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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1260 on: September 16, 2012, 05:23:48 AM »
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A fey doesn’t age but must eat, sleep, and breathe.

Is this on purpose?  Is it meant to apply to Elves?  I know Elves are traditionally rather long lived, but not aging isn't something you really see outside of Tolkien.

These are Tolkien Elves rather than D&D Elves. Super Eyesight rather than Low Light vision, Wise instead of Agile.

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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1261 on: September 16, 2012, 12:12:41 PM »
It's also a bit of a handwave - none of the races have aging charts, so having them age 50% slower is meaningless.  For all intents and purposes, in a single campaign without aging spells, not aging is the same as an extremely long life.

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« Reply #1262 on: September 16, 2012, 06:22:14 PM »
I can see Saurians and Drakes living until something kills them.  Enough rolls on the table of ouch will eventually make on easy prey.
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1263 on: September 16, 2012, 08:13:04 PM »
As an aside I've been tinkering with aging for an epic span campaign, has anyone else been working on a similar rule?
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1264 on: September 17, 2012, 05:11:45 AM »
As an aside I've been tinkering with aging for an epic span campaign, has anyone else been working on a similar rule?
I've had aging for a while in my games, and I worked up some tables/attribute modifiers simply because my players were often stumped on how old they should be, but I did mine by species, rather than type. Instead of listing ages for every species individually, I worked up categories and put species into those.

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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1265 on: September 17, 2012, 06:37:47 AM »
Many races ages were specked in the Origin of Species: Classic Fantasy book, and I usually use those for the races in it

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« Reply #1266 on: September 17, 2012, 12:42:53 PM »
As an aside I've been tinkering with aging for an epic span campaign, has anyone else been working on a similar rule?

I already have a rule that is more formulaic than 3e, and doesn't assume age categories vary linearly with lifespan.
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« Reply #1267 on: September 18, 2012, 08:25:52 AM »
As an aside I've been tinkering with aging for an epic span campaign, has anyone else been working on a similar rule?

I already have a rule that is more formulaic than 3e, and doesn't assume age categories vary linearly with lifespan.
Would you share it with us ? :D

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« Reply #1268 on: September 18, 2012, 09:22:50 PM »
As an aside I've been tinkering with aging for an epic span campaign, has anyone else been working on a similar rule?

I already have a rule that is more formulaic than 3e, and doesn't assume age categories vary linearly with lifespan.
Would you share it with us ? :D

Well, it's one of those things that is easier to do in excel than it is to explain.

The upshot is that I use an age ratio sort of like D&D, but it only applies to venerable age. For other age categories, the age threshold for that category is a fractional exponent of the ratio, like so:

Age factor = species venerable / human venerable

And the age levels are:
Adult age = human adult (15) * age factor^.5
Middle age = human middle age (45) * age factor ^.7
Old age = human old age (53) * age factor ^ .9
and to come full cirlce...
Venerable age = human venerable (7%) * age factor

The result is you don't get 50-year old toddlers or anything like that.

In this scheme, fey type essentially doubles the age factor. You get the age factor of a character with a different blood by averaging the two age factors. But in the case where you aren't changing the character's type, you half the age factor of the fey race before averaging. Elves have an age factor of 6, but an elf-blood human only has an age factor of 2 (same as a pech.)

Quick finger pech are also fey, so double the age factor of the pech (or 4).

Since fey type plays into this, dwarf blood humans actually would have a greater longevity than elf-blood humans.
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1269 on: September 19, 2012, 02:20:54 AM »

The result is you don't get 50-year old toddlers or anything like that.
I was always weirded out by this, so I did my best to avoid it as well but since I have so many species I just did 5 different lifespans (Short lived, low average, high average, long lived, and very long lived, straight forward names) with the five usual categories, each with a Fast and Slow maturation rate- all the type-modifiers I use are just +% like you see all across FC, but they only modify the upper bound of Adult and later categories

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« Reply #1270 on: September 19, 2012, 10:09:14 AM »
I once had an idea for one way to have elves, and elven aging, which made some kind of sense (with reference to 3.5):

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The "Elven Lands" are a demiplane, out of phase with the rest of the world in time. For every day that passes there, 5 pass in the outside world. Growing up there means that you'll stay young for five times as long... which is the secret to the elves' longevity in the outside world. And to elven power; there are a few very, very old and very powerful elves around. God wizards and the like.

But the kicker is, you have to grow up in the elven lands to be properly instilled with longevity by them. So elves are rarely seen in the outside world until they're 20... or 100, depending on how you're counting.

