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    Hey all, i had an idea that I'm not quite sure how to do yet and i would like some input.

    DIVINE BLESSINGS:
    Divine Blessings are one-shot bonuses that can be held for a long time and then used. They are gained via prayer or by touching a Divine Shrine. This idea is for a Romantic Fantasy idea i am working on, but i still need input.

    Only one Divine Blessing may be held at a time and it can be used whenever the recipient chooses. Such Blessing may include:
    a +2 bonus on any Ability Test of Choice
    a +2 Damage Bonus for the length of one encounter
    a +2 Defense Bonus for one encounter
    a +1 AR for an encounter
    a +5 Heath or Magic Point Bonus for one encounter
    and other ideas that might fit.

    I am trying to keep the bonuses small so that they don't unbalance the game. please give me input, i really want to work with this idea.

    I am considering a random bonus to be gained and the player will roll either a 2D6 or 3D6 and get the bonus that way, or they can choose. what are your thoughts on this?
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    Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

    I'd stray away from straight combat abilities and more towards interesting abilities. Water-breathing, face-shifting, scrying, turning undead, etc.

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    • #3
      Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

      I think combat bonuses are ok, but would suggest that you use them for Stunts instead. Maybe a Stunt Point reduction or a one-time access to a specific Stunt granted by the deity in question. Otherwise, I agree with shonuff, you should go for something interesting, and specific, over generic.

      That being said; I like the idea. I look forward to seeing where you go with this.

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      • #4
        Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

        Both of you make really good points and those might help as well. Combat bonuses might come from a War God and the others may come from other types of deities.

        So if i play off of the Divine Talents PDF and choose Domains that have certain values, i can pick benefits that fit that Domain? That might work and it would be simple.

        Okay, i have a base to work with now. thanks so much.
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        • #5
          Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

          The idea sounds like the Standing Stones of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or the Shrines of Diablo 2.

          Some ideas:
          • Blessing of Speed: For one round, one additional Minor Action that can only be used to Move.
          • Blessing of the Warrior: For one round, one additional Major Action that can only be used to make an Attack/All-Out Attack.
          • Blessing of Shadow: Advantage on any one Dexterity (Stealth) test.
          • Blessing of Mana: You immediately regain the MP that you expended in casting a spell, regardless of whether or not you successfully cast the spell. You must declare the use of this ability immediately after the spell has been resolved.


          It is a one-time benefit anyway, so being somewhat powerful shouldn't be a deal-breaker.
          Last edited by TheGreyWulf; 24th March 2016, 04:27 AM. Reason: Clarified the Blessing of Mana

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          • #6
            Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

            Originally posted by TheGreyWulf View Post
            The idea sounds like the Standing Stones of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or the Shrines of Diablo 2.

            Some ideas:
            • Blessing of Speed: For one round, one additional Minor Action that can only be used to Move.
            • Blessing of the Warrior: For one round, one additional Major Action that can only be used to make an Attack/All-Out Attack.
            • Blessing of Shadow: Advantage on any one Dexterity (Stealth) test.
            • Blessing of Mana: You immediately regain the MP that you expended in casting a spell, regardless of whether or not you successfully cast the spell. You must declare the use of this ability immediately after the spell has been resolved.


            It is a one-time benefit anyway, so being somewhat powerful shouldn't be a deal-breaker.
            I'd change that last one to "Blessing of Magic/The Fade"(Let's not forget our roots,prople!),just to keep with the theme.It should also have a Unique,but Generic look so it can go into either system.....
            Originally posted by Bladewind
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            • #7
              Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

              Since they are one use, and I suppose you can't have multiple blessings at the same time (not that it wouldn't be awesome to be blessed by multiple gods at the same time, mind you), then you could also add everything that usually works as a potion, from hp and mp regeneration to elemental resistance, to turn into a bird or to underwater breathing or walk in water. You could also not add potions to the setting (at least "traditional" potions) and keep this kind of effect only as blessings if you want them to be more common in the game world.


