Rough Magic:GM Resources
This chapter provides additional information for the game moderator, such as the movement capabilities of creates with attributes far beyond human limits, the mass of commonplace objects, and the speed of various creatures and vehicles.
A character's attributes in Rough Magic are normally ranked on a scale from 1 to 10. The tables below provide values for attributes above 10.
Brawn determines how much a character can lift and how far they can throw things. Peak human potential is marked in red.
|0||25 kg||1 m||0 m|
|1||37 kg||1 m||1 m|
|2||54 kg||1 m||1 m|
|3||79 kg||2 m||1 m|
|4||120 kg||2 m||1 m|
|5||170 kg||4 m||2 m|
|6||250 kg||5 m||2 m|
|7||370 kg||8 m||4 m|
|8||540 kg||11 m||5 m|
|9||960 kg||20 m||8 m|
|10||1,700 kg||35 m||11 m|
|11||3,000 kg||62 m||20 m|
|12||5,400 kg||110 m||35 m|
|13||10 t||200 m||62 m|
|14||17 t||350 m||110 m|
|15||30 t||620 m||200 m|
|16||54 t||1,100 m||350 m|
|17||96 t||2 km||620 m|
|18||170 t||4 km||1,100 m|
|19||300 t||6 km||2 km|
|20||540 t||11 km||4 km|
- Lift indicates the greatest weight that the character can "deadlift" (pick up off the ground to the level of the hips). A character carrying or supporting such a weight can take at most one or two steps per round. A character can move normally while carrying a weight corresponding to one less than their Brawn. For example, a character with Brawn 8 could carry up to 370 kg and suffer no penalties to their movement while doing so.
- Throw (25 kg) indicates the farthest distance that a character could throw a compact object weighing 25 kg. To see how far a character can throw heavier objects, subtract the Brawn required to lift the object from the character's total Brawn. Look up the difference in the "Brawn" column: this indicates how far the character can throw the object. For example, a character with Brawn 8 could throw an object weighing 60 kg (such as a cooperative slender human) up to 5 meters.
- Jumps indicates the character's standing long jump. With a running long jump, the character's ground movement is added to their long jump distance.
Agility determines a character's base movement speed (running, swimming, etc.). Peak human potential is marked in red.
If the character is a supernatural creature or they can invoke the power of magic, the character's Power determines the potency of their supernatural abilities.
|Darkness||Attack and defense penalties|
|Dehydration||Tenacity reduced by one per day; penalty die on all tasks|
|Exposure||Tenacity reduced, from one per hour to one per six hours|
|Falling||Lose one Endurance Point for each five meters fallen|
|Fire||Action value depends on heat and intensity, once per round|
|Poisons||Tenacity reduced, from one per round to one per hour|
|Sleep Deprivation||Attributes reduced by one per day: Reason, then Agility, then Tenacity|
|Starvation||Tenacity reduced by one per week; penalty die on all tasks|
|Suffocation||Tenacity reduced by one per minute|
Darkness, fog, rain, blizzards, and other visual impediments can make combat much more difficult. If an attacker can't see the defender, the attacker incurs a penalty die. Conversely, if a defender can't see the attacker, the defender incurs a penalty die.
A character with Night Vision or equipment permitting them to perceive normally suffers no ill effects from darkness.
A character who goes more than 24 hours without drinking begins to suffer the effects of dehydration. Initially, the character experiences headaches, loss of appetite, and dry skin, followed by rapid heart rates, elevated body temperatures, and fatigue. After three days without water, the character experiences tiredness, irritability, and dizziness. Severe dehydration results in death.
If a character is suffering from dehydration, their Tenacity is reduced by one per day until they are rehydrated or until their Tenacity is reduced to zero. Additionally, the character incurs a penalty die on all rolls. Once the character is rehydrated, their Tenacity is restored at the same rate it was lost.
Extremes of heat and cold can be dangerous to those without adequate protection from the elements. If a character is exposed to extreme temperatures, their Tenacity will be gradually reduced until they find shelter or until their Tenacity is reduced to zero. How quickly their Tenacity is reduced depends on the severity of the conditions. A hot summer day without shade or water, or a frosty winter night without a coat, would reduce their Tenacity by one every six hours or so: brutal, but not immediately life-threatening. If the same character were in a blazing hot desert or in the middle of a blizzard, their Tenacity would be reduced by one every hour. Once the character is no longer exposed to the extreme temperatures, their Tenacity is restored at the same rate it was lost.
A character who falls farther than they can jump takes damage based on the distance fallen. A character who falls and strikes a surface loses one Endurance Point for each five meters fallen (rounded down). Conventional forms of protection, such as armor and energy shields, are effective against this damage.
Particularly soft or yielding surfaces can reduce the damage of the fall by as much as half, while particularly unforgiving surfaces may double the damage.
Fire is treated as an attack which inflicts Endurance Point damage. The action value of a fire depends on its heat and intensity. Any spell or equipment which provides protection from Endurance Point damage is effective against fire damage.
