LL House Rules

Both Barrowmaze and Dolmenwood are statted out for Labyrinth Lord. Therefore, this campaign uses the Labyrinth Lord rule system, with additions from Workmskin and my own house rules.

There’s a ton of custom races and classes for this campaign; these are covered on the Character Creation page.

Multiclass Rules:

I’m using both race-as-class (from the Labyrinth Lord core rules) and race + class (from the Advanced Edition Companion). However, I’ve revised multiclassing (swiping the “combining classes” rule from the Basic Fantasy RPG), as described in this blog post.

Fighter Cleave Attacks:

Fighters (only; not subclasses) can cleave like in ACKS. Here’s the relevant rules excerpt:

Whenever a Fighter kills or incapacitates an opponent with a melee or missile attack, he may immediately make another attack throw against another opponent within 5′ of the target he has just dropped. The additional attack throw must be with the same weapon as the attack that killed the previous opponent.

Fighters may make a maximum number of cleave attacks per round equal to their level.

Cleric Spells:

Clerics use the following progression table (swiped from Dwimmermount):

I’m a bit of a softie, though, so wise Clerics get bonus spells (as per AEC). Starting Clerics (and Druids) with high WIS get their bonus 1st-lvl spell (indicated by the “0” on the table above).

Magic-Users & Elves:

Read Magic is a Magic-User class ability (not of a spell), that can be used at will. Intelligent Magic-Users (including subclasses and Elves) get bonus spells (as per the AEC Wisdom table for Clerics) – but lower-INT mages can suffer spell failure.

Instead of using spellbooks, race-as-class Elves learn “elf-runes”. Each spell they learn is a permanent innate selection, regained 1/day; they cannot change their repertoire (but conversely cannot be deprived of spells by losing a spellbook). Also, they can’t use scrolls unless they select Read Magic as an elf-rune.

Unlike their race-as-class Elf brethren, AEC-style Magic-User Elves do follow the standard spellbook rules (and get Read Magic as a class ability). (Except maybe any bonus spells from high INT are actually elf-runes. Cool idea, or too fiddly?)

Thieves Suck Less:

Thieves and Assassins use d6 for HD, instead of d4. Also Leather armour is AC 7, plus Thieves (and subclasses) can wear Studded Leather (AC 6) without impairing class abilities.

1st-level (Human) Thieves receive 15 discretionary skill points which can be split between any Thief abilities except Climb Walls and Hear Noise. A maximum of +10% can be applied to any single ability. (Demihuman Thieves get their racial bonuses instead.)

Assassins do not get these bonus points, but can Backstab as a Thief of equal level.


Woldish is the “Common” tongue of Dolmenwood, while Old Woldish is often known among the well-educated. Liturgic is the scriptural language of the Church. Caprice is the native tongue of the goat-folk of Dolmenwood (including Half-Goats), and Sylvan is the speech of fairies and fairy-kin. Gnomes, Moss Dwarfs, and Lumpen-Ones each have their own racial language (linguists note that these bear some resemblance to one another).

There are no “Alignment” languages in this game. Characters may also encounter additional secret and lost languages (such as Drunic or the Black Speech) during play.


  • Crossbows get +1 damage, but do not benefit from the wielder’s strength bonus. A character with STR 8 or less cannot reload a crossbow.
  • Lamp oil cannot be used in combat. Flasks of Military Oil only burn for 1d4 points of damage. Alchemist’s Fire burns for full 1d8 damage and costs 25gp.
  • Healing Salves can be purchased for 10gp. They heal 1d3 hp (as per ACKS comfrey), but can only be used once per character each day.

Purchase of these alchemist’s fire and healing salves – as well as Holy Water (25gp) – are restricted to one each per PC per session (clerics can buy one extra holy water).

Experience & Levels:

Standard experience (for treasure recovered and monsters defeated) is shared evenly between surviving PCs. Henchmen receive a ½ share. In addition, each player gets a “participation award” of 1000XP per session – even if the PC dies during the game.

(If a player is not available for a session but their character still contributes as as henchmen, they’ll get 500XP and a ½ share.)

All experience gained will be kept by the Player; if their character dies (or retires), the earned XP can be applied to a new PC.

ACKS Mortal Wounds:

I think I’ll use the ACKS Mortal Wounds rules. I recently got a copy of the Expanded Mortal Wounds Table printed and laminated, and want to get some use from it!

Dice Rolls:

All dice rolls in this campaign will be made on the table, in the open, for all to see. This includes normally “secret” rolls by the referee, such as wandering monster checks and Thief skills.