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  1. Jack Daniel

    Why do many people prefer roll-high to roll-under?

    I call nat 1s in my roll-under system "aced rolls." :)
  2. Jack Daniel

    Why do many people prefer roll-high to roll-under?

    "Baffling" is exactly the word I use whenever this topic comes up. I also prefer roll-under, and precisely because it makes the odds transparent. To the point where I use it across the board in D&D too.
  3. Jack Daniel

    D&D 1E AD&D (yes, 2e too) players and referees, what do you think of rolling under for ability and NWP checks?

    "Should there even be a thief class?" remains a hotly contested and ongoing debate in OSR circles. And even those of us who lean towards "yes" prefer to let thieves succeed at routine feats of larceny automatically, reserving the skill rolls only for extenuating circumstances or treating them as...
  4. Jack Daniel

    D&D 1E AD&D (yes, 2e too) players and referees, what do you think of rolling under for ability and NWP checks?

    I avoid using the mechanic entirely. I use secondary skills rather than NWPs to define characters' backgrounds and side-hustles, and I adjudicate miscellaneous actions by fiat if they aren't already covered by a rule. I don't want ability scores to be so central to character competence, and I...
  5. Jack Daniel

    D&D 1E AD&D players and referees, what do you think of ascending AC?

    If I'm running OD&D or AD&D, I'm going to use descending AC. And it's not just nostalgia or vibes; it's legitimately easier to use. If I were to rank the possible attack roll methods from most to least cumbersome, they'd go something like this: Matrices >>> Target 20 > THAC0 = Ascending AC >>...
  6. Jack Daniel

    Any chess players

    I love Xiangqi and Janggi. I haven't had much opportunity to play Shogi or hexagonal chess, unfortunately, and I've never played Jetan. The one variant that I'd really love to get into (though I haven't assembled a set for it yet) is Courier chess. But I went to great lengths not too long ago...
  7. Jack Daniel

    D&D (2024) Would you be fine with classes that you can't always play but are better than base classes?

    Or you can just do it with dice, and then the provocatively inapt TCG and loot box analogies disappear in a puff of irrelevance! To my knowledge, no DM who runs an old edition or an OSR game with randomization elements built into character generation is profiteering off of it.
  8. Jack Daniel

    D&D (2024) Would you be fine with classes that you can't always play but are better than base classes?

    That's more or less exactly how I treat nonhuman PCs now. I want them to be rare, so I gate them behind a random die-roll; but I don't want that rarity tied to ability scores, so I keep the two mechanics entirely separate. Instead, at character creation, after rolling for ability scores but...
  9. Jack Daniel

    Single System Monogamy

    I'm definitely system-monogamous at this point, and I have been for close to twenty years now. I use OD&D for everything. OSR hacks make this possible across setting genres (fantasy, sci-fi, etc.). It works for me, because I'm only interested in running one gameplay genre (sandbox exploration)...
  10. Jack Daniel

    What do you think of these OSR systems?

    I only have one use for retro-clones: compatibility indicators. The Swords & Wizardry trademark tells me that an adventure or supplement is white box compatible, the Labyrinth Lord and Old-School Essentials trademarks signal BX compatibility, and so on. You don't play a retro-clone, you...
  11. Jack Daniel

    OSR Modern Necessities for Old-School Essentials: Kickstarter Pre-Launch

    Color me excited, this sort of thing is why OSR. Also, ever since Skyscrapers & Sorcery (a Swords & Wizardry-based riff on d20 Modern) disappeared from DriveThruRPG, the scene has been in dire need of a BX-compatible modern action game.
  12. Jack Daniel

    D&D General Plagiarised D&D art

    Ah, yes. Raging barbarian, Nick Fury.
  13. Jack Daniel

    D&D 5E We Would Hate A BG3 Campaign

    Yes, that's the nature of hasty generalizations. A single counterexample is enough to explode them. That was sort of my point.
  14. Jack Daniel

    D&D 5E We Would Hate A BG3 Campaign

    It seems to me that there's a lot of unjustified universalizing going on here. Not everybody creates new settings for the sake of new campaigns. Not everybody creates settings or campaigns for the sake of players realizing character concepts. Not everybody runs or plays RPGs for the sake of...
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  16. Jack Daniel

    D&D 5E We Would Hate A BG3 Campaign

    Yeah. What of it? While I'm open-ish about races, there are six — count 'em, six and only six, never a single one more than that — core character classes that exist in my D&D campaign. There is no discussion about this; players don't get a say in it. Strangers, acquaintances, longtime friends...
  17. Jack Daniel

    D&D 5E We Would Hate A BG3 Campaign

    I have too. And it's usually vague to the point of meaninglessness. Players are entitled . . . to whatever the group playing the game decides they're entitled to. It's up to the group, not to WotC or a population of forum-goers or the hobby as a whole. Y'all don't get a vote on what the players...
  18. Jack Daniel

    WotC Milestone leveling in WotC editions?

    For a time, I ran BECMI campaigns using an alternative advancement mechanic that I called "Achievement Points." It was simple enough: human characters needed 8 AP to gain a level, and demihumans needed 10 AP. Every session was worth 1–3 AP to each character, with the award based on the DM's...
  19. Jack Daniel

    Sing to me, O Muse, of BECMI!

    Can't believe I've slept on this thread either. BECMI is my home, and the Cyclopedia is my jam. I'm an eleven-six (a.k.a. tan box) kiddo myself, though I did play a few times with the ten-seventy black box before getting seriously enamored with the game and the hobby. I've only just finished...
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