The first school wants to simulate reality, which means making firearms incredibly deadly, able to do more damage than an axe to the face, penetrate armor, deny you your DEX mod to AC, that sort of thing. Purveyors of this philosophy also tend to want misfire rules, realistic reloading, and the like.
The second school just thinks guns are a cool addition, and they don't want to add "unnecessary" rules to complicate things.
I'm squarely in the second camp, and so is Wampus Country. We're not exploring "the effect of ye harquebus on warfare" here, we're firing revolvers at witches. To that end, I present...
|"Bloody Hell, Watkins! Whoever sold rifles to these Blue-Feather barbarians is a damnable rotter!"|
WAMPUS COUNTRY FIREARM HOUSE RULES
1) Most pistols do 1d6 damage; most rifles do 1d8 damage. You'll note this makes them functionally similar to the short and long bow, respectively. Muzzle-loading pistols do greater damage in exchange for just getting the one shot (see below).
2) I'm assuming the firearms are either muzzle-loaded (like a Hawken) or break-action, and all the revolvers are single-action. That's my mental guideline. If you're a gun aficionado, that's great, feel free to describe things about your character's weapons as we play. I don't want to hear a bunch of "tut-tut" about weapon realism, though, any more than I'd want you to question why there are goddamn owlbears. The firearm inspirations are a mishmash of 18th-19th century just like everything else, so if we have a Kentucky Rifle in the same party as a Colt Dragoon, nobody cares, go kill something together. I'm stopping short of lever-action rifles because I don't want repeating rifles.
3) Since we're using Labyrinth Lord and implementing no weapon specialization hoo-ha, I'm going to go ahead and say that every class can use firearms. The great equalizer - til you run out of rounds, I suppose.
4) Precise range increments are for bean-counters. Have faith that I will let you know what's in range and what's not, what's just at the edge of your range, etc.
5) I'm not worrying about caliber or grains, period, except to say that you can't put a freaking musket-ball in a cartridge revolver. If you have a muzzle-loader, you can get a bullet-making kit ($12) and cast your own bullets from lead and scrap; otherwise, you'll be paying for ammunition.
All pistols come with an appropriate holster as part of the listed cost. All muzzle-loaders come with a ramrod and stuff. Please consider the prices listed below to apply for River-Town; the further one gets from civilization, expect these prices to skyrocket.
Muzzle-loaded pistol ($10-20, 1d8, 1 shot) - reloading in combat is problematic, but you can cast your own bullets.
Top-break revolver ($15-20, 1d6, 5 or 6 shots) - reloading in combat is possible with a speedloader.
Muzzle-loaded rifle ($10-30, 1d10, 1 shot) - reloading in combat is problematic, but you can cast your own bullets.
Break-action rifle ($10-30, 1d8, 1 shot) - reloading in combat takes one round. Yes, this is arbitrary.
Double-barreled coach gun ($20-30, 1d8, 2 shots) - reloading takes one round per chamber (2 for full reload). This is just to match the rifle reload times.
And since someone will ask, a bayonet counts as a dagger ($4, 1d4). Also in the 'someone will ask' department, getting silver bullets (or bullets coated with anything unusual) is custom work and will cost accordingly.
Bows are in common use amongst savages; crossbows are unusual (the frontier sort of skipped over them).
Although many craftsmen can easy crank out a homemade Kentucky rifle, the finest line-made firearms come from Margate & Rapp, who have a facility just outside River-Town. Although well-known, Margate & Rapp don't dominate the market, as there are several other smaller manufacturers, including the economy-priced Stickell, known for their exceedingly cheap one-shot pistols and single-barreled coach-guns (as the magazine ad says, "If You're Ever In A Pickle / You'll Be Glad You Had A Stickell").
I'm sure I've forgotten something. It'll come to me.
|If You're Ever In A Pickle|
You'll Be Glad You Had A Stickell!