Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Travel Kit

I've been redsigning what I travel with in anticipation of PaizoCon 2017. Yes, it's 6 months away but I like to be prepared and last year I packed way too much and hurt my back.

I'd love to be this excited about a Pinnacle Con but they don't come up here. And with my home life being what it is, a 4 day break is a rare god-send.

So here is my PazioCon kit. Items not pictured that are going in the bag are my iPad with pdfs of books and Herolab installed, iPad backup charger, 5x9 notebook, 5x9 graph notebook, sketchbook, pill box, and hand sanitizer.


So from upper left to right: Player Character Folio which grants me 1 re-roll per game in Pathfinder Society, dice box with jumbo dice (my Fave), Plano box with items I will describe later, Summoned Creature cards so I won't have to flip through the Bestiary, and along the bottom are are affect cards for spells and what-not.

The Plano Box

This holds a couple of mechanical pencils, a laminated initiative card which can also be used for tracking rounds, Pathfinder Condition Cards and Buff Deck, 3x5 pad of index cards vertical ruled for notes, wet erase pens, minis of my characters, and a stand from a delivery pizza box that serves as a stand for flying characters (like my Faerie Dragon side-kick, "Riddywipple").

I have another Plano box for Savage Worlds stuff.


So far it has 2 decks of cards, my modifiers tokens, and some card stands for figure flats. 

My dice box
Geez these are expensive! And most are made of wood. I don't want to lug a wood box around a con. It's expensive, bulky, and can get damaged. So instead I took a relatively cheap Vaultz box that I got from Fred Meyer and glued some craft foam in the bottom as well as some blue felt. Now I have a place to keep my dice and a tray to roll them in, quietly, without damaging the table.





 And finally my messenger bag. I picked it up at Best Buy for about $50. The dice box and the Plano fit into the outer pockets nicely, freeing up the internal room for other things I will be carrying or buying.




It also has straps in the back if I need to carry my maps in a tube.

Well, that's my Con Kit. Actually that's about my everywhere kit since I never game at my house so I often have to travel light. If I am GMing I would also carry the Basic Paizo flip map and any adventure materials or extra Savage Worlds books I might need.









Thursday, November 10, 2016

My Despair Shall Not Win.

Yes, my depression is kicking my creative butt right now. To say I am disappointed and fearful of our new president elect is putting things mildly. But I am not going to spew vindictive venom. There is enough of that on Facebook at the moment. So I'm going to take some time off and stare at pics of my Minion.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bristling Guns! Or Maybe Not.



Still hammering on my vehicle system, but I had a brain burst regarding weaponry (especially for larger ships). Many starships like those found in the Sci-Fi Companion are designed around a naval or air force analog. Battleships are bristling with guns. Even Starfighters are armed with multiple, forward-facing cannons. Star Wars did it too and there's nothing wrong with that, as it is. After all, I am going for space pulp so realism is optional.

But Star Trek started floating through my mind. The Enterprise wasn't bristling with guns. In fact, in  each series you never saw more than two phaser arrays firing at once. It's not something you get much in RPGs anymore, so it appeals to me.

It also has the added bonus of cutting down the number of rolls you have to make when large ships get into combat. And lastly, big ships firing on smaller ships already have a big advantage of higher damage. Adding multiple guns increases the amounting of pounding they can dish out.

Again, nothing wrong with that. But I would like starship combat with a different feel.

Old Battleships of WWI and WWII needed a lot of guns because of how often they might miss their target. The best option was to saturate an area with shells and pray. Also, since they were firing shells there wasn't any drawback to adding more and bigger guns except the danger of the power of volleys to capsize the boat (and weight cutting down on ship speed).

But in spacecraft that use beam weapons, the only real limiting factor to the cannon's damage is the amount of power you pump through it. There really is no point in having smaller cannons mounted on a larger ship if you can just attenuate the amount of power put through the weapon. At least that's the concept I am going with in this weapon design.

So here is what I've got.


Ships can have as many "Emitters" as they want. However, they can only fire one emitter per round at full power. If they want to attack multiple targets by firing multiple emitters, there is a -2 penalty to damage for every extra emitter fired. So if the HMS Guardsman wants to fire three different emitters in one round, each weapon will deal -4 damage. Of course, it has to have at least three emitters installed.

I like it. It's different and makes you think about how many vessels you are willing to target per round.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Damage OUCH! Part 2 - Vehicle Scales



Okay so here is more math, but this is the only way I can find to make damages work at higher tiers. It also means I will be setting up a system where making vehicles is the same or similar as making characters.

Vehicles have a Vigor die, like characters, and Toughness is calculated the same (Vigor/2 +2). Then the scale modifier is added depending on the vehicle's scale.

Personal  +0
Small Vehicle (cars, planes, etc)  +5
Medium Vehicles (tanks, starfighters, etc) +10
Large Vehicles (Planetary Naval ships, Courier starships, Medium freighters) +15
Huge Vehicles ( Star Frigates) +20
Gargantuan Vehicles (Star Battleships) +25
Colossal Vehicles (Space Stations) +30
Scales above add +5 per size

This modifier is added to the vehicle's toughness as well as its weapons damage. So a Large vehicle has a Toughness between 19 to 23 (4 to 8 +15), and its weaponry deals 2dX +15.

And here's the output for damage to Wound using 2d6 (+ scale) damage.

Toughness
+0
+5
+10
+25
+30
+35
+40
4
47%
97%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
5
38%
92%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
6
31%
83%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
7
27%
72%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
8
21%
58%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
9
17%
47%
97%
100%
100%
100%
100%
10
13%
38%
92%
100%
100%
100%
100%
11
10%
31%
83%
100%
100%
100%
100%
12
8%
27%
72%
100%
100%
100%
100%
13
6%
21%
58%
100%
100%
100%
100%
14
5%
17%
47%
97%
100%
100%
100%
15
4%
13%
38%
92%
100%
100%
100%
16
3%
10%
31%
83%
100%
100%
100%
17
2%
8%
27%
72%
100%
100%
100%
18
1%
6%
21%
58%
100%
100%
100%
19
-
5%
17%
47%
97%
100%
100%
20
-
4%
13%
38%
92%
100%
100%
21
-
3%
10%
31%
83%
100%
100%
22
-
2%
8%
27%
72%
100%
100%
23
-
1%
6%
21%
58%
100%
100%
24
-
-
5%
17%
47%
97%
100%
25
-
-
4%
13%
38%
92%
100%
26
-
-
3%
10%
31%
83%
100%
27
-
-
2%
8%
27%
72%
100%
28
-
-
1%
6%
21%
58%
100%
29
-
-
-
5%
17%
47%
97%
30
-
-
-
4%
13%
38%
92%
31
-
-
-
3%
10%
31%
83%
32
-
-
-
2%
8%
27%
72%
33
-
-
-
1%
6%
21%
58%
34
-
-
-
-
5%
17%
47%
35
-
-
-
-
4%
13%
38%
36
-
-
-
-
3%
10%
31%
37
-
-
-
-
2%
8%
27%
38
-
-
-
-
1%
6%
21%


Keep in mind, that's without armor. To me that is a good spread. Also it may look lie a person could damage a tank with a handheld firearm, but the Heavy armor rule already discounts that. It also avoids buckets o' dice. Some people may like that, I don't.

Another advantage with this system is that it's easier to design a vehicle on the fly by designing it as a character then adding the scale modifier.

I'm going forward with this as a part of my vehicle design. I hope to have a document ready soon.

PS> I know, I have railed against vehicles-as-characters before, and the die roll method is still an issue, but it's less of an issue than damage at higher scales (imho).