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[Adonthell-devel] Basic Role Playing System
[Adonthell-devel] Basic Role Playing System
Wed, 30 Jan 2002 20:48:05 +0100
As we seem to have a general brainstorming session at the moment, I'll fire
this one in. Actually, it does not differ too much from my prior posts, it's
just more complete (I hope).
Before we can really go on and think about combat or magic, we should agree
on the rules that lie beneath everything else.
Like what character's are there, what attributes do they have and what do
those attributes mean. I'll give a braindump of the things I remember from
old discussions and stuff implicitly contained in the library. There will
also be a few of my own ideas in there.
There are four available races: Dwarves, Humans, Half-Elves and Elves.
For the final game, we have a set of 8 characters to chose from. One
male/female of each of the above races. As they have a given background, they
most likely will have fixed set of attributes to begin with, reflecting their
current skills. From then on it is up to the player how they will develop.
The question is, how much should the choice of a certain character influence
the further game?
I already said, that magic would be open to Half-Elves and Elves only. But
should there be greater differences?
I think the general opinion is that there shouldn't be too many. I can think
of Hit Points (HP) of course, Experience Points (EXP) and Training Points
(TP) as critical to the player. I.e. they should appear in a prominent place.
Then there would be a couple needed for internals. They might be made
available to the player or not.
Strength - affects usage of weapons/damage dealt/etc
Agility - affects defense, but also the 'regeneration' JT suggested
Intelligence - much like strength, but for use with magic. Also affects
available options in dialogues
Would those three be enough for everything? Our old combat calculations had
also Luck (to determine Critical Hits/Misses) and we might want to have
something like an Alignment.
Attributes apply to a variety of situations, whereas skills are quite
specialized abilities. In fact, a lot of things would fall into this category.
A certain spell could be considered a skill, as could be a 'special move'
with a conventional weapons. Picking locks, brewing a certain poiton and much
In general, these Skills might be not known at all (and therefore cannot be
used) or could be completely mastered. (meaning they always(?) succeed and
have the greatest effect). A percentage might be suited best to describe this.
To gain new Skills, you had to find someone to teach them. Certain
"abilities", like a recipe for a certain potion could also be given as the
reward for a quest or bought in a shoppe.
Skills that have to be learned would require some TP, depending on the value
or difficulty of the Skill. The quality of the teacher and/or the attributes
of the character would influence the initial 'grasp' of that skill. Usually
it wouldn't be more than a few percent, but in exceptional situations it
might be much higher (-> easter eggs).
I can think of two ways to make improvements to the character:
* Learning by doing
As the player makes use of his skills, these gradually improve. However,
that should be a pretty slow process, depending on the Skill. Skills that
can be used under rare circumstances might improve faster that way than
skills that are commonly used.
With the TP gained each time players level up, they could go to a teacher
and take a lesson in a certain ability. Depending on the teacher, that would
increase the skill by a few percent. There could be differences between
teachers, so that some might be less effective than others. Also, every
teacher could have a limit, so that you would have to find a master to gain
mastery of a skill.
Each training session could cost 1 TP (and whatever material goods or
service the teacher wants).
Types of Skills
* 'Artistic Skills'
That would include everything that involves assembling something according
to a recipe. Potions, poisons (to 'improve' weapons with) and other things.
(Quite a bit of McGyver feeling here ;) - "Aaargh, he has a ballpen and a
Those Skills usually require no TP's and cannot be improved by learning.
There could be a menu listing all the 'recipes', and if you have the proper
reagents, selecting an item would 'create' whatever item the recipe
describes; with a chance of failure depending on the mastery of that skill.
* Weapon Skill
Something that very, very slowly increases by doing it. I'm a bit unsure if
this should be D&D like, where you have a Skill for every weapon type, or
if we should rather have 'special moves' that apply to all weapons. In
latter case, not all 'moves' might be equally efficient with any weapon
and/or against any enemy.
To improve or learn weapon skills, you'll have to find a teacher.
Initially, a spell needs to be learned. Either from a teacher or a scroll.
It could also be 'copied' from a monster in certain situations.
Learning from a teacher would always succed, but cost TP's. Learning from
a scroll might fail, depending on the character's intelligence, but is
practically for free.
Using the spell regularly should show a notable improvement.
* Other Skills
Stuff like lock picking. (Don't know if we actually want to have that).
Okay, that's enough for this mail, I think.
- [Adonthell-devel] Basic Role Playing System,
Kai Sterker <=