INTEREST CHECK- An inquiry into a possibility for a Lycanthrope Campaign.


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Sovereign Court

So, This is Just going to be an interest thread at the moment, I do have quite a bit going on at the moment, and opening another campaign right now is gonna not be very good for me.

However, It's possible I could do something in the future (at least in the next 2 weeks)

So, I have the feeling to play a campaign either with your PC as Lycanthrope, or hunting said creatures and possibly becoming one.

It's rare that a campaign has Lycanthrope within them then have that be an integral part, or allow being a lycan without the whole alignment change.
What I'd want from this is either a short to mid length game where your characters have to adapt to the changes within them, or if they are hunters kill Lycanthrope only to discover some hidden third party (possibly something controlling or making more lycans.)

Now if I do something like this it will be very classic Transylvanian. Spooky forests and dark castles. Infact I might just set this within the ravenloft world(one of my favorite worlds) To add to the atmosphere. After all since ravenloft isn't a whole world I could add pretty much anything I wanted to it. Who says a villian in Gallorian hasn't done something worthy of Ravenloft?

So, for now it's just an interest check to see if many people would want to do something like this, as well as any suggestions on systems, Alternative rules, Character ideas(but not aliases quite yet), or possibly offers to do something like this and offer me a spot as a player (gods know I'd rather play this game than DM it.)

Also this game will likely have guns, after all silver bullets are a staple of the genre.


Very interested DM waz up,

I love the idea of being a 'hunter' in a classic setting. Would you go late 19th century (Penny dreadful comes to mind) or would you do early 20th century (aka 'the Mummy') The good one, not that mess with Tom Cruise. or would you go modern (like 'Underworld')?

As far as systems or setting, I've never played in the 'ravenloft world' If you want a slightly less 'high fantasy setting' I like the old 'd20 modern' rules; but they doesn't seem to be very popular.


Interested in playing Lycanthropes. I don't mind the idea of "a hunter of his/her own kind".

System: I mainly know Pathfinder/DnD 3.5 (for the D20 ones), and older RuneQuest/BRP.

Setting: would't mind Golarion or Ranvenloft, or settings like those (and/or "Trnasylvanian).

Wouldn't mind if you decided to use an AP instead.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Pathfinder could be neat, the area of Ustalav is pretty perfect for a game like this. I had a gm once who used the skinwalker race as a playable lycanthrope-he took the feat "bat shape" and basically applied it to all skinwalkers for their respective animals. It worked pretty well, actually.


Definitely interested as well at either being the hunter or hunted.

@DM Waz Up? - Have you looked at the Horror Adventures rules? Some of those could be interesting ideas as well...


As far as system goes, I’d prefer to stick to Pathfinder, but in that case I’d be interested.

Sovereign Court

I apologise for my silence, as I said in my first post, Life isn't going very well for me so opening this game isn't going to be a good idea untill I get a stable schedule.

Now, to awnser some questions, I'd likely use Pathfinder, but set it into a more Van Hellsing set-up.

If I do do a game like this(possibly in the future, no time soon) I'll probably pull some rules from a few different systems... I actually haven't seen any if the rules from horror adventures, mostly because I don't have the book. I heard they have a good system for insanity and may make a foray I to that if I have the time.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Sounds very intriguing. If you do it (and I had bandwidth), I think I’d prefer to see PF Rules with any appropriate house rules or rules-grafting you deem appropriate. I’d definitely recommend a look at Horror Adventures. It restructures the fear system, too, into something much more appropriate for a Gothic Horror campaign.


Lycanthropes are fun. Running a skinwalker bloodrager with shapeshifter bloodline in a campaign right now. So the mechanics are certainly there.

Rather than make up new rules, an easy way to do it is this:

All players must be a skinwalker. This gives control over what kind of lycanthrope they want to be. Extra points for playing a lycanthrope Class (ie: mooncursed barbarian, lycanthropy cursed Oracle, shapeshifter bloodrager, shifted, feral hunger, etc)


Would prefer PF rules, but you might want to use some of 3.5 as well.

Sovereign Court

Well with the recent addition if the Shifter class(from the new ultimate wilderness), I think it might be a good idea to do something like this.

Honestly, I was thinking of limiting the type of Lycanthrope to a select few, and not allowing stuff like the wereraptor or weresharks because they don't fit the theme.

Otherwise I would change some things like how they have their Alighnment changed simply by being a werewolf. It has always been my veiw that monsters have choice just as much as a player what Alighnment they want to be, and limiting a red dragon to only evil is like saying goblins can't learn to do good either.


Were-Corgi..


Were-Donkey


DM waz up? wrote:

Well with the recent addition if the Shifter class(from the new ultimate wilderness), I think it might be a good idea to do something like this.

Honestly, I was thinking of limiting the type of Lycanthrope to a select few, and not allowing stuff like the wereraptor or weresharks because they don't fit the theme.

Otherwise I would change some things like how they have their Alighnment changed simply by being a werewolf. It has always been my veiw that monsters have choice just as much as a player what Alighnment they want to be, and limiting a red dragon to only evil is like saying goblins can't learn to do good either.

Their stats while transformed could also be an issue with the way it works in PF.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

With all of these things put together it is important to keep an eye on things that are considered polymorph effects.

Sovereign Court

Yes, although I know that the shape changing ability of lycans isn't polymorph. It's a supernatural ability meaning that technically it isn't a spell, allowing them to persist in Anti-magic fields and preventing dispels. This also means that one can't simply change them back to humans with spells that do so.

Infact, I don't even believe reveal true form would work on them, after all once the curse has altered them who is the real one in charge, the wolf or the man?

Lycanthropy is a strange topic when it comes to that, but they are considered shapechanger and gain all the benefits from that...


Oh chance to play a wereboar, yes I think so.


Lycanthropes

I run an all Lycanthrope game. Here are the rules I ended up using for the PCs. There are still some questions now and again but the rules have been working for us so far.

Good luck with Recruitment DM Waz Up! :-)

Sovereign Court

Thanks for that Shadow,

But honestly I'm in quite a few games that I'd like to keep running and am desperately trying to keep running, so if I do something for this it will likely be a small group with light posting requirements. Infact I might do something like a 1-3 Group. Focusing on the interaction of them with each other and the world around them.

Another thing, if I do do a game like this it will likely be based in either Gallorian or Ravenloft, depending on how I feel as well as to the interest of folks who want to do this. Another thing I could actually start the game off in gallorian and move it to ravenloft, because that's how it works. A dark lord pulling the party into ravenloft with him by accident, as they're granted his/her realm.

I think that might be interesting...


I'm always looking to play lycans. :)


Well, I do have a weretiger monk character I've always wanted to use...

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