Can you play d20 without levels or classes?
Can you change a roleplaying game’s base mechanic and not change anything on the character sheets? You betchya!
What happens when you take the d20 out of the d20 System? Click below and find out…
I wrote this post two years ago but a conversation at lunch brought it up again. I thought I’d share it.
I gave a new Wicked Fantasy entry on the Open Design Podcast.
The santa vaca this time? Experience Points.
Requirements: 14 Int, Leadership Feat
You may target another combatant before he uses his action. That character must make a Reflexes check at DC 10 + your level + your Int Modifier. If they fail, you may take your action before theirs in the initiative.
Let’s try this instead. Tactics is about limiting your opponent’s choices. So, let’s work on that.
Target one opponent in a combat at the beginning of combat. That opponent may only make one action this round. Any bonus actions are cancelled.
Wicked Fantasy is a series of articles I’m co-writing with Jess (
The series begins in Kobold Quarterly #11.
It’s been a lot of fun writing with Jess. I handle about 90% of the concept and Jess tackles about 90% of the mechanics. This means, I tell Jess, "I want it to work like this," and Jess says, "No you don’t; you want it to work like this," and the suggestion he makes is 90% better than what I wanted. Jess also throws little ideas in with his mechanics that I have to find room for in the write-up.
And I can hear you asking now… what race will John and Jess tackle first?
Let’s just say, I hope to make Jared a very happy man.
(Logo provided by the ever-amazing Aaron Acevedo.)