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    Wow!!!That's some really well thought out approach to the Dresden-verse...fantastic novels!!! Anyway, I ran a Dresden-verse game using some slightly modified d20 modern rules.

    For magic, I did not differentiate between magic being divine or arcane or even psionic, it was just lumped together as magic. Spells per day were limited to 1 plus your Constitution modifier - for any level spell you could cast, with you having the ability to push yourself beyond your normal limits. However, to 'overcast' you had to succeed at a DC20 + the level of the spell Concentration check. Succeed and you cast the spell and became fatigued, allowing you to be able to push yourself one more time. Fail and you still cast the spell, but then you became Exhausted. You had to have levels in Smart, Dedicated, or Charismatic hero levels to be able to cast spells.

    Black Court Vampires - were your stock vampires
    Red Court Vampires - similar to Black Court, except they have a Disguise Self ability to not appear demon-like, saliva that was highly addictive narcotic that attacked Will Defense instead of Fortitude, and had a weak belly
    White Court Vampires - Used a modified Succubus, in which they could use a Very Powerful Charm Person effect
    I never did come up with anything for Red Court infected.

    Hexen Wolf, Loup Garou, Lycanthrope, and classic Werewolf - basically werewolves with different methods of transforming

    Faeries Courts - Powerful otherworldly Elves, with a smattering of Pizza loving Pixies. As well as Trolls, goblins.
    Changlings - Humans with some attribute adjustments based on their Faeries parentage. Player's who chose didn't have to make the choice until they failed a Will save, made once each gaming session, it was DC10 + their character level + 1 for each year the character was over the age of 18. This was a straight roll, with no way to be modified beyond taking feats and/or talents that adjust the Will Save.


    Well, that's the gist of it. The campaign didn't last too long, as my magic loving player's felt like they were being hamstrung with the limited number of spells per day. They kept wanting spells per day that increased with your character level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearfoot_Adam View Post
    I noticed that your red and black court vampires don't have any vulnerabilities...
    To clarify, essentially what I did was start with the "Vampire" template from the Angel corebook as a base and then modified it from there. All the "standard" vampire vulnerabilities are included in the Black and Red Courts templates while the cost of the White Court template was slightly increased because those vulnerabilities were removed. Hope that makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bearfoot_Adam View Post
    ...The other thing is have you though of any rules in the NEver Never?
    I haven't spent a lot of time on trying to flesh out the Fae and the Never Never but I've heard that that is the trickiest part of converting the Dresden-verse. Especially considering some of the very powerful (but very byzantine) abilities that the Fae possess, it can be a real bear to draw up statistically.
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    One Question I have is what were you using for "Character Type". In Angel, you have "Champion", "Investigator", and "Veteran". In Buffy, you have "Hero", "White Hat", and "Experienced Hero". Characters like Sgt Murphy of SI would obviously be an Investigator. I'm trying to work up a Unisystem Dresden game and was happy when I found the work you had done. I'll let you know how it works out. Anything I work up (like denizens of the Nevernever). Another Attribute to be thought on would be "Warden".

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    I would say Murphy is very much a human Champion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    One Question I have is what were you using for "Character Type". In Angel, you have "Champion", "Investigator", and "Veteran". In Buffy, you have "Hero", "White Hat", and "Experienced Hero". Characters like Sgt Murphy of SI would obviously be an Investigator. I'm trying to work up a Unisystem Dresden game and was happy when I found the work you had done. I'll let you know how it works out. Anything I work up (like denizens of the Nevernever). Another Attribute to be thought on would be "Warden".
    Since I was using Angel as the foundation for the game, I was intending to use the Champion/Investigator/Veteran structure of that game.

    I would love to hear your feedback as well as what other elements you whip up on your own. I still have not had a chance to playtest the work that I've done on this campaign.

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    I would say Murphy is very much a human Champion.
    If I had to whip something up off the top of my head, I'd probably make Murph an "experienced" Investigator. She's clearly a cut above but I'm not sure I would quite rank her in the "Champion" category (then again, I haven't finished the last two books yet, so maybe I'm speaking out of turn).
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    My thought is that with the martial arts and her being a crack shot I put her at the equivalent of Charley Gunn who was classified as a champion. She is more skilled then she is lucky. so I would give her more stats and fewer drama points.

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    Alright, I see the reasoning on Murph being a Champion. Though I would still lean towards the Experienced Investigator.

    Ones who have powers like Dresden, Thomas, Michael, etc. who are also seasoned would fall under Veteran. Would you agree? Molly, I would have to say, should fall under Champion since she is still Harry's Apprentice.

    I guess for the Sidhe, a base could be made which then gets adjusted depending on type of fae, what court they are, etc. Same to be said for the Denarians. Make a template and then build the baddie from there.

    To help me set a baseline for characters, I'm going to list major Dresden characters and I'd appreciate it if opinions were voiced on whether they would be Champion, Investigator, or Veteran. Feel free to include feedback explaining your call. The game I was planning would be in the Dresdenverse, but set in LA (which adds to the use of the Angel Corebook). I was going to use Kate Lochley as the head of LAPD's Special Investigations.

    At no time would the player characters run into Angel and company, but to have a setting book ready to go with a new game seems like it'd be a waste.

    Any way, here are several characters from Dresden for consideration to figure out what type the character would be. I won't include Harry since it would be obvious he'd be a Veteran:

    Karin Murphy
    Michael Carpenter
    Molly Carpenter
    Thomas Raith
    Billy and the Alphas (sounds like an 80s band)
    Carlos Ramirez (this character would actually make appearances)
    Jared Kincaid (could make appearances)
    The Archive (I would say for her levels of power, she should be a Vet)

    If there is someone you would like contribute who is not on this list, please do. I'd appreciate any input. Senior Council like Ebeneezer McCoy, the Merlin, Ancient Mai, and the Gatekeeper would be Vets (if not higher). Standard Wardens (which would exclude Luccio), should be Champions due to the rawness of most of them (and I would kind of lump Ramirez into this but his rank and a regional commander should be taken into consideration).

    I would think that Knights of the Cross fall in as Champions if they were newly chosen like if Harry ever found a successor for Shiro. Michael and Sanya, I would call as Experienced Champions (maybe give a few bonus points) or Veterans.

    I would like to suggest that since some of the members, like Webhead, may not completely up to date on the novels, avoid making any direct references to things in those last 2 novels (Small Favor and Turn Coat). I think the only thing I may have spoiled from either is Kincaid's first name and my mention of the Archive's power levels.

    I look forward to everyone's input.

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    Alright, I am taking these from the first point that they are seen in the show, except molly. Of course as the characters progress through the novels they will gain more experience.

    Karin Murphy- From the get go she is a no nonsense, fast shooting, karate chopping cop. she relies on her mad skills so I say champion

    Michael Carpenter- Again a champion of the faith. I withhold the vet status because Dresden and many others are still more powerful

    Molly Carpenter- I would say experienced white hat/ maybe hero.(BtVS RPG) She's got the juice but lacks the experience of an investigator or champion. Also I feel that most of her big power times come from the expenditure of drama points rather then skills

    Thomas Raith- Investigator yes he's a vamp but no older then Dresden and most of his power comes from the template rather then his own personal experiance. I mean compare him to his sister and there is no contest.

    Billy and the Alphas (sounds like an 80s band) Investigators all the way

    Carlos Ramirez (this character would actually make appearances) champion, all kinds of skill but lacks experiance

    Jared Kincaid (could make appearances) Vet and utter bad ass

    The Archive (I would say for her levels of power, she should be a Vet) she herself is a kid, so all her power comes from the template. this is a hard call. I would say don't even stat her or if you do don't follow the Character types cause she ain't no PC

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    Oh... the Archive would in NO WAY be a PC. That's like handing the players my notes.
    --- Merged from Double Post ---
    An interesting point that arises from your classification of Molly. There really is not anything to say I could not allow the Buffy types as well.
    Last edited by Oracle; 06-25-2009 at 10:24 PM. Reason: Automerged Double Post

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    I've always used the buffy character types for anyone under the age of 18

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    On the matter of the Sidhe, I would say that the Winter and Summer Ladies could be done as NPC with stats since, of the Queens, they are the weakest. For the actual Queens and the Mothers, I tend to think of a quote from the Vampire TM book Giovanni Chronicles: The Last Supper when discussing stats for Cappadocius: "To provide traits for Cappadocius would be ridiculous. No one in this game could affect him without his permission." Simply put, if you are about to engage the them in combat, go ahead and start thinking up your new character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    On the matter of the Sidhe, I would say that the Winter and Summer Ladies could be done as NPC with stats since, of the Queens, they are the weakest. For the actual Queens and the Mothers, I tend to think of a quote from the Vampire TM book Giovanni Chronicles: The Last Supper when discussing stats for Cappadocius: "To provide traits for Cappadocius would be ridiculous. No one in this game could affect him without his permission." Simply put, if you are about to engage the them in combat, go ahead and start thinking up your new character.
    Something akin to that most-famous of Call of Cthulhu quotes:

    "Characters that try to fight it out with Cthulhu should be mangled and obliterated. Even the lauded Elder Sign is impotent against such a being. For example, if an investigator held up the Elder Sign before Cthulhu hoping that he or she would not be grabbed by Cthulhu's claws, the Keeper [GM] is well-justified in permitting a small, star-shaped piece of the character's body to escape annihilation. The part of the body covered with the Elder Sign is perfectly protected, just not the rest of the victim."

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    Organization: Paranet

    10 point buy

    Clout:
    - Supernatural 1
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    Quarters:
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    Gear:
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    The Paranet is a loosely knit organization founded by Elaine Mallory. This nationwide group is made up of minor occultists of varying ability, most of whom are too weak for the White Council's concern or protection. With, no office or headquarters to speak of the Paranet offers home protection (by way of wards), information, and maybe a few dollars to help a member in dire need.

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    I've starting working on Special Abilities for Scions and Changelings (which if you stop and think about it are actually the same thing). I'm pretty much figuring on just making it where they can buy powers or qualities common to their parent's breed within limits, of course. Example being, they can get upper human limit strength, enhanced senses, limited regen, perhaps psychic abilities, etc. but they would not be able to get things like throwing bolts of elemental energy or matter control.

    What suggestions do you have for how to write this up? What should the point costs be for such a thing. I actually have someone who would not mind playing a scion Foo Dog.

    Another question for debate, I found the section in the Monster Smackdown for constructing new beasties which I intend to use to create generic stats for Fae and other nasties from Dresden, but I wanted some input on the best way to estimate point costs.

    Thanks for the input.

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