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January 4, 2010 / jadettman

Ideas: Fudge Dice Pool

I’ve been thinking for a while now that there are a number of ways that you could Fudge Dice with different dice pool mechanics.

Gobble Pool (ala the old White Wolf system): roll a number of dice equal to your Stat +  Skill. Minus results cancel Plus results. If you have more Plus results than Minus, those are successes. If you have more Minus results than Plus, that’s a critical failure.

Placid Pool (ala the new White Wolf system): roll a number of dice equal to your Stat +  Skill. Minus results only count (and cause a critical failure) if you have no Plus results. Every Plus result is a success.

Color Pool (ala the new Warhammer Fantasy system): roll a number of Blue dice equal to your Stat +  Skill. Any beneficial modifiers add White dice to your pool. Detrimental modifiers add Black dice and Red dice act as doom dice (if you need such a mechanic). In this system, you count only Plus results on Blue and White dice, and if you get any Plus results you succeed. On Black and Red dice you count only Minus results, and if you get any of those then bad things happen. You still succeed or fail based on your Blue/White results, your Black/Red results just make interesting (i.e. bad, weird) things happen.

All of these mechanics are, of course, pure Fudge dice pools. You can also do fun things by adding Fudge dice to other die rolls and using the result as Spin.

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  1. Britt / Jan 4 2010 3:12 pm

    I don’t get the Gobble pool. What is accomplished, statistically, by adding more dice? If you’re adding stat+skill to get your pool, you would expect there to be an advantage to having more dice, but without the Placid rules, the extra dice don’t give you an advantage.

  2. J.A. Dettman / Jan 11 2010 9:33 am

    I defer to you in matters of statistics. Clearly, it made sense to me when I was writing it.

    In other words, it would have been caught in playtest. 😉

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