Monday, June 22, 2015

Fiction: The Commoner and the Samurai

Hanha Riomoci, thought to be the greatest Samurai of his generation, was once offended by deference his Lord paid to Gundarli Gunderdin, a halfling warrior of common stock that had of late been captivating court. And so he challenged the diminutive commoner to a dual. Gundarli agreed and said that Hanha could even choose the weapon - as long as Gundarli was allowed to pick the location. When Hanha agreed to these terms and choose the traditional longsword Gundarli selected his own dojo as location for the duel. When the combatants met, the dojo’s windows had all been blackened, torches spaced at 80 feet and the roof was a low four foot - favoring the halfling's sharper senses and small stature. 

Between the stoop of his back and the dim light, the better armed and better trained Hanha was quickly humbled by the ‘ignoble’ halfling. And Gundarli's esteem in court only grew.

From ‘Stories of the the Eastern Provinces’ by Jaylak Cragborn

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Benjamin Todd, Barber Commoner : Levels 1-15 + Hero Lab Files

Benjamin Todd - a level 10 (probably murderous) barber-commoner - was included as one of the sample characters in The Ultimate Adequate Commoner. But character creator Patrick Harris went further than could be included in the book, providing a full workup of Benjamin Todd from levels 1 to level 15 in pdf & plain text as well as hero lab files for his special options. You can view and download the files below. Happy 'hair' cutting.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why *Adequate*?

RPG books tend to use the adjective 'Ultimate' a lot; Pathfinder especially. Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Equipment, and so on. Smaller publishers have picked up on this and created books like The Ultimate Witch & Warlock, Ultimate Options, etc. And I wanted to poke a little fun at this in writing about a character class renowned for its suckiness.

At first I thought it would be funny to title the book 'The Ultimate Commoner' but it didn't quite work; a commoner was never gonna be 'Ultimate' at anything. But I didn't want to go a full 180, so Adequate felt like a nice, playful skewering of the grandiosity of all the 'Ultimates.' Adequate fit with the tone of the book and set a nice goal; that you as a player could finally feel Adequate while playing a commoner or other NPC class

So I landed on The Ultimate Adequate Commoner, commonly shortened to The Adequate Commoner as strikethrough isn't always available.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

(In)Adequate Commoners Around the Web

One of the really neat things about working on The Ultimate Adequate Commoner was learning about all of the fantastic ideas, characters, and campaigns people had already built around commoners, the NPC classes, and just low powered characters in general. Some of these things I drew inspiration from while drafting The Ultimate Adequate Commoner and some I only learned about recently from having conversations that began once I launched the Kickstarter.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Master of Arms's Speech

So, you want to be adventurers huh?

*Hock Ptooo*

Pah, I spit on adventurers. For every story you hear about ordinary folks taking up the mantle and becoming heroes there’s ninety where the fools died horrible deaths with ignoble burial: bodies converted to puppets for a necromancer or providing sup for feeding some beast. Yeah, I’ve spent some time busting into tombs and trying to foil a fiendish plot or three; and it ends badly for nearly everyone involved.
Would that there was anything I could say to dissuade you.  But you’ve got that look in your eye, that gleam. You want to have an adventure of your own, a story for the ages. And nobody can tell you that it’s the kind of thing that even fools would reject as addle-brained.
Since I can’t convince you otherwise, leastwise I can do it try to give you some advice that might save your skin someday. Take it from a man who earned his scars the hard way.

From a Speech given by Gardle Trian - Gnomish Master of Arms for the Village of Brookhaven