In the Atomic Role Play Game a character’s Mind Trait represents their mental and intellectual prowess. It is similar to wrapping Intelligence and Wisdom from Dungeons and Dragons into one. Mind is one of the three main Traits that will make up your Atomic RPG System character’s foundation. Body and Spirit are the other two core Character Traits. Character Traits affect many different aspects of a Atomic RPG System character.
These are automatically calculated in the Atomic RPG System character sheet.
However, it is a boon to Atomic RPG System players to know what they affect.
Role Playing a Character's Mind Trait
When you begin to build a Atomic RPG System character, remember the flexibility that makes Atomic so different from other RPGs. Traditionally a high score on a character sheet means that character is always better than other characters.
In Dungeons and Dragons, someone with a high intelligence or wisdom was smarter than everyone else. This could be daunting if you were playing a character with “genius” intelligence when the player is required and expected to play smarter and better than anyone else. In the Atomic RPG System, the numbers are separated from the character role play. Players are certainly welcome to play a character with a high Mind Trait as being super smart. But they are just as welcome to play a “dumb” character with a high Mind Trait. Perhaps their character is just so dense that they have a high Mind Defense. Perhaps their jokes and comments are so unintelligible that easily break through an opponent’s defenses with a high Mind Attack.
In fact, in the Atomic RPG System, we encourage players to play characters which were never before possible. This is the core philosophy of the Atomic RPG System: to separate the numbers from the role play. It is fundamental in making a better RPG. It gives the players the freedom to play a character they want to play rather than a character they have to mold to a specific type.
Keeping this core Atomic RPG System philosophy in mind, here are just a few different ideas a player could use to apply to a high Mind Trait.
Any of these would explain a high Mind Trait and why these characters would have high Mind Defenses, Mind Attacks, and otherwise have a little something extra when it comes to the Mind Trait numbers.
So set your mind free in order to find the perfect set of character role play elements that will bring your character and their high Mind Trait to life!