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    I'd be interested in this, as no one around my area plays and of the DH games.

    I've played DH before, but not RT. Is it possible to play an Eldar ranger?

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    Is there a particular reason we arent using the actual 40k rulesets and using fate instead? I had assumed this was a DH/RT/DW/BC game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricPaladin View Post
    But, man, I'm totally loving on your Inquisitor!
    Okie dokie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AirHorse View Post
    Is there a particular reason we arent using the actual 40k rulesets and using fate instead? I had assumed this was a DH/RT/DW/BC game!
    Honestly? Because...
    1) I only own Rogue Trader, but don't really feel like running a "Rogue Trader" game.
    2) The books are so expensive that I'm not going to buy the rest of them in order to run a more varied game.
    3) The DH/RT/DW/BC ruleset is crunchy and combat-oriented. This is totally cool... except that this is not going to be crunchy and combat-oriented game. Trust me, if you think social/investigation plots are slow in play-by-post, then you will not believe how slow combat will go. There will be (blood) combat, but it will not be the focus of the game. So, I want to go with a system that is as light and "one roll" as possible.

    If this is a deal-breaker for anyone currently playing, feel free to back out. I'm confident that reading the thread of the game will be so awesome that it will blow you away and convince you to join the next game!
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    My character could easily be changed to female without any changes to background so happy to play as such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildeybeast View Post
    My character could easily be changed to female without any changes to background so happy to play as such.
    Your call. As long as we can keep it tasteful, I'd be particularly entertained by a dispossessed noblewoman going around gambling and being irresponsible and seducing the sons and daughters of planetary governors. It would be a nice change of pace, and 40k is the future, after all.
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    Its not a deal breaker dont worry, I just wanted to see if there was a particular reason, those are pretty reasonable reasons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricPaladin View Post
    Your call. As long as we can keep it tasteful, I'd be particularly entertained by a dispossessed noblewoman going around gambling and being irresponsible and seducing the sons and daughters of planetary governors. It would be a nice change of pace, and 40k is the future, after all.
    Hey, I'd always assumed that other people would think guys playing girls characters is weird, but I'm cool with it. Noblewoman she is. I will need to think of a new first name though.
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    Here is the way this system is going to work. It's a FATE hack, largely lifted from John Wick's excellent Houses of the Blooded RPG, with a few alterations of my own.

    Characters

    Firstly, every character has five Virtues. The Virtues are: Strength, Compassion, Cunning, Beauty, Integrity, and Wisdom. You will note that I have listed six Virtues. You can only have five of them; one is your Fatal Flaw. You have a rating of zero in this Virtue and can never have any dice. You will need to rely on other sources whenever you need to create a dice pool in that area of life.

    Every Virtue is associated with one of the things you can be in this game. Strength is associated with Astartes and Orks. Compassion is associated with Humans and Tau. Cunning is associated with the Mechanicus. Beauty is associated with the Eldar. Integrity is associated with Psykers. Wisdom is associated with the Inquisition. If you belong to that group, you can not have that Virtue as your Fatal Flaw. It's possible to belong to more than one group. You can be an Astartes Psyker, for example. In that case, you are simply more limited; there are two Virtues you can't chose as your Fatal Flaw. You also get a bonus point in that Virtue for being a part of that group. If you belong to multiple groups, you only get one bonus point, but you can choose which of your Group Virtues you get.

    Virtues have the following functions:
    • Strength: Killing things, performing feats of physical prowess.
    • Compassion: Connecting to your fellows, understanding them, empathy.
    • Cunning: Gathering information, deceiving people with your sneakiness.
    • Beauty: Manipulating people with your charisma, creating art, communicating
    • Integrity: Holding your ground against temptation and the horrors of the Warp
    • Wisdom: Knowing things

    You also have two Aspects. An Aspect is a descriptive phrase that tells the world something about your character. Aspects should be descriptive and tasty. You want to pick things like "For the Emperor and Sanguinus!" or "Big guns never tire." Honestly, a lot of the shorter quotes in 40k books could be Aspects.

    You also have a Name, a Family (for Astartes, this is probably his Chapter; for Eldar, it might be his noble family, or it might be a reference to her Craftworld, and a Concept, which are also Aspects.

    The way you use Aspects is this: you spend a FATE point (more on those later) and get either +2 bonus dice or a reroll. This is called Invoking the Aspect. You can also do this to someone else's Aspect to give yourself the same benefit. This is called Tagging an Aspect.

