Monday, 27 March 2017

Six backgrounds, Six talents, and a note on HP armor

Something I'm working at the moment. I think I have to boost the Doctor and the Rogue talents to make them more activelly useful. I asked my mother (she's a doctor) if her career helps her in her common life somehow, and she said that the doctors are good in reading through people's masks. I think she's got a point. 

What were you before you turned into a bountyhunter?

1-Noble (or a Noble's hand)
2-Officer (lawkeeper or any kind of public servant)
4-Guildsman (you choose what your guild was about)
6-Forestman (you can choose to be an animal if you wish)

Which talent has helped you survive until now?

1.fighter: You can attempt extraordinary feats with your favored weapon (pick from the weapon list, you start with it), like cutting down a wall, striking many enemies or shooting at great distance. When you miss an attack, you can still deal or prevent d6 damage.

2.acrobat: You can perform all kinds of acrobacies and to be stealthy with the smallest distraction. You start with a grappling hook (d6 damage), some smoke bombs or a log decoy (activate at anytime)

3.healer: You can diagnose and treat illnesses (enabling a full rest) or perform first aid (instant small rest). You get a doctor bag: you can search it for useful potions, herbs or chemicals.

4.tinker: You can fix, build and rig things. You get a bag of tools and a mysterious device you've been working on. Reveal it's purpose at anytime: on a success, it is perfectly suited for the task and has no major drawbacks for now.

5.mage: Spend time on a proper ritual (or a lighter one and 1d6 hp) to call for a small favor, an answer or to put an enchantment on a target (an aid to a task, +1d6 armor*, enhanced damage. Enchantments on groups tend to dispel faster). You get a book on your spells theme (Angels-Chtulhu-Seasons-Old Ways-Hades-Atlantis), it influences their ways and possible side-effects.

6.rogue: Once per day, you can state retroactivelly how you prepared for this very situation (you have set a trap, bought an object, asked for help). Roll now to see how well you did it.

*Bonus track: A note on armor to be developed later.

Armor adds extra Armor points to your HP. Combat damage takes your HP first, then starts taking your armor. Armor points do not refresh on a rest: you must get your armor repaired or find a new one. If a strike does damage that could take all your AP at once, they don't decrease, but you're hit and must pass a Save to keep on the fight. Non-Physical sources of armor, like spells, can create a communal Armor over a group of people; which will protect whoever needs it at a given time.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Some Abstract Wealth system (for a Cowboy Bebop style game)

There are four money ranks:

Characters start at: 
Poor (you depend on other people's favors)

Once you steal a purse or perform a small job, you become:
Good (you can afford inns, beers, tools, ammo, common equipment)

When you do a good heist or hunt a prized bandit, you become:
Wealthy (you can afford a good weapon, armor, an inn for a good while, repairing a ship)

When you get hands on a great treasure, inherit a patrimony or you do a service for a king, you become:
Fucking Rich (You can afford a house, a three mast ship, a masterwork katana)

You cannot afford anything that is over your rank unless you trick somebody or do something in-game that makes sense for it.
You can automatically buy something from a lower rank; just ask for it.

When you buy something from your rank, or a whole lot of things from a rank below you, roll +Wisdom.  
On a 10, You get it
On a 7-9, You get it but your rank will go down if you buy something expensive before you get a new income
On a 6, you can get it, but your rank will go down.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Game types and preparation economy

When I prepare a game, I like having the PCs start as members of an established group, with common goals. From the point of view of a GM that likes to cut down preparation to the minimum, this has two great advantages:
The first one is that it is easier to fit them in the story narratively, and they're much more predisposed In Character, (and maybe even Out of Character) to the kind of story that is about to begin.
The second one is that you can focus on polish the parts of the game that you're most likely to use, or you think that will have more weight.

So I made an exercise; which consists in gathering all the group types I could think about. They have each some subdivisions and twists. Making a game about each one of them will make you focus on a different part of the design. Also you can use this list as a random table to decide what should you run next!

1. Monsterhunters: The group was funded to hunt monsters of a specific kind: (behemotic beasts - human impersonators - otherwordly haunts - unstable weirdos - reckless predators - cute pets. Twist: they get a second type unexpectedly)

Preparation: the creature's looks, habits, weaknesses, drives, powers and all possible impacts on society.

2. Knights: The group acts as the executive hand of a higher power: (the local laws - the righteous king - a corporation - a nature force - a guild - a belief. Twist: you're not universally considered the good guys)

Preparation: Give the boss an agenda, with one-two main objectives, and a handful of secondary ones. Maybe some code of honor they should follow, too. You don't have to reveal all it's motives in the start, they can be revealed later, maybe even clashing with the PCs best interests.

3. Resistance: You're folk heroes who stand against the tyranny of... (A king, a corporation, a nature force, a guild, a religion, invaders. Twist: The tyrant is actually loved by the majority of the population, for legit or wrong reasons)

Preparation: What kind of trouble have suffered the PCs by the hands of the enemy? What makes it so powerful? How has society changed because of it's impact? Why would somebody back the invading force?

