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Chimera is a tabletop roleplaying engine suited to run fantasy, modern, and sci-fi themed games. Chimera uses flexible rules that allow you to put the fiction first, but with enough crunch to add more structure to the resolution mechanics if you so wish. In essence, playing Chimera is a conversation where:
• The Game Master describes the environment.
• The players describe what their characters do.
• The GM picks the most relevant abilities and asks the players to roll.
• The player rolls a ten-sided die per rank in the relevant abilities & chooses the highest.
• The GM takes in the results & narrates the outcome of the character's actions.

The book is divided into two parts that contain chapters of various lengths.

Part 1

The following chapters are designed for both PCs and GMs.
Learn to Play: Everything you need to know about the rules that make up the Chimera Roleplaying System is found in this chapter. Make sure you read this first.
Characters: This chapter goes over everything related to character creation, character development, filling a character sheet, and how to build certain archetypes.
Races & Traits: The races & Traits chapter contains information about the races you can play in fantasy, modern, and sci-fi settings.
Perks: The perks chapter contains abilities that you can take that help you improve and expand the capabilities of your character.
Powers: All the rules regarding powers and those who wield them are found in this chapter.
Wealth & Equipment: This chapter goes over the abstract system of owning Resources and Wealth, as well as equipment, and the services you can acquire with them.

Part 2

It only contains three chapters, but these are crucial for any aspiring GM.
Game Mastering: This long chapter goes over what is to be a GM, tips I have found useful throughout my years as a GM, and a toolbox for creating adventures, campaigns, and character options.
Enemies: This chapter contains an assortment of creatures to pit against the PCs in your game.
Example Setting: This chapter holds the notes of a small campaign setting hurriedly put together to test how well all Chimera elements worked collectively.

This chimeric beast heavily draws inspiration and mechanics from games such as Apocalypse World, games derived from the d20 system, Dungeon World, and Fate Core. You can see these influences in the core mechanics of the game.
Dice Pool: The Chimera Roleplaying System uses ten-sided dice to determine the success or failure of actions and circumstances presented during the game. Your dice pool is the number of dice you are allowed to roll to resolve a task's outcome. Your pool is composed of your ranks in the appropriate abilities (Action + Approach).
Abilities: Abilities are the bread and butter of all characters. They define what a character can or can't do and how well they can do it. Actions represent the overall capabilities of your character to get things done. If actions are what you can do, the approach represents how you get things done. A situation might have different approaches, and you get to choose how things get done.
When To Roll: Whenever the outcome of a task is uncertain and has some real consequences, it is time to gather your dice and roll. As a player, you will make most of the rolls in the game.
What To Roll: To determine the outcome of your character's action, you roll a d10 per rank in the relevant abilities to form your dice pool. You roll and keep the highest die of them all.
Degrees of Success: How well or bad you do will depend on your result when you roll to determine a task's outcome. When you roll to determine an outcome and have at least a ten, it counts as a success. If the highest die from your roll is a nine, it counts as a partial success. If you roll and your result has no 10s or 9s, it counts as a failure.

In Chimera, you follow ten steps to build your character, allowing you to choose essential aspects of your avatar such as their background, race, extraordinary abilities called perks, their principles and goals, and their gear.
Race: Each race has a list of inherent and optional traits and perks to choose from to tailor your character to your needs. If the options presented do not suit you, the game has optional rules to implement that allows you to choose the traits that best fit your character, regardless of race.
Perks: They can help you boost something you are already capable of doing or let you do things impossible for others, such as casting spells. You can spend XP to learn any perk you want as long as you meet the requirements and take some downtime to do it.
Equipment: Select from a vast selection of gear and services to build your character. Equipment can be enhanced in many ways. They can be made from different materials, possess other gadgets to increase versatility, refined craftsmanship to strengthen protection, or resist different types of damage such as ballistic and energy. Want to make a laser sword? Buy a sword and pay for the concealable and energy modifications, and you are good to go!
Wealth: Chimera uses an abstract wealth mechanic where the minutiae of keeping track of everything owned, bought, and how much money you have left isn't important. It can be used in any game, be it a fantasy, modern, or sci-fi setting where there is a fairly standard economy. It could also be used in an apocalyptic setting where keeping track of every resource you have left and living on the edge is part of the game's focus. It all depends on the interpretation given to wealth, as explained in the sections below.

