Besides D&D, what are you playing?

Aldarc

Hero
It's still pretty aggressively informal at this point, since I'm not anticipating being able to start until 2021 (and who knows how much more delay there will be due to coronavirus). But, basically

-Make characters and design the village using the playbooks.
-Convert characters to broadly use 5e rules. 6 classes (Warrior, Rogue, Mage, W/R, W/M, R/M). The playbook gained features provide an extended background that guides skill choices and special class features. I have a bunch of rules modifying the 5e core, probably beyond the scope of this post.
I know you say that you are using 5e rules, but would it still be d20 roll under attribute or d20 roll high against a DC? But whatever the case, color me deeply intrigued by your project.
 
I am actually looking for an alternative to 5E for a somewhat gritty fantasy sandbox campaign, so let me know if you have suggestions. It doesn't have to be D&D related but it should be a traditional RPG that's medium crunchy and tracks XP.
You may want to check Five Torches Deep. It’s a simplified version of 5E, designed to be grittier and to place the emphasis on exploration.
 

PabloM

Explorer
I am actually looking for an alternative to 5E for a somewhat gritty fantasy sandbox campaign, so let me know if you have suggestions. It doesn't have to be D&D related but it should be a traditional RPG that's medium crunchy and tracks XP.
I strongly recommend that you read Forbidden Lands. It is the game you are looking for.
 

Nebulous

Hero
I am actually looking for an alternative to 5E for a somewhat gritty fantasy sandbox campaign, so let me know if you have suggestions. It doesn't have to be D&D related but it should be a traditional RPG that's medium crunchy and tracks XP.
Shadow of the Demon Lord looks very, very interesting, grim dark fantasy.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Isn't that a Diablo style dungeon crawler on tabletop, including fast leveling and contained environments?
I don't think so. It caps at level 10, I know that. It has some similarities to 5e but I haven't actually played it, just read over a few rules. It's a roleplaying game, not a monster churner. Combat can be quite deadly actually.
 

PabloM

Explorer
I took a look at that, it looks pretty cool too
It's really amazing. I read Forbidden Lands and Symbaroum at the same time, and finally decided on Symbaroum because it seemed to fit more with what I was looking for, but I will definitely try to run at least a one-shot in Forbidden Lands someday.
 

Reynard

Legend
I strongly recommend that you read Forbidden Lands. It is the game you are looking for.
I watched a review of it. It looks similar to the exploration system of Mutant: Year Zero. My only hang up is that it doesn't seem to be easily portable to an original campaign setting.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I'm playing two D&D campaigns and one FATE campaign at the moment. The game I'm running is on hold.

One D&D game is set in a fantasy Ancient Greece, using reskinned Ravnica as the basis. The DM touts it as Game of Thrones political, but so far we've been more A-team - though building up connections and favors with various different factions.

Another D&D game just started last night as an outgrowth of our side game, which was Waterdeep: Dragon Heist game that we recently completed successfully. The characters from that are now wealthy and powerful patrons, and they are hiring neophyte adventurers to go do missions for them. It's heading toward Decent into Avernus.

The FATE game is a post-pseudo-singularity, heading towards apocalypse, supers cyberpunk game. Borrows from all over the place in a very creative tapestry. And, we just found out last session involves iminent alien invasion of the Earth, which is why the governing AI left with mankind's best and brightest and everything has been slowly breaking down for the past 20 years.
 

PabloM

Explorer
I watched a review of it. It looks similar to the exploration system of Mutant: Year Zero. My only hang up is that it doesn't seem to be easily portable to an original campaign setting.
I only read the game, I didn't play it, but from what the manual says you only need a map to play in your own setting.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Pathfinder 2E. Haven't played D&D in ages!
That's actually really surprising! Although "ages" could mean a year or two; or it could mean a decade or two. I guess I would have expected you to play some bit of 5e, just at least to know about it...

It's like finding out that Walt Disney didn't like to ride on rides...
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
We all love D&D and in this beautiful time, I think most play some of its variants (including PF and PF2).
But there is a world beyond that, so besides D&D what are you playing? what do you want to play?

I'm personally testing Symbaroum and Ironsworn, two really good games.
Particularly from Ironsworn, I think it's the best game I've played in a long time, and its free!
A buddy is thinking of reviving his Tales from the Loop game.

Also playing in a Numenara game.

I'm not running anything else except D&D right now, but Traveller (or maybe a PbtA hack of it like Uncharted Worlds or Offworlders), PrimeTime Adventures, and Freebooters on the Frontier all are calling me...
Just have to find the right group.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
That's actually really surprising! Although "ages" could mean a year or two; or it could mean a decade or two. I guess I would have expected you to play some bit of 5e, just at least to know about it...

It's like finding out that Walt Disney didn't like to ride on rides...
Couple of years. I’ve run 5E campaigns. But there are so many games, and we game only once per week. Pathfinder 2E is scratching my fantasy d20 itch right now.
 

PabloM

Explorer
Couple of years. I’ve run 5E campaigns. But there are so many games, and we game only once per week. Pathfinder 2E is scratching my fantasy d20 itch right now.
Yes, so many games (I honestly thought the only thing you were playing was WOIN)
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Yes, so many games (I honestly thought the only thing you were playing was WOIN)
In the last few months I’ve played Pathfinder 2, Call of Cthulhu, Alien, and the 1980s Ghostbusters RPG (and WOIN too of course). Plus single sessions of Esoteric Enterprises and Swords of the Serpentine. And that’s just since about October!

(Not that that’s a lot - I know people who play a wider range of games than me - but I definuteky like mixing up my gaming experiences these days).
 

PabloM

Explorer
In the last few months I’ve played Pathfinder 2, Call of Cthulhu, Alien, and the 1980s Ghostbusters RPG (and WOIN too of course). Plus single sessions of Esoteric Enterprises and Swords of the Serpentine. And that’s just since about October!

(Not that that’s a lot - I know people who play a wider range of games than me - but I definuteky like mixing up my gaming experiences these days).
wow! If I were to change so many games, my group would organize into a strike.
 

Kersus

Villager
Currently playing Riki-Tiki-Traveller 2e, Strontium Dog and Far Away Land.

I hope to soon play the Inner City RPG and Core Command as well as some more Tails of Equestria.
 

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