Sunday, January 23, 2011

Starting Age for Adventurers in Castles and Crusades

So I am transcribing Mendi's new Castles and Crusades Gnome character onto a character sheet and the question of "age" confronted me. There is a racial age chart on page 31 of the Castles and Crusades Players Handbook, but it only talks about ages starting with Middle aged and goes older from there.

I thought about it and we know that humans likely begin adventuring around 18. Well the age chart shows human middle age as 35. Using that as a guide I can extrapolate that a character might normally begin adventuring at half of middle age (35 / 2 = 17.5.)

Using the age table on page 31 and applying this formula I can find the approximate age at which each character likely began adventuring. Problem solved right? Well … That would make Mendi's Gnome 87 years old. And the Elves and Eladrin in the party would be 250 years old and assumed to be of a maturity level roughly similar to a 17 year old human.

That doesn't seem right to me. Neither does the idea that all these races reach maturation at age 18 and the difference in their aging only kicks in after this. I decided to enforce my own concept of character maturation at younger ages that assumes that the races evolve through adolescence at a similar but not exactly the same rates.

Here is what I have devised. I have based choices on the age chart on page 31 of the C&C Players Handbook, but these rules are completely my own.

First I will start with Humans. I am going to include a randomizer to vary things up a little. Consider this. The closest things to humans on the table are Halflings and Half-Orcs. Half-Orcs have shorter life spans while Halfings live longer. After Halflings age jumps get bigger and bigger.

I chose to play with the variation of age range while keeping the minimum starting age fairly close. I have Steve Kenson and his unique approach to Fudge Dice (with the Icons RPG) to thank for the way I applied the age modifiers. I think they work quite well.

Half-Orc starting age: 16 + 2d4–5
(+ or – up to 3 years … 13 – 19 with 16 the average.)

Human starting age: 18 + 2d4–5
(+ or – up to 3 years … 15 – 21 with 18 the average.)

Halfling starting age: 20 + 2d6–7
(+ or – up to 5 years … 15 – 25 with 20 the average.)

Half-Elf starting age: 22 + 2d8–9
(+ or – up to 7 years … 15 – 29 with 22 the average.)

Gnome starting age: 24 + 2d10–11
(+ or – up to 9 years … 15 – 33 with 24 the average.)

Dwarf starting age: 26 + 2d12–13
(+ or – up to 11 years … 15 – 37 with 26 the average.)

Elf starting age: 34 + 2d20–21
(+ or – up to 19 years … 15 – 53 with 34 the average.)

Okay, so this allows for an Elf to begin his adventuring career at over 50. Which seems old. But not nearly as old as 250 … and for a people that live to be almost 2000 years old, I can see 50 seeming to be quite the young pup.

What do you think?



1 comment:

  1. Of course reviewing this now, I realize that the "fudge" dice aren't really needed and just complicate the math. Thinking about the numbers using different die types for the "fudge" dice helped set me on the right path, but the math can be defined in a much more straight forward manner. The chart should be:


    Half-Orc 2d4+11 (13 – 19 with 16 the average)

    Human 2d4+13 (15 - 21 with 18 the average)

    Halfling 2d6+13 (15 - 25 with 20 the average)

    Half-Elf 2d8+13 (15 – 29 with 22 the average)

    Gnome 2d10+13 (15 - 33 with 24 the average)

    Dwarf 2d12+13 (15 - 37 with 26 the average)

    Elf 2d20+13 (15 - 53 with 34 the average)

    That's just a little simpler to look at and apply but is exactly the same thing.