Age of Sigmar rpg : Soulbound, test mechanism revealed
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Soulbound is the Age of Sigmar RPG (pen & paper) in preparation at cubicle7 in a recent post we looked at the archetype inside the core rulebook : here . Today let's check what the Test mechanism will be.
Test will be the core mechanism of Soulbound, it will be used for combats, skills, roleplayings (?), explorations. For such a core mechanism I expect it to be well thought and polished!
Test in Soulbound will be resolved by rolling a pool of six-sided dice (d6s) and try to roll equal or greater than the Difficulty Number (DN). It's exactly like Warhammer 40 000, Age of Sigmar, or Shadowrun (ed 1 to 3) if we consider RPG.
In Soulbound only 3 attributes, Body, Mind, Soul. Body will represent physical capacity of your character, Mind will be a mix of intelligence/perception/wits and Soul will be your willpower. Average joe in the Mortal Realm will be at 1 or 2.
When rolling for a test, your dice pool will equal the corresponding attributes. Ie: You want to do a test for running you will roll a number of dice equal to your Body.
Skills represent a level of training and expertise in a particular area, such as arcane lore, athletics, crafting, and combat.
Skills have 2 aspects: Trained and Focus, both can be LvL up.
Trained in a skill : Each level of training in that skill will grant one extra dice on your test roll.
Focus in a skill : Each level of focus in a specific skill will add a +1 to the result of one Dice (ie: if you roll one dice and get a result of 4 you can increase it to 5)
The Simple Test in Soulbound is common. A Simple Test has a DN from 2 to 6 (chosen by the GM), with 4 being the average difficulty. To roll the Test, gather up a number of dice equal to the Attribute plus any ranks of Trained you have with the Skill. The test is a success if any dice equal or exceed the DN.
Extra success are used to improve the effectiveness of your test.
Example by Cubicle 7 :
Imren, an Isharaan Tidecaster, is inspecting an ancient Agloraxian device buried deep underground. She wants to try to understand what the device was used for so the GM tells her she must make a Test. The GM decides that inspecting the device uses the Mind Attribute and that the Arcana Skill is appropriate. Knowledge of the Agloraxian Empire is hard to come by so the GM determines the difficulty of the Test is 5. The GM tells Ímren she must make a DN 5 Mind (Arcana) Test.
Imren has Mind 3 and one level of Trained in Arcana, so her dice pool for the Test is 4 (3 + 1). She rolls and gets a result of 1, 3, 5, and 6. This gives her two successes (5 and 6). The GM tells her she has passed the Test and decides that the additional success is worth a little more information. She tells Ímren that the device was used to lift large structures into the air, and that there may be a way to reactive the device…
Same as a simple test but the GM asks for a certain numbers of success to pass the test. It's not clear from the article if the test is a single roll only or can be made in multiple rolls (for a prolonged task like repairing an armour)
Example by Cubicle 7 :
Example: Ímren has managed to reactivate the Agloraxian device. Unfortunately, it has caused the ancient structure to crumble and begin to fall apart. She and her companions race for the exit, hoping to avoid being sealed inside a tomb. Vel Arturious, the Knight-Questor, reaches the exit first. She tells the GM that she wants to hold the archway up so that her allies can escape. The GM tells her that she is going to have to keep it up for a number of rounds while the others flee. The GM calls for a DN 3:3 Body (Might) Complex Test– the task is not difficult (DN 3) but it does take time (3 successes).
Vel has Body 4 and one level of Trained in Might, giving her a dice pool of 5 (4 + 1). She rolls and gets a result of 1, 2, 2, 5, and 6. An unlucky roll that gives her only 2 successes. Luckily, Vel also has a Focus in Might. This allows her to add +1 to the result of one of her die. She uses this to increase one of the results of 2 to a 3. This now gives her 3 successes, just enough to pass the Test. Her companions race by as she braces herself beneath the weight of crumbling stone. With everyone safely through, she releases the archway and sprints to safety.
