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by Sukumvit
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Shields and Helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: Shields and Helmets

Hello again, peeps. HedgeWizard's suggestion of looking at the Maelstrom books is uncanny in its timing - I've recently been thinking of checking them out (particularly the Gothic variation, natch.) I agree with Dawndeath that the original FF books were a lot more committed to scaring us unsuspectin...
by Sukumvit
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Shields and Helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: Shields and Helmets

Melnibone (a.k.a. The Dragon Isle) is from Michael Moorcock; it's the home of Elric. Chaosium produced an RPG called "Stormbringer" back in the 80's (it became "Elric" in the 90's,) and it was very good as far as source material is concerned, but the BRP system's combat mechanics are quite involved,...
by Sukumvit
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Shields and Helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: Shields and Helmets

Ah, I see; sounds groovy. One of the best things about AFF is its adaptability; I quite fancy a Melnibone campaign, at some point (and Stellar Adventures has made the Dune campaign inevitable, now...)
by Sukumvit
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Shields and Helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: Shields and Helmets

I should think those mechanics will work just fine, yes; I was wondering, though, if you're dropping Titan in favour of a pseudo-Dark Ages setting, or re-imagining Titan? I've always liked the way that the tech level and culture of Titan seems to vary by quite a bit, depending on which region you're...
by Sukumvit
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: DICE!
Replies: 12
Views: 7684

Re: DICE!

The bell curve does help us AFFers a bit; if you're playing a game like D&D, Heroquest or Trail of Cthulhu, games that employ the flat probability of a single die, bias is more of a problem (or more of a benefit - once a D&D player's found a "crit machine," you'd need a crowbar to prise that D20 out...
by Sukumvit
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: DICE!
Replies: 12
Views: 7684

DICE!

Yes. Dice. Those rolling bones. This is a long post (practically an article,) so only proceed if you're an incurable diceaholic, like me. Otherwise, go and have a cup of coffee; we won't hold it against you. We know there's something a bit wrong with us. One of the things that made FF accessible to ...
by Sukumvit
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

I guess moving away from the equivalence of SKILL with Level (which, the more I think about it, probably was the intention of the design, rather than just your interpretation of it) does make it a bit more like Runequest, and a bit less like D&D, which some people may like more than others. But I al...
by Sukumvit
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Hey, SkinnyOrc. Some good points, well made. I think that your notion of equating SKILL with Level certainly makes a lot of sense with regards to SKILL as written - something that can be improved up to a rating of 12, by spending X.P.s; I don't think that notion is compatible with my proposal to mak...
by Sukumvit
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Regarding the above exchange between LordArioch and SkinnyOrc, it really does illustrate how abstract and nebulous a stat SKILL is. Some people think it's a characteristic (hence the regular attempts to split it into several new characteristics,) some think it represents level, some think it's a lef...
by Sukumvit
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Looks good to me but, as you say, it depends on what the players are happy with. Possibly reducing the cost to 25 or 30 x new value in X.P.s would work better for some groups. It's something that you'll only be able to appraise when you try it; some players will say "I'm happy to wait a while before...
by Sukumvit
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Right. Hello again, SkinnyOrc. Firstly, I'm glad that you don't think that it's a "completely crazy idea" (even if that does sound a bit like the Americanism "it doesn't suck...") LOL It does seem to make the monsters in the "Pit" books more playable as written, doesn't it? At the very least, the ad...
by Sukumvit
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Eek. My previous post was replying to darksoul's comments; SkinnyOrc added his comments while I was typing (in other words, I'm not ignoring you, SkinnyOrc. I'll give your words a good ponder, then get back to you.)
by Sukumvit
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

You make some good points about "over-powered" heroes, which I take on board. If I sounded dismissive of high-powered, epic adventures, it's probably due to my decades-long involvement with Call of Cthulhu; I'm used to fragile investigators, creeping around in fear of their lives and their sanity. E...
by Sukumvit
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

Wow, something went seriously wonky with the formatting in that one; not sure what I did wrong, but it didn't like me italicising a couple of lines. Anyhoo, the first line that looks like it's been encrypted should read "play the game," and the next one should read "a little bit broken."
by Sukumvit
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2
Topic: Downgrading SKILL
Replies: 23
Views: 4729

Re: Downgrading SKILL

<r>Splitting SKILL into several characteristics has always been seriously tempting, yes. I think I just homed in on SKILL and Special Skills as a way of avoiding having to dismantle the system and then put it back together (I would probably end up like Alan Partridge: sat on a bed, surrounded by bit...