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A bracing morning swim: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st Ed PbP

Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
edited May 2012 in Critical Failures
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Look how happy that dude is that the mohawk ogre is about to punch him in the face with a big spike. You can be that dude!

Found the old 1st ed WHFRP book (impulse EBay purchase) on my shelf a while back and thought it might be fun to try out the demo mini-adventure as a PbP here. Could be great, could be extremely unsuited to forum play, we won't know until we try! We should at least have fun with the vintage style, almost entirely random, career based (if you consider rat catching a career that is) character generation. You pick a race, roll a stat line, pick a general career area (if your random stats allow), and then roll up your random opening career.

The rules are fairly fast and loose and I hear combat can be pretty brutal for players so that sounds like it could be fun (for the GM at least). Essentially PCs are as squishy as NPCs, the only difference being PCs get a handful of 'fate points' representing their heroic destiny and allowing them a do-over when an unfortunate roll lets a street thug cut your leg off.

So looking for four players who can commit to a fairly regular (aim for daily posts on weekdays) posting schedule. Need to be open minded to an antique system and willing to RP to what the dice give you in chargen. Familiarity with the Warhammer world and its tone (grimdark+ tongue in cheek) is a big bonus.

I guess I leave this up until I get enough expressions of interest at which point I'll randomly (or cherry) pick a team and we'll get rolling.

Here's hoping I'll be rolling on the critical damage chart for your head soon!

The Party:

@Icerimp - Ilumor the Elven Woodsman
Cash: 6G
Fate Points: 1
Wounds: 4/6

@Grog - Gavnog the Dwarven Troll Slayer
Cash: 2G
Fate Points: 3
Wounds: 0/8 - Dislocated Wrist

@TheLawinator - Godric the Human Militiaman
Cash: 10G
Fate Points: 3
Wounds: 6/6

@Snowdon - Merrick Oddfoot the Halfling Rogue Tomb Raider
Cash: 16G 19 Sch
Fate Points: 1
Wounds: 0/4

@Mr_Rose - Kazrik Ironbrow the Dwarven Seer
Cash: 8G
Fate Points: 1
Wounds: 8/8

Group Kitty: 17 Gold Crowns
0 Silver Schillings
3 Brass Pennies

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  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    I remember someone bringing this to a warhammer game night, but we only managed to roll up characters. I think someone ended up as a 15 year old crippled rat catcher.

    I'm in.

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    Playing a crippled rat catcher sounds like fun! I'm down.

  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    I'd try this. I've read a bit about the new version, but not the older one.

  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    I might be interested.

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose Registered User regular
    Totally interested, but I don't have the 1e book myself. Will that be an issue?
    (I borrowed it from a friend once and rolled up a Dwarf rat-catcher but that's as far as we got)

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Not expecting anyone else to have the book. We can run from mine. I'll scan or photo any necessary bits to post up.

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Well looks like enough people are in to make this a goer (one being particularly keen! You know who you are.) Will sort stuff in the next few days so take this mini-bump for the start for the new working week as your last call to get your name in consideration.

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Ok.

    @Grog
    @Snowdon
    @Icerimp
    @Mr_Rose

    You may be receiving some useful mail soon but in the meantime, let's kick things off with some character creation. All rolls to made on Orokos so we can check there's no cheating.

    1) First choose your race from the options of Man, Wood Elf, Dwarf or Halfling.

    2) Roll stats as below. The arcane letters stand for: Move, Weapon Skill, Ballistic Skill, Strength, Toughness, Wounds, Initiative, Attacks, Dexterity, Leadership, Intelligence, Cool, Willpower and Fellowship.
    Spoiler:

    3) Roll age for reasons that appear later.
    Spoiler:

    4) Roll Fate Points. These are essentially a get out of jail free card and can be used to escape an otherwise certain death. For reasons unclear the different races are unequal in their fates.
    Spoiler:

    5) Pick a career class. These are the general flavour of the character and come in four varieties. More detailed career comes later and is randomly rolled within these classes.

