This is a place to construct and view variations on the Official Earthdawn rules. Earthdawn Fourth Edition Quick Start – Interested in giving Earthdawn a try, It presents an overview of the basic game concepts and rules, five. These house rules are in effect for my campaign unless otherwise noted. These variations were used with 1st Edition and have not been examined to determine.

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House Rules

Yes, increasing your talents require that the adept be fully healed. Failure to equal the knockdown difficulty results in your character falling over, see Special Combat Modifiers, Knocked Down below.

Ogden’s increasing his surprise strike from 2 to a 3.

When making your physical attack, you roll your step against your opponent’s physical defense. If successful, add your talent rank in anticipate blow to your physical defense and your attack test.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Don’t ask for published content on this subreddit. Aerthdawn fact, instead of knowing something, the requirement may instead be to perform a deed Increasing an attribute modifies the Attribute Valuenot the step.

After this, most combat actions involve the following die rolls: Note Versatility and any ryles learned from it will not count! If appropriate, any die of max value i. Surprise – When surprised, you don’t act or roll initiative. Players wanting to perform an action determine their level or “step” for the skill, talent, or ability to be used. If the spell is successfully cast, it has its normal effects along with added consequences. Please let me know if there are any questions, or if there is anything further I can do.

As a character searches for information about the item’s history, performs certain tasks relating to that history, and spends legend points to activate the item, he unlocks some of the magic in the item. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is a place to discuss Earthdawn, but we can’t condone pirating published works.


This takes a whole day and gathers one kernel for each Result Level, starting at Average. It is also possible to cast a spell without using a Matrix, but it comes with risks. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. There may be some modifications of course. If current damage is equal or above this but not deadthe character is knocked out.

For Third Circle, 6 talents at rank 3, one of which have to be a 2nd Circle talent You can do this even with a missile or thrown weapon. This talent requires you to get a Good rhles or better in order for the talent to take effect. He is now entitled to spend Legend Points on any single attribute value by 1. For example the Momentum Attack skill requires you to deliver an Extraordinary melee or unarmed attack eartheawn against your opponent.

The standard cost for increasing a skill is 25 x rank purchased. Damage is the roll minus Physical Armor, or Mystical Armor if the attack is magic based and is added to current damage.

Use it to give yourself that little edge, but don’t abuse it.

Using Weapon History, the adepts finds this requirement out. If all dice come up to be 1, it automatically fail and may be a fumble.

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Darkness – If you cannot see, your steps ruels reduced by 3. To increase a talent rank, a character spends the required amount of legend points, is in good health no wounds or damageand they meditate for 8 hours per rank of the talent being purchased.

Legend points the Earthdawn equivalent of experience points can be spent to put up the characters level earthdaw the Talent, increasing his step level for the ability, making the user more proficient at using that specific type of magic. Consider using Versatility instead. If this sparks any questions, ask away!

The Second Edition did not alter the setting, though it did update the timeline to include events that took place in Barsaive. The Single Talent from Circle Number tells you that you need one talent from that circle.



This is notated as “1d4 – 1”. The Horrors come in an almost infinite variety—from simple eating machines that devour all they encounter, to incredibly intelligent and cunning foes that feed off the negative emotions they inspire in their prey. The time now is Talent Rank Cost Table Talent Circle Circle Circle Circle Rank 1 2 3 1, 4 1, 2, 5 1, 2, 3, 6 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 2, 3, 5, 8, 8 3, 5, 8, 14, 9 5, 8, 14, 23, 10 8, 14, 23, 37, 11 14, 23, 37, 61, 12 23, 37, 61, 98, 13 37, 61, 98,14 61, 98, 15 98,Code: This will sometimes make combat last longer than in other games.

Editor Scott Haring noted referring to the FASA edition that ” Earthdawn had an original, inventive magic system no mean trick given the hundreds of fantasy RPGs that came beforeand a game world that gave you the classic “monsters and dungeons” sort of RPG experience, but made sense doing it.

After four ryles years of hiding, the Scourge ended, and the people emerged to a world changed by the Horrors. C and Lyle Warren. You would roll your 2d6 against your opponent’s physical defense, with exploding dice.

Each book has over pages and summarizes much of what FASA published—not only the game mechanics, earthdadn also the setting, narrations, and stories. Expendable karma is the bonus die that characters may use or be forced to use to power special talents and discipline talents.