Characters

The Tony Live Roleplaying System is a points based system. Players spend Character Points to buy and improve their character’s skills.

Characters can choose from a variety of Classes, or a multi-class combining any two Classes. They can also choose one of five Races: Human, Elf, Half-Elf, Half-Orc or Half-Ogre. Each Race has their own starting abilities, and after that the Race and Class determine the amount of CPs required for the different skills in the system. Each Race also has Thresholds for Life, Mana and Standing which are used to modify the CP cost of learning the associated skill, “Enhance Life”, “Enhance Mana” and “Improve Standing”. For every Threshold points bought, the CP cost for improving the value by 1 increases by 1.

Example: Axe, the Half Ogre Warrior, learns Enhance Life at a base cost of 1. As a Half Ogre, his Life Threshold is 57, so the first 57 points of Life only cost 1 CP each, the second 57 points of Life cost 2 CPs each, the third 57 points of Life cost 3 CPs each, and so on.

Bonus Life/Standing/Mana received from Guilds do not count towards threshold costs, only those bought with actual CPs count towards the threshold.

Human

Humans form the majority of the world’s sentient population, and are generally considered to be ‘jacks of all trades’. They make the best Priests.

Starting Threshold
Death Threshold 10
Life Points 30 30
Mana 2 60
Standing 5 180

Breeding Combinations
Human + Human = Human
Human + Amazon = Amazon
Human + Barbarian = Human or Barbarian
Human + Elf = Half-Elf
Human + Half-Elf = Human or Half-Elf
Human + Half-Orc = Human or Half-Orc
Human + Half-Ogre = Human or Half-Ogre
Human + Orc = Half-Orc
Human + Ogre = Half-Ogre

Elf

Elves are particularly noted for their Dexterity and for their magical ability. They do lack physical prowess and are somewhat weaker than other races. They make the best Mages and are good Scouts.

There are many different types of Elves, ranging from the diminutive Wood Elf to the tall, arrogant High Elf. All use the same skill table.

Starting Threshold
Death Threshold 3
Life Points 27 27
Mana 6 210
Standing 2 60

An Elven player should wear pointy-ears. The wearing of ‘Mr Spock’ hats, headbands, long hair etc. is not really sufficient.

Breeding Combinations
Elf + Human = Half-Elf
Elf + Amazon = Amazon
Elf + Barbarian = Half-Elf
Elf + Elf = Elf
Elf + Half-Elf = Elf or Half-Elf
Elf + Half-Orc = Elf or Half-Orc
Elf + Half-Ogre = Elf or Half-Ogre
Elf + Orc = Half-Orc
Elf + Ogre = Half-Ogre

Half-Elf

Half-Elves have both the good and bad sides of pure Humans and Elves to a lesser degree. Thus, for example, they are more adept at the magical skills than Humans but not as adept as Elves. They make reasonable Scouts and Mages.

Starting Threshold
Death Threshold 6
Life Points 30 27
Mana 4 100
Standing 3 80

Breeding Combinations
Half-Elf + Human = Human or Half-Elf
Half-Elf + Amazon = Amazon
Half-Elf + Barbarian = Barbarian or Half-Elf
Half-Elf + Elf = Elf or Half-Elf
Half-Elf + Half-Elf = Half-Elf
Half-Elf + Half-Orc = Half-Orc
Half-Elf + Half-Ogre = Half-Ogre
Half-Elf + Orc = Orc or Half-Orc
Half-Elf + Ogre = Ogre or Half-Ogre

Half-Orc

Half-Orcs are not very intelligent and are normally disdained by the rest of the civilised world as the scum they usually are. They inherit some of the hardiness of their Orc side and some of the flexibility of their Human side which makes them good Warriors and Priests.

Starting Threshold
Death Threshold 7
Life Points 33 45
Mana 1 40
Standing 4 100

A Half-Orc player should at least have a green or green/brown face and if possible ‘piggy’ noses. They should also speak in a hoarse voice.

Breeding Combinations
Half-Orc + Human = Human or Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Amazon = Amazon
Half-Orc + Barbarian = Barbarian or Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Elf = Elf or Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Half-Elf = Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Half-Orc = Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Half-Ogre = Half-Ogre
Half-Orc + Orc = Orc or Half-Orc
Half-Orc + Ogre = Ogre or Half-Ogre

Half-Ogre

Half-Ogres are the least intelligent of the playable Races and normally disdained by society, though some look on them with sympathy. They are particularly strong which makes them good Warriors.

Starting Threshold
Death Threshold 7
Life Points 42 57
Mana 0 20
Standing 2 60

Half-Ogre characters begin with a base level of Strength, to which additional skill levels add (thus a Half-Ogre Warrior that spends 8 CPs for the Strength skill actually has Double Strength).

A Half-Ogre player should at least have a grey or grey/brown face and if possible upward pointing fangs. They should speak in a deep hoarse voice.

Breeding Combinations
Half-Ogre + Human = Human or Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Amazon = Amazon
Half-Ogre + Barbarian = Barbarian or Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Elf = Elf or Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Half-Elf = Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Half-Orc = Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Half-Ogre = Half-Ogre
Half-Ogre + Orc = Orc or Half-Orc
Half-Ogre + Ogre = Ogre or Half-Ogre

Classes

The 4 basic Classes available to all races are Warrior, Mage, Priest and Scout.

