This is the RP system developed by Phil for use in RPs on the message board -- it is not the "official" system, nor is it necessary to use any system while RPing -- it is, however, one system that can be used to ensure that characters' stats are not grossly incompatible as they are wont to be when everyone makes their own system to use. Use of this system or any other is up to the creator of the RP. -- Rydia
Let’s start from the beginning – creating a character.
There are 9 basic attributes to every character. Here’s what they are. The following are graded on a scale of –5 to +10, -5 being deplorable and +10 being awesomely awesome
LET’S GET MOVE!
Now that you know what the attributes mean, you must divide a total of 21 points between the 9 attributes. Bear in mind that Magic Apt. Cannot go below 0, but you gain points back for taking negative attributes. I’ll create an example character...using our very own Jak Snide. The stats will be improvised, so I’m not sure if this is what we agreed on earlier. This is just an example.
Name: Jak SnideNotice that there was no class listed. That’s because this game doesn’t use classes. That means if you suddenly change clothing, you won’t lose your abilities you earned previously. Yes, I am making fun of Final Fantasy.
Also, these values are not etched in stone. With every level gained, you are given two attempts to increase an attribute by +1, and you must select one as primary and the other as secondary.
Primary – Chance to increase = 100% minus (the score to be increased)*5%.
Increasing scores of zero using the primary always succeeds. For
example, Jak could increase Dexterity (+2)on 90% (a roll of 3 or better
on a 20 sided die).
Secondary – Chance = 50% - score*5%. You may increase a score by two points using both of these.
However, please note that Magic cannot be increased this way.
There are other ways of doing it, but they are considerably more difficult
that simply gaining XP.
XP is the abbreviation I use for Experience points. Unlike Final Fantasy, there are no absolute XP values given for monsters. The gamemaster (the one in control of the whole seat of the pants operation) gives out XP awards based on the difficulty of the encounter he threw at the players, and also their resourcefulness in resolving it. Talking the enemy out of attacking you may be worth more than killing it, for example. This encourages the players to do more than simply “beat that ass.” However, in order for this system to work, the gamemaster should not be an XP Nazi.
Here are the XP required to gain levels. The XP count resets after the level is gained (getting to level 3 from 2 is harder than getting to 2 from 1.
Attributes aren’t the only things that improve with level. You
can gain HP, mana, skill ranks, possibly even new spells/special attacks.
I’ll explain those later, though.
THOSE ARE COOL NUMBERS! WHAT DO
I DO WITH ‘EM?
Now that you’ve got your attributes and all, you can use them to calculate your vital statistics.
· HP – The amount of punishment you can take. You’re down if you hit 0, and dead if you hit negative (10+STA). You start with an amount of HP equal to 55+STA*5.
· Initiative – Your reaction time. Every time you enter combat, this dictates when you get to go. Your initiative = AGI+COU+2d6 (two six-sided dice).
Jak has a base AT/PA of 8, and 4 skill ranks with a dagger. These skill ranks can be divided between attacking and parrying any way the player wishes.
Base AT/PA = 8/8
AT skill = 4
PA skill = 0 (assuming Jak’s as aggressive as many black mages are)
Weapon penalty = -1/-2 (for using a short range weapon like a dagger)
Armor penalty = 0/0 (light robes)
Final AT/PA = 11/6
COOL. BUT HOW DO I PRACTICE?
I’m glad you asked. Let’s delve into the skill system. Any ability that can be improved through practice is given a skill rank. Unlike most games, anything and everything can be a skill, and the skill system is completely open ended. I’ll provide a list of example skills soon, and you can tell me if there’s anything that you believe should be added to it.
Every skill is assigned three base attributes – the attributes that come into play the most when using the skill. The skill is also given a “rank”, which reflects how practiced the character is in it. The rank can be increased as the character gains levels. A skill can be increased by at most two ranks per level, unless otherwise noted in the example skill sheet.
A level 1 character is given a bank of 20+WIS*2+INT*2 points from which to assign ranks to skills. No one skill is allowed a rank higher than 4 to start. Here would be my selections for Jak, who will start with 32 points. Skills with a [k] next to them indicate pure knowledge skills, such as geography, history, or magical theory. They are purchased at half cost, and always have a base attribute of Wisdom.
Daggers – 4 <DEX/DEX/AGI>For every level gained, the character gets WIS+3 attempts to increase skills, with a minimum of 2/level. New skills can also be learned in this manner – for example, Jak could potentially learn Benediction magic at rank 1 using one of his level increases. Not that he would want to, considering his character...but it’s possible.
