I: Basic Basics!

This Chapter introduces the basic rules and regulations about DAVE RULES. It also details the numerous aspects of your character, detailing each briefly. After reading this, you should have a fair idea of how the system operates.

You will use a standard 7-die set of role playing game dice for this system. The die you will most certainly use the most is the d20.

There are three levels of difficulty in this system: Standard (15), Taxing (20) and Extreme (25). When called upon to make a roll, you want to meet or exceed the difficulty number of the task you are attempting.

Whenever you are called upon to make a Stat or Skill roll, simply roll a d20, add your Stat modifier and your Skill rating to this number (more on this later), and hope that you meet or exceed the difficulty number of the task you are attempting. Easy peasy!

Advantage & Disadvantage: Whenever you gain Advantage on a roll, circumstances are in your favor, and you roll the test twice and use the higher result. Whenever you gain Disadvantage on a roll, circumstances are working against you and you roll the test twice and use the lower result.

Triumphs & Blunders: Whenever you roll a 20 on a d20 (without modifiers), you have Triumphed. This means that the best possible result occurs. Whenever you roll a 1 on a d20 (without modifiers), you have Blundered. This means that the worst possible outcome occurs.

There are several Aspects of a character that define their capabilities, with each being detailed briefly below.

Role: Your Role details the prominence of your character in the story being told. There are 3 distinct Roles in DAVE RULES: Stars (Brave heroes, nefarious villains and the movers and shakers of the world), Co-Stars (Plucky sidekicks, sniveling henchmen, and those who someday might step up themselves to be Stars), and Extras (The nameless, faceless rank and file of the world). All Player Characters in Dave Rules are Stars, because they are special and rad people who are the focuses of the stories being told.

Stats: The 5 Stats are the base potential of your Character. Your Stats are rated on a scale from 0 to 10.

Skills: The 15 Skills are a collection of what your character has picked up through learning, study and training. Skills are rated on a scale from 0-5.
Boons: Boons represent special abilities, possessions, or advantages that set your character apart from everyone else. Many Boons can be purchased twice to increase their effect. Some Boons also have Prerequisite Stat and Skill ratings that you must meet or exceed to purchase the Boon in question.

Energy: Energy is a measure of how much fight you have left in you, and your general state of immediate health. Energy damage symbolizes small scrapes, bruises and light damage that isn’t life-threatening. Once your Energy pool drops below 1, you begin suffering Wounds.

Wounds:  Wound damage is serious business and sustaining too many can very quickly lead to the death of your character! Most folks (Extras) are immediately Knocked Out when they sustain 1 Wound, but special people like heroes and villains (Stars) can sustain up to 3 Wounds! Upon sustaining a 4th Wound, Stars are Knocked Out.

Luck: You may spend a point of Luck to either re-roll any one roll you make (this includes damage rolls) and use the higher result, or re-roll any roll (including damage) that is made against you and use the lowest result. Luck gives you a chance to avoid the pitfalls of rolling badly at a crucial time!

Defense: Your Character’s Defense score is the difficulty number that an attacker needs to roll equal to or over when they are trying to smash you in combat! Your Defense score is equal to 10 + your Agility OR Intellect Stat Modifier + Armor Modifier + Shield Modifier + Bonus Modifier.

Failing: All characters have one Failing, which is their one fatal flaw. Even the best of us have our issues, and heroic types are certainly no exception!

Focus: This Aspect is only available to those rare few who have taken the Mysterious Blood Boon, and have special powers or abilities that normal folk couldn’t possibly dream of. Focus is a pool that fuels these strange abilities.

·         Strength is a measure of your character’s raw physical prowess and brute, unmitigated force.
·         Agility is a measure of your character’s hand-eye coordination, flexibility and adroitness.
·         Endurance is a measure of your character’s general level of health, fitness and hardiness.
·         Intellect is a measure of your character’s IQ, mental acuity and cerebral sharpness.
·         Presence is a measure of your character’s force of personality, charisma, and pizzazz. 

-All Stats are rated on a scale from 0-10. Every level of a Stat has a modifier associated with it. This modifier is added or subtracted from any rolls involving the associated Stat, as detailed below.

0 (Handicapped, -5 Stat Modifier)
1 (Abysmal, -4 Stat Modifier)
2 (Very Poor, -3 Stat Modifier)
3 (Poor, -2 Stat Modifier)
4 (Below Average, -1 Stat Modifier)
5 (Average, No Stat Modifier)
6 (Above Average, +1 Stat Modifier)
7 (Good, +2 Stat Modifier)
8 (Very Good, +3 Stat Modifier)
9 (Excellent, +4 Stat Modifier)
10 (World Class, +5 Stat Modifier)

Example: Dave is trying to lift a heavy rock so he can hurl it through the window of a small business. Dave has been taking a copious amount of steroids, and thus, currently has a Strength score of 10. The difficulty to pick up this hefty rock is 20, and so Dave rolls a d20 and adds +5 for having such a high (due to rampant abuse of an illegal substance) Strength score. He rolls a 13 and adds 5 to that, coming up with a final result of 18. Not a bad roll, but not enough to hoist the heavy rock up. Sorry, Dave, no looting for you!

-Your level in a Skill directly adds to any relevant rolls made with that Skill. Simply add your rating in a Skill as a direct bonus to any applicable rolls.

-All Skills are rated on a scale from 0-5, as detailed below.

0 (Untrained)
1 (Apprentice)
2 (Journeyman)
3 (Professional)
4 (Expert)
5 (Master)

Example: Using our above example, let’s say that Dave wasn’t a lazy slob, and had invested some time doing push-ups instead of eating cupcakes. If Dave had an Athletics skill of 2, he would have added this number to his roll to lift up the heavy rock (because lifting junk is part of the athletics skill) and managed to get a 20, thus succeeding.

Stats and Skill Links: Each skill can benefit from a different Stat depending on the situation. For instance, if you are trying to charm somebody using flattery and sweet words, you would link the Persuasion skill with your Presence Stat modifier. Similarly, if you were trying to bully someone through sheer physical intimidation, you would pair your Persuasion skill with your Strength Stat modifier.

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