4. Mercenaries: You're set to attain wealth through... (warring combats - hunting criminals - performing heists - delivering goods - playing gigs - raiding dungeons. Twist: You might need to accept alternative jobs sometimes)

Preparation: A good way to manage wealth, equipment durability and buying upgrades. Money is what they'll be after, so you need to give them a fair way to earn it and a good reason to get it mechanically (maybe making it the access to better gear or new skills)

5. Investigators: Your group's goal is to uncover mysteries. You're mainly interested in... (Ancient magical books - precataclysmic technology - exploring new lands - researching the truth behind a story - solving crimes - . Twist: Roll sanity, it's a chtulhu campaign)

Preparation: Write lots of lore about that subject, specially parts that can be used by the PCs somehow. Make up the rest of the world without contradicting that lore; or even subtly enforcing it. Just write lots of it, even if unconnected, let them find pieces as they progress. and make sure it's good. Maybe ask the players for help in this one, so they can secretly to each other, state a fact that is true about the subject and hand it down to you; then you can adapt them as you see fit. This is maybe the hardest type of the five, but I guess that it's the best for people who already likes worldbuilding in itself.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Google's cat wizard

Have you seen that new doodle? If you haven't, go play it before halloween ends! I just beat it, and I liked it so much that I made this in a hurry.

You're all cute furries trying to free your magic school from a ghost invasion.

you start with 2d6 HP

cats get agility
cows get strenght
dogs get awareness
goats get stubborness

You start with one spell at random, plus a free one (0-summon dim light)

1-elemental summoning (choose an element, it can be anything)
2-exorcism (fucks ghosts)
3-revivify others (might work with things)
4-ward (protect a place or a person from a danger; if you suffer harm, sacrifice the ward instead )
5-minor illusion (can give near invisibility)
6-minor blessing (enhance temporarily a thing, say how, or give aid to an action)

you roll 1d6 for an action. On a 5-6 you succeed, on a 4 there is a cost or downside for success (you're attacked, you have to spend scrolls/reagents, etc).

roll +1d6 and take the best result if you have a trait that fits the situation.

roll +1d6 and take the best result whenever you have time and resources to prepare a spell, or carefully prepare an action. (pro tip: This might let you attempt spells you dont know, but you'll roll 1d6 only)

You go around the school looking for books and  reagents to cast more magic; and sending ghosts back to their plane. 

To attack, your dice results are summed, and compared to the ghost attack (1d6 usually). The difference is dealt in HP to the lowest roller. Ghosts have 1hp, or maybe more depending on their level.

-Who is the big bad ghost behind all this? What does s/he want? might s/he have family ties with one of the PCs?
-Where did all the teachers go? maybe one of them knows something about it?
-Who is your most hated classmate and what part does s/he play on all this? Where is your class crush? Might the book you lent him/her have the clue that can help you solve this situation?

What's at the end of the corridor? 
1.the kitchen 
3.sleeping chambers 
4.the greenhouse 
5.the potions' classroom 
6.the director's office (there is a confiscated objects' chest in here, locked)
7.the library (gargoyles ward the forbidden books section)
8.the observatory (also the room for the messenger pigeons)
9.the divination classroom
10.the great hall
11.the history classroom
12.the artificery classroom
13.the chamber of secrets!
14.the backyard
15.the infirmary
16.a teacher's chambers
17.manteinance room (pipes, water heater, calefaction system)
18.defence against the dark arts classroom
19.a forest (yeah, a forest. With a lake on it)
20.the gym class

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Some questions to help worldbuilding

1. What is strange about the world's geography/cosmology?

2. Why did the last war started?

3. What is a common thing in our real life world which is a prized treasure here?

4. What is this world's particular way to solve disputes?

5. Which hazard is that one which people is always preparing for?

6. Which one is waiting to arise, totally unexpected?

7. Which kind of people are here most respected?

8. Which was the last invention to enter in people's everyday lives?

Taken from a game called Eitr; looks very cool.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Hoyoyo Gang, 3d6 system, Anime overload

A polished variation of the previous entry. I'll try to post a mission generator table on the following days, so you get the tone of the game. Is roughly inspired on Dr.Slump, early Dragon Ball and Ranma; the idea is that PCs are a gang of troublemakers who must solve cases on a small village, most of them involving heists and fights. 

Choose your class, it will give you some expertise fields and some gear.
At the end of every adventure, you recover all used or lost items and can choose a new one without class restriction.
You also get a traveling bag: at anytime you can roll to search for common objects on it (like matches, pen and paper or some money). Any other gear you'll have to find it elsewhere.

1. Samurai: (using polearms and swords; enduring for a noble cause, motivating others, gaining people's trust when being sincere). You get a katana (close, can deflect projectiles) and...
...a spear (reach, can be thrown)
...a wakizashi (hand, easier to conceal)
...a heavy armor (+2AP)

2. Ninja: (acting stealthy, impossible acrobacies and climbing, deception, reflexes) You get assorted kunais and shurikens (short range) and...
...a replacement wooden log (+1AP, you become automatically hidden nearby after use)
...a grappling hook (reach, useful to climb and entangle)
...a handful of smoke bombs.

