#RPG – 2020 in 2020 – Character Creation

Dylan Kowalski

Statistics:

9d10, re-roll rolls of 2 or less and assign as desired. Minimum total 70 pts. Reroll lowest score and add on until you get over 75.

EG: Dana is rolling up what she hopes will be a Cyberninja.

She rolls: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 8, 9

Immediately, she needs two re-rolls, which score 9 and 6.

That gives her an array of: 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 9.

That’s still only a total score of 58, she needs to gain another 15 total points.

Re-rolling the lowest score each time until it hits 70 continues until the array is: 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, which is bang on 70.

DOFRESH .

Lifepath:

Roll as per normal, but potentially try to tie it to the background timeline.

Clint Cearley

Skills:

Ignore the normal rules and treat everything as pickup skills. So you get 40+Int+Ref (before modifications and cybernetics) to spend where you like. Your Role skill cannot be higher than +5 and no other skill higher than +8 (so you have room to grow).

Netrunning will mostly be more like ‘real’ hacking, to do with prep and programs so it doesn’t drag down on the spot play, though on the spot hacking using field effects will also be an option.

Oleg Danylenko

Roles & Special Skills:

  • Alt Media (Replaces Media): Credibility: Allows you to expose stories and use your reputation to convince people. Also adds half its score to your Persuasion and Interview skills, rounding down.
  • Cop: Authority (Half round down adds to Intimidate and Interrogate, can be rolled by itself to exercise authority as an official agent of law/security).
  • Corporate: Resources, this allows you to either draw on the parent company’s resources, or your own investments and holdings during a game. Government administrators are created using the Corporate model, but handle governmental resources.
  • Covert Operative: Combat Sneak adds half its level to Stealth, Hide/Evade, Awareness and Initiative.
  • Fixer: Streetdeal grants you free reputation equal to your skill level, as a wheeler and dealer, and adds as a bonus to your Streetwise rolls. You know people, everywhere, and can get just about anything.
  • Grinder: Your Transhuman skill reduces the Humanity loss of installing Cyberware by its value, for each item.
  • Influencer (Replaces Rockerboy): Influence allows you to reach a large audience via your social media presence and to directly influence smaller numbers of people to action. See Influencer table below.
  • Investigator: The Research special ability grants half its level, rounding down, to Library Search and Shadow/Track.
  • Medical Tech: Medtech allows you to perform highly trained feats of medicine, such as surgery. You can also add half of your Medtech skill (rounding down) to a single area of medical expertise such as Pediatrics, ENT, Oncology etc.
  • Neotribe (Replaces Nomad): Neotribes are looser, transnational associations of people built on interests and common experiences. Communities, with stronger bonds. You can roll your ‘Family’ to gain aid or make local contacts from members of your ‘tribe’. Street gang members can be simulated with this role.
  • Netrunner: Interface represents your intuitive grasp and specialist knowledge of modern computing. You add half your Interface skill, rounding down, when engaged in Programming, Electronic Security and System Knowledge rolls.
  • Runner: Parkour is adds half its bonus to Athletics and Hide/Evade rolls.
  • Scavenger: With a Scrounge check you can figure out where to find junked, lost, but otherwise usable and valuable materials. You will still have to go get them, however. Unlike Streetwise or Streetdeal, what you turn up is free for the taking – at least monetarily.
  • Solo: Combat Sense (adds to Initiative).
  • Solo: Combat Sense, bonus to Awareness and Initiative.
  • Spy: Chameleon grants you one foolproof cover identity at level 1, another at level 5 and another at level 10. It also adds half its level as a bonus to Disguise and Persuasion/Fast talk rolls.
  • Techie: As well as the ability to jury rig apparatus (for 1d6 turns of operation) you can also add your Jury Rig skill as a bonus to one area of technical expertise of your choice (engineering, science etc).
  • THOT: Your Vamp skill allows you to encourage an audience to part with their money by using your sexuality, or their fetishes. Rolling this skill lets you tap people for money, make them take risks, send gifts to you and otherwise be led around by their libido.
  • Transient: These are more akin to the traditional Nomads and are members of biker gangs, displaced peoples, Roma caravans, traveller convoys etc. Basic Transients can use family, to represent their connections and contacts. Sub-classes calculate their Kith score according to Neotribes P38. Subclasses include Warriors (Warpath adds half round-down to Melee, Initiative and Awareness), Outriders (Recon adds half its level to Awarneess and Hide/Evade) and Shaman (Counsel, Works as a half-strength version of Credibility and Charismatic Leadership).
  • Transporter: Vehicle Zen is added as a bonus to vehicular skills.

Influence Level/Followers/Direct Influence
1/5k/200
2/10k/800
3/50k/1,800
4/100k/3,200
5/500k/5,000
6/1m/7,200
7/5m/9,800
8/10m/12,800
9/100m/16,200
10/1b/20,000

Starting Cash

You start with a base of €6,000 derived from your Special Ability (Limited to a starting value of 5).

Choose a second skill upon which you have earned your more legitimate income on top (other skills are capped at 8).

Skill Level/Starting Cash Bonus
1-5/€6,000
6/€9,000
7/€15,000
8/€21,000

Big Ticket Items

If you have an essential, big-ticket item integral to your character concept, you can have a single item, vehicle or other asset with a value of no more than €50,000, but it technically, really, is on loan from a criminal, intelligence, corporate or other group who demand favours etc in exchange until you pay it off.

Grzegorz Przybyś

Note on Cyberpsychosis and Therapy

Cybertherapists are expensive specialists and a weekly one-hour session will set you back at least €200. In a month of sessions (€800) you can regain one point of Humanity, but NOT Empathy. Empathy can only be recovered by a combination of removing cybernetics and therapy.

EG: Tony’s Empathy drops from 6 to 5, following the installation of a new cyberarm. His current Humanity is 52. After seven months of therapy his Humanity is back up to 59, but he can gain no further benefit from Therapy, nor regain his lost point of Empathy.

Characters reduced to 2 Empathy manifest mental illness and tics – you can decide what, you know your character’s mental fracture points. At Empathy 1 that illness becomes full blown. At 0 it becomes a full blown and permanent derangement. This is separate to any other mental illnesses your character might suffer from. Losing additional points of Empathy stacks on more insanity until you decide to retire the character.

Wounds, Damage and Armour

We’ll start out by trying the Wounds/Threshold system from the Red jumpstart kit, which is kind of like 4e’s Health/Bloodied/Down system. It’s not really any less abstract than wound levels, and a bit easier on the bookkeeping.

It does also mean that armour SP is ‘compressed’ however. Armour SPs convert roughly like so…

Original SP/New SP
1-5/1-5
6-7/5
8-9/6
10/7
11/8
12/9
13/10
14-16/11
17/12
18/13
19/14
20/15
25/20

#RPG – DrivethruRPG Halloween Sale

If you like horror games and scenarios, now’s the time to pick them up. Drivethrurpg has a sale on and I make a lot of horror and horro-adjacent material so you should find something you like.

Of course you SHOULD be buying over at Post-Mort.com, but there’s no sale there, so I’ll forgive you just this once…

#RPG – Five 200 Word RPGs to Help my Cat, Charlie

GET THE PDF HERE

NB: We’re covered at the moment, but if you already helped me out please download this for free. Otherwise, any money raised that exceeds what we need will go to charity, likely either the Zelart Scholarship fund or a no-kill cat shelter.

Games in this booklet:

  • Kredya Sociyani – Can you game the social credit system and come out on top?
  • One Downmanship – A race to the bottom to take control of the agenda.
  • The Great Debate – How extreme are you willing to go to get votes?
  • Elder, Could you tell me? – Create a religion, one annoying child’s question at a time.
  • Everything is Kung Fu – Solve every problem in the world, with your fists.

I don’t really enter the 200-Word RPG Challenge but I do meet the challenge. I treat it as an exercise, on and off. This year, as once previously, I’m offering up that work for sale, but for a special reason.

My cat, Charlie, has been with me about as long as I’ve been writing games full time. He’s been my companion and my muse, he’s added structure to my day, comfort when I’ve been down, amusing antics and much-needed distractions.

He also saved my life, literally rather than figuratively. At the point of one of my suicide attempts, he interrupted me, practically tearing down the door and making sounds I’ve never heard from a cat before or since. He stopped me, and I owe him.

Before the weekend a neighbour’s dog got out and chased him up a tree. In getting down again he scratched his eye and broke his left rear leg, right behind the knee.

This has meant many vet visits already, with more to come. Medication, X-rays, and may lead to an expensive operation to repair or remove the leg. I want to give him the best possible chance to keep the leg and to survive. I owe him my life.

