Thursday, 21 November 2013

Peasant Deeds

As mentioned on Spellburn, I have a "peasant deed" rule in my game, in which any character can attempt a minor "Mighty Deed of Arms" by rolling 1d6 with the attack roll.  If the attack hits, and the d6 comes up "6" the deed succeeds in a minor way.  The initial plan was, of course, to allow any character to do cool things, without overshadowing the warrior and dwarf.

Sometimes, though, a player will want to "spam" the peasant deed.  As a result of this, I have modified the rule as follows:

  • Any character can have one "free" peasant deed each combat.
  • Thereafter, the attack roll when attempting a peasant deed diminishes by -1d on the dice chain each time a peasant deed is attempted in that combat.

The purpose here is to ensure that a mechanic for "cool moves" exists for everyone, and that the baker can still push a skeleton in the pit, without making it "I Deed to blind" and "I Deed to trip" for every character with every swing.


  1. Could you give us some examples of Peasant deeds?

    1. Attempts to trip, blind, push, escape without provoking a free whack, divert attention from a thief so that he can backstab, defend someone else, strike a vulnerable point.

  2. Does the total on the peasant deed die also modify attack and damage?