Locked & Loaded: More Firearms for Modern Into The Odd & Similar games

I came across Cyber by Oskar Świda recently, a really neat cyberpunk version of Cairn. Since I've been playing a lot of Cyberpunk 2077 recently, and since I already made some firearms rules in the past and since I already made some new weapon tags for fantasy Into The Odd/Electric Bastionland/Cairn, I figured I'd combine … Continue reading Locked & Loaded: More Firearms for Modern Into The Odd & Similar games

Oh? You’re Approaching Me? Closing The Distance in Dungeons & Dragons Encounters

Most of my systems and posts are about adding interesting, meaningful choices to TTRPG procedures that tickle the players' sense of risk and reward. This particular system was originally written for ships at sea, but can be repurposed just as well for on-foot encounters in the wilderness - or spaceships venturing into parts unknown. This … Continue reading Oh? You’re Approaching Me? Closing The Distance in Dungeons & Dragons Encounters

Hostile Negotiations: A Conversational System for Into The Odd/Cairn

I'm a big fan of Emmy Allen's Duels in OSR rules, so I made a small adaption for it to suit a game I'm running at the moment. Image: Senat by Pascal Quidault I also love OSR tendencies to just leave out any dialogue- or social stats & mechanics, leaving it to the actual players … Continue reading Hostile Negotiations: A Conversational System for Into The Odd/Cairn

There Was A Firefight: Gunfighting Rules for Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland/Cairn

This is an attempt to bring the risk-management decisions of my Dark Souls inspired combat to a more contemporary form of fisticuffs. Be it for Old West, modern-day, cyberpunk, or sci-fi type adventures, I hope these rules give you some bang for your buck (it helps that it's free!) Image: Oscillator by Kevin Moran What … Continue reading There Was A Firefight: Gunfighting Rules for Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland/Cairn

Dodging, Blocking & Parrying in Practice

Image credits: Merciless by Vlad Marica I've started playtesting my aforementioned Dodge, Block & Parry system! I've tied it into the Weapon system as well, and it's working quite good, so far! Design Notes Fight back makes combat even more lethal, by allowing for essentially a double attack (attacking in response to the enemy => … Continue reading Dodging, Blocking & Parrying in Practice

Lightsabers, Blasters & The Force: Star Wars, But Make It Odd

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To celebrate the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi, here are some equipment rules I tinkered together for exploring a galaxy far, far way with the ruleset from Cairn/Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland! Blasters Blaster Pistols Hand Blaster. D6. 100 credits. Example: DH-17.Heavy Hand Blaster. D8. 1000 credits. Example: DL-44. Blaster Rifles Crude Blaster Rifle. Bulky, D6. 10 … Continue reading Lightsabers, Blasters & The Force: Star Wars, But Make It Odd

Time, Gear & Skill: A Different Approach To Skill Checks

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The following was written with Cairn in mind, but would work just as well for Into the Odd, Electric Bastionland and heck, D&D 5e if you're doing a complete revamp. Performing actions involves time, gear, and skill. Generally, if you have none or one of the three, a task is impossible.If you have all three, … Continue reading Time, Gear & Skill: A Different Approach To Skill Checks