“A cutpurse, cutthroat, swindler, murderer and liar: the rogue is a shadowy figure, a blade in the dark and a wink to the knowing watcher.
Utilizing subterfuge and dexterity, they survive and prosper in the dark, where direct methods fail and crooked tricks are the key to success.”
The rogue is my re-imagining of the DCC thief. I’ve always been a fan of crooks and rascals as player characters, and the rules for the thief have rubbed me the wrong way for a while now. I don’t like the archaic skill division, and many of the associated rulings have caused quite a bit of discussion at my table. So I did a rewrite of the class!
I allow my players to choose between the original thief rules and the rogue, and so far all of them have opted to transfer their thieves to the new structure and the rules are getting a good bit of testing at them moment. Still, feedback is welcome as ever!
DCC Class – Rogue
DCC Character Sheet – Rogue
Illustration by the always astute Joni Kesti.
“When wizards make war the earth trembles,
the sky screams, and reality buckles.”
I’ve voiced my irritation over the DCC spell duel rules multiple times in the past, and stated that it’s the most likely thing I’ll rewrite eventually. Well, that eventually is now.
The root of the problem here is that my group recently transitioned to high level play: the casters at my table are fourth to sixth level, most with additional action dice for multiple spells. This has resulted in combat rounds (and a lot of the non-combat activities as well) turning into a slog through spell result tables, causing the flow of the game to grind to a halt. Add to that the fact that a single spell duel frequently derails the session into a game of counting momentum, checking multiple tables and comparing matrices, effectively distancing everyone but the casting wizard from what is going on in game, and you’ll probably understand why I’ve started to look for ways to speed up the process.
It should be added that I like the idea of counterspelling, spell duels and even phlogiston disturbances. I’m just not happy with how the core rules present and execute this activity, and thus decided to hack the rules for myself.
Have a look at the alternate rules below, and tell me what you think!
DCC – Alternate Counterspell Rules
Illustration by the ever artistic Danny Prescott.
“They walk the floes, never stop.
They are cold meat, blood of ice.
They die, we eat.
Always less, herds never grow.”
– Geskarr, northern barbarian
This week’s article on KitN was communally created on the DCC RPG Facebook group (link here). It continues the frosty theme of recent weeks, as the north is covered in snow and it is easy to imagine great herds of frozen beasts walking in the soft blizzard.
Big thanks to bygrinstow for his contribution to this piece (check out his monstrous blog here and his Night Soil #0 zine here)!
DCC Monster – Ice Auroch