does a war band scale creature ignore damage from non war band scale creatures?
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Yep, that’s correct. From the book:
any damage taken from non-warband scale creatures is ignored unless it is particularly destructive or large scale.
A few things:
First, many of the larger tables are mis-numbered, most commonly the ones labeled as d66, I imagine they were meant to be 6d6. I could go through and redo those tables, but if possible it would be nice to have the original copy's tables corrected.
Second, and this might have an unfortunate side-effect on the layout of these, a belt slot is desperately needed. Specifically a slot that acts otherwise the same as a body slot but is explicitly for extra items such as potions or quivers. Currently stone pouches and quivers are only equippable when wearing light armor. However only slings are usable in light armor. Bows require the wearer be unarmored in the base rules. While I'm sure this is a balance thing, it also instantly breaks everyone's immersion cause it makes little to no realistic sense. In the base rules an archer that wants to be armored would only be able to use heavy armor and fire once every other round. My current fix has been to break up armor into individual pieces and slightly buff them. Basically light armor has become a shield and cuirass which provides 1 protection each. Heavy armor has become a breastplate and helmet. The helmet provides 1 protection and the breastplate provides 2. This has allowed some players to become slightly tankier, but honestly there weren't really many tank options in the base rules.
Lastly, do you mind if people write third party adventures or supplements? I'd love to make a potions, alchemy, and artificing supplement. Plus I finished slapping together a point-crawl adventure that might make for a decent starting adventure.
In case you haven't figured this out yet d66 is meant to be 1d6 for the 10s and 1d6 for the 1s... the lowest being 11, highest 66. 6d6 would make the highest 36.
I didn't actually know that. Nowhere does it explicitly state how to read such a table. I've also never encountered such tables before so didn't understand how to read them. Thanks for the clarification though!
I didn't get a chance earlier to talk to your other points.
I like the armor changes. I wonder if it would be better to raise the heavy armor to a 2 value, but keep them as a 2 body slot item. The light armor could be separated to a shield w/ armor value 1 and 1 paw and the armor as 1 armor slot and 1 body slot. This would allow a light armored mouse with two light weapons, or a bow and quiver. Or a super tanky mouse, heavy armor and shield, medium or light weapon.
I would like to know about the supplement part as well, I want to add more to the beasts, like beetles, ants, bees, wasps, moles, squirrels, chipmunks, weasels etc.
I mainly separated heavy armor like I did because it created a similar realism issue for my group where they couldn't wear a quiver just because they had a helmet and breastplate on. For a larger audience that doesn't nitpick near as much, the changes you're suggesting would probably be better.
As for the beasts thing, the rules actually lay out how to make beasts and additional races pretty well given the examples. An expanded bestiary would be nice though. Weirdly moles would work well as a ghoul analogue for the system.
I just got done making an alternate weapon and armor sheet that can be printed out in which I did away with the light/heavy distinction entirely. The way I have it there are three "armour" items. I have "helm" which uses the thimble image from the heavy armor and offers 1def and has three usage. I have "armour" which is the light armor image minus the shield (I copied and flipped the exposed part to make a symmetrical armour image that I liked). It also has 3 uses and offers 1 def. Then I have a "shield" which is just the button from the light armor image. It has no usage and gives no def but works differently. Basically, if you have a shield equipped you can declare that you are sacrificing your shield to negate one enemy attack and then it shatters. Each of these items takes up one equipment slot. Occupations that start with light armor get the armor and shield. Occupations that start with heavy armor get all three. I have attached a jpeg of the alternate sheet.
That works I suppose. Why not give the shield three uses though? It's not like it's that fragile.
It's actually not my own rule. In the OSR community it's known as "Shields shall be splintered" and it's a common house rule to make shields a one shot negation of an attack. Then again, the shield also usually offers a passive bonus as well but I didn't want to ramp up the armor too much. I might give it 1 def and 3 uses but with the option to shatter to completely negate an attack.
Ok, so I just tested my alternate armor with some practice rolls and I think I get why the armor value of 1 was chosen. Even two points of armor drastically reduces the amount of damage a character takes because of how small all the numbers are. If a mouse can equip three pieces of armor and gain 3 def it makes a huge difference. They start being able to shrug off attack after attack without taking any damage at all. I might play around with it a bit more to see if I can settle on something that allows for shields to be a separate item without breaking the game, but I don't think I'm going to have them grant a point of defense or be able to negate three attacks. But at the same time, I don't want the player to not have something they have to give up when using the shields shall be splintered rule either. It should cost something to sacrifice your shield. So basically I'm not really happy with either solution at this point.
Are you considering releasing this under an open license (CC-BY-SA or otherwise)?
Any recommendations on how to print the spread version?
Great game! I'm interested in the physical version too. Any chance of it being available in Lulu? Shipping costs to Spain?
Is Heavy Armour supposed to be a value of 1?
Yep, that’s correct. The main value of heavy armour is that is doesn’t take up a paw slot, so you can use a heavy weapon or carry a torch.
Hi Losing Games,
is it okay to show your beautiful game live on stream (the PDF)? I'd love to go through the PDF for my tiny audience, of course linking to your game!
Hi, I wanted to let you know that Ben of Questing Beast sent me your way, so I appreciate him, and I've gladly purchased. Thank you for the lovely product! I'm mildly curious what happened to chapter 14.
Thanks so much! The chapter numbers are actually also the page numbers, so chapter 14 got eaten by the bestiary.
Just chiming in that I would also love a proper hardcopy. Love this little game!
Any updates on the next print run?
I’m currently working on a small pamphlet adventure. The plan is release a new print run with that when the adventure is ready!
Happy to hear! Keep up the good work!
I'm about to run Mausritter for a virtual con in two weeks (Kobold Con) and I am working on an adventure for that. I'll happily share it with you when it's finished. It's going to be a one shot dungeon crawl but in the roots of an old tree and it will feature elements that play into the fact that these are mice (Like human made objects or things to show that the characters are little. I gave the players the link to this site so I don't want to say too much yet).
Love the game! Cant wait to run it.
Are you going to print more Zines? I would love to get one.
The zines are a bit of an experiment (and I honestly didn’t expect them to all go so quickly). I’ll probably print another run once the first batch are out the door so stay tuned :)
Awesome game, love Redwall type stuff! When I bought the print zine, it didn't give me the option to set my address. Did PayPal send it to you?