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Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Character Advancement

As it's common in most RPGs, characters get better over time in Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, but instead of  tying XP to an specific task, like the acquisition of treasure or the killing of monsters, I decided to leave it open and determined to the number of adventures survived. That way, the group can tailor their game to their tastes.

Character Advancement
During their exploits throughout the stars, the adventurers will learn a lot of things. They will get better at what they do. They will become more resilient and capable of greater deeds.

To represent this in the game, characters have Levels of advancement assigned to them. Everyone starts at first Level, and as they gain more experience through a number of adventures, they get to advance to the next Level. As characters become more experienced, leveling up takes more time.

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Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Sanity and Madness

There is a lot in the universe we yet don't know or don't understand. And maybe it's better that way.

In Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, characters may encounter things or discover truths they are not ready to witness yet, and that may shatter their fragile minds.

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Distance and Time

I really like games that are more fluid, cinematic and kind of abstract instead of the more tactical ones. I prefer to leave combat to the imagination of players, instead of constraining it to a battle grid (I will talk about this in a future post, I promise).

Thus, in Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, I decided to handle distance and time in a more loose and abstract way, giving the Overlord more freedom to frame scenes and how the time passes as the necessity of the game play dictates.

Measuring Distance
During a fast and action packed adventure of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, the last thing you would want to do is counting squares, feets, meters or whatever measuring unit you are accustomed to use. That’s why this game opts for an abstract way of handling distances.

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - NPCs in Action

One of the most common questions people ask me about Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells is how to handle NPCs actions, either when they are acting against PCs, against themselves or alone.

So in Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, I decided to provide some guidelines for this.

NPCs in Action
Most of the tests in this game are focused on the player character's capabilities, as they are the main characters of the story being created during the game. It’s also much easier for the Overlord to rely on the character’s statistic than to create detailed statistics for every NPC and opponent the players might run into.

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Communication and Scene Resolution

What I am sharing today is not really ground braking but makes some parts of the game clearer. Since I received some questions about these aspects, I wrote a bit about it.

Language and Communication
In a vast the Universe of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, a large number of languages are used, and even machines have their own code of communication. Although this could prove a tough challenge for the adventurers, in the stories that inspired this game, this was never really a barrier, or at leasts, not for long. As such, there exists a universal tongue that most sentient beings in the galaxy can speak (inhabitants of isolated planets are probably an exception, as are xenophobic cultures who refuse to learn the language of others), or at least understand, a language originated in the glorious days of the Old Empire. But how do we know if a character speaks a specific language?

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - When to Roll Dice and Social and Intellectual Challenges

One of my fevorite principles that govern Old School play is "challenge the player, not his character sheet". I wanted it to be part of the mindset and, why not, rule set of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. Not everything should or need to be resolved using dice.

So I wrote these 2 segments in the draft text of the Rules of the Game chapter. I hope you enjoy the read!
When to Roll Dice
Player characters are competent adventurers that often get into problems much bigger than themselves. This means that most of the time they will be trying to accomplish feats that are not easing done, and that the consequences of success and failure are both interesting. But that may not always be the case.

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Character's Complications

Let's check out another preview of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells rules! Today we look at how to use character's Complications during the game!