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Simply6: A Fast, Light Universal RPG

Simply6 is a fast, light tabletop roleplaying game for 2 or more players which you can play using just six-sided dice. I put this together over the last couple of days in my spare time (based on something I was playing with in the forums a while back) and have uploaded it to DTRPG. It's only about 20-pages long, and will likely be tweaked and updated after I get some feedback.

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Russ Morrissey

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jmucchiello

Adventurer
How does this game compare or differ from contemporaries like Risus or TWERPS?
RISUS is a cliche system. What you are good at is embedded inside the cliches.

Simply6 is a skill system. Everything is a skill. Every character has "average" ability in most skills and they can improve individual skills over time.

RISUS "suffers" from the vicious cycle when you lose the first round of combat, you probably lose the battle.

Simply6 has a scaling issue. If someone's defense skill is 4 more than your attack skill, you can't successfully hit them at all (or it's nearly impossible). Guidelines for balancing characters could mitigate this.

RISUS also implies a "joke" game whereas Simply6 seems like a serious minded game.

I don't know TWERPS.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Simply6 has a scaling issue. If someone's defense skill is 4 more than your attack skill, you can't successfully hit them at all (or it's nearly impossible). Guidelines for balancing characters could mitigate this.
I was thinking about that very thing earlier today.

That’s an artifact of using average rolls rather than the Judge rolling for the monsters. If the Judge rolls, you’d need a monster with 19d6 in its Defense skill (which doesn’t exist) to make it impossible to hit by a starting character.

I like the average rolls because it makes play really fast, but you do lose that randomness.

One way WOIN mitigates that is that any attack with 3 sixes always hits (like a natural 20 in d20 systems). I might use that.

That said, if you’re fighting something with 4 more dice than you in it’s combat skills, you’re screwed anyway!
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
Consider someone who decides to play a steel plated knight:

John the Knight Lvl 1
Defense +3d6 6d6
--------
Arts -1d6 2d6
Perfoming -1d6 2d6

He should be rarely hit by most level 1 "menaces". His defense roll averages 21 and the attackers are "rolling" 14 or 17 unless they too have 6d6 in their attacks. And that makes them more than level 1.

A simple "You cannot spend all 3 dice at first level on a single skill." makes for a good suggestion in the FAQ area of the text if you don't think it goes in Your Character.

Also, there are some simple dump skills. It would take some good RP to make John the Knight regret dumping Arts and Performing. Don't think that's anything to really worry about unless you are Judging the game.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
That highlights a nuance of the level calc change for monsters: using the same calc, John is actually level 3, not level 1.

But yeah, he's super-twinked.
 
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Morrus

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Staff member
New update going up:
- you cannot put all 3d6 in the same skill
- your level is the total of your bonuses, not penalties
- you therefore start at level 3
- your health is your level
- If you spend a round aiming (ranged), feinting (melee), or focusing (magic) you get +1d6 to an attack in the subsequent round.
 
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jmucchiello

Adventurer
Any plan to address time and space in the combat section? Not that it is necessary to be more than "the Judge decides how far you can move and how much time a round takes."
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Any plan to address time and space in the combat section? Not that it is necessary to be more than "the Judge decides how far you can move and how much time a round takes."
I've very deliberately left that abstract. You can move as far as the Judge lets you. I don't envisage people using minis with this or counting distances and speeds.
 

Morrus

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Staff member
An interesting tactical note: now a sniper type can get +2d6 to Shooting by positioning on higher ground and spending a round aiming.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
I like the asterisks.

In combat, I think magic being its own phase makes sense for non-attack magic. But (again for superheroes) being able to attack with magic should not necessarily be penalized. I can understand how magic being delayed in a Fantasy game makes sense. But when everyone is throwing fire and ice, there's no reason the guy with the bow and arrow goes first. The phase is fine for turning invisible or erecting a wall of ice.

Or the SimplySuper supplement notes the difference and the core rules are silent on it.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
I've very deliberately left that abstract. You can move as far as the Judge lets you. I don't envisage people using minis with this or counting distances and speeds.
All I said was it might be good to explicit about leaving it completely up to the Judge.

OTOH, eventually there will be a Judging Simply6 section of the book, I suppose.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
Turning Undead, shouldn't turning undead inflict the fear effect which causes the undead to only move away from the turner? :)

(EDIT: too many posts in a row) Should the adventure now be level 3?
 
Hi, me again, with yet another question about monsters ;-)

Almost -all- of them have skills that work out to be like this -

Skill +xd6 (yd6) where x +3 = y in D6s

Makes sense so far. But there’s a few that don’t. For example -

Archmage
Knowledge +2d6 (6d6)
Resolve +1d6 (5d6)

Barbarian
Fighting +1d6 (5d6)

Cleric
Medicine +1d6 (5d6)

Warg
Fighting +1d6 (5d6)

So my question is, are there some invisible bonuses at play here, or are those in error?

Thanks!
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
I'm curious how you would actually run combat. I'm probably over thinking it (I'm good at that) but there is an advantage to declaring what you are doing first. For example if two combatants are one move apart and are both melee combatants, the one who decides to close the distance loses nothing. The one who decides to wait for the other to arrive essentially does nothing that round.

(Sidebar: which phase does the Knight's charge take place, 2 or 5?)

But at the table, does the Judge say "Phase 1. Is anyone launching a missile?" Resolve that. "Phase 2. Is anyone striking anyone nearby?" Resolve that. etc. Or do you go around the table and ask "What are you going to do?" The first version is more tedious (and perhaps less fun although it could be reduced to "Missiles?" "Melee?" "Magic?" "Misc?" "Move?" (The five Ms of combat)). The second version is less far to whomever is asked first since the others can react to their action.

No recommendation here. Just thinking out loud, so to type.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'm curious how you would actually run combat. I'm probably over thinking it (I'm good at that) but there is an advantage to declaring what you are doing first. For example if two combatants are one move apart and are both melee combatants, the one who decides to close the distance loses nothing. The one who decides to wait for the other to arrive essentially does nothing that round.
That is a good point; I think I'll have to bite the bullet and give everybody Charge! for free. The knight will need something shiny to replace it.

But at the table, does the Judge say "Phase 1. Is anyone launching a missile?" Resolve that. "Phase 2. Is anyone striking anyone nearby?" Resolve that. etc. Or do you go around the table and ask "What are you going to do?" The first version is more tedious (and perhaps less fun although it could be reduced to "Missiles?" "Melee?" "Magic?" "Misc?" "Move?" (The five Ms of combat)). The second version is less far to whomever is asked first since the others can react to their action.
First one; and, like you said, you don't recite the whole sentence each time. I've played a few games which have a game sequence like that, and they work well.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Can a PC opt to take a special ability (like backstab, heal, etc) in lieu of a D6 when leveling up?
I've been thinking about that, and I am attracted to the idea. I think I might include it as an "Advanced Rules" appendix with a list of a dozen or so abilities in a later update. A PC ability won't necessarily be the same as monsters (breathing fire, etc.) but a lot of them will.
 

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