House Rules

“Never in my house.. Ye abide by m’rules ya see…”

Character Examples Lexicon Equipment List as advertised in Black Market Global and Durability. For dealing out/gaining Experience, read Experience Points or Rites from the Spell List (High). Combat Attributes Anchor Fetters Advantages Skills Size Merits & Conditions & Powers. Creatures

We will try and keep to using the 1e Rules (1st Edition) but with changes which can be classified into 2e House Rules & Custom House Rules.

2e House Rules

  • XP Costs: Including Beats, Conditions etc.
  • Combat: Intended to make it more deadly.

Custom House Rules

  • Extra cost of 4th DoT and upward.
  • Mind & Soul Health Trackers replace integrity.
  • Hidden Traits include Karma, Reaction &
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  • Flame touches, quality a-f & 2 mods, catapult construction, sticks&stones, tools are more basic and common, implants are in experimental stage right now with max limited to mind or ?? -1 soul each implant?, knowledge implants, goggles and reflexes ??,ammo types, .0 .00 Sizes,

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams.”
― Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Sun Tzu

Assassins take no pride in fighting fairly. We take pride in winning.”
― Robin Hobb, Fool’s Quest

I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch. Not bad, really — like a beer that’s been in a brawl.”
― David Justice

Scion & Sorcerer add more for special forces merit, Detail Religious Faithful Devotion for day & week, True Faith for both, Miracles & Divine Magic, Health Recovery, Illuminati=Refiled, war in heaven of Greek gods vs. titans.. with free will =god and uncaring for man and devil loving man, the Fall, goo etc.

These are a summary of our own custom rules that are used as is the House Lore, largely NWOD with some Classic and Blood & Smoke thrown in. An example list of References and books used is here. Let me know if you see any problems