Wand magic – 2 <WIS/INT/INT> (involves casting stored spells from magical items)
Aura reading – 2 <WIS/INT/INT>
Lightning Magic – 4 <MAG/WIS/INT>
Fire magic – 4 <MAG/WIS/INT>
Malediction magic – 3 (bad status effects) <MAG/WIS/INT>
[k]-Applied magical theory – 4 (cost 2)
Poison Alchemy – 3 <DEX/WIS/INT>
Enchanting – 3 (making normal weapons magical) <MAG/WIS/INT>
Intimidation – 2 <COU/CHA/INT>
Mental Magic – 2 <INT/INT/MAG>
Lockpicking – 1 <DEX/DEX/INT>
An increase attempt always succeeds if the new rank is less than the
sum of the base attributes (that <DEX/DEX.INT>
part). If not, roll a 6 sided die, and if the number rolled is greater
than the difference between the two numbers, the increase attempt succeeds.
GM (gamemaster) will handle such numbers in RPs.
SO HOW’S IT WORK?
Here’s how skill rolls work. Whenever you want to use a skill you add the sum of the base attributes to the skill rank, and then add that to a roll of a 20-sided die.
So, if Jak wanted to cast Gifoi, a fire spell (fire magic is <MAG/WIS/INT>), he would add...If the total can beat the target’s magic resistance test, the spell hits. Jak’s spell is likely to not only hit, but hit critically – his result is likely to beat the enemy’s by a huge margin.
His fire magic rank: +4
His magic rating: +6
His wisdom rating: +5
His Intuition rating: +2
His armor penalty: 0 (since he’s wearing robes)
And a roll of d20: 18.
Total = 35.
Target is human: +10Another example – Lockpicking.
Target’s courage*2: +4
Target’s Intuition: +2
Armor bonus: 0 (the target is not magically shielded)
Jak scores a hit with Gifoi, but not a critical one – he would have had to win by 4+<courage*2+intuition>, or 10.
Jak’s DEX rating*2 = +4
Jak’s INT rating = +2
Jak’s lockpicking rank = +1
Roll = 6
Total=13. If 13 is higher than the rating (assigned by the gamemaster) of the lock that is being picked, the lock opens.
BUT MAGIC SUCKS! I WANNA USE WEAPONS!
Hold on a second, before we do that, let me mention that all human targets get an automatic defense bonus because of their size. Let’s do another Jak example.
Jak’s PA rating = 6However, this defense rating is only good for the first attack the player recieves. If the player takes a second attack, he loses his d20 skill roll to defend – making him a very easy target. In Jak’s case, anyone with a skill above 11 would score an automatic hit, and most likely a critical.
Jak’s size bonus (Medium)= +5
Jak’s defense rating = +11.
WOOHOO! L375 D00 B4773L!!!!!11111
All righty, let me do an example melee combat round between Gary and Ace, the ambiguously gay duo.
Gary – 70/70HP, 0/0 mana, AT/PA = 12/10, init = 5+2d6Needless to say, you shouldn’t let yourself get surrounded. For storyline purposes, I recommend that critical hits take shape in the form of something resembling limit breaks. I’m sure you can come up with some sort of cool looking effect with unnecessary amounts of description. There are no hard, fast rules on what constitutes a critical hit in melee combat – Jak just got a high roll and beat Ace by a lot, so I considered it critical.
Ace – 65/65HP, 30/30 mana, AT/PA = 10/6, init = 7+2d6
Jak – 65/65HP, 95/95 mana, AT/PA = 11/6, init= 5+2d6
1. Initiative is rolled.
Gary – 15
Ace – 14
Jak - 13
2. Gary takes his action.
--Gary thrusts at ace.
Gary attacks! (12+roll-7)=19!
Ace defends! (6+5+roll-16)= 27!
3. Ace takes his action.
--Ace attempts to chop Gary (5+roll-16)=21.
--Gary defends. (10+5+roll-10)=25.
4. Jak’s turn now! Woohoo!
--Jak decides he doesn’t like Ace, and attempts to chop him (6+roll-19)=25!
--Ace cannot defend. (6+5)=11. Critical hit, 4x damage!
--Jak does 13x4=52 damage!
--Jak gains 104 experience for a decisive hit!
By the way, since Ace is now near death, he’s going to take some quite
severe penalties to hit and parry (I suggest –6).
