Skill Check DCs

Among other things, skill-related talents replace skill ranks and the like.  I was starting to copy the RSRD skill descriptions to this site when I realized the change in calculating skill check modifiers would greatly invalidate the DCs presented in the RSRD.  I need to think about this. Thankfully, it …

Ars Magica-style Casting

After Doug’s suggestion this afternoon in my post on spell casting options, I put a bit of thought into an Ars Magica-style casting system in Echelon. I’ll ignore spontaneous casting for now because I don’t want to get into it, and rituals for the same reason. Right now, pondering whether Ars Magica makes …

Adapting Iron Heroes

I have written in the Talent Repository about how to convert RSRD abilities to Echelon talents, but haven’t talked about a resource that looks very useful for Echelon talents: Iron Heroes, originally presented by Monte Cook and now published by Fiery Dragon Productions. Iron Heroes is predicated on warrior-types being very much more …

On Fear

Let’s see if there’s an interesting way to overhaul fear effects! Here are some existing effects. Almost all such effects use a Charisma-based Will DC, and a successful save confers 24-hour immunity (exceptions noted, spells work as usual). Existing Effects There are many ways to scare things in D&D.  Several …