As such I’m raising money to help cover his vet bills and to keep the options as open as possible. He’s an old boy and likely doesn’t have too many years left, but I love him and want him as fit and comfortable as possible.

This collection of games is Pay-What-You-Want. I’m sick of begging when things like this go wrong, and I do save money as a contingency, but it has been one thing after another this year and it just isn’t doable without help.

Updates can be found on my YouTube channel, ‘PostmortemVideo’.

Thanks,

Grim

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#RPG #DND Stock Art – New Brad McDevitt Collections for Sale

Collections of fantasy and historically themed stock art for you to use in your personal and professional projects, subject to the attached license.

Note that some pieces are repeated in other collections, where they suit multiple genres. Even so, these are cheap at half the price!

Historical Collection 5

Fantasy Collection 12

#RPG #DND – Fistful of Foes No.1 kicks off SCHLOCKTOBERFEST

A ‘Schlocktoberfest’ quick-and-dirty set of monsters for you to use in your 5e compatible games. They’re rough as toast, but you get five novel monsters from my twisted mind. Screen size and format for easy tablet/laptop reference.

Urban Blights – When the neighbourhood goes bad, for real.

  • Cobble Blight
  • Wattle Blight
  • Straw Blight

Cloud of Objects – When animated objects form swarms.

The Godless – When your hate for the gods is so strong, it attracts the soul fragment of an ancient evil.

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#RPG – Game Design Interview with Richard Pullman

#RPG – Game Design w/ Richard Pullman EPISODE 040

Grim (Actual F*cking Monsters RPG)

It was great to have a chance to nerd out over game design with Richard, and to pimp out my new subscriber-first video series on game design. Join my Patreon or Subscribestar for early access to that.

If you’d like me to come onto a ‘cast, to discuss anything or even to argue with me about my various, supposed ‘horrible’ positions on things, I’m always willing, or willing to host you on my Youtube livestream channel. This is a separate channel to my main one, so please subscribe there too!

In this fantastic episode Richard Pullman and James Desborough — also known as “Grim” — walk through a crazy career, an aimless industry, and the need for bravery in creativity.

Grim has more experience than anyone I know working for big companies, but also a raft of original games and content that push the limits of what you can explore in tabletop RPGs.

Had a lot of fun with this #podcast episode! Managed to get to so many different topics.

Thank you to @Grimachu and let’s all look forward to his #ttrpg #design series and projects. https://anchor.fm/game-design/episodes/Episode-040—Grim-Actual-Fcking-Monsters-RPG-e5ltlv

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#RPG – Actual Fucking Monsters: Breaking the Limits, the AFM Companion RELEASED!

IMPORTANT!

This product is too spicy for DrivethruRPG, which means I cannot use their promotional tools etc, and I can’t link to it off their site. I would greatly appreciate it, therefore, if you could spam the ever-loving shit out of this link everywhere, so that people can be aware of it and buy it direct.

Vielen danke, kiitos, merci, arigatōgozaimashita.

This companion volume to badly named but well-executed horror RPG Actual Fucking Monsters is bigger than the original! 120 pages of content for your Actual Fucking Monsters games, too spicy for Drivethrurpg.

  • We’ve got random character generation if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • We’ve got a whole wedge of new Monster Powers so you can dissolve your foes with vomit or get in touch with their feelings.
  • Want to play a dark, evil magician? Got you covered.
  • Want to introduce boring stuff to worry about, like, ‘humanity’. I don’t think you should, but we’ve got you covered anyway.
  • Want to fight against the Monsters as a Hunter? You can do that now, with more details on the Hunter organisations from the main book, and new ones! Along with revised Hunter ‘Powers’.
  • Want to run your games safely without some absolute head-end crying to mummy that they didn’t know a game called Actual Fucking Monsters was about Actual Fucking Monsters? Details for the M-Card game insurance policy are included.
  • Need victims for your Monsters to do horrible things to? We’ve got a random victim generator and 100 pre-generated victims!
  • Player advice on how to have fun in an Actual Fucking Monsters game? You bet your sweet arse.
  • Some ideas for artefacts, and some examples.
  • A (very scant) idea of a sort of setting beyond the implicit. Learn where Monsters fit into the world.
  • And lastly, a long-ass example of play, to help you grok with fullness.

This is a Post-Mort.com and Lulu.com exclusive, so please, inform everyone you can that this is up for sale!