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    Roleplaying since 1994. Designing RPGs since 2008. Published Diezlados, Relatos, Lobo Blanco and Sistema Relatos. Played: Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Elric!, Nephilim, Pendragon, Aquelarre, Runequest, HeroQuest 2, AD&D1 and 2, D&D 3.5, D&D 5, Mage, WoD, Fading Suns, Toon, SWd6, Shadowrun, Ars Magica, CP2020, Numenera, 7th Sea, Rolemaster, GURPS, Dungeon World, Black Hack, Action Movie World, Kult PbtA, Blades in the Dark, FU, Amber.
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  1. Another possible angle would be to make CHA (not APP) and POW a single characteristic: POW. A high Power could mean someone of charisma who can exert influence and manipulate others if wanted.
  2. Wouldn't fog, clouds, smoke disperse a laser beam?
  3. I'm no Glorantha fan, but really love the Valley of Plenty proposal. I read the "campaign notes" someone posted and really liked what I saw. Congrats!
  4. In real life, charisma is a super useful stat. A high charisma can make you pass under the police inspection radar. May get you a new job. Might make harder for another person to say No to some request. Someone with low charisma is usually ignored, both in presence and speech, even if he is saying something interesting. I've made this characteristic roll for a BRP homebrew: First Impression Roll = CHA x5 This roll is made every time a character faces another for the first time. A Critical Success means social skills require one less success level. A success means the character is received in a good way. Failure means the character is not taken into account and all social skills require one higher success level. Fumble means the character is frowned upon and taken as hostile, treacherous or any other appropriate interpretation.
  5. Hey! Don't forget characteristics! Maybe both have Minor Noble at 57% but one of the characters has a higher CHA, and more suitable for social interaction, and the other a higher DEX, and more suitable for Dancing and other physical aspects of the "occupation".
  6. You can treat the skill as "MP" and reduce momentarily your skill level until rest. A simple spell may cost 5%, another 10%, 15%.... Now that I think of it you dont even have to do math... as the skills are intended to roll the highest possible under your skill, you can have a Magic Point spendure beside the Magic skill and to cast you have to roll under the skill but over the spent MPs. No math, clear as water...
  7. Insight works like Intuition. A successful roll shouldn't detect lies, but should bring some doubt to the PC. You may also roll Insight to read someone's intent. Perhaps you see someone in the crowd and a successful Insight roll tell you he seems to be looking for someone and has a violent attitude.
  8. I watched the Cosmic Zap videos and they were awesome. I'm looking forward to it!
  9. I use bolded words for my own game rules but I usually do it when the term is introduced or really important to the current section. Otherwise I leave it un-bolded. That makes a nice balance and keeps attention to the new stuff you need to point at.
  10. I've only GMed HQ2 twice... but never got it to work properly. Specifically I had much trouble trying to assign a proper difficulty to the challenge. There was a disconnection between the description I made, the difficulty level RAW and how easy it became to the PCs. I don't know if I needed to cut the challenges into smaller challenges and thus increase rolls (and tension), or just go along with the results. I did this last thing but I felt I couldn't transmit the danger to my players. I think a rules revision could include a detailed desrcription not only of the rules but of the whole process and the decisions the GM make.
  11. Having read some Reynold's novels after playing RoH, I now get some of the "tone" of the game. However that is not quite well expressed in the rules IMO. I recommend everyone to read at least Revelation Space for a hint.
  12. @Newt Can I get hold of Skyraiders in PDF? I missed the Kickstarter!
  13. Yes, if I can name flaw in Elric is that of extremely high percentages, with the book even encouraging starting with combat skills above 100%. Also the rules for allegiance gains is confusing... You're supposed to roll a checked force, as any other skill, but then there are many cases where the GM grants points at will. I just used the latter. The table also has some flaws IMO in dividing too much "evil" actions as Chaotic and "good" as Lawful (or balance).
  14. I agree Elric! Is the best version because of the reasons Nick mentioned above. Although, one thing I disliked was the excessive presence of common spells, which were reworded spells from RQ and other games, with no relation to the setting, except one or two.
  15. If you'd keep Elric! as a base, then maybe I'd allow these options: In case of tied success level, the character with higher characteristic wins Allow each character to deduce its characteristic points to the dice roll If not, I would cap skill levels at Characteristic x7 or something like that.
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