Thursday, April 30, 2009

Revising Action Cards

So following working on my fifth iteration of the Action Cards system I've started working on how I'd put together a complete set of rules for the system. I also need a better name than that. As I mentioned before, I did decide to add dice to this version of the system-- but exclusively for combat crunch in terms of damage. I also added some profession tracks to help PCs focus their character development, and I revised the magic system to simplify it. Some of that will obviously be optional rules/modules when I write the whole thing up.

So below is just a starter outline.

I.Introduction
-reasons for system
-what kind of game (high trust, low detail-- narrative based)
-what it does for a game

II.Overview
-Basic system
-Terms
-Cards and Resolution
-Character Sheet stuff
-Optional Modules

III.Making a Character
-Outline
-Assigning results
-Unique Cards
-Skills and Talents
-Other Options

IV.Resolution System
-Basic premise
-Skills
-Edges
-Talents and Abilities
-Unique Cards
-Softening Catastrophe
-Narrating and Narrative Control
-The GM's Deck
-Examples

V.Combat
-Just a variation on basic resolution
-Initiative
-Equipment
-Damage
-Running Combats
-Examples

VI.Other Systems
-Drama Points
-Stunting
-Experience

VII.Optional Systems
-Keyword Styles
-Combat Styles
-Dramatic Systems for Damage
-Crunchier Dice-based Combat
-Equipment, Weapons and Armor
-Magic and Powers
-Powered Abilities
-Profession/Class Tracks
-Dramatic Character Abilities

VIII.Gamemastering
-General advice and overview
-Handling resolution and debate
-Handling NPCs
-Designing Unique Cards
-Freedom and Control

IX.Example Settings
-Libri Vidicos-- school setting, a version of magic, keyword styles
-Spyworld-- espionage, proactive plan points
-Epic Fantasy-- profession templates, crunchier combat, magic
-Firefly version-- powered abilities, a separate deck for the ship
-Other?