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Salty Dogs
An Apocalypse World conversion for nautical adventures. Play as a crew of scurvy scallywags, bloodthirsty looters, courageous naval officers, or intrepid explorers.

Salty Dogs has these game principles:
- Explore an interesting world
- Give the players adventure on the high seas

Salty Dogs makes these assumptions about your game world:
- The high seas are where men and women risk everything to make their fortune
- The high seas are where men and women battle to decide the fate of their country
- The high seas hide dark and ineffable beings that lie beneath
- The players have sailed forth together, their fates and the ship's intertwined

While intended for use with a world similar to Earth's Age of Sail, this system could be easily adopted to depict other times and places, such as a Greek trading ship criss-crossing the Aegean, a carrier in the 1940s Pacific, or aliens sailing ion-powered ships across the seas of the Galilean moons.

Salt: Seamanship (cool)
Iron: Battle (hard)
Gold: Negotiation (hot)
Glass: Learning (sharp)
Jade: Magic (weird)

Basic Move List:

Take Stock
Consult Knowledge
Take Your Bearings
Listen to the Deeps

Crew Loyalty:

Make Sail
Size Them Up


Any move that refers to "you" can also refer to crew or a ship under your command.

When you try to evade strife or establish a positional advantage, roll +salt.
On a 10+, you have the advantage and take +1 forward.
On a 7-9, the GM will offer you a tough choice.

When you aim and fire guns, roll +iron.
On a 10+, it's a direct hit, and you deal full damage. Good show, lads.
On a 7-9, choose one: you must maneuver into harm's way to get the shot, or you take what you can get (-1 damage)

When you fight at close range with cutlass and pistol, roll +iron.
10+, you deal damage, and your enemies can't counterattack.
7-9, you deal damage, but they counterattack.

When crews are fighting, add +1 damage for each size category the attacker is larger, and subtract 1 for each size it's smaller.

When you seduce or manipulate someone, roll +gold.
If it's an NPC, on a 10+, your promise is enough. On a 7-9, they want something concrete.
If it's a PC, on a 10+, if they do it, they gain xp, and if they don't, they must maneuver. On a 7-9, choose one of those.

Take Stock
When you examine your ship's hold to check your supplies,  roll +gold.
On a 10+, the GM will tell you precisely how much you have; on a 7-9, he tells you an estimate, but no more. On a 6-, tell the GM how much you think you have, and they will secretly decide whether you're right.

Consult Knowledge
When you consult your accumulated knowledge about the order of things, roll +glass.
On a 10+, the GM will tell you something useful and interesting about the subject.
On a 7-9, it's just interesting; it's up to you to make it useful.

Take your Bearings
When examine your situation, roll +glass.
On a 10+, hold 3; on a 7-9, hold 1.
The GM can spend your hold by showing you threats on the horizon, giving you time to react and +1 forward against the threat.
You can spend your hold by asking any of these:
- What is my position, speed, and direction?
- Which enemy is the biggest threat to me?
- What enemy is most vulnerable to me?
- What's the best way in/out/past?
- What happened here recently?
- What is about to happen?
- Who's really in charge here?
- What is not what it appears to be?
When you act on the GM's answers, you get +1 forward.

Listen to the Deeps
When you open your mind to the strange and alien songs of the underdeep, roll +jade.
On a 10+, the GM will tell you something useful and interesting, and may ask you something.
On a 7-9, the GM will tell you an impression, nothing more.

Whenyou order your crew to do something they'd rather not, roll +loyalty.

On a 10+, yarr, they do it.
On a 7-9, they do it, but mark 1.
On a miss, count your marks.
1-2: They do it, but mark 1.
3-6: The GM chooses one:
- They look to someone else to confirm the order
- They grumble and drag their feet
- You owe them
7-10: The GM chooses 2 of the above, or 1 of these:
- They do it, but take -1 to loyalty rolls until the next shore leave.
- They do it, but someone has their backing to challenge you.
- They openly defy your order.

When you give your men liberty, erase all your marks.

When you muster your crew after liberty, roll +loyalty.
On a 10+, no weaknesses apply.
On a 7-9, one weakness of the GM's choice applies.
On a 6-, all weaknesses apply.

Make Sail
When your ship travels the high seas, assign jobs. Everyone with a job rolls. On a 10+, they get an extra, as noted; on a 7-9, they do their jobs as expected.
The navigator master rolls +salt. 10+, reduce the travel time.
The lookout rolls +glass. 10+, spot any trouble ahead of time.
The quartermaster rolls +gold. Reduce ration/grog use.

Size Them Up
When you size someone up, choose a stat and roll. On a 10+, while you're interacting with them, you can ask that question and one other. On a 7-9, just that question.
Salt: What does your character intend to do?
Iron: How is your character vulnerable?
Gold: How could I get your character to _______?
Glass: Is your character telling the truth?
Jade: What's your character really feeling?