    The trouble with Aspects is that anyone else - including the GM - can bribe you with FATE points to do something in character, but bad for you. For example, if you have the Aspect "Honored son of Dorn," and some Space Wolf is trash-talking on Dorn and what a wuss he was compared to Russ, I can offer you a FATE point to get up in his face about it. If you refuse, you have to pay me off with a FATE point.

    Aspects are also given to you by Maneuvers. Basically, anyone can make a roll to put an Aspect on you (or anything else, including an object, or the scene). They can then do all that stuff we just described with this new Aspect. So, for example, if I make a roll to hit you with a flamer (and take a penalty for the complexity of putting an Aspect on you instead of just hurting you) I can put the "on fire" Aspect on you. Then I can, say, tag that aspect to make you either bleed a FATE point or lose your action putting the fire out. Normally, Aspects someone puts on you fall off after one use, but there are ways to make them "stickier." Additionally, injuries and other negative conditions? They're also Aspects.

    You start each chapter with three FATE points. You will get FATE points back when bad things happen to you. You will spend them for bonus dice. You store extra FATE points in awesome and stylish gear - a tattered red cloak for a Magus, an awesome hat for a foppish young Imperial lord, a purity seal for an Astartes.

    Finally, you will get some Skills - which add to dice pools . You'll get some Stunts, attached to your Skills, which are special talents. Psychic powers will work this way.

    And then there's how your character will advance:

    After a chapter
    • Tweak Aspect
    • Move one skill point
    • Recover one condition one rank
    • FATE refreshes.

    After a story
    • Tweak Aspect
    • Move one skill point
    • FATE refreshes
    • +1 Skill Point
    • Recover all conditions one rank

    After a novel
    • Tweak Aspect
    • Move one skill point
    • FATE refreshes
    • +1 Skill Point
    • Recover all conditions
    • +1 Aspect OR +1 Virtue

    System

    The way it works is this:

    1. Normally, we're going to keep the mechanical stuff to a minimum. Lots of narrating, playing out lines of conversation post by post, stuff like that.
    2. When I ask for a roll - or you ask for a roll - you assemble your dice pool. You add up the appropriate Virtue (or none, if it's your Fatal Flaw) with your Skills, any bonuses from Stunts or special gear, and decide if you're going to spend FATE points to get bonuses from Aspects. This gives you a number of dice.
    3. Then, you decide if you are going to make a wager. This means reducing your dice pool by groups of two dice at a time. For every two dice you remove, the reward if you succeed goes up by one.
    4. Roll the dice.
    5. Every 5 or 6 is a success. If you get less than 3, you fail. I - or whoever you're dealing with - gets to narrate what happens. If you get 3 or more - it doesn't matter how many - you succeed to a degree based on how many dice you wagered.

    Now, here's how wagering works.

    In general, when you succeed at a roll, you either get to answer a yes or no question, or you get the answer to a yes or no question, depending on how important it is to the plot. This means that I have a lot of freedom to let you do the narrative work for me.

    For every point of wager, you get to add one more fact.

    For example

    You walk into your chambers. You ask me: "is there anyone lurking within."

    I say: "I dunno, roll your Cunning" (Cunning is the Virtue of gathering information from your environment).

    You roll, and succeed, with three points of wager. I reply with "I don't have any particular ides, so go for it" (in order to streamline the process, I will probably package this information with another post I make earlier in the process).

    You say: "someone is in the room, it's a woman, she is tainted by Chaos, and she steps forward saying 'I have a message for you, Magos.'"

    I say "damn… I'd better get to creating some plot here!"

    Some of the dice rolling will be handled in PMs, but in general, it's open. This is one of those games where I want you to metagame in order to produce better plot!

    I will compile this - and all the details I left out - into a document and post it later.

    Any questions?

    Also, feel free to start dreaming up those Aspects!
    Last edited by ElectricPaladin; 08-28-2013 at 01:31 PM.
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    Seems pretty simple to me.
    Virtues: Strength, Compassion (I wanted this to be my flaw), Cunning, Integrity, and Wisdom.
    Flaw: Beauty

    Aspects:
    Personal: "Through faith; suspicion."
    Bonuses to resist Charm tests made by NPCs
    Name: "By the Ordo Malleus, I condemn you."
    Bonuses to damaging Daemonic/Chaotic NPCs

    Did I do that right?
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