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[Interest/Discussion On] The Hyborean Age

Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
edited April 2009 in Critical Failures
so lately I've been on a comics kick, having started to read the trade paperbacks of Conan by Dark Horse, and it's a really fine time; I recommend you all give them a try.

but this isn't Graphic Violence so it's not a comic thread. What I have been thinking though is the possibility of putting together a game set in Hyboria in the vein of Conan. straight up traditional pulp swords and sorcery, featuring heroes with "gigantic mirth and equally gigantic melancholies".

I dunno what kind of system this thing would use (though I'm leaning towards Savage Worlds).

so what do the gents of CF think? if you were to run something like this, what would you use? what do you think a Conan game consists of?

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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    getting involved in dangerous eldritch plots when all you really wanted to do was steal a relic from a temple.

    fighting your way through an impossible situation, because thinking your way out of an impossible situation is for pussies.

    themes of barbarism vs. civilization, free will vs. fatalism, and good-old fashioned muscle vs. sorcery.

    phrases like "mighty thews" and "city-bred dogs" and "by Crom/Mitra/Bel/etc"

    having every NPC basically wanting to stab you in the back because after you've been useful you're also too dangerous.

    mild fantasy racism. i blame those goddamn stygians. fuck all of those guys.

    stealing a fortune beyond reckoning, splitting open your bag escaping the untold horror you awoke in the crypt you stole it from, and having just enough coin left in it to get shitfaced and wake up hungover and broke the next day. which was how you woke up the day before, so why not?

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  • ShinyoShinyo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't think there's much more I could possibly add to that except maybe bad hair and fur loincloths.

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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I think you mean "a rough-cut black mane dripping with sweat", and "naked but for a rough hide belted about the loins."

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  • MaticoreMaticore A Will To Power Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
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    I'm absolutely obsessed with the idea of a West Marches style game run swords-and-sorcery using Iron Heroes. If I had enough free time I'd do it online using like, MapTools, and it would be awesome.

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    you know

    posting pictures isn't really a discussion

    not to mention d20 OGL has way too much bloat and stupid rules minutiae to contribute anything to something so cinematic and gritty as Conan

    and furthermore, what the hell does West Marches have to do with my thread

    get out of my sight

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  • MaticoreMaticore A Will To Power Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yeah, I edited.

    I've never heard of savage worlds, is it a more dice-pool mechanics than a D&D-like system? I always feel like the D&D-ish systems might detract from the Swords & Sorcery atmosphere overall since they place so much emphasis on mechanics.

    It has everything to do with your thread! Are you serious? It's the perfect gritty ideal, the frontier where you live by your wit and strength!

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    conan doesn't live by his wit

    but no, seriously, the West Marches is completely different from what I'm talking about here. the West Marches is more like an MMO than anything, where you had multiple parties romping through a static world with little to speak of for plot and story.

    in the world of Hyboria, there is plenty of plot and intrigue, and the world is always changing...

    it's just that you don't give a shit. yet no matter how much shit you don't give, you always find yourself in between the Black Necromancers of Azoth-Thule and whatever the fuck evil artifact of Set they were trying to acquire, and now they want to kill you so you have to kill them first.

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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    also Conan spends a good deal of time in cities looting the wealthy and showing them how ridiculous and arbitrary their civilization is.

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  • MaticoreMaticore A Will To Power Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Fair, but what about the Grey mouser? There's more to Swords & Sorcery than just Conan.

    Besides, every table has that one guy who plays rogue.

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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    title of this thread

    "Hyborian Age"

    and in the OP

    i don't think he's talking about a Fritz Lieber thing there

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    plus

    conan's a huge thief

    practically half of the trouble he gets into are because he stole something, or tried to steal something

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  • ShinyoShinyo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Horseshoe wrote: »
    I think you mean "a rough-cut black mane dripping with sweat", and "naked but for a rough hide belted about the loins."

    Also his chest is waxed and sweaty for some reason. Because that's how it always is.

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  • MaticoreMaticore A Will To Power Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You guys will probably want this.

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    oh that's awesome

    thanks dude

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  • ShinyoShinyo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    So how would character creation be handled?

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    well it's not a game yet

    i'm just putting my finger on the pulse of CF, seeing what everyone thinks of the idea.

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  • HayasaHayasa Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Man, I would just make up some really basic system in ten minutes.