When your crew celebrates a triumph, spend 1 grog and roll. Spend extra, 1 for 1, to add +grog spent to the roll. On 10+, choose 3; on 7-9, choose 1. On a miss, you still choose 1, but things get really out of hand.
- Erase 3 marks from your loyalty count
- The crew informs you of an interesting rumor
- The crew gives you useful information
- The crew is not dreadfully hung over

Basic moves look good. Playbooks are next.

Feedback and ideas welcome.

Apocalypse World / Re: Rebel World - feedback wanted
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:45:37 PM »
Sounds fun. I was thinking about a similar game, inspired by Half-Life 2: scrappy humans defending an almost-conquered Earth. Need more info to provide feedback though, all you've presented so far is a monster creation system. Regarding that, I also like the "roll d6 or choose from this table" system of creation. However, I should point out that many of the most fun alien empires to battle - HL2's Combine and Halos' Covenant spring to mind - have a wide variety of alien body types, capabilities, weaponry, and attitudes. Even the Bugs have workers, soldiers, brains, and queens. So I'd suggest a system to create mooks, elite soldiers, controllers, and bosses, rather than simply "the aliens". These can vary from being different species (hell, in Halo the species are even named after their roles, Grunts, Elites, Jackals, and Brutes), varying body types with a Zerg swarm type situation, different armaments for different types of soldier, or otherwise.

blood & guts / Re: A Move for predicting weather
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:42:59 PM »
For my nautical RPG Salty Dogs I have:

When you try to predict the weather by feeling the sea wind in your bones, tell the GM what you hope the weather will be and roll +salt.
On a 10+, you're right.
On a 7-9, it's not what you wanted, but might be close enough for your current purposes.
On a miss, the GM will decide the weather, and won't tell you what's coming until it's upon you.

So that's pretty similar to your move. Great minds think alike.

As for earthquakes, I think they and other natural disasters or catastrophes should have their own specific move. This separates the players who want to cause havoc and mass destruction from those who simply want to be in control of the scenery and/or give some peasants their much-needed rain. I think that's one of the keys to when to split moves: what are players trying to do with this? If there are two different purposes, maybe it can be split up. Try this:

When you call forth the destructive wrath of earth and sky, say what disaster you're calling forth and what you want it to effect, then roll +wis.
On a 10+, you destroy what you intended and nothing further.
On a 7-9, you destroy much more or much less than you intended.
On a miss, either the disaster affects your allies, or you reabsorb the spell's energies, taking 2 harm.

brainstorming & development / Re: Creation! An Exalted Hack
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:34:59 PM »
Not super familiar with Exalted, but I can say this looks pretty fun for playing out large-scale Kung Foo. I like the idea of playing those movies where one guy fights ten thousand warriors. Love the split between "Dispose of Unworthy Opponents" and "Clash", fits the setting perfectly, but there's a few contradictions - in the Unworthy Opponents move you say "this is the move to roll when you charge through an army," but later you say an army always counts as a worthy opponent. Is this just the difference between charging through the army and charging at the army?

The Intimacies and Channels system is cool for players who want in-depth emotional and political stuff, but it's maybe too complicated for players who just want to beat the crap out of stuff. Maybe you could have a simplified version of the system that's more like History, Bonds, or Strings, where there's just a single number to keep track of for each character. Groups who choose to use the more complex system can do so.

When I read the Limit Break rule, I hoped it would function something like a super-powered Darkest Self; reading the character profiles, it looks like this is what you're going for, which is excellent.

So overall I'd say that I'd definitely play this for some kung fu RPGing; however, as much as some players would love the in-depth rules for relationships, emotional dependacies, army policies, and finances, me and my group would probably skip over them, and I, the GM, would say "You guys are a kung fu team, there's bad guys, do something about them!"

brainstorming & development / Re: World of the Apes
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:21:47 PM »
Auberney's suggestion is similar to the Race/Class system in D+D or DW, except that it's 50/50. Possible, but it would be easier (not necessarily better) for, like D&D, the race to provide some kind of stat boost, extra move, other modifier, or some combination of those three, and the player is still primarily their class/role. Perhaps all Gorillas have +1 Strength and access to the move "Smash Things", while Orangutans have +1 Intelligence and "Puzzle it Out".

Another option would be to do the regular class-only playbooks, but make sure each race is represented in more than one playbook. You could have let's say the Berserker and Guardian for gorillas, the Handychimp and Sneaker for chimps, and the Elder and Doctor for orangutans.

If a player wants to make a character who was a hybrid of more than one idea, that's what multiclassing (IE "take a move from another playbook") is for. For "ape moves", couldn't you just add them to the list of basic moves? Characters are already somewhat restricted in what basic moves they can make useful just based on their stats, so it might not be necessary to make players put skill points into them to restrict their use.

What was the problem you ran into with role-based playbooks?

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