29 November 2017

THE BLOG CONTENT:

Here there'll be houserules to a version of Chronicles of Darkness.
The fun & thrill of storyplay you'll find around the table.

THE BLOG ORDERED BY LABELS:

   A) The Dicepool
   B) Timing
   C) Willpower
   D) Integrity
   E) Traits
   F) Merits
   G) Aftermath

10 October 2017

THE CHRONICLE:

CHRONICLE TITEL:
Doors to Darkness (keeper: ST)

INTRODUCTION:
It's probably nothing, but let's look into it...

STORIES:
1) The Darkness Beneath the Hill (pilot)

GAMEPLAY:
Investigation

TIER:
Street

NEXT CHAPTER:
Creation:  Tuesday 10/10-17 at 18:45-22:15
Chapter 1: Tuesday 07/11-17 at 18:45-22:15
Chapter 2: Tuesday 21/11-17 at 18:45-22:15
Chapter 3: Tuesday ??/01-18 at 18:45-22:15

GAMELINE: 
Chronicles of Darkness

BENEFITS TO CHARACTER CREATION:
Attributes: 6/5/4; Skills: 12/8/5 (3);
Merits: 10; Freebie*: 3 dots;
Experience points: Zero
Two Chronicle Skills at 4.

SPECIAL ADVANTAGE; Friendship:
When first meeting up after a week of being separated,
your characters all gain two willpower points.

* freebie points can raise: Attributes, Skills, Merits & Integrity/Wisdom.

30 March 2017

THE SETTING:

A) Adapting Chronicles of Darkness
B) An example: The Demon
C) An example: The Human
D) An example: The Ghost
E) The archaeology of CHRONICLES

* press the "The Setting" label to see all the posts

Adapting Chronicles of Darkness:

"There are no endings, only pauses."

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRONICLES:
CHRONICLES is a dark-mythology-setting based on "one or more of the Chronicles of Darkness gamlines" (aka: CofD), infused with "a ton of lovecraftian yog-sothothery*"! It's a setting where traveling back in time is never ever an option. And a setting steeped in philosophic reflection on the human condition, as well as on the implications of the many creations of science. CHRONICLES merges the opposed metaphysics of "Gothic Horror" and "Cosmic Horror": Ending up with a "modern weird tales setting", that greatly enjoys the horrors and wonders of facing the unknown, uncertainty and weirdness.

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THE CONTINUUM OF GENRE IN CHRONICLES:
Modern Weird Tales in all its plentitude,
from "Gritty Pulp" to "Cosmic Horror",
with lots of investigation (& gritty action).

DESCRIPTION OF CHRONICLES:
System: Chronicles of Darkness Storytelling System.
Place: Anywhere involving the planet Earth
Time: Anytime involving the present Now

THEMES FOR CHRONICLES:
1) The general shrouds the specific
2) There's nothing that can't change
3) The bravest rebellion is hope**

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THE STREET TIER (a.k.a. tier 1):
A CHRONICLES chronicle is always founded in a sense for our present reality. And the setting builds upon the mundane and the real, as much as the extraordinary and the supernatural. Without a tale of the mundane there is no tale of the weird. 

THE ESOTERIC TIER (a.k.a. tier 2):
Your keeper will decide whether there is an esoteric underground in your chronicle. That is which "Chronicles of Darkness" gamelines, if any at all, will take part in your chronicle. Players wont always be informed of such choices.

THE COSMIC TIER (a.k.a. tier 3):
Your keeper will think of something that defines a chronicle's reality. EX: Call of Cthulhu, Dreamtime, God-Machine, Monolith, Nothing, Orpheus, Panopticon, Planetary, Ragnarok, Singularity. But to you it's always unknown.

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ACADEMIA BEHIND CHRONICLES:
In order to achieve a different kind of sensibility towards horror and weird tales roleplay. CHRONICLES tries to lose an "essentialistic take on representative reality" and instead play around with a "complexity take on entangled experience".

* That actually means lovecraftian yog-sothery, not necessarily cthulhu mythos!
** This sentense is from the rpg “Deliria” no further analogy intented!

