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AARPG WiP: Stats, Damage & Buffs

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AARPG WiP: Stats, Damage & Buffs


Damage in the system is intended to be rather swingy, and to that end I use a multiplicative system. At the current time, I only expect to have 8 damage expressions in the game; 2d6, 2d8, 2d10, 2d12, 3d6, 3d8, 3d10, 3d12. You just roll the listed dice and multiply them all together. If you have bonus damage dice, you roll extra dice but only keep the highest two or three, depending on which damage expression you’re using.

Using this multiplicative process, damage is weighted heavily towards the ‘low’ end and it’s always possible to roll a 1; however, it’s also very possible to roll significantly higher.

Damage is also a bit more granular than the limited number of dice expressions would have you believe. Every character has a damage multiplier which, as the name implies, multiplies the damage. At level 1, only rangers have a damage multiplier greater than 1 (they start at 1.1).

Finally, if someone manages to roll a crit result, they’ll get to throw in their crit multiplier as well. The base crit multiplier is 1.5.


For a few different reasons, I decided I needed a good variety of stats that were important for people. This is the current list:


  • Block: Present on melee and ranged defense tables, but only if character has a shield. Generally results in partial damage.
  • Dodge: Present on melee and ranged defense tables. Generally results in no damage taken.
  • Parry: Present on melee defense table. Generally results in the defender getting some bonus against the attacker.
  • Hit: Present on all tables; in essence, hit is how much your last defense has to be beaten in order for the attacker to score a crit.
  • Partial Resist: Present on magic defense table. Generally results in a less severe effect.
  • Resist: Present on magic defense table. Generally results in no effect.
  • Reflect: Present on magic defense table. Generally results in the attacker suffering some ill effect.
  • Mobility: A bonus to defense some characters have against melee counterattacks. Always a multiple of 10, to keep math simple.

You can read about most of the defenses in this earlier post.


  • Toughness: Incoming damage is divided by the defender’s toughness to determine VP loss.
  • Vitality: The maximum amount of VP a character has.

See the last post for info on these.


  • Attack Bonus: Your attack roll is d% + attack bonus, plus or minus any situational modifiers (e.g. mobility).
  • Bonus Dice: Bonus dice are extra dice rolled for damage. Read about damage above.
  • Damage Multiplier: Multiplies damage done.
  • Crit Multiplier: Multiplies damage done on a crit.
  • Piercing: Reduces defender’s
  • Precision: If you score a hit result on your attack roll, you add your precision (always a multiple of 10) and might improve your hit into a crit.

When creating their character, every player is going to get to pick a buff. This is a permanent bonus which is added to all characters in the group; thus everyone gets a little boost from everyone else. Buffs do not stack, however, so it was important that there be a good variety of choices.


At character creation, every player chooses a buff which will increase the stats of every character in the group. Buffs are permanent bonuses to the stat (as long as the character remains in the party), and are recorded on the character sheet just like any other bonus. Buff bonuses do not stack, so players should work together to ensure they pick a variety of different buffs.

There are ten stats which are eligible to be buffed (Block, Dodge, Parry, Partial Resist, Resist, Reflect, Toughness, Attack Bonus, Piercing, Crit Multiplier). For each stat, there are two classes which can buff that stat, and each of the five classes is eligible to buff four different stats.

Thus, there will be a good selection available, and even if you had four people playing the same class they’d all be able to pick different buffs.

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