“Did’ja see the wizzard up in tha pub las’ night? ‘E musta been one of the most powerful wizzards ever! E’ summoned shadows right there, an’ set Alexei’s hair on fire by snappin’ his fingers!”
I’m not a big fan of how the small magics available to arcane practitioners have been handled in Dungeon Crawl Classics. Cantrip seems awkwardly rigid, and Ventriloquism is so situational that I’ve never even come across a circumstance where it’d have been even prospectively useful.
Magic trick is my attempt to remedy that. From now on I’ll allow anyone unfortunate enough to learn Cantrip or Ventriloquism to pick between those two and Magic trick, and we’ll see how that goes. PDF below, as usual.
Spell – Magic trick: DCC_Spell_MagicTrick_AMP
“I ‘eard tell that there’s worlds somewhere out there, where stuff works different…
That’s a scary thought, innit?”
Rulings, not rules.
That’s been my guideline for gamemastering for as long as I can remember. And after running DCC for 2-ish years, I decided to take stock of what I’ve tweaked in the game.
What follows is a compilation of our house rulings. At the end of the document you can find some endnotes, explaining some of the history and logic behind the decisions I’ve made.
Feedback would be most welcome, I hope this sparks discussion. How do you run your worlds?
Judge AMP’s Shortlist of House Rulings: DCC_Houserulings_AMP_v2
“The winds and dust are all
Only the storm holds sway
Repent and grovel before you’re swept away”
Last weeks entry for our pantheon: Azi Dahaka, Demon Prince of Storms and Waste!
To be quite frank, I didn’t plan on writing up Azi Dahaka for cleric purposes at all. I was planning on handling small cults like his with a stack of generic disapproval tables (one for each alignment), and some small guidelines for running them. But I mostly do this based on demands from our home table, and one of the guys picked the Prince of Storms and Waste as his god, so who am I to argue?
I’m still catching up on my writing here, but should be up to date this week, barring a force majeure interjection. So watch this space!
Azi Dahaka, Demon Prince of Storms and Waste: DCC_Deity_AziDahaka_AMP
“A bow so accurate that its arrows may pierce magic itself.”
I’m still recuperating from our massive season finale for both of my DCC campaigns: 11 hours of straight up Judging, 12 players (each with 1-3 characters) and an epic end to a plot hook I planted almost three years ago, in our first DCC session ever. My voice has mostly returned, but I can still feel the brain drain…
While I’m catching up to our publication schedule, here’s an artefact that saw great use in the grand melée last weekend: the Bow Unerring, a holy relic of Aristemis, the Insightful one.
Also note that I’ve made updates to the article entry for Aristemis (over here), to get it better in line with the rest of our deity entries.
The Bow Unerring: DCC_Artefact_TheBowUnerring_AMP
“What if someone had eyes to see your future from beyond time?
Would it matter, or would it be the same?”
Nekthelos, the Emperor Oracle continues my long standing saga of the ancient hyperboreans (previously mentioned here and here). The invoke patron plays around with probabilities and future, standing beyond time and space of the adventure much like us Judges do.
I’m behind on my posting because I’ve been working through a flu, and because we’ve our 2nd campaign season finale on the coming Saturday. We’ll return to a semblance of normalcy once my head clears up on both counts.
Patron – Nekthelos, the Emperor Oracle: DCC_Patron_Nekthelos
“Roughly a week’s worth of travel from the next place of any note, there stands the Frog and the Goat Inn. A haven for all weary travelers, the stone wall surrounding the compound is high enough to keep away most natural threats, and the prices inside are affordable to say the least.”
This is the 100th post on KitN! Hooray for us!
To celebrate, I decided to share a project which has been in the works for a long time now. I came up with the idea of a transdimensional inn to merge a couple of DCC adventure parties last autumn, and the location has been brewing in my mind ever since.
The location description is intentionally system agnostic and should be useful for most gamemasters of fantasy and adventure, but I couldn’t leave our Dungeon Crawl Classics readership without a little something: the additional DCC Appendix contains a full 5th level adventurer party for one-shot or walk-in style play, and a plethora of new magic items to introduce to your delves.
The place is named after a dinner I had in a Chinese restaurant in Lisbon: the menu consisted of goat ribs and frog legs, strange fare in a strange land.
Location description of the Frog and the Goat Inn: KitN_Location_Frog&Goat_AMP
Appendix DCC for the Frog and the Goat: DCC_Frog&Goat_AppendixDCC_KitN
Art by the animal friendly Joni Kesti.
“Journal of Alexei Ridworff, Cog-o-Mancer Extraordinaire, Entry 1337.5/2:
My mind constantly flashes with inspiration! Mayhap I could combine the powers of the sun with a multi-bolt crossbow design? And then mount it on the cogwork man I worked on last week? Or possibly power the contraption with the phytophlogiston from the rootdistiller out in the compost heap…
Being able to man the workshop with self-guided tools is a true innovation! I have noticed minor changes in my dietary needs since my oesophagus was transformed to the strange piping in that accident a month back but nevermind. I’m sure this mechanical chef I’m just about to finish will be able to provide me with a suitable nourishing slurry of foodstuffs to suit the new configuration.”
Back when I started Judging, the DCC list of patrons seemed to suffer from a dearth of law-aligned deities. We’re running through a surprising rise in lawful casters currently, and this lack needs to be remedied. Additionally, Daenthar is one of the few deities in my world who has a large church following AND is willing to deal with wizards: the advancement of industry does not necessarily demand religious following, and arcane magicians may be useful tools.
Rules for Daenthar, Progenitus of Inspiration in the following PDF. You may also want to take a look at the deity description I wrote up for him, as well as the pantheon chart I drafted up for my game a while back.
Patron details for Daenthar: DCC_Patron_Daenthar