Dungeon Fest is a simple set of rules intended as a begging entry point to the world of Role Playing Games. They do not include elaborate character creations or advancement rules, complex skill or magic mechanics. I tried to fit as much of the information as possible on a quarter sheet of paper. Most actions are resolve with a roll of 2d6, while other dice might be necessary for damage or magnitude of effect.
The Combat Turn
Most of the rules are combat centric. Outside of combat, it is assumed common sense rulings can apply, possibly guided by some of the descriptive abilities. When combat starts, each player rolls 1d6 and add their init raiting. The GM rolls once with a +0 init. Players take turn in descending order of initiave. Once everyone has gone, return to the top.
- Move squares equal to the move score.
- Use an ability such as a strike or a spell
Any strike or spell ability will list a bonus to strike or cast. Roll 2d6 and add this bonus. If the result is greater than or equal to 7, the abilities effects occur
If not listed as 'ranged' or 'area', the ability can affect one target advacent to the PC. If ranged, it can affect one target visible to the PC. If area, it can affect a group of targets, roll strike or cast against each target
For a strike ability, if the target has a dodge rating, the target may roll 2d6 and add dodge. If this total equals or exceeds 12, the attack is avoided entirely.
If the attack does damage, roll the specified die and subtract the target's armor. IF any dice rolled give the maximum value, each one applies a minimum of 1 damage. (If target has 6 armor, but the damage roll was 2d4 giving a 4 and a 1, the attack still does 1 damage)
Damage is cumulative and adds up throughout the combat. If total damage to a character equals or exceeds their hit points, that character is knocked unconscious, and is out of the fight
Many spells have their effects reduced by the target's resist score. Others specify a roll that much exceed the target's resist score in order to take efffect
Some abilities have effects too complicated to fit on the sheet
Knockdown - If an effect grants knockdown. Attacker and defender both roll 2d6. Large creatures add 2. Small creatures subtract 2. If the attacker's roll is greater than defender's, defender is knocked down. A knocked odwn creature has -2 to strike and cannot dodge or move. Attackers hitting a knocked down creature get +1 to stirke, +1 to damage. Standing up takes a full round (no other movement or action)
Hero points are an optional rule, to give players a chance to put an extra effort in at just the right time. Hero points can be represented by coins, beads or poker chips
- Each player starts the game session with 1 hero point
- A hero point can be expended to do one of the following
- Perform an automatic dodge, even if you have no dodge score
- Convert a failed strike to a hit
- Perform a thematically appropriate action not covered by your abilities
- Ways to gain new hero points
- Roll a 2 on a strike or cast roll
- Do something to impress the GM
Each player should have a character sheet, such as shown on the left. Some examples are available here, suitable as PCs. More sheets can be used as NPCs and monsters. These are created on an ad-hoc basis, focusing on providing fun abilities more than balance
Character Sheet Summary
- The crown represents level. This number will be incremented as the character is used
- HP - Hit points are a measure of how much damage a PC can take before being incapacitated
- Armor - Armor is subtracted from any damage a PC takes
- Move - Move is the number of squares the PC can move each turn
- Dodge - A PC may or may not have a dodge stat. If they have a Dodge, this is added to 2d6 and on a 12 or more damage is avoided
- Resist - Resist is a stat used to avoid or reduce the effect of certain spells.
- Init - Initiative gives a bonus to see which character goes first in combat
- Creatures can be Small, Medium, or Large. Size can affect abilities such as knockdown
- The character will also have a list of abilities and spells. Most are used in combat with a roll of 2d6. But some provide movement effects, such as fly or passwall
Character Creation and Advancement
No formal system is provided for creation new characters. Existing sheets, and your players' imaginations should be used to determine appropriate stats and abilities.
I suggest advancing characters one level after every adventure. Give the character an additional HP. Every 4 levels allow the player to choose another stat to improve by 1. Every level, make a small improvement to an ability (increase strike bonus, or damage, add small additional effect), or add a new ability/swap out an old one.
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