12 December 2015

THE SYSTEM:

A) The Dicepool
B) Timing
C) Willpower
D) Integrity
E) Traits
F) Merits
G) Aftermath

A) The Dicepool:

STANDARD RESOLUTION: 

The Double-it & The Max-10 Rule:
Double-it: Instead of rolling the dice again with the "roll-again" rule; we double a success with our "double-it" rule.
Max-10: No matter how big your dicepool; you never roll more than 10 dice! If you generate at least one success with your dicepool; then your dicepool above 10 is added as sure successes.

The Threshold & The Penalty Rule:
Threshold: The number of successes you must subtract from the successes rolled in order to calculate your effective successes.
Penalty: The number of dice you must subtract from your dicepool before rolling the dice.

The Chance-Dice Rule:
A chance-dice delivers one success on both a roll of 9 and 10 (not just on a 10). It dosn't use the double-it rule. And it still delivers a Critical Failure on a roll of 1.


ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTION:

The Default Rule:
Use the default rule when you need to determine your "degree of success" in a "non-dramatic situation". Instead of rolling your calculated dicepool you choose the lowest rank of "the attribute" and "the skill" that composites your dicepool. The chosen rank is then used as your number of successes. For every third bonus or penalty applied to the test, all in all, you modify the result by one.

The Action Rule:
When applying the action rule; the first dice of your dicepool is an automatic success. The rest of your dice you roll normally adding any successes rolled.


SIZE OF DICEPOOL:

The Equipment Rule (items):
Bonuses from non-weapon items are limited to range from +1 to +3. To calculate the new bonus, half the old bonus and round it up (+1 and +2 = +1; +3 and +4 = +2; +5 = +3).

The 3-2-1 Rule (untrained):
Untrained mental skillrolls have a -3 penalty.
Untrained physical skillrolls have a -2 penalty [not -1].
Untrained social skillrolls have a -1 penalty.

B) Timing:

THE INITIATIVE RULE (initiative):

Delaying: If you're "delaying" your action into the next turn, your Initiative remains the same in your next turn. So if you had an Initiative of 9, and you delay your action into the next turn, your Initiative would still be 9 in the following turn!

Sergio Leone: If you want to improve your Initiative you have to use the merit "fresh start*". The merit normally allows you to substitute an action in order to act, as if you had rolled a natural "10" on your initiative roll. The new result is then your Initiative for the rest of the scene. If you bought the merit "fresh start*", the Sergio-Leone-rule allows you to "abort" to it, whenever you havn't made use of your action at the end of a turn.


THE TURN RULE (time & space):

A Turn is 6 seconds instead of 3 seconds. An extra mode of movement is therefore introduced. Besides: 'Standard' (base speed x1) and 'Running' (base speed x2). 'Sprinting' (base speed x4) is added!

* You get "fresh start" when buying "Edge" at rank 2! See the "Merits" post!

C) Willpower:

The "willpower point pool" will be restored when, and if, a goal is achieved that significantly brings your character closer to fulfilling her “core drive”! A core drive is your characters primary long-term aspiration. A character must have a core drive, that is defined and writen down, in order to benefit from this advantage! With this rule in use characters now gain three willpower points from acting according to their virtue instead of restoring the entire willpower pool.

ROLLING WILLPOWER:
All "resolve+composure" rolls are substituted with "willpower rolls". Because "willpower" is calculated based on 'resolve+composure' the consequences are minor. The consequence that do exist, and the reason for this rule, is that it now matters if your "permanent willpower" is lowered for some reason.

YOU GAIN WILLPOWER POINTS...
1) By achieving a major goal towards your core drive (ALL)
2) By acting according to your virtue (THREE)
3) By acting according to your vice (ONE)
4) By retaining selfcontrol through chaos (ONE)
5) By having seven hours of undisturbed rest (ONE)

YOU CAN SPEND WILLPOWER POINTS...
1) On a +3 bonus to most dicepools, except resistance! On a
   resistance trait you'll gain a +2 bonus! (CofD, p. 73)
2) To substitute for loosing Integrity points when face
   to face with unnatural as well as mundane horrors!
3) On fueling "merits" and "powers" when needed! (RTR)

NATURE:
A character without any willpower points remaining is mentally and emotionally exhausted and will act in accordance with the characters nature i.e. virtue & vice.

