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Preamble

What is roleplaying you might ask?  Well, with a question like that we might wonder why you are even here!  However, on the slim chance that you are new to roleplaying games here is a quick primer on what this game is all about.

 

A role playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which you assume the roles of a character in a historical or fictional setting and interact with other players and the game world.  This is done through a combination of storytelling and mechanics, typically involving dice rolls, character attributes, and decision making.  You take on the roles of your character, make decisions and take actions that advance the story and help determine the outcome of the game. The game is usually led by one player who sets the scene, portrays non-player characters, and interprets the rules. Role playing games can be set in a variety of settings, including fantasy worlds, post-apocalyptic wastelands, and modern cities, and can be played either in person or online.

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Playing an Inkforged Campaign

Inkforged campaigns are not much different than what you would experience playing in another fantasy rpg system.  You still create a character, called an Ikon, and one player has to take the role of the game's Narrator.  The tone and specifics of the world and campaign are up to you, although Inkforged's rules tend to align best with whimsical, high adventure fantasy.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to respect each other, respect the rules, and of course, focus on the fun!

The Ikon

Your player character is a fictional being whose actions are directly controlled by you, the player.  This character is an alternate persona, called your Ikon, and is your narrative and mechanical conduit to interact with the fictional world.

The Narrator

The Narrator has gone by lots of names in other games, but our philosophy is that their job is to guide the players along through their shared adventure in The Story.  Their job isn’t just to enforce the rules of the game and play the roles of the non-player characters.  They are there to help build the most enjoyable experience for the entire table, themselves included.  They guide everyone along the path of The Story, they narrate the events that result from the player’s actions, and they are narrating the adventure itself toward a satisfying conclusion.

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How is Inkforged Different?

If you are unfamiliar with Inkforged, don’t worry, it’s not so different from other roleplaying systems that you are likely well versed in.  It isn’t quite the same however, if it was there would be no reason to buy this book!  There are dozens if not hundreds of small and subtle differences of mechanics and flavor in Inkforged, but there are 5 fundamental differences that make playing Inkforged feel unique.

Defined by Dice

Inkforged uses the standard set of roleplaying dice and characters are defined at their most basic level by assigning a separate die to each Trait and Skill category.  This combination of Traits and Skills generates the core competency of the character.  You want an agile swordsman, like a fencer?  Then put your d12 in both Agility and Melee Combat.  Prefer to make a charming illusionist?  Slot the d12 into Charm and Magic.  This is a very quick and intuitive way to customize any starting character you can dream up.

No Character Classes

There are no character classes, professions, or careers in Inkforged.  As noted earlier the dice assignments define the base concept of the character.  As you level up, you further define your character by picking Spells, Abilities, Skill Foci, and Bonuses.  These all work together to define what type and quality of person your character is in the game.  This allows you to create just about any character you want without being locked into class restrictions and predetermined development paths.

Negotiate For Advantage

We encourage you to communicate with The Narrator as often as possible to help write your character’s stories in the world of Inkforged.  When facing a challenge, inside of combat or out, you can increase your chance of success by negotiating with The Narrator to lower the challenge ranking.  Look for things described in the environment, flaws in the opponent’s defense, or Skills and Abilities that might provide an advantage.

Simple and Frequent Advancement

In the game of Inkforged characters level up fairly frequently, and each time you do, you get 1 build point to purchase a specific improvement of your choice.  This could be increasing your character’s Agility, or learning a new skill ability, whatever makes the most sense for your character at the time.  Even though they are simple improvements, each is a meaningful and significant mechanical improvement to your character.  

 

A Beginning and End

Each campaign of Inkforged is meant to start by bringing the characters into The Story and end with each character growing and becoming better people, not just in The Story, but hopefully in service of the life they wish to return to in the real world.  Inkforged campaigns work best with this in mind, built around solid character development arcs to provide proper closure to thrilling adventures.

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