In my previous entry, I detailed some information about the Breachworld RPG Kickstarter, why I’m backing it, and why you should. Jason, the creator of Breachworld, had released a whopping 77 page preview of the most necessary parts to run any game. Having perused it three times myself, I’m happy to say that my money seems well placed.
A general overview; his writing is friendly and open, but by no means unprofessional. Each page includes a faded background image, some are the Breachworld logo, others are blown up maps, but each section (I.e., character races, history, skills, etc.) is colour coded for easy flip-to action. In fact, the whole thing is in colour as promised, though some pages are blank except for notes of what kind of picture is in the works for that placement. As a whole, the preview is easy to read, flows quickly, and even the more complex sections (such as character creation) are not too confusing. He even included a basic run down of terminology (stating there would be more for readers new to role playing in the printed book,) which helps to further explain how characters gain experience and how dice mechanics work for Anti Paladin Games’s Mini 6 system.
But can you build a character with it? Yes! You could even build a basic playtest session with a little imagination and the materials provided!
After a rousing introduction from Jason and his number one rule, “Have fun!”, he launches right into the character creation section. Always the heart of role playing, we’ve all played some different games that had long, drawn out creation rules. Luckily, the process is streamlined in Breachworld. Less rolling, more choosing what you want!
Before we jump into character creation, however, we need to go over dice rules. There are dice, which are only D6s in this game, and then there are “pips”. Pips are the “+1,+2”, like enchantments on a weapon or a bonus to your roll. One die is worth 3 pips. When you roll your dice, one of them is always a wild or “exploding” die. This die can be rerolled if it lands on a 6 after adding the die to your total, and if the reroll is a 6 you repeat as necessary, hopefully leading to some big numbers!
Now, there are only 6 steps to character creation and each can take only minutes:
1. Select race
2. Choose attributes
3. Choose skills
4. Choose perks
5. Choose complications
6. Gear selection