              Edit: I've been using "reroll lowest dice" as the mechanical effects of simple blessings in my setting and it works very well. Blessing of the Pretty Lady allowing you to reroll on peaceful social tests, blessing of the Knight rerolling one attack with knightly weapons, etc.
              Last edited by DiBastet; 24th March 2016, 06:28 AM.
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              • #8
                Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                Originally posted by DiBastet View Post
                Edit: I've been using "reroll lowest dice" as the mechanical effects of simple blessings in my setting and it works very well.
                This is actually how I implement Advantage - well, in essence. I roll 1 Stunt d6 and 3 normal d6, drop the lowest normal d6. If Disadvantage, drop the highest normal d6. Got the idea here in the forums. ^_^

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                • #9
                  Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                  Well all of these ideas are good ideas. thank you all so much.

                  keeping it generic is one thing, but this is for a romantic setting (My sister-in-law is running through Blue Rose and i wanted to try some of the concepts in that game for myself). Faith and prayer are normal in this game and not really all that rare. I want something fully accessible to all players and easy to use.

                  I am not fully done with the list but once i am, i will post it. please wait one more day or two. thank you all so much for the input, really great ideas i can use.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                    Divine Blessings are benefits that one can gain through prayer or the touching of a divine shrine. All characters may use Divine Blessings based on how the player wishes to play his/her character. If a character is an Atheist, then they do not have to go with this option.

                    SPEED: for one encounter, you gain an additional Minor Action per turn
                    WARRIOR: for one encounter, you gain an additional Major Action per turn
                    SHADOW: for one use only, you may choose to automatically succeed a DEX (Stealth) test
                    MAGIC: after casting a spell, you may regain the spent Magic Points, even if you failed the casting roll
                    SKILL: for one use only, you gain a +2 bonus on any Ability Test of choice
                    STRENGTH: for one encounter, you deal an extra +2 in damage on melee attacks
                    SHARP EYE: for one encounter, you deal an extra +2 in damage on ranged attacks
                    APTITUDE: for one encounter, you gain an additional +1 bonus to Defense
                    PROTECTION: for one encounter, you gain an additional +1 Armor Rating with no addition to penalty or casting strain
                    HEALTH: for one encounter, you have 5 additional Health Points. Once these are gone, they will NOT be regained through healing or potions
                    RESERVE: for one encounter, you have 5 additional Magic Points. Once these are gone, they will NOT be regained through potions or rest
                    MAGIC RESISTANCE: for one encounter, you gain a +2 bonus to all rolls to resist spells (to minimize the effect). If your Stunt die is a 6, the spell is completely ineffective against you (So the caster is considered to have failed the spell)
                    UNDERSTANDING: For one entire day, you gain a LORE focus of choice. If you choose one you already have, you increase the bonus by +1 and if you choose one you don’t have, you are considered to have it
                    ENCHANTMENT: for an entire day, you deal an additional +2 damage on any attack with one of the following elements:
                    • Fire
                    • Ice
                    • Lightning
                    • Spirit*
                    • Rock
                    • Physical
                    • Poison*
                    • Holy**
                    • Chaos***
                    *Spirit and Poison are always Armor Penetrating
                    **Holy is only penetrating to any Unholy or undead creature
                    ***Chaos is only penetrating to any Holy creature
                    WOUND CLOSURE: you can heal any ally (including yourself) for 1D6+Willpower (Faith) in health. You may only use this ability a number of times per day equal to your Willpower (Faith). Yes, the focus will grant a bonus to the number of times per day.

                    This is only a test page. please comment and leave feedback and new ideas. thanks
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                    • #11
                      Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                      Originally posted by VladGenX View Post
                      Divine Blessings are benefits that one can gain through prayer or the touching of a divine shrine. All characters may use Divine Blessings based on how the player wishes to play his/her character. If a character is an Atheist, then they do not have to go with this option.

