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D6 System 2e - Rules Preview #1

Posted by Gallant Knight Games (Creator)

Hey everyone!

Today is moving along nicely, but let's keep telling everyone about Zorro and the new iteration of the D6 System!

Please, share the Kickstarter around and let's keep moving through those stretch goals!

We have a small rules preview of D6 2e for you today! 

Please note, that all of this is subject to change in the final product, but we want you to see the current direction it's going! It won't change much, but there is potential for change. 

This is very basic to D6 veterans and for the most part, you won't notice a change to the D6 system (until then end!)

However, it's a useful baseline for new fans of the D6 system who are joining us, so we want to make sure we cover it!

A Brief Primer to Playing the Game

D6 Second Edition (called D6 2e hereafter) uses the concept of die codes to communicate how proficient a character is. 

Whenever a character attempts to do something risky where failure can matter, you’ll roll dice. The higher the result of your total roll (all the rolled dice added together), the more successful the character is at that task!

How many dice you roll is determined by your die code. Each skill and attribute has a die code, so when you have to roll a skill or attribute, you can simply look at that code and it will tell you how many dice you must roll. 

A typical die code consists of a number (like 3), followed by a D (this means dice), and a possible modifier (like +1 or +2). 

NOTE: Modifiers are optional. You can easily strip them out, and simply use full dice amounts for playing the game. When we get into the “Rules” chapter on page XX, we’ll go deeper into that. Zorro doesn't use modifiers, though later D6 2e products will. 

So, a die code of 3D+1 would mean that the player would roll 3 six-sided dice, add them together and then add 1 to the total. So, if the dice came up with results of 2, 3, and 5, your result would be 11. (2+3+5+1) 

Your character will tell you how to build die codes (either as a template, where the codes are already calculated, or in freeform character creation, where you’ll assign dice to attributes and skills and then calculate your codes). 

The Wild Die

The Wild Die represents the randomness inherent in life. The Wild Die is always one of the dice in your Die Codes and you should represent it with a d6 of a different color or size. 

So, in our previous example of 3D6+1, you’d roll 2 normal dice, and the Wild Die, and then add 1 to the total result. You must always include the Wild Die, so if you only have one die, it must be the Wild Die. 

If the Wild Die comes up with a result of 2, 3, 4, or 5, just treat it as a normal die, adding it to your total as normal. 

If the Wild Die comes up with a result of 6, you gain an Advantage

If the Wild Die comes up with a 1, you suffer a Complication

Next Update!

Our next update will preview the Hero Point tokens that we're making (the design just got approval!). Our next rules update will go over the Wild Die in more detail, as it's one of the significant changes to a portion of the game.

Thanks, and Happy Gaming this weekend!

- The Gallant Knight Games Team

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    1. Frank Hart

      Very interesting.

    2. William L. Munn (Adept Icarus) Collaborator

      Look for more detail on the Wild Die when Alan post about it next.

    3. William L. Munn (Adept Icarus) Collaborator

      @The Rangdo of Arg: Yes. All dice rolled are summed up for the total.

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      The Rangdo of Arg

      If the Wild Die comes up 1 or 6 do you also add it to the total?

    5. David Jackson on

      Personally I was never a big fan of “pips” in d6 (modifiers in d6 2e) so glad to see Zorro isn’t using them! Intriguing change to wild die - “advantage” or “complication” separate from success/fail and probably pretty frequently occurring; interested in seeing more on this! Looking nicely familiar so far😃