D) Integrity:

INTEGRITY AS ... INTEGRITY:
With the Integrity trait in use, you are still free to let your character behave, respond or do whatever you like. But the Integrity trait should change to comment on your characters behaviour. At its best: the trait will provoke and inspire you to tell stories of a different scope. At its least: Integrity will stroll along as a subtle whisper. When it's a matter of your characters individual integrity and conscience, it will be up to you as the player, to decide whether your characters Integrity-rank should fall or climb throughout the game. But, it's strongly recommended that you use the breaking-point-rules, as a compass to guide and provoke your decisions. And when it's a matter of your characters societal integrity and conscience, you can consult the crude list of breaking-points below:

Integrity: The action that troubles your conscience.
Protects; Conscience, Allegiance & Self (Humane):
10: Didn't work hard enough to be ready
09: Should have seen it coming
08: Could have helped
07: Petty Theft or Hurting Lie 
Protects; Allegiance & Self (Thug):
06: Grand Theft or Troublesome Lie 
05: Mass Property Damage or Dangerous Lie
04: Impassioned Violation or Murder
03: Planned Violation or Murder
Protects; Self (Beast):
02: Casual Violation or Murder
01: Driven Mass Violation or Mass Murder


INTEGRITY AS SANITY:
In CHRONICLES you don't just have Integrity-ranks, you also have Integrity-points. When confronted with the horrors of the mythos as well as the mundane, you'll be forced to roll a sanity-roll. Each success on a sanity-roll shows, how well you realise and are impacted by, the reality of the horror in front of you. You can see how to roll a sanity-roll in the paragraph below named: "Sanity-rolls and threats". After calculating how many successes you have on your sanity-roll. You must subtract an equalent number of Integrity-points from your Integrity-points pool. This is the toll and impact the situation has on your characters sense of integrity. You may in the situation choose to substitute Willpower-points for Integrity-points. If ever your Integrity-points are reduced to zero, you must roll a breaking-point-roll, and risk loosing a rank of Integrity. If you succeed a the breaking-point-roll, you succeed! But, as long as there's a number of successes left from your sanity-roll, equal to your present Integrity-rank, you'll have to roll another breaking-point-roll. First you lower the number of excessive successes from your sanity-roll, by the number of your present Integrity-rank. And then you roll the breaking-point-roll. Repeat this procedure until there's no longer successes enough to provoke another breaking-point-roll. If you fail the breaking-point-roll, you loose one Integrity-rank, and your Integrity-points are refilled up to your new rank. If there're more successes left from your sanity-roll, you remove Integrity-points from your Integrity-points pool, if you're reduced to zero again, roll a new breaking-point-roll. Repeat the procedure until there are no more successes from your sanity-roll; or until there isn't any Integrity left in your character. Further: A grimoire, creature or phenomena can force you to roll a sanity-roll more than once. Typically: "When you see it!" and "When it attacks you!". And sometimes again "if it's consequence is somehow inescapable!". 

Sanity-rolls and threats:
When rolling your sanity-roll. If one of the following three threats apply; Helplessness, Violence or The Unnatural; use "the Double-10 rule". If two of the threats apply use "the Double-9 rule". And if all three threats apply use "the double-8 rule". Sanity-rolls are the only kind of rolls in CHRONICLES that never use "the Max-10 rule".

Dicepool 02 (cthulhu: 1-2):   Disturbing
Dicepool 04 (cthulhu: 1-4):   Threatening
Dicepool 06 (cthulhu: 1-6):   Horrific
Dicepool 08 (cthulhu: 1-8):   Violating
Dicepool 10 (cthulhu: 1-10):  Torturous
Dicepool 20 (cthulhu: 1-20):  Impossible
Dicepool 30 (cthulhu: 1-100): Apocalyptic

Subversion:
If the situation subverts one of your "Pillars of Integrity". Then you must double the successes achieved on your sanity-roll. That is after you have applied the "double-it" rule to the successes rolled on your sanity-roll.

Conditions:
When loosing Integrity-points or when rolling a breaking-point-roll, and certainly when loosing Integrit-ranks, you're very often in the receiving end of all kinds of troublesome Conditions. 


PILLARS OF INTEGRITY: (PROCESS)
Your character has one pillar for every two ranks of Integrity starting at rank 1. That's at 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th & 9th rank.

??What are pillars good for beside storytelling the character? 
??Renewing Integrity Points? At what rate? Circumstances?

