[Runequest] Skill Categories (was Re: Slightly OT: Ringworld?)
iquinn at surewest.net
Mon Jun 25 02:11:30 EST 2012
So taking Ride for example,..does it stay as a generic "Ride, Anything"
until I advance the skill to 40% and then becomes "Ride, Horse"? If I want
to learn to "Ride, Zebra" at that point does that new skill start at 40%, my
base "Ride, Anything"?
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Subject: Re: [Runequest] Skill Categories (was Re: Slightly OT: Ringworld?)
> Id be interested to see your skill rules as well.
Yeah, sorry for the late reply. (a) Couldn't find my notes and (b) Have
had to complete yet another post-grad qualitification :)
Anyway here's something I've put together that follows what I was
This particular example can easily be changed for any BRP game, including
Ringworld's Root/Branch System. It was originally playtested using Avalon
Hill/Chaosium RuneQuest (3rd edition). It has also been elaborated
somewhat for Rolemaster (see
* Physical skills are largely dependent on innate ability, whereas mental
skills are largely dependent on learned experience. Social skills are
* Physical skills thus typically start with a higher emphasis on
* There are four levels of skills; Basic Skills, Expert Skills, Advanced
Skills, Mastery Skills. Basic skills cover the 0-40% range, Expert skills
the 41-70% range, Advanced skills 71-90%, and Mastery any level beyond
* The more complex the activity, the more prerequisites there will be and
the greater the degree of potential specialisation.
Every improvement (e.g., a week's of training, an experience check) will
provide a variable level of improvement to a skill as follows.
Physical Skills +3% (basic), +2% (expert), +1% (advanced), +0.5% (mastery,
that is +1% every 2 improvements)
Social Skills +4% (basic), +3% (expert), +2% (advanced), +1% (mastery)
Mental Skills: +5% (basic), +4% (expert), +3% (advanced), +2% (mastery)
Mental skills advance through training faster than social skills, which
advance faster than physical skills.
Whilst it will vary according to the specific skill, in general physical
skills are derived by three characteristics (e.g., (STR+STR+DEX), social
skills by two (e.g., CHA+POW), and mental skills by one (e.g., INT).
Physical skills have a higher characteristic bonus than social skills,
which have a higher bonus than mental skills.
The Basic skills are Simple Maneuvers, Common Knowledge and Social Norms.
These are specialised according to Medium, Technology, and Culture,
respectively. "Medium" means the locomotive medium (earth, air, water).
"Technology" is the broad social category used in RuneQuest (Primitive,
Nomad, Barbarian, Civilised). "Culture" is the broad top-level division of
a language family (e.g., Celtic, Germanic, Latin, Slavic, Hellenic).
The following are Expert Mental Skills. All have General Knowledge as the
Mathematics, Meditation, Seige Engine, Engineering, Mechanics, Medic,
Fishing, Hunting, Gathering, Farming, Husbandry, Astrology, Alchemy,
Research, Planning, Bestiary, Physics, Survival, Literature (culture),
The following are Expert Social Skills. All have Social Norms as a
Language (specialisation), Ethics, Relationship (specialisation),
Animalism, Romance, Poetry, Aesthetics, Write, Evaluate, Mesmerise, Law,
Divinity (specialisation), Commerce, Savoir-Faire, Streetwise, Carousing,
Diplomacy, Acting, Intimidation, Compose, Teaching, Interrogation
The following are Expert Physical Skills (all have Basic Manuevers as a
Lovecraft, Drive, Ride, Pilot, Ski, Stealth, Sport, Melee, Shoot,
Fighting, Acrobatics, Dancing, Singing, Play (specialisation), Drawing,
Craft (specialisation: cloth, wood, glass, leather, metal etc),
Contortion, Sleight, Skate
The following are example advanced skills; each have the relevant expert
skill as a prerequisite.
Mathematics (branch), Meditation (style), Ethics (fields e.g.,
meta-ethics, normative, applied)...
Drive (vehicle type), Ride (species), Pilot (vehicle type), Ski (medium),
Melee (style), Shoot (weapon type)
Law (specialisation; torts, contracts, criminal, etc)
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