Sunday, December 14, 2014

House Rule - Firearms

http://www.deviantart.com/art/It-s-a-pirate-s-life-for-me-492743027
While isolated, the cites of Langushur are more technologically advanced than many other areas of Easrae
and Wesrae. In particular, the wizards and craftsmen of the Far Shore have discovered the secrets of black powder and firearms. And a new class of warrior, the musketeer, has arisen to make use of these new-fangled weapons.

Magic users, thieves, halflings, and classes restricted to one handed weapons may use pistols. All other classes may use both pistols and muskets. Musketeers are specially trained in the use of firearms, and have certain advantages when using them as described below and in the Musketeer class description. 

At the start of the campaign, the only available firearms are matchlock pistols and muskets; other firearms may make an appearance as the campaign progresses. The matchlock firing mechanism is a lit match cord, a fuse that burns slowly. When the trigger is pulled, the match is pressed into the priming pan and the powder charge ignited to fire the gun.

Firearms
Name
Cost
Damage
Range
Weight
Pistol
75gp
1d8
25’ / 50’ / 100’
2 lb
Musket
150gp
1d8
50’ / 100’ / 200’
10 lbs


Other Equipment
Name
Cost
Weight
Powder Horn
       Holds 50 shots
5gp
1 lb (empty)

Black Powder
       10 shots
20gp
0.5 lb
Shot Bag
       100 round shot
20gp
10 lbs
Match Cord
       Per Foot
2gp
0.1 lb
Black Powder, Barrel
       1000 shots
2000gp
40 lbs


Firearms - Disadvantages

A lit match cord burns at a rate of 1 foot every 6 turns; the maximum practical lengths of match cord is 3 feet. Due to the acrid odor and light, the presence of a lit match cord will make it difficult under most circumstances to surprise an enemy. Lighting a cord takes 1d3 rounds.

Black powder weapons are prone to misfiring; the powder discharges but the ball does not fire. Misfires occur on any 'to hit' roll of 1-2 on 1d20. Damp conditions double the chance of misfire (1-4 on 1d20), while wet conditions quadruple the chance (1-8 on 1d20). The chance of misfire is halved for musketeers (1 in 20, 2 in 20 and 4 in 20, respectively). After misfiring, it takes 3 rounds to clear the firearm (2 rounds for musketeers).

Firearms take 3 rounds to reload after firing (2 rounds for musketeers).

Accuracy drops off dramatically beyond short range. 'To hit' penalty at Medium and Long Range are -2 and -3 respectively (-1 and -2 for musketeers).


Firearms - Advantages

All firearms do a base 1d8 damage. However, whenever a hit does maximum damage, the die "explodes". That is, another 1d8 is rolled, and this value added to the total damage. This continues as long as an "8" is rolled for damage.

Firearms are noted for their ability to penetrate the toughest of armor. When using firearms, ignore 5 AC points of physical protection (for example: armor, hides, thick carapace, etc) when firing at short range. Armor is treated normally at medium and long range.

The discharge of a firearm is a loud, odorous and flashy endeavor. Discharge of a firearm automatically forces a morale check for creatures with a morale of 7 or less. The first hit from a firearm will also force a morale check in any creatures. This may be the first creature hit in a group, or the first hit on an individual creature. There will be exceptions to this rule as determined by the DM.

Unlike other missile weapons, a pistol may be fired when the shooter is engaged in melee. Both pistols and muskets may be wielded as a club in melee.

Inspiration 
Lamentations of the Flame Princess "Firearms" Rules; Barrel Rider Games "Buccaneers and Bilge Rats";  BX Blackrazor "Bow, Crossbows and Guns"

Character Class - The Musketeer

http://anubisstudios.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/
Requirements: none
Prime Requisite: DEX + STR
Hit Dice: 1d8
Maximum Level: none
Fight as: Fighter
Save as: Fighter
Armor: Padded, Leather, Studded Leather, Scale Mail, Pikeman's Armor (see below). No Shield
Weapons: Any firearm. Sword (short or long), dagger, club, staff, polearm, lance/pike, spear.

The fighter may live by the sword, and the swashbuckler may thrive by relying on her agility, but the musketeer knows that the cutting edge of technology is the way to master the battlefield. Masters of black powder weapons, they wield it with deadly efficiency, leaving opponents reliant on antiquated technology flat on their backs on the battlefield.

The musketeer's prime requisites are STR and DEX. A score of 13+ in both gives a +5% XP bonus. A score of 16+ in both gives a +10% XP bonus.

Special Abilities:

Quartermasters Reward: Every musketeer starts with a single firearm of his choice (pistol or musket), plus a powder horn with 10 shots of black powder, 10 round shot, and 3 feet of match cord.


Master of Arms: The musketeer is an expert at handling firearms, and is able to do so much more efficiently and effectively than the ordinary man-at-arms. As such, the musketeer does not suffer the usual penalties associated with the use of black powder weapons (see "Firearms").  Instead, the musketeers penalties are:

           Misfire – Normal conditions (1 in 20); Damp conditions (2 in 20); Wet Conditions (4 in 20).
           Reload – 2 rounds
           Accuracy – Medium range (-1 to hit); Long range (-2 to hit)

Technological Tinkerer: Living at the cutting edge of technology, the musketeer has a deeper understanding of mechanical and technological things. When confronted with a example of technology or mechanics, he has a 2 in 6 chance of understanding it's function and purpose, repair it, operate it, or other action as appropriate and agreed upon by the DM.

Keen Shot: Almost single minded devotion to black powder weapons allows the musketeer to wield such weapons with deadly accuracy. The musketeers "to hit" with black powder firearms increases with level according to the following table:


Level
“To Hit” Bonus
1-4
+1
5-8
+2
9-12
+3
13-16
+4
16+
+5

Reaching 9th Level 

Musketeers live to dominate the battle field with their new weapons, and are therefore uninterested in settling down to hearth and home. At 9th level, the musketeer will attract 2d4x10 0 level men-at-arms who wish to learn the ways of black powder weapons. These men will form the core of the musketeers' mercenary company. Any lost through combat on the field of battle will be replaced within 1d6 months. Those lost by other means are not replaced.


Experience
Level
Hit Dice (1d8)
0
1
1
2000
2
2
4000
3
3
8000
4
4
16000
5
5
32000
6
6
64000
7
7
128000
8
8
256000
9
9
376000
10
+2hp *
496000
11
+4hp *
616000
12
+6hp *
736000
13
+8hp *
856000
14
+10hp *
976000
15
+12hp *
1096000
16
+14hp *
1216000
17
+16hp *
1336000
18
+18hp *
1456000
19
+20hp *
1576000
20
+22hp *
* Hit point modifiers from constitution are ignored

New Item - Pikemans Armor
Designed to meet the needs of the musketeer, pikeman's armor consists of a solid breastplate, open face helmet and pieces of plate that protect the upper leg (tassets). It provides better protection than lighter armors (AC6), and allows more freedom of  movement than traditional heavy armor such as plate and chain.

Cost: 65gp

Inspiration:
Barrel Rider Games "Shootist"; The OSR Library "Musketeer";  The Thirty Years War & English Civil War.