Ring Side Report- 7th Sea Corebook

 

Product– 7th Sea

System-7th Sea 2nd Edition

Producer-Chaosium

Price– $18 here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/185462/7th-Sea-Core-Rulebook-Second-Edition?src=hottest_filtered&filters=10101_0_0_0_0?affiliate_id=658618 

TL; DR-Great if you like story, bad if you need hard rules. 90%

 

Basics-It’s a Pirate’s life for me!  7th Sea is an RPG set in a world on the cusp of the age of exploration after a massive civil war in fantasy not-Europe.  Also key to this game is its unique approach to combat and mechanics. Let’s dive into this one.

Base mechanics and rounds-Each scene in the game is divided into action and dramatic scenes.  Action scenes are high octane events where characters fight to the death against other humans or monsters!  Dramatic scenes are slower time periods where players may try to sway the king in a debate or sail a ship across the sea.  But, unlike most games where you choose an action, know your dice, and roll to see if it happens, in both scenes, you say exactly what you want to do.  THEN the GM says what attributes and skill you must use. You then take a total of 10-sided dice equal to the sum of that attribute and skill and roll them.  This is where the game becomes interesting and extremely different. you can use one or more dice that add up to 10 and that counts as a raise. Each raise is one action you can do in the scene.  Then, the GM will describe the scene where the main goals are, side goals are, possible hazards, and if any timed events are. You can can do exactly what you said you were going to do each turn with the person with the most raises going once first and continuing until his or her raises equal another player.  If you want to do something you didn’t ask the GM to do at the start, it uses two raises. Want to hurt a guy? One raise does one damage. Want to rifle through the desk? One raise. It very simple and very fast. Base monsters and humans are part of brute squads that do damage equal to the number left in a brute squad with numbers ranging from 1 to 10 numbers per squad.  Named monsters and NPCs are treated just like characters and rolling dice just the same.

Advancement-Characters advance via completing story steps.  These are amazingly subjective, but that’s an integral part of this RPG.  Every story step is one advancement and different things like skills and advantages require different advancement costs.

Magic-It wouldn’t be fantasy if the game didn’t have magic.  Magic is an advantage you can take like any other, but the different flavors of magic color your use. Some are things that require a sacrifice.  Some require a code of conduct, and some require you to build up a pool of tokens that counter your ability to do things but hurt the enemy. It’s an interesting take on the use of magic, providing a diverse set of subsystems that don’t break the game in their implementation.

Mechanics or Crunch-Overall, 7th age plays quickly, but it’s VERY loose.  That’s its goal, but it’s so loose my players had major trouble with the game.  One player couldn’t comprehend that he could just see the hidden stuff by spending a raise.  Upon being told he already rolled he rolled again and asked what it meant. It’s a HARD shift for a murderhobo to join a story RPG.  I like it, but even I would like some more explanation to some of the more fluffy rules built into the system. Nothing here is bad, but it is a game that needs more than just a few quick half page explanations to show how it works. 4.25/5

Theme or Fluff-7th Sea is an amazing world.  It’s fully filled out and well developed.  It’s a place with lots of stories to tell as well as a lot of places to explore.  It’s got everything the age of exploration needs and all the fantasy that your average Pirates of the Carabean movie needs to tell epic high seas fantasies. 5/5

 

Execution–  PDF?  Check!  Hyperlinked?  CHECK! Great layout and ease of readability?  CHECK! What do I want? Well, honestly more. It’s a pretty short PDF and the fluff part of the story is well defined.  That fills my soul with happy. What isn’t well defined is how to play. It took me way too long to see that your raises were your initiative and how you spent them one to one.  I’ve read a few of these books, so I feel that’s a bit on this book. But then again, this is a solid paradigm shift. This ISN’T just reskinned DnD, so your traditional frame of reference if you came in as a solid d20 player isn’t as useful as you may think.  If you get used to thinking outside the box, you will be fine, but if you need hand holding like I do during my transition from DnD to story RPG, you might get lost a bit in this book’s flow. 4.25/5

 

Summary– 7th Sea is a fun story game with less crunch than I’m used to.  My wife loved it and gravitated to it easily. My other gaming friends couldn’t handle the story based shift.  That’s the major take away-if you want more baked in story, this is the game for you. If you need more solid crunch in your game, then maybe give this one a pass.  The book is solid, if you can handle the stuff it leaves out because it’s not important. If you need those pieces, then maybe just play DnD on a pirate ship. But if you can get into the flow of a story game and handle most of the game being hand-waved away because those parts are honestly not part of the story, this is a fantastic take on the pirate fantasy RPG.  90%

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Daily Punch 7-26-19 Child of Merlin sorcerer bloodline for DnD 5e

We already have fiend blooded sorcerers how about one with some true power?

Child of Merlin

Many tales tell of a powerful magic user who offered wisdom to kings and guided bloodlines for centuries.  Few remember that this person was a child of the most powerful devil.  Merlin was a powerful man, but his diabolical heritage passes threw his bloodline to all his children and his lust for power and women meant that he has children across the multiverse.  You are one of those children whose spark has awoken and now you manifest all the awesome powers that master magician with devil blood can bear!

Guide of kings

At 1st level, Merlin’s ability to guide others emerges in your.  You gain the bardic inspiration ability of a bard of your level.  You can use this a number of times per day equal to your Charisma modifier.

