Friday, June 20, 2014

Simplifying and Condensing

In designing the core rules for Saga of the Splintered Realm, one trick is finding the most economical, simple and intuitive way to present information. For example, I cut two pages of treasure rules down to one page tonight, and didn't lose a single thing. In fact, it's now a little cleaner and easier to remember:


Monetary Treasure

Roll 1d20 + CL, target 15. If successful, the creature has monetary treasure. For the value of the treasure, roll 2d10 and multiply the result by the value multiplier (see below). Convert this to a value in silver coins.

Magical Treasure

Roll 1d20 + CL three times. Natural 20s do not automatically succeed.
·      First roll: target 20. If successful, the creature has one instance of minor magical treasure.
·      Second roll: target 25. If successful, the creature has one instance of moderate magical treasure.
·      Third roll: target 30. If successful, the creature has one instance of major magical treasure.

Experience and Treasure by Monster Challenge Level

CL
XP Value
Multiplier
CL
XP Value
Multiplier
0
5
(Roll 1d10)
11
1,750
X85
1
10
X1
12
2,000
X100
2
25
X2
13
2,500
X125
3
50
X3
14
3,000
X150
4
100
X5
15
3,500
X175
5
250
X10
16
4,000
X200
6
500
X20
17
4,500
X225
7
750
X35
18
5,000
X250
8
1,000
X50
19
5,500
X275
9
1,250
X60
20
6,000
X300
10
1,500
X75
21+
(+500 per)
(+25 per)