3. Hunter: (outdoors knowledge and survival tricks, reading tracks and situations, aiming projectiles, finding a weak spot)
You get a longbow (long range) and...
...a curse: you become an animal (choose one) whenever you touch water. It takes hot water to revert you to your original form. You also get a free umbrella (close). old scar (you're always prepared when fighting whatever did this to you, your call)
...the diaries of your father. They have information about pretty much anything.

4. Cleric: (Healing others, charming others, magical lore, talking with spirits, searching for an appropiate potion in your bag).
You get a fancy walking cane (reach, makes you look wise) and...
...a deck of tarot cards (ask questions about anything)
...a spell to summon a spirit or a relic (your call, it's impredictability is proportional to its power)
...a mystical ward (put a small protective enchantment on an area, person or place)
5. Monk: (brawling when unarmored, enduring harm, feats of willpower, speaking wise proverbs)
Due to the hobo lifestyle, you have no gear, but you get techniques instead. You start with danger sense (you're prepared for surprise attacks and ambushes) and...
...the afterimage technique (make shadow copies of yourself to confuse an opponent)
...a rock-breaking strike (destroy anything, takes 2AP to negate)
...concentrate to summon a flaming ki aura (+1AP, awesome transformation)

6. Tinker: (fixing, tweaking and building artifacts, finding clues, scientific lore, searching your bag for a small tool or gadget)
You get a a mysterious device (state what it does at anytime, it might not be as reliable as you think)
a small ice gun (short range, can hit enemies and freeze water surfaces)
a helmet with fancy googles (+1AP, state at anytime how they improve normal vision)
a pair of walkie talkies, can be tweaked to catch up frequencies.

You can attempt something risky if you can claim some dice. You get:
+1d6 if it's something that anyone could do
+1d6 if it falls under your class expertise
+1d6 if you have advantage or take time to prepare.
-1d6 if you're hindered in any way

Highest result decides the outcome:
1,2 or 3 is a failure (in combat, the opponent hits you, or gets into fighting range and attacks you).
4 is a success, but there is a complication, limitation or cost.
5 and 6 are a plain success (you hit the opponent, you parry the opponent's attack or do whatever you set to do). For each success after the first, you get an advantage or deal an extra blow to the opponent.

PD: The core mechanic is basically the same than the one I used in Fire Elixir (see older entries!)

There are five weapon ranges: Long range>Short range>reach>close>hand.
Normally the attacker with the most range gets to attack first, before the opponent gets into fighting range. Reverse this rule when in narrow corridors or similars, where small weapons are much handier. When using weapons of the same tier, attacks are simultaneous.

If you're hit, you can roll to stand your ground. On a failure, you're out of action somehow. You can burn 1AP (armor point) to turn a failed endurance roll into a success. Hitting an NPC takes 1AP directly from them; if they haven't any, they're defeated (let the fiction and, ultimately, the GM decide if they're dead, fainted or just vanquished!)

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Six jobs and a 1d12 system

To hit an enemy, succeed on a difficult task or save against a danger, roll a d12 under or equal relevant job+lvl (start at as level 1 rookies, raise a level every adventure, retire as veterans after level 5)

pick a main job (+6) and a side job (+3) and choose any two items from any of your jobs.

1. knight (using knightly weapons, enduring for a noble cause, inspiring others).
You get a suit of heavy armor (2AP); a mace and a shield (1AP) or a two handed sword.

2. thief (acting on stealth, knowing secrets, evading an attack, climbing). You get a grappling hook, 6 throwing knives or a ring of lockpicks

3. hunter (environment lore, ranged weapons -or natural weapons if you happen to be non-human-, tracking and survival tricks). You get a bow, a faithful pet or a shapeshifting necklace that lets you assume an animal form.

4. healer (heal the wounded, summoning spirits to perform a small task or bless an action with an extra roll). You get a bag of ingredients (use them to make all kinds of potions) a dangerous scroll on Elder Gods (use that power at your own risk) or a pack of tarot cards (use them to ask any question to the GM)

5. monk (brawling when unarmored, sense of danger, enduring harm, deep inner wisdom). You start with nunchucks, an old scar (re-roll any roll when you fight whoever did that to you, decide it whenever you want) or a diary filled with your master's teachings

6. tinker (craft and repair things, know something about everything, deception and charm). You start with the tools of any trade, a musical instrument or a small bag of gold

You all get one from this list: a cane, a knife, a healing potion, light armour (1AP) or a sling.

taken from momodora: reverie under the moonlight (2016)
Initiative order is by weapon size (bows>slings>spears and two handed swords>swords and maces>claws, clubs and knives>fists), the other contender must roll to evade or block. If both contenders fit the same category, attacks are simultaneous and the highest succesful roll hits first.

When you're hit, you can roll to endure and thus stay on the fight. You can burn an armor point (AP) to succeed a failed endure roll.

Enemies have a name and a level (1 to 10) that covers whatever one expects from them, some AP and some weapon (goblin warrior, lvl 5, 1AP and a sword // dragon, lvl 10, 5AP, firebreath and claws). Whenever they must do it, they roll under that number.