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d100rules.jpgd100rules is a d100 roleplaying game system that has been slowly in the making for some years now. Current ETA is around 2018.

A free pdf with art and an at-cost print-on-demand deadtree copy will be published. The written content will be declared to be part of the public domain, so that anyone can use it as they like.

The design goal of the system is to have a fast-flowing system with simple rules that are easy to remember, but maintains a realistic "feel".

I am aiming for a 22 page (excluding covers) PDF and saddle stitch book with 4 main chapters:

  1. Core mechanics
  2. Combat manual
  3. Grimoire
  4. Bestiary vocabulum

Each chapter will consist of 4 pages - one full page illustration, one page of rules, 2 pages of examples and design choices for the rules. The 4 illustrations and the 4 pages of rules can be used to make a custom GM screen. A four page addendum will contain another full page illustration, a character sheet with the rules for character generation included, one page of char-gen examples and a page of optional add-on rules. There will also be a 2 page introduction/gm advice/copyright & public domain designation at the beginning. After reading the book once, you should only need the 4 pages of rules and character sheets to run the game.

The rules are still somewhat in flux and will problably still change before publishing. The drools forum will be used as a rules-laboratorum during the next year.

Rules content chapter by chapter:

CORE MECHANICS:

  • Characteristics
  • Skills
  • Task resolution (stat rolls and skill rolls)
  • Levels of success
  • Opposed rolls

COMBAT MANUAL:

  • Hit points
  • Damage and death
  • Weapons
  • Armor
  • Combat

GRIMOIRE:

  • Unified magic system
  • Elemental magic / elemental gods

BESTIARUM VOCABULU:

  • Common NPC races
  • Common animals and predators
  • Monsters

ADDENDUM

  • Character sheet with char-gen rules included
  • Addon rules for present and sci-fi settings

 

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Hello!

First off, the artwork looks quite nice. The coloring/highlighting is appealing.

A few questions for you, though:

What differentiates your d100 Rules from the various BRP-inspired systems that are already available? Gamers have old versions of Chaosium Runequest, BRP Gold Book, Mongoose Runequest II, and OpenQuest already to choose from. Why should I buy your version?

What's the story behind the mohawked Ratman(?)? I'm not a Gloranthaphile... so maybe that's why I'm unfamiliar.

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First off, the artwork looks quite nice. The coloring/highlighting is appealing.

Thanks! Did you see the duck coming to the rescue in the background? ;)

What differentiates your d100 Rules from the various BRP-inspired systems that are already available?

This is basically my groups tweaked set of houserules. We've tried to strike a compromise between simplicity and the realistic "feel", which we at least are comfortable with. It's probably most similar to OpenQuest in that sense, but takes a slightly different route.

Gamers have old versions of Chaosium Runequest, BRP Gold Book, Mongoose Runequest II, and OpenQuest already to choose from. Why should I buy your version?

You shouldn't. At least not initially. As previously mentioned, there will be a free pdf with art and the text will be declared to be part of the public domain. So you should download it, see if there some rules there you'd like to grab for your own game, and only if you like the system as a whole and want it printed professionally (and not just from your own printer), then you could consider buying a print version from Lulu. Then you would also just pay the actual price for the print, nothing extra, as this is a totally non-commercial hobby-project.

What's the story behind the mohawked Ratman(?)? I'm not a Gloranthaphile... so maybe that's why I'm unfamiliar.

The "ratman" is a trollkin. In Glorantha, trollkins are a degenerated version of trolls, weaker in most aspects even when compared with humans. The trollkin in the picture is my character. :)

SGL.

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So I've started to thinker with our houserules again and decided to bring the drools forum out from the inactive ones again. I've hidden the others threads that were present in this forum as the rules have evolved or changed at least. ETA is probably a couple of years away, so this will function as a rules-laboratory forum until then.

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The design goal is a 22 page (excluding covers) PDF and saddle stitch book with 4 main chapters:

  1. Core mechanics
  2. Combat manual
  3. Grimoire
  4. Bestiary vocabulum

Each chapter will consist of 4 pages - one full page illustration, one page of rules, one page of examples and one page explaining the design choices for the rules. The 4 illustrations and the 4 pages of rules can be used to make a custom GM screen. A four page addendum will contain another full page illustration, a character sheet with the rules for character generation included, one page of char-gen examples and a page of optional add-on rules. There will also be a 2 page introduction/gm advice/copyright & public domain designation at the beginning. After reading the book once, you should only need the 4 pages of rules and character sheets to run the game.

 

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On 12/11/2010 at 5:17 AM, Trifletraxor said:

The "ratman" is a trollkin. In Glorantha, trollkins are a degenerated version of trolls, weaker in most aspects even when compared with humans. The trollkin in the picture is my character. :)

 

SGL.

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I love the illustrations but your Trollkin needs to be "fattened up" just a bit in his torso.  Trolls (and Trollkin) tend to be "barrel chested" with slightly shorter limbs relative to the length of their torsos compared to humans.  That will stop people from mistaking your Trollkin for a "Ratman" (although I have NO problem with "Ratmen" after following SnarfQuest in Dragon Magazine for years :)).   In fact, the troll getting blasted in the "Seige" picture appears more appropriately proportioned.  

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