First, players are not limited in the number of items they can possess. A player character in Atomic can have 100 magic items or they can use just one. A character can have a trinket or a tool for every situation or have one ring that holds 100 effects. This flexibility shows the nearly limitless possibilities in just the items and equipment a character can have and use. The one real limit is that item effect types, like other Atomic RPG System effects, do not stack. This means that a character can wield a +4 Rapier of Attack (Item Bonus) and +6 Sword of Attack (Item Bonus). However, they will only get the best bonus, +6 to Attack in this case.
Second, players are not limited to what kind of item an effect must be bound to. In most role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, only certain effects can go onto a certain item type or area. An item in Atomic can have any effect that a player wants. So, instead of being forced to have a +5 weapon in another game to get a +5 to attack, a player can have Fluffy Bunny Slippers of Attacking +5. (The Fluffy Bunny Slippers of Attacking +5 hold a bit of the essence of a famous and particularly deadly bunny).
With these two rules in mind players and Game Masters alike should have no trouble coming up with the perfect items and gear for all of their characters. The Atomic RPG System brings a new level of flexibility and imagination into roleplay gaming.
Item Tiers in the Atomic RPG
There are several basic tiers of magic items Atomic players can access.
These separations help players and GMs easily understand what things are easily available or, might be hard to find. They also give a quick way to understand the strength and power of the item.
How to Read Atomic Item Entries
Mundane Atomic items are the simple items of everyday life. These items are useful but do not provide specific character-altering effects.
A provisions pack is a Mundane Atomic Item. It will allow a player to carry some basic survival items but does not give any specific bonuses or penalties to a character.
Mundane Atomic Items are commonly available.
Basic Atomic items are items that when used or equipped (worn), grant the character a particular item bonus.
A Basic Atomic Item can have only one Item Effect. No Specialty or Power Effects.
Basic Atomic Items are Common. This means the item can easily be acquired but will be a lot more expensive then Mundane Items.
Advanced Atomic Items can be much more powerful. Advanced Atomic items can grant Item Effects, give the character a new Specialty, or access to another Power.
An Advanced Atomic Item can have up to one Item Effect, Specialty, and one Power. However, it may just grant the player a Specialty or have a Atomic Power in it or any combination of the three.
Advanced Atomic Items are Rare. This item may be available but expensive and may be hard to find.
Epic Atomic Items can be even more powerful than Advanced Atomic Items. Epic Atomic Items can can have any number of effects on them.
An Epic Atomic Item can have any number of Item Effects, Specialties, and Powers. Make sure to approve all items through your Game Master first to make sure they will be allowed. Epic Items can be extremely powerful.
Epic Atomic Items are Very Rare. These items are rarely available for purchase and if so, a substantial sum of money is needed to purchase it.
Legendary System Items
Legendary Atomic Items are the most powerful items in the Atomic RPG System.
A Legendary Atomic Item can have any number of effects. They can also have Game Master effects and really anything that can be imagined. Not only are Legendary Atomic Items as powerful as you can imagine, they can also have their level limit and Archetype limitations removed. These are very rare and items that are often created by the most powerful creatures in any given campaign setting. They should only be used sparingly in any campaign as they can and will unbalance the game if used regularly.
Legendary Atomic Items are usually thought to not be real. They are never available for purchase. If someone is lucky enough to have such a powerful item, they never give it up voluntarily. Sometimes they may for a huge amount of cash as well as being bound to services for the sale.
Note: Users with free accounts can only use Basic and Mundane items. This doesn’t mean that their characters can’t have all the same cool effects. They still can, they just need to use more items. Where as a Premium member can put all the effects on fewer items.
As you can see, the Atomic RPG System Item Tier system is set up to easily distinguish the strengths of different Atomic RPG System items. Look through the Atomic RPG System Item Search tool to see some of the items which have been contributed to the Atomic RPG System.