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"The sanity-roll" is from "Call of Cthulhu"
"Threats" are from "Delta Green: the Roleplaying Game"
"Pillars of integrity & Subversion" are from "Trail of Cthulhu"

E) Traits:

ATTRIBUTES:
MENTAL: Intelligence, Attention, Resolve.
PHYSICAL: Strength, Dexterity, Stamina.
SOCIAL: Presence, Empathy, Composure.

SKILLS:
MENTAL: Academics, Computer, Engineering, Esoteric, Finance, Investigation, Medicine, Politics, Psychology, Science.
PHYSICAL: Athletics, Brawl, Crafts, Drive, Firearms, Larceny, Operations, Pilot, Stealth, Survival.
SOCIAL: Animal ken, Culturewise, Diplomacy, Expression, Intimidation, Leadership, Persuasion, Rapport, Socialize, Subterfuge.

SPECIALITY; ESOTERIC:
Supernal, Occult, Chthonic.


POWER TRAIT MIN-MAX:
Demon (nephilim)  : 05-10
Human (witchcraft): 01-08
Ghost (enochian)  : 03-09


VIRTUES: *
charity . . compassionate & generous . . holy
hope . . constructive & visionary . . spirit
fortitude . . courageous & determined . . will
temperance . . attentive & patient . . social
prudence . . foresightful & discerning . . mental
justice . . egalitarian & ethical . . society
liberty . . independent & tolerant . . soul

VICES: *
bigotry . . fanatic & delirious . . baal
envy . . jealous & malicious . . ahriman
greed . . avaricious & gluttonous . . mammon
lust . . wanting & obsessed . . asmodeus
pride . . arrogant & narcissistic . . belial
sloth . . cynical & apathetic . . bephegor
wrath . . violent & vengeful . . abaddon
* CHRONICLES doesn't use the "CofD: Virtue/Vice" rules.

F) Merits:

GIANT (a modification of the merit):
You gain a +1 bonus to both health and strength.

LINGUISTICS (substitute for the language merit):
You gain two languages at character creation, english and a language of choice. Additional languages are no longer bought with the "Language Merit" but with this new "Linguistic Merit". You can use your dots in "Linguistic" to roll for insights into issues concerning language:
O +1 additional Language all in all
OO +3 additional Languages all in all
OOO +6 additional Language all in all
OOOO +10 additional Language all in all
OOOOO +15 additional Language all in all

EDGE (a merge of four merits):
Prerequisite: three dots in either attention
or dexterity, two dots in the other.
O Quick Draw & Fast Reflexes I
With all specialised weapons
OO Fresh Start & Fast Reflexes II
Use an action to decide your initiative roll.
OOO Furious & Fast Reflexes III
Two combat penalties less on brawl & firearms

EIDETIC MEMORY (a modification of the merit):
If you want to make use of this merit you must make it playable, typically by narrowing its focus.
F.ex: Stockmarked, Investigations within a month, etc.

RESOURCES [private income]:
O 12.000,- * or more a month ( 1,800 US$ )
OO 25.000,- * or more a month ( 3,600 US$ )
OOO 50.000,- * or more a month ( 7,200 US$ )
OOOO 100.000,- * or more a month ( 15,000 US$ )
OOOOO 300.000,- * or more a month ( 45,000 US$ )
OOOOOO 1 million * or more a month ( 135,000 US$ )
OOOOOOO 5 million * or more a month ( 675,000 US$ )
OOOOOOOO 25 million * or more a month ( 3,375,000 US$ )
OOOOOOOOO 100 million * or more a month ( 13,5 mill US$ )

These merits are not part of our game:
Common Sense (cofd, p. 44)
Fighting Styles (cofd, p. 60-65)

* Danish Kroner (Dk. Kr.)

G) Aftermath:

HORIZONTAL = DICE IN THE DICEPOOL*
VERTICAL = SUCCESSESS ACHIEVED*

[threshold/success]

THE STANDARD ROLL:
(x) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
(1) 30 51 66 76 83 88 92 94 96 97 [simple(0)/sufficient]
(2) 10 23 36 49 59 68 75 81 86 89 [standard(-1)/complete]
(3) 00 05 13 23 33 44 53 61 69 75 [demanding(-2)/effortless]
(4) 00 01 04 09 16 24 32 41 49 56 [very hard(-3)/connected]
(5) 00 00 01 03 06 11 17 23 31 38 [insane(-4)/exceptional]

