If you’re knowledgeable of D&D, into RPGs, and just like opining, lend me your eyes while I iron out this homebrew campaign I’m planning on.
I’ll start with the “races”. A term I hate but “species” doesn’t roll off the tongue as well. Too many esseses.
The stats will be the usual D&D six of STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and CHA. I was thinking of adding back Comeliness (Your physical looks) as a sort of first impression stat and as an alternate to the CHA stat if you want to play pretty but dumb. Also to have looks be the basis of Bard skills instead of CHA. This might be a commentary on modern celebrity. I’m not married to the idea yet.
As for the races, the idea that the players would be given a template and they get to fill out the blanks themselves. Their species. The gods they worship. The names of their lands. The culture’s history. Their kings/queens/presidents. All that stuff.
The templates are based on the D&D races jst for the sake of making it work with the system better while hopefully avoiding making it OP. Here they are;
The Sturdy Tech Guys
Likes making things. Be it steampunk machinery or broadswords that can cleave a mountain.
+2 to either CON or INT. One racial ability that all their people are born with. (This will be subject to GM approval.)
–This category includes humans.–
They Who Take Delight In The Simple Things
Likes sunny days, second breakfast, or long walks among the treetops.
+2 DEX or +2 CHA (or Comeliness if used). One racial ability.
Proud Warrior People
Likes sunny days. It makes the blood of their fallen enemy sparkle.
+2 to one of the physical stats. One racial ability.
Likes 01001001 00010111 1011100.
+2 Con. +2 natural AC.
The Impossible Without Magic People
Likes chatting with elder gods. Being born with something extra that would kill their mothers if not for c-sections.
+2 on any mental stat. One racial.
That’s just the basics. I probably will leave the classes and backgrounds untouched. I might add a couple of things from 13th Age like the social role dice (“Does the Kingdom of Ants like or hate you?” sort of thing) and things to speed up combat.
Now, if you’d be so kind, please tell me where I broke it. I’ll add more as I figure out more.