There's this terrible OSR fantasy RPG. Ok, maybe it isn't terrible, just unremarkable. However, there is one core aspect of this game which totally sucks. In fact, I hate it. Hate it! Hate! Hate! Hate!
Anyways... based on the spur of the moment, off-the-cuff alternative* hastily written in my review, I've come up with a solution to that game's problem. Behold... the Advanced Seej N-gine!
Seej N-gine (Advanced)
- Anytime a PC, NPC, monster, mutant, robot, vehicle, windstorm, etc. wants to try and do something, they roll between one and three d6.
- The average character without any specific knowledge, aptitude, or proficiency rolls 1d6.
- If a character has some of the above, then 2d6 are rolled.
- If the character is particularly well versed, prepared for the action, an expert in the field, or has specialized skill/training relevant to the task, roll 3d6.
- Esoteric corollary: gods and godlike beings get 7d6.
- Make note of the single highest number rolled from the xd6 pool; use that to determine results.
- A 6 always means success, a 1 always means failure. Everything in-between depends on the character, force(s) working against him, and current circumstances; adjudicated by the GM.
- Lazy, distracted, or overburdened GMs may use the following "cheat sheet": a 2 means "mostly failure", 3 means "slight failure" or "stalemate", 4 means "minor or partial success", 5 means "mostly success" or "success but with complications".
There. I fixed your game's stupidest rule. You're welcome!
* "If it were a choice between rolling a d6 for everything, where 1 is fail, 6 is success and 2 – 5 has to be interpreted by the GM every single time my character wanted to try something, I’d take that a thousand times over."
p.s. If there's sufficient encouragement, I'll make this an official PDF release on DriveThruRPG. Though, feel free to copy, share, use, post, re-post, and proselytize the Advanced Seej N-gine as you wish.
p.p.s. I've also considered using the mechanic in a bastardized Vengerized rip-off... er, I mean homage, of Encounter Critical. Want to collaborate? Email me!
p.p.p.s. Artwork used with permission by Dust 989.