Author: Jeff E. Ostrowick
Find it at: CoreRPG -or- Drive-Thru RPG
Core Codex gives you the comfort of the D&D game play we all grew up with, but without being constrained by the limits of some game designer's creativity."
—Owen Swart, DeeTwenty Gaming Venue
The Core Codex is a dedication to the friendships he has made with his RPG group and the adventures they have shared.
The Core Codex
It is based on the D&D 3rd ed. and 3.5 system rules document; however, the main base was documented from Wizards of the Coast. He then superimposed his own ideas into it and streamlined, curated, and stripped away duplicate rules as much as possible. Similar as well to Steve Jackson's GURPS, it is a generic system, but instead of several books he's cut it down and compressed everything into one simple, go-to book for everything.
Jeff uses a deft hand in making the world the players create logically sound, not only keeping the creativity factor but enhancing it for the players.
Character Creation and Development
The system behind the core codex is a character-oriented role playing engine core... The philosophy is to get the players to tell as much of the story as they think up, in a cinematic approach in terms of the character build. There's no set classes, no firm rules." —Jeff Ostrowick
Character creation is simple. You approach it from a specific theme, party need, or just completely random scenario. From there, you decide what kind of a role they're going to fulfill, so you use one of the standard abilities (str, dex, con, int, wis), then you pick that as your character's defining quality.
Once you've picked your role, you have six skill sets which represent career options. Jeff has incorporated a lot of his own academic skill ideas by the use of personality qualities to determine jobs. Alignments are not your standard good/neutral/evil; they are more realistically geared toward the true nature of a character through a combination of personality types.
But I'm New to This Type of RPG!
At some point, Jeff will begin to create more newbie friendly content. He would ultimately like to do more video. For example, on The Codex website, he has run through each of the magic seeds and explained how each school of magic works.
The Core Codex can be used in -any- RPG genre.
Right now, at DeeTwenty, Jeff is running a Friday night open table with some more seasoned players so that new players can come along and learn how to play. The campaign is called Nyara, and is based on a Conan the Barbarian-type theme. A few of these players include those who were new to roleplaying only a month ago, now they are helping others to understand the game. On Monday nights they do a Tron-themed campaign where they play millennials trapped in computer games (last week they were stuck in Skyrim).
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