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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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Giving Ground – You trade space for defense. For example, majority of Rank 1 requires one to learn the name of the weapon. Combat Rules When a combat round begins, the first thing everyone does is roll for initiative. One of the six talents must be one earthdadn his 2nd circle talents.

Weaving Threads, a form of magic everyone can use. Submit a new text post.

It takes 8 hours per rank in training, plus one week per rank in practice. For example the Momentum Attack skill requires you to deliver an Extraordinary melee or unarmed attack test against your opponent. Attribute Improvement Paid Increases Current ED3 rules for Attribute increases make it monetarily expensive and timely for a character to be able to improve an Attribute, while already requiring a hefty price in Legend Points.

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A poor result means you failed, but if you miss the poor result you’ve not only failed, but have done so in spectatular fashion. If you have the talent Wound Balance, you’ll get a bonus to this check. As per the above, the difficulty value where the odds of success are perfectly even is identical to the aerthdawn number.

When you expend the recovery test, you make a test against a difficulty of 2. I’m ready to Ascend! It’s a good thing he’s been working on developing that surprise strike talent! During the same circle, a character may not buy a different attribute up by a point. If after a few completed adventures you get the willforce talent, I’m pretty sure that I’d allow it.


Use it to give yourself that little edge, but don’t abuse it. In short, Earthdawn put most emphasis on setting, then magic, roleplaying, and finally much further down combat. Earthdawn’ s magic system is highly varied but the essential idea is that all player characters called Adepts have access to magic, used rjles perform abilities attained through their Disciplines. If successful, add your talent rank in anticipate blow to your physical defense and your attack test. There is a chance for failure, especially when you need a spell fast in a combat situation.

Going from 2nd circle thief to 3rd, Ogden is required to have 6 talents at rank 3 or higher. If this rule wasn’t in place, you could advance to 3rd circle with just 1st circle talents as there are six talents at 1st circle. Now eartgdawn he is Circle 3 and never increased an attribute during Circle 2, he could now increase a single attribute 2 points paying Legend Rulrs for the first increase and Legend Points for the second or could increase two separate attributes 1 point each paying Legend Points each.

At this stage, I don’t think so. If you score a hit, you roll your damage but it earthadwn applied against eathdawn hit points. By all means, or just add them to the “Earthdawn Earthdaan thread.


Earthdawn was ranked 24th in the reader poll of Arcane magazine to determine the 50 most popular roleplaying games of all time. If a talent is presented to a character who already has the skill for the same talent, they can take that talent and align it with their skills according to the rules for Aligning Talents and Skills on pg.

Surprise – When surprised, you don’t act or roll initiative. Current ED3 rules for Attribute increases make it monetarily expensive and timely for a character to be able to improve an Attribute, while already requiring a hefty price in Legend Points. There are several characteristics for damage: Depending on how they’re used, you have different skills and talents that can add to your chance to hit.


All Disciplines have the Durability talent as part of their Second Circle talents. It is set just after “Prelude to War”, so you may have to do some tweaking to make it mesh with earthdawm edition timeline.

Set in the same world as Shadowrunmillennia earlier. It can be done from a grimoire not his own, but there is a chance a Horror will notice and will track your character down. The magical threads don’t have to be tied to an object, but to a pattern.

Making a melee weapon attack, you might have a step 5 dexterity and 3 ranks in melee weapons for a total of rank 8. And finally the extraordinary success is one where you tripled what you’d need to get an average success.

Earthdawn Tomes

In order to be successful on most tasks you must meet or exceed an average success. Several times during his life as a Circle 2 adept he obtains enough Legend Points earthdawm advance the attribute but decides the points would be better spent on talent rank increases instead. If Horror Marked, he is screwed.

Darkness – If you cannot see, your steps are reduced by 3.

For one strain, you make an anticipate blow test against your opponent’s spell defense. It costs 1 strain to power.


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