  • We’re only taking and using some from the “Chronicles of Darkness” and what we’re using and what we’re not is detailed in our CofD Rules Update. Types of Actions.
  • Defence: Use highest of Dex or Wit rather than the lowest.
  • Sanctity of Experience rather than Sanctity of Merits : This is because the idea extends beyond Merits and includes almost everything a Character may gain, I.e. Equipment, Attributes and Abilities etc. If you spend Experience on it, it’s likely a more difficult and plot-driven path to being lost than just gaining it in a Story with no Experience spent on it.
    Rationale:Okay, Players hate to lose things they’ve paid for with costly, precious XP but I think there needs to be a real extra threat of loss throughout the Story and things should hurt.. a Character will not always suffer injury physically so this is another alternative. Also, I hope XP will be fluid enough that you can earn things back relatively easily.
  • Learning Limits: A Character may only spend XP to learn a Maximum of Traits = Intelligence in any given downtime.
    Rationale:Players should save up sometimes?
  • Smartphones are linked to a Characters’ Resources Merit due to costly Monthly charges etc. so not everyone has quality access to Google and networking on the run.
  • Tutoring : To advance through most abilities a Tutor usually needs to be found and if they have the Teach or Tutor Academics Skill Speciality, then the better they are in the Skill they’re passing on the more the student benefits.
  • We have slightly different definitions for our in-house categories of Units of Time we use to mark the varying passing of Time in-game.
  • Roundin’ Down – Always, always ROUND-DOWN your DOT in anything and everything.. this just makes things a little rougher, tougher and darker.
    Rationale:This is the World of Darkness… It’s a dark, dangerous & unfair world.
  • 1st DOT is NEVER FREE – Again, things are just that little bit tougher in this World.. Those first DOTs of each Attribute need to be bought as well. Rationale: This world really is dark and gritty with many more people being average and less exceptional. Zero Dots mean disabled or a liability really with no expertise or capability at all.
    Rationale:Again, the world is harsh & unfair and I don’t want to completely take it for granted there’s no 0 point Attributed Disabled. I want there to be the choice and for players to actively, consciously put in that 1st DoT. Extra DoTs have been given to make up for it a little.
  • 4th DOT costs Double – The 4th DOTs (just like the 5th) costs double DOTs. This also applies to anything and everything. Rationale: Again, exceptional people should be very rare and it should take much time and effort to achieve those states of greatness, thus it should feel more rewarding when it happens. Mundane average really, truly is 2 DOTs. Note: The sixth & seventh DoT costs 3 DoTs each, eighth & ninth DoT costs 4 DoTs each… and so on.
    Rationale:When we start getting to these final, best in the whole world Traits and then on to the truly fantastic.. it really should be tougher, take longer, cost more effort. Again, I hope the XP awards will be enough to balance this though it should be very tough & require saving and effort to get these.
  • Chance Die: If a Characters’ Dice Pool ever drops below 1 Die, increase the “Target Number” depending on the lack of Die. So 0 Dice = TN 9, -1 = TN 10. These are still able to Roll Again on 10’s so a -2 Dice = Roll TN 10 and then a TN of 9 etc.
  • 5 is Mundane, 10 is Godly: When we first start we tend to be all dealing within the 1-5 Range but as things develop, enemies and situations may occur where things exceed that. 6 is really the limits of a mortal, it’s best in the world really, though perhaps there’s a hidden .1 percent of the population who exceeds even that.
  • Almost, Kinda & Criticals:
  • Rule of 1 / “Complications on 1” – 1’s rolled do not cancel successes rolled.. But, if more 1’s than Successes are rolled then the action suffers a complication.. Or, every 0 cancels a 1, the number of 1’s left over describe a complication (not a fail).
  • Automatic Competent Actions: The GM may allow automatic successes on regular actions if a Character is Competent in the relevant Skill (Skill of 3 or more).
  • “Botch / Dramatic Failure” If you roll more 1’s than your Attribute+ Skill, or on a “Chance Die” i.e. when you are rolling one Dice only, a 1 with no sucess causes a significant dramatic failure called a Botch or Fumble. These are bad!
  • Rule of 10 / “Exploding Die” – 10’s rolled always explodes, meaning it can be rolled again and counted again as another die.. If a 10 is again rolled then again it counts and explodes.. going on until it doesn’t roll a 10.
  • Number of Successes: Rolling your Dice Pool, the number of Successes translates as –
    1 Barely a Success but you just managed it.
    2 Normal Success
    3 Good Success
    4 Exceptional Success
    5 Fantastic Success
  • Willpower: You may spend WP at a 1:3 Ratio, up to max of 3 WP. Each point adds 1 die to your Dice Pool for any kind of Action Roll or Resistance Roll. Thus, spend 1 WillPower for 1 extra Die added to your Dice Pool in a chance to Drive etc. You can regain WP back to max. by using your Assets or at 1 point per day.
  • Maximum Attributes: The usual maximum for most Mortals is 5-6 and for Others it’s 10. Remember: 4 DoTs & 5 DoTs cost two DoTs each. 6 DoTs & 7 DoTs cost three each and 8 DoTs & 9 DoTs cost 4 DoTs each. Thus it’s harder and harder to raise your Attributes. The same roughly applies for Abilities though is a little more flexible.
  • Check Rolls: A Character may wish to “know what they know” for a particular subject or activity. Simply, Roll Int + Skill Dice and each success allows the StoryTeller to give you a helpful clue, idea or suggestion on what might be known by the Character in that situation.
    eg. You
  • Routine Actions: After long practice, you’ve become handily proficient with a certain task. When a roll has the Routine quality, each die succeeds on a 6+ rather than an 8+.
    You are still able to Fumble your action by rolling lone 1’s (those without 10’s to mitigate them) greater than Attribute+ Skill.

Anything that would give you the Rote or Advanced qualities on an roll instead gives you the Routine quality.

