VERS -> VERS:GM Info
This "book" contains everything the GM needs to create a story, plan a series, and populate the world with interesting characters. In addition, there are advanced rules, like the optional rules for customizing VERS to better suit your setting, genre, or story. Below is an overview of each section.
NPCs are the bread and butter of any game, being the whole reason the story exists at all in many stories. This chapter discusses not just how to build and play antagonists but also a discussion of what makes an antagonist do the things they do.
Optional Rules are additional rules, or sometimes variations on rules, that can help make the simple system of VERS into something different, whether more complex, simpler, or just different. Each of these rules have been tested so you can be sure they are balanced against the rest of the system. If you are looking for that one subsystem to make your setting come alive, check here before you build from scratch.
The Gamemastering chapter describes the general idea of running a game, as well as tips and tricks to help you. If you have never run a tabletop roleplaying game before, this is definitely the chapter for you, although hopefully even veterans will find useful tidbits here.
Storytelling and Drama
Storytelling and Drama goes into more detail into what makes a story interesting. Action is not the only way to make a story fun (although it is a great way), and this section talks about how to incorporate these other ideas into games successfully.
Advanced Techniques are just that, things that can really make a memorable game or can horribly break it if you are not careful. Things like playing around with time (think Quentin Tarantino), sandbox games in which you build the world as you play it, and even reducing the need for a GM at all.
|VERS Playtest v20.7 - Online Rule Reference|
|Making a Character||Character Profile - Mechanical Aspects (Attributes - Skills - Abilities - Gear)|
|Gameplay||Mental Conflict - Physical Conflict - Social Conflict - Stunts|
|Optional Rules||Not Yet Complete|
|Gamemastering||Not Yet Complete|
|Storytelling and Drama||Not Yet Complete|
|Advanced Techniques||Not Yet Complete|
|Appendices||Example Abilities||Fantasy - Psionics - Superheroes|
|Example Gear||Prehistoric to Dark Ages - Medieval to Renaissance - Modern - Sci-Fi|
|Example NPCs||Animals - People - Fantasy - Horror - Sci-Fi|