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Making Craft Work (PFRPG) PDF

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Do you wish the rules for the Craft skill made sense? Do you wish it were possible to craft equipment and still have time to adventure? Well, your wishes are our commands!

Making Craft Work presents a new system for the Craft skill that uses complexity rather than price to determine how long it takes to finish an item. This is an 8-page, black-and-white PDF.

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Shadow Lodge

+1 to the review. I am definitely replacing the core craft making rules with this new rule set in all of my campaigns. I have some players who want to do more crafting but some of the absurdly long craft times make it impractical.

The time may not be realistic, but the cost still keeps the relative worth of items balanced. If players do begin abusing the craft rules, I think the easier tweak is to up the component cost.

It is a well done pdf.


Thanks, Tordek! Always nice to hear positive feedback. :)

Cheliax

Only one thing: Making an item from adamant or mithril shouldn't add +4 to the dc, if you want it to be masterwork, because items from adamant or mithril are always considert Masterwork.

But aside from that, i like the new rules very much.


jan schwindowski wrote:

Only one thing: Making an item from adamant or mithril shouldn't add +4 to the dc, if you want it to be masterwork, because items from adamant or mithril are always considert Masterwork.

But aside from that, i like the new rules very much.

Thank you!

The additional +4 for the masterwork is intended to apply to any masterwork item, even those that are required to be masterwork, such as mithral armor.


Very nice alternate crafting system!

One question: If I fail the crafting check but don't waste any materials, do I get a bonus to my next check since presumably some of the work is already done? (It seems counter-intuitive to me that I could spend a week working on a suit of armor and still have the same chance at finishing it the second week as the first, even though I've been working on it for a week and haven't wasted any of my initial materials.)

Also, it strikes me that if I fail the DC by 10 or more I should ruin more of my initial materials, even if I'm not using Alchemy...

I'm going to be using this system in all of my games going forward, just wondered about the price of failure...


Doskious Steele wrote:
One question: If I fail the crafting check but don't waste any materials, do I get a bonus to my next check since presumably some of the work is already done?

Hmm. Interesting question. I'd not thought of that. I can see the answer going either way. If a player asked, I'd be inclined to allow a +2 bonus for the second attempt. I'm a firm believer that +2/-2 circumstance modifiers are great ways to facilitate player insight and creativity.

As far as failing by 10 or more having additional consequences outside Craft (alchemy), that's not unreasonable. I didn't even consider it. I guess I just like it when things explode. :)

Thanks for the input!

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games


Just downloaded this. Love the price. Love the elegance of it. Love the flexibility of it.

Please says you have a magic item version of this.


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ItoSaithWebb wrote:
Please says you have a magic item version of this.

"I have a magic item version of this." I don't really, but since you asked so nicely.... :)

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games


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Just posting this here is as well because the forums went wonky again.

Spes Magna Mark wrote:


Glad you liked it. I've not really looked to in-depth at the magic item creation rules for PF. What problems do you see with them?

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games

Well where do I begin. The system is still a legacy hold over from 3.X should I say more? Just kidding. The only change was that there was no longer an XP lost for creating an item.

The first problem: Time

This is similar to crafting regular items. The problem is that no matter what a caster or artificer can never make more than 1,000 gp worth of items in one day. They also basically say that an magical artisan (crafter) can not work more than 8 hours at a time on a magical item but does not take in the fact that some artisans might be able to endure more than others.

Second Problem: Ignores the power of the artisan
It makes no room for the skill, his stats or character level of the artisan character.

Third Problem: Not flexible and costly
Spell are the primary component in creating the item which is problem because players often get locked into the idea that they are locked into using only those effects. Now they do say that the spell are only a guide line and that it is up for interpretation, mainly by the GM.

What if I just wanted to create a magical cigarette lighter that I could always use unlimited? This item would not be super powerful and is mostly for flavor but you can start fires of course with it. The only way to do this is to make it have unlimited charges of prestidigitation which by RAW would make a light be around (500 something gold) that is a really expensive lighter.

Last Problem: Personal Cost

Magic Item creation has always been a problem area in D&D since 1st edition. Back in 1st and 2nd edition you were required to give up a point of Constitution, permanently. That was real harsh.

