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General Discussion » Trouble with Acrobat Reader and Form Fillable Character sheet » 10/09/2018 10:20 am

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I’m using essentially the same setup (version 2019.008.20074), but I can’t replicate your issue. Did you use Acrobat Reader DC when you first filled in the sheet, or did you maybe fill it in your browser?

Sorcery » Cost of NPC's casting spells » 10/09/2018 10:08 am

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In The Anthropophagi of Xambaala, we established 100 gp per spell level as a rule of thumb. That rate can be negotiated at the referee’s discretion. For another frame of reference, in Vol. III, the cost to hire a priest is 500 gp per level per month.

General Discussion » Pronunciation Guide? » 9/08/2018 7:34 pm

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romelwell wrote:

Is there a pronunciation guide for AS&SH?

Thanks!

Welcome to the fora, romelwell! Are there specific terms for which you’re looking? We did include pronunciations of deity and place names in the Second Edition hardback.

Rules Discussion » Spellcasting and Hindered » 8/18/2018 9:01 am

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Iron Ranger wrote:

How close can the caster get to the melee without being "in" the melee and suffering the penalty?
The length of the longest nearest weapon?
 

I’d use the enemies’ reach, as defined on p. 248.

Rules Discussion » Spellcasting and Hindered » 8/17/2018 6:00 pm

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If the sorcerer is casting in melee, then he suffers a –2 AC penalty vs. all attacks (melee and missile). If the sorcerer is not in melee, then he retains his normal AC vs. incoming missiles.

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Beasts and Cannibals » 7/31/2018 6:32 pm

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Hey, folks... your friendly neighbourhood editor here. I can confirm that there seem to be issues with the bookmarking in both modules downloaded from DriveThru/RPGNow. I tested every bookmark in both modules over the weekend, before Jeff uploaded them, and they worked fine. They must have been corrupted in the upload/download process with DriveThru/RPGNow. Jeff will investigate and try re-uploading the files tomorrow. Please stand by.

General Discussion » Vote North Wind! » 7/16/2018 7:08 pm

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Because Jeff is too modest (or just too busy) to ask himself, consider giving your vote to North Wind Adventures in the Fan’s Favorite Publisher category of this year’s ENnies. Xathoqqua may spare your soul (this time).

Swordsmen & Sorcerers » Cataphract's charge!! » 7/09/2018 6:22 pm

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You could always make a class 2 or 3 item saving throw for the lance.

Swordsmen & Sorcerers » Rangers and Otherworldly Enemies » 7/02/2018 6:55 pm

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Sounds like a good opportunity for d6 task resolution.

Rules Discussion » Saving Throws for Some classes » 5/08/2018 5:54 pm

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Great question! A cryomancer would save at +4 vs. a ​wand of freezing, +2 vs. a wand of paralysis, and ±0 vs. a wand of fireballs​.

Adventures » In Umbrage Taken » 5/03/2018 8:07 pm

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Iron Ranger wrote:

Just took at look at Terror in the Tropics, and gotta say, I think I like where In Umbrage Taken was headed more.




I appreciate the sentiment, but the adventures were basically the same, apart from a dose of Hyperborean flavour.

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​[In “Terror in the Tropics”, settlers are being abducted by yuan-ti for sacrifice to their deity, Sarthis. In “In Umbrage Taken”, settlers are being abducted by snake-men for unspecified diabolical purposes. Perhaps some are being experimented upon and/or eaten and/or transformed into snake-men via the sorcery-science engendered by their deity, Yig. The one substantive change I made was making all the snake-men classed NPCs: fighters, clerics, warlocks, necromancers, monks, priests, and assassins of from 7th through 9th level.]

Rules Discussion » Once per day... » 5/03/2018 7:59 pm

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Depends on the item... I might wait a full 23:55, or only until Helios next peeks above the horizon (which could be a long time indeed during Nightfall), or I might roll a die if Xathoqqua were involved. For most practical purposes, I’d just go with whatever I felt was appropriate in the moment, without giving the players any consistently reliable information. It’s sorcery!

Rules Discussion » Once per day... » 5/03/2018 7:38 pm

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I think that’s a subject for referee discretion. Personally, I would rule once per 24-hour period after a normal sleep cycle (so no 11:59 P.M. followed by 12:01 A.M.).

Adventures » In Umbrage Taken » 4/23/2018 5:31 pm

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Oh, you were in that group, huh? What could possibly go wrong casting fireball in a five-foot-diameter tunnel? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/lol.png
I adapted In Umbrage Taken from an AD&D® 2E adventure, “Terror in the Tropics”, in WGR2 Treasures of Greyhawk​, so sadly it’s unfit for publication. Pick up the original if you don’t own it; you’ll find it lends itself quite well to the Hyperborea setting.

Swordsmen & Sorcerers » Monk: Stunning Blow, from level 1? » 4/19/2018 6:44 pm

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The monk’s empty hand attack can stun​ an opponent on a natural 19 or 20​ attack roll at any level. I understand the confusion, though. Blame the editor!

