Arthur Reyes wrote:
Some poor soul lamented: "If only Agrikanfury would rear his firey self, he could tell you all about it. IIRC, he uses the CoC rules with Harn which borrows heavily from d20 Modern."
I quit using my d20/CoC hybrid Harn rules after the first few sessions and switched to HarnMaster.
I WASTED 80 Piety Points and got geased for this?
I switched to HM before my first session, and it really helped the players get into the right mindset. They don't know the world, they don't know the rules. They are as superstitious as a stick farmer now. Two sessions ago, the alcoholic shield maiden in the party was trying to eavesdrop on the third wife of the valhakaar of turenborg, who is rumored to be a witch (Odivshe) but the nature & extent of her powers is unknown. I had been wanting to play up the character's difficulties with alcoholism, and had decided on the fly that she suffered a wave of nausea from the previous night's binge. The player believes that the witch cast a spell on her, and has been playing her character in fear.
In short, using the right tool for the job can save you so much work. AF, how long did it take you to write your house rules? It seemed like months. You homebrew looked really promising, and I think you should make them available for the d20 community.
Hilarious. I found the same sort of superstition and fear of the unknown (in addition to regular messy death at the hands of bandits or wolves) to be automatically ingrained into my hardened, jaded d20 players once we switched to HarnWorld and HarnMaster rules. They were constantly terrified and having to resist the d20 urge to instinctively attack anything that got in their way.
To answer Arthur's question, I worked on my hybrid Harn/CoCd20 rules off and on for months, before knuckling down and "hardcore" designing them over a brutal two week period just prior to campaign start. I got a new computer and am not sure if I archived everything or not... I know I saved all my Harn data. It's too valuable and hard to find not to!
PS: Hey Arty, how's that geas coming along? Those 80 piety points sure were tasty, but us V'hir need souls, too. Hook me up, yo.