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A tabletop roleplaying game for people who want to customise their world, without the bloat.
A tabletop roleplaying game for people who want to customise their world, without the bloat.
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Proficiency is a tabletop role playing system designed to be modified for whatever world or game you're playing in. The book will contain the base systems, optional systems, and examples of fully realised worlds. All of the rules and options will have guidelines explaining when and why to include them in your game. The example worlds are fully featured and ready to use in a game if you'd rather not build something from scratch.

The Core System

The core philosophy of Proficiency is that you must seek out new challenges to improve yourself.

Proficiency is d20-based but unlike similar systems the base numbers are higher to reduce the amount of variance in results. This means that your character’s Skills have the greatest impact on your success.

Rolling a 1 or a 20 on a Skill roll causes a spectacularly failure or incredible success. It also adds a permanent improvement to that Skill as your character learns from their experiences.

But you only roll if there's a chance of failure, so characters - and their players - are driven to find greater and greater challenges to test themselves and become stronger.

Players (including the Game Master) gain new abilities through Talents: cards which describe techniques, magic, and items with varied mechanical effects. Each Talent fully describes its rules, so you never need to look something up in a book.

Example Setting: Cardinal

Cardinal is a high fantasy world, build on 3 axes. Unlike the 2-dimensional alignment system of other games, Cardinal has 3 components, and they're built into the foundations of the world. Order and chaos lie above and below, creation and destruction to the north and south, and the forces of selfishness and selflessness control the east and west.
There are many kinds of stories to find in Cardinal, from gladiators attempting to ascend to godhood through ultimate victory in the Colesium, to thieves running from the law in the streets of Staterheim, to traders braving the raging waters of the Great Ocean. Or you can take the Talents and systems from Cardinal to your own fantasy setting, and add new spells, techniques, and items of your own.

Example Setting: Sundown

Sundown is a much lighter weight setting than Cardinal. It doesn't describe a world, it describes the challenges faced by people trying to survive after a monstrous zombie plague. Sundown is a setting you can use in any city or town, perhaps the one you live in, where the players attempt to survive against varied and endless undead.

In Sundown, the player characters aren't heroes, they're survivors. Their Skills improve slowly, and they have no Talents except for items. Instead, their item Talents can be upgraded by paper-clipping smaller cards onto them, to create the feeling of jury-rigged survival in a hostile world.

Optional Systems

  • Wounds - Wounds is a health system for worlds where it matters how you get hurt. Using an intuitive system of stacking tokens, the game tracks how you take damage, so that a few bruises stop being a problem overnight, but a strike from a sword will stick around for a while.
  • The Initiative Wheel - When every second counts, you use the Initiative Wheel. Characters move around the wheel as they take actions, leading to a shifting initiative order based on choices the players are making.
  • Grids - Progression in Proficiency is fairly slow by default. Grids are for worlds where the player characters are heroes. It allows them to spend time focusing on specific Skills to increase the rate at which they progress, but not without challenge.
  • Upgrades - Upgrades are a fundamental system in Sundown, allowing players to customise their Talents with extra properties. Some are simple, like silencing a firearm, others are more complicated, like giving you the option of a slower attack for more damage, at the risk of being interrupted before you finish.

Play Now

The Quick Start Guide contains all the rules to play Proficiency with some note paper and dice, download it here:

If you're raring to go and want to get your hands on templates for Character sheets, Wounds and Grids sheets, and Talent cards, then back this Kickstarter at any reward level and you'll be able to access everything you need in the first backer update.

What Your Support is For

With the rules complete it might seem like I could release Proficiency to DriveThruRPG right now, without any need for a crowdfunding campaign. If I wanted to put the book out there without art, this is correct. But I want your help to pay for spectacular full colour art to really give life to the system, Cardinal, and Sundown. The initial goal pays for the art I've already commissioned, plus a little extra. The more the game gets funded, the more art the final book will contain.