GM Toolkit: This book contains chapters aimed to help the game master know what their role is, understand their agenda, arbitrate the rules, and run the game. All delivered in a condensed manner for an easy read. It also includes guides to create adventures, campaigns, enemies, curses, diseases, and traps, give rewards, create character options, numerous optional rules, enemies to pit against players, and an example campaign setting.
Sell Your Stuff: Got a new awesome adventure, campaign setting, character option, enemy, optional rule, or cool supplement in general that you want to publish? Do it! As long as your content is original, you can sell it under a creative commons license!
Any Type Of Art: From elavorate illustrations to simple vector art, this book contains tons of example for artwork that you could immitate for your products.

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  • Play Report: Drought in Sulindal – Session 2 & 3

    Jack – Level 2 Changeling Rogue
    Lucius – Level 2 Human Mage

    Summary (session 2)
    After the party briefly mourned Dulin they decided to keep going forward and explore the next room but not before encountering another living spell, this time made out of acid rather than fire. No one attempted to communicate with it–something living spells are able to do (although not very good)– and decided to fight it. Once the party dealt with the threat they moved into the next room where the found four chests. The rogue decided to try and open one of them but failed, a floating metallic gauntlet of large size appeared gesturing it wanted to play rock/paper/scissors, Jack found this hilarious and decided to play along but the laughs stopped when Tibaldo (Jack) lost against me and the gauntlet punched Jack dealing a great deal of damage. Unwilling to give up, jack played a few times until he won and got regarded with a magic item. Then, jack decided to try its luck with another chest but this time he failed his roll and the chest turned out to be a mimic. The encounter did not go very well as Lucius failed an abjuration spell to try and stop the mimic and instead ended up with nailing his own mouth shut, the nails digging in deeper with each failed attempt to remove them. While Lucius struggled, Jack got eaten and failed his last breath. At this point Lucius decided to run outside towards Kolbert’s house and seek help before the nails killed him. He managed to reach Kolbert’s house in time and there he explained what happened. Jack was definitely dead and now Tibaldo was looking at what he would play next.

    This session was even shorter than before since we got to play very late that night. Tibaldo asked if he could play Kolbert arguing that seeing another human being die partially due to his fault, it would trigger some emotions about how his wife died and it would move him to take up arms once again. Tibaldo fleshed out Kolbert’s background and decided to try Awful Good Game’s Swordmage.

    Kolbert– Level 4 Human Swordmage
    Lucius – Level 3 Human Mage

    Summary (session 3)
    When he was ready, both Lucius and Kolbert headed to the tower where they found that Dulin’s body was missing, the mimic destroyed, and Jack’s body was no where to be found as well. They climbed the spiral of stairs to a room where some wererats were ready to ambush them, of course the rat’s plans failed as the party to be too powerful for them. One of the wererats pleaded for his life and eventually attacked them out of panic when he say Lucius was not so willing to let them go. Once they cleared the room, they noticed four doors; in one of them they found what remained of Jack who was still wearing the magic item he previously gained. Two other rooms held a wererat each which refused to come out, the last room had Dulin’s body but the party did not bother to check the door since their attention moved towards the pleading wererats. One of the rats managed to escape through a window while the other blamed everything on the rat king and managed to escape the party’s grasp.
    The party did not bother to loot the bodies and decided to keep climbing up the stairs until they reached the pinnacle of the tower where the rat king was supposed to be. When they arrived at the top it was already dark, the floor was unusually dark. It took them a moment to realize they were actually standing on grass and that the dark floor was actually countless of rats tightly moving about. The group found the rat king on top of a gargoyle statue and was already waiting for them and surprisingly enough had a deal for them. The rat king told them that it was thanks to him and his kin that there were no goblin raids and no necromancers. When Lucius heard the word necromancer he became curious, he already suspected something about Nil, Minerva’s assistant at the cemetery. The rat king continued explaining that since Farabrout no longer buried their dead and brought them here (to Halkorn), the necromancer would eventually follow. He also mentioned that he did not plan to stay there for long and if left alone and well fed he would keep “protecting the village” and not harm any villagers. It fell upon Kolbert to make the decision and after much debate and a serious of bad rolls to see if the king was lying, Kolbert agreed to the deal and the group left the tower to the rat king as they prepared to travel the next day to Vidreng village and meet with Inuben.
    Since they were previously bitten by the wererats several times on the previous sessions, I decided to come up with some mechanics for diseases using D&D 4e’s rules for them, both of them gained the wererat fever disease. This was the result:

    Resist Disease
    When you make camp while afflicted by a disease and make and try to resist the effects, roll +CON
    ✴ On a 10+, the disease stage is reduced by 1.
    ✴On a 7-9+, the disease stage remains the same.
    ✴On a miss, the disease stage is increased by 1.
    A disease normally starts at stage 1. If the disease enters a new stage, the effects of the new stage normally stacks with the effects of the old one.

