Character Build Step One:
Choose Character Traits
Body, Mind, and Spirit are the core Character Traits for the Atomic RPG System. They make up the core of the mechanics behind the Atomic RPG System. All three are important and will be used for every Atomic RPG System character.
What will your character's Traits be?
They are intended to be simple. As with the other areas of the Atomic RPG System, they are generalized because the intention is to allow the player to imagine and invent what the individual Character Trait means to that character. A Body Trait can represent a strong, tough character or a lithe and nimble character who is able to dodge and avoid damage. The number that represents the Character Trait will affect the Atomic RPG System calculations, but how the Trait is represented within role-play and in game play is up to the player.
How Many Character Traits Points to Assign
In the Atomic RPG System characters will split 12 points between these three Character Traits at first level. Another Trait Point will be assigned each time a character gains a new level. This represents the character’s growth throughout game play. No more than 80%, rounded down, of a character’s Trait Points can be used on a single Trait.
When distributing Trait Points, remember that all Traits have to have at least 1 point in them. However, a cautious player will want to have at least a 2 in every Trait. There are a few situations where Traits can be lowered, such as if a character misses a Full Rest or is “raised from the dead”. If a Trait reaches zero, the player character will be unconscious and incapacitated until they complete at least Full Rest. See Death and Dying and Rest and Recovering for more details.
A Few Notes About Character Traits
- Character Traits modify rolls at a 3 to 1 ratio. For example, if you have a 6 in a Trait, you will get a +2 to related rolls.
- Character Traits are generally static during game play and cannot be affected by Powers, Items, or Specialties.
- Character Traits can be increased when a character gains a level.
- Crafting skill is increased by your highest Character Trait.
The Effect of Traits on Atomic RPG System Characters
Character Traits affect many different things about your character. The Character Sheet is designed to calculate everything! Core stats such as Character Traits are not easily changed during the game. A character’s Body Trait won’t be damaged, and players will not have to recalculate the entire character sheet. In the Atomic RPG System, in-game effects affect the FINAL number of the character stat, not the beginning of the equation. This makes for much easier and faster gameplay because there is no need to go through cascading calculations.
Players simply apply the effect to the final numbers on their Character Sheet.
These are the major things that are affected by a player’s Character Traits.