GM Samy's Strange Aeons

Game Master Samy

All-female Strange Aeons with Samy's house rules. | Google Slides


All-female Strange Aeons with Samy's house rules:

--- Samy's normal house rules for every campaign ---

* Character ability scores start really weak, but grow MUCH faster than normal. You start with 63 ability score points that you may allot in any way you like, non-weighted. That means no point buy rules where higher scores cost more -- one point costs one point, whether it's an 11 or an 18. You may allot your points 10-10-10-11-11-11 or 3-3-3-18-18-18. Basically, you start with as many points as an utterly regular jane.

However, to compensate, your ability score points increase by 2 every level. So at level 4, you will have 69 ability score points. At level 8, 77 points. At level 20, 101 points (which maps out to the equivalent of a 16-17-17-17-17-17 array). Although that is just for purposes of illustration; the games I run will probably end before level 20.

There is a cap, though, and it's the same as in base Pathfinder: no ability may be higher than 18 (before racial modifiers) at levels 1-3; no ability may be higher than 19 (before racial modifiers) at levels 4-7; no ability may be higher than 20 (before racial modifiers) at levels 8-11; and so on.

* Hit dice are according to D&D 3.0/3.5. That means wizards/sorcerers have a d4 hit die and rogues have a d6 hit die. Classes that have only existed in Pathfinder will follow these guidelines and will be matched to the closest D&D class. For example, the witch, as a 9-level arcane caster with 1/2 BAB will match the wizard and sorcerer in having a d4 hit die. A lot of Pathfinder classes will probably take a hit in HD size, so brace for the worst in that regard.

* No male main PCs.. This is due to what I feel is an overrepresentation of male heroes in fantasy. I want to see ladies or non-binaries save the day. Secondary characters (such as Leadership cohorts, spiritualist phantoms et al) may be of any gender, including fully male. Players may of course be of any gender, there is absolutely no restriction on players whatsoever.

* No core races except humans. No elves, dwarves, halflings, gnomes, half-elves or half-orcs. Sorry but no. I will literally start cutting myself if I ever have to play with the races I've been inundated with for the past 30 years of this hobby. I'm done with them. Done. I'd much rather you give me something weird like a fricking vanara or tengu (although I do admit a preference for humanoid-headed characters over animal-headed, but it's not a 100% rule). Some of my favorites are aasimar, tiefling, sylph, changeling, samsaran, android and lashunta (not in that order).

--- rules specific to this campaign ---

* In addition to normal Golarion deities, you may also worship deities from the Forgotten Realms setting. Somehow, I've never really connected with the Golarion deities, so I'm expanding the pool you can draw from. Of course, the Golarion deities are normally available. FR deities' domain lists are as in their 3e writeups, but said domains function as their PF versions. 3e domains that do not have a Pathfinder version may be negotiable, ask if interested.

* Unchained Background Skills system is in use, minus Artistry and Lore.

* Three traits. One campaign trait and one any other trait is as normal. Then you have a free regional trait as well. The regional trait must specify a proper name region, not "any city" or something like that. This is to encourage and inspire geographic and cultural thinking of your character's background.

* Evil characters *are* allowed, but I am *extremely* draconian about any sort of PvP. Do not steal from your party, do not backstab your party, do not betray your party, do not do any behind-the-scenes shenanigans that will get other party members in hot water. If you can't play an Evil team player, then don't play Evil at all. If you start causing trouble for the party, I will take over control of the character. First and only warning.

* No 3rd party material. However, WotC 3.x material is worth asking about. (No Book of Nine Swords though, sorry.)