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Birthright Random Events Table for ACKS

Many people utilize the Oriental Adventures random event tables for domain level play. Often it’s asked if a similar table exists set up for non-Eastern settings. I’ve never seen anyone mention it but there exists a very similar table in the BIRTHRIGHT campaign setting book. I decided to adapt the rules in the book to ACKS. Let me know if the numbers seem right.



ROLL 2d10

2 Blood Challenge
A challenger comes to claim the PC’s domain on the basis of hereditary right. Roleplay.

3 Assassination
An attempt is made on the PC’s life. Roleplay.

4 Festival
The PC’s presence is required at a public event – wedding, ritual, etc.The PC must spend 1d6x2000gp on gifts and arrangements or risk offending an important figure.

5 Feud
Two families within the PC’s domain become involved in a blood feud. Domain morale is penalized by -1 until the PC deals with the issue (reaction roll).

6 Natural Event
1d6: 1-5 means a disaster, 6 means an unexpected boon.
Disaster: Roll 1d6. 1-3 small (loss of 2gp per family), 4-5 major (loss of 2d6gp per family), 6 catastrophe (domain loses all income for the month).
Boon: PC gains 1d6 additional income per family.

7 Diplomatic Matter
A diplomat from another realm wishes to meet with the PC. Roll reaction and roleplay.

8 Corruption/Crime
The PC’s income is reduced by 1d3 per family until dealt with.

9-12 No Event

13 Monsters
A monster attacks the domain. The PC must deal with the monster or suffer cumulative -1 to morale until it is dealt with.

14 Brigandage
The PC’s income is reduced by 1d6 per family (minimum 1gp) and morale reduced by cumulative -1 until the brigands are dealt with.

15 Trade Matter
1d6: 1-5 problem, 6 boon.
Problem: PC loses 1d6gp per family in income for the month.
Boon: PC gains 1d6gp per family in income for the month.

16 Intrigue
Morale is reduced by cumulative -1 per month until the intrigue is dealt with.

17 Unrest or rebellion
Morale of the domain is immediately reduced by -1 as malcontents spread unrest.

18 Matter of Justice
The peasants of the PC’s realm demand justice in the form of a constitution, greater democracy, etc. The PC can either ignore the request (suffering a -1 to morale) or offer a solution (reaction roll; 2-5 -1 morale, 6-8 no change, 9-12 +1 morale, Cha and prof.s apply).

19 Great Captain/Heresy
A great peasant hero rises to contest the PC’s right to rule the domain. One hex per month of the PC’s domain generates no income until the problem is dealt with. Assassinating or arresting the hero immediately sets morale to -4 (rebellious).

20 Magical Event
A miscellaneous magical event occurs. GM’s choice. Roleplay.



Grey Matter-inspired classes for ACKS

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Here are three classes I made for ACKS which were inspired by the Grey Matter retroclone. Grey Matter is a retroclone by the person behind Taxidermic Owlbear ( which also hosts the giant comprehensive list of retroclones. Grey Matter is pretty cool in that it is a simple OD&D-alike with a billion options for races, classes, spells, monsters, etc. So it’s a 400+ page rulebook that’s all simple options rather than complex rules.

Anyway, I took inspiration from three classes in Grey Matter – the Bishop (warlord/cleric), Inquisitor (assassin/cleric), and Mystic (mage/cleric) – to build the classes here. The Mystic name is obviously already taken for ACKS, and a multiclass mage/cleric is already done in one way via the Nobiran Wonderworker, so I decided to turn my class into a human wonderworker for those who don’t want to use the Nobiran for whatever reason. Hope you enjoy.

Solo Play Report: A Cacaw, Resounding

I have been experimenting with various ways to combine the seasonal structure of the King Arthur Pendragon RPG with various flavors of D&D. Most recently I’ve been taking shots at a solo campaign using a combination of ACKS character and class creation, Scarlet Heroes solo play rules, and An Echo Resounding domain play in a sort of seasonal structure. The way the game plays out – three seasons of domain play seasoned with roleplaying hooks, with a yearly dungeon crawl – reminds me of the underrated SNES classic ActRaiser, which was an innovative game in the way it combined Civ-like management with platforming sections.

Here’s a little writeup of the first in-game year of my campaign so far.