WHY WASN’T THERE ANY MAGIC?
There could have easily been. Magic works just like any other skill – sum the base attributes and skill rank, then roll the die. However, the gamemaster and the players should verify spell costs before the game begins – to make sure someone doesn’t attempt to ruin the game with overly powerful or overly cheap spells. Even Skies of Arcadia was ruined by overpowered abilities (*cough Epsilon Mirror for infinite magic cough*).
Here are some sample spells and costs for Jak...I’ll be throwing around Phantasy star terminology a lot here. I made these up on the fly – hopefully they’ll work.
And bear in mind, if you exceed your mana limit, you expose yourself to physical drain. And physical drain is bad.
Poison – 8MP – If successful Does 5+rank+1d6 damage, and poisons on 50%.(req’d Malediction rank=1) Foi – 4 MP – A small fireball – does 6+rank+1d6 damage to one target. (req’d fire rank=1) Gifoi – 12 MP – Fireball deluxe – does 10+rank*3+3d6 damage to a single target. (Fire = 4) Gra – 10 MP – Luminous bolts of...stuff – does 5+rank*2+1d6 to targets within a 120 degree arc in front the caster. (Lightning=1) Gigra – 33 MP – A heaping helping of raw voltage – does 15+rank*2+3d6 damage within the arc. (Lightning=4) Slow – 7 MP – Self explanatory – reduces enemy initiative by 4, attack and defense by 2. (Malediction=3) Combat Sense – 6 MP – Increases defense of caster by +3. (Mental=1) Frenzy – 13 MP – Makes a friend go carazee – Increases power and accuracy, reduces defense by (rank). (Mental=2) Enchant Weapon – 20-60 (20-rank*20) MP – Increase one of a weapon’s ratings (damage, AT bonus, speed) by (rank cast) for rank*2 hours. (Enchanting=1)
Also, a character may have special abilities (like the techs in Chrono
Trigger/Cross), but these should be verified with whoever’s running the
game. Hopefully, the gamemaster won’t be a complete asshole, and
you can gain new ones with new levels.
That’s all for now. I’ll send the skills and equipment through as soon as I finish editing them. Considering my track record, it’ll be around 2 weeks. E-mail me if there’s something you want explained. Better yet, AIM me – I’m DogshamanPhil, as some of you already know.
Below are the weapons, armor, and skills tables.
Here's an explanation of the tables...Fair
warning - most of these are just numbers, so if you don't care to look
at large amounts of numbers in order to roleplay, the weapon list won't
do you a lot of good.
· Name - What to call the weapon. Duh. *puts an EmpressPhil DUH sticker on himself*
· Special codes - See the bottom of the table.
· **Damage bonus - This is a slight change from the old system - damage increases for Slashing and Chopping are now weapon-specific. The number these damage bonuses are added to is dependent upon the type of attack made.
Thrusting - added to strength+1d6(six sided die)Note that there are X's in some positions - this indicates that the player cannot use that type of attack with that weapon.
Slashing - added to 2*strength+2d4(two four sided dice)
Chopping - added to 3*strength+2d6(two six sided dice)
Same as weapons, except...
· Armor Class (AC) - This is the amount of damage the armor blocks out. The helmets and gauntlets guard against aimed shots to the head and arms, respectively.
· Durability - I don't feel like messing with this right now, either.
Shields give the defender an extra parry at full stregth per round,
and body shields give two extra. However, they severely impede the
user's ability to guard and strike with their weapon. Also, any damage
exceeding the armor class is applied to the defender's shield arm.
If you try to block an ogre's club with a buckler, you'll only succeed
in breaking your arm.
Some of the skills are marked S - this means that they are supplimental skills, and cost half a skill point unless a number is included after them. All other skills are bought 1:1. Supplimental skills are generally used to indicate a degree of practice in a certain area beyond most others. For example, some mages may be better at magical centering than their level can describe, so they are allowed to take extra ranks (again, up to four starting, and an additional two every level).
All skills have three base attributes listed, except for supplimental skills. Supplimental skills can only be taken if the player meets the prerequisites listed. Again, all characters gain WIS+3 points/level.
Example skill roll calculation - Dia has Fire magic rank 4 (MAG/INT/WIS)As always, if you think I should add something, or you think of something that isn't on the list, feel free to tell me. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, and there's likely something I've missed.
Total bonus = 16 (to be added to a d20 roll when casting).
NOTE: All magic skills are MAG/INT/WIS.