    Wererat Fever [Disease]
    Stage 0: You are cured of the disease
    Stage 1: Gain the sick debility which is ongoing until the disease is cured.
    Stage 2: The fevers kick in and your appearance begings to change to that of a wererat, gain the awkward tag ongoing.
    Stage 3: You change into a wererat.

    The party reached the village after 3 uneventful days of travel.  As they moved around the village Lucius noticed that Vidigern was withering away and it wouldnt take long for the tree to succumb to whatever illness it was affecting it. Inuben greeted them there and suggested to move to the town hall where they could speak in private. There Inuben explained that he was one of youngest druids in Vidigern’s circle and is now the last druid of the village as the rest have taken their final druid sleep. He also explained the history behind Vidigern and how she ended up being a giant oak tree and what was needed to at least restore her health, ff she was cured, she could produce a cure for Runea. Although it was best for him to tell the party that was the only way, he did suggest that Runea has a brother that is now part of a cult known as The Cult of the All-Knowing and that they could choose to try and find him and get him to tell them how to get inside Smitheim where Uguthos is (which is something contemplated by the adventure). The party decided to try and face Mudwart, the troll king who once wounded Vidigern and retrieve her totem in other to heal her since it would save the most amount of lives. Before leaving, Lucius and Kolbert decided to leave offerings to Vidigern and prey for their disease to be cured which was granted with a successful roll.

    With the help of Lucius’ arcane familiar the party reached the troll king’s lair and proceeded with caution. After a while, they encountered two giant doors; one appeared to not be guarded while the other was protected by a large frog with a tentacle on its back. This was Krognor, Mudwart’s pet. Lucius secretly casted a divination spell to see which door led to the troll king faster. The roll failed which led him to believe the unguarded door was the best option when in reality it was the sleeping quarters of 3 trolls. Lucius opened the door with confidence leading to the trolls awaking and rapidly attacking them. After a few bad rolls, Lucius got his act finally together and dealt with two of the trolls while Kolbert used his held Magic wisely and was able to deal with Krognor and one of the trolls.

    This session I got to see more of the mage being used and the comments by Martin about the class’ flexibility without feeling overpowered was good to hear since that was what I was thriving for. Overall the session went pretty smoothly, the players seem pretty interested about the plot. Particularly it was pleasing to see how they were trying to piece everything together; the drought, the dwarves of smitheim closing the dam, and Runea’s condition.
  • Drought in Sulindal - A Dungeon World Adventure

    The small region of Sulindal has been in relative peace for over three centuries. The steadings of the region all worked with each other, one in particular, the dwarves of Smitheim defended the region from the horrors that creep from the depths of the Grytfell mountains.

    One of such horrors is Ugothos, it appeared long ago emerging from a meteorite that fell on the mountain near the area now known as the Grytt Crater. The dwarves managed to seal it then a few days back another meteorite fell which released Uguthos, the dwarves failed to seal him again and fearing the madness and corrupting Uguthos brought would spread through the water, they closed the dams they controlled which gave water to most of the steadings of the region.

    Its been now 5 days since the dams were closed and no one knows why. To make things worse, it hasn't rained a single inch either (even when magically induced) and wells are drying out one by one. The adventurers come into the region to investigate what is going on, discover the Uguthos danger, find a way to reseal the creature and save the region (and the world) from succumbing to its corruption.

    Update: New layout, corrections, and two PDFs, one in color, the other in black and white to make it easier to print at home. They both contain a 62 page adventure for Dungeon World with:

    • One primary danger and two optional ones depending on what the characters do.
    • Four fleshed out steadings, each with their own map
    • Four dungeons and one optional dungeon. The important dungeons have their own maps
    • Character options including a new material for weapons and armor, dungeon gear, magic items related to the adventure, and two new types of hirelings!