    Warrior (Must have WS 30+)
    Ranger (Must have BS 30+)
    Rogue (Must have I 30+, if an Elf must have I 65+)
    Academic (Must have Int and WP of 30+)

    If you don't meet the requirements for any class the rules don't say what to do. I suspect you give up and start again as you have clearly created a lemon.

    6) Skillz. Roll a D4 and modify by the below to get your number of starting skills.
    Spoiler:

    For any race other than human your first two skills are set. The rest are random by a combination of race and class. Roll a d100 for each random skill and I'll give you your final mismatched set.

    7) Finally the fun bit. Career. You're all rat catchers.
    Spoiler:

    This will provide you with some gear and additional skills.

    8) 3D6 for starting cashmoneys.

    Once you've rolled all these dice I should be able to get back to you with a character sheet. Good luck!

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    FINE! FINE!

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Try a bit more enthusiasm than 'might be interested' next time!

    Ah fuck it, the scenario says it's designed for four but I'm sure five will be fine. Balance wasn't exactly a thing in those days anyway.

    Get rolling!

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose Registered User regular
    edited June 2012
    Rar, meet Kazrik Ironbrow
    (young Dwarf Academic)

    M: 4
    WS: 40
    BS: 21
    S: 3
    T: 5
    W: 8
    I: 18
    Spoiler:

    A: 1

    Dex: 24
    Ld: 50
    Int: 30
    Cl: 51
    WP: 57
    Fel: 12
    Spoiler:
    Age: 51
    Spoiler:
    Fate: 1
    Spoiler:

    Skills:
    Basic:
    Mining; Metallurgy; Excellent vision

    Career: 
    Arcane Language - Magick; Divination; Magic Sense; Charm Animal; Public Speaking

    Trappings:
    Lightweight clothes (academic career path) & shoes; belt knife; quarter staff; rune-carved raven bones (in belt pouch); pot helmet; backpack; hook&line; torch (x2) 

    Cash: 9 8 4/2/-

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  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    edited June 2012
    I found a random elf name chart from some old Warhammer book. Woohoo.

    Ilumor Mistwalker the Woodsman
    ---
    Move: 4
    WS: 44 +10 = 54
    BS: 33
    S: 3
    T: 4
    W: 6
    Init: 63
    A: 1
    Dex: 50
    Ld: 40
    Int: 49
    Cl: 48
    WP: 34
    Fel: 46

    Age: 72
    Fate: 1

    Class: Ranger
    Career: Woodsman
    Starting skills: 3
    Extra skill roll: 19
    $$$: 8

    Alignment: Good
    Language: Eltharin, Old Worlder
    Nightvision: 30 Yards
    Height: 6'1"

    Skills:
    Concealment Rural
    Follow Trail
    Identify Plants
    Secret Language - Ranger
    Set Trap
    Silent Move Rural
    Specialist Weapon - Two Handed Weapon
    Spot Trap
    Secret Signs - Woodsman's

    Gear: Good, weather worn clothes (Tatty hat included). Leather backpack containing 1 blanket, cutlery, tinderbox, and small cook pot. Flask of water. 1h sword. Small knife. 2h woodsman's axe. Leather Jacket, pot helm, unrimmed shield, 3 torches, 1 dozen tallow candles, 6 yards of rope, 1 wooden wedge (why not?), 1 iron spike:

    Armor:
    Body/Arms- 0/1 (1 vs damage =<3. 0 vs damage >3)
    Head - 1

    Current wounds: 0
    Current money: 6

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    @Mr_Rose

    I'll deal with specifics of what it all means later, but your starting skills are Mining, Metallurgy and Excellent Vision.

    Your starting career:

    Drum roll...
    Spoiler:

    Have fun coming up with a character for that one! Roll the 50% chance skills and pick one free stat advance from the options in the advance scheme. You'll clearly also need to pick the (believed) source of your divination powers and how you manifest them.