From the example, it looks like that Complex test are a lot harder to pass than Simple test. For now I am just not sure if they are limited to one roll dice or also used for "Prolonged task" that could take a few days (ritual ?) and involve multiple rolls.
That's it for now, So far we learned that Souldbound will play a lot like Shadowrun old edition or GW wargames.
Cu next week for more info on the Age of Sigmar RPG.
Soulbound : An Age of Sigmar RPG
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Age of Sigmar Rpg update :
Cubicle7 the group behind the Warhammer fantasy roleplay 4th edition updated their blog with new infos on their next product Soulbound an Age of Sigmar Rpg.
The starter set for soulbound will have :
-Book 1 : An adventure book that will teach players and GMs how to play Soulbound
-Book 2 : City guide that will give more information on a brand new city in the realm of Aqshy
-Goodies (no details yet)
Starter set cover :
An Archetype defines the broad strokes of the character you play in the game. It may be your job, a calling, a military rank, or something a little more esoteric, but whatever it is it represents who you are when you first pick up the dice.
Sound a lot like a starting proffession mix background story and they have very cool Illustrations already:
We also think it’s important to focus on daily life and what it entails for the people who live there. This will give both players and GMs an idea of what it would be like to adventure in these lands, who they might meet, and the threats they might face. It provides a grounding for you to set your adventure in any Realm you choose.
I was hoping for something like this !! Let be honest one minutes, Age of Sigmar setting is great and the vastness of the Realms is good to create Races / Civilisations / Worlds for a miniatures wargame like Warhammer Age of Sigmar. But it lack the details and the common life we used to know about the old world. Off course the Old World was inspired by Europe and it was easy to relate.
I am really eager to read the descriptions of the different Realms and play this Age of sigmar Rpg
Next Monday C7 is explaining how Tests Work in Soulbound !!
Source : https://www.cubicle7games.com/age-of-sigmar-update/
Roleplaying games panel at Warhammer Fest speculation
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If you look at the Warhammer Fest Schedule there is a slot for Roleplaying Games and card games. I guess we are getting more information about the AOS rpg by C7. That mean C7 would do both AOS and WFRPG.
If we consider the silence of Ulysse america as a bad sign, maybe GW want to grant them Wh40k universe ?
Good points for C7 :
Great success with WFRP.
Good Knowledge of the D100 system
Would do all the Warhammer rpg.
What do you think ?
Warhammer Fantasy Ropleplay Review
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10 days ago WFRPG 4th edition pdf was released in his final form by cubicle7. I was waiting it for a long time and i immediately bought it to find how they improved the venerable D100 system.
In all pen and paper RPG i had the chance to play over the years, WFRPG hold a special place in my heart. It was my first session of pen and paper rpg (28 years ago I think). I don't remember all the details but I was a troll-slayers with a big AXE !!
Before going into the details of the review i'd like to talk about what were the good and bad points of the WFRPG and what Cubicle7 promised us to fix !
Old versions of this game had 3 mains problems : D100 is binary or math intensive, combat stalemate , Characters balance.
Rolling D100 is linked to WFRPG and cubicle7 had promised to keep it. The benefit of this roll system are : simple and fast ! Rolling a D100 and checking success or failure is instant. The boon of the D100 system is also his flaw, it's a binary solution, Success or fail. If you want to have a graduation of success or failure, subtractions are involved, and it's a problem because spending the night doing two digits subtraction is boring and tiring. When I was running Dark Heresy, and Deathwatch the amount of math involved was heavy and straining.
Another problem of the old editions was Stalemate. In WFRPG players often have 40 to 50 in combat skills resulting in lonnnnng series of missed or non effective blows. Cubicle7 promised to change this !
Ho god i remember this fight where me and a guard kept missing each other for rounds ^^
Career is more of a subjective impression, i love them but when during a campaign you need thousand of exp to get an extra +10 by changing class 5 times it get really old really fast.
