Warhammer Fantasy RPG by Cubicle 7
When we hear Warhammer, we all think of the badass miniatures, awesome paint jobs, tanks, Space Marines, and measuring tape, but Warhammer Fantasy RPG is much more like Dungeons and Dragons. Warhammer Fantasy also called WFRP 4e, has a three hundred and fifty-one-page rule book. I certainly do not recommend it for beginners, not to mention the occasional math involved, and if you’re coming from Dungeons and Dragons this system wants you to roll low. Once I was able to fully grasp the rules there are some great things in this system.
In Warhammer Fantasy RPG classes are represented by Careers, which you aren’t locked into. If you have enough experience you can jump to a different career, which allows you to choose different skills, passive abilities, and weapon proficiencies. The d100 is the go-to die for WFRP. Both critical successes and botches are represented by doubles, 11, 22, 33, 44, etc. Remember the plan is to roll low. If you roll high and you roll doubles 77,88,99, there’s a good chance you’re looking at a botch or a fumbling failure. WFRP tackles critical success in a very involved way, targeting certain limbs with your rolls and the severity of the crit. Sometimes slicing an opponent’s arm clean from their body happens on turn one, and it can happen to you too.
Another stellar mechanic is the returning Corruption tables.
When players are exposed to dark gods, demons, or places seething with chaos magic, players will gain corruption. The Game Master can offer players a dark deal to get rid of corruption, often putting others in a precarious place. Corruption comes in two forms, mental and physical. Both of which have full roll tables for the severity of the corruption as it sets in. If your corruption level exceeds the character’s allowance, you can be cursed with anything from Inhuman Beauty to weeping puss on the physical table or Hateful Impulses to Lonely Spirit on the mental table.
If you love Fantasy Settings but you’ve played Dungeons and Dragons for long enough, take a peek at Warhammer Fantasy RPG 4e by Cubicle 7. It’s a dirty, violent, gritty, fantasy setting where your “hero” is sometimes little more than a human peddler.
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