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PublicOpinion
Oct 20, 2010

Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago...


After messing around in Roll20, I found a way to automatically include the current escalation die value in the relevant macros:


First, you create an "Escalation Die" character on the Journals tab.



This step doesn't matter, but its name should be something you aren't likely to misspell.



You can add custom attributes to characters, so I give the EDie a "Value" attribute that goes up to 6 and starts at 0.


Then I make a token, and set that to represent the EDie. When a token is representing a character, you can set the bars to represent an arbitrary attribute so now people can just look at the EDie token to see where the battle is at, and it's really easy to change the value. But that's not all!


So we go to the option tab and add a "Melee" macro.


While you can make character specific macros, those can only reference attributes from the character they're assigned to. It would be simpler overall to just set everything besides the Escalation Die to a constant number, but I wanted to see what the syntax could do so everything in the attack expression is pulled from Killbot's character sheet. I think I might be able to make the damage die generic as well, probably as (@{Killbot|Level})d(@{Killbot|Weapon_die})+@{Killbot|STR} (just tested, that works).


And with the Escalation Die at 0, Killbot having a 0 STR mod, and being level 1, this is what that macro spits out. I can edit the EDie's Value directly on its token and everyone's macros would automatically update.

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Golden Bee
Dec 24, 2009

I came here to chew bubblegum and quote 'They Live', and I'm... at an impasse.


I'm happy I upgraded my comp; roll20 and skype were either/or before I upgraded my RAM.

And his coding means Public O is dedicated to running a mini-campaign.

Bedlamdan
Apr 25, 2008


After having the players stop by the City of New Port, I was disappointed with the sparse writeup the city had and tried to spend a few minutes trying to puzzle through something suitably gonzo to fit in with the rest of the campaign. Nothing much came to mind, so I decided to go around the table and tell my players: "give me One Unique Thing" about New Port. One player decided that the city was constantly under siege by megafauna from the Wild Wood, another told me that nobody knows where the fresh water in the city's canals comes from, and so forth. And now I'm doing this for every city they encounter.

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



PublicOpinion posted:

After messing around in Roll20, I found a way to automatically include the current escalation die value in the relevant macros.

NEAT.

May I repost this to the Pelgrane blog?

PublicOpinion
Oct 20, 2010

Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago...


waderockett posted:

NEAT.

May I repost this to the Pelgrane blog?

Go for it!

Spiderfist Island
Feb 19, 2011


-Fish- posted:

The Onimusha series has excellent scenery you can steal, especially Onimusha 2. For the life of me I can't remember any other games other than Final Fantasy that has prerendered backgrounds, even though I've played dozens.

Baten Kaitos? I think those two games had a lot of prerendered backgrounds. That game series pretty much suffered the same problems as FFIX did, since all the minute details were never close enough to the camera to actually be seen.

-Fish-
Oct 10, 2005

Glub glub.
Glub glub.



Spiderfist Island posted:

Baten Kaitos? I think those two games had a lot of prerendered backgrounds. That game series pretty much suffered the same problems as FFIX did, since all the minute details were never close enough to the camera to actually be seen.

I vaguely recall this game, but from what I've seen via GIS it'd work well too.

PublicOpinion
Oct 20, 2010

Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago...


I'm not sure if one of Pelgrane's online articles addressed this already, but I found it odd that there's no specifically Crusader-aligned monsters in the book. On the one hand that makes sense, because the Crusader is rad so why would you ever fight him, but it seemed like a weird gap. So to fill that and to get a feel for 13A monster creation, I took a swing at writing up some Crusader enemies.

Could someone give me some feedback on these guys?

PublicOpinion
Oct 20, 2010

Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago...


Updated the pdf with some illustrations, which I'm also posting here for convenience:




This one sort-of doubles as fanart of Ironicus' Battle Barge captain, who very much inspired the Sergeant's abilities


YYEEAAAAAUUURRRRGGGHHHHH!




Not at all a Space Marine Dreadnought!

Bedlamdan
Apr 25, 2008


PublicOpinion posted:

I'm not sure if one of Pelgrane's online articles addressed this already, but I found it odd that there's no specifically Crusader-aligned monsters in the book. On the one hand that makes sense, because the Crusader is rad so why would you ever fight him, but it seemed like a weird gap. So to fill that and to get a feel for 13A monster creation, I took a swing at writing up some Crusader enemies.

Could someone give me some feedback on these guys?