NKRUMA is a 22-year-old noble lord of the tengu aerie Lacklito, high in the Western Mountains. Lacklito has been a troubled town for the past several years for several reasons. Like most tengu aeries, Lacklito is run by a combination of a noble lord and a elder council, who often come into conflict. The council of Lacklito is steadfastly dedicated to scholarly pursuits, and confident that their high mountain location will safeguard the town from all threats. Nkruma, however, knows better, as his days as an adventurer have introduced him to a number of potential hazards in the mountains, orcs being the least of the town’s worries.

Lvl. 5 Tengu aerie guardian / Lvl. 1 Champion (25,000xp)

4M / 2W / 2S
Origin: Religious Community (+2 Social)
The aerie was founded by tengu who all share veneration of a particular air spirit.
Activity: Educational Tradition (+2 Wealth)
The aerie has a traditional focus on scholarly pursuits.

One of the biggest potential resources for the aerie is a nearby spring of geomantically-infused water which would be perfect for making powerful potions and elixirs, and could be sold to humanoids off the mountain at a premium. However, the tengu commoners consider the land to be sacred and the council refuses to budge on the issue. Nkruma considers it to be vitally important to harvest the water and use it to build better defenses for the town. (Resource – Type: Sorcerous Materials +2 Wealth  – Obstacle: Tabboo Land 4)

Another potential resource is the nearby abandoned human settlement which was destroyed by orc raids a generation ago. Powerful magical materials are said to be contained below the town, but it is infested with spirits of the slaughtered humans and harvesting the materials is impossible. (Ruin – Type: Abandoned Town / Forgotten Sorcery +2 Wealth – Obstacle: Tidespawn 4)

The biggest threat to the town is the demonic cult which lairs in the caves nearby. They have set up a gate and call demons regularly into this world, only to set them loose into the mountains. The threat of demonic attack and even just mundane raids from the cult are becoming greater all the time, though the tengu council insists the cult is just a bunch of upstart magicians. (Lair – Type: Tidespawn Infestation)



Nkruma meets with the tengu council and explains his desire to raise an army to defend the town and expand its borders. The councilmen are skeptical, especially the elder. The council considers an army to be against the nature of the tengu of Lacklito, who are a scholarly, meditative folk. While Nkruma’s personal military reputation is sufficient to gather recruits willing to fight, the funds give him some trouble initially, though he eventually gathers enough to pay a unit of pikemen. The social barrier is too great however, and he doesn’t manage to train the soldiers before the end of spring.


Nkruma decides to go on a summer raid against a nearby orc lair in order to gather treasure and demonstrate his ability to defend the town if necessary. He knows the orcs lair in the dungeon of an abandoned castle nearby, so he goes to explore it. After wandering through the tunnels for a while, he comes upon four bizarre creatures in one of the hallways – four long snakes with shells like snails, pearly white. They coil and hiss when they see Nkruma, and several of them begin a strange dance which culminates in the firing of a bolt of magical force! Despite being hit by several bolts Nkruma manages to chop each of the snake-things in half and survive. (The snake-things are mooncoils, from

Later, Nkruma is attacked by several guardians of the castle – glass golems built by its previous owners. They slash at him with razor-sharp glass tablets, and when he smashes one a poisonous gas trapped inside of it is released; he narrowly gets away with his life by hiding inside a room until the golems wander off, propelled by strange orders from another time.

Eventually Nkruma finds the series of rooms where the orcs themselves lair, and they attack him on sight. Only 5 of them are in the lair at this time, and he slays them all, and comes away with their raid bounty which is contained in a treasure chest.

Back from the raid, Nkruma decides to continue his efforts at raising a unit of pikemen to defend the village. He overcomes the social barrier by promising the council to build a school in the fall; they accept his offer, and the pikemen are trained and kept at ready.


Nkruma puts the treasure gained from his expedition in the town hold and reflects on his summer. (This is the part of the game where treasure and experience from the summer phase are distributed among characters.)

Nkruma begins the school project he promised the council. Once again it is easy for him to rally the military aspect, raising a guard to defend the workers from raids, but he underestimated the monetary cost of the project and has to put it off until Winter.


