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Dark Dungeons: Major Differences from the Rules Cyclopedia

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Here's some information on the major differences between Dark Dungeons and the Rules Cyclopedia, in the author's own words.

There are very few changes that are deliberate "house rules" as opposed to merely having to try to come up with something that reconciles contradictory rules in the original RC (of which there were a surprising number once I went through it with a finetooth comb...)

From memory:

* I'm treating various optional rules (weapon mastery, high level demi-humans, skills, Immortals, etc.) as core.
* I've reduced the amount of XP needed for high level demi-humans.
* I've given demi-humans weapon mastery that works like everyone else's rather than the "all weapons at first level".
* My skill list is different from the RC's skill list, to avoid overlap with class-based abilities.
* I've changed the way magic-users and elves learn spells to make it consistent with the way weapon mastery is learnt.
* I use a "statement of intent" at the beginning of a combat round (this was apparently supposed to be in the BECMI rules but was accidentally skipped - although some spell descriptions assume it's there).
* I treat the "confidence level" of a dominion as an ongoing score that can go up and down, rather than a score that's calculated freshly each year.

That's the main changes, I think. There are lots of little fiddly bits where rules (particularly optional rules) conflicted and I had to make a "house interpretation" of the rules - but the ones listed above are the main deliberate changes.

This is taken from the Dark Dungeons: Rules Cyclopedia is back! thread on RPGNet.

Jeff Rients said...
May 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

"* I've changed the way magic-users and elves learn spells to make it consistent with the way weapon mastery is learnt."

I'm going to have to check this one out in detail.

BTW, I hate 'statement of intent' in the turn sequence. A) It's off-putting to normal people trying the game for the first time. B) In a big enough, awesome enough combat it should be hard to remember and implement ever declaration.

JB said...
May 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

@ Jeff: I'm with you on the statement of intent.

Randall said...
May 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

I've never used a statement of intent for long. I've tried in games that have it and it always seemed more limiting than helpful.

Anonymous said...
May 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

I'm with you guys on the "statement of intent" thing. The few times I've played in games that use it, it's been more of a hassle than a help.

Randall said...
May 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

Apparently Frank Metzner has said that there was always supposed to be a Statement of Intent in BECMI combat. I do remember reading a few places where in was sort of mentioned in spells and such, but I always thought it had been removed and the mentions were just missed in editing. In reality, the statement of intent was mistakenly edited out.

Frank Mentzer said...
January 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM  

I've used the Statement of Intent for decades. Improves communications. You DON'T use it as a straitjacket tho; reactions to the changing situation are always doable.

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