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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Random Secondary Skills...

As random tables appear to be the 'flavour of the month' in the Old School quadrant of the Interwebs, I thought I'd throw in a table from a hacked version of Dungeons & Dragons I was working on in the late '80s.

This is for use during chargen and generates a player-characters' previous occupation or overriding hobby before turning to adventuring.

We used a very basic skill system in our game at the time. A random number was generated (on 2d6+1) to indicate the PC's level of competence (the argument being that if they had a skill of 15+ they'd probably have pursued that skill professionally rather than turning their hand to sword or spell-slinging) and then d20 rolls were made (aiming to score this) whenever the player wanted to call on this particular skill.


THE SECONDARY SKILL TABLE

01 Armourer
02 Bowyer/Fletcher
03 Farmer
04 Fishing
05 Forester
06 Gambler
07 Groom
08 Hunter
09 Jeweler
10 Leather worker
11 Painter
12 Mason
13 Navigator
14 Cartographer (a)
15 Fine Art (b)
16 Mathematics
17 Racing Lore (b)
18 Scribe (a)
19 Astronomy
20 Weaver
21 Tailor
22 Embroidery
23 Animal Husbandry
24 Trader
25 Trapper
26 Furrier
27 Carpenter
28 Weaponsmith
29 Blacksmith
30 Gardener
31 Cooking
32 Shipwright
33 Cobbling
34 Song-writing
35 Brewing
36 Poetry
37 Dancing
38 Etiquette
39 Heraldry
40 Singing
41 Gladiator Lore (b)
42 Engineering
43 Ancient History
44 Local History
45 Religion (b)
46 Charioteering
47 Play Musical Instrument (c)
48 Survival
49 Mountaineering
50 Prostitute
51 Barman
52 Philiosophy
53 Drug lore (b)
54 Slaver
55 Lawyer (a)
56 Alcohol lore (b)
57 Architect
58 Tax Collector
59 Boardgames (e.g. chess)
60 Food lore (b)
61 Monster lore (b)
62 Card games
63 Seamanship
64 Story-telling
65 Herb lore (b)
66 Teacher
67 Baker
68 Barber
69 Vet
70 Bird trainer
71 Weapon lore (b)
72 Butcher
73 Toymaker
74 Carpet-maker
75 Dyer
76 Glassblower
77 Grocer
78 Perfumer
79 Paper/Ink maker
80 Potter
81 Wine maker
82 Rope/Net maker
83 Accountant
84 Sail maker
85 Wheelwright
86 Author (a)
87 Astrology
88 Prsopector
89 Detective
90 Animal lore (b)
91 - 98 No skill of any worth
99 choose any one (and add +2 to skill roll)
100 roll twice more (and add +2 to first skill roll)

a) These skills grant automatic literacy.
b) These skills are educational, rather than creative, and only help the character with identifying objects in their field - not using or making them.
c) Choose one instrument.

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