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Zombie RP Ruleset

At Level 1 you distribute 80 points between the four attributes (discounting Badass) and have three Skills.
From then on, every level gives 5 Attribute points and every level gives one Skill.
(Levels go up quite quickly, 20XP for one levelup. One zombie is worth 1XP, and various actions merit various XPs ^^. Chat games are short enough for it not to matter that the characters finish too strong.)

BASIC RULES d100 + attribute + modifiers = standard roll unless otherwise mentioned.
If equal to DC, succeeded.
Zombies use d60 for hitting and defending. All humans have d100.
If equal result for player and zombie/human enemy, player automatically wins.
Barricades have HP. When attacked by zombies, lose 1HP per turn per zombie.
Mêlée weapons have a Stuck roll: if fail, they get stuck and it takes a turn to wrench it out.
Shielding objects have Hit Points: amount of hits they survive before breaking. Defender can choose to use shield instead of dodging, and adds the Shield Bonus to their defence roll.
Hunger is dealt with by minimum of one meal per 8h (yes, the rule IS simple as possible)
Proficiencies in weapons carry across, at a lesser rate, to weapons that are similar. R3->R1, R5->R2.
Fear: If scared, -20 to attack, -10 to defence.
Morale: Good, +10 to stuff. Average, 0. Bad, -10. Crap, -20.
Plague: When hit, Hardness check vs 30+damage from zombie
If infected, alternate Will vs 50 to not pass out and Hardness vs 70 to get better. If pass out, change to alternating Hardness vs 70 and Will vs 60.
If succeed Hardness vs 70, cured. If fail Will vs 60, zombeh!
(if have 49 or more Hardness+bonuses, or 59 or more Will+bonuses, immune to Plague.)
Zombies deal 1d20 damage with attacks.

ATTRIBUTES: They can be between 0 and 50.

Hardness: Hit Points = 20+Hardness. Also used when resisting illnesses, hunger, etc.
Speed: used for hitting and dodging, moving, etc.
Will: used for resisting mental effects.
Perception: used for spotting, detection.
Badass: used for relations vis-à-vis other survivors. Starts at 0, can go up with clothing, actions, etc.

Hardness Theme Toughness: "I get knocked down, but I get up again..." +3 Hardness.
Hard DNA: "My jeans are tough! Oh, THOSE genes..." +10 vs Plague.
-Brainless?: "I don't have a brain... honest!" 1d100 vs 50 to be categorically ignored by zombies.
Shielded: "Riot police!" +10 to defending with a shield.
Builder: "Burn it down!" x2 barricade strength.
-Construction: "Tetris Chaaaaaampion!" x3 barricade strength.
Never Fall: "I shall never faaaaaall!" +10HP.
Explosions are Fun: Requires Toughness. "I'm from the bomb squad." Cannot die from explosions.
-Boom!: "Smoke and FIRE!" If near an explosion, flip a coin (1d2). If heads (2), receive no damage.
Unsticky: Req Toughness. "Hot knife through butter!" When you use a mêlée weapon, it never gets stuck.
Solid: Req Toughness. "So what if my legs are both broken?" Able to keep going no matter the injury.

Speed Theme Blurry: "Head checked, but faster than the jet." +3 Speed.
*** Practice: "Do you ever miss??" With chosen weapon type ***, when attacking, minimum roll 15.
-*** Training: "Do you ever miss??" With chosen weapon type ***, when attacking, minimum roll 25.
--*** Skill: "Do you ever miss??" With chosen weapon type ***, when attacking, minimum roll 35.
---*** Expert: "Do you ever miss??" With chosen weapon type ***, when attacking, minimum roll 50.
----*** King/Queen: "Do you ever miss??" With chosen weapon type ***, when attacking, minimum roll 70.
Acrobat: "JUUUUUUMP!" +10 acrobatics.
-Ninja: "Climb the wall? I'll climb the CEILING!" +15 acrobatics.
Bulletproof: Requires Blurry. "Bullet time." +10 to dodging gunshots.
Bang: Requires Blurry. "BANGBANGBANG!" When shoot and kill a target with a gun, and have another shot possible that turn, automatically roll 100 to hit next target.

Will Theme Cucumber Cool: "My mind is MINE!" +3 Will.
Fearless: "Zombies? Bah." +10 vs fear.
Hungerless: "Must... resist... temptation... to... eat... mince pie..." Need food ever 12 hours instead of 8.
Persistence: "I'm still here!" When reduced to 5 or less HP, +10 to defence.
Joker: Req Cucumber Cool. "Never gonna get down." Halves effects of low morale.
Instability: "I guess he finally lost his head..." When scared, attack malus negated.

