The State of
In this chapter:
Advantages and Disadvantages
In order to play Appleseed, you'll need
a character. The list below is really only illustrative. There
are folks from every walk of life, profession, and background in the Appleseed
world. Even those in the same profession specialize in different
areas. You can select one from the list below or create your own.
Copy the structure from one of the Character Templates
above onto a piece of paper to create your very own character sheet.
I will try to make and post one when I get time, but don't hold your breath!
In Appleseed, a character may either be a normal Human, a Bioroid,
a Mutant, Light Cyborg, or a Full-Body Cyborg. Each Type has particular
advantages and disadvantages. Note that the starting Attribute Dice
for characters is higher than it would be for "non-heroic" non-player characters
in the world of Appleseed. Most standard NPC's would start with fewer
||2 free Advantages
||Humans are actually a minority in Olympus, but remain the majority
in the rest of the world.
||1D-4D, any one Att. may be raised to 5D
||No free advantages.
||10, at least 3 must be in non-combat skills.
||Bioroids must undergo Longevity treatments every
2 weeks or begin to suffer -1D to all attributes until treated. When
the Bioroid reaches 0D in Constitution, they die.
||3 free Advantages, which should be related to the character's
||Mutants are the products of post-war toxic exposure, radiation or experimentation.
They are likely a kind of Bioroid that does not need Longevity treatments.
||1D-4D, but may be raised by chosen cybernetics.
||Starts with 2, but must pay one for each implant chosen
||Typically, these are humans who have suffered some injuries that
required cybernetic replacements. Most common are prosthetic arms,
implanted eyes, and occasionally artificial organs. See Cybernetics
for more information.
||1D-7D for Physical Attributes. 1D-4D for Mental Attributes.
Futhermore, 'Borgs suffer -1D to all Presence rolls. See
||None, considered to have been invested in cybernetics.
||A Full 'Borg likely had to replace his human body after
a greivous injury that nearly killed him. Full 'Borgs must be registered
in Olympus and require regular, and expensive, maintenance. See Cybernetics
for more information.
Constructing Full Borgs
as starting characters:
When a player choose to create a full Borg he should follow the following
steps. As always, the GM should feel free to modify these steps and
starting allowances as desired. See Cybernetics
for more information.
1. Allot the Atribute dice, following the limits outlined
2. Starting Armor Value: 25
3. Starting Jump Bonus: 2D
4. Starting base HP: 25
5. Add 2 Standard Optical Implants, with up to 4 options (free,
4. Add 2 Standard Audal Implants, with up to 2 otions (free,
7. Standard brain box.
8. Standard Filtration systems (all).
9. Customizing your Borg: at the GM's discretion,
you can choose to raise and lower some values to personalize your creation.
Generally, the GM should not permit players to raise or lower levels more
than 1 level from the standard at character creation. (For example,
the Cyborg Mercenary in the Templates
section lowered his Armor Value by 1 and increased his Jump Bonus by 1D).
No value should exceed 7D at character creation.
10. Approximately 50,000 dollars in debt (from implants or
Select the Type you wish to play and find
the starting Attribute Dice for your character. At least 1D
must be placed in each attribute and no more than 4D can be assigned to
any one attribute for normal humans. (Note: Dice may not
be broken up into 3 "pips", or "+1's", like they can in the SW RPG).
The average for "normal" humans in any one attribute is 2D. The Attributes
measure of the character's muscle power.
the character's flexibility, grace and hand-eye coordination.
the character's hardiness, such as resistance to disease, exhaustion and
to show how broad and deep a character's general understanding of the world,
from streetsmarts to scholarship. Includes technical and mechanical
up one's perceptive abilities--his awareness to his environment as well
as behavioral cues from other people.
the character's force of personality, ability to perform, orate and convince
other people. Generally, his "people skills."
Example: Ryan is making
a character named Kreiger, a rookie Cop. He chooses a Human decides to
create his own template rather than use the one provided. He comes
up with the following Attributes:
Advantages and Disadvantages exist to represent areas in which a character
may excel or suffer. Each character starts out with the Advantages
and Disadvantages granted by his chosen Type. Beyond that, players
may purchase 1 additional Advantage for a starting character given that
they pay for it with a Disadvantage. Advantages may only be taken
once (no "stacking"). After character creation, players cannot purchase
additional Advantages (though changes in the character due to circumstance
may be similar to them). The number next to the Ad/Disad name indicates
the "level" or "severity" of that particular trait. An Advantage
with a (2) behind it is worth two normal Advantages and must be paid for
with two Disadvantages (or a Disadvantage with a (2) rating).
Design note: Life nearly everything in
this game, Advantages and Disadvantages are completely optional.
My main reason for coming up with them was to give humans some bonuses
relative to other Types. They should never be allowed to imbalance
a game and GM's should alter them accordingly.
Acute Senses (1): Boost to any
Search or Tracking attempt that relies on one of the five senses.
Ambidextrous (1): Character may
use either hand with equal skill. Furthermore, the character may
weild and shoot two guns at the same time and only incur a -1D penalty
rather than the normal -2D penalty.
Appeal (1): Boosts to all Presence-based
Cat-footed (1): Character is
exceptionally light on her feet. This grants a Boost to the following
skills: Stealth and Acrobatics.
