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Conan d20: By Crom!

gredavingredavin Registered User regular
edited October 2006 in Critical Failures
I bought this a little while ago after getting really into the comics by Kurt Busiek and Carey Nord. I had read through the core book a few years ago, but after flipping through the very lame gazeteer in the back, decided not to run it because I realized I had NO CLUE about the setting.

The comics helped, and they got me excited to give it a try. I heard about the gazeteer book, Road of Kings, which was exactly the thing I needed to get a good feel for the world, religion, cultures, etc. I ran a few sessions with some mates playing in Hyberboria where confusion and mix ups led to clashes with the Nordheimers.

I loved the combat, the bloody, fast paced murder mayhem. True, I did make it very rules light and ignored alot of the d20 stipulations, but its my game dammit.

However, that said, for a d20 game, it still feels like death lurks around the corner for every man. A 5th level Barbarian can still get one shot killed just as easily as a 1st level thief. It's a great way to capture the quick and deadly nature of the Conan world.

So, tell me, who else plays this game and enjoys it, for the love of Crom and all that is holy?

Oh, just started a Conan PbP on www.rpol.net. Linkage:

http://www.rpol.net/game.cgi?gi=20081&gn=Conan:+Of+Gold+and+Incense&date=1159896465

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    MorskittarMorskittar Lord Warlock Engineer SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited October 2006
    I want to run Conan or just a barbarian game with WFRP. Perfect system for it.

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    HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    Is this the one that's put out by Mongoose Publishing?

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    gredavingredavin Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    Yes it is. It's a slightly modified version of d20 where armour gives you damage reduction instead of making you harder to hit. There are other changes too, like you get two defense scores, one parry the other dodge. Parry is Strength based and Dodge is Dexterity. It gives the chance of a beefy fighter to actually defend himself with his weapon. Also, death from massive damage has been lowered to 20, instead of the normal 50 as per 3.5 regular rules.

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    HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    That is pretty cool.

    So what implications might the new rules have for, say... a Vendhyan Priest of Asura? (Just wondering. :) )

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    gredavingredavin Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    There is only one spellcasting class in this version called the Scholar. At creation, you choose which way you gain your power. Through scholarly study, through worship of a divine being, or through binding the services of a demon.

    Each way can be dangerous and is tracked through corruption points. The more you use magic, the greater chance of becoming corrupted. Also, the spell list is entirely different. A first level scholar gets one spell, and that doesn't change for quite sometime. Hyboria is a very rare magic setting, so Scholars too are rare.

    Stygians, as listed with their race, are way more susceptable to corruption. ;)

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    MorskittarMorskittar Lord Warlock Engineer SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited October 2006
    This sounds somewhat similar to Cthulhu d20... a system I really dug. Gredavin, do you recommend anything besides the core book?

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    gredavingredavin Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    Well, if you know Conan at all, Robert Howard and H.P Lovecraft were chums back in the day and shared some of the mythos in their stories.

    And I have heard it said that certain aspects of the d20 Cthulu game can be ported directly over to Conan d20.

    I would definitely recommend Road of Kinds, a very complete and detailed gazeteer for the world. Lots of plot hooks, great information on culture and history as well as religions. ALso, you might want to check out Scrolls of Skelos if you are into the magic bit I discussed. New spells, items, feats and enemies all related to the dark path of the magi. Very cool stuff.

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    HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    Oh, those Stygians and their Snake God. When will they ever learn?

    If you haven't done it already, gredavin, you might also check out the "Chronicles of Conan" trade paperbacks. They reprint the Barry Windsor-Smith and Roy Thomas comics from the 70's. They've been re-colored, which really brings out Smith's style. Very cool stuff.

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    DMACDMAC Come at me, bro! Moderator mod
    edited October 2006
    Has anyone tried Monte Cook's Iron Heroes? Isn't it supposed to be a more brutal Conan-esque d20?

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    gredavingredavin Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    I have flipped through it but never fully given it a complete read through. Conan would be easy enought to convert to other fantasy settings I would think. Although, the magic system is entirely different, so maybe not in the end.

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    AllonAllon Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
    This almost make me consider getting back into D20. It's that awesome.
    I second this thread.

    Remember, you don't have to be a depraved virgin and puppy-sacrificing bastard to power your magic, but it sure helps a lot...

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    DeepQantasDeepQantas Registered User regular
    edited October 2006
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