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  1. Many of the advantages/powers I created for the paranormal hunters campaign were related to a particular skill. Most often it allowed characters to do something with a skill that would simply be impossible for a normal character (such as use their climbing skill to scale a perfectly smooth surface). I've tried making my advantages completely genre/setting/race generic but I found that to be very difficult. For one thing, many of the skills/attributes we use change depending on the genre we are playing so it becomes difficult to link advantages to specific attributes/skills. Also, I've found it difficult to determine the value/cost of an advantage without knowing the genre/setting. Some kind of strength-enhancing advantage would be very valuable in a gritty low-magic fantasy campaign but much less valuable in a game that takes place in the Harry Potter world. Another thing is that some advantages clash with the intended feel of the setting. For example, advantages that give big boosts to magical powers feel out of place in a setting where magic is rare and not overly powerful. Have I misunderstood your description or have you found a way around these issues? Either way, I'm interested to know more.
  2. Hi Grimace, I’ve messed around with the concept a lot but I've only finalized/balanced one full set of "special abilities" which was for a modern day paranormal campaign where the player characters are supernatural beings who live amongst humans in secrete and investigate/hunt other supernatural creatures who are stirring up trouble. The special abilities were tied to the race of the character so I had 15 for vampires, 14 for lycanthropes, 13 for “unbound” humans (humans who have broken down some mental barriers allowing their brains and bodies to work outside their usual boundaries). I also had magic users but none of my players were interested in that so I never fleshed out the system for that one. Lately I have been trying to do something similar for a dark fantasy campaign and have been raiding my Savage Worlds and Gurps books for ideas. However, this time I am trying to make the abilities more generic so the players can mix/match them since I’m not really planning to have races for this setting. Instead, each player character would be a unique being whose special abilities come from their unusual backgrounds or from contact with the supernatural. If you’re looking for ideas, I would highly recommend the Gurps 3rd edition core book and the first Compendium (which includes a mind-boggling amount of advantages). The latest edition stuff might be as good or better but I haven’t looked at it so I can recommend it. The Savage World core book also has a fair amount of special abilities (called Edges) which has given me some neat ideas as well. Are your special abilities more generic or geared toward a specific genre/setting?
  3. Sounds like Grimace has a lot of experience on this topic so he can probably give you better direction but I'll throw out an idea that came to me while reading this part of your post. What if you list your spells with minimum attributes (a short range, low damage, one target etc), a low Spell Point cost, and the attributes of the spell that can be boosted. Then, players can double any attribute of the spell for doubling the Spell Point cost. For example, Magic Missile costs 1 Spell Point and fires at something within 10 meters for 1D damage. If a player wants to fire at something 20 meters away for 4D damage, the spell point cost would be 5 (1 point to cast, 1 point to double the range, 3 points to add 3D damage).
  4. Hi Barrataria, I agree with the advice given in this thread so far but I'll throw in my two cents as well. Personally, I think one of the problems associated with the d6 system is rolling too many dice. I prefer combat rounds to move quickly but having to count out lots of dice and then sum their total really slows things down when every character is attempting multiple actions in a round. One of the ways I deal with this in my campaigns is to come up with lots of advantages, spells or special abilities to spend their character points on but I design them so that they don't give bonus dice to skills. Instead, they allow a character to use a skill in a unique way or gain an ability they would not be able to attempt otherwise. For example, instead of a fighter character getting bonus dice to add to his weapon skills, maybe he gets to choose some special combat manuevers (sort of like what they've done in the latest DnD Next playtest material). P.S. As someone who was introduced to roleplaying with the D6 system, I'm curious what a D20 veteran thinks of the system. Are there things you don't like about it that you feel D20 does better?
  5. Okay, that's pretty damn cool. Now I'm looking forward to reading issue 5 even more.
  6. While my experience with Mini Six is a bit limited, I will backup Grimace's assessment as those are pretty much exactly the points that came to my mind when I read your question.
  7. Oh man that's horrible. I'm bummed that a Savage Worlds thread I started which had a lot of great feedback was lost in the reboot but that's a drop in the bucket comparatively speaking. Thank you for getting the forum working again.
  8. This pretty much what I was going to suggest as I was reading this thread.
  9. Cool, I've been meaning to give that geocaching thing a try and this should give me some motivation. So I see these card decks are compatible with something called "Destiny6." Is this a game and if so, where can I get it?
  10. Thank you JP for offering to answer some questions. From what I've read online, it sounds like you're a very busy person so I appreciate you taking the time while we wait for March 4th. To get the ball rolling, I've read that Destiny6 will be your take on the popular Blackmoor D20 setting which had some sci-fi and high tech elements mixed in with the usual fantasy themes. This brought to mind Destiny6's musket-style weapons and airships and got me thinking, what level of technology can we expect to find in Destiny6? Can you tell us if these are two isolated contraptions explained by magic and alchemy or are they examples of a broader "mechanical/tech" theme in the world of Destiny6?