Multi-Classes

Any two classes can be combined, to form a Warrior/Mage for example, and in this case the CP cost for the skills is averaged between the two classes, rounding down with a minimum of 1 CP.

When calculating the costs for skills of the form n x level, you calculate the cost of a given level for each class, find the mean and round down.

Example: A Human Warrior buys Dexterity at 9 times level, and a Human Priest buys Dexterity at 12 times level. Kagan a Human Warrior-Priest buy Dexterity at 10, 21, 31, 42 etc.

You CANNOT multiclass the same classes e.g. you cannot multiclass Mage (Fire) with Mage (Earth)!

Character Creation

A character normally starts with 20 Character Points (CPs). A character may start with up to 100 CPs by spending Monster Points (MPs).

CPs are spent on skills, with the cost related to the Character’s Race, Class and Guild.

A character starts with no money (there may be exceptions to this for certain campaigns where characters may start with some money or a loan, subject to approval from the Character Ref).

Rank

A character’s rank is simply equal to his total CPs divided by 10 (with all fractions dropped). Characters start with 20 CPs, and hence are at Rank 2. If a character has not used all his CPs, for example when saving for a high cost skill, they still count towards his Rank.

Character Recycling

It is possible that you do not enjoy the new character you have created (particularly if you are new to the system). As such with permission from the Character Ref you may recycle the character if you have played 3 games or less.

When recycling a character all CPs earned for the old character are transferred to MPs for spending on your new character (likewise all MPs spent on the old character are returned). Any Danger Pay earned on games for the old character (including any spent) are transferred to the new character, with permission from the Character Ref. Any other money found or items created/found are lost.

Gaining Experience

Experience is measured by CPs which are gained for a specific character through playing or MPs which are gained through monstering. MPs may be spent on any character at the following conversion ratios:

Character Rank Conversion Ratio
2.1 – 10 1 MP = 1 CP
10.1 – 20 2 MP = 1 CP
20.1 – 30 3 MP = 1 CP
30.1 – 40 4 MP = 1 CP
40.1 – 50 5 MP = 1 CP
50.1 – 60 6 MP = 1 CP
60.1 – 70 7 MP = 1 CP
70.1 – 80 8 MP = 1 CP
80.1 – 90 9 MP = 1 CP
90.1 – 100 10 MP = 1 CP

There is the proviso that you cannot gain more than 30 CPs on a character between games from spending MPs.

Player Experience

For players, the amount of CPs start with a base of 2/hour and adjusted for each adventurer for:

Roleplaying

Points will be awarded for accurately portraying the character’s race (e.g. Half Orcs are dumb), expounding the views of the character’s Guild (e.g. Gladiators sneering at magic protection), staggering back at the effect of attack spells, good spell vocals, falling over and lying still when dead, etc, etc.

Points may be subtracted for poor roleplaying.

‘Usefulness’

Points will be awarded for how well the character’s profession was played. Warriors consistently fighting, Scouts scouting ahead (and not just 20’ ahead of the party), useful and timely casting of spells, etc, etc.

As with roleplaying, points may be subtracted for acting poorly as your chosen class.

GM Experience

For GMs, the amount of MPs start with a base of half the Player base (rounded up).

There is then a pool of MPs equal to the difference between the Player base and the GM base, which can be assigned amongst the GMs as they deem fit.

Example: A 5.5 hour game gives Player Base 11, Monster Base 6, GM Pool 5
1 GM: Fred 11
2 GM: Fred 9 Bill 8, Fred 10 Bill 7 or however you see fit.
3 GM: Fred 8 Bill 8 Joe 7, Fred 9 Bill 8 Joe 6 etc.

Also if say someone helped you plot/stat but didn’t come up on the game and you want to give them some MPs, these must come out of the pool.

Monster Experience

For monsters, the amount of MPs start with a base of half the Player base (rounded up). These points are then adjusted depending on how well the player followed the Monster guidelines outlined below.

Do not be competitive

A game is not a competition between the monster players and the character players.

A monster character may lose or win in an encounter, but a monster player can never lose or win.

Play the part
Monsters and NPCs are the main (and possibly only) route that other players have to the game world. Evil Necromancers should be obviously nasty and horrible, Orcs enjoy fighting and are generally obnoxious, Sprites talk in squeaky voices, Priests of Justice are generally helpful to those in need unless they’re known criminals, etc, etc.
Overact
Ham acting, silly accents and mannerisms are all encouraged and go a long way to making an encounter memorable.
Don’t hit players when they’re down

Any character who is on the floor should not be considered a valid target. Similarly, any character who is effectively taken out of a battle should not normally be considered a valid target (e.g. an Entangled character).

Note that this guideline may be waived in certain circumstances. Usually only for plot reasons but any player who is known to collapse to the floor at the first sign of trouble is always a valid target.

Damage and Death

There are several guidelines for battle encounters:

  1. Remember that most monsters have locations so try to keep track of your locational damage. (After all, we expect the adventurers to do the same.)
  2. Don’t overplay your hits.
  3. Fall over and don’t move when dead.