 5′ at level 1, and an additional 5′ / 5 levels thereafter
    Demon-Hunter – +1 damage / 3 levels against demons, devils and similar extradimensional evils
    Sun Sword – Can turn undead as a cleric of equal level and cast light once per day
    Knight Errant – +1 to hit and damage from horseback, good judge of horseflesh (roll mount hit points twice, take the better)
    Zealous Champion – Can frenzy in battle 1/day: +2 AC, +1 to hit and damage
    Blessed Sentinel – -1 chance to be surprised
    Learned Warden – Can use clerical scrolls starting at level 1
    Oathbound Protector – Double the effect of lay on hands ability
    Arcon of Law – Detect Evil and Protection from Evil also detect and protect from Chaos.
    Focused – +10% to earned XP
    Choose one or make up a new one
Magic User Subclasses (d12)
Sensitive – Detect magic by touch
Savant – Identify magic items – takes 1 hour and 100 gp
Scribe – Can copy a scroll for 1/2 the normal cost & time to make one.
Alchemist – Can make a copy of a potion for 1/2 the normal cost & time to make one.
Seer – Cast Augury 1/day per 3 levels
Witch-Hunter – +2 on saves versus spells
Two-Fisted Sorcerer – Can cast two spells in one round 1/day
God-Touched – At each spell level replace one magic user spell with a spell from the same level cleric spell list.
Guardmage – Can wear leather armour
Focused – +10% to earned XP
Choose one or make up a new one
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