In this chapter:
In order to play Starcraft D6, you'll need
a character. The list below is really only illustrative. There
are folks from every walk of life, profession, and background in the Starcraft
galaxy. Even those in the same profession specialize in different
areas. You can select one from the list below or create your own.
Copy the structure from one of the Character
Templates above onto a piece of paper to create your very own character
sheet. I will try to make and post one when I get time, but don't
hold your breath!
All characters receive 18 dice to separate
among the 6 attributes. Dice may be broken up into 3 "pips", or "+1's",
per die (See example below). The Attributes are:
measure of the character's muscle power.
the character's flexibility, grace and hand-eye coordination.
the character's hardiness, such as resistance to disease, exhaustion and
to show how broad and deep a character's general understanding of the world,
from streetsmarts to scholarship. Includes technical and mechanical
up one's perceptive abilities--his awareness to his environment as well
as behavioral cues from other people.
the character's force of personality, ability to perform, orate and convince
other people. Generally, his "people skills."
Psi: all Protoss and only
certain rare Terrans have the genetic potential to tap into their mental
energies and manifest them as awesome powers. The Zerg thirst for
this Psionic potential, to add it to its genetic perfection.
Example: Dan is making
a character named Coburn, a Terran Explorer. He decides to create his own
template rather than use the one provided. He comes up with the following
Note: Once an Attribute is raised
beyond XD+2, it moves to the next dice level (If Dan had assigned the "pip"
in Presence to his Instincts instead, it would be 4D, not 3D+3).
This is your opportunity to round out the
character and provide a description, background, personality quirks, goals,
Normal characters can move 10 meters per round
while walking. With successful Running rolls, they can increase this
Hit Points (sometimes referred
to as Body Points in the game)
These represent the physical toughness of
your character. To get starting Hit Points, roll a number of dice
equal to the character's Constitution and add 20. If a character
increases his Constitution attribute in the future, he may roll another
die. Furthermore, certain cybernetic enhancements may increase this
Describe your character:
How tall is he? What kind of clothes does he wear? Does he
have any noticeable marks such as tattoos or scars? Does he have
cybernetic implants? Blue hair? Bug-like antennae? Just what
kind of freak are you creating, man?
individual has some kind of history, be it mundane, romantic or criminal.
What brought the character up to the point where the game's campaign begins?
Are there ghosts that may haunt his future? Old rivals, lost loved
ones, foregone opportunities?
Is your character a grouch? Is she impulsive, always itching for
a fight, or is she more thoughtful and cautious?
Everyone has a goal in life, even if is only to crush other species for
the glory of the Overmind. Why does your character act, and what
does she hope to achieve? How far will she go to get it?
Connection to other Characters
Most of the characters
will just be meeting one another as the game campaign starts. They
may be assigned to the same police squad or live in the same building.
Some may have known others for longer periods. They may be related,
or lovers, or even enemies.
Each character starts with 7D to divide among
Skills at Character Creation. Furthermore, each character can list
3 additional skills that they take a "0D" under each Attribute. The
character may still perform any other skills under that attribute, but
at a -1D difficulty. There'are two exceptions to this rule:
GM's may (and should) excercise discretion in
assigning higher difficulty levels to "unlearned" skills. Certain
characters may not have the background necessary to attempt certain skills.
For example, a Zerg character will have absolute no idea how to fix a powersuit
("Um, ok, I sniff it, walk around it a couple of times, then I bite the
leg. Did that work?")
Advanced skills represent much more complex areas
of study. As such, a character cannot attempt an Advanced skill without
having assigned at least 1 die to it.
Many skills have specializations
which allow the character to focus on a certain aspect of the skill.
If a specialization is taken, a character may advance in that specialized
aspect of the skill at half the normal cost of advancement. However,
uses of the skill not covered in the Specialization remain at the base
Example: Coburn has Firearms
at 4D. He decides to take the specialization Firearms:
Assault Rifles to advance to 5D at a cost of 6 CP rather than 12 CP.
Anytime he fires a submachine gun, he gets to roll 5D, but all other firearms
are used at 4D.
Specializations may be selected
at Character Creation. If so, the character receives 2 dice for every
1 spent. Thus, a player decides to Specialize in Submachine
guns, he can gets +2D to all rolls with that kind of weapon. Alternately,
the player may put 1 die into Submachine gun and put another in some other
Specialization (such as Driving: Motorcyle, etc.). Note:
Characters may not start with general skills greater than 6D or Specializations
greater than 7D!
Specializations are independent
of the skill from which they are derived. If the player later increases
the skill, the Specialization does not increase. If the Specialization
increases, there is no change in the base skill.
