Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bourbon & Barbarians: Episode 1

Hile brave adventurers! What are you doing here in the Borderlands of the North? Thirsting for challenges and glory, eh? Well rest assured, you are not alone... Many brave souls fare to the Castellan's Keep, and further, searching for the mythic Caves of Chaos!

We here at The Cromcast have kicked up a laid-back RPG campaign. We're using the B/X Dungeons and Dragons rules system, with a few minor additions. Details are as follows:
  • Characters begin at 3rd level, then choose / roll for a class specialty as provided in the OSR 'zine published by the Dyson's Dodecahedron.
  • Any ‘skill checks’ are attribute-based, and rely upon rolling some number of d6s against the attribute in question... Rolling under the attribute = success!
    • 2d6 – easy task to accomplish!
    • 3d6 – some difficulty
    • 4d6 – very difficult 
    • 5d6 / 6d6 – nigh impossible
  • We’re using a redundancy rule for spell memorization… Basically if you memorize the same spell twice-over for the day, you ‘get’ that spell three times (e.g., if you memorize magic missile twice in the morning, then you can fire it off three times that day)
  • Special fighting actions (e.g., called shot, off-hand weapons) will be at a -4 to hit. Further, natural 20’s on a ‘to hit’ role results in maximum damage.

And that's it! Otherwise, we're jumping into the classic module, B2: The Keep on the Borderlands. Hope you enjoy these occasional episodes. If this doesn't happen to be your bag, just sit tight... We'll be back soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)