Minimal dice rolling and an intuitive levelling system make Solipstry a system that is simple to pick up, even for those unfamiliar with tabletop games. Grab some friends, roll some dice, and tweak any rules to fit your needs.
Characters are a collection of five major skills, defining what they are especially good at. They can use both these and a myriad of other skills to progress as they influence both the story and the world around them.
From the depths of space, to the magical dystopian future, even to western towns where dinosaurs roamed free, Solipstry can help you tell your stories in any setting, existing or new. If you can imagine it, you can play it.
Solipstry started as a weekend project to compromise between two editions of Dungeons and Dragons. 4e lends itself to combat, which ended up being lengthy leading to a dearth of roleplaying. By comparison, character creation in 3.5 is mostly spent on skills, so those end up being used. Without creative roleplaying, combat for many classes can be repetitive.
A compromise was sought in an early version of Solipstry. It was effectively an empty combat system, but one where all characters had abilities beyond simply moving and stabbing. Since then we've grown further. We started adding other features. Some that we love in existing systems, and others we'd only wished would come to life. Soon we had Power Words, a Luck system, and Blocking. Enlightenment brought buffs, both personal and party-based that allow for even more versatility, in and outside of combat.
The system was starting to resemble the game we'd been imagining. But with those new mechanics came a need to fine-tune and balance. We added art and moved between four different environments to manage and prioritize work to be done. Eventually we consolidated to one, and six years after that first weekend, Solipstry was printed in hardcover.
The name Solipstry comes from Solipsism: the belief that the entire world exists only in your mind. Everyone has imaginary worlds in their mind, fantasies of the land populated with dinosaurs, robots, pirates, shapeshifters and aliens. We're all born with an imagination and creativity that slowly dulls over time if not sharpened and maintained. Solipstry is the whetstone of imagination. It's a set of tools that lets you bring the mysteries of the world that exists within your brain into the lives of those around you. Build a world and see what adventures spring up.
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Relinquish, which allows a character to bypass any lock, restraint, or similar device, can seem intimidating to a GM. It seems like the Ability would impact the Game Master's power to require keys or otherwise plan dungeons. Relinquish is not the first Ability of this kind.
If you need to have a door locked, there are reasons the spell might fail. Perhaps there is an Anti-magic zone, or rampant electromagnetic interference that might impact the character's ability to use an Ability.
Perhaps the door can only be opened with the blood of a descendent of the mad wizard who sealed it. Perhaps relinquish will open the door, but fail to disable all of the traps on the other side. whatever your approach, it's important to remember to leave your players with agency. There are several ways you can give your player incentives to find keys without shutting down the Abilities they chose.
If you ride your horse all day long, it's reasonable that you'd get better at riding it. If you spend hours riding it and have a 12 in Ride, it's going to be difficult to pull off complex maneuvers, despite your character's depth of experience on a horse.
To combat this, we suggest having a rate that tallies are assigned over prolonged use. A general rule across all skills we suggest is awarding one tally per two hours of general use.
The attacks go sequentially. The first attack will reduce your ally to 0 hit points. The second will kill your ally (yikes!). The third attack would need to be redirected to a valid target.
When you made the attack, your Control was 11, so you inflict 11 points of backfire.
If you fail, you can attempt to save against it (and against every other condition affecting you) at the end of your turn.
Security is used for securing and circumventing security systems. If it's part of a heist that doesn't involve manipulating people, it probably falls under Security. This includes hacking, lockpicking, feeding false images to security systems, and much, much more.
In addition to covert ops, Security is used for securing a perimeter or installing each of the systems described above. Think of your favorite super spy. Security is probably their bread and butter.
The reflect Ability makes it so you take half damage from all attacks for one round. Anyone who attacks you during that round will take half of the damage that you take.
For example, if Igor the half-bear uses Reflect and then is attacked for 15 damage by Bruin the Wrangler, Igor would take 7 damage, and Bruin would take 3.
If Igor had used Barrier to gain damage resistance 3 the round before, he would instead take 4 damage, and Bruin would take 2. The halving would occur before the damage reduction; damage reduction does not occur until you would take damage.
Yes. Both refreshing Enlightenment and activating a Truth will grant a Tally in Englightenment.