Wednesday, August 21, 2019

PALACE RUN 0.2

I wrote this game that I'm very pleased with. I'm hoping to enter it in the 200 word RPG competition when submissions are open. Until then, I'll be playtesting it and tweaking it on Discord, and you should hit me up for a link to the server if you're interested.

Rules

The current version, at time of writing.

One player is REFEREE. Others, CHARACTERS.
"d6" means "six-sided die". "d20", 20-sided.

CHARACTERS
===
Choose name, POSSESSION. STAT=18.
CHECK or SAVE: roll d20<=STAT.
(CHECKS do; SAVES avoid.)
Attacks auto-hit, d6 damage to STAT.
After 2+ damage, SAVE. Failure --> STAT=1.
STAT<=0 --> death.
REST --> STAT=18.

POSSESSIONS
  • Sword (+1 damage)
  • Hand-mirror
  • Marbles (100)
  • Chalk
  • Glue
  • Flute
  • Rope
  • Wine
  • Bucket
  • Hammer

ROOMS
===
d6ROOMCONTENTS
1.CourtyardPlants
2.GallerySculptures
3.BallroomPillows
4.BedroomBaskets
5.KitchenBanquet
6.LibraryFountain

d6EXITSFEATURE
1.N-EENCOUNTER
2.N-SGLINT
3.N-WTREASURE
4.S-ETWIST
5.S-WWay UP
6.E-WWay DOWN

ENCOUNTERS
===
2-in-6 whenever CHARACTERS dawdle, REST, or clamor.
Flight auto-succeeds, CHECK or become lost.
d6MoodEncounter
1.SleepyGuards
2.HappyNobles
3.SadAnimals
4.AfraidServants
5.HungryIntruders
6.AngrySupernatural

GLINTS
===
Encounter clues.

TREASURE (d6)
===
  1. Jewels
  2. Wine
  3. Porcelain
  4. Tapestry
  5. Letters
  6. Gold

TWIST (d6)
===
  1. 1 damage crossing (example: thorns).
  2. Secret Door: CHECK locates.
  3. Oubliette: SAVE or fall (d6 damage).
  4. Non-Euclidean: exits to far rooms.
  5. Unique room-type (example: laboratory).
  6. Palace exit.

(194 words!)

Inspirations

Sparks

Tables are rough to fit in the game because each number also counts as a word. A d6 table is a minimum of 14 words. So I put this together, but can't even begin to fit it in. I worry that some of the words are too similar anyway though.

d20Spark 1Spark 2
1ancientbanquet
2black-marketceremony
3crystalchandelier
4dancingchivalry
5decadentdiplomacy
6exoticeducation
7foreignespionage
8gamblingfa├žade
9giltgift
10hiddenhistory
11honorablehunting
12illegitimateinheritance
13ivoryintrigue
14legalmarriage
15luxurymoney
16mahoganymusic
17marblepiety
18paintedtaxes
19socialtradition
20usurpingwar

Notes

It works well so far. I'm running a game on discord that's a mostly-straight whimsical fantasy palace. One of my players is putting together another game that's flavored after Darkest Dungeons. We haven't yet used the combat rules in anger, and running a game on Discord takes getting used to, but I'm optimistic.

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  1. This link will not expire: https://discord.gg/jRr9YdK

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