Campaign: House Rules and Quirks
The game hadn't even gone to press yet!)
(monster): In order to help reconcile player knowledge with character
knowledge, David included a Knowledge (monster) skill for the campaign.
Sam took this class skill for rangers and it did clue is in a few times.
on the Fly: This wasnt really a house rule, because the 3rd
edition core rulebooks allow for gaining levels on the fly, but we really
took that optional rule to heart. In several situations when we ran from
one battle right into the next, it was amusing to watch characters use
skills, feats and even spells that they had never had before.
Unicorn: The Vampire template in the Monster Manual is set
up for humanoids, but that didnt stop David from using it to create
the biggest, blackest unicorn he could dream up. We ran into it once.
Luckily, it was full from all the goblins we had driven out. We didnt
even fight Blacky, just talked to it a bit, shuddered a lot, and skittered
away (watching our backs the whole time).
would call them "features")
Figurine: Ed didnt have a good female miniature with two swords.
So a week or two into the game, I decided to bring my own. The Lego
figure I brought not only allowed me to show my character wielding with
her long sword and short sword, but when necessary I could substitute
her bow or whip. Not sharing the same scale, she stood literally head
and shoulders above the other figurines (which I believe drove David crazy
to no end), but I liked the versatility and used her every week from then
on. As a bonus, when she dropped her bow (a free action) instead of sheathing
it (a move-equivalent action) to draw her swords, we all knew right where
the bow was -- I just left it lying on the battlemat.
Goblins: Alternate miniatures didn't stop with the Lego lady,
however. One night, we had too few miniatures to represent the goblins
attacking us in the tower. (Some might instead make the case that we had
too many goblins.) So David grabbed the pretzel nuggets we had been snacking
on and placed a dozen or so on the grid to represent the goblins. When
the first goblin was killed, instead of just setting aside the figure,
the victor claimed the right to "eat the goblin." And so it
continued all night. I believe James went home quite full.