Hyperborea » New Vinland » 4/19/2018 6:37 pm

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Ragnarrheim may see some development in a forthcoming module.

Rules Discussion » Escaping "engaged in melee" as a spellcaster » 4/09/2018 7:48 pm

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nemomeme wrote:

DMPrata, thanks for the breakdown. All your assumptions about my example were correct. I'm getting closer, I think, to understanding the intent of the rules. One more wrinkle. Let's say the door was not at a right angle, but a bit towards Anfar. If Anfar wins initiative and charges Bedic, are they where Bedic stands/stood at the beginning of the round? Or are they both at the door, but Anfar is attempting to strike Bedic before Bedic can reach for the door handle?

The way you phrased your second-to-last sentence suggests Bedic is somewhere between his starting position and the door when Anfar's charge reaches him rather than either at the brazier or the door.

If Anfar wins initiative and engages Bedic before he reaches the door, would you rule that he can sort of shift his intent towards a lateral "backpedalling" and still reach the door, having faced Anfar's charge?

The movement happens more-or-less simultaneously; Bedic doesn’t just stand still awaiting Anfar’s charge attack. The initiative result just dictates which action is completed first when precise timing matters. In this example, Anfar and Bedic are moving toward each other, with the door betwixt the two. If Anfar wins initiative, he’ll complete his charge attack before Bedic reaches the door. Where exactly they end up depends on comparative MV; Anfar will cover twice the distance that Bedic does. (A map would help here.) Once the charge attack is resolved, sure, Bedic can “backpedal” to the door, but Anfar still can follow as per the rules for backpedalling.

Rules Discussion » Escaping "engaged in melee" as a spellcaster » 4/03/2018 8:47 pm

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nemomeme wrote:

We had our third AS&SH session yesterday. The players are in the Dwellers of the Forbidden City proper & not just headed toward it. We had fun but more than a half-an-hour was again spent discussing the two-phase combat with some frustration. I think we mostly have it down now, but I'm back again to request some help/clarity.

Why is Movement listed fourth in the Basic Combat Sequence on p244? Is that really operative/important? Is the explication "Advance" important/exclusive on p245? More precisely, if a PC says they want to withdraw (backpedal) p254, given that they could still melee, does that kind of movement take place at the same time as "Melee" in the Basic Combat Sequence? And therefore withdraw takes place during "Melee" so if you win initiative you get to withdraw before your opponent gets to try to hit you? Or do you only start to move during "Movement" and therefore they're going to attempt to strike you before you start to move away whether or not you win initiative?

Here's another case. Let's say an unarmored man, Anfar is forty feet away from their opponent, Bedic. Anfar says he's going to charge Bedic. Bedic, standing near a brazier, says he's going to Move laterally towards a door. Maybe he want to open it or something. In any case, he's not intending to melee. Anfar wins initiative. Has he charged Bedic who is still standing near the brazier because "Movement" (part 4 of the BCS) hasn't occurred yet? Or, given that this strike is occurring towards the end of Phase 1, are they both now near the door? What if Bedic wins initiative? Is the situation different or might they still both be positioned near the brazier because "Melee" is listed before "Movement" and Bedic is simply moving and not fighting?

I have a third scenario that occurred but that's probably enough for now.

Hmmm... I'm seeing now that regardless I did not give the boar-men the

Announcements » Gary Con X Special Announcement » 3/15/2018 6:36 pm

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Ghul wrote:

The Saturday night celebrity went well, too. Yes, Luke played, which was great, because I'd wanted to play an RPG with him for years. Running him through some Hyperborea was an honor and a pleasure. He very much enjoyed it. He played a female Viking runegraver. He called a fellow player a fool, because he and another were rushing in to meet an enemy head on, but before they reached their enemy, a spell caster in the group cast grease on the floor. To see the look on Luke's face was priceless. Skip Williams played an Amazon cleric of Artemis that wielded a bow, and he seemed to enjoy the flavor of it all. I killed only one PC in that game, and he died early after rushing in headlong to meet a band of powerful enemies while the rest stood 100 yard away. He got crushed to pulp (like -24 hp) in a few rounds. AS&SH editor, David Prata also played. We were short on pre-gens due to an overbooking of players, but David was a true pro, using the Kimmerian barbarian pre-gen as found in the appendix of the hardback. It was a fun session, and yes, I do think it has the potential to be a fun published adventure, perhaps in 2019. 

I’ll add two notes about playing this game with Luke. First, the man is a pro. Obviously he’s spoiled, having grown up gaming with the original Dungeon Master. Still, never having played AS&SH​­™ before, Luke took the Viking runegraver—a subclass with no direct parallel in another game system—and immediately savvied the smartest use of her runes, as if he’d played the character from 1st level. ​Second, after the game, Luke described it on Facebook as, “... a fine system that is reminiscent of gaming with my Dad in its style.” http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smug.png

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