House Rules and Updates

House Rules

Insubstantial Creatures

Creatures that are insubstantial take half damage from all effects, including force damage, unless noted otherwise in their stats.

Two creatures that are insubstantial for the same reason can damage each other normally.

Dual-Wielding and Implements

In order to use two weapons in a way that you can attack with either one of them as needed (or both if you have powers that let you do so), at least one of them must have the off-hand property. It stands to reason that it should work the same way for a character fighting with a weapon in one hand and an implement in the other—except in the current version of the rules, no implements have the off-hand property. The following implements gain this property.

This rule change makes things a little more consistent between the way weapons and implements work.

Note: Characters who take the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat may use two main-hand implements in conjunction if they wish since they don’t actually attack with the second one. However, they may not dual-wield staffs. That’s just silly.

Additional Note: As of this writing, nobody needs to change their character to conform with this rule – it’s just something I noticed your characters doing already which made a lot of sense to me.

Off-hand Implements

  • Wands
  • Orbs
  • Tomes
  • Off-hand weapons

Damage Resistance and Vulnerability

To calculate a creature’s resistance against an attack that deals multiple types of damage, take the average of those resistances, rounded down. This works for vulnerability too.

Example: An attack deals 10 fire/cold damage to a tiefling with resist 5 fire. The tiefling takes a total of 8 damage. If that same attack targeted a creature that has vulnerable 10 cold instead, it would take a total of 15 damage.

Resist “all” (or other unusual resistances/vulnerabilities that aren’t one of the default damage types) is only applied if no higher resistances could be applied, like so:

Example 2: An attack deals 20 thunder/cold/lightning damage to a creature with resist 10 thunder and resist 2 all. The creature takes a total of 16 damage, since (10+2+2)/3 = 4.6, rounded down to 4.

Don’t combine resistance types unless the attack deals multiple damage types – just because more than one resistance could apply to a given attack doesn’t mean you should automatically start calculating averages!

Example 3: An unlucky swordmage is caught in the aura of an Immolith Deathrager, and is dealt 10 fire damage. The swordmage has resist 5 fire, as well as a +3 demonbane weapon which gives her resist 3 against damage caused by demons. She takes 5 damage, since the two resistances can’t both apply to this attack, so she just uses the higher value.

Aid Another

Aid Another is a standard action. You can provide aid in one of three ways:

Aid Skill Check.
The DC to aid a skill check is equal to 10 plus half the level of the person you’re helping. If you succeed, you give them a +2 bonus. If you fail, you give them a -1 penalty for getting in the way. The GM may declare in some cases that it is impossible for others to help a given check, or that only a certain number may aid someone at once.

Aid Attack.
Aiding an attack does not require a roll, but you must be in a position where you could make an at-will attack against the enemy and spend the standard action to give your ally a +2 bonus to their next attack roll.

Aid Defense.
Aiding defense also requires no roll, but you must remain adjacent to the ally you’re defending. Your ally gains a +2 bonus to defenses until the start of your next turn, but only while the two of you remain adjacent. You cannot aid defense against threats you cannot see – like traps you are unaware of, or invisible foes.

Monster Knowledge Checks

[I plan on being a bit stingier with these from now on.] Creatures or individuals that your party had little to no opportunity to hear about beforehand generally won’t have their weaknesses revealed by a simple Arcana check. However, you can always roll checks to determine a creature’s origin and keywords.

Individuals can be rolled against for knowledge (usually with History or Streetwise, but it’s the GM’s call), provided there was some reasonable way someone in the party could have heard about their fighting style beforehand. The party members themselves will be subject to this as well – at some point, I’ll be devising a system for myself in which enemies can make checks to determine who in the party has a low or high AC for example, or who is resistant to fire. This knowledge will be easier for your foes to obtain the more well known the party becomes (the higher their prestige gets).

Condition Durations

Creatures may not use Ready or Delay actions to favorably extend or forestall the duration of various effects. Beneficial effects expire at the end of the target character’s turn, whether they complete their entire turn or not. Negative conditions do not expire (or allow a save) until the character completes their entire turn, including delayed or readied actions.

