Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

General topics, including off-topic discussion, goes here.
User avatar
FakeHealer
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:25 pm

Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:20 am

So I have just started a group through TftLD with plans that after completion the party will move to further adventures in a small town in the Mirewoods and Chaotic Caves....
My question is this...with a quick calculation of all encounters in TftLD, giving xp for traps, and giving some bonus xp for story sections completed, I came up with an xp total of around 4700...to be split 5 ways...does this sound correct? Is the party seriously going to still be level 1 at the end of Tales from the Laughing Dragon or did I make a serious mistake in my calculations? I know I could rule xp to be whatever I wish but I would like to try sticking close to RAW since this is my group's first foray into BFRPG. Thanks in advance for any advice.
User avatar
CptClyde
Posts: 330
Joined: Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:13 am
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:29 pm

Did you add XP for treasure? just curious what that would come out to in total.
User avatar
FakeHealer
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:25 pm

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:35 pm

No, as it is an optional rule and I was looking to play without optional or house rules to start. How would that work anyway? Money is easy, gear can be sold for a certain percentage of it's worth, but magic items...I don't see a price for magic items and their sale to judge getting xp for them...how does that get counted?
User avatar
Dimirag
Posts: 2916
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:24 pm
Location: Buenos Aires (C.A.B.A.), Argentina
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:04 pm

Most GM use 1GP = 1XP
Magic items doesn't have any GP cost as probably the target game didn't have it, it also helps in letting a GM set the "magic tome" of his world.
Sorry for any misspelling or writing error, I am not a native English speaker
Drawing portfolio: https://www.instagram.com/m.serena_dimirag/
User avatar
FakeHealer
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:25 pm

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:26 pm

Really? It's an optional rule that really seems awkward, I can't imagine most people are using it when all creatures have an XP value...is it really a "most people" rule? Not being a smarta$$, just really surprised.
User avatar
Dimirag
Posts: 2916
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:24 pm
Location: Buenos Aires (C.A.B.A.), Argentina
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 7:51 am

I'm not saying its an optional rule that most GM use, but of those that use it, most use that formula as its the one used in other editions of the targeted game.

For some GMs giving XP for gold is a good way to help avoiding unnecessarily killings (and to create low and non-encounter adventures).
Sorry for any misspelling or writing error, I am not a native English speaker
Drawing portfolio: https://www.instagram.com/m.serena_dimirag/
User avatar
chiisu81
Posts: 3492
Joined: Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:05 pm

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:00 am

The Original Game used the GP=XP rule, as well as for treasure (its GP value). It helped encourage players to gain experience from something besides combat, especially as that could have a likely chance of death of one or more PCs.
User avatar
CptClyde
Posts: 330
Joined: Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:13 am
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:17 am

FakeHealer wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:26 pm Really? It's an optional rule that really seems awkward, I can't imagine most people are using it when all creatures have an XP value...is it really a "most people" rule? Not being a smarta$$, just really surprised.
Yes you may be correct that MOST people do not give XP for gold (no one I've played with ever has) but I was just interested in knowing what the XP total would look like if you did. It may help get closer to a total that you want so that people can actually level up. I personally would expect the PCs to be leveled up after that amount of adventuring.
I'm very curious to know your experiences with how it works out because I personally have been dabbling with a house rule where players can "donate" their gold back in town for XP. A little different take on the optional BFRPG rule but is a nice middle ground which forces the players to choose between riches or XP...... but I am not sure if it is balanced.
User avatar
SmootRK
Posts: 3985
Joined: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:03 am
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:12 am

A nice way to burn excess gold is by allowing characters to buy training, IE Gold to XP, but I have this take up training time (often during their downtime). Fighters and Thieves actually train in their craft in guilds, barracks, arenas, etc. Magic-Users experiment and study in labs, libraries, magic guilds, etc. Clerics will "donate", meditate, pray, etc in their church facilities. Of course, the characters need access to such facilities, which drives them to return to their town bases on occasion.

Otherwise, I do not "give" XP for gold values (whether actual cash or for gems/jewels/art/commodities), nor do I give xp for magic item values. The experience is gained by using these resources... not in the simple act of finding something.
Is it really the end, not some crazy dream?
Follow me to the Moon https://dogecoin.com/
User avatar
Solomoriah
Site Admin
Posts: 9241
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:15 pm
Location: LaBelle, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Tales from the Laughing Dragon- A Campaign

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:08 pm

For the record, I like Smoot's approach here.
My personal site: www.gonnerman.org
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests