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Category: Immergleich

Hitting Harder, Casting Faster

I’ve made some tweaks to the Immergleich rules.

Evening out the speed of combat

Despite considerable design efforts on my part [1], melee with comparably-strong opponents tends to take longer as PCs go up in level. High-end single monsters, in particular, take time to grind down. That’s tedious.

Complication — my previous previous changes have left high-end monsters already very vulnerable to big-hit special attacks (e.g. the Thief’s backstab ability, or the Magic Missile spell). So I can’t just further reduce their hp. I could reign those attacks in a bit, or I could increase PC damage more subtly. I have done the latter:

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Feedback on Feedback — Round 2

I ran a feedback survey last month (September 2017). By the time most responses arrived, we’d had 31 sessions in total. Here’s an anonymised analysis. For the free text questions, I’ve tried to identify themes that appear in at least two responses.

Name

7 of them.

What’s one thing you like about the game? Ideally, the thing you like most, or the thing that makes it stand out most from other games you’ve played.

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News in Immergleich, 6 June 936

“The gang war is over. Yesterday, members of Kylissa’s gang paraded through Pitside with the the head and hands of the former gang boss “Joke” (real name Wieverd Kimpsil). Kylissa now appears to be unchallenged in her control of the district. Rumour has it that she plans to …”

 

“… and following on from the VIOLENT DEATH of Myxilla von Korp, the notorious PERVERT Sedgins von Korp has VIOLENTLY DIED in a fall from the underside of Immergleich Prison, ending up SMASHED TO PIECES on the rocks 800 feet below. … An anonymous source sympathized with the TEXTURE OBSESSED weirdo — “I mean, dude just wanted to touch your rusty copper kettle, and maybe the wool of your tunic. He never meant any harm.” “

 

“… neither Disilla nor her son Azad, the usual public faces of House von Korp, have made a public statement on these events. However, rumour has it that they will pay good money for the information on the whereabouts of a large man with a red devil mask and a remarkable bone club …”

Szamitir, a large island

From “The World, Shaped As It Is” by Quentiby Firlmortar, Immergleich School of Acidic Patterns

basic continent map v2

Szamitir is a large island, varied in climate and people. It is customarily divided into the several regions of greatly varying stability, prosperity and potential for the future.

Arraleku

This is the home of the fish-people. No-one should go here.

Catania, the Serene Republic of

Under the watchful eye of the Sorcerer-Queen and her Arbiters, Catania enjoys a blissful peace in a land of gentle rolling hills, bucolic villages, and pastel sunsets.  A model, perhaps, of what other nations could become.

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Letter to Thorgrim from Azad von Korp

Letter received by Thorgim on 14 May 936 —

Thorgrim,

I was pleasantly surprised to see you escape my prison, although after our little duel in the Warrens perhaps I should not have been. You and your associates are clearly potent, and clearly quite hard to kill. It would have been easier for me if you hadn’t taken out Octon’s prize creation, but then the horrid old bastard will be completely solid soon and I won’t have to listen to him.

With regard to “the experiment” — you are missing the plural. That lower dungeon level contains “The Experiments” — mostly Octon’s, but a few happening under my supervision. I keep my eye on practical use, while he just likes to fuse things onto other things.

Anyway… I have a job for you, on terms that you may lke. My spies have discovered that House Zuxian are keeping something very special in a tomb in the Resting Field. Small groups of Zuxuan notables go pack and forth, muttering about how “Gorin won’t like his suggestions”, and “It’s ok about the stabbing, none of us can keep him out of our minds”, and “If I were in charge, I’d just let him die”. I don’t know about you, but that sounds exciting. I want it.

Now, after all the House Verdun trouble we’re all about as popular as Sedgins is, so Disilla is extremely tetchy and very conflict-averse. And unless that hole gets a lot bigger, we’re stuck with her. So I will pay 500sp for retrieval of this thing, but it has to be discrete — no-one can know that I have it. I’ll pay half on delivery, then half two weeks later if those Zuxian weirdos aren’t on my ass about it.

How does that sound?

Azad von Korp

 

The Gallery Rises

Immergleich Bleak Herald, 12 May 936 —

“… the Head Curator, Petrovel Clawns, denied that such a transformation is exceptional — “Every painting is alive, if you think about it, through its function on our minds and its impact in our lives. This is just paintings being alive when no-one is looking at them, turning on their creators, and wreaking havoc.” Then she gave a funny little noise.

No-one knows why the Shattered Gallery’s paintings, sculpture and pottery have come to sudden life. No-one knows why the places depicted have become more real than the spaces they were kept in. No-one knows what has happened to the 22 nightwatchpeople, cleaners and late-working curators who are believed to have been in the gallery on the night of 10 May. No-one knows what has happened to Forrus Verdun and his six retainers, who went into the gallery yesterday and haven’t yet come back.

What everybody does know is that, right now, art in Immergleich is best appreciated just about anywhere else.

Immergleich rules update — attributes, skills and hit points

I’ve implemented some significant changes to Immergleich’s rules. They affect three things – attributes, skills, and hit points.

Attributes are now attribute modifiers

D&D characters are succinctly described by their six attributes (strength, dexterity, etc). it’s easy to make lots of rolls using just attribute values. Creating them randomly gives you a possibly-surprising character to play, which is fun and a challenge. But the raw attribute values (3-18) are very rarely used, and they don’t improve through advancement at all.

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