mickey65
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 17:28
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
The homebrew touch would be that your character's past includes a development period, where your char had negative XP and was just learning about life and about the various classes. Some minor adventuring was involved while assisting an instructor or leader. Your char started with 1 HD and might have gained 1 more HD before reaching XP 0 and being in a position to choose a class and add that class's starting HD to their HD total. Your char also acquired some knowledge of the world and life and some extra profs and skills, and maybe some extra equipment and gold.

Effectively, your char starts with extra HD from their training adventures, their own place in the world based on their development experience and learning, and maybe extra gear and gold. Adventures would be adjusted to fit the boosted Level 1 character.

This can be either 3.5e or 5e depending on what people want. I'm even willing to consider 4e or 2e. Let me know by posting in this thread so we can talk about it.
LordIce
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 17:33
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
It sounds like it would be fun. Would our characters backstories contribute to the overall themes of the story? Would they lead towards the larger campaign plot?
mickey65
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 17:50
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Yes and yes.
HEarlPendelfield
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 18:13
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Sounds interesting, could be a good way to tie most of the characters together or at least a few of them by creating a joint backstory.
kark2
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 18:30
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
I would love to read more.
LadyMer
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 18:36
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
If it's 5th, I'd definitely be interested.
jvanblaricom
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 18:43
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Why not use the NPC classes in 3.5 as a base?
mickey65
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 18:59
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Here are some thoughts:

Each character had a number of "negative XP levels" before play starts. These can be as follows:

1. Acquire a Background, or learn a trade or profession, or acquire nonweapon profs and skills
2. Fighter: become proficient in one weapon, one armor, or one shield; acquire either Intimidation or Diplomacy
3. Cleric: learn one Clerical Cantrip; learn one dead language related to religion; learn to read
4. Thief: learn two Thief skills and attack from rear; learn Thieves' Cant
5. Wizard: learn one Cantrip; learn to read and write; learn one dead language
6. Bard: learn Performance on one musical instrument and either singing or storytelling; acquire said instrument; learn two living languages
7. Monk: learn some unarmed combat; bonus to unarmored movement speed; some benefits of Hermit background
8. Druid: learn Speak With Animals; acquire Nature skill; learn Druidic language

The following core classes would not be available as negative XP levels unless you can talk me into it:

1. Paladin
2. Ranger
3. Sorcerer
4. Warlock

Non-core classes would have to be discussed with the player.

What do you guys think?

This message was last edited by the user at 19:00, Tue 11 July.

HEarlPendelfield
 member, 51 posts
Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 19:27
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Thought you may find this helpful, it is interesting.

http://www.enworld.org/forum/s...oners-but-not-really)
Laditis
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 10:28
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
I think the DMG has rules for 0 level characters in 3.5.
Or maybe a commoner with extra feats. You can get cantrips with a feat from PGtF.
mickey65
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 11:23
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
I'm importing the concept of Lifepaths from some other games and adjusting it for D&D. This game wouldn't be for system purists.

Would people still be interested in a 4e or 5e game?
LordIce
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 12:12
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Ah, I thought it looked a little familiar. Good idea. Cool. rmail me when you get started!
HEarlPendelfield
 member, 52 posts
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 12:23
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
Would be interested if it were 5e, not so much for 4e.
kark2
 member, 235 posts
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 15:16
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
In 3.5, that sounds like a gestalt with either expert or noble. I would love a campaign like that.
mickey65
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 15:39
Interest Check: slightly homebrewed DnD
A game called Lifepaths D&D has been created and there's a listing in the Wanted Players forum. It'll be 5e.