Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review & Overview of Cha'alt Ascended By Venger As'Nas Satanis For The Cha'alt Mega dungeon & The Crimson Dragon Slayer rpg

"Cha'alt is the beast of a book (218 pages) I've been working on for the past year.  It's a ruined world focusing on a couple of introductory dungeons before getting to the main event - the megadungeon known as The Black Pyramid.  
The Black Pyramid is like nothing you've ever seen before.  Unique design, purpose, feel, magic items, NPCs, monsters, factions, motives, agendas, strangeness, the works!
There's a decent amount of setting detail besides dungeoncrawling - space opera bar, domed city, mutants, weird ass elves, desert pirates, a city ruled by a gargantuan purple demon-worm, and much more!
Cha'alt is compatible with both old school and 5e D&D purposefully blended for maximum usability"

So its  Wednesday & I've had to devote at least the three days to work. Its been interesting to say the least. I've been trying to work on my Cha'alt/Godbound rpg  Las Vega campaign but its come to naught. I hate when this happens but stall out happens to everyone folks. Don't let anyone tell you different. Basically I've been running on empty for about a week or so. Then Venger Satanis sends me Cha'alt Ascended which is basically a FREE  add on to the Cha'alt mega dungeon house system. The book is basically a spalt book of optional & add on player characters in the form of feats & skill sets in the form of random tables, backgrounds, add ons, backgrounds,etc.  I'm not crazy about the cover choice for Cha'alt Ascended. Personally I would have changed the ruddy crimson filter to a purple in keeping with the theme of Cha'alt.

The content is a whole different ball game in Cha'alt Ascended here we've got a bunch of Venger's house rule awesomeness. The rules for two handed fighting go hand in hand with Venger's Crimson Dragon Slayer OSR/fifth edition stuff. Buuttttt given how its written reminded me of something?!

"Two-Weapon Fighting You can attack with two weapons in the same round; however, the second attack is at disadvantage." 
Now where have I seen this sort of attack hmm was it Fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons?! Nope afraid not. No I've seen exactly this sort of an attack in Castles & Crusades! That's right it wouldn't take much at all to bring your C&C players over Cha'alt. 

I'm I saying that the Crimson Dragon Slayer rpg  is inferior? Not at all & in fact the opposite. Crimson Dragon Slayer's OSR/5th edition's engine is easily adaptable. The whole cloth system of Cha'alt Ascended can be slapped whole hog into your favorite OSR engine & zoom right along. That's actually the point of Cha'alt Ascended. And this I feel is where the niche & strength of 
Cha'alt Ascended  is on point & perfectly suited in the OSR. 

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