Contacts (1-2): Taken at level
1 means the character has some relatively high contacts that may get information
for him from time and time (sometimes in exchange for favors or cash).
At level 2, this character knows influential people at the highest levels
of society who will occasionally do him a favor.
Egghead (2): This character is
an especially able student and can learn Advanced skills under Knowledge
as if they were normal skills. They must still learn prerequisites.
Flexible (1): Character is exceptionally
limber and graceful. Boosts to Dodge, Martial Arts, Brawl, and Running.
Gearhead (2): This technophile
loves all things mechanical. +1D to Value, Scrounge and Bargain rolls
that involve acquiring or appraising technological items. Furthermore,
this Boosts any Mechanics, Electronics or Computer Ops rolls.
Hawkeye (1): Boosts to rolls
that involve firing a weapon or throwing something (Firearms, Heavy Weapons,
Intuitive (1): This character knows
how to read other people and use it to her advantage. Boosts to Profile,
Con, Persuasion, Bargain and Perform.
Iron Will (1): +1D to all Willpower
rolls. Furthermore, the strength of the character's convictions make
them more charismatic and gives Boosts to Persuasion, Perform (Orate only),
Bargain and Command.
Lucky (1): Character receives
an extra die once per game, to roll as an additional Wild Die for one action
Resources (1-2): At level 1,
this character has a sizeable savings accounts and/or investment portfolio
that can be liquidated to equal several thousands of dollars (10,000 +
1D6 x 10,000). At level 2, this character has a trust fund and will
likely never need to worry about finding a job--unless the cash dries up,
of course (GM's discretion...heh heh)
Stout (1): Boosts to Lifting,
Endurance and Resistance tests.
Tree-hugger (1): This character
prefers the outdoors and is especially able in the wilds. Boosts
to Survival, Tracking, Climbing, and Life Sciences rolls.
Wily (1): This character is particularly
crafty and her plans often go off without a hitch. +1D to Tactics
rolls when character makes a plan. Also, +1D to Persuasion and Con
rolls when those skills are used to get information out of someone.
Addiction (1-2): At level 1,
you're easily driven to distraction by the object of your addiction (cigarettes,
comic books, etc) and will go out of your way and sometimes abuse your
duties to fulfill it. Can make a Easy Willpower test to avoid giving
in. At level 2, the characters has a serious problem with a dangerous
addiction: drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. Once per day
the character must make an Very Easy Willpower test or give in to the addiction.
For each day that has pased since the character last gave in, the difficulty
increases by 1 level (Easy on Day 2, Moderate on Day 3, etc.). If
the character reaches the Heroic difficulty and passes, then he has "gone
on the wagon" and must only has an Easy test every day (forever) to avoid
sliding back into addiction. Character points and Chi may be spent
to avoid the addiction.
Clumsy (2): You basically has
two left feet. You trip, you stumble, you fall on your face.
You're a regular Jerry Lewis. When you roll a 1 on the Wild Die for
any Dexterity-based action, you Complicate if you roll a 3, 4, 5 or 6 (rather
than just a 6).
Criminal Past (1-2): At level
1, you were a known theif and perhaps did some jail time. There may
still be a few authorities who have some questions for you...At level 2,
you were involved with serious crimes, perhaps murder, kidnapping or drug
smuggling. You've never paid your debt to society and some Inspector
Javert is out there, looking for you...On the bright side, at level 1 you
get a Boost to any Streetwise roll and at level 2 you get +1D to Streetwise.
Debt (1): You owe a debt of thousands
of dollars to someone who is beginning to run out of patience. You
must make payments of approximately 1000 dollars per month. The debt
itself is 1D6x 10,000 dollars.
Dependent (1): Someone depends
on you to take care of them. You must provide housing, food, clothes
and other support. This might be a child, sick relative or someone
else to whom you owe a debt.
Disorganized (1): This character
is simply unable to get his act together. -1D to Business and Tactics
rolls. Furthermore, you've incurred 1D6 x 1000 dollars worth of debt because
you never keep your finances straight.
Dumb (1): You're just not all
that bright. -1D to rolls that involve problem solving, including
repair and medical skills.
Grouch (1): You've got a bad
attitude, buster. -1D to actions based on Persuasion or Bargain.
Injury (1-2): At level 1, this
character suffers from a chronic, but not debilitating injury. Examples
include a bad back, arthritis, a trick knee, etc. The injury will
flare up when the character Complicates any Dexterity roll and will result
in a -1D to all Dexterity-based tests for 2D6 hours or until treatment
is given. At level 2, the injury is more disabling. It may
include having to rely upon crutches or a wheelchair, a seeing-eye dog,
or something similar. The injury cannot be treated with modern technology
for some reason (aside from a full-body replacement).
Naive (1): You often believe
the first thing that anyone tells you. -2D to Profile and -1D to
Phobia (1-2): At level 1, the
character is either slightly afraid of common things (Easy Willpower test
when coming across rats, snakes, blood, etc) or very afraid of very rare
things (Difficult Willpower test when encountering a dead body, a solar
Technophobe (2): This character
doesn't care for technology and is particularly clumsy with it. -1D
to actions making use of advanced technology, such as operating a computer,
science skills relying on complex equipment, piloting a landmate or other
modern vehicle, etc.
This is your opportunity to round out the
character and provide a description, background, personality quirks, goals,
Normal characