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JohnLynch
Learned Scribe

Australia
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Posted - 25 Aug 2013 :  11:48:38  Show Profile Send JohnLynch a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
So I've been working on a player's guide to the Forgotten Realms. It's meant to convey character creation rules as well as give a hint of the flavour. I'd originally written it for D&D Next but with the playtest packets being revealed I decided to try give 2nd ed a look and I quite like the rules. As such I'm converting the guide to AD&D with player's being able to create a character using it rather than needing to buy books that have been out of print for years (I do plan on purchasing the recent reprints for the core 3 that WotC have produced).

A copy of it can be found here (cover needs redoing). The chapters are as follows:

  • 1. Introduction: An overview of the campaign starting location

  • 2. Creating a Character: basics of creating a character. Specific details are covered in later chapters.

  • 3. Races: Rules for the different races using 2nd ed rules. Need to work on this area (give half-elves a brief description, remove references to lightfoot halflings. I'm just using the core AD&D PHB races here.

    I've specifically referenced every different type of human ethnicity as its own subrace to help emphasise the different flavours of each of the races. I've also used this as a chance to remove the "Common" tongue from the game. PCs instead have access to the "Trade Tongue" as well as a racial language.

  • 4. Classes: All of the standard PHB classes, some kits for some of the classes as well as most of the Faiths and Avatars classes. I've also homebrewed a "minister" class which is a divine bard who replaces thief skills (and some of the bardic skills) for turning undead. Standard clerics are specialty priests and thus aren't able to turn undead.

  • 5. Non-Weapon Proficiencies: Not yet written. I'll mostly just be using the PHB NWP.

  • 6. Languages: I've outlined most of the PC race languages, some of the monster languages as well as a couple of dead languages. PCs will be able to gain training in these languages through NWPs. I've also listed which races commonly learn other languages. In Pathfinder I've often found myself asking the DM "what would be an appropriate language for my character to learn" so this section answers that question.

  • 7. Deities: This chapter lists every single deity that was actively worshipped before the Time of Troubles. I've also listed which divine classes belong to each of the deities (need to convert a couple of D&D Next classes to AD&D classes for a couple of the deities). This list will likely be pared down to deities appropriate for PC worship.

  • 8. Combat: This chapter will have the AD&D rules for combat as well as the optional rules I'll be using (as few as possible to start with).

  • 9. Currency: This chapter lists the different currencies as well as conversion rates between them. It also includes descriptions of the different coins.

So that's it. I'd be interested in hearing what people think and if they notice any errors. I'm also missing descriptions for some of the currencies and could use some help in getting descriptions for them.

DM of the Realms: A blog for my Forgotten Realms adventures.

Edited by - JohnLynch on 25 Aug 2013 11:54:33

George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 25 Aug 2013 :  12:31:26  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is some really good stuff. Well done.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 25 Aug 2013 :  14:17:13  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

This is some really good stuff. Well done.

-- George Krashos


Indeed, what Crash said. Looks really good and sent me to a very happy place.

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1853 Posts

Posted - 25 Aug 2013 :  16:53:42  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice! I've been meaning to do a Player's Guide for my campaign for a few years now, but I keep getting distracted. I blame the quantum dilation of Sagetime(tm).
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SirUrza
Master of Realmslore

USA
1283 Posts

Posted - 25 Aug 2013 :  22:57:07  Show Profile Send SirUrza a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Pretty cool.

"Evil prevails when good men fail to act."
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Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
4141 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2013 :  03:17:19  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Pure win this! Seriously, wonderful work!

The Old Grey Box and AD&D for me!
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Seravin
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1180 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2013 :  04:12:08  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Loving it! Keep it going!
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Seravin
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1180 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2013 :  04:12:31  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Loving it! Keep it going!
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Kris the Grey
Senior Scribe

USA
422 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2013 :  05:12:46  Show Profile Send Kris the Grey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That really is quite creative! I agree, please keep up the good work.

Kris the Grey - Member in Good Standing of the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors, the Arcane Guild of Silverymoon, and the Connecticut Bar Association
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The Arcanamach
Master of Realmslore

1834 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2013 :  09:01:01  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Really great stuff here.

I have a dream that one day, all game worlds will exist as one.
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JohnLynch
Learned Scribe

Australia
243 Posts

Posted - 29 Aug 2013 :  07:55:33  Show Profile Send JohnLynch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow. Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I'll continue to post as I work on it.

DM of the Realms: A blog for my Forgotten Realms adventures.
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