I decided to make this little sheet for players in order to speed things up a bit when it comes to Glowburning and Spellburning. I went ahead and added a Luck row for those classes that can recover Luck. If I was really industrious I’d make a Character sheet with this on it. But feeling a bit lazy on that front. I know I could have fit more on the sheet but I wanted it big enough to use tokens to mark the character’s current score in an affected ability score.
So here you go: Spellburn Cheat Sheet
Have a happy Sunday and keep those heads and dice a rolling.
So this is my final class hack before starting up my own little Mutant Crawl Classics game. I’ve messed with the Warrior and the Wizard. As I said before, I won’t mess around with the Thief since I feel the Rover fills that role nicely and it wouldn’t really add anything to the game. Now onto the Cleric. If the world and civilization has been destroyed and a new world and civilizations crawl out of the ashes then why not new fledgling gods?
I saved this for last because I really needed to think about what would be cool and add some other option to the game. The cleric has three main abilities in DCC: Lay on Hands, Turn Unholy, and Spells. The Healer in MCC fills the role of Healbot so drop the Lay on Hands. Turn Unholy just doesn’t seem to fit the genre (IMHO) so it’s out too. How about “Spells” well once again my opinion, the Shaman, my hacked Wizard, and all the mutant-type characters fill that role. Plus many of the standard cleric spells just don’t fit right into the genre. I sat back and thought. Looked a bunch of other DCC stuff and then Lankhmar’s Fleeting Luck mechanic popped into my brain and there it was. I know this infringes a bit on the Plantient’s Luck schtick but I think it’s different enough to make things interesting.
Cultist of the Wastelands
The Basics: Use HD, Action Die, Crits, and Saves as Healer.
Darwinian Luck: Unlike other Pure Strain Humans, Cultists do not have Darwinian Luck. Their connection to their god prevents from them from regaining spent Luck points but there is an upside with Blessing of the Gods.
Blessing of the Gods: The Cultist may offer the blessing of his god. Yes, the Cultist can bless themselves. Roll 1d20+Personality Modifier+Level and use the Adjacent Alignment heading on the Lay on Hands table from the DCC Core book for the number of temporary Luck Points granted to the character. These Luck Points work as Fleeting Luck. If any one (including characters who did not receive a blessing) rolls a Natural 1 then everybody loses all of the additional Luck Points. Additionally, this increase the Cultist’s Disapproval by 1. Disapproval still works the same as Core DCC but with a different chart (which is still a WIP) with failed checks increasing Disapproval and so forth.
Holy Weapon: This is specific special weapon gifted to the Cultist by the god. The Cultists gains a bonus to hit and damage equal to their Personality Modifier with this weapon.
Divine Gift: Each god bestows a special gift on his faithful followers.
So what about the specific gods and their Holy Weapons and Divine Gifts? Well, I’m pulling and tweaking the gods from Crawling Under a Broken Moon/Umerican Survival Guide. Since those are specific gods to that setting and Umerican Survival Guide hasn’t been publicly released yet (Kickstarter backers did get the beta PDF), I won’t post those specifics publicly. And if you don’t have any of issues of Crawling Under A Broken Moon then grabbed them up. There’s plenty of awesomeness for MCC in there. Let’s just say I couldn’t resist bringing in Buddy O’Burger, Kizz and the rest of that cool crazy gonzo gods into my campaign.
Let the Mutating begin!
I already messed around with Wizards for Mutant Crawl Classics. This time around Fighters. You know who I’m talking about.
Sure there is the Sentinel in MCC and they are good combat and have something akin to the Deed Die but not quite the same. I wanted to bring a class with (i.e. The Fighter) with a full blown Deed Die into MCC for a slightly more Thundarr like character plus Barbarians can be just cool and fun. Now I will admit that I’ve seen some of the ideas somewhere else before. It could have been the Gong Farmers’ Almanac, a home brew or something. I really don’t remember. But here you go: The Fighter re-imagined as
The Wasteland Barbarian
As Warrior from Core DCC Book: HD, Action Dice, Will Saves (See Below), and Deed Die (Deed Die only applies to non-Artifact Weapons. See below for additional uses of the Deed Die.)