Some particularly complicated
skills require two times the normal amount of Character Points to allow
for Advancement. They also typically require some other prerequisite
Chi symbolizes the inner strength and resources
of a character. It is usually a manifestation of their heroic qualities.
However, ethics and morals in the world of Starcraft are often murky and
highly subjective. Usually, characters may only gain additional Chi
points by spending the ones they have. This is a bit of a gamble,
since they will not always regain spent points. At the end of each
game session, the GM decides whether the characters regain spent points
and if they are granted additional Chi.
In other D6 games, characters gain Chi/Force/Hero
points when they use existing points to preform heroic actions. In
Starcraft D6, heroism is often in the eye of the beholder. So, in
deciding whether the character regains the spent Chi point, or is granted
an additional one, the GM should first decide whether the character acted
"heroically" within the character's own personality or code of ethics.
At it's most basic level, good guys should act like good guys and villains
should perform villainy. Note that there is no equivalent to Skeptic
or Dark Force points in this game. Bad guys just act like bad guys,
and the players want to play a jerk, you should let them (though you can
certainly make life more difficult for them in other ways!)
Generally, you may follow the guidelines below:
A character may spend up to 2 Chi per round, each
doubling the dice pools of 1 action(See Using
If the character spends the Chi point to perform
a heroic act, usually to save someone's life, stop a bad guy, or attempt
an action that risk his own life, then he should receive the point back
and gain another.
If the character uses the Chi point to perform
a difficult task, but that is either not very dramatic or heroic, then
he should get the point back but not gain another.
If the character spends the Chi point to accomplish
a relatively normal feat or to just save his own sorry hide, he does not
get the point back.
Finally, if a character has no Chi points,
the GM may decide to grant one after a particularly heroic or risky act
(or an act that furthers the character's strong motivation).
At the end of each adventure, players will
usually be rewarded Character Points at the end of an adventure by the
Gamemaster. They may keep these CP's for later
use or spend them on learning skills.
Increasing skill levels
For normal skills,
it costs a number of Character Points equal to the current dice value of
the Skill to increase by one pip. Thus to advance from 4D to
4D+1, the player must spend 4 CP's. Specializations cost the current
dice value divided in half , rounding up (i.e., moving from 4D to 4D+1
would cost 2 CP's). Advanced skills cost the current dice value x
2. If the character has the skill at "0D," meaning equal to his controlling
attribute, he is considered to "know" the skill and advances in this manner.
Example: Coburn has Firearms
at 6D and wants to increase it to 7D. To do so, he must spend 18
CP (6 for 6D+1, 6 more for 6D+2, and 6 more to go from 6D+2 to 7D).
He decides that's too expensive, so he Specializes in Handguns and takes
Firearms: Handguns at 7D, costing him a total of 12 CP instead.
Learning new skills
To learn a new skill,
the character must spend a number of CP's equal to the controlling attribute.
If the character does not "know" the skill (i.e., he suffers a penalty
when using the skill because he did not choose it at "0D"), the skill starts
at a level equal to the controlling attribute.
Example: Coburn wants
to learn the Piloting skill. He has a Dexterity of 3D. Thus,
he spends 3 CP's and and gets Piloting at 3D. To increase to
4D, he would have to spend another 9 CP's (see above).
Learning Advanced Skills
Some skills represent very complex sets of
abilities. These skills, referred to as "Advanced Skills" usually
have prerequisite skills that the character must first gain proficiency
in before the Advanced skill may be chosen.
Example: Coburn suddenly
decides he wants to be physician. He must first meet the prerequisites
for Medicine, which are First Aid at 5D, Life Sciences at 4D, and Education
at 4D. Assume that he taken those skills at "0D." He has a
Knowledge attribute of 3D, so he must pay 3x3=9CPs to get First Aid at
4D, then another 12 to get it to 5D. Next, he'll have to spend 9CP's
get Life Sciences at 4D, and another 9 to get Education at 4D. Finally,
he'll be able to start learning Medicine. He must then pay 3x4=12CP's
to get Medicine at 3D. That's 51CP's! He'd better start saving
those CP's now...
A Note on Eggheads: A Proposed Scholarship
I've often noticed that players avoid having a "scholarly"
character in many games. Many systems make it easier to be a battle-ready
thug than a learned physician. This is probably somewhat close to
reality, but it makes for unbalanced games--and punishes those who want
to do more than hack and slash. Often specialists, such as physicians,
end up helping other characters more than they themselves gain from their
So I recommend that GM's consider a "scholarship" program
for players who want to start out as physicians or some other expensive
specialist. Perhaps give them some extra dice at character creation
to put into these specialized skills. If it seems that you are imbalancing
the game, you can saddle them with deep debts or other problems as a result
of their "higher" education.
To improve an attribute, a character
must spend 10x their current skill value to increase by 1 pip.