  • Play Report: Drought in Sulindal – Session 1

    Jack – Level 2 Changeling Rogue
    Lucius – Level 2 Human Mage

    The first 15 minutes of the first session were spent making the characters, choosing backgrounds, and defining bonds. Tibaldo (Jack) —who is known in our group for his changeling thief called Dox — decided to make yet another burglar, this time it was done using Awful Good Game’s rogue. He went for the mean streets background and explained how rough it was living on the streets being a changeling child and by himself. We jokingly suggested that Jack is the long lost brother of Dox and that some day they should be reunited. Next was Martin (Lucius) who chose the Apprentice mage background. Before he made his choice we discussed the Arcane Power move which allows the player to choose which stat to use to cast his spells. He mentioned that it was easy for him to understand all the choices except for one, “Magic flows through your body—Your MAGIC stat is Con.” I proceeded to give him a few examples such as perhaps his family has dragon blood in their veins due to an ancestor coupling with a dragon polymorphed as a human or that maybe his family performed a blood pact with a demon and thats why he is able to use magic. He decided to take the dragon example I gave him and built his background around that. Since we started at level two, he chose the implement mastery move which allows his character to do extra stuff as long as he casts a spell using an orb,rod, runestaff, or wand. He chose a wand. After making a few cheesy jokes using harry potter references, we decided it was time to start the session.
    I decided to use the adventure hooks provided by the adventure based on their characters. The “Special delivery” hook was used for Jack and “Prophetic Dreams” for Lucius since Martin had chosen a few ranks in divination when he created his character. The “Prophetic Dreams” hook proved the most useful, with it Lucius had vivid dreams of Jenrekka, Runea, Vidigern, and their fates if they did not do something about it. Since Jack had a package to deliver they first arrived at Halkorn, a village consisting mainly of farmers. Though located on beautiful, fertile lands the edifice found within look quite dreadful with mossy rotting rooftops and walls. Since we were short on time, I decided to through all the impressions of the steading at once and let them choose what caught their attention first. Runea’s screams coming from an abandoned house proved to be what caught their attention the most.

    The characters decided to do the delivery later and proceeded to follow the screams. They arrived at Old Gnam’s House, an abandoned residence that belonged to an old lady only know as Old Gnam. She used to use her house as an orphanage but one day she mysteriously disappeared and the children had no other option but to leave. Some folk say that if you visited the old house by night you can sometimes hear the screams of an old lady and the mischievous laughter of children. When Runea made her way to Halkorn she sought refuge here. The characters proceeded with caution, Lucius using his spells to detect magic and Jack by searching for traps and hidden enemies. They climbed a set of stairs only to find Runea (confirmed by Lucius’ dreams) screaming, tossing, and turning on a dusty bed. It was apparent that someone had been taking care of her despite being alone in an abandoned house. Lucius used an abjuration spell to try and dispel the effect that was affecting Runea and although it failed to do so, it did help to stop her screams and her uncontrollable seizures. Lucius figured Runea was not safe there and decided to carry her outside Old Gnam’s House.
    Once outside, the encountered Kolbert who decided to go check on Runea once he stopped hearing her screams. There they discussed a bit about their intentions with Runea, Lucius’ prophetic dreams, and the recent drought that had befallen the region. Lucius mentioned seeing a giant oak tree with the shape of a woman in his dreams, Kolbert directed him to the Green Tavern where there was an elf from Vidreng village waiting for someone there. Jack took this opportunity to make the delivery and earn a few coins before parting ways. Surprisingly enough, it was Jack, not Lucius who went to speak with the elf despite him being the one with the dreams. For some reason Lucius felt curious about the cemetery  and one of the impressions which was “A horse driven wagon coming from far away with caskets accompanied by people in mourning.”