  11. Here’s my 2 cents… The complexity of other systems allows the game developers to continually put out new content such as items, abilities, races etc about which players will post/debate for days. Check out the D&D forums and see how many threads there are on "Optimizing Class X" or "Best way to build a Half-Orc Dhampyr Wizard/Paladin who worships Orcus" or "How to cause infinite damage by exploiting Power X with Class Ability Y" In other words, the forums for these games get a lot of traffic but it is largely about game mechanics. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like there is much to say about D6 rules that hasn’t already been talked to death. The other popular types of topic on other game forums are setting related. People on D&D forums talk endlessly about creatures, gods, planes, timelines, and race cultures. We do have a few setting related sub-forums here but there is not enough history, developer support, and/or players to generate much discussion. And this is why I was so excited for Destiny6. I really thought that Jeff with his experience in the gaming industry could be that person. We were supposed to get some more info on March 4th but Jeff has gotten pretty quiet again so (personally) I'm bracing myself for more delays.
  12. Thank you for serving. If there was ever a "good' reason for a delay, that is it.
  13. Thanks for the heads up. I downloaded the PDF and WOW, my initial impression is that I am very impressed by the quality and quantity contained in the core book! I haven't had a chance to do a thorough read-through yet but I'm looking forward to doing so and will post again with my thoughts after I do.
  14. As always, thanks for the info Jeff. So it sounds like you've changed the Corrupted from being a condition applicable to any race to a race itself? Also, have the Pure been remove from the game or maybe just moved out of the core book?
  15. Thank you Jeff, after reading your post and thinking about it a bit more, I’m glad to hear the “horror” in Destiny6 is not solely conveyed by the gruesome monsters you fight against. Zombie apocalypse movies like Dawn of the Dead or Seven Days Later freak me out but that fear comes from more than just the creepy idea of animated corpses that eat people. While that concept is certainly gruesome, what really gets me feeling anxious is the broader theme that the zombie hordes in those movies embody: an inescapable isolating force that slowly and relentlessly wears you down, constricts your options and turns your comrades against you to inevitably and painfully consume your flesh and end your existence. (yikes!) In other words, the themes those zombies personify stir up a lot more fear than the undead creatures themselves. I’m also very intrigued by the idea that horror is built into the game system as well as the setting. Once again, I might be reading too much into it but that sounds to me like there are actual game mechanics involved. If so, I am very much looking forward to learning more about that. Additionally, I think it’s awesome that you’re putting in some GM guidance for applying the horror elements to the game. In my limited experience, the GM guidance sections of most core books never go much beyond “give the players some challenges, reward their success, and make sure everyone is having fun.” I’ll mark that up as another item I’m looking forward to reading. So I guess my next question would be, how does magic fit into the world of Destiny6? Are magic users and items fairly common? Are the town streets lit up every night by magic lamp posts or would a magic amulet be a priceless family heirloom kept secret to protect it and the family? Is magic just another part of life for the inhabitants or is there some level of distrust toward magic (as if it stems from evil sources)?
  16. Wow, that looks awesome. Any guestimates on when Westward is gonna be ready for primetime?
  17. Happy Birthday Lubidius! Maybe we can take another stab at getting that Septimus game started one of these days.
  18. Thank you JP, that airship scene does sound awesome! I have to say that I'm happy to hear that some "technology" will be used in moderation. I think it will add some spice to differentiate Destiny6 from more traditional fantasy settings without going so far as to make the players question whether it's actually a fantasy setting at all. I keep hearing words like "dark", "gruesome", and "horror" used when talking about Destiny6 and I find that very interesting since such terms are generally not what comes to mind when I think about most fantasy settings. Even though we encountered plenty of zombies, vampires, and flesh-eating slimes when playing D&D, I don't think any of my gaming group would describe the setting that way. This is probably at least partially due to how our group plays but could it also be due to how WotC has presented the material? Maybe I'm just reading too far into a few adjectives but, if this is something you've specifically baked into Destiny6, I'd love to hear your perspective on how to inject some horror into a game/setting.
  19. Ah, I was wondering what happened to Tabletop Armory. Glad to hear you're still rolling along and doing it better under the new name.
  20. Awesome, thank you JP!
  21. Hey JP, how are things going? Is whatever still on track for March 4th? I understand not wanting to talk too much about what's specifically coming down the pipeline but maybe you could share some of your more general thoughts about Destiny6? This month is crawling along at a snail's pace since I'm chomping at the bit for more info. I'm thinking that since I can't read/play it, maybe chatting about Destiny6 will help pass the time more quickly
  22. I've been out of the role-playing loop for quite a while but all the hoop-la about the new version of DnD got me thinking about it again so I come to check out Wegfans and find that you've got a big ominous date on your Destiny6 website! I'm super excited and hope that the next month goes by quickly!
  23. Thanks for the update JP. I still check these forums from time to time and will be here with cash in hand when you're ready to sell.
  24. Congratulations and good luck, I'll have to check it out once it's released.
  25. Yes, I agree that accessibilty is huge with young/new gamers and, with regard to your perfectionism, I think polish is a huge selling point for all gamers. It seems like everytime I find a new rpg that looks interesting, I come away dissappointed after a closer inspection due to a combination of unexplained mechanics, loopholes, rule contridictions, discrepancies in the setting, plot holes in the lore etc. Come to think of it, a group of 10 year olds is probably the perfect focus group for identifying any of these problems! In my experience, if something doesn't make sense, a 10 year old will find it and if a rule/mechanic is exploitable, a 10 year old will break it