Thursday, December 24, 2020
So yesterday was my first real day off since the Fall semester began and I decided to spend some of it playing some solo adventures.
This time I rolled well on the three 3d6 throws for character generation. Dubbing my new PC Hawkins the Bold, I fought and defeated giant rats, an orc, a goblin, and a vampiress. I won and lost several cool treasures, only to ultimately succumb to poisonous gas.
The Solo Dungeon by Richard A. Bartle dates from 1978. You can bring up to six newly created D&D characters on this adventure. It doesn't specify if it was designed for OD&D, Holmes Basic D&D, or then-new AD&D. I decided to make a half dozen OD&D characters, using just the first three books. Here was my party:
- Cliffbert the Clumsy (a human fighter with a low Dex)
- Egelar the Elf (who I ran as a magic-user)
- Umberto the Unbearable (a cleric with a low Cha)
- Dimwald the Dim (a cleric with a low Int)
- Frodric the Foolish (a dwarf with a low Wis)
- Mortimer the Mediocre (a magic-user whose stats were all 8-12)
Both fighters were slain by wights (yikes!). Umberto was eliminated by a trap. Egelar touched a magic sword of opposite alignment and dropped dead. My biggest victory was when Mortimer charmed a Theurgist, who later slept an ogre. After the adventure Mortimer and Dimwald ditched the Theurgist (who I named Theobald) and then parted ways, as lawful Dimwald couldn't brook neutral Mortimer's cutthroat shenanigans. Still, both came out of the dungeon alive, with a few hundred GP, some nice XP, and a magic-item each. I may take one or both to Dragon's Hall, a D&D solo module from Judge's Guild.
My last solo adventure was for Tunnels & Trolls, well known for its solo suitability and large range of solo adventures. I used the 5th edition rules to make a dwarf fghter named Doin the Unlikeable. Armed with a bigass flail and a sturdy shield, Doin set off for legendary Buffalo Castle, the first T&T solo adventure. Thanks to my low charisma, I ended up annoying an orc and we had to fight to the death. Doin went berserk (one of the more interesting T&T rules is that anyone with an Int less than 16 can go berserk in combat) and beat the orc into a fine red paste. This led to enough treasure that I wanted to escape to buy some dang armor before trying any more adventures. But a giant jellyfish blocked the castle exit. Thanks to multiple rounds of berserking earlier, Doin was too weak to effectively wield his flail. So he had to crush the jellyfish with his crowbar, which he could barely lift. That was rad. I never saw anything like that in a D&D game.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Monday, December 07, 2020
Rules for Converting Encounter Critical PCs to Tunnels & Trolls
- Strength, Dexterity, and Luck remain the same.
- Intellect becomes your Intelligence score.
- Leadership becomes your Charisma
- You get the choice of either using your Dex score or rolling 3d6 for your Speed, but you must pick before you roll the dice.
- Either your Adaptation or your Robot Nature score become your Constitution, whichever is higher.
- Either your ESP or Magic Power score become your Wizardry, whichever is higher.
- Psi Witches become Rogues, unless they qualify to be a Paragon (f.k.a. Warrior-Wizard), in which case they can be one of those.
- Doxies, Criminals, Pioneers, and Encountresses can become their choice of either a Rogue or a Specialist.
- Warlocks become Wizards.
- Warriors remain Warriors (duh).
Levels Past One
- Add the bonus number to Strength.
- Add the bonus number to Constitution.
- Add half the bonus number to Strength and half to Constitution.
- Add half the bonus number to any other stat.
- Newly converted Wizards get access to all the spells available up to their level, even if they cannot qualify due to low Int or Dex. Exception: If the referee is allowing the Wizard to keep their old Warlock spells, they only get access to the first level list.
- Newly converted Rogues get one first level spell per every character level they possess.
- Any item on both the EC and T&T lists may be retained.
- If the item in question is a weapon or armor that the PC can no longer use due to new Str or Dex minima, they may take a free downgrade to a lesser but equivalent item.
- Any items not in both the EC and T&T rules are subject to the Dave Arneson City of the Gods spot rule*: each PC may pick three items to retain. The nature and extent to which they continue to function in the new setting are the sole discretion of the referee.