Very cool and very hot fires are outside of this range. A lit cigarette can cause painful burns, for example, but it's less damaging than action value 3. On the other hand, the Earth's core is far beyond even action value 9.
Poisons and pathogens are substances which disrupt biological processes when a sufficient quantity is absorbed by an organism. Described here is a generic poison: your character may encounter poisons or pathogens which are more complicated than this example.
Immediately after exposure, a poisoned character must make a moderately difficult (DV 3) Survival (Brawn) roll against the poison. If the Brawn roll is successful, the character takes no damage from the poison and suffers only incidental side-effects such as nausea. If the Brawn roll is not successful, the character has succumbed to the poison, and their Tenacity is reduced by one. Periodically thereafter, the character must attempt another Brawn roll (once a round for very potent poisons, once an hour for very weak poisons, and once a minute for normal poisons, at the GM's discretion). Each failed Brawn roll results in another reduction of the character's Tenacity. This continues until the character successfully makes a Brawn roll, or they are administered the appropriate antidote (if one exists), or their Tenacity is reduced to zero. Once the character successfully makes a Brawn roll against the poison or is administered the appropriate antidote, their Tenacity is restored at the same rate it was lost.
Some poisons and pathogens have additional effects, such as blindness or paralysis.
A character who goes more than 24 hours without sleep begins to suffer the effects of sleep deprivation. Initially, the character experiences weariness, confusion, and irritability. After three days without sleep, the character experiences hallucinations and decreased cognitive ability. Prolonged, complete sleep deprivation results in weight loss and ultimately death.
If a character goes more than 24 hours without sleep, their Reason is reduced by one. Each day that the character remains awake, their Reason is reduced by one, until their Reason equals zero. Once the character's Reason is reduced to zero, their Agility is reduced by one per day until their Agility equals zero. Once the character's Agility is reduced to zero, their Tenacity is reduced by one per day until their Tenacity equals zero. Under normal circumstances, the character will fall unconscious at this point and remain so for at least a day. However, if the character is physically prevented from losing consciousness, they will eventually die. Once the character has resumed a normal sleep pattern, their attributes are restored to their normal values, although they may experience some lingering fatigue.
A character who goes more than 7 days without eating begins to suffer the effects of starvation. Initially, the character experiences weakness, confusion, and irritability. After three weeks without food, the character experiences hallucinations and convulsions. Starvation eventually results in death.
Each 7 days a character goes without eating, their Tenacity is reduced by one, until their Tenacity equals zero. Additionally, the character incurs a penalty die on all rolls. Once the character has resumed a normal diet, their Tenacity is restored at the same rate it was lost.
If a character needs to breath but is unable to do so, such as someone drowning or suffocating, their Tenacity is reduced by one per minute until they can breathe freely again, or until their Tenacity equals zero. Once the character is able to breathe normally, their Tenacity is restored at the same rate it was lost.
|Item||Mass||Brawn (to lift)|
|medium dog, full suitcase||20 kg||1|
|full pony keg of beer, small sea turtle||45 kg||2|
|slender adult, large dog||65 kg||3|
|full keg of beer||75 kg||3|
|typical adult, small floor safe, wooden chest||90 kg||4|
|heavy adult||125 kg||4|
|racing motorcycle, refrigerator, wooden table||150 kg||5|
|small armoire, weapon locker, large sea turtle||200 kg||6|
|large brown bear, dolphin, harpsichord, lion||225 kg||6|
|motorcycle, medium armoire, medium floor safe, tiger||300 kg||7|
|large armoire, grizzly bear, large desk, riding horse, touring motorcycle||400 kg||8|
|polar bear||500 kg||8|
|cow, draft horse, small sailboat||600 kg||9|
|compact car, piano||900 kg||9|
|civilian helicopter, medium missile, grand piano||1,000 kg||10|
|full size car, hippopotamus||2 t||11|
|small military helicopter, military truck||3 t||11|
|armored car||4 t||12|
|elephant, empty dump truck||5 t||12|
|large military helicopter, empty tractor-trailer||9 t||13|
|loaded dump truck||20 t||15|
|empty train car||30 t||15|
|empty cargo plane, loaded tractor-trailer||40 t||16|
|stone monolith, loaded tanker truck, bank vault||50 t||16|
|suburban house, Trident missile, heavy battle tank||50 t||16|
|loaded cargo plane||80 t||17|
|blue whale||90 t||17|
|loaded train car||100 t||18|
|locomotive, fishing trawler||200 t||19|
|empty 747 passenger plane||300 t||19|
|typical train||400 t||20|
|avg human running||20 kph||5|
|max human running||40 kph||8|
|fast submarine||80 kph||10|
|fast bird, cheetah, sailfish||120 kph||11|
|fast car||320 kph||13|
|fast helicopter||400 kph||14|
|F5 tornado wind||480 kph||14|
|terminal velocity||530 kph||15|
|bullet train||560 kph||15|
|pistol bullet||1,100 kph||17|
|supersonic airplane||2,000 kph||18|
|rifle bullet||3,000 kph||19|