Where the rest of the world and the elven lands meet stands an elven city, in phase with the rest of the world. Very, very few non-elves have ever passed beyond it into the elven lands proper. Those from the rest of the world who are viewed as friendly may enter the trading quarter of the city. But it's rare indeed that they'll ever see an elven child.

The elven demiplane is actually a fragment of what was once their world. The Drow live on another fragment; unlike the elves, they take back slaves. However, these slaves age and die rapidly, by how time runs in Drow lands, unless brought over as children; as do all who enter the elven lands. Drow thus are far more likely to take children as slaves than adults. Taken at the right age, these children will age "fast" as time is measured in the Drow lands, yet slow down in aging as adults even while not fully psychologically developed. A very few have escaped, to find a world where centuries have passed while they were away for decades.

The rest of the former world of the elves was destroyed in a long-ago mage war. The main elven population and the Drow are the remnants of the two main factions.

Wood/wild elves are the refugees of this conflict, and their aging is only slightly slower than human.

If they have to have dealings with those from the outside world, the very old elves with centuries of experience and arcane knowledge which form the basis for their power will sometimes disguise themselves as "elven gods". Over the centuries, this has led to a conjecture, which in turn has led to a mythology among some of the other races that the elves themselves have the potential to attain divinity.

The main body of elves trade, in the city which straddles the worlds, with fine fabrics and other consumables, many of them luxury items, which seem to stay fresh and new far longer than those made in the prime material plane. Elven weapons and metalwork are also held in some esteem, since they seem to keep their edge and form longer, with less maintenance. In return, the elves are only interested in items made from the more permanent things from the prime material plane, such as gold, stone, ceramics etc. Almost anything else will decay far too fast after being taken between worlds.

The light's dimmer in the elven lands. Hence the eyesight thing. Maybe the war even damaged their sun, or maybe their world floats at a greater distance from their sun, but in a nebula which provides a permanent glow...

The drow lands have broken off from the main elven world. Their surface is an inhospitable place, without breathable atmosphere, and they therefore live in the interior, with the only gravity being that they create by their sorceries. (Effectively making these Drow moon-Nazis).

Relations between the main elves and the wood elves are friendly enough... but the latter cannot cross back, unless as babies, for fear of aging; they're now time-synched with the prime material plane.

A diet consisting largely of foodstuffs from elven lands has the side effect of very slightly delaying the aging process for those who consume it. Only by a factor of, say, 1.5 or so; but even this is regarded as a precious boon by the wealthy and privileged.

What this means for adventurers/plots

- A first level elf would have only recently attained the right to travel to the city or beyond, and could have left the city for practically any reason; the world outside would likely be rather strange to him or her, being as it's a different plane and all.
- A mid-level or high-level elf might have done their other adventuring a long time before, then gone home to raise a family, and return to a world which had changed by, say, 150 years while they lived for 30.
- Or they might have lived in the outside world for centuries, and seen nations rise and fall.
- Diplomatic negotiations with the elves can take a long time to resolve, if it's something for which those who live within the elven lands, rather than the city, would need to be consulted
- Adventurers wishing to visit the elven or the drow lands would be well advised to keep their visits brief, and not to visit while pregnant. If they stay for years, they'll grow old uncomfortably fast.

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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1271 on: September 19, 2012, 10:28:11 AM »
I once had an idea for one way to have elves, and elven aging, which made some kind of sense (with reference to 3.5):

Spoiler: show

The "Elven Lands" are a demiplane, out of phase with the rest of the world in time. For every day that passes there, 5 pass in the outside world. Growing up there means that you'll stay young for five times as long... which is the secret to the elves' longevity in the outside world. And to elven power; there are a few very, very old and very powerful elves around. God wizards and the like.

But the kicker is, you have to grow up in the elven lands to be properly instilled with longevity by them. So elves are rarely seen in the outside world until they're 20... or 100, depending on how you're counting.

Where the rest of the world and the elven lands meet stands an elven city, in phase with the rest of the world. Very, very few non-elves have ever passed beyond it into the elven lands proper. Those from the rest of the world who are viewed as friendly may enter the trading quarter of the city. But it's rare indeed that they'll ever see an elven child.

The elven demiplane is actually a fragment of what was once their world. The Drow live on another fragment; unlike the elves, they take back slaves. However, these slaves age and die rapidly, by how time runs in Drow lands, unless brought over as children; as do all who enter the elven lands. Drow thus are far more likely to take children as slaves than adults. Taken at the right age, these children will age "fast" as time is measured in the Drow lands, yet slow down in aging as adults even while not fully psychologically developed. A very few have escaped, to find a world where centuries have passed while they were away for decades.

The rest of the former world of the elves was destroyed in a long-ago mage war. The main elven population and the Drow are the remnants of the two main factions.