In 3.X you had to give up permanently your experience points which also didn't make sense and caused all sorts of problems with their system.

In Pathfinder, there is no personal cost which means that a level 5 Artificer could easily set up shop and make items forever and never need to go on adventures. BTW the ToS artificer, stay away from that train wreck, he is OP in my opinion, good flavor though.

This last problem has always been on my mind as of late as I have always been interested in the character who makes the magic items. I do believe that their should be a personal cost and so far my idea is centered around the temporary loss of ability scores, primarily at least two of the physical ones: Strength and Constitution. I could see this solving the whole time problem because this would allow you to push yourself to your limits but you have to rest in a major way afterwards or have magic help restore your ability loss which can cost the group.

These are just some of the problems that I have had with magic item creation that I can remember at this time.


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I agree with 99% of everything ItoSaithWebb said here.

In 3.x there was a web enhancement for PHB II that provided some methods of getting around the XP problem by allowing other characters to donate XP specifically for the purpose of item creation. We adopted that early on, so that a PC could always pay the GP and XP cost for creating any items he wanted made, and also donate a portion of the cost for any items created for the benefit of the party as a whole, such as healing wands.

Pathfinder did make one small change beyond dropping the XP cost: scrolls of less than 250gp (I think?) value now only require 2 hours to scribe. Inexplicably, you're still only allowed to make one/day.


Food for thought about magic items. Thanks. I'm not sure if I'd tackle an alternate system. That'll require some thought and planning. I am, however, working an alternate system for metamagic feats. :)

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games


Spes Magna Mark wrote:

Food for thought about magic items. Thanks. I'm not sure if I'd tackle an alternate system. That'll require some thought and planning. I am, however, working an alternate system for metamagic feats. :)

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games

You know the way that you did the non-magic crafting items I could see something similar in addition to what I suggested.


Pathfinder Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Picked this one up today, and other than a few changes I think that I will sooner use this than the simple rule that I was using in my game before (not to do the SP to GP conversion, just work in GP). While this is more complex as a separate rule, I think it is easier to deal with than the normal crafting rules.

Picked up the Action Point one too, since I am putting those back into home game. Thanks for nice products, hope you like the couple of quarters I dropped your way.


ItoSaithWebb wrote:
You know the way that you did the non-magic crafting items I could see something similar in addition to what I suggested.

I'll consider it. No promises beyond that. I'm firmly convinced that if I can't get what I think is a good handle on a topic, I'm better off leaving it alone. :)

Barator wrote:
Thanks for nice products....

You're welcome. :)

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games

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My group loves these new rules, though, inexplicably, three out of four of the players who have Craft have Craft Alchemy (with two of them being poison makers). We figured that the DC for the poison determined the amount of time it took to make the poison.

Just one change that I'm making for it: Fullplate (and similar armors) are in the very complex category, taking a minimum of two weeks to make. Why? Fullplate is tailormade for the person, requiring measuring, balancing, and adjusting.


Sect: Glad the rules are working for you. And, I agree with your rational for the full plate change. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was a simple set of rules that could be easily tweaked to account for the DM preferences and insights.

Mark L. Chance | Spes Magna Games


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I just picked this up to add to my houserules list for my campaign (under development). Not sure when I will run it with my gaming group, as it still has a long ways to go.

My question is if you had thought anymore about a similar system for the magic item crafting. I was looking at Ito's comments above and was turning the notion over in my mind. The last two campaigns I've played in has seen the craft rules butchered and in the current one, one of the players is playing the ToS Artificer and milking it for everything it is worth. First I am outlawing the class in my campaign, but on the other hand, I'd like the magic item creation rules to make a bit more sense too.

Thanks for the nice product.


Sethvir wrote:
My question is if you had thought anymore about a similar system for the magic item crafting.

Doh! I completely missed this post! Mea culpa maxima.

I've received several requests for magic item crafting rules. I still haven't put any real effort into them. Perhaps I should take the hint.


