I’m an old-school D&D fan, looking to simplify my 5e game. Loving Hardcore Mode so far, but I do feel like I need some clarification regarding scope. So, my questions are:
- Are all these house rules designed to be used together? I’m leaning towards just picking up a few of them, modifying a few of the others.
- How does this paradigm think of monsters such as a lich, with CR>10, for instance? I see two ways of handling this: either digging up an old AD&D 1e retroclone and converting, or downscaling CR to a 1-10 range. That is if I don’t use it as is, in which case a lich would have AC 31, for instance, and that is a bit crazy. How to handle these monsters?
- What about the rest of the abilities these characters would get starting at level 11? Do we just toss these out or do we compress them in the new 1-10 range?
I am tempted to ignore the level 10 cap for both PCs and monsters, and just use pure HD for the monsters as well as for the PCs. Also, I think I’m with @schilcoa on removing the limit on spells and just making everything dependent on the roll, a la WFRP or RuneQuest.
Please advise, I’m really in the dark here. How do you handle these issues at your table?
(Also, should I just scrap D&D altogether and just play ICRPG?)