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Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:31 am

Hello,

Those of you who made sig fig requests ages ago will probably know what this is about, for those of you who don't: the Crimson Crusade is a more RPG-like campaign set in Westeron, Medivo, that I am now finally about to start, in which players will have to support Queen Lara's invasion of the Falx lands through the use of their characters. You'll find all the rules and information in this (simple) guide.

For background, check out these threads:
- viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7337
- viewtopic.php?f=17&t=9195&hilit=marshal+lara
- viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10308&p=235651&hilit=marshal+lara#p235651

Character system

Everyone starts out as a level 1 character with mostly average abilities. You can upgrade your abilities with skill points, and you get 1 skill point every time you level up. You can get XP by killing enemies, and finishing quests. Below is a list of how much XP is required to reach each level.

Levels

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1 – 0 XP
2 – 5 XP
3 – 15 XP
4 – 25 XP
5 – 35 XP
6 – 45 XP
7 – 55 XP
8 – 70 XP
9 – 85 XP
10 – 100 XP


Skill points are used to upgrade your stats. Upgrading your stats can be done in the neutral zone, or in between stages. Below is a list of how much every upgrade costs. Keep in mind that you always have to pay the full cost, and have to get to the next level before you can get to the one beyond that. So if you want to upgrade from 5" move to 7" move, you'll need 2 SP (1 to get to 6, the other to get to 7).

Move

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5” - standard
6” – 1 SP
7” – 1 SP
8” – 1 SP


Skill

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1d6 – standard
1d6+1 – 2 SP
1d6+2 – 2 SP
2d6 – 2 SP
2d6+1 – 3 SP


Armour (natural toughness)

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4 - standard
5 - 2 SP
6 – 2 SP
7 – 3 SP


Abilities

Below are a number of abilities, but you can also learn custom abilities (you simply suggest them yourself and I decide the power of the ability based on the SP you're willing to give). Abilities can be upgraded like other stats.

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- Observation: allows you to observe an enemy and discover his stats + the rewards he yields. Doesn't cost an action. - 1 SP
- Fast Learner: gives 1 extra SP every time you level up – 2 SP
- Weapon proficiency: gives +1 damage to wielding 1 weapon type – +1 da = 1 SP +2 da = 2 SP +3 da = 3 SP
- Dodge: allows your character to attempt a dodge by using his skill vs. the opponent’s skill – 2 SP
- Evasion: makes it harder to hit your character - -1 = 1 SP -2 = 2 SP
- Constitution: grants additional HP – 2 HP = 2 SP 3 HP = 3 SP 4 HP = 4 SP
- Alacrity: grants additional actions - 2 actions = 4 SP 3 actions = 5 SP alacrity
- Healing: heals yourself if you're wounded, or a dead and intact / incapacitated minifig or a wounded minifig for 1 HP. Friendly resurrected NPC's will become your mercenaries, enemy resurrected NPC's may be killed again for XP (but not gold). UR 5 - 1 SP UR 4 - 2 SP UR 3- 3 SP

Minor ability – 1 SP
Average ability – 2 SP
Expert ability – 3 SP


Equipment

As with abilities, everyone starts out with fairly standard equipment. I won't give everyone crappy-looking weapons, just crappy stats. So what looks like Drakensy's mace will just count as a handweapon at the start of the game. It also goes the other way around: if you buy a 'cape', or 'epaulettes', they may not show up on your character visibly, but their stats will count.

Equipment stats are also standard. You can buy or upgrade equipment with gold. When upgrading a weapon you already have, you don't have to pay the full price. So if a handweapon costs 5g and a fine handweapon costs 20g, you can upgrade it for 15g. You get gold by killing enemies, or finishing quests. Below is a list of all available weapons and equipment.

Loot from defeated enemies is (usually) considered 'broken' and cannot be looted, but you will get gold for defeating the enemy as loot (also so we don't have to f around selling everything you find).

Your character can only have as much equipment as he can carry with him, but there is a 'neutral zone' where you can drop equipment off. If a quest item happens to be a piece of equipment, you can just carry it along (but not use it).

Armoury

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Weapons

Small handweapon (sidearm): 2g
Handweapon: 5g
Blunt handweapon: 8g (+1 damage to armour)
Fine handweapon: 20g (1d6+2 damage)

Heavy weapon: 15g
Fine heavy weapon: 30g (1d6+3 damage)
Large weapon: 25g
Fine large weapon: 32g (2d6+1 damage)

Shortbow: 5g
Bow: 10g
Longbow: 15g
Crossbow: 20g
Pistol (sidearm): 10g
Musket: 25g
Magic wand (sidearm): 15g
Magic staff: 30g

Magic ammo: 20g (adds +1 damage)
Homing ammo: 20g (adds +1 accuracy)
Scope: 20g (adds +1 accuracy)
Automatic reloader / rewiring system: 30g (allows 2 shots)

Bodywear

Light armour: 10g (+1 armour)
Heavy armour: 25g (+2 armour)
Full armour: 30g (-1” move, +2 armour, gives ‘armoured’ advantage)

Bandana: 5g (+1” move)
Helmet: 20g (+1 armour)
Visored helmet: 25g (+1 armour, protection against headshots)
Great helmet: 50g (+1 armour, protection against headshots, +1 HP)

Epaulettes: 20g (+1 skill)
Tattered cape: 5g (+1" move)
Cape: 25g (+1" move, +1 skill)
Rogue's cape: 15g (gives stealth ability)

Shields

Normal shield - 20g
Great shield - 25g (+1 UR and +1 Parry)
Spiked shield: 25g (also counts as heavy weapon)

Enchantments

Minor enchantments - 15g
Average enchantments - 25g
Major enchantments - 40g

Potions

Speed potion - 1g (increases speed)
Rage potion - 3g (gives +1 damage to all attacks for 2 rounds of combat)
Maniac potion - 3g (gives +1 armour for 2 rounds of combat)
Concentration potion - 3g (gives +1 skill for 2 rounds of combat)
Healing potion - 5g (restores 1 HP)
Large healing potion - 10g (fully restores lost health)
Resurrection potion - 15g (if you are incapacitated, the resurrection potion will restore you to full health and allow you to re-enter the stage. Also heals all damage if you're not incapacitated)
Potion of Skill - 30g (gives you 1 extra skill point to spend)


Mercenaries

Mercenaries are people travelling with the Crusade that can be paid to fight at your side. They'll fight for you as long as they're alive, but they cannot gain experience (any experience of things they kill goes to your main character), and you don't get their equipment when they die. However, if they can stop you from dying, they may be well worth the money.

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Thief – 10g (average minifig with stealth and handweapon)
Archer – 10g (average minifig with bow and helmet)
Man-at-arms – 15g (average minifig with handweapon, shield and helmet)
Hunter – 20g (skilled minifig with stealth, handweapon and bow)
Knight – 25g (skilled minifig with spear, shield and full armour)
Bloodguard - 50g (hero with shield, helmet, heavy armour and fine heavy weapon)


Stages

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The Crimson Crusade will have several stages, each one of which will give you opportunities at gold, XP and fame. The stage ends when all quests have been completed, or if all characters have been incapacitated or have returned to the neutral area to rest. The neutral area is a safe zone where you will usually start out from and return to at the end of the stage.


Areas

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Rather than one big map, all stages will be built up by severable smaller accesible areas you can travel between.


Dying

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If your character dies, it doesn't die permanently, but is incapacitated and will have to sit out the rest of the stage. No XP or gold gathered up to that point will be lost, but you can also no longer gain any. You will however be able to start out again at the start of the next stage.


Turns

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There are no rounds, just actions. If you're faster than everybody else, that means you might get more actions in. An exception is when you're in combat or in an area where combat is being fought, then we have to follow round procedure (especially if you're fighting a fellow crusader)


Quests

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Each stage will have a quest log that shows all available quests, unrevealed quests and the rewards they yield. Quests are usually revealed by talking to NPC's. Some quests will require that you talk to the NPC that gives the quest before you can complete it (otherwise your character wouldn't know about it). If multiple characters band together to solve a quest, they all get the full reward for it upon completion, but they have to declare they're working together ('me, x and y are going to work together to solve quest z'). Even though :sparta: you can only share in experience if you actually helped to complete a quest. Some quests can be completed multiple times, but most cannot, so you'll have to be fast to make sure no one else snatches the XP away from you most of the time. Some quests have limits as to how many people are allowed to band together to do it. Multiple groups of characters can band together to solve a quest, but only one can finish it. If a character on a group is incapacitated, it frees up a 'slot' for another character to fill. 'Banding together' has one requirement however and this is that you all move to the quest area simultaneously. NPC's, mercenaries etc. don't count towards the maximum amount of people (since they can't get experience).


Character actions

There are several actions a character may take in his turn, all of which use up his turn (unless he has several actions)

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Talk to NPC: NPC's may give quests, share information or be persuaded to take certain actions, but not unless you talk to them. You can just 'talk' or ask your character to say something specific if you have a specific goal. 'Talk to x', 'say x to y', 'persuade x to do y'

Observe: Allows a character to observe an accesible area without actually going there and thus endangering himself. 'Observe area X'

Go to: moves your character from one area to another in one go. 'Go to x.' You have to be at the edge of an area

Interact: interact with an area by picking things up, fighting opponents or simply moving around. Normal Brikwars rules apply.


String orders

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You can string together a series of simple orders so you don't have to post again every time your character has taken a step. Example: 'go to the forest, talk to the hunter, search the area, build a trap, shoot arrows at a wolf to lure him into the trap, return to the neutral zone.


Characters

An overview of all current characters, their status, abilities, equipment, players and mercenaries.