Thanks for the review, Ringtail! :)


Thank you for the rules. My group loves them.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

One thing to maybe consider is requiring a roll/week for each +1 bonus of an item.
Say my character wanted to craft a +4 Strength bonus composite longbow. It would take him 5 weeks to build it (one week for the base +0 strength bow plus one week for each additional +1 strength bonus).
Thereby using your Full Plate (+9 armor bonus) analogy it would take an armorer 9 weeks to build (as opposed to just your one). Quite a long time I know but far shorter than if you had used the original craft rules. Unfortunately this would only work for items that grant a tangible bonus. for other items I believe your rules would work just fine.
Just my 2 coppers worth.


Vanulf Wulfson wrote:
One thing to maybe consider is requiring a roll/week for each +1 bonus of an item....

Thanks, Vanulf. I'll cut and paste this into my Improvement Ideas text file.

Mortagon and leo1925: Thanks for the reviews! :)


I can't help but feel like the last reviewer missed the purpose of the product.


Yep, I think so, too. Besides, the original raft rules aren't realistic either... Oo


Nods.

Usable > realistic; anyway.


CrankyRWMage: Thanks for the review!

CrankyRWMage wrote:
Gold is harder to smelt than silver, impurities in gold show up far more quickly than in silver. this is one reason why gold is more valuable. (example one thus isn't broken). Plate armor would take Six months to make in the real world. try it. (example two, not broken) making a box is easier than making a crowbar. try it. (example three, not broken)

Example one doesn't say a thing about smelting, but is rather about casting via a mold. Regarding example 2, I never said that the system was realistic. In fact, I said the exact opposite, and that this was a feature, not a bug. With example 3, it's not a box versus a crowbar. It's a DC 15 "high-quality box" versus a DC 10 crowbar, with the more complicated item getting done first. That an item with the higher DC gets finished faster than the item with the lower DC -- with all else being equal -- makes no sense.

I understand your expectations didn't match my final product. That happens. No one can be all things to all people.

But it did seem fair to note that three out of three of your counterpoints do not actually address what I wrote.

Again, thanks for the review.


Replaces one over simplified obtuse crafting system with another one, some things are fixed and it is admittedly better than the old system it still has flaws.

Taldor

I'm looking at addressing size by shifting the complexity by 1 for each size difference -1. Thus a human can make a small longword just like a medium one, but a tiny longsword is more difficult. Likewise if the item is very big or small the shift is size difference -2. This covers issues like big ships in a more systematic way. Building something big for big folks gets both shifts.
The complexity chart then extends by x2 time, +2 DC for each additional complexity level.
I'm considering masterwork and special materials should also be shifts for consistency.
One missing modifier is the use of a workshop to assist in crafting i.e. beyond using masterwork tools. I'm considering ln(workshop cost) -3 bonus. (Yes that's a natural log function) or you could just approximate with a table.

Silver Crusade

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I've been using this system in Kingmaker for mundane item creation and as written it works pretty great and the players understood it right away.


There never fails to be a good opportunity to pimp this product.


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Regarding Poison: Do you just use the DC of the poison as normal? Do you add the complexity modifier to that DC? Are there suggested guidelines for the complexity of poison?


Cheapy: I'm generally for whatever works with the least amount of work. I'd probably be in favor of just using the poison's DC, perhaps adding complexity to it if a player wanted to modify the baseline poison.

But I'm not sure.

I have considered digging out and updating the rules I wrote for poison crafting for Fantasy Flight Games's Traps & Treachery, but I've not gotten much writing done at all since my heart attack. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon, but I have a couple of projects to finish before I even start to think about revisiting Making Craft Work.


It's been a while since I've noted how awesome this PDF is. After many months of use...the rules still work amazingly well.

Shadow Lodge

I picked this up since I noticed it takes over a year to make myself an adamantine scimitar, and the rules don't allow for my plan of 'let me make you guys some mithral chain shirts as back-up armor'. I'm going to have to throw together a list of DC modifiers for new alternate materials at some point! With the Tech Guide adding skymetals, and Ultimate Equipment adding a bunch more, plus primitive materials. I'll have to take a look at how these rules interact with the Alchemist; fortunately, I believe UE has a list of DCs for the alchemical equipment in there, so the complexity list is only needed for crafting times, and that's before the alchemist gets their nifty crafting abilities.

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