Oh, I forgot "Pansi man"'
Some of my groups have used audible spells as well. Though I do admit it works better with younger groups. Osaba nay obata will forever be ingrained in my memory.
Oh, I forgot "Pansi man"'
If the players want their mages to wear tophats and fishnets while adventuring, that's up to them. But They may get some strange looks from NPCs if their characters happen to be male.
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There are plenty of things that I adhoc all the time, but here are some of my standard house rules (snipped from a post to my current group):
On Prestige Classes...
I believe prestige classes should truly be a matter of prestige, and should make sense from a roleplaying perspective. So, to take levels in a prestige class, your character will almost always have to receive training of some sort. Generally, this would be from an organization that is in effect teaching the character certain "secret arts," fight styles, or what have you.
In other cases, it might also be environmental. Something may happen to your character that alters him in someway, thus facilitating these new abilities. For instance, I had a player in one of my games that wanted his character to become a Gate Crasher. So, during the course of the game, his character actually died in a most unusual way in the planes. When he was resurrected, he came back altered by the experience, and his character slowly began to realize that he had these new abilities.
So, if you are interested in a prestige class, definitely let me know ahead of time, and if it makes sense to work it in, we will. There will also be opportunities that come up during the course of the game to join organizations that will allow you to take levels in custom prestige classes.
On Skill Increases...
Once again, I like character improvements to make sense from a roleplaying perspective. When you are leveling your character, try to distribute your points in skills that your character either used or studied during the course of the previous game. I reserve the right to veto skill increases for skills that your character did not logically have the opportunity to improve.
On Hitpoint Tracking...
In my previous games, I have generally kept track of hit points for the group. In fact, the group doesn't even know what their exact hitpoints are. Instead of saying, the big, nasty ogre hits you for 16 points of damage, I describe the damage and your current status, i.e. "The smelly bohemeth swings his massive great club, splintering it against your shield with a solid blow that leaves your entire arm feeling numb." And, I will then tell you your current status, i.e., "You are injured." The possible statuses from best to worst are:
- Seriously Injured
- Seriously Wounded
- Critically Wounded
On Spells Memorization...
We use the alternate system for spell memorization and spell points presented in the Unearthed Arcana.
On Rules Disputes...
I hate it when a game breaks down because of a dispute over a ruling. I don't mind if you disagree with me about a judgment I make as a DM; I am far from perfect, especially when it comes to the minutia of the various rules. However, during the game, I generally limit rules disputes to one to two minutes maximum. After that, if my rule still stands, it still stands, and I don't want to continue arguing about it. Now, after the game, I'm more than willing to hash out the particulars of a rule and figure out how to do it right the next time. The only exception to this would be if my ruling is going to result in your character's death. Then understandably, we should make sure we get the ruling right before it has severe consequences.
In many of my games, I have used "fate points," which are somewhat of a holdover from Warhammer: The RPG. In my version, characters have one fate point per session that can be used to force one reroll. It doesn't matter who rolled the dice (me, you, or a party member), you can use your fate point to have the dice rolled again. The only caveat is that you have to announce the reroll BEFORE any other dice are cast. Thus, if I roll a natural-20 and then after announcing it, roll a confirmation, you can only make me reroll the confirmation, not the original critical. Only one fate point can be spent on any single roll.
While each of you has a fate point to use at every session, I will also have one "anti-fate" point. I almost never use this, but if it is important for story reasons, or whatever, I may choose to spend my anti-fate point to negate a reroll. In which case, you still have spent your fate point and it is lost.
This is something I recently started doing with my group actually. To encourage players to be more descriptive about what their characters are doing in combat, I give players a +1 circumstance bonus to attack (and possibly damage as well) if they give good descriptions of what their characters are doing. So, instead of simply rolling a d20 and their damage, it encourages the players to visualize the scene, and certainly makes things more interesting.
Grappling in 3rd edition seems to be a little over-powerful and was becoming a little overused in my game. Instead of making any drastic changes to the rules on grappling, I simply did away with the Improved Grapple feat as a player option. Since grapples can then be thwarted more easily, it makes it a less attractive option to use against an armed opponent.
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I eliminate good deal of the added complexity that 3e put into combat. My players don't really care about that, they want the combat quick and done. They would not enjoy spending all evening in complex combat encounter, but will gladly spend all evening dealing with RP issues. It all depends on who you are writing for.
I do criticals a little different. If a nat 20 is rolled to confirm, then the weapon does max damage times whatever weapon multipliers there are. If the original to hit roll was also a nat 20, then it does max damage times one extra multiple (a x2 weapon does x3). Back to back 20's are veddy nasty. Yet to happen.
Players automatically get max hp at generation and when leveling up.
If you reach -10 hp or lower, you're dead. UNLESS someone can heal you before the current combat round ends. And they have to get you to at least 0. I stole this from a DM at a con I recently attended.
Players may take up to 2 additional classes (2 core classes, 1 core and 1 prestige, or 2 prestige).
Natural 1's are always a huge failure and natural 20's are almost always a success (within reason, no jumping a 60' chasm on a nat 20 Jump check)
Comeliness: Always a fixture in my campaigns though I make PC's roll a Will save whenever they encounter someone with a higher Comeliness than themselves.
nat 20+nat 20+nat 20= Instant Kill
In the past year I've rolled three nat 20's in a row twice during skill uses effectively never having to spellcraft during a fight and never having to make a dungeoneering knowledge check. The last time was while fighting some elementals. I effectively used my dragon's breath to destroy fire elementals. My dragon was a red.
My DM makes me roll my d20 in front of everyone is I use my "magic" d20 during play.