From MCC Core Book: Crits as Sentinel, Artifact Checks as Plantient.
AI Recognition: While Barbarians are Pure Strain Humans, their lack of technological aptitude gives them only a +1 bonus to AI Recognition checks.
Darwinian Luck: Barbarians regain spent Luck at a rate 1 point per day. Additionally, a Barbarian may spend Luck (1/1) to increase melee attack damage.
Fortune Favors the Bold: Barbarians apply their Luck Modifier to their AC.
Natural Athlete: Barbarians may use their Deed Die when attempting Amazing Deeds of Physical Prowess. (Works like Mighty Deeds but for non-combat applications: jumping, flipping. climbing etc). Barbarians do not gain a flat bonus to Reflex and Fortitude Saves, instead add the character’s Deed Die.
Fabulous Sun Sword!: The Barbarian may select one specific melee Artifact Weapon as his signature weapon. The character’s Deed Die applies normally to this weapon. This weapon can be changed only when the character gains a level. This includes if the previous weapon was lost. The character may apply their Deed Die to the Artifact Check for a weapon that the character wishes to become their Fabulous Sun Sword!
I’m still bouncing around ideas to re-imagine the Cleric. I think that idea will soon come together. And before anyone asks, I don’t plan on hacking the Thief.
Well, the PDF for Mutant Crawl Classics is out and doing some prep work to my little campaign off the ground. I already did a little alternate background thing based on what I want to do. For that little thing, I just need to do a little tweaking to the Robot (from Umerican Survival Guide/Crawling Under a Broken Moon) and Murder Machine (from Hubris) by adding AI Recognition and Artifact Check Modifier. That’s no biggie. For this post, I want to hack Wizards. Take a few things from DCC but still use a lot from MCC. So to make full sense of my ramblings, you’ll need both.
Mike Evans (the author of Hubris and an all around cool guy) made a great observation about Wizards being Mutants in Thundarr the Barbarian so I’m running with that idea because it’s cool and fits great into Mutant Crawl Classics.
Wizard of the Wastes
Wizards are a specialized type of mutant. Their ability to use magic is a combination of mutant psychic abilities and a savant like understanding of quantum mechanics which allows them alter reality and bend the rules of physics. So Wizard basically becomes a racial class.
At 0 Level, roll 1d24 on the Mutant Appearance Table.
As Core DCC Book: HD, Attacks, Action Dice, Saves, Known Spells, Max Spell Level, Bonus Spells for High Int. Starting spells are random. Wizards do NOT gain access to Patrons and patron spells. That’s for Shaman. Mercurial Magic is not used. (There’s enough going on but heck use it if you want to.) Spell casting works basically the same but see below for some tweaks.
As MCC Core Book: Crits as Shaman, Artifact Checks as Wizard from the optional DCC conversion guide.
AI Recognition: While Wizards are mutants, they often still bare a resemblance to Pure Strain Humans and gain a +1 bonus to AI Recognition checks.
Mutant: At 1st Level, Wizards gains 1d3 Mental Mutations.
Corruption: Wizards of the Wastes do not gain corruption. Instead, any time a spell failure calls for any type of Corruption, roll on the Defect table like other Mutants. Defects are gained normally when using Mutations from MCC.
Spellbooks: Since there is no written language in the wasteland, each Wizard invents their alphabet and symbols to write down their spells. In order to decipher another wizard’s spell from their book, roll 1d20+Int Mod+Level vs DC: 10+the spell’s level+the author’s level.
Radburn: Wizards of the Wastes suffer Radburn like other Mutants use the chart below:
1-2: Defect Gained.