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Droe de Alar – Killer_Karetsu
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Stealth
2 handweapons

MFS – Warhead
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Santa’s bag, 1 heavy weapon

Rolys the Daring – Ross Varn
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Trap builder
Shortbow, handweapon

Drakensy, Lord of Night – NapalmKing
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
2 handweapons
2 retainers with handweapons

Tachi and Nodachi – benkim

Tachi
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Heavy weapon

Nodachi
Level 1 - 0 SP, 0g, 0/5 XP
Heavy weapon

Aloysius Black – Elmagnifico
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Minor crafting
Shortbow, shield

Lord James the Black – Silent
Level 2 - 2 SP, 19g, 8/15 XP
Heavy weapon, light armour

Squire Joul – Runny
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Scavenger
Handweapon, shield

Lord Godfrey – Alex
Level 2 - 1 SP, 7g, 5/15 XP
Sword proficiency (+1)
1 heavy weapon, 1 handweapon, helmet

Sir Dillan the Fierce – enders_shadow
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Handweapon, shield, light armour

Sir Jarvis the Underhanded – Silverdream
Level 2 - 1 SP, 5g, 7/15 XP
Move +1"
Blunt weapon, Great shield
Light armour (+1) Tattered cape (+1")

Sir Almond the Cunning – Falk
Level 2 - 0 SP, 3g, 6/15 XP
Skill (+1), Fast Learner
Blunt handweapon, shield
Light armour (+1)

Sir Egon the Quick – lawmaster
Level 2 - 1 SP, 6g, 7/15 XP
Evasion +1 (1 SP to next level)
Handweapon, shield, pistol

Sir Marcriss the Unyielding – Scratch
Level 2 - 0 SP, 16g, 8/15 XP
2 HP
Heavy weapon, shield

Stubhammer the Banhawk – Zupponn
Level 1 - 1 SP, 0g, 1/5 XP
Strength +1
Heavy weapon, shield

Sir Alamar the Resilient – Quantumscribe
Level 1 - 1 SP, 0g, 0/5 XP
Strength +1
Large weapon, shield

Sir Barad the Ungiving – me
Level 1 - 1 SP, 2g, 2/5 XP
Parry (+1)
Handweapon, shield
Light armour (+1)

Sir Yagan the Young
Level 1 - 1 SP, 10g, 0/5 XP
Crossbow profiency (+1)
Crossbow, shield
Light armour (+1)


If you have a character please post an acknowledgement so I know you'll be playing. If you already want to spend your first SP and 10 gold, or apply flaws, please do so. If you have any questions or find anything unclear, shoot. The first stage will start soon.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Silverdream » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:17 pm

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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Falk » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:54 pm

I'll play for anyone if you need me to, just say which characters don't have players.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby lawmaster » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:44 pm

I will take a point of evasion and a pistol.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Scratch » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Is there a place where HP is shown? I believe mine has 2 hp as a perk.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:26 pm

Everyone starts with only 1 HP, but at least you can't die permanently (well, not yet). Maybe someone should be nice and invest their first SP in a healing / resurrection ability because I'm pretty positive people are going to get incapacitated at one point, and no one picked a mage / healer type. To make it not completely useless to yourself, let's say friendly NPC's that are resurrected by you become your mercenaries and enemy NPC's that are resurrected can be killed again for more XP (but not gold). I'll just add it to the ability list.

Though everyone can choose their own strategy, I would also recommend getting the light armour or some buff potions / mercenaries for early battles since the fights are gonna get harder and it'll be difficult to get better if you get incapacitated a lot early. You'll earn that 10g back quickly if it keeps you alive longer. 4 armour is very little even when you have a shield.

lawmaster's (Sir Egon the Quick) stats have been updated.

The pistol is considered a sidearm and can be carried freely.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Falk » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:49 pm

I'll buy the light armor and does the helmet on sir Almond count as a helmet or do I have to buy it as well?
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:42 pm

You'll have to buy it. Basically you own everything you see on your stat page. I know it's a strange mechanic but I don't want your characters to look dumb or be inexplicably missing their equipment - plus I would probably lose the parts if I didn't keep them on the figs ...
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Silverdream » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:55 pm

I, Sir Jarvis will upgrade my movement with a skill point. Then I would like to upgrade my handweapon to a blunt weapon and buy a tattered cape.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:11 pm

Done and done. I also realized I should have probably put this in the Bonus Material forum.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby GeneralOfDeath » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:38 pm

Well, seeing as you got [deliberately misspelled name here] killed, I might as well sign up for this.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:11 pm

Alright. You'll probably want to check the Stage 2 thread for available knights. Barad (bonus parry), Yagan (crossbow proficiency) and Alamar (strength, thus ability to wield a shield and a large weapon) are still open.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Falk » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:44 am

I'll upgrade to blunt handweapon and buy the Fast Learner skill. What is armor exactly? A breatplate/armor piece? Or torso print armor?
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Bragallot » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:31 am

Light (like padded leather) and heavy (like heavy mail) is covered by the torso print, 'full armour' is an actual armour piece.
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Re: Crimson Crusade Guide

Postby Falk » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:07 am

So blunt weapons work best against any enemies with either torso print or actual armor, right?
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