Example: a dwarf is enjoying a +2 bonus to defenses from using Second Wind last round. She cannot delay her current turn to effectively gain the benefit for another full round. If the dwarf chooses to delay, the bonus expires the moment she announces the delay.

Example 2: A fighter has a -2 to attack rolls (save ends). He cannot choose to ready an attack action, end his turn, save against the effect, and THEN attack without the penalty. If the fighter chooses to ready, he would roll the save after completing his readied attack.

Falling Into Water

When falling into a body of water at least 10 feet deep for every 30 feet fallen (minimum 5 feet of depth for falls of less than 30 feet), the first 20 feet of falling deal no damage, and the second 20 feet deal 1d6 damage each. Anything above that deals normal damage.

Example: An unlucky gnome is riding in a barrel that goes over a 50-foot waterfall. The water in the lake below is 10 feet deep, so he takes 1d10+2d6 damage, rather than 5d10.

Characters that deliberately dive into water of sufficient depth from a great height can use Athletics instead of Acrobatics to reduce the falling damage, but they still need to be trained in the skill. If they are trained in both skills, they may choose to roll either one and receive an additional +5 bonus.

Falling Objects

Falling objects are treated like creatures of roughly the same size and/or weight.

If one creature falls onto another of the same size, they take an equal amount of falling damage. Add or subtract an additional d10 for every size category they differ by. If forced movement or a similar effect causes a creature (or object) to fall onto another, the non-falling creature may make a saving throw to shift one square as a free action. If this gets them out of the way, they take no damage. This saving throw is only allowed in situations where an object simply falls onto a creature – usually throwing, dropping, or rolling an object would involve an attack roll instead.

Example 1: a swordsman drops his longsword off a rooftop and onto an enemy 30 feet below. Since a sword of that size could roughly be the same weight as a Tiny creature, the fall only deals 1d10 damage – though it could deal its d8 weapon die as well. Since this is a pretty deliberate drop, the enemy would not receive a save to avoid the falling object – whether it hits or misses should be resolved with an attack roll.

Example 2: An ogre is teleported 10 feet above a halfling’s head. The halfling rolls a save to get out of the way and fails, taking 3d10 damage and falling prone. The ogre is also prone, taking 1d10 damage.

Updates

Falling

Even if you are not trained in Acrobatics, you can make a DC 15 check to hop down 10 to 15 feet safely. If you are trained, you can make a check whenever you fall to reduce damage. If you reduce the damage to zero, you are not prone at the end of the fall.

Creatures only fall 100 squares (500 feet) in a round, and get an action on their next turn if their original height was greater. If by the end of their turn they have not taken an action to fly (or some other method to stop their descent), they fall another 100 squares, and this continues each round until they land.

Creatures that fall more than 40 squares (200 feet) never take more than 20d10 damage.

Flying

Creatures without hover do not need to move to remain airborne. The only benefit granted by hover in the current rules is the ability to remain aloft even while stunned.

Creatures knocked prone in the air fall, but they reduce their effective falling distance by their fly speed, and may land safely if they descend a height equal to or less than their speed. Flying creatures subject to a fall of more than 20 squares (100 feet) may make a DC 30 Athletics check as an immediate reaction. On a success, they descend 20 squares and then stop falling.

Forced Movement

Pushing, pulling, or sliding a creature usually only allows you to move them horizontally. The only legal targets for vertical movement are flying creatures, creatures that are being moved through water or another similar substance, and creatures on an incline that can support them. This means that you can do things like pull flying targets to the ground, push monsters underwater, and slide foes up or down stairs, but you cannot bull rush an earthbound target into the air, nor pull down a creature climbing on a tree above you.

Additionally, targets teleported into any kind of hazardous terrain (including into the air so that they’ll fall) get a saving throw. If they succeed, the teleport fails.

Zones caused by powers do not count as hazardous terrain for the purpose of forced movement.

Daily Item Powers

There is no longer a limit on the number of daily item powers a given hero can use each day. Instead, we will be relying on item rarity to control power creep through magic items. See the Prestige section of the New Rules page for an explanation on how procuring Uncommon and Rare items is more difficult in the Zeitgeist campaign.

House Rules and Updates

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