Troika! Questions and The Marlinko Canton

Anyone tried Troika! with the Hill Cantons material? Specifically: What Ho, Frog Demons, Slumbering Ursine Dunes, Fever Dreaming Marlinko and Misty Isles of the Eld.

I was thinking about starting with a backdrop of “The City of Dis” from “Dark Heart of the Dreamer” supplement, a multi-planar city that connects to other realities and consumes them. Sounds like Troika! to me.

The PCs travel to the Marlinko Canton on a job from Dis, coming up through the “Sinkhole” shaft in Room 5 of the Frog Demon temple in “What Ho, Frog Demons!”. They then play through the dungeon from the inside out, finishing at the entrance. The job could be specifically about something/someone in the Dunes, to lead them over to that pointcrawl.

Other questions about Troika!:

  1. “Silver Pence”? What kind of mad currency is that! Is that a sixpence?
  2. Any tips on adapting trad OSR NPC/monster stats to Troika (other than subbing in monsters from Troika)? Hill Cantons material is for Labyrinth Lord.
  3. What’s the point in keeping both a “roll under” and a “roll versus” system? Feels weird, but I think I’m conditioned to universal resolution mechanics.
  4. Does anyone ignore the initiative bag thing? Sounds cumbersome to me. I think I’d try it and if it sucks, I’d use the initiative system from Shadow of the Demon Lord (Fast Turns, Slow Turns, perhaps enemies with Initative > 2 go before PCs because they’re fast.)

Ummm that’s about it for now. What do you think?

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