Rough Magic 3e EN: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.
|Value||Cost Per Point|
Agility determines a character's base movement speed (running, swimming, etc.). Peak human potential is marked in red.
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.
If the character is a supernatural creature or they can invoke the power of magic, the character's Power Level determines the potency of their supernatural abilities.
|Power Level||General Effect||Mass|
|Darkness||Attack and defense penalties|
|Dehydration||Maximum Endurance reduced by one per day; penalty die on all tasks|
|Exposure||Maximum Endurance reduced, from one per hour to one per six hours|
|Falling||Lose one Endurance for each five meters fallen|
|Fire||Damage depends on heat and intensity, once per round|
|Poisons||Maximum Endurance reduced, from one per round to one per hour|
|Sleep Deprivation||Attributes reduced by one per day: Reason, then Agility, then maximum Endurance|
|Starvation||Maximum Endurance reduced by one per week; penalty die on all tasks|
|Suffocation||Maximum Endurance 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 maximum Endurance is reduced by one per day until they are rehydrated or until their maximum Endurance is reduced to zero. Additionally, the character incurs a penalty die on all rolls. Once the character is rehydrated, their maximum Endurance is restored at the same rate it was lost.
Extremes of heat and cold can be dangerous to those without adequate protection. If a character is exposed to extreme temperatures, their maximum Endurance will be gradually reduced until they find shelter or until their maximum Endurance is reduced to zero. How quickly their maximum Endurance 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 maximum Endurance 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 maximum Endurance would be reduced by one every hour. Once the character is no longer exposed to the extreme temperatures, their maximum Endurance is restored at the same rate it was lost.
Falling is treated as a normal attack which inflicts Endurance damage. The power level (PL) of a fall depends on the distance fallen: +1 PL for each five meters fallen (rounded down), up to a maximum of PL 20. Particularly soft or yielding surfaces can reduce the power level of the fall by as much as half.
Fire is treated as an attack which inflicts Endurance damage. The damage of a fire depends on its heat and intensity. Any spell or equipment which provides protection from Endurance 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 PL 3. On the other hand, the Earth's core is far beyond even PL 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 Survival (Brawn) roll is successful, the character takes no damage from the poison and suffers only incidental side-effects such as nausea. If the Survival (Brawn) roll is not successful, the character has succumbed to the poison, and their maximum Endurance is reduced by one. Periodically thereafter, the character must attempt another Survival (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 Survival (Brawn) roll results in another reduction of the character's maximum Endurance. This continues until the character successfully makes a Survival (Brawn) roll, or they are administered the appropriate antidote (if one exists), or their maximum Endurance is reduced to zero. Once the character successfully makes a Survival (Brawn) roll against the poison or is administered the appropriate antidote, their maximum Endurance 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. The character experiences weariness, confusion, and irritability, and they suffer a penalty die on all skill rolls. After 36 hours without sleep, the character's Reason and Agility are reduced by half (rounded in the character's favour). After 48 hours, the character begins to hallucinate. After 72 hours, the character's Reason is reduced to zero. After 96 hours without sleep, the character's perception of reality is severely distorted. Prolonged, complete sleep deprivation ultimately results in death.
It can take days or weeks to fully recover from sleep deprivation.
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 maximum Endurance is reduced by one, until their maximum Endurance equals zero. Additionally, the character incurs a penalty die on all rolls. Once the character has resumed a normal diet, their maximum Endurance 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 maximum Endurance is reduced by one per minute until they can breathe freely again, or until their maximum Endurance equals zero. Once the character is able to breathe normally, their maximum Endurance 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 km/h||5|
|max human running||40 km/h||8|
|fast submarine||80 km/h||10|
|fast bird, cheetah, sailfish||120 km/h||11|
|fast car||320 km/h||13|
|fast helicopter||400 km/h||14|
|F5 tornado wind||480 km/h||14|
|terminal velocity||530 km/h||15|
|bullet train||560 km/h||15|
|pistol bullet||1,100 km/h||17|
|supersonic airplane||2,000 km/h||18|
|rifle bullet||3,000 km/h||19|