Echelon d20 Forum

I’ve been having conversations with a couple of site members, held in the posts and pages they’re working on.  It seems kind of strange to be chatting back and forth in comments embedded in the post content.  I’ve set up a forum to hold discussions on design and hopefully elicit …

Paths of Immortality

I was talking with tussock in rec.games.frp.dnd about talent design and what various tiers mean, for practical purposes. Among other comments, I read Speaking of which: I flicked through the OD&D Deities, Demi-Gods, and Heroes the other day, and couldn’t help but notice they considered that characters over about 14th …

Alternate Tier Descriptions

In writing about Rime Tower over at my other blog, I realized something that might make tier definitions easier to cement in peoples’ minds. Consider a difficult living environment — arctic taiga, Saharan desert, Amazon jungle, and so on.  For those with strong associations to those environments (that is, talents), …

Echelon Intro Box

I’ve been following John Payne’s discussion on the design of an RPG Introductory Box, including the More Thoughts About An Intro Box. I think these are valuable pieces of work, both his blog posts and an introductory ‘box set’, and I’ve been thinking about what it might look for Echelon. …

What Value Ability Scores?

I was recently working through some mechanics and I realized that my current approach won’t work the way I want.  I think it was a good decision to move to a 1..9 range for ability scores (in place of D&D’s 3..18 range).  Using the actual value rather than the modifier …