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I'm assuming that's for me since Seer doesn't seem a very warrior-y career?
    If so:
    Seer random skill rolls: Blather; Charm Animal; Public Speaking: 1d100 21 1d100 77 1d100 55
    So I get Charm Animal and Public Speaking, yes?
    If Public Speaking is a Fellowship based skill, I think I'll take the +10 Fel advance if not, I'll think of something else.
    Do we automatically get all the other skills and trappings listed too?

    Source of Power: the Ancestor Goddess Valaya, of course, manifested through rune-carved raven bones.

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    @Icerimp

    Despite the stat requirement and D&D connotations of the name, Ranger just means a rural character rather than being tied to any kind of ranged attacking style. That said you will get one free stat boost you can probably put into BS depending on your career if you see yourself that way. Dex is unrelated to ranged combat in this system and is used for skill checks on 'complex, intricate or delicate manual tasks'.

    So Warrior or Ranger, your decision!

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  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Aha! Well, damn, short 2 from being able to make a rogue. I'll just go Ranger anyway, then.

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    @Mr_Rose

    Yup, you get all the listed skills and trappings. Plus as an academic you also get a suit of lightweight clothes including sandals or soft shoes and a knife tucked in your belt.

    Public speaking is indeed fellowship based.

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    @Icerimp

    Starting skills of Excellent Vision, Sing and Dance. (Snigger)

    Career:
    Spoiler:

    Though as an elf you can only envy that beard. Again roll your random chance skill and pick one free advance. Advances are always +1 or +10 by the way. That +2 wounds means you have the potential to advance in it twice.

    Ranger extra starting gubbins:
    Spoiler:

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  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    What does the cool stat do, specifically, anyway? Besides make you more cool, of course.

  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose Registered User regular
    Right, definitely taking the +10 Fel, to get to 22 Fellowship then.

    Basic character stuffs yo:

    Kazrik Ironbrow, scion of the famous Ironbrow Clan, is unusual amongst Dwarf-kind in that he is more concerned with future troubles than past glories. Even more unusually, he actually spent time outside and kept birds as pets, seeming destined for a career in the Rangers until one day he dreamed of his favoured pet raven being struck down by a lightning bolt from an empty sky. Seeking to avoid this fate for his beloved bird, Kazrik returned to a more subterranean lifestyle, much to the relief of his parents, where he started making inquiries about runesmithing as a career. Until, that is, the Skaven attacked; the first warning being the death of that same raven to a warpstone sniper shot from a tunnel thought blind and empty of threat.
    After the invasion force was driven off, Kazrik found the corpse of his pet with the warpstone bullet still embedded in it and became obsessive about the future, dreams, and divination; after this was met with disdain and even outright hostility at home, he struck out on his own towards the lands of Men to seek what knowledge they might have of portents and omens...

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Cool - The character's ability to remain calm, collected - even sane - under severe psychological stress.

    Basically tested upon to avoid filling your britches and running in fear.

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  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    Alright. Just wanted to make sure I didn't need cool to improve my Singing and Dancing.

    Gained Secret Signs
    I'll take the +10 to WS

  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    Godric the Human

    M 5
    WS 33
    BS 20
    S 4
    T 4
    W 6
    I 23
    A 1
    Dex 30
    LD 34
    Int 31
    Cl 35
    WP 24
    Fel 29

    I have to be a warrior, only thing I'm qualified for.
    Spoiler:
    Age 32
    Fate points 3
    Skills 3
    Spoiler:
    Skill 53
    Skill 30
    Skill 15

    Career 38

    Starting money 11
    Spoiler:

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  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Gavnog the Dwarven Warrior (he qualifies for nothing else!) TROLL SLAYER

    (M, Ws, Bs, S, T, W, IDex, Ld, Int, Cl, Wp, Fel)
    M: 4
    WS: 34+10 (advance) 44
    BS: 23
    S: 4+1 (Very Strong) 5
    T: 3
    W: 8
    I: 18
    Dex: 20
    Ld: 46
    Int: 28
    Cl: 53
    Wp: 57
    Fel: 28

