Friday, September 10, 2010

LL/AEC Compendium of New Player Classes, Variant Rules, and other Fantasy Heartbreaker Garbage

Rules tinkering seems as common as an affliction amongst old school D&D game masters as was the clap amongst the ranks of Napoleon's grumblers. As a ref I have been no stranger myself to this curious urge. Recent exposure to such inspired re-workings as James Raggi's Lamentations of the Flame Princess WFRPG (a mouthful) and JB's B/X Companion has left me with a bad inflamed case of the itchies for sure.
Inappropriate metaphors aside, I have been slowly accumulating a small horde of house rules, player options, variant classes and other crunchy bits from the last two years of play in the Hill Cantons in two cities (and a few countries if you count in my co-conspirators Skype games from Dragonsfoot). In a fit of pro-taskination (slough-off work to avoid the work of finishing an article for a real-world publication) last week I compiled these various bits into a working document called the Hill Cantons Compendium.
Although a good chunk of the main section is likely only of interest to players in the campaign, the appendixes--most notably the three new variant classes for Labyrinth Lord and it's Advanced Edition book-- may be of greater interest to you the faceless hordes of the Internet. The current draft version of the Compendium is available for download here.

Editor's Note: I failed to mention in the text a special thank you to Norm from Troll and Flame for the basis of the Death and Dismemberment table (which I have made deadlier). Also look for the final version in the next few weeks which will include even more crunch: more classes, more magic item creation rules, more equipment yadda yadda.


  1. Nice work. I like the death and dismemberment rules, the Mountebank and Feral Dwarf on a quick skim. The combat options seem nice and workable, too.

  2. Good useable stuff, nice one

  3. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  4. An enjoyable read, but I'm not looking forward to having to roll on the Death & Dismemberment table :)

  5. Ha well Senor Scribe we shall see on your next foray to the depths beneath the Hall of the Mountain King.