THE DOUBLE 9 ROLL:
(x) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
(1) 30 51 66 76 83 88 92 94 96 97 [simple(0)/sufficient]
(2) 20 37 51 62 71 78 83 87 91 93 [standard(-1)/complete]
(3) 00 08 20 32 44 54 63 71 77 82 [demanding(-2)/effortless]
(4) 00 04 11 20 30 39 48 57 65 71 [very hard(-3)/connected]
(5) 00 00 02 06 13 21 29 38 47 55 [insane(-4)/exceptional]

THE DOUBLE 8 ROLL:
(x) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
(1) 30 51 66 76 83 88 92 94 96 97 [simple(0)/sufficient]
(2) 30 51 66 76 83 88 92 94 96 97 [standard(-1)/complete]
(3) 00 09 22 35 47 58 67 74 80 85 [demanding(-2)/effortless]
(4) 00 09 22 35 47 58 67 74 80 85 [very hard(-3)/connected]
(5) 00 00 03 09 16 25 36 45 54 62 [insane(-4)/exceptional]

* See the "Double-it" & the "Max-10" rule in the post
  "The Dicepool" under the label "The System".

24 July 2010

An example: The Demon

Titel: Demon the Descent *
Books: Gameline & Cthulhu
Triat: Supernal Watchers

THE COMING OF THE WATCHERS: An extract from the testimony of the temple
scribe Ishur Ninku, "the coming of the watchers", Mesopotamia, ca. 4000 BC: 
"The strangers came, and they were not like us. Something else, but wearing the skins of men, the eyes of men, their hands. We took to collecting the sound of them in our Flesh, the aorisms of Power, without substance; an unexplored integrity of sound. In these waveforms of kelestic symmetry, we felt the remote passing into the definite. We saw the wings of change form within the ichor of their sound; a thick smoke, sweet upon the tongue, curling into unimagined shapes that suggested sublime surrender, ecstasy, pain, renewal. We learned the names of these strangers, the ancient names of the Sumerland; in this place, on this planet of now reality, the names are different, but the old cadences can still be uttered, chanted; they will still vitalise the call. We stand together in the wildest places of the planet, and form a forest hands against the black sky, stretching up, reaching for what is ours to take yet never to attain. Our bodies begin to pulsate to a subliminal rythm and we feel the imminence of contained energy, soon to be released. We dilate our throats to the air and resonate the ancient names. We convoke the Watchers, and they come to us, strangers with the eyes of men".

A different kind of monolith
A game of sovereign powers
A techgnostic masquerade

* Demon the Descent founded in lovecraftian cosmic horror.
 [God-machine: Lucifer? Nyarlathotep? Demiurge? or ?]

23 July 2010

An example: The Human

Titel: Human the Awake
Books: Gameline & Cthulhu
Triat: Occult Humans

See the COVENANT blog

22 July 2010

An example: The Ghost

Title: Ghost the Ascent*
Books: Gameline & Cthulhu
Triat: Chthonic Ghosts

Lovecraftian dreamlands meets

Chronicles of Darkness’ full
legacy of ghost-stories...

THE CHTHONIC POEM:
Researched and retranslated by Sir Anthony Firth: 
Some wells are deeper than you'll like!
Some wells are deeper please sense my fright!
That is not dead which can eternally lie!
With strange aeons even death may die!
In the shadows and between the cracks!
Reality diffracted by neverborn tracks!
Now it's written and now it's read!
It rewrites us all until we plead!
There is hope but it will be squashed!
Our one and only poison to be lost!
A sorcerer is someone severely bound!
A sorcerer is someone severely found!
But the power of mind is not made to last! 
It will wipe out our conscience with a blast!
Skin of dreams, lands, change and of leng!
Something to emerge and become the king!
Horrors and wonders to walk the real!
A battleground on earths to close the seal!
And if you gaze long into what's behind!
It will gaze back at you claiming your mind!
The bet is to turn from the future of past!
A new world made from void if it's to last!
Please keep walking! Never look back!!
Please keep walking! Never look back!!

Orpheus: Shadowland (deep)
Geist: Underworld (deeper)
Wraith: Tempest (deepest)

Demons dream of freedom

Humans dream of otherness
Ghosts dream of reality

* Geist the Sin-Eaters founded in lovecraftian dreamlands