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  1. Social Lim. for Villagers

    Which country and time period? That is needed for east or west.
  2. This meaningless without context. What constitutes an Arch-Mage depends your setting and magic system. D&D for better or worse has certain assumptions on power level, what constitutes a high power spell, etc that not everyone likes. Nor does it translate well into most skill based systems Nor do their ideas of what is a high level spell always work. The golden oldie is the Wish spell. In AD&D it took a Wish (9th level) to raise a stat permanently. How about Cacodaemon (8th I think)? That can be a much lower level spell in Hero. In fact the whole spell level concept has to have special rule in Hero, Haven't found one for Wizard level I like I don't use Wish spells BTW. There are better ways of simulating if it is needed at all. I'm running into this with Harn as well. What might be a a Level X power in Harn Master is level Y in Hero unless I want jigger the rankings. Would you say a Rune Rank (Priest, Rune Lord or full sorcerer) in RQ is weak? Runequest shies away from twinkle twinkle and twenty orcs die in its magic. Though a Sorcerer with high enough multi-spell could pull it off. But their High level characters are dangerous in their setting. D&D makes assumptions in world setting and style of play that doesn't always translate well into other systems . We discussed this in the paladin thread. I've tried tell people this in Rune Quest. If you want play a wandering Rogue you don't play an initiate to a Thief God. Those gods are city specific. Wandering Rogues initiate as Trickster. His shrines are everywhere and yes he has Thief and Murder aspects as well as Jester. Thieves running with Paladins? Really? I Always stated that since Dwarves tend to be Lawful Good and their thieves suck a picking pockets and sneaking, that Dwarven Thieves are Locksmiths. System matters as well. How damage works plays a part. Go read the threads on mimicking saving throws . My question is why bother? Why have two classes that based on European crusading knights(except one can't use a sword)? Why can't mages heal? Why is someone mucking around in a cave in full plate? Now there is a game designer who has never been caving.
  3. What do your Palis look like?

    massey, on 25 Dec 2016 - 6:04 PM, said: Who is?
  4. What do your Palis look like?

    But what separates them from another warrior or knight? First you need setting info, especially metaphysics. But assuming we are talking about a something akin to a D&D paladin. I'd say build a warrior or knight that has a made an oath or pact with a power. Thus receiving the package deal that gives him whatever paladin powers you want him to have. However it should reflect the power he has bound himself to.
  5. What do your Palis look like?

    broken link
  6. Social Lim. for Villagers

    I'm facing this myself with a Harn conversion. the Genteel folk will have perks in 5th terms while thralls, serfs and such limitations. Haven't got details filled out yet. One thing that often gets ignored in Fantasy games is the notion of chivalric weapons and how only nobility can wield them. This varied with time and place though.
  7. Dude don't you know? As Hero system gurus we all have differential calculus at 18 or less?
  8. What do your Palis look like?

    According to this Paladins have expanded somewhat in fifth edition. http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?373592-A-Guide-to-the-D-amp-D-5th-Edition-Paladin-through-the-eyes-of-a-3-5-Player Now here is my problem, why can't a ranger take Oath of Ancients? It seems to me the weapon styles should be fighter/warrior related. The oath powers and other tricks could be powers based on the warrior dedicated himself to a cause/religion/ or power.
  9. What do your Palis look like?

    Good historical background. Didn't know about the sorcerer amongst Charlemagne's peerage. Most people only know Cleric and Paladin from D&D usage. When you say paladin they mean a D&D style one. My Knowledge of D&D is dated to AD&D where Clerics wore armor and arguably carried chivalric weapons. I assume current rules haven't changed them too much. Originally in the Harn setting Priests didn't have spells. But everyone had Piety Points to ask for miracles. I kind of like that. Glorantha also informs my ideas on holy warriors and priests. A lot depends on the setting! Is it based on Medieval Europe? Monotheistic vs Polytheistic? What does your pantheon look like? What are powers of the Gods? Do they interfere directly and in an obvious manner? Or are bound by some compact to do so in a mysterious and deniable manner(Harn)? That will help define the followers of those gods and their powers. A Warrior of Raa or Horus might it some ways look like a Classic Paladin but differ in others. What about Warrior of Set? Set wasn't evil just a rival of Osiris and Horus. There is even a combined God Form of Horus & Set Classic D&D Clerics and Paladins assumes a certain metaphysics that I would argue doesn't even work in most current D&D settings. IE All clerics can Turn Undead even in polytheistic settings.
  10. Creating a magic system with Multipowers?

    He seems to be referring to 5th edition Ultimate Skills. Excellent book. I'm basing my spell research rules off of ideas in it. I'm also tweaking heroic stat range a skill breaks based on ideas in it to fix complaints about characters in low power settings. Standard Skill enhancers are usually limited to one type of skill. "Expert" is one that crosses types but restricted by subject. I'm thinking of creating one called Student of the Arcane. Ultimate Skill also discusses skill interaction with power frameworks on p. 60. It discusses putting skills in pools.
  11. Harn Hero 2016

    need social limitations and perks for social status thrall, serf, slave freeman. Yes there is a distinction between slave and serf. Thrall is nordic and kind of inbetween. What is interesting is that it is a true medieval setting and a lot common fantasy weapons are chivalric and cannot be carried unless you are the proper status (well born).
  12. What do your Palis look like?

    The problem is/was in AD&D that clerics still wore armor, carried morningstars and at low levels could hold their own with fighters Even the earliest editions of the game they tried to come up with a non-warrior cleric. They were called cloistered clerics but were more of an npc class than a pc class.
  13. What do your Palis look like?

    I find Paladins and Clerics to be two sides of the same coin. After all they are both based on the same archetype, the Crusading Knight. When begin converting Clerics and Paladins to a skill based system like hero. It becomes very obvious. Clerics become better at holy miracles while Paladins are better at combat. But each can do both. My suggestion is that their holy schtick be built on end battery or charges that only recharge when they perform rituals or prayer to their god. As well as having a -1/4 limitation power only works with the favour of the god. For a different take on divine warriors look at Rune Lords from Runequest. Orlanth and Stormbull are gods that let barbarians be divine warriors who fight Chaos. Zorak Zoran's Death Lords are an berserkers who rage at both Order and Chaos. The Swords of Humakt are closest to D&D paladins but even they have a twist.
  14. Endurance and spells

    Posted Today, 08:47 PM Crusher Bob, on 13 Dec 2016 - 11:01 PM, said: I must respectfully disagree with crusher bob. I can Remember when END reserve was a limitation. I remember when it changed too(4th Ed). And I agree with the change. Broke my heart to rebuild him but I understand why. The Amazing Starfire (Light Elemental) had all his powers bought through that. Here was the problem. Since all of Starfire's powers ran on an END battery. He could get knocked out, recover with just 2 stun and END, groggily stand up and cut loose with a laser attack that would slice open a tank. That is why it is no longer a limitation. That is why your not paying points to suck if you use end reserves!