Wild Man of the Woods and Hells

Starting at 6th level, Merlin’s shape changing abilities manifest in you.  You gain the wild shape ability of a druid of your level.  As an added bonus, you can choose to change your shape into an animal or a fiend following the same CR restrictions as a a druid of your level.

Master Communicator and Shapeshifter

At 14th level, you gain the ability to change your shape as you see fit to match any occasion. You can cast polymorph on your self twice per day.  Furthermore, you gain the permanent effect of the tongues spell to talk with all creatures who understand language.

Your Patriarchs Powers and Weaknesses

Beginning at 18th level, you gain the faults of your patriarch, but also gain a larger portion of his powers.  You gain disadvantage on all saves vs any effect that causes the Charmed condition, cause psychic damage, or control your mind, but you also gain advantage on all other saving throws.  You gain resistance to all other damage, but gain vulnerability vs all bludgeoning damage.  For these effects and damages, apply worse penalty if multiple effects or damage types are mixed together.

 

 

Thoughts?

7-25-19 Expanded Archive Operative Exploit for Starfinder

How about we expend on an operative exploit?

 

Expanded ARCHIVE (EX)

Prerequisite: Alien Archive, 6th level

Your vast experience makes identifying new creatures easier for you. Roll twice on skill checks when identifying a creature and its abilities.

If you successfully identify a creature, you gain a +2 enhancement bonus to your skill check when you make a trick attack against that creature.  This bonus stacks with your bonus from Alien Archive

 

 

Thoughts?

Daily Punch 7-24-19 Verrine’s Chosen Warlock Patron for DnD 5e

We’re fighting devils in a bit, so let’s find a devil who would steal from other devils…

Verrine’s Chosen

You’ve found a master who will grant you powers that you never knew possible.  Heal yourself,  have boundless energy, and control those around you all are part of the deal you made when you joined Verrine.  Now you go across the land and gain power through impatiences.

Expanded Spell List

Verrine lets you choose from an expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following spells are added to the warlock spell list for you.

Table: Fiend Expanded Spells
Spell Level Spells
1st cure wounds ,  command
2nd aid, enhance ability
3rd revivify, haste
4th confusion, compulsion
5th dominate person, geas

Renegades’s Blessing

Starting at 1st level, others hold no power over you.  You gain advantage on saves and checks against any effect that would charm your or control your mind.  If you already have advantage on these saves or checks, you gain immunity from those effects.

Verrine’s Dark Blessing

Starting at 6th level, your patron bestows a portion of his power unto you allowing your wounds to heal at amazing speed. You regains  Hit Points equal to your Charisma modifier at the start of its turn. If you take radiant damage or damage from a silvered weapon, this trait doesn’t function at the start of your next turn. You begin to die only if you starts your turn with 0 Hit Points and doesn’t Regenerate.

Blessing of Impatience

Starting at 10th level, you gain the speed of your dark master.  You may choose to gain the effect of the haste spell, but your extra action can be used to cast cantrip spell, melee attacks, dash, or disengage.  You must concentrate to use this ability as normal.  You regain this ability after a short or long rest.

Possession

Starting at 14th level, your masters teaches you the true power of possession. Once per day, you gain the ability to choose a creature in range and force it to make a Wisdom saving throw.  On a failure, you disappear possess the creature as per dominate monster, except the duration 8 hours.  When the spell ends you reappear at a point within 60 feet of the target of your choosing. Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.

 

Thoughts?

Daily Punch 7-22-19 Elven Mind feat for DnD 5e

How about some love for Elves who fight devils?

 

Elven Mind

Prerequisite: Elf

Elves are the longest lived of the normal races and have the longest memories regarding the fiends. You gain the following benefits:

  • You have immunity against effects  or spells that dominate the mind or cause the charmed condition from fiends.
  • Increase your Wisdom, Charisma, or Intelligence by 1, to a maximum of 20.

Daily Punch 7-12-19 Daemonologist Wizard arcane tradition for DnD 5e

Ok, let’s get back to fighting devils. How about a wizard that fights them by binding them?

School of Daemonologists

You view a hammer as a tool. You can build a church with one or you can kill with the same hammer. Demons and devils are just tools for you to use. Left unchecked they thirst for inocent blood and souls, but when properly controlled, you can build astounding things. They are your tools, and you are their wielder. Devils, demons, and the random daemon all fall under your toolbox, so you use them as you see fit.

Bound Servent

Beginning when you select this school at 2nd level, you gain a familiar fiend, as per the find familiar spell, except the familiar must be a fiend and can be up to CR 1. As an action on your turn, you can directly command the fiend to take an action of your choice. When you take a move action, your fiend takes a move as part of that action.

Bonus Spells

Beginning at 2nd level, you gain the following spells into your spell book:Protection from Evil and Good, Hold Person, Banishment, and Dispel Evil and Good. Your wizard level must be an equal level to a cleric who is able to cast these spells for you to cast these spells, but your training has granted you access to these spells when you are ready.

Powerful Weapon

Starting at 6th level, your bound servent can now be commanded by a bonus action and can be up to CR 2.

Daemonic Studies

Beginning at 10th level, you’ve studied enough fiend names that now you can recall them as part of your spells. Any spell that specifies a creature type can now be applied to fiends.

Diabolic Spellbook

Starting at 14th level, you pour power into your bound creature. It can now be a creature up to CR 4 and metamorphs into a CR 4 fiend of your choice. Furthermore, your find familiar spell now painfully carves your spellbook into the flesh of the fiend. You no longer need to carry your spellbook and can simply read the creature to prepare spells each day.