3-7: Physical Mutation
8-20: Mental Mutation
Coming Soon! Fighters hacked as Wasteland Barbarians and something to do with Clerics.
I ranted about elves before way back when but I still wanted a little extra something to make them more alien and just a bit different. Nor your tree hugging wild elf or that mysterious high/gray elf or whatever you want to call them. Somewhere in the bowels of the internet someone made the comparison of old D&D elves to Elric. I like that. Then this little idea popped into my brain that focuses on the standard fighter/magic-user type elf.
In ancient times, the elves make a pact with an ancient being whose name has been long lost. They wanted the power magic and immortality. The elves were granted both but not at the same time. The elves learned the power of magic and would each live for 1,000 years. They had magic but using would cost them years off their lives. The elves created an empire and rules the world for millennia but due to their arrogance and decadence their empire has crumbled. Many elves venture out into the mortal world out of boredom.
The Game Mechanics:
When the elf casts an arcane spell, roll 1d20. If the result is less than or equal to the spell’s level then elf permanently losses HP equal to the spell’s level.
And since I’m on a Dungeon Crawl Classics kick, there’s a little variation for those rules. Elves do not suffer from Corruption. Instead, any time a Corruption effect occurs, the elf loses permanently HP as above plus suffers the effects as if the character had Spellburned a number of points equal to the spell’s level (but doesn’t gain any bonus to the spell check). Additionally, Elves may voluntarily “Spellburn” HP at rate of 2/1 (1 HP=+2 bonus to the spell check). These HP are permanently lost.
Like many grognards I took advantage of that OSR sale going on and I grabbed only a few things since most of the stuff that I wanted I had already bought. I even splurged and grabbed some hard copies. And yes. I am on a Dungeon Crawl Classics kick.
Purple Sorcerer Games is really noted for the Crawlers Companion. It’s tool that everybody who runs or plays DCC needs to download and use. I’ve heard awesome stuff about their adventures so I figured it’s about time that I grabbed a couple of their classics up and I’m not disappointed.
Escape from the Shrouded Fen is a 0-Level Funnel/1st Level Hex Crawl. Like so many great adventures, there aren’t any stock monsters in it. Everything the PC’s are going to face is going to just different enough that there will be surprises. Also, this is a really tough adventure even by DCC standards. That’s not a bad thing. While there is some very strong and obvious “Go this or else” signs, the PC’s still have the freedom to make those decisions and will probably suffer a horrible death. Some might consider that railroady but this is a DCC funnel. You rolled up those 0-Level’s to go out and try to make it the deadly business of Dungeon Crawling not go back to gong farming. With all that being said, if the PC’s chose the wrong path, ignore some obvious clues, and miss the subtle ones, then there’s probably going to be at least one TPK. But wait there’s more…
I also picked up the Sunken City Omnibus. I’ll admit that I haven’t had time to sit down and read Sunken City yet (I’m busy gathering my resources for impending Mutant Crawl Classics release) but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Here’s what’s cool about both of these. The mighty Purple Sorcerer throws in some cool and useful extras into the PDF’s. Handout’s. Extra notes. Write ups for extra things list Patrons. And paper mini’s. So what can I say other than “Way cool”.
I’m very pleased with these adventures. And yes I’ll be buying more. Til next time. Roll Dice. Have Fun. Kill Monsters. Take Their Stuff.
Like many I can’t wait to get my mutated little paws on Mutant Crawl Classics. And you’d be right on target if you were thinking I’d start kitbashing right off the bat.
Primarily, I’m loot stuff from Crawling Under A Broken Moon (and the upcoming Umerica Survival Guide). But of course there’s even more good stuff out there namely Crawljammer and Hubris.
So to start things going, I did a little alternate starting occupations table. Yes, this is still very much the beta version and it’ll probably get changed when I start running MCC (probably soon after the PDF gets released to Kickstarter backers). So there will changes as inspiration strikes. But here’s the first draft. Enjoy.