  • Sleep: Most Mortals can go a full day (24 hours) with no rest or sleep and after that a Roll Check is needed each day to lessen the growing penalties found on the Days Awake Table.
  • Hunger:* Characters should eat and drink to keep themselves going. A Character can be thought of as to do such things during Downtime and find a quiet moment to fulfill such needs but if not stated..
  • Equipment Bonus: These are ineffective if they are greater than the relevant Skill being used. Expand.g. a +4 Car used by a Driver with Drive (3) only gets an actual effective +3 Bonus.
    A Doctor with Medicine (4) is using a +2 medikit, they get the full use of that Bonus but moving to a top state of the art + 5 Medical Lab can only make use of the +4 and the extra 1 is lost.

This is also relevant for Weapons. A skill needs to be equal or more than the Weapon Bonus to take full advantage and be effective using the weapon.

  • Equipment Costs: You may buy an item that is cheaper or more expensive depending on Quality, Legality and whether it is customised or not.
    • Cheap, used or shoddy items: 1 DoT cheaper than the standard cost displayed.
    • Expensive, Custom-Made or Illegal items: Cost 1 DoT more than the standard, advertised cost.
    • Haggling. Threatening, Blackmail, Offering a Favour etc: These are all possible ways to lower the Cost.
    • For Example: You want a car which is normally 3 DoTs of Resources. If you settle for a well used car you can get it for 2 DoTs. If you’re after the luxury all-inclusive then that’s 4 DoTs.
      For example, in the UK you want. Wel made, exquisite hand gun. Normally they cost 2 DoTs but a well made one costs 3 but in the UK it’s illegal so costs 4 DoTs to acquire.
  • Encumbrance: This is a simple way to track how much weight you are carrying and if it penalises your movement or actions when heavily loaded.
  • Experience Points awarded: Players may be awarded XP both during Play as well as at the end of a Session.
  • Sanctity of Merits: This means that those Merits you have spent XP on should not be arbitrarily lost but instead should be somewhat protected by the GM during play as compared to any Merits you may have accrued during play but haven’t spent XP on. Those without XP may be lost easily and can be considered you haven’t invested the time or care to keep them.
  • Skill Usage Advancement: When a Skill is tried, place a Line for failure, a Cross for a success alongside that Skill. Once the total reaches Skill Level * 5 you can Roll a Skill Advancement Check and if it succeeds you can add a DOT for “free” with no XP cost. These ticks are only awarded for valid Skill usage and not constant “try it everywhere, anyhow”…
  • Vague Stats: At times, the GM may wish to keep some of your Current Statistics vague and secret, better to increase tension and caution during Gameplay. Stats such as Current Health (BODY; MIND; SOUL), Encumbrance, Karma, Reputation etc are most likely to become vague unless estimated by someone with relevant skills such as Psychology or Medicine, Athletics, Occult or Unseen Senses.
  • Athletics & Crafts: Skills have been added or changed some to try and weight them differently. Acrobatic skill, for example to try and make Athletics less of a must for everyone. Acrobatic Specialities may include free-running, tumbling, balance and evasion. Construction has been added to compliment and split from Crafts.
  • Penalty for No Skill: If you try and perform an Action you are Unskilled in or don’t have a required Speciality then you receive a Penalty of at least -2 for any of the 3 Skill Categories.
  • Cross Skill Knowledge: It is possible the GM may add a relevant Other Skill to the Dice Pool if it is deemed very relevant to the Action. This value is halved and rounded down so at least a Skill of 2 is required to grant a +1 Bonus, a Skill of 3 also only grants +1 Bonus and a Skill of 4 grants a +2 Bonus etc. Only one extra Skill is ever possible (though you may also add relevant Specialities).
  • “Skill Stacking”: Any number of (Specialities < Intellect) that are relevant to the action may be used for the Dice Pool.
  • Related Specialities: A Character may add a number of related Skill Specialities <int>d only need 2 DoTs).

The Tutor needs to feed a DoT of their blood to kick off the Discipline in their student.

House Rules

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