I wish I could give you better feedback than "I really, really like both the monsters and the drawings." But I'd rather not let all that work go unremarked upon so I will say that I really, really like both the monsters and the drawings.

Good job, seriously. This is definitely how I'd envision an army lead by the Crusader.

SwimmingSpider
Jan 3, 2008


Jön, jön, jön a vizipók.
Várják már a tólakók.
Ez a kis pók ügyes búvár.
Sok új kaland is még rá vár.


Bedlamdan posted:

After having the players stop by the City of New Port, I was disappointed with the sparse writeup the city had and tried to spend a few minutes trying to puzzle through something suitably gonzo to fit in with the rest of the campaign. Nothing much came to mind, so I decided to go around the table and tell my players: "give me One Unique Thing" about New Port. One player decided that the city was constantly under siege by megafauna from the Wild Wood, another told me that nobody knows where the fresh water in the city's canals comes from, and so forth. And now I'm doing this for every city they encounter.

This is a cool idea and I like it. The One Unique Thing mechanic being expanded to other parts of the game appeals to me.

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


PublicOpinion posted:

I'm not sure if one of Pelgrane's online articles addressed this already, but I found it odd that there's no specifically Crusader-aligned monsters in the book. On the one hand that makes sense, because the Crusader is rad so why would you ever fight him, but it seemed like a weird gap. So to fill that and to get a feel for 13A monster creation, I took a swing at writing up some Crusader enemies.

Could someone give me some feedback on these guys?

You will probably see me use these guys before long, though probably under different names. I'm always on the lookout for cool ways to almost kill my players.

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



PublicOpinion posted:

I'm not sure if one of Pelgrane's online articles addressed this already, but I found it odd that there's no specifically Crusader-aligned monsters in the book. On the one hand that makes sense, because the Crusader is rad so why would you ever fight him, but it seemed like a weird gap. So to fill that and to get a feel for 13A monster creation, I took a swing at writing up some Crusader enemies.

Could someone give me some feedback on these guys?

Paladins of the Crusader are showing up more and more in my campaign (it's still up in the air whether they'll turn out to be allies or enemies) so I'm really glad you made these. It's also a great niche to fill in general. I look forward to reading them more thoroughly -- from what I've seen just skimming, I like them a lot.

PublicOpinion
Oct 20, 2010

Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago...


General Ironicus posted:

You will probably see me use these guys before long, though probably under different names. I'm always on the lookout for cool ways to almost kill my players.

I won't lie, there's a reason I made most of them early champion tier instead of the early adventurer I wind up running my own stuff at.

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


Just recorded a session inside a newborn hellhole that is home to a casino. My players are now deciding what they would like to bet in their plans to scam the place. I have one preparing to throw her One Unique Thing on the table, one her loyalty, and one already bet all his memories on himself defeating the Lich King.

Chump Farts
May 8, 2009

There is no Coordinator but Narduzzi, and Shilique is his Prophet.


Whoops, think I'm stupid and did 12 damage I shouldn't have in the last game. For the adventurer Smite Evil feat, it says +4 attack bonus. Is that damage or to hit?

Twibbit
Mar 7, 2013

Is your refrigerator running?


PublicOpinion posted:

After messing around in Roll20, I found a way to automatically include the current escalation die value in the relevant macros:


First, you create an "Escalation Die" character on the Journals tab.



This step doesn't matter, but its name should be something you aren't likely to misspell.



You can add custom attributes to characters, so I give the EDie a "Value" attribute that goes up to 6 and starts at 0.


Then I make a token, and set that to represent the EDie. When a token is representing a character, you can set the bars to represent an arbitrary attribute so now people can just look at the EDie token to see where the battle is at, and it's really easy to change the value. But that's not all!


So we go to the option tab and add a "Melee" macro.


While you can make character specific macros, those can only reference attributes from the character they're assigned to. It would be simpler overall to just set everything besides the Escalation Die to a constant number, but I wanted to see what the syntax could do so everything in the attack expression is pulled from Killbot's character sheet. I think I might be able to make the damage die generic as well, probably as (@{Killbot|Level})d(@{Killbot|Weapon_die})+@{Killbot|STR} (just tested, that works).


And with the Escalation Die at 0, Killbot having a 0 STR mod, and being level 1, this is what that macro spits out. I can edit the EDie's Value directly on its token and everyone's macros would automatically update.