Additionally, some stretch goals will include extra content for the book, which will be available to all reward levels which net you a copy. Speaking of stretch goals...


Stretch Goals

In Cardinal, each month consists of five weeks, each named for the phase of the moon. Our stretch goals are going to follow this pattern, beginning with the New Moon at the Kickstarter's launch, and with a new stretch goal being announced each Friday.

Exclusive Kickstarter Talents

As a reward for backers who are willing to spend a little more, any backer at a Deluxe reward level or above will get access to 40 additional Talents. These will take mechanics and templates from the core book, and mix them up to create a set of unique and exciting cards to use in your games or as inspiration for your own creations. These Talents are exclusive to this Kickstarter, and not available in any future releases of the game.

Art

The art for Proficiency is coming from various commissioned artists, with more coming on as stretch goals are fulfilled. This page features Apolleon, Aspect of Order's Light, the mighty sun god of Cardinal from Liiga Smilshkalne, two different Sundown zombie types from João Florencio and scenes from within Cardinal from Joe Shawcross.

Fulfillment

To avoid the extra layers of pledge managers, warehousing, and minimum print runs, physical copies of Proficiency will be printed using DriveThruRPG's print on demand service. All of the reward tiers that come with physical copies will grant you a code which you can redeem to buy a print on demand copy of Proficiency, but you'll need to pay for the printing (which will probably be around $13 USD) and shipping.

 Contact

If you want to get in contact with me, you can send me a message on Kickstarter, email me at EqualzDee at gmail.com, send me a message on my personal Twitter @EqualzDee, or the Proficiency Twitter @ProficiencyRPG.


Risks and challenges

While I've been designing games for many years, Proficiency is both my first Kickstarter and my first published project. I've been refining and testing Proficiency for 2 years now, and the rules are complete, but need to be written and formatted in a way appropriate for a book.

Because this is my first time and there will inevitably be things I mess up from lack of experience, I'm doing everything I can on this project to limit the risk of failure. I'm avoiding handling shipping, printing, and other logistical tasks. I'm starting with a small goal, and budgeting my stretch goals with extra margins.

I'm doing everything I can to make sure you end up with a PDF on your computer or a book in your hands if you back this project, and you can trust me to see it through.

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    Just a Taste

    Thanks for your support! You'll immediately gain access to the templates for Character sheets, Wounds/Grid sheets, and Talent cards.

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    Digital Basic

    Just here for the rules? Here's the cheapest way to get them. You'll get a download link for a watermarked PDF when the book's complete, along with everything from the previous tier.

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    Physical Basic

    This is the cheapest level where you get your very own physical copy of Proficiency! You'll need to pay for the printing and shipping of your copy from DriveThruRPG. You'll also get everything from the above tier.

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    Digital Deluxe

    Everything in the Digital Basic reward level, plus you'll get access to a set of 40 Kickstarter exclusive bonus Talents for Cardinal, Sundown, and other worlds.

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    • Proficiency PDF
    • Bonus Talents
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    Physical Deluxe

    Everything in the Physical Basic reward level, plus a set of 40 Kickstarter exclusive Talents for Cardinal, Sundown, and other worlds.

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    • Proficiency (Print on Demand code)
    • Proficiency PDF
    • Bonus Talents
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    Zombie Lord

    Everything in the Physical Deluxe, and work with me to design 3 new zombies for Sundown that will appear in the final book!

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    • Design 3 new Sundown zombies
    • Proficiency (Print on Demand code)
    • Proficiency PDF
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    Mentor to Many

    Everything in the Physical Deluxe, and work with me to design a new training path (class) for Cardinal. That includes new Talents, along with lore hooks (NPCs, locations) for game masters to use in their campaigns.

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    • Design a new Cardinal training path
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    Forge of the Gods

    The ultimate level of support! You'll get everything in the Physical Deluxe, and you'll work with me to create a whole new god in Cardinal! Including a training path for those who worship them.

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    • Design a new Cardinal god!
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