Sure it bring a lot of diversity but the binary nature of the D100 system make it extremely punitive. If you don't get an early +20 ws/bs or those juicy +30/40 end game you loose a lot of fun in combat ^^.
Cubicle7 kept the careers but added Class group, and Career Rank and changed how exp is spent solving a lot of issues.
So in the end we needed : Non binary result with D100 but with simple math, a way of preventing long series of miss and more balance/fun on the careers.
I have the digital version of the book so I can't comment on the print quality.
The pdf is 345 page long. It's a Rulebook and the focus is on the rules. there are less than 30 pages on the Reikland and a few fluff pages on gods and magic in their respective section. Also there is no introduction adventure at the end :(.
The lack of fluff is not really a problem as there are a lot of source already out and the fluff provided in the book is enough to start new players on WFRPG !
The Missing mission on the digital book is a bigger issue as it's always easier to grab the book/pdf and run the introductory adventure.
Other than this it's a very nice laid document with a lot of good arts !
The Review is going to be split in 2, the first part will be the technical review of the Rules change and one shorter about the my personal feeling after running a 2 sessions, adventures (Night of blood !)
There is 3 importants evolution that I want to comment : Success Level, Advantage and Character balance.
The 4th of WFRPG by cubicle still allow simple binary result but you can also do Dramatic skill test and Opposed Dramatic skill test for more fun interaction !
Dramatic skill test :
Simply knowing if you pass or fail is not always enough; sometimes, it is useful to know how well you succeed or how badly you fail a Test. This is especially the case when pitching your Skills against another (see Opposed Tests), which is often the case for magic and combat
Another reason for choosing a Dramatic Test is when the progress of the adventure could depend on the Test. Dramatic Tests provide outcomes rather than straight success or failure, which means that even if the test is ‘failed’ the adventure continues, albeit in a more challenging way than if you had achieved a success
Success Levels (shortened to SL) are used to describe the effectiveness of a Test. To determine the SL of a Test, subtract the 10s number of the rolled dice from the 10s number of the Skill being tested, including any modifiers . The higher the SL, the better the outcome; the lower it is, the worse things have gone.
So When rolling a D100, compare your roll vs your skill, you count Success Level (SL) by doing this math : First digit of your Skill score + modifier – First digit of your roll.
Example: Bob is careering across muddy fields atop his stallion, desperately fleeing the lands of a disgruntled noble when a wall blocks his passage. He decides to push his mount to jump, and the GM calls for a Dramatic Ride (Horse) test. Bob rolls 29 against his Ride (Horse) skill of 41. The 10s number of the Skill being tested is 4, and the 10s number rolled was 2, so the test succeeds with +2 SL (4–2=2) and he clears the wall with space to spare.
Even if we have a bit of math now it's really easy and 99% of time single digit subtractions.
The second sort of dice roll is opposed test, it's like a Dramatic skill test but you roll against someone. All close combat test are opposed test where you compare your success level with the Success level of the defender.
Example : Attacker have 4 success level vs 2 Success level for the defender, the attacker win by 2.
It's very interesting in combat because even if both fail there is a winner with more SL than the other (even if negative). So there is no stalemate with this rule and because everything escalate very quickly with the “Advantage“ mechanism there is no everlasting fight where everyone miss ^^
Advantage represents your momentum in combat, and is gained when you outwit, defeat, or otherwise dominate your opponents.It is recorded with tokens — be these coins, cards, chits, counters,or specially designed Advantage tokens — or by a tally sheet on scrap paper.
Advantage is secured each time you win an Opposed Test in combat, you assess the battlefield using your Skills, or when your spirits are lifted. The following provides some examples of this, but is far from exhaustive, and the GM is encouraged to hand out Advantage tokens as suits the circumstances.
Each Advantage you secure adds +10 to any appropriate combat Test or Psychology Test (see Psychology on page 190). Thus, if
you have 5 Advantage tokens, you have an impressive +50 bonus to hit, defend, and resist the influence of others.
The great effect of this rule is, even if two low WS fighter are in combat something always happen. You gain advantage or hit or get hit it's very dramatic.
