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Light City #3 - The Amazon

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The battle continues in Light City!

We try to be timely here in the city, so this was a class that just had to come along!  Add it to your superheroic gaming using the excellent Swords & Wizardry Light ruleset, or use it in fantasy games with little's pretty simple, but should also be pretty familiar.  We know you may not visit Light City for all of your four-color roleplaying, but we do hope you'll stop by now and then!

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Royce R June 27, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Hi Jonathan,

The Amazon as presented is a good, solid entry but it's a shame you have to stick to public domain heroes. Venus, Big Bang Comics' Wonder Woman pastiche, could have added the following:

Level 4, Phalanx: By holding her armored bracelets before her face and concentrating, the Amazon creates an AC 2[17] force-field that will shield three human-sized beings for two rounds. This could be substituted for the Gift of the Ancients.

Level 7, Siren Song of Life: The Amazon sings a song of four rounds duration. At the end of the four rounds all listeners have been healed of 2d6 damage OR had all non-magical diseases and poisons neutralized.

Of course, as GM my tweaking is law, but do you think this would unbalance the game?
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Jonathan L June 28, 2017 10:33 pm UTC
Hi Royce! Balance is kind of overrated anyway, isn't it? Those look good to me. (I guess as long as you don't have someone repeatedly Phalanxing and keeping any real action from taking place...!)

I love what they do at Big Bang Comics, by the way!
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Royce R June 29, 2017 3:25 am UTC
Hi Jonathan,

Actually, balance means a lot to me. Thank the Lord for the OSR movement; I stayed out of gaming a long time because it seemed everyone was trying to run a god at 1st level. You know the type:

If you consider Excalibur a decent back-up weapon...

If what you call "Improved Continual Light" other people call "Sunrise"...

If you can skydive butt-naked from outer space and walk away from the landing...

If the gods ask YOU what's going to happen today...

If you consider your dad multi-classed because he works two different jobs to keep you in gaming materials...

You might be a munchkin.

Phalanx was originally meant to give the Amazon and two teammates or civilians time to rally their thoughts or powers or to get behind physical cover as needed. If it were used in the manner you suggested I should think it would call down divine punishment for acting in an un-Amazon-like...See more
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Jonathan L June 29, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Ha! I see what you mean on balance. You nailed it, though, with your thought on divine punishment...I think there's very little a good GM can't work around with the appropriate handicaps.

With that said, I definitely strive for some balance in these classes. I was careful with the Elemental's flight, for example, because I know that flying is typically considered VERY powerful in fantasy RPGs, and I want to keep in the SWL vein. In practice, though, if it gets out of hand, a ceiling of deadly lasers 10 feet off the ground isn't too hard to throw into an adventure...
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