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Five by Five (fīv-bī-fīv)

1. In radio communication on a scale of 1 to 5 measuring signal strength and clarity, "Five by Five" indicates the best possible strength and clarity of signal.

2. Condition or state of being the best you can be; perfect. (slang)

Five by Five (fīv-bī-fīv)

1. An original game system and RPG Toolkit by Jeff Moore.

Five by Five is a “choose your trait” style RPG that makes unique use of six-sided dice to create an easy to learn and easy to play universal game system. The game is flexible enough to satisfy a variety of settings and easy enough to pick up and play right away.

The core of the system is the 5×5 die roll. Players roll two dice (reading a 6 as "0") and multiply the results. This gives an average unskilled person around a 30% chance of success and each rank of skill improves this chance by 5½ percent.

The game includes sample adventures for both a fantasy setting and a superhero game, example characters and a character sheet.

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September 16th, 2016
All right. I probably would have rated it better if the author hadn't improved this system in his Hero DxD, for supers. Since I read Hero first, it had to pale by comparison. [...]
October 24th, 2014
Up front: I've known the author since the early 1980s and he is a friend of mine and we are now game-testing a superhero version of this system online. But having said that I enjoy this game system. It is very open ended and the GM and player have a va [...]
May 17th, 2014
I find the concept of this easy and quick system very appealing. Also liked the idea of a trouble skill. This is the original version of these rules,which I find to be better and more enjoyable than the updated version of the 5X5 system. This sys [...]
June 27th, 2013
The rule book is clear and well annotated. I enjoy the system as given. Would be a great way to introduce players to role playing for the first time. The sample adventures were unique, but lacked good situations for non-combat trait use. There i [...]
June 26th, 2013
Five by Five is the best short game I have read in a long time. I came across this game at exactly the time I have been thinking about how The Last of Us' has changed how I think about games. Five by Five is the answer to that question. Why is th [...]
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