Monday, July 24, 2017

The Zak Hack (Old School 5e D&D)

How to play fifth edition D&D old school style:

Character gen like this

8 hour rests to get spells/abilities back

No cantrips

No bards

No feats

No inspiration

Group initiative (each side rolls a d6)

Old school healing + Death & Dismemberment

"Concentration" spells sometimes require literal concentration--depends on the spell. It's not just "you need to be awake", sometimes you won't be able to do other stuff.

Starting at 5th level non-casting classes and monsters add their naked d20 to-hit roll to damage (to counter Caster supremacy once fireballs kick in)

Monsters are custom-built when the players are over 5th high level, the monsters roll d20s and d30s for damage.

Rangers like this

Paladins like this

Witch/Warlock like this

Clerics like this

...ideally I'd like to rewrite all the classes and spells and so not have to do the +d20-kludge, but this works for now better than any other game so there we go.
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11 comments:

G. B. Veras said...

How "Old school healing" works?

Zak Sabbath said...

-1 hp if you rest 8 hours

-magic works

-Doctors: http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2011/03/doctor-mechanic-play-report-leading-up.html

-otherwise see "Death & Dismemberment"

lt_lolcat said...

Just play White Box S&W instead. It's a lot easier to do than hack up 5e.

Zak Sabbath said...

I don't want "easy" I want perfect.

It's been working out fine for years.

Casmarius said...

When running old school nature magic, Do you prefer Druids as their own class (AD&D) or as a specialized subset of Cleric (2e)?

I have players who love their hippie magicks, and a lot of it bleeds over to other classes as well.

Zak Sabbath said...

I don't care how they're defined, really.

Zak Sabbath said...

Just as long as they have more sense than that idiot in the Jackson Hobbit.

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Ant Wu said...

Is it possible to turn the Zak Hack into a Google Drive PDF document? It's layout work on your end, but the result is something more easily shareable/printable.

Zak Sabbath said...

I won't stop someone else if they want to do it

Tom Zunder said...

Not my cup of tea, but shows how hackable/moddable 5e is. This edition, with caveats, has delivered a core that can be modded a lot or a little for every game table. The fact that it can be a simple blog post evidences this well.