    Age: 77

    Fate Points: 3

    Languages: Old Worlder, Khazalid
    Nightvision (30 Yards)
    Height: 4'6"
    Hatred toward orcs/goblins
    Animosity toward Elves

    Skills:
    Spoiler:
    -Mining
    -Metallurgy
    -Very Strong
    -Disarm
    -Dodge Blow
    -Specialist Weapon: Two handed
    -Street Fighter
    -Strike Might Blow

    Career: 76 Awesome. Troll slayer.
    Cash: 6

    Trappings: Two handed axe (-10init, +2damage), Sack (containing tankard, mace, knife, tinderbox, blanket)

    Background:
    Gavnog is surprisingly friendly for a slayer, sworn as he is to die in battle. Something about volunteering to die for the shame he brought on his clan has given the dwarf an open mindedness rare to his kind. That's not to say he doesn't uphold the dwarven ideals of boastfulness, carousing and the berating of elves. Most who've met him describe him as a 'whirling orange ball o' chaos- and when he's in battle too!'.

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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Perrick Oddfoot the Halfling Rogue Trader

    Move: 3
    Weapon Skill: 21
    Ballistic Skill: 26
    Strength: 2
    Toughness: 3
    Wounds: 4
    Initiative: 50
    Dexterity: 50 (Taking the free advance)
    Leadership: 20
    Intelligence: 32
    Cool: 19
    Willpower: 40
    Fellowship: 41

    Age: 36

    Fate: 2

    Language: Old Worlder
    Night Vision: 20 Yards
    Height: 3'6


    Skills: 4(+1 for Age)
    Skill1: Cook
    Skill2: Herb Lore
    Skill3: 27 (Dodge Blow)
    Skill4: 30 (Reroll 48) Luck
    Skill5: 75 (Sing)
    Skill6: Evaluate
    Skill7: Haggle
    Skill8: Numismatics
    Skill9: Blather

    Career: 97 (Trader)

    Well-Secreted Moneypouch: 19 Coppers(Coins)
    Leather Jerkin
    Worn Clothing
    Worn Boots
    Knife tucked into Boot

    Rolls:
    Spoiler:

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Only had a quick chance to check the book before rushing off to work, but I'm very, very happy with one of your career rolls.

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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    So, does everyone here have a google account? Jam has asked me to share something, and that's really the easiest way I can think of, due to its size.

  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    Edited sheet because I found out the awesome career I got.

  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose Registered User regular
    A slayer? Awesome, we can be bitchin' outcasts together!

    ...because dragons are AWESOME! That's why.
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  • IcerimpIcerimp Registered User regular
    Your animosity can't stand up to a spritely song and dance number.

  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    @Grog I was so happy to see a Slayer come up. I'll do a picture for the sake of the audience that in my mind are following the thread with bated breath.

    And bonus strength as a skill? You've created a beast.
    Spoiler:

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    @TheLawinator

    Skills: Night Vision, Drive Cart, Dance. A nice sliding scale of practicality demonstrated there then!

    And for career...
    Spoiler:

    Nice and practical.

    Warrior bonus trappings for both you and @Grog:
    Spoiler:

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    Can I get double drive cart to be the very best cart driver?

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    @Snowdon You've got a bit confused somewhere. You say rogue at the top and rolled rogue random skills. Then gave yourself an academic career. If you meant to stick with rogue you're a Tomb Robber!

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Can I get double drive cart to be the very best cart driver?

    Wheelies and everything.
    Spoiler:

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    As the one human you should be glad to get Night Vision as you'd be the only one lost in the dark otherwise! You need to roll 2D6 for the distance.

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    Well, nuts. That was the only extra skill I got. Night vision distance: 10 http://orokos.com/roll/66111
    I'll take a crossbow and a mace.

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  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    I took the gear stuff into account, but considering he's a slayer I thought he wouldn't bother with boring things like clothes or armor.

  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Good man.

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