Note : This rule is hard to appreciate without playing, but I can assure you that combat in WFRPG never felt so much dynamic and interesting, no down time, nothing really complicated or tiring. Each attack is solved with 1 roll. During the first fight, the elven cavalryman got up to 11 advantages token (+110% bonus to all roll) cleaving the opposition.
Note 2 : If you take dmg or loose an opposed test your advantage are back to 0 !
Character always concerned me in WFRPG because of binary aspect of D100. As a GM i don't like when one of the player have all his/her action depending on a 43% chance.
I want to write a little about the process because during our test play we decided to follow Character creation rules to the letter and see what happen. I already played and run a lot of old WFRPG, game balance was never really attained or even desired^^. So when we discovered that character creation had random element we wanted to try to see what happen,
I'll cut the details but in the end after rolling character we had :
Gaheriet, elven cavalryman (with 65 starting ws)
Wilfrida, human reverwoman (Fisher/poacher)
Bronk, Human servant ^^
both Human had some bonus XP to spend and more fate and resilience point but will that be enough to balance with the super elven ?
Spoiler : after our first fight 3 PC vs 3 mutants and 2 gors we where convinced that the elven warrior was OP by a fair margin ! (Twist : We were wrong),
Fate and resilience
Your Fate represents your destiny, and is directly tied to your
Fortune, a measure of your luck. Your Resilience is your inner
strength, which is directly related to your Resolve, defining your
You have 2 main score : Fate and resilience and 2 secondary score that are Fortune and Resolve. Humans get 3 times more points than elf that only get 2 !
-Fate is still the same and work as extra life or get out of death situation.
-Fortune is a re-roll or a +1 success lvl (after roll) or getting initiative. You start each session with fortune = fate.
-Resilience : one time use like fate and allow to : Prevent mutation (lol) or auto win test with +1SL
-Resolve : it's super important, You start each session with Resolve = Resilience. You can use it to : Pass psychologie test, Remove condition, Ignore wound modifier.
Ps : You can regain Resolve during game with good roleplay and decision !
As I said earlier after the first fight we assumed that Elves were still bonker good and no amount of secondary stat would make any difference but we were wrong !! In an easy fight Fortune and Resolve don't matter much but when you are engaged with monsters and daemons or confronted by black magic and weird curse these reroll, initiative free pass and condition removal are incredibly strong !
I can pretty much say that at least human and elves are Balanced (so dwarf should be too)
There is 63 Career with 4 lvl in each.
Here the 3 images of the 3 class they have rolled :
Each Career allow you to :
You can train 3 stats + 3 as you gain level in your career.
You can train any skill on your current or lower Career rank.
You can only train talent from your career rank.
The training cost is based on the number of time you already upgraded, you don't need to jump career to increase your max lvl like. So if your career allow ws upgrade you can spend Exp on it for as much time you want.
Even the lowly servant have some good options and with the new advantage mechanism everyone can shine in battle by setting up good situation to gain advantage. So I would say everyone get to shine !
Cubicle7 was nice enough to send me a test adventure, “Night of blood”. It's the adaptation of a very old scenario published in the WD.
While the group could be called the Super elf and his 2 lowly servants the adventure was fun and we had a very good time ! In the end everyone was useful and the new mechanism developed in the 4th really helped to balance PC.
1) The Character creation was a bit slow with lots of points to spend on different skills but at the same time it's a fun process.
2) This rules-set is the best ever made for WFRPG, the opposition test, the advantage, the fortune / resolve mechanism, the way magic is handled, the NPC. I loved all of it.
3) Advantage is really a great idea and change combat in a very unique way !
That's it for my WFRPG review ! (next is the Beast Battletome)
Wrath and glory, Tiers and Fluff
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ADB posted that he worked on the Wrath and Glory fluff. Interesting ! i guess it's going to be really Grim & Dark !
Then take a look at the last DEV Diaries. The devs are explaining how they are going to approach the really different power levels of the 40 setting.