May 092011

I don’t normally do things like this but what the heck. I’m going to dedicate this week to a bunch of posts about Castles & Crusades.
Why would I do something crazy like this? Well, the game has been out quite awhile and I finally got around to checking it out in detail. So I feel I have a bunch of catching up to do. Plus, I feel really inspired by the game. That hasn’t happened in a long time.
I admit there were something things that just bugged the hell out of me in the old games and I’m not above taking a good idea from a game then beating into submission for another. Our group is really used to Pathfinder so it will take some tweaking (and I’m all for tweaking) to put the rules in a happy place between the core C&C rules and Pathfinder.
One of the things that has really enamored me to this game, is simplicity. It’s got enough rules to get the job done but not too many that it over complicates things and makes each gaming session an exercise in cross referencing and research. Just roll some dice and kill the monsters. Move on. Talk to some NPC’s. Do some roleplaying. Roll some dice. Crack a few jokes. Have fun.
There are couple of things that have gotten me really inspired about this game. I thought I’d never say this but I know of miss Save or Die. It’s a crazy notion but having the reaper standing over your shoulder adds a bit more excitement to the game. The other thing is more than just three saves and this leads to virtually no dump stat. Six saving throws, six attributes. You could have a dump stat but chances are it would kill you.
I know that it’ll be a few months before the dice actually hit the table on this but I like working on things at leisurely pace. It gives me time to think and digest. Plus it gives me chance to throw out some ideas to the throngs on the internet and see what happens.

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  2 Responses to “A Week of Castles & Crusades”

  1. I am really looking forward to your blog posts this week. C&C is just one of those games that really grabbed me and made me want to play. I’ve been looking at getting away from Pathfinder/3.5 for some time now in an effort to get “back to basics”. C&C really hits the spot in that regard. Only problem I am having now is finding a group of people to play with. 🙂

  2. Well, C&C is pretty easy and if folks are alreay used to Pathfinder and 3.x then the transition should be fairly painless.

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