A summary of differences from OGL

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A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ikarius » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:35 pm

I figured I'd make a topic about how this game's rulesets differ from OGL. It can be updated over time to try and be fairly close to comprehensive. This is *NOT* intended as complaints- only as a quick reference for those who are familiar with the D20 system to understand how this ruleset differs, so they can get up-to-speed quickly. Personally, I think most of the limitations were excellent design choices intended to simplify the interface and allow combat to flow at a reasonable pace.

General
* No skills. Concentration checks are based off the caster level
* No encumbrance, only limited number of inventory slots

Classes
* Only Fighter, Cleric, and Wizard available
* No multiclassing, no Prestige Classes

Races
* Only human, half-dwarf, and half-elf are available. Stats differences for them are available during character creation.

Crafting
* Items can be enchanted to a maximum of +10 enchantment, item crafting does not take time.
* Wands and scrolls are cast at full caster level, making them VERY useful
* No staffs. (pointless because of wand/scroll mechanics)

Casters
* Wizards and Clerics cast all of their spells spontaneously. They each "learn" two new spells at every level-up, and can additionally learn spells from scrolls they find or purchase
* Metamagic casting is not a full-round action, only takes an appropriately higher-level spell slot than the original spell. Only one metamagic effect/spell
* No undead turning
* Extremely limited pre-buffing- generally the only spells castable outside combat are "mage armor" and heals.
* Only one AoE effect with a duration on any given tile at a time (no AE silence over webbed area)

Combat mechanics
* No trip mechanics
* No moving through allies spaces during combat
* Crits do not multiply strength/weapon bonus damage - they only roll weapon damage dice again.
* No tumbling
* No combat expertise or Power Attack
* Cover does not prevent AoOs.

Movement
* Player characters cannot move through spaces occupied by other player characters during combat.

Items
* Weapon do not automatically resize. There are two new level 1 wizard spells- enlarge weapon and reduce weapon (both available as scrolls from the first magic shop) which size weapons up and down.

Okay- what did I forget? :mrgreen:

Cheers
Ikarius
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ashery » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:13 am

Ikarius wrote:Crafting
* Items can be enchanted to a maximum of +10 enchantment- each enchantment "cost" (XP & Gold) is based on how much "+" THAT enchantment is- it does not cost any more to add "Frost" to a +1 weapon than a +5 weapon, though adding +5 to a weapon is much more than adding +1 to a weapon
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Not true here. Just checked to confirm and to add acid resistance one to a +4 shield it cost 11000 gold and 880 xp while the same enchantment only cost 660 gold and 528 xp on a +2 shield.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ikarius » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:20 am

My bad- for some reason I thought otherwise when I tested it, but I've verified. Not sure what "max enchantment" level is- don't think that is covered in the SRD.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ashery » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:32 am

Ikarius wrote:My bad- for some reason I thought otherwise when I tested it, but I've verified. Not sure what "max enchantment" level is- don't think that is covered in the SRD.


It's the total point cost allowed on an item. So if you had a +3 weapon with the speed and destruction enchantments you wouldn't be able to add anything else (The +3 costs three, speed costs three, and destruction costs four. Ten is the max enchantment level).
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ikarius » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:32 pm

Ashery-
I understand what means- I'm just not sure what the value is in the SRD
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Ikarius » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:45 pm

Added a few more disparities. - AoOs & Cover, movement, and weapon resizing.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Narsham » Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:13 pm

Here are a few others which spring to mind:

1. Dispel Magic is a Will negates spell now. Your caster level and the caster level of the spells you want to dispel do not matter. (So if a 9th level cleric cast a spell on a 20th level character with a +25 Will save, a 20th level mage casting Dispel Magic would go up against the +25 Will to dispel the cleric's spell, not 20L vs. 9L).
2. The ranges of most spells have been drastically reduced and are no longer based on caster level.

There are a huge number of other modifications to spells versus the OGL content. But these two, in particular, deserve recognition.

3. Grapple attempts provoke AoO as normal from the target, but if the AoO does damage it does not spoil the grapple attempt.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Noumenon » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:07 am

Takes no time to put on armor -- instead of 10 rounds, you can take Quick Draw and switch to armor as a free action! My mage always wears armor into combat for this reason.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby Archangel » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:43 pm

I noticed while playing the demo(1.17) that after you attack you cannot move (even if that was the only attack). I was trying to move to flank another creature after killing the one I was attacking.
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Re: A summary of differences from OGL

Postby BlueSalamander » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:27 pm

Archangel, in order to move after attack use the Attack action in the menu rather than a left click on the enemy. Otherwise the game just assumes that the character has finished his round.
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