Goals for the Dual20 system

Here I shall present a summary of the goals I have in mind for Dual20.

The first and primary goal of Dual20 is to be highly adaptable to what you and your gaming group want to play. If there is some character concept for a fantasy setting that you want to play and Dual20 is inherently incapable of letting you play that, then it has failed. The means by which I will try to obtain this is to have a clear separation of how characters are played with at game time and how a character is made, with several options and guidelines on strictness or freedom and overall balance for making characters.

The second goal is to have most any one character option obtainable at creation using the standard creation rules. There will be a certain class of character options that are level dependent and not available at creation, but the core things (class Talent Trees) that makes up a character are, The means to this is simple, starting characters will have enough talent points to get one top level Talent (and all required Talents) in a single tree if they wish. A player can go for that high specialization or for breadth of ability.

The third goal is to have a detailed but easy to use systems that lends itself to interesting emergent behavior. The means to this is handled much by the next goal, but also with attempting to limit the need for many exceptions to the rules. This will be a very crunchy system, much like d20 systems.

The fourth goal is to be an entirely modern table top RPG experience, that means that it is expected the players will be using Apps or suit of Apps and website to aid gaming, both for reference and for running the game. In fact the game being App based will be the primary, if not sole, means of distribution. This is also the means by which more detailed or complex systems are to be easier to use.

A fifth and much more personal goal is to have dragons be a playable race (technically a sub-goal of the first, a dragon character is conceivable ;) ) and for them to have a non-villainous role in the included setting.

 

And there are the big goals. I’ll provide further details about them later.

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