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Laying Waste: A Guide to Critical Combat (Preview)

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Laying Waste is an essential addition to every gamer's table. It brings simple, flavorful, balanced and intuitive combat design to your d20 based games.

Written by: Brian Berg of TPK Games

Additional Content by: Adam Meyers, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Clinton Boomer, Hal Greenberg, Creighton Broadhurst, Matt Everhart, Ed Greenwood, Mike Welham, Frank Mentzer, Jim "Drawmij" Ward and more! We even have some fun social goals featuring the likes of Rachel Ventura, John Reyst, Endzeitgeist and Alyssa Faden!

Everything you know about critical hits is wrong.

There, I said it. In days past, critical hits were a simple doubling of damage for scoring a well-placed blow upon an enemy. As games evolved, the notions of critical hits did too. Soon, there were expansions to the rules and critical hits could dish out even more damage and a multitude of charts were crafted so that you could die from an arrow to the eye, ad infinitum, until the whole system became so convoluted that it actually stopped adding value to the game. The scythe-wielding fighter that deals 180 points of damage on a critical hit really diminishes the fun of the game for the other players and the GM as well.

Paizo introduced their critical hit and fumble deck in 2009. The cards added a lot of flavor to the game, but the mechanics and effects for criticals and fumbles were necessarily limited by card space. What they did though was introduce official mechanics that reduced the sheer amount of hit point damage output in games, and gave critical hits and fumbles a more condition-based effect.

It was a great start...

Laying Waste is built upon the foundation of those critical hit and fumble decks, but goes much further. Laying Waste is an entire modular rules set that replaces the existing critical hit system, and is suitable for any d20-based game. Its mechanics are intuitive and simple, yet allow for a wide array of effects and conditions that are designed to be balanced and enhance your game's combat scenarios.

Our Philosophy.

Never again waste a critical threat roll... 
Critical hits are not sheer hit point destruction... 
Increased skill at arms means increased critical effects... 
Critical hit and fumble effects have saving throws...

Check out this preview and see what's coming in the epic combat sourcebook Laying Waste.  Now on Kickstarter and coming soon to OneBookShelf!

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File Last Updated:
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This title was added to our catalog on November 13, 2013.