Nkruma continues to build the school, but hiring tengu workers in the winter is expensive, and the project continues to stall. He attends the winter court held by the tengu council, who are none too happy with the slow progress on their promised academy…

Preliminary thoughts: ACKS Blue Rose

My new campaign hypothetical is a combination of Blue Rose, ACKS, and Pendragon. As an experiment I statted up Night People, rhy-cats, and rhy-wolves from Blue Rose into ACKS racial progressions. The Vata of course would just be standard ACKS elves. I tried doing Sea Folk but their water dependence came off as too much a handicap to make playing them worthwhile. Same for the uh, intelligent dolphins.

Night People

4 – 0 + Fighter 4 – 2050xp
3 – 0 + Fighter 3 – 1550xp
2 – 0 + Fighter 2 – 1050xp
1 – 0 + Fighter 1 – 550xp
0 – See below – 50xp

40,000xp after 8th level.


Night People Racial Powers

Infravision: Night people can see in the dark to a distance of 30’.

Endurance: Night people can force march for a day without consequence, and do not need to rest for one turn every six while exploring in dungeons.

Misunderstood: Night people suffer a -1 penalty to reaction rolls with humans, demihumans, and rhy animals.


Rhydan (rhy-cats and rhy-wolves)

4 – 0 + Divine 4 – 2200xp
3 – 0 + Divine 3 – 1200xp
2 – 0 + Divine – 2700xp
1 – 0 + Divine 1 – 450xp
0 – See below – 200xp

42,000xp after 8th level.


Rhydan Racial Powers

No Hands: Rhydan, whether cats or wolves, do not have hands. They cannot wield weapons or manipulate objects in ways that require opposable thumbs and fine manual dexterity.

Natural Attacks: Rhydan have one or more natural attacks appropriate to their species. Rhy-wolves have a single bite attack which deals 1d6 damage; rhy-cats have 2 claw attacks which deal 1d4 damage each.

Proficiencies: Rhydan receive two bonus proficiencies based on their species. Rhy-wolves receive Tracking and Intimidation, and rhy-cats Skulking and Tracking.

ESP: All rhydan are naturally psychic, and can use the spell ESP once per 8 hours.

ACKS with BAB and S&W Save Mechanic

If I get the chance to DM ACKS in the future I think I will use base attack bonus rather than the attack throw system. Converting that is extremely easy: BAB is 10 minus attack throw value, and AC is ACKS AC plus 10. That’s all there is to it.

I’d also prefer to use the S&W save system than ACKS, but rather than just porting in S&W saves and situational bonuses I’m thinking of just taking the median save value for each ACKS class and have them use that for everything. That way you get the simplified mechanic, balanced saves, and attacks and saves increasing at the same rate as in ACKS.

Here are some charts I made up for these house rules:

monsterattack and save charts

Other options I’m considering: max HP at 1st level and half max at each additional level instead of rolling for HP; choose from several ability score arrays rather than rolling; parry once per round by giving up your next action and making a save to avoid damage.

Another Way to Think About an ACKS Gish

There have been a lot of builds for a non-Elf and non-Zaharan ACKS spellsword class. Here’s my thought – NO points in Arcane! Rather than try to awkwardly balance the two, or end up putting more points in spellcasting than fighting, I figure’d I’d try to make a class that was really good at fighting with a couple magic tricks up its sleeve for when it really needed them. Interestingly at 1st level this dude can cast way more magic missiles than a magic user can, but doesn’t benefit from an expanded repertoire due to high Int and never gets a sanctum, magic item use, etc. so his endgame is basically as a fighter with a couple spells per day.

I figure a spellsword should have one hand free, or be able to without dropping anything, so no dual wielding or shields for this guy. If you don’t like my spell selections swap ’em out for ones of equal level. 


Fighting 2 1000xp Thief 1 200xp HD 1 500xp
3 thief skills; 2 trades (unrestricted to broad armor, weapon and shield style) 300xp
2 initial skills –> skills at 3, 5, and 7


Prime Req: Str and Int
HD: d6
Equipment: Any weapons; chain armor or lighter.
Fighting Styles: Two handed wield.
Cleave: 1/level.
Stronghold/Magic Items: As fighter.
XP: As fighter.
Saves: As fighter.

1st level: Fighter damage bonus, magic missile and sharpness 1/hour, battle magic prof.
3rd level: Ogre power 1/ 8 hours
5th level: Fireball 1/day
7th level: Protection from normal missiles 1/day
9th level: Stronghold