Philipp Tsenin

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  • in reply to: “Introducing Players to the Cypher System” document #557
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Wow! Thank you very much, Charles.

  • in reply to: Failure on natural 20 #553
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Oh, I see now, sorry for misunderstanding.

    Speaking about other (non-combat) tasks. Let’s take climing for example. And not to torment ourselves with trying to make something up, let’s take the most difficult climbing task from the corebook. This being “glass or similar surface”.

    This is lvl 10 task, so even if the PC rolls natural 20, it will be far from achieving the goal. But, as you said, I belive that GM owe player something for a critical succeess roll (no flying dwarves, of course, but nonetheless). In case of lvl 10 task, the PC will fail, of course, but something extraordinary should happen Let’s say, after unsuccesfully trying to climb he glass wall with his bare hands, the PC accidentally activates control panel that flashes with strange symbols in the glass. Now if he can pass the task of dealing with the controls, thee panel can give him other meen to surpass this impossible obstacle (the glass strts to move asides in a surtain place, loike liquid, revealing a narrow pass).

    Now, let’s assume, that the PC is specialised in climbing and has a pick, that is an asset in climbing task. All this makes it lvl 7 task, which is still not enough for our poor d20. But in this case the resolution for a critical success is much more obvious: the PC hits th glass wall with he pick so hard, that a long curvy crack aappears in it’s surface. Now with this crack the task is one step (or maybe even wo steps) easier.

    I think you always can come up with something. At least, nobody sais that  you can not use Deus Ex Machina. You roll 20 on impossible task? Manwë’s Great Eagles for the rescue! (ooops, wrong setting:-)

     

  • in reply to: Failure on natural 20 #551
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Wow, tricky question indeed 🙂

    How bad of a person are you, not to tell your players one of the main conepts of the system (effort, I meen)? 🙂

    Regarding your question, I woulld chose the 1st one (no dmg, but some effect on an enemy).

    The second one is good too, but I think that the fact that the foe can not reach the players and they are safe is too much of a luck, even for natural 20.

    The third one is meh. Plus I also think that natural 20 should give luck even on failure.

  • in reply to: Have you scheduled your game? #548
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Scheduled for the 30th also.

    I have lready tryed GMing for Numenera once (it was “Into the Violet Valley”) so some of my players are already familliar with the rules. With others I’m going to meet one of these days to tell about setting and the rules.

  • in reply to: How to use Cyphers #539
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Charles, thank ou very much for the link, it helps a lot.

  • in reply to: How to use Cyphers #535
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    1. I don’t think that using a cypher on self need a roll (if not stated otherwise). Again, the cypher’s description should tell if the roll is necessary.

    2. I agree with this rule of yours.

    Anoetic/ocultic also come in play when dealing with exceeding the limit of cyphers.

  • in reply to: How to use Cyphers #529
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Sorry for double posting.

    I forgot to add, that even if the cypher’s lvl is irrelevant for the cypher itself, it can be used in some other circumstances.

    And yes, activting the cypher is an action.

  • in reply to: How to use Cyphers #528
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Hi!

    As for me, I deccided for myself that, if there is not said specifically in cypher’s description about the lvl., it’s irrelevant.

    So, you roll against lvl 4 creaure as if it’s lvl 4 (12 or higher), even if your damage dealng cypher has higher lvl.

    May be wrong, though.

  • in reply to: A little question about the rules #519
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Thank you very much for the answer, Charles!

  • in reply to: Welcome! #517
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    Philipp Tsenin
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    Hi all!

    Thanks again for a wonderful opportunity to find out more about your system and hone my GMastership 🙂 I have had experience with D&D and Age of Aquarius (it’s a Russian RP system) but only as a player. And now I’m trying to spread the word and bring all my friends to the table for Numenera. It’s a wonderful game with unique setting and feeling, so I really hope to convert as many people as I can /|\(;,;)/|\

    Thank you and best regards!

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