    Lucius spoke with Minerva, the attendant at the cemetery while Jack went and did the same with Dulin, the elf hunter from Vidreng Village. Dulin informed the characters that Inuben, the elder of his village saw their arrival in a dream and sent him to take them to him. The characters agreed to go with him but before that, they needed to take care of a rat problem for Kolbert. Lucius was concerned about the rumored wererats near Abbaz tower and wanted to help the farmers before living. Jack agreed with Lucius but in reality he was more interested on the rumored treasure locked in the tower. Dulin decided to accompany them to expedite their quest, at this point the players were afraid that Dulin would die if he did accompany them when they did something stupid, and boy! Were the right!
    The characters approached the tower with precaution as they noticed more, and more rats gathered around the tower. Abbaz tower was abandoned centuries ago by a wizard of the same name. It is rumored that the tower is full of treasure that are protected by powerful spells but it seems that this has not stopped the wererats from trying to make the tower their new home. Outside the tower they encountered a wooden door with 4 rune symbols, the rogue quickly identified that a magical trap protected the door and decided to disarm it. Jack succeeded to do so but a sudden zap from trap before it was deactivated alerted the rats which formed into a massive swarm. Lucius bombarded the rats with spells while Jax used up dungeon gear to create molotov cocktails in order to attack the rats. Seeing as the rats were about to overrun them, Lucius used a spell to create a barrier of stone in order to contain the rats. Jack climbed on top of the stones in order to get a better view of the rats and start throwing his cocktails but a bad roll resulted in Jack falling down in the middle of the swarm. Before the rats could harm his companion, Lucius used another spell to left Jack using stones again. From there Jack lit another cocktail, jumped, and attempted to throw it in mid air, his roll resulted on a partial success and now he found himself hanging from the edge of the stone barrier, he tried to quickly climb out before the rats would reach him but unfortunately another bad roll came and now Lucius was just staring in horror as he saw Jack lifted half of his body up and then how the swam engulfed him, dragging him down to their level. Lucius then proceeded to also climb the rocks and from there kept hitting the swarm with spells until it dispersed.

    The heroes wasted no time to lick their wounds and went inside the tower. Once inside the smell of sulfur and other chemicals impregnated their noses but not before they noticed the thick cobwebs and the bones of previous adventurers on the floor. Lucius used his magic to detect magic and noticed how the paintings hanging on each side of the hallway, the candles, and some doors glowed with magic. He took the time to look around without touching anything and noticed that all the paintings had the portrait that looked very similar to his mentor, as he moved along the hallway both Jack and Lucius noticed how the eyes of the portraits were all following them very closely.

    They decided to open the only door in the hallway that was not glowing with magic, Jack proceeded to check the door for traps and noticed that the door had one, but it was recently triggered. Lucius opened the door with caution only to reveal a pitch black room. Lucius tried to warn Jack about touching the candles on the hallway but it was too late. As soon as Jack touched the candle, the flames from all the candles gathered in the middle of the hallway and formed a monstrous creature of roaring fire, the heroes were now facing a living fireball spell. Jack frantically tried to find ways to harm the fireball while Lucius began to hit the creature with water spells and it was at this point that Lucius gave his back to the door they just had opened. As he dealt the last blow to the fireball, he felt the cold sting of a crossbow bolt dig into his back. he quickly turned to face the attacker but saw no one. Furious, Lucius released a ball of fire into the room hoping to hit the attacker but only managed to set a drawer on fire. Martin had a partial success on his roll and chose to put himself on the spot (my guess was that he thought there was no other danger leftthan the attacker) before entering the dim lighted room. He saw that it was a wererat that attacked him but before he could cast another spell, a second wererat jumped on top of him from the cealing and they stumbled outside to the hallway.

    There, Jack, Lucius, and Dulin fought the wererats to their best of their abilities. The first one to fall was Lucius and  seconds later Jack followed. With his last breathes of consciousness, Jack saw how Dulin jumped into the dark room where Lucius had first fallen. The first one to regain consciousness was Lucius who found one of his healing potions empty right next to him and a bit further was Dulin’s corpse being gnawed and sacked by the remaining wererat. Lucius quickly dispatched the rat and attempt to save Dulin and Jack, but it was already too late for Dulin who gave his life to save Lucius. Dulin knew that his life meant very little if the heroes did not survive this encounter for the fate of his people rested on their sorry shoulders.

    Overall it was a short session. The players like their respective classes; Martin liked the openness of the mage when it came to spells without feeling overpowered and Tibaldo liked how he could choose what to specialize on as a Rogue instead of just being good at everything rogue related. He also enjoyed the new sneak attack move as opposed to the Thief’s backstab which made no sense and contradicted the DW book.
    Both Lucius and Jack missed a few rolls while fighting the wererats, resulting in me using one of the wererat’s moves “Transmit diseases through their bites.”. I plan to create minor rules for magical diseases by dividing the disease of “Rat Fever” into 3 stages. Ill make sure to post the rules on my next play report.


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