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Distinctions & Demerits


Distinctions & Demerits

            Character History That Matters.

            By Paul M. Melroy.

            THINGS happen to adventurers.

            WEIRD Things.

            They drink from enchanted pools, study the secrets of mystic hermits, get blessed by strange gods, fall into volcanoes, decipher scrolls of lore from forgotten archmages, are splattered with demon’s ichor, shatter mystic gems, tinker with forgotten artifacts, are dosed with curious venoms, explore exotic worlds thru sorcerous gates, have visions, receive psychic imprints from elder entities, get transformed into other creatures, and are quite regularly blasted with more magic than most people encounter in a lifetime.

            And up until now, none of it seems to have much of an effect on them. It can be hard to tell the difference between a warrior who’s been out adventuring for years and a dilettante who’s spent his time training with a tutor and buying magical gear.

            Distinctions & Demerits is a compact level-based system for making your character's in-game history portable, influential, and full of plot hooks. It’s designed to be used by every player character, and possibly by major non-player characters, throughout their careers, rather then as a source for a Feat, item, or prestige class for one or two of them. The Distinctions & Demerits system includes:


                      Addictions & Dependencies

                      Alluring & Repellent

                      Attunements & Affinities

                      Authority & Influence

                      Backgrounds & Unbegotten

                      Common Sense & Delusions

                      Connections & Obstacles

                      Curses, Taints, Blessings, and Bloodlines

                      Disabilities & Bonuses

                      Friends, Enemies, & Rivals

                      Gifts & Mutations

                      Keen & Poor Senses

                      Legal Problems & Privileges

                      Lifestyles, Good & Bad

                      Luck & Unluck

                      Obligations & Favors

                      Offensive & Decorative

                      Property & Debts

                      Quirks & More Quirks

                      Reputation & Infamy

                      Resistances & Immunities

                      Secrets & Dark Secrets

                      Specialities & Handicaps

                      Status, High and Low

                      Stunts & Failures

                      Vulnerabilities & Allergies

                      A general system for adding anything we’ve missed

                      And a complete example, covering the history of Ghadroth The Barbarian.

            To be as easy on your ink as possible, we’ve crammed everything into 12 pages - and have included both a screen and a printer-friendly version.

            A character’s history should matter.

            From now on, you can make sure that it does.

            -Please note that this system has nothing to do with character creation. Don’t buy it or try to use it for that; it’s for working with history that develops in play.

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September 20th, 2012
The useful: a list and descriptions of possible developments on a character, which a player could draw from. The useless: opens with some kind of points-by-level thing for applying distinctions and demerits, to be layered on top of the already convolut [...]
December 26th, 2004
I honestly thought that when I bought this product that I was going something offering an original (heck, even derivative) take on an aspect of character generation that I feel is often overlooked. D&D and most fantasy (and sci-fi) d20 games give [...]
November 28th, 2004
Less of a "D20" Sourcebook and more of an ideas book, I found this particular book to be of little use to my campaign compared to other books of similar design, including The Book of Distinctions & Drawbacks (4/5 stars with my review) and [...]
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