Wood/wild elves are the refugees of this conflict, and their aging is only slightly slower than human.

If they have to have dealings with those from the outside world, the very old elves with centuries of experience and arcane knowledge which form the basis for their power will sometimes disguise themselves as "elven gods". Over the centuries, this has led to a conjecture, which in turn has led to a mythology among some of the other races that the elves themselves have the potential to attain divinity.

The main body of elves trade, in the city which straddles the worlds, with fine fabrics and other consumables, many of them luxury items, which seem to stay fresh and new far longer than those made in the prime material plane. Elven weapons and metalwork are also held in some esteem, since they seem to keep their edge and form longer, with less maintenance. In return, the elves are only interested in items made from the more permanent things from the prime material plane, such as gold, stone, ceramics etc. Almost anything else will decay far too fast after being taken between worlds.

The light's dimmer in the elven lands. Hence the eyesight thing. Maybe the war even damaged their sun, or maybe their world floats at a greater distance from their sun, but in a nebula which provides a permanent glow...

The drow lands have broken off from the main elven world. Their surface is an inhospitable place, without breathable atmosphere, and they therefore live in the interior, with the only gravity being that they create by their sorceries. (Effectively making these Drow moon-Nazis).

Relations between the main elves and the wood elves are friendly enough... but the latter cannot cross back, unless as babies, for fear of aging; they're now time-synched with the prime material plane.

A diet consisting largely of foodstuffs from elven lands has the side effect of very slightly delaying the aging process for those who consume it. Only by a factor of, say, 1.5 or so; but even this is regarded as a precious boon by the wealthy and privileged.

What this means for adventurers/plots

- A first level elf would have only recently attained the right to travel to the city or beyond, and could have left the city for practically any reason; the world outside would likely be rather strange to him or her, being as it's a different plane and all.
- A mid-level or high-level elf might have done their other adventuring a long time before, then gone home to raise a family, and return to a world which had changed by, say, 150 years while they lived for 30.
- Or they might have lived in the outside world for centuries, and seen nations rise and fall.
- Diplomatic negotiations with the elves can take a long time to resolve, if it's something for which those who live within the elven lands, rather than the city, would need to be consulted
- Adventurers wishing to visit the elven or the drow lands would be well advised to keep their visits brief, and not to visit while pregnant. If they stay for years, they'll grow old uncomfortably fast.

Solid.  I dig this.
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1272 on: September 19, 2012, 11:29:53 AM »
That is pretty impressive. Great work PF!
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1273 on: September 25, 2012, 07:06:01 PM »
I have 3 human characters: Andre the Giant, Peter Dinklage, and Patrick Stewart, who is a vanguard.

With Andre to the left of him and Peter to the right, Sir Pat gets the benefit of his specialty's stand together ability. In the event that having only 1 horse between the three of them Peter decides to strap a riding harness to Andre's back and rides him into battle as a mounted character, I would be correct in believing, would I not, that Sir Pat astride his horse doesn't suddenly lose the benefit of Stand Together?

Also, how is the improved stability granted by the Horse Nation feat intended to work? The language seems to imply that you benefit from it all the time while astride -- so, when even just a passenger during which the specific conditions of the feat trump the general case that it is ineffectual to riders -- rather than only when acting as a mounted character.

Addendum: If Pete is also a vanguard, does he lose his bonus even if Pat keep his?
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Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread
« Reply #1274 on: September 26, 2012, 07:49:22 PM »
I have 3 human characters: Andre the Giant, Peter Dinklage, and Patrick Stewart, who is a vanguard.

With Andre to the left of him and Peter to the right, Sir Pat gets the benefit of his specialty's stand together ability. In the event that having only 1 horse between the three of them Peter decides to strap a riding harness to Andre's back and rides him into battle as a mounted character, I would be correct in believing, would I not, that Sir Pat astride his horse doesn't suddenly lose the benefit of Stand Together?

You would be correct in that assumption, yes.

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Also, how is the improved stability granted by the Horse Nation feat intended to work? The language seems to imply that you benefit from it all the time while astride -- so, when even just a passenger during which the specific conditions of the feat trump the general case that it is ineffectual to riders -- rather than only when acting as a mounted character.

The key words there are "when mounted." The second clause only applies when you're acting as a mounted character, not when you're a passenger.

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Addendum: If Pete is also a vanguard, does he lose his bonus even if Pat keep his?

Assuming the same configuration described above, Pete would not gain that bonus (which is different from "losing it," as it's not on all the time - it's a perk enjoyed under very specific circumstances, not a base ability enjoyed at one's leisure).
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