Monday, December 20, 2021

d100 - Random Rules & Rulings

House Rules are such lovely little things, they seem to crop up in play at every table I game with. The best kinds really seem to be the ones that are developed in play with player buy-in rather than those enshrined into the game before play begins. Some of my favorites seem to parthenogenerate in the moment, in response to specific situations.

So, here’s a table with a hundred, hand-picked, House Rules/Rulings, quite a few of which have seen at least a degree of play at my tables over the years (even if for only a one-shot or so). Some are stalwart favorites, that re-occur whenever prior players re-convene for a new game, whilst others are probably best considered strange smelling by-products of tinkering and experimentation. Still others might just seem like a good idea on paper or wholly preposterous to some Referees, and a few just stem from flagrant misinterpretations (or worse: strict readings shiver) we had in the very early days of the hobby without the benefit of oral tradition or online communities to codify play a certain way.

I suppose if you’ve ever had the perverse urge to quite literally “roll your own” version of those older Fantasy Adventure Games, this could be just the ticket. I know I’d be curious to see how that turned out 😊.

4 comments:

  1. "Level-drain tears corners from character sheets" that is amazing! And rounding up/down depending on whether you are in the dungeon is just delightful, can easily be applied to plenty of other adjudications as well.

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    1. It really does make them even more terrifying in a way. These types of foes already attack the act of play itself and making it more visceral seems to hammer it home more. It also makes the brush with death a little more "sticky" until they undertake a transfer over to a fresh sheet of course. Dungeon rounding has also been a fun way to communicate how much the Dungeon doesn't like you, but definitely fits in with a more Mythic Underworld approach where the rules kind of seem to bend ever so slightly in those liminal spaces :)

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  2. This one is great and made me chuckle: "Money spent on PC funeral grants XP to next character."

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  3. Clicked on your link in the comments section over at Grognardia. Cool/fun chart. Thanks for sharing!

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