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Every player knows that cold iron hurts fairies and zombies are weak to headshots. Weaknesses and vulnerabilities are classic parts of RPGs. But if you just use the most well-known weaknesses, the thrill of discovery is gone. Weakness becomes a matter of "Do I have fire? I use fire."

Changing up weaknesses makes things less predictable, but it's not enough if the only way to figure them out is random chance. Tease your players' brains by giving them clues to find the weaknesses. Make it into a puzzle that they and their characters can solve.

From the Ennie-nominated author of Cake Walk, Banes is a system-agnostic book for adding weaknesses to monsters in an interesting way. Each of the main Banes has multiple "tells" for figuring out what's going to hurt the monster, descriptions of what that damage looks like, and a special effect for spicing up combat even more. Other sections include:

  • How a Bane should apply (both in terms of how, say, fire affects the creature and other sources of damage)
  • How to use more exotic or unique weaknesses, like the sword of the last king or unusual herbs from haunted graveyards
  • More exotic effects to change the course of battle, like loss of spellcasting

Turn your fights into a puzzle and give your players something to think about.

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Monica G. [Featured Reviewer]
May 11th, 2019
Banes is a book that offers a list of weaknesses that game masters can apply to the monsters or villains in their games to make them tougher for their players to defeat, and to provide a more interesting gaming experience in big fight scenes. Most game [...]
September 2nd, 2018
I bought this RPG supplement for a Savage Worlds game. It has a nice variety of weaknesses, a bunch of different ways to apply them – way beyond "takes double damage" – and hints to find them out. There are also tips for the GM to handle [...]
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