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Author Topic: Crimson Escalation  (Read 1053 times)

VengerSatanis

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Crimson Escalation
« on: August 01, 2021, 10:47:54 PM »

It started with me vlogging about an all-out attack in order to end combat abruptly.  Then a guy who follows my YouTube channel and Twitter account, Rob Couture, suggested something that kind of reminded a few of us of 13th Age's escalation die in combat.  I did some thinking and laid out my version of that idea, and then finally playtested it earlier today.

Basically, it's this... every round the critical-hit range widens by one.  So, on the first round everyone crits on a natural 20.  On the second round, everyone crits on a 19 or 20.  Third round, 18-20 are crits, and so on.

From the start, I knew it had promise, and today's trial confirmed my suspicious.  It's awesome!

If you want more info, here's my blog post about it: https://vengersatanis.blogspot.com/2021/08/crimson-escalation.html

But I'd love to get more feedback, so if you want to playtest it, that's great.  Do that and let me know what you think.

Thanks,

VS

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2021, 02:48:19 AM »
Actually, I really like that idea. It's one of those ideas that makes you wonder why it wasn't widely used years ago. I'll be using that for my personal games moving forward.

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2021, 07:40:11 AM »

Sweet!  Let me know how it goes...

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 07:28:18 AM »
Very cool idea Venger!

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2021, 03:42:25 PM »

Thanks, hoss!

I went ahead and Kickstarted a standalone PDF to officially codify Crimson Escalation throughout the d20 universe.  $1 gets you the PDF.

Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/crimson-escalation

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2021, 03:47:06 PM »

Thanks, hoss!

I went ahead and Kickstarted a standalone PDF to officially codify Crimson Escalation throughout the d20 universe.  $1 gets you the PDF.

Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/crimson-escalation
Wow, you reached your goal in record time! With more than $100 raised, your stretch goals should be suitable impressive. What are you thinking? An extra bloodstain on page 2?

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2021, 08:22:36 AM »

Two extra bloodstains!

Haha, I do have a stretch goal if we reach $1k, it's a top-ten list of things to do to get, keep, and/or improve immersion.

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2021, 02:08:51 PM »

I made a rough draft visual aid that can be printed-out (eventually) and used to keep track of what round it is and corresponding crit range:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/crimson-escalation/posts/3287210

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2021, 12:09:26 PM »
Update where I answer the most important question... what makes Crimson Escalation exciting, realistic, and fun?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/crimson-escalation/posts/3289979

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Re: Crimson Escalation
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2021, 05:05:44 PM »

The "visual aid" tracker can be seen in this KS update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/crimson-escalation/posts/3294165

Lots of opinions on this one, and I'm not surprised.  Visually, it's not really like anything else I've commissioned...