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Altering pacifism -hindrance in your games

Pacifism hindrance

Pacifism is a type of hindrance/disadvantage/flaw that works very differently in different types of games. In most games I play or run, no-one would take the pacifism unless there's a work-a-round against it's limitations - and I can't blame anyone for that, as these games usually have at least one combat each session, and usually everyone's most eagerly waiting for those combats! And they often are the most exciting parts of a game session.

Beasts & Barbarians S8: Kyros

Fire! The tavern is burning!

The campaign continues after a half-year party! Falchor's player has left the game and a new player has entered the game. Godzul's player wasn't present and Falchor was looking for Godzul (who apparently was arrested for Drunken hooliganism, just like Doris - together they had somehow become owners of an tavern!). The group met near the marketplace where an execution was about to take place.

Beasts & Barbarians S9: Kyros

Delivering the ransom on a bridge at midnight

Situation continues where the heroes are watching the bridge where they are supposed to give the ransom for Zira, the barmaid. Kylis's player was late, Tereis and Würful moved to the other side of the river (poorer part of the town) while Doris waited on their own side of the bridge for the midnight. Würful spent some time in tavern but made both his smart and vigor check to be at the scene in time and in a good condition. Godzul's and Sonam's players weren't present. Some of the group wondered if not-so-bright -looking Gor could really have devised Zira's kidnapping.

Beasts & Barbarians: Session 3 - The Oasis Fortress

Temple in the middle of the fort - something's horribly wrong

Session starts where the previous one ended - the group is attacked by a patrol from the mercenary fortress. A fight that was meant as a warmer took surprisingly long, due to standard start-of-session circumstances as our little girl is still up, constantly climbing to my lap and keeping my wife (who's playing Doris) occupied. Also, damage rolls were very low. You'll find the photos related to each chapter after the text.

Beasts & Barbarians: Session 7 - Death of a Tyrant finale

Cave of chrystals and stalagmites

Spoilers warning! This session actually reminded me of my Ptolus 4E campaign, with a difference of things happening instantly instead of calculating helpless villain's hitpoints from thousands to zero. But let's start from where the heroes ended the last session, running away from a horde of snake men in the ruined city of Quollaba. They ran down the hill and hid in a building, and everyone was able to jump to the roof of an adjacent building from the balcony when the creatures finally found them.

Beasts and Barbarians: Death of a Tyrant, parts II & III

Water, blessed water!

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the adventure! As we were playing in the middle of the week and were able to start closer to 9pm, we weren't able to get very far this time; This was the first session with no combats, we started right after a combat against captain Nekerios and finished when a group of crystal spirits pulled themselves out of spears they were impaled to and rushed towards Tereis and Doris. I'll post the next session in this post too as I run it before being able to post this... But let's start from the beginning.

Character creation: Flaws make the character

"My character is ready. What? Oh, I need to get some flaws to pay off all the extra stuff I've already picked. But my character is perfect... Now, what flaws would have least effect on my character?"

Sounds familiar? All too familiar to me. Most of my players want to think of all those munchkiny statistics and features first, and then, if the system has a mechanism for negative features (flaws, hindrances, disadvantages, whatever they are called), they try to find something that doesn't hinder their character. I confess, I'm guilty of that too.

Character gallery

I have brought here pictures and descriptions of some characters I have played. However, a great amount of pictures are quick sketches or they have disappeared somewhere with old GM's so there are only few pictures on this page.

Duchess Dania Applehill



Dania began her 'career' as an adventurer, desiring for fame, glory and experiences. Those she found unexpectedly when she revealed and nullified a plan to  assasinate the king.