                      SPEED: for one encounter, you gain an additional Minor Action per turn
                      WARRIOR: for one encounter, you gain an additional Major Action per turn
                      SHADOW: for one use only, you may choose to automatically succeed a DEX (Stealth) test
                      MAGIC: after casting a spell, you may regain the spent Magic Points, even if you failed the casting roll
                      SKILL: for one use only, you gain a +2 bonus on any Ability Test of choice
                      STRENGTH: for one encounter, you deal an extra +2 in damage on melee attacks
                      SHARP EYE: for one encounter, you deal an extra +2 in damage on ranged attacks
                      APTITUDE: for one encounter, you gain an additional +1 bonus to Defense
                      PROTECTION: for one encounter, you gain an additional +1 Armor Rating with no addition to penalty or casting strain
                      HEALTH: for one encounter, you have 5 additional Health Points. Once these are gone, they will NOT be regained through healing or potions
                      RESERVE: for one encounter, you have 5 additional Magic Points. Once these are gone, they will NOT be regained through potions or rest
                      MAGIC RESISTANCE: for one encounter, you gain a +2 bonus to all rolls to resist spells (to minimize the effect). If your Stunt die is a 6, the spell is completely ineffective against you (So the caster is considered to have failed the spell)
                      UNDERSTANDING: For one entire day, you gain a LORE focus of choice. If you choose one you already have, you increase the bonus by +1 and if you choose one you don’t have, you are considered to have it
                      ENCHANTMENT: for an entire day, you deal an additional +2 damage on any attack with one of the following elements:
                      • Fire
                      • Ice
                      • Lightning
                      • Spirit*
                      • Rock
                      • Physical
                      • Poison*
                      • Holy**
                      • Chaos***
                      *Spirit and Poison are always Armor Penetrating
                      **Holy is only penetrating to any Unholy or undead creature
                      ***Chaos is only penetrating to any Holy creature
                      WOUND CLOSURE: you can heal any ally (including yourself) for 1D6+Willpower (Faith) in health. You may only use this ability a number of times per day equal to your Willpower (Faith). Yes, the focus will grant a bonus to the number of times per day.

                      This is only a test page. please comment and leave feedback and new ideas. thanks
                      That ain't a half-bad set-up Vlad!Mind if I borrow some of it for my AGE games?
                      Originally posted by Bladewind
                      Lightsabers don`t kill people. People wielding lightsabers kill people.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                        Originally posted by MacynSnow View Post
                        That ain't a half-bad set-up Vlad!Mind if I borrow some of it for my AGE games?
                        not at all. that is one reason i posted them. go right ahead, and hey if you happen to create more, let me know. have fun
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                        • #13
                          Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                          My gripe, of course, is that there are two noncombat options among a total of 15. I don't like when combat has tons of rules and options and everything that isn't combat doesn't. That may be a starting point, but I wouldn't use it because my games aren't combat heavy, and actually if you intend to use it for a typical romantic fantasy game then you probabloy won't have that much combat as well.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                            Originally posted by DiBastet View Post
                            My gripe, of course, is that there are two noncombat options among a total of 15. I don't like when combat has tons of rules and options and everything that isn't combat doesn't. That may be a starting point, but I wouldn't use it because my games aren't combat heavy, and actually if you intend to use it for a typical romantic fantasy game then you probabloy won't have that much combat as well.
                            and this is true and as i said before, it is far from done. this is just prototype stage. if you have any ideas, then let me know.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Divine Blessings idea for input

                              How would special abilities in a typical romantic fantasy RPG go? Something like...

                              Blessing of Three: For one romantic encounter, you have advantage on all Communication tests on two target creatures.

                              Blessing of Priapus: You use this ability at the start of a romantic encounter. At the end of the romantic encounter, all of your partner creatures have a -2 penalty to Speed and to Dexterity tests for one day.

                              Heeheehee ^_^

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