Thursday, December 06, 2007I came up with a mechanic that I think is pretty nifty. It's a mashup of "Bringing Down the Pain" and Keys from TSOY, plus a touch of the Trollbabe re-roll system.
Conflicts are one-roll affairs. You roll your dice, I roll mine: the highest die wins. But then...
If you don't like the outcome of the dice roll, you can choose to Suffer. Add another die to your pool, then both sides re-roll.
When you Suffer, say how your opponent stomps on you, and check off one of your Sufferings. You have one of each, and each one, when checked, imposes a taboo on you. It also has a buyoff condition that lets you uncheck it.
Taboo: You may not intimidate, frighten, or otherwise impress anyone with word or deed.
Buyoff: Pick a fight with a mate who doesn't deserve it.
This is for a game project (codename: VALVE) that I've been working on lately. I'll probably post some bits and pieces like this as I go.