Perception Theme Eagle Eye: "Spotted." +3 Perception.
Medic: "Trust me, I'm a... meh, close enough." +10 with first aid.
-Surgery: "I know first aid." +15 with first aid.
Hunter "I'll sniff 'em out." +10 tracking.
City Planner: "All towns are the same really." GM gives more information as to contents of settlements.
Alertness: "Zombie sense is tingling..." Use Perception instead of Speed for defence.
Relaxed Aim: Requires Eagle Eye. "Shot him in the head, 'til he was dead. Again." If unhassled, add Perception to ranged attacks.
-Marksperson: "BOOM, headshot!" Always add Perception to ranged attacks.
Thanatomy: Req Eagle Eye. "I bet I can hit the head." d100 vs 80 for max damage automatically.
-Improved Thanatomy: "Hit him in the freckle!" d100 vs 60 for max damage automatically.
--Bullet Surgeon: "Slice and dice." d100 vs 40 for max damage automatically.
---Critical Hitter: "20. That's just how I roll." always deal max damage automatically.
Paranoia: Req Eagle Eye. "They're everywhere!" + Perception to defence.

Themeless Charismatic: "Trust me, I'm awesome." +5 to interaction.
Bartering: "A gun for some pocket lint? YES!" +10 to trading.
Rage!: "AAAAAAARGH!" When kill a zombie in mêlée, regain 1HP.

WEAPON TYPES: Sidearms: pistols, tasers, all which is one handed gunnery.
Shoulderarms: rifles, machine guns, crossbows...
Bows: duh.
Small Sharps: knives, daggers, spikes...
Large Sharps: swords, giant spikes...
Small Bashers: hammers, mallets, hatchets, saucepans...
Large Bashers: sledgehammers, woodaxes, planks, 10-foot keelhauling poles...
Chainsaws: duuuuuuh!

Posted on 2011-09-19 at 20:39:37.
Edited on 2011-09-23 at 14:47:56 by Darren

RDI Fixture
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hows about this

invisibility -'You can't see me.- invisible

Posted on 2011-09-19 at 21:10:01.

Lady Dark
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You are made of win. I LOVE THIS. Because if there's anything I love more than's zombies.

Posted on 2011-09-19 at 23:49:39.

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Agreed, Lady D!

I'll try and think up some more skills for you!

Posted on 2011-09-20 at 00:00:40.

RDI Fixture
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The idea behind it it "fun, but also danger".

EDIT: I added Perception attribute, Invisibility, Greater Invisibility, Greater Ignorance and Hunter skills.
Oh, and if anyone has better names or quotes for the skills than the ones I already put, go ahead and mention them

Posted on 2011-09-20 at 05:07:25.
Edited on 2011-09-20 at 05:38:09 by Darren

Eol Fefalas
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This... looks...awesome!!!

Gotta say, I'm not the biggest fan of the paranormal abilities for PCs (I think it's much more fun when "every day" folks have to survive the horde with nothing more than their wits and whatever might be found laying about that could be used to bash a maggot farmer's head in) but, that's just me... I do like the rules set, overall, and, I imagine I can come up with some additional skills to float past you.

+1 for awesome.

Posted on 2011-09-20 at 13:46:15.

RDI Fixture
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I'll keep the paranormal stuff to one side.

Actually, I'll take it out. I don't even know why I put it in, I'm not fussed myself

Oh, and still wanting as many Skill ideas as possible. The more fun, the better!

(I just want to avoid the sort of Skill that takes away from the creativity. IE, a Skill can give bonuses to Beating On Head With Stick, but shouldn't be a Beat On Head With Stick ability.)

Posted on 2011-09-20 at 18:31:37.
Edited on 2011-09-20 at 19:02:45 by Darren

RP Noob
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B&B RP Theme song

I am not trying to highjack your discussion here but I wanted to submit the following for the Theme song for your game:

Re: your brains

I always loved this song, hope you like it.

Posted on 2011-09-20 at 22:42:20.

RDI Fixture
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Still wanting any comments, particularly negative ones, and ideas.

I think that the weapon proficiency equivalence system is easily exploitable by someone who understands it, but hey ^^

EDIT: It IS easily exploitable. Why bother getting the 5 Skills in one when you can cheat and get 5 in both WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF SKILL POINTS?

Nerfed it. Now it takes 7 Skill points to max two similar weapon types, for the discerning munchkin.

Posted on 2011-09-21 at 09:50:16.
Edited on 2011-09-21 at 09:55:35 by Darren

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I think I have enough Skills done. I'd quite like comments, and better "quotes" for the Skills (as mine aren't anything to be proud of)

Posted on 2011-09-23 at 14:38:58.

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