04 December 2018

Consulting a Book

The following is almost entirely stolen from James Young. I added the bit about INT MODs and slightly simplified the result table.

Highlights


  • Player characters start hauling a library around in a cart.
  • You know what to do when players want to do research.
  • You know what to do when players try to read a book and you have to make something up.
  • Intelligence is now a more interesting Attribute.

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How many books do you have and how long will you spend researching your question?
Number of relevant books consulted + hours spentDice rolled on table below
11d4 + INT MOD
21d6 + INT MOD
41d8 + INT MOD
61d10 + INT MOD
Roll on the following table before asking a question you believe might be answerable by the book(s) you're consulting.
1DxAnswer
1Yes/No
2Yes/No
3One word
4One word and roll again
5Three words
6Three words and roll again
7Full sentence
8Full sentence and roll again
9Detailed explanation
10+Detailed explanation and roll again
Note: the Referee will say "your question isn't relevant to the text of this book" if you've simply wasted your time.


2 comments:

  1. Is there a limit to how many roll-agains can happen? Or the time spent per book? A d20 list of "irrelevant information you learned instead" would be a wonderful addition

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    1. No limits, but some information isn't in any given book, of course.

      I like your addition. Write it so I can add it!

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