    In fact, I just did.
    Everyone gets 13 points for the four main stats, for ominous good luck.

    STATS

    Power: I AM MIGHTY! CLEAVE! REND! DECAPITATE! - Physical force and strength
    Guts: I CAN EAT BOULDERS AND SHIT THEM AS A CASCADE OF PEBBLES! - Endurance and fitness
    Glory: PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT MY BOULDER EXPLOITS AND THEY ARE OF LEGEND! - Reputation and charisma
    Wang: I KNOW THE BOULDER EXPLOITS BUT AM TOO DUMB OR BALLSY TO CARE! - Pigheadedness and fearlessness

    Maximum Pain = Power+Guts+Glory+(Wangx2)
    Pain starts at zero and goes up as you get hit.



    COMBAT
    There is no initiative. Whoever attacks first starts the fight and then people attack in whatever sequence they post until everyone important (ie. PCs) has acted once. This keeps going until someone important Loses.

    TO ATTACK: Power + 1d6 vs Guts + 1d6: Highest wins

    IF ATTACKER WINS: Winning margin + weapon bonus = PAIN received by opponent
    If PAIN taken in one hit exceeds Defender's Guts+Wang, Defender takes penalty equal to that excess to their next Glory or Wang check.

    IF DEFENDER WINS:
    GRUNT: Defender removes PAIN equal to winning margin
    OR
    MOCK MERCILESSLY: Glory +1d6 vs Wang +1d6; defender winning causes reduction to attacker's next attack equal to winning margin.

    LOSING
    If you take a total amount of PAIN equal or more than your Maximum Pain, you may Lose.
    Make a Guts+Wang+1d6 roll vs your main foe's Power+Glory+1d6. If you lose, YOU LOSE!

    Minions automatically will die (or surrender pitifully) when they lose. PCs must be subject to a KILL HIM!


    KILL HIM!
    If someone has Lost, you may KILL HIM! Roll Power+Wang+1d6 vs Defender's Glory+Guts+1d6 - if you win, he dies!
    If you lose, the defender loses Pain equal to their Wang+Guts, and the fight continues!


    SPEECHES, CURSES AND INSULTS
    There is always time for speeches, curses and insults.

    EQUIPMENT
    Enormous sword = +1 pain
    Really enormous sword = +2 pain
    Really enormous magic sword = +3 pain
    Really enormous magic sword with story = +4 pain
    Really enormous magic sword with story and glint and big sound effects = +5 pain

    ALL OTHER ITEMS ARE LOOT AND MAY BE POSSESSED, LOST OR STOLEN AS NARRATIVE DICTATES!



    SKILL CHECKS
    All skill rolls will be determined by narrative and The Gods. Examples follow.

    Lift a big rock: Power +1d6
    Hold a big rock: Guts +1d6
    Jump across a ravine: Power +1d6
    Woo a wench: Glory +1d6
    Walk through a ghost: Wang +1d6
    Arrange flowers: 1d6 - Wang

    Attempting to woo a wench by means of lifting a big rock may involve Glory or Power or both. The Gods will decide.

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    hahaha

    that's pretty hilarious

    but a little too tongue-in-cheek ;p

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  • ShinyoShinyo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Pretty damn good for having just made it up.

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I give a Hyborean game the :^:

    I really wish Age of Conan had delivered.

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  • HayasaHayasa Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    hahaha

    that's pretty hilarious

    but a little too tongue-in-cheek ;p
    Awwww

    I was really proud of the Grunt and KILL HIM! mechanics.

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  • JacquesCousteauJacquesCousteau Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I call being Xena.

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  • Super NamicchiSuper Namicchi Orange County, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    haha, Xena

    so I guess no one else has any input? so far we've seen hayasa's pretty hilarious 'homebrew' and iron heroes, but no one else has any idea on what would adapt well to Conan?

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  • HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    i'm planning on buying savage worlds to check it out since it's only ten bucks on amazon

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  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Iron Heroes was pretty much built for this, though it is a little rules heavy just like any d20 game.

    Savage Worlds, for those not in the know, is a very rules-light point-buy system, where characters are built from scratch. Gameplay is fast and the rules are easy to learn, but mechanically the game is very simple.

    FATE might be a good choice for this as well if you are trying for narrative characters.

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