Ahh! Solving mysteries! Nothing quite like it.
You know, the more I play my RPoL game, the more I learn about 3.5 and 3.5 players. You guys are desperately in need of . . . toilet paper!
I play a Table Top game every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, Eastern Time. Those guys really know the rules. That is, they think they know the rules. You see, I've started using some of those rules in my RPoL 3.5 game and I've been getting asked: "What are you talking about?"
Enter "Variant Rules."
These are rules that are not from the Core Books. No, they were created by Gamers and can be found on the D&D Wiki site and other places. It also turns out that there are different variations of the Variant Rules!
My favorite, and the one that recently came up, is "Critical Failure." On Saturdays my Wizard rolls a natural 1 with his crossbow attack. "Oh! That's a 'Critical Failure,'" cries the DM. "You broke the string on your crossbow!"
As I have recently learned, that's not how it works. Just as with a "Critical Hit" you need to "roll to confirm" the "Critical Failure." Fortunately – for the player – you do not have a "spread" for this one. No, it requires another roll of "natural 1" to confirm, otherwise, it's "just a miss." But, if you do confirm, then you get to roll a d100 with all sorts of "goodies" to choose from. And like I said, one of my players has shown me variations of this rule.
And all this time I thought that 3.5 was a codified system of Game Play, when in truth, it is a mish-mash of all sorts of "made up" stuff, each DM picking and choosing what he wants and even "making it up as he goes along!" No wonder 3.5 is such a nightmare!
Anyway, I'm really learning the "Core Rules" DMing this Edition of the Game. I'm also learning just how much "trash" you 3.5 aficionados talk . . . and why there are so many disagreements. You're all making it up as you go along.
I must tell you that would aggravate the Nine Hells out of me as a Player. So don't look for me to be joining any of your games. I also no longer "wonder" at why I find my Saturday game so confusing, frustrating and disappointing – I "live" at the whim of an unintelligent – and worse – unimaginative DM.
No, I'm having fun with my RPoL game, but I think that my heart will always long for 2nd Edition.