Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Moonland NPCs

Just for you, a pair of D'Reshi magi that I have done conversion work on.

Hasseth CR 5
Male human illusionist 6
CN medium humanoid (human)
Init: +3; Senses: Perception +1
AC: 17, Touch 13, Flat footed 14 (+2 deflection, +3 Dex, +2 natural)
hp: 35 (6d6+12)
Fort: +3, Ref: +3, Will: +6
Speed: 30 ft
Melee: +1/+1 quarterstaff +2/+2 (1d6+1/1d6+1)
Special Attacks: Blinding Ray (30 ft, 7/day)
Spells Prepared (CL 6th)
3rd: Displacement (2), Hold Person (2) (DC 17)
2nd: Scorching Ray, Hypnotic Pattern (2) (DC 16), Invisibility (2)
1st: Disguise Self (2), Mage Armor, Magic Missile (2)
0: Flare, Ghost Sound, Light, Ray of Frost
Opposition Schools: Necromancy, Transmutation
Str: 10, Dex: 16, Con: 12, Int: 18, Wis: 13, Cha: 13
Feats: Brew Potion, Combat Casting, Scribe Scroll, Spell Penetration, Toughness, Two-Weapon Fighting
Skills: Appraise +13, Craft (alchemy) +13, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (geography) +13, Knowledge (Nature) +13, Survival +7, Spellcraft +13
Languages: Common, Elven, Gnoll, Gnome, Terran
SQ: Cantrips, Extended Illusions, Familiar (Raven)
Combat Gear: Bracers of Armor +2, Ring of Protection +2; other gear: +1/+1 quarterstaff, spell component bag, 25 gp
Spellbook: 0-all except necromancy and transmutation; 1st-Alarm, Charm Person, Color Spray, Identify, True Strike, Vanish; 2nd-Misdirection, 3rd-Major Image, Tiny Hut

Harresh CR 6
Female human rogue 3/sorcerer 4 (earth elemental bloodline)
CG medium humanoid (human)
Init: +3; senses: Perception +0
AC: 20, Touch 13, Flat footed 17
hp: 49 (3d8+6 plus 4d6+8)
Fort: +4, Ref: +7, Will: +7
Acid Resistance 10
Speed: 30 ft
Melee: +2 shock rapier +9 (1d6+2 plus 1d6 electrical)
Special Attacks: Elemental Ray (1d6+2 acid, 30 ft, 6/day), Sneak Attack +2d6
Spells Known (CL 4th)
2nd (4/day): Invisibility
1st (7/day): Burning Hands (acid), Disguise Self, Silent Image, Vanish
0 (at-will): Acid Splash, Dancing Lights Detect Magic, Ghost Sound, Ray of Frost, Read Magic
Str: 12, Dex: 17, Con: 14, Int: 10, Wis: 11, Cha: 17
Base Atk: +4, CMB: +5, CMD: 18
Feats: Arcane Armor Training, Arcane Strike, Combat Casting, Desert Dweller, Eschew Materials, Iron Will, Weapon Finesse
Skills: Acrobatics +13, Bluff +13, Diplomacy +13,
Languages: Common
SQ: Evasion, Trap Sense +1, trapfinding
Combat Gear: Potion of Cure Light Wounds (2); Other gear: +3 glamered mithral chain shirt; +2 shock rapier, gear and coins worth 130 gp.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Races in the Moonlands

One of the difficulties of converting Magi Nation to use with Pathfinder is the issue of races. In the CCG, little thought is given to actual racial mechanics since race is pretty much just there for flavor. A few other sources that are no longer available gave some more insight into the racial characteristics of each group, but even that does not help a great deal.  There are really two ways to handle race; one is the lazy man approach and the other is the one for people who have a lot of patience.

One way to approach the races is to try and track down the various issues of The Book of Ages, a newsletter that was released to fans and contained tidbits about the various races. This is difficult because only six issues were ever released and only one of those was released online. Once you have gathered all of these issues together then you can use the information to come up with your own stats. This is the hard way.

The simpler way is to simply look at existing races from Pathfinder and find ones the closely match the races of the Moonlands. This can also be difficult since some races, like Arderians, Narans, Orotheans, and Paradans do not really match up with any existing race in Pathfinder. However, it is possible to take a stab at this method and it is still much simpler than the other method.

As an example, Naroomese are a race that lives in the forest, believe in living in harmony with nature, and both encourage adhering to the traditions of the past while encouraging each member of society to seek their own path. These traits describe elves almost to a tee and so elves should be used to stand in for Naroomese people. On the other hand Underlings are described as a short and stocky race, quiet but fierce, technologically advanced, and most importantly an underground dwelling race. This points to dwarves as being a good stand in for Underlings.

Now the question is how do you deal with the troubling races. Looking at the Paradans, the only things that really set them apart is their green skin and their ability to swing Tarzan-style through the jungle. The green skin is entirely cosmetic and the tree swinging is something that is learned rather than inate, so as far a mechanics go we can easily treat them as humans.

Here is a list of my own suggestions for races to use in the Moonlands and which regions to use them in.

Arderial-Humans. In this case the flavor needs to be slightly rewritten so that the Arderians live in flying cities similar to the Netherse in the Forgotten Realms rather than being able to fly under their own power.
Bogarth-Originally I was going to say goblins, but I am leaning more towards gnomes instead.
Cald-Half Giants work the best for a fire resistant race.
Core-Drow probably work best for the shadow magi.
D'Resh-Again I would go with humans.
Kybar's Teeth-Again I would go with half giants since Kybarites are described as being larger than other Moonland people.
Nar-Considering the harsh climate, I have no idea for Narans. Perhaps humans would work here as well.
Orothe-I would say use the Gillman from the Guide to Absalom for the aquatic orotheans.
Paradwyn-Humans again
The Weave-Weavers are small, friendly, and homebodies, and halflings are perfect to fill in for them.

Edit: After spending some more time looking at the cards and such, I think that using one particular race to stand in for the magi from a region is a bad idea. I have seen much more variety in the art than I had first noticed. Narans and Paradwyn are the only ones that seem to maintain a consistent appearance. Instead I would treat the regions as countries and use the usual array of races.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Welcome to the Moonlands

The Moonlands is a name that may not be familiar to many of you. It was the setting of the Magi-Nation CCG that only lasted for a few years before being beat out by more well known and well funded card games. However, Magi-Nation was the only CCG that I ever got into, in part because of it's simple mechanics and the high quality art used on the cards. I was also impressed with some of the story that was used in the game. I had always wished that they would make a tabletop RPG out of the settimg, but that was a pipe dream. At least then, but no longer. Using the Pathfinder system, I will slowly be building up a resource that allows you the reader to adventure in the Moonlands and do battle with the dark forces of the core. Of course to make everything work I have to take some liberties but my hope is that you will find that the work done here will capture the spirit, if not the letter, of Magi-Nation.