Someone probably should put that on the Roll20 wiki

Dionysos510
Sep 10, 2012


PublicOpinion posted:

I'm not sure if one of Pelgrane's online articles addressed this already, but I found it odd that there's no specifically Crusader-aligned monsters in the book. On the one hand that makes sense, because the Crusader is rad so why would you ever fight him, but it seemed like a weird gap. So to fill that and to get a feel for 13A monster creation, I took a swing at writing up some Crusader enemies.

Could someone give me some feedback on these guys?

This is awesome, thanks for posting it. I feel like the game needs a selection of Icon minion enemies (who aren't necessarily monsters, exactly) who can be dropped in the game on the fly when the relationship dice and the story come together to indicate that, for example, some of the Archmage's henchmen show up and cause trouble. I've been meaning to stat up a bunch of these things for various Icons, but I'm in grad school and also running a different system, so I haven't made that happen yet.

Would you have any interest in putting together more of these for some other Icons? I'd love to see more.

Bedlamdan
Apr 25, 2008


Jakse posted:

Whoops, think I'm stupid and did 12 damage I shouldn't have in the last game. For the adventurer Smite Evil feat, it says +4 attack bonus. Is that damage or to hit?

It means that you add +4 to your to hit roll. Attack bonus is what you add to your to hit roll, and damage bonus is what you add to your damage rolls.

Chump Farts
May 8, 2009

There is no Coordinator but Narduzzi, and Shilique is his Prophet.


Bedlamdan posted:

It means that you add +4 to your to hit roll. Attack bonus is what you add to your to hit roll, and damage bonus is what you add to your damage rolls.

Turns out I'm dumb then. No wonder combat was so easy. Thanks for clarifying that.

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




After mulling over the results of my first session some more I think I'd like to ask for some feedback on how I handled the icon rolls at the beginning of the session. After all, I'm new to this sort of game element and still a bit unsure if the stuff I came up with to weave the results in was, for lack of a better word, "right." Many sixes and fives were rolled so I had ample opportunity to come up with stuff. The general plot of the session was: the party gather info from an underworld contact, use the info to find an imperial ship that disappeared a few days ago, strip it of all valuables and found a hint towards buried treasure, but before setting out to dig that up, they fence a hold full of cargo to another underworld boss.

Sixes rolled:
Barbarian for Prince of Shadows, positive relationship: she was the one to identify the secret signals the first underworld contact had up to signal he had lucrative info.

Wizard for Lich King, positive, two sixes: he could determine the imperial ship was full of undead from afar. Okay, to be honest: I'd planned that anyway. But I did slip him a note saying this was most likely a test. Might come up again in the long term.

Barbarian for Orc Lord, positive: after looting the ship, the question came up what to do with it: sink it, burn it, sell it, or pull it back to an imperial harbor and try to claim a salvage reward ("it was stripped when we found it. drat pirates, eh"). I ruled she could tap into the Orc Lord's mindset of total destruction and sink the ship in a way that guaranteed it wouldn't be found again.

Ranger, High Druid, conflicted: came into play towards the end of the session when they transported their cargo from the local Smugglers' Beach to town, and the ranger was able to pick a perfect path through the bushes. Not the most inspired of ideas but it was late and I was very tired.

Fives rolled:
Ranger, Dwarf King, conflicted: the imperial ship was floating in Dwarven waters. Luckily, no Dwarven ship was to be seen as they went looking for it, and they remained undisturbed - unluckily, that was because the Dwarves were busy salvaging one of their ships that the ranger had run aground, and now they know he survived and would really like a chat.

Fighter, Priestess, conflicted: he got bitten by a zombie dog while on the ship, and I ruled it would be a really good idea for him to go to church and have a priest bless the wound to avoid any nasty side effects. I probably dropped the ball here as I forgot to actually attach an outright positive effect. They did get into a scuffle with some muggers on the way to church and used that later to leverage their way into the local underworld, but I think there should be more, so I'll try to figure out a way to send a magic item his way and have it somehow be associated with that event.

LongDarkNight
Oct 25, 2010

It's like watching the collapse of Western civilization in fast forward.

Oven Wrangler

Any idea if 13th Age will be available for purchase at Gencon? I've preordered but that will be the best chance to con my friends in to impulse buying the core book.

Mystic Mongol
Jan 5, 2007

Your life's been thrown in disarray already--I wouldn't want you to feel pressured.



