So, what is a tabletop roleplaying game?
Remember those times when you played make-believe games as a kid, where you'd imagine yourself as a brave soldier, a powerful wizard, or a daring space adventurer? Well, tabletop roleplaying games (also called TTRPGs) take that same sense of wonder and adventure and turn it into a more structured and rules-based experience.
At its core, a TTRPG is a set of rules and guidelines that allow you and a group of friends or family to tell a collaborative story that is both coherent and fun to hear, all while gathered around a table in the comfort of your living room. Playing TTRPGs is like participating in an ever-changing theater play, or playing a videogame that doesn't have a fixed script, it is a collaborative storytelling experience where the decisions the characters make throughout the course of a game session shape the story as it is being told.
When playing the Worlds of Legend Tabletop Roleplaying Game System™, your group will create characters that represent them all inside the game world. Give them backstories, a personality, and goals they want to achieve. Then, together, you will embark on an adventure where said characters will face challenges and overcome obstacles with the help of one player who will play as the scribe, they’ll be in charge of setting the scene, controlling all enemies and/or non-player characters, and adjudicating the rules. You’ll find that as you play, your characters will grow and evolve. They'll gain experience, acquire new skills and abilities, and become more powerful, but they'll also face difficult choices and sometimes, tragic consequences for their actions.
So, what are you waiting for to explore fantastical worlds and become part of an epic story?
Roles at the Table
In most TTRPGs (not all of them though), there are two fundamental roles that players can assume: that of the Game Master, also called the GM; and those of the Player Characters, also called PCs.
The Worlds of Legend Tabletop Roleplaying Game System™ is designed to be played with a minimum of 2 players at the table, but it can also be played with as many players as the “game master” can effectively manage. If you and your group are new to the TTRPG experience, we strongly recommend having a range of 4 to 6 players at your table, including the one playing as the scribe.
When playing the Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™, the player who takes on the role of the Game Master is referred to as the Scribe. The scribe has several important responsibilities, including preparing and/or running the game sessions, as well as serving as the main storyteller who describes and populates the game world. The scribe also interprets the actions of the PCs’ allies and/or enemies and adjusts the story based on the consequences of their actions. The scribe ultimately holds the highest authority at the table when it comes to resolving conflicts, whether they are related to the game's rules or interpersonal issues among the players.
The player characters
Other players should each assume the role of a Player Character. These characters are typically the central figures within the story, and their actions drive the narrative forward as the game progresses. Each player should have a character sheet that they fill in with information about their characters, such as their appearance, attribute dice, equipment, perks, proficiencies, skills, and talents. This sheet of paper serves the purpose of recording the character's statistics and growth throughout the adventure.
The basics of playing TTRPGs
Similar to many other tabletop roleplaying game systems, the basic game structure for a session of the Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™ usually follows these three steps:
The scribe starts by setting the scene for the player characters. This involves describing the environment, the current situation, and the features of the surrounding area, as well as the presence of any objects or creatures in the vicinity. By providing this information, the scribe helps the players visualize the action and consider possible courses of action. The players can be found inside a bustling tavern, the frigid moon of a distant planet, or the perilous ruins of an abandoned city.
The Player Characters express their intentions and resolve their actions, which may involve making dice rolls. Based on the information provided by the Scribe, each player can describe or act out the actions they wish their characters to take in the given situation. If these actions involve challenges, such as climbing a rock wall or navigating a strong river current, the scribe may ask the players to resolve the outcomes of those actions through dice checks.
The scribe then narrates the results of the character's actions, which leads to the cycle starting again. Depending on the outcome of the dice checks described in the last step, the scribe explains how the situation has changed to reflect the character's successes or failures. For example, if a character successfully climbs the rock wall, they may discover a hidden cave entrance nearby. On the other hand, if a character fails to swim through a river current, they may end up stranded in a hazardous location, far from a safe crossing point. Describing these new circumstances often leads back to the first step in the process.
This structure remains the same even in situations like combat or social interactions. It's important to note that in some cases the framework allows for a more freeform structure, enabling a single player to take multiple actions. While in other scenarios, such as combat, actions tend to be resolved in a specific turn order, with each participant having a limited number of actions per turn.
Four rules to rule them all
Before delving deeper into the specifics of the game, it’s important to understand four simple rules that remain present throughout the entire gameplay. Once you and your players understand and agree to these rules, you’ll be ready to start a Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™ game session.
Rounding down. This game involves basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Unless stated otherwise, whenever you perform these operations and end up with a fraction or decimal number, always round down to the nearest whole number even if the fraction or decimal is higher than one-half.
Specific beats general. When there’s a conflict between two rules, such as when one rule allows you to do something while another rule doesn’t, the more specific rule takes precedence over the more general one.
The scribe always has the last word. If a conflict that can’t be resolved using the specific beats general rule arises, such as a contradiction between rules or an overlapping of similar rules, and there is no clear answer readily available, the person playing as the scribe has the authority to make a quick decision to keep the narrative flowing. You can always reread the rules, resolve the issue, and make adjustments to the gameplay afterward if needed.
This is a game for everyone. This rule is perhaps the most important on this list. The Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™ is a game that values diversity and cooperation, regardless of racial and/or class differences, and emphasizes that strength comes from working together to achieve a common goal. While inside the game world, the goal may be to stop a group of bandits from causing chaos or to rescue lost researchers on a distant planet. Outside it, the goal should always be to create a safe and inclusive space where everyone can have fun together, regardless of age, gender, skin tone, religion, sexual preferences, or any other personal trait.
These four rules set the foundation for gameplay and promote fairness, creativity, and inclusivity in and out of your table. By understanding and embracing these rules, you and all other players will make sure to embark on a memorable journey, forging bonds, unraveling mysteries, and crafting a narrative that reflects the values of teamwork and inclusivity. Together, you’ll be able to create an enriching and immersive gaming experience that will leave a lasting impact on all participants.
What do I need to start playing?
Remember that playing TTRPGs is an exercise of imagination and much of the action will ultimately unfold inside your mind and that of the other players. However, there are a few supplies that can enhance your gaming experience when diving into a game session of the Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™.
One essential item to have at your playing table is a set of polyhedral game dice. These specialized dice that feature various shapes and numbered sides, add an element of chance and excitement to the gameplay, you can easily find a set of polyhedral dice at your local game store, or conveniently purchase them from your favorite online retailer. Rolling these dice will determine the outcomes of your character's actions, adding suspense and unpredictability to the game. In addition to dice, it's helpful to have note-taking supplies readily available. A pencil and paper, or even a notepad, allow you to write down important details, record character names, track the party’s inventory, or quickly sketch a map. Furthermore, it is crucial for each player to have a Worlds of Legend TTRPG System™ Character Sheet. These sheets serve as a valuable resource for organizing and tracking your character's attributes, abilities, skills, and progress.
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