25d6 System (For 1-25 players plus Editor, with 3-6
players being optimal)
is an under-laying set of assumptions that I haven't been able to
verbalize yet. Basically the idea
is related to the idea of character balance within and between comic
books. The same character in a
solo book is often much more powerful than when he shares a title with
on table at start of play, distributed between players (not counting the
Editor) evenly, with any excess going to the Editor.
sharing of dice.
is the Editor’s prerogative to never roll dice.
are made by declaration.
Appropriate Descriptor and Action are agreed on. The larger of the number associated to
the chosen Descriptor and Action is the number of dice rolled (can be no
greater than the number of dice in front of the player). The smaller number is added to the die
result. (If an appropriate
Descriptor or Action does not exist on the character sheet, it is
automatically a zero! See Adding
Actions to Characters for more details.
Players should strive to describe their actions in terms of
existing Descriptors and Actions.)
Die Result is equal to the largest number showing on the dice rolled. If the largest number is a 6 and more
than one 6 is showing, each 6 beyond the first adds one to the
result. A Die Result of 1 is
ALWAYS a spectacular failure, regardless of any modifiers.
Your Luck: A player may choose to Push Their Luck on any action. To push your luck you choose what
number to divide your dice pool for that action by: 2, 3, 4, or 5. When reducing the dice pool in this
way, fractions are always rounded down.
Note that this means that the dice pool must be at least as large
as the dividing number. The die
result is computed normally and then multiplied by the number the pool was
divided by. (Note: modifiers add
after the multiplication.)
However, the likelihood of a spectacular failure is increased when
you Push Your Luck. If the die
result prior to multiplication is less than or equal to the dividing
number, the action is automatically a spectacular failure. (Optionally, players may choose to push
their luck further, but this will require very large starting dice pools
and very lucky rolls.)
Dice – The Veto Rule: At any time,
a player can veto anything that occurs in the game. To do so, they must give up one of the
dice in front of them for the rest of the session. This die goes into the Editor’s dice
pool. Upon Vetoing an occurrence,
the event unhappens and rehappens according to the vetoing player’s
wishes. Note that another player
(or the Editor) may veto the new occurrence in the same manner. If the Editor vetoes an occurrence, his
veto-die leaves play for the rest of the session. Player may not reduce his die pool to
zero in this way.
Dice – Damage: If a player fails a
avoid damage check (which may result from an attack, a trap, or other
phenomena) they lose one die from their pool which leaves play. If they fail the check spectacularly, they
lose two dice from their pool (which leave play) and are unable to act for
the rest of the scene. If a
player’s die pool is reduced to zero, their character is knocked out,
kidnapped, or otherwise taken out of play for the rest of the
session. The Editor should
consider wrapping up the session on this potential cliffhanger event. Note all characters start at full die
pools at the beginning of the next session. Characters cannot die without their player’s express
permission, but being reduced to a zero die pool in a particularly
dramatic way may be a valid excuse to alter their character sheet. (See Radiation Accidents for more
- Difficulties: Action checks are against a difficulty
value of 3 or higher. As a rough
rule of thumb, an activity with difficulty of 3*k will be considered
difficult for a character with a die pool of k dice.
Basic Character Generation (World’s Greatest Team-ups):
are defined by two sets of statistics:
Descriptors and Actions.
The number of players involved in character generation determines
the number of each and the players define the specific descriptors and
actions during character generation.
fit in the blank of one of the following phrases: “World’s Greatest
________” or “World’s _____est Person”.
Descriptors should not overlap, though it is up to the playing
group to determine what overlaps for their game and how much overlap is
player chooses one Descriptor for the group. This Descriptor is the player’s character’s defining
trait. That Descriptor is assigned
the number of dice in front of the character. (Did you remember to distribute the 25 dice prior to
starting character generation?)
All other descriptors must be assigned fewer dice and all other
player characters must have fewer dice in this Descriptor than the
character of the player who choose the Descriptor.
every player has chosen a Descriptor and Action and the group has agreed
to all Descriptors and Actions, players assign dice values to Descriptors
and Actions other than their defining descriptor and primary. Every player has a total of 20 dice to
assign to their remaining Descriptors and Actions. Descriptors and Actions may be assigned
0 dice. Note that if an action is
attempted for which a character has 0 dice in the appropriate Descriptor
and 0 dice in the appropriate Action, then the action cannot be attempted
and/or automatically fails. Normal
human dice range for Descriptors and Actions is 1 (below average) to 3
the process is repeated for Actions.
Working in reverse order that the Descriptors were choose, each
player chooses an Action which they are best with when using their primary
Descriptor. Actions should be as
general as the playing group feels comfortable with. This action is that player’s
character’s primary action and is assigned the number of dice in front of
the player. (What do you mean you
haven’t distributed the dice yet?!?)
should note down interesting bits about their character such as, what do
they look like, how they combine various Descriptor and Action choices in
unique ways, and their personality and history.
Making Up The Bad Guys and Other Non-Player Characters:
Guys and Other NPCs use the same character sheets developed for the PCs.
Editor is responsible for assigning statistics to most characters, but it
is recommended that the playing group create the major nemeses.
playing group and Editor must agree whether the or not the PCs are
strictly the Best at what they do, or if they are one of the best. If they are strictly the best, nemesis
characters have two Descriptor and two Actions and one die fewer than the
PC maximum. If they are one of the
best, then nemesis characters are created as PCs, though they must
use the existing Descriptors and Actions.
Note that, either way, Nemesis characters can overlap with one
another in areas of expertise.
Adding (and Losing) Characters:
Levels of Play – City’s Finest, Nation’s Best, World’s
Greatest and Galactic Supreme:
Finest – 4 die pools, 6 players
Best – 5 die pools, 5 players
Greatest – 6 die pools, 4 players
Supreme – 8 die pools, 3 players
levels – Normal Heroes who have maximum die pool of three and appropriate
group size of 7-8 players. Normal
Folks who have maximum die pool of two and appropriate group size of 9-12
players. Wee Folk who have maximum
die pool of one and appropriate group size of 13-25 players. Two player gaming groups will have 12
die pools and one player gaming groups will have 25 die pools. Both of these are well suited to
extremely high-level play.
Character Improvement – Adding Actions or Descriptors:
Character Improvement – Improving Actions or Descriptors:
Radiation Accidents and Other Life Changing Events:
The Card Option:
Other Game Variations – Go N-Team Go!
Other Game Variations – Four Colors/Shades of Grey
Other Game Variations – Spirit Hunters