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Finders Keepers - Background and Sources
|Credit Konstantin Vavilov|
For the rules and character generator, see here. This is likely to be a long and boring post, go make some funky weirdos instead!
Monday, January 13, 2020
Finders Keepers - Character Generator and Rules
Strength - Lifting, breaking, resisting poison and disease
Dexterity - Sprinting, dodging, climbing, fiddling, lock-picking
Charisma - Yelling, lying, hoping for the best, looting
Lowest of 3d6 for each for the bonus (from +1 to +6)
Checks and Saves usually require a roll of 15 or more to succeed. Some actions may require a roll of 10+ or 20+.
1d6 max starting HP
Worn armour subtracts from damage taken
While at zero HP, each blow has a [dmg]-in-20 chance of resulting in death or unconsciousness
Gain Useful, Odd, Memento, Weirdness
Three options for additional gear:
A) Sum highest stat and HP [Standard]
2. Big ranged (d10), heavy armour (2a), Talent, Memento
3. Two melee (d6), light armour (1a), Arcana, Odd
4. One melee (d6), Arcana, Odd, Weirdness
5. Big melee (d10), melee (d6), small ranged (d6), Talent
6. Ranged (d8), light armour (1a), Failed Career, Useful
7. Melee (d6), small ranged (d6), Weirdness, Memento
8. Big melee (d10), Failed Career, Useful
10. Small ranged (d6), Failed Career
11. Basic melee (d6)
C) As above, but select randomly from available options [Gonzo]
Unarmed - 1
Improvised - d4
One-handed - d6
Noble - d8
Two-handed - d10
Emplaced/three-handed - d12
Light armour - 1a
Heavy armour - 2a
Shield - Sunder to block 1d12 damage, metal can be repaired
Buckler - Allows for defensive Gambits
Tower Shield - 1a from the front
Multiple Damage Dice
Each round, a single target only takes the highest damage shown on all attacks against them. Traits that grant additional damage dice, dual-wielding, or ganging up on an enemy follow the same rule.
If you spend your whole round trying to avoid getting hit, Make a DEX check. 15+ in melee, 10+ against ranged, 20+ while grappling or being held.
Say what you want to do with your attack (disarm, trip, knock over) and what will happen if you fail. It has to make sense. Make a Strength or Dexterity check to try it. 10+ most of the time, 15+ if the enemy is more skilful than you, has more legs, is bigger than you etc.
If knocked to exactly 0HP from full, gain a scar. If you gain a scar a second time, gain an affliction instead. The first time you gain a scar or affliction, increase your max HP by 1d6. Roll the die used to deal the damage:
- Shattered Hand - One of your hands is out of use until you rest and get it looked at, after which it's fine besides looking a bit gnarled
- Shaken Nerves - You stammer, twitch, or shake, unless you use something to calm your nerves.
- Lasting Pain - A nasty scar that causes intense pain if pressed on
- Battle Scars - A random limb or half of your face is badly scarred and you lose all feeling in it. If you roll this Scar a second time you also lose all movement of the affected area
- Gouged Face - A random part of your face is gouged enough to impair its use and look bad (d6) 1. Left Eye, 2. Right Eye, 3. Ears, 4. Nose, 5. Teeth, 6. Jaw
- Busted Lung - Your breathing is always loud and you can't hold your breath as long as normal
- Extremity Loss - Lose a finger, ear, or other small part of your body that you could live without
- or more, Afflicted - Abusive, paranoid, irrational, hopeless or something else. Anyone that rests with you nearby recovers 1 fewer HP
- Organ Damage - A vital organ is in critical state. If you suffer any other Affliction it gives in, and you die
- Fading Senses - One of your senses is slightly dulled now and is completely gone if you suffer another Affliction
- Disfigurement - Your injury has left your face totally disfigured
- Splintered Mind - A specific element of this injury is stuck in your mind. Take double damage if you are forced to relive it and don't spend time freaking out
- Lost Limb - One of your limbs is torn off or otherwise made useless
- Fractured Skull - You have trouble talking and making facial expressions. If you suffer this Affliction a second time your skull is utterly split open and you die
- Broken Body - You require a crutch or cane to go faster than a hobble
- or more, Shadow of Death - You shouldn't have survived that. You have nightmares of your own death every night. Roll 1d12 instead of 1d20 the next time you are damaged at 0HP
In return for making oaths, obeying love potions, character portraits, completing major quests in a stylish manner, acquiring achievements, going to heaven, solving problems effectively etc. you gain XP. You spend XP only at character creation, in return for additional items:
1 - Useful Item, Failed Career, Memento, melee weapon, small ranged weapon, shield
2 - Odd Item, Weirdness, big melee weapon, ranged weapon, light armour
3 - Talent, Arcana, big ranged weapon, heavy armour
Like Radioactive Blood
All magical things taste weird, some smell weird, but a good lick will always tell you if it is magical or mundane.
Curses and diseases don't go away on their own. Neither do some injuries. If you want to get better, you'll have to try something and roll 20+ on a STR check (injuries and disease) or a CHA check (curses, some diseases). If you don't succeed, then that method will never work, but you can try something else. "Hoping for the best" counts as a method.
If you take more than 10 damage in a round, take another d8 damage next round, or d4 if you roll around in agony on the ground
A.K.A. "Oddular Mechanics"
Enhanced: Damage dealt increases to d12. Often against a vulnerable target or risky attack.
Impaired: Damage dealt decreases to d4. Attacking against cover, or while blind.
Deprived: Cannot heal until you get what you need. When it gets deadly, take d6 damage each unit of time - warmth [hour], water [day], food [week-ish], air [round], companionship [month ?]
|Prepare for Climbing - Konstantin Vavilov|
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