College Slice

My Lovely Horse posted:

Fighter, Priestess, conflicted: he got bitten by a zombie dog while on the ship, and I ruled it would be a really good idea for him to go to church and have a priest bless the wound to avoid any nasty side effects. I probably dropped the ball here as I forgot to actually attach an outright positive effect. They did get into a scuffle with some muggers on the way to church and used that later to leverage their way into the local underworld, but I think there should be more, so I'll try to figure out a way to send a magic item his way and have it somehow be associated with that event.

You can fix this retroactively by having the bite reappear a few times in the presence of the undead. Use this to get an investigation into covert undead activity rolling, but each time it happens the necrosis spreads. They better find a cure... and soon! (dun dun dun)

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



LongDarkNight posted:

Any idea if 13th Age will be available for purchase at Gencon? I've preordered but that will be the best chance to con my friends in to impulse buying the core book.

13th Age will be available for purchase at Gen Con. Unless the printing facility burns down. Or the world runs out of oil, requiring us to ship via caravan through marauder-infested wastelands.

long-ass nips Diane
Dec 13, 2010

Breathe.


Ooh, if dudes at gencon get their books first I am gonna be so mad (irrationally or not).

QuantaStarFire
May 18, 2006



Grimey Drawer

waderockett posted:

13th Age will be available for purchase at Gen Con. Unless the printing facility burns down. Or the world runs out of oil, requiring us to ship via caravan through marauder-infested wastelands.

Given all the other setbacks so far, should we expect any/all of these to happen?

LongDarkNight
Oct 25, 2010

It's like watching the collapse of Western civilization in fast forward.

Oven Wrangler

waderockett posted:

13th Age will be available for purchase at Gen Con. Unless the printing facility burns down. Or the world runs out of oil, requiring us to ship via caravan through marauder-infested wastelands.

Excellent. Also hoping to get in to the session Wade is running at GenCon.

-Fish-
Oct 10, 2005

Glub glub.
Glub glub.



General Ironicus posted:

Just recorded a session inside a newborn hellhole that is home to a casino. My players are now deciding what they would like to bet in their plans to scam the place. I have one preparing to throw her One Unique Thing on the table, one her loyalty, and one already bet all his memories on himself defeating the Lich King.

Did you play in any of the demo games at Pax East? Because that's eerily similar to a one-shot game that Ryven used there.

If so: Nice!
If not: drat, that's weird.
(Choose whichever is appropriate)

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


Nope. The intended plot was to play a few demon lords against each other and double-cross their way to their goals. Instead they decided to try and win control of the hellhole in a big gambling scam, which led to a conversation about the most valuable wagers each character could make. The exciting thing is that this is a campaign, so whatever ends up happening is going to count for a long time.

Jackard
Oct 28, 2007

We Have A Bow And We Wish To Use It

waderockett posted:

13th Age will be available for purchase at Gen Con. Unless the printing facility burns down. Or the world runs out of oil, requiring us to ship via caravan through marauder-infested wastelands.
How do I change my mailing address for the preorder?

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



Reason Number 538 to live in Seattle: while we were playing 13th Age at Gamma Ray Games on Sunday, Jonathan Tweet walked into the store. He joined as an NPC demon who tricked us all into the Abyss, then used his power to allow us to re-roll failed attacks against the demons attacking us. Every time we accepted his "help" Ash (the GM) made a mark next to the name of the PC. At the end of the session everyone who'd accepted Tweet's diabolical assistance rolled a d20: if the result was less than the number of hash marks next to their name, they were trapped forever in hell.

Swagger Dagger posted:

Ooh, if dudes at gencon get their books first I am gonna be so mad (irrationally or not).

That would suck. That's how it went with Night's Black Agents last year, though. The game came out right before Gen Con, so pre-order customers could either get it in the mail, or pick their copies up at the con.

QuantaStarFire posted:

Given all the other setbacks so far, should we expect any/all of these to happen?

I RULE OUT NOTHING.

LongDarkNight posted:

Excellent. Also hoping to get in to the session Wade is running at GenCon.

Oh, great! Which one - Deathless Gulch, or Deep Gnome Rising?


Jackard posted:

How do I change my mailing address for the preorder?

Shortly before the books ship, Pelgrane will contact you to confirm your address. You could email them now if you wanted, but they won't actually change the address until this process is complete.

waderockett fucked around with this message at 20:31 on May 13, 2013

moths
Aug 25, 2004







Has there been any more info on the leather bound upgrade?

LongDarkNight
Oct 25, 2010

It's like watching the collapse of Western civilization in fast forward.

Oven Wrangler

waderockett posted:

Oh, great! Which one - Deathless Gulch, or Deep Gnome Rising?

Deep Gnome Rising. Disappointed there isn't more 13th Age being offered.

thoughts and prayers
Apr 21, 2013

Love heals all wounds. We hope you continually carry love in your heart. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. We sympathize with the family of (Name). We shall never forget you in our prayers and thoughts. I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time.

I can't wait for this. I've been a D&D player for over 30 years, and after a long break just got back into gaming. Been GMing a group of 1 experienced gamer and three newbies through Trail of Cthulhu. They love it, and are ready to get into something more bloodthirsty and heroic.

I've been searching high and low for the right fantasy game. The wargamer would be cool with 4th edition D&D, and I'd love to run it just to see what all the drama/TGD love / grognard angst is about, but the three newbies took one look at the stack of huge books and blanched.

I don't think they are ready for the level of tactical sophistication of 4ed yet. I'm a bit too rusty to plunge into Reign or Dungeon World. I DO think we're ready for this.

I've read this entire thread, listened to the game podcasts, and read through the rules.

My pre-order can't arrive soon enough.

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



LongDarkNight posted:

Deep Gnome Rising. Disappointed there isn't more 13th Age being offered.

We're recruiting GMs for Gen Con to run 13th Age and GUMSHOE games at the Pelgrane booth, in Games on Demand, in hallways...pretty much anywhere we can get a game going.

If anyone on this thread is willing and able to run, or know someone who is, please email Cat Tobin at cat@pelgranepress.com

Here's the compensation offered:

EDIT: I misunderstood an email from Pelgrane - we don't have a final, Simon-approved list of GM incentives. Stay tuned.

waderockett fucked around with this message at 17:47 on May 16, 2013

Pyradox
Oct 23, 2012

...some kind of monster, I think.



This seems to be a pretty good place to post some fanart I did of Ironicus' 13th Age campaign.



I had a lot of fun designing the Koru Behemoth as a mix of actual creatures and a more artificial, sculpted kind of design. You can't really see it under the glow, but it's also got the sigil of the High Druid on its head-orb.

It was also pretty interesting coming up with the look of the Hellhole they're currently surfing into, and it's suspiciously draconic adornments.

Pyradox fucked around with this message at 08:42 on May 18, 2013

DarkHorse
Dec 13, 2006

Vroom Vroom, BEEP BEEP!

Nap Ghost

akasnowmaaan posted:

I can't wait for this. I've been a D&D player for over 30 years, and after a long break just got back into gaming. Been GMing a group of 1 experienced gamer and three newbies through Trail of Cthulhu. They love it, and are ready to get into something more bloodthirsty and heroic.

I've been searching high and low for the right fantasy game. The wargamer would be cool with 4th edition D&D, and I'd love to run it just to see what all the drama/TGD love / grognard angst is about, but the three newbies took one look at the stack of huge books and blanched.

I don't think they are ready for the level of tactical sophistication of 4ed yet. I'm a bit too rusty to plunge into Reign or Dungeon World. I DO think we're ready for this.

I've read this entire thread, listened to the game podcasts, and read through the rules.

My pre-order can't arrive soon enough.
For 4th the only book they really need is the Player's Handbook, and if you're willing to babysit them through the rules they only need to read character creation parts. That, or they can read the Rules Compendium if you have it (you should) and use a character builder.

I want to play 13th age, the icons and O.U.T. and the rest seem so cool, but I don't think I can find anyone willing to play a short game before I have to move

waderockett
Apr 22, 2012



I should ask Rob if it's too late to add this quote to the back cover:

"Looking more at 13th Age, it seems OK, but basically Dungeon World with more D&D sacred cows bolted on to it, and less flexible overall."

"It's basically Dungeon World with X" is how I'm going to describe all RPGs from now on.

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


"Its basically Dungeon World but set after the apocalypse."

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Mors Rattus
Oct 25, 2007

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Mors Rattus posted:

Question regarding Chromatic Destroyer heritage. It seems less useful than I first thought, looking at it. After all, the Sorcerer is often going to be spending turns gathering power, and because of the Escalation Die, fights don't last overly long. Between that and the fact that every Breath Weapon is a Daily spell, how often are you really going to have multiple Breath Weapons up anyway?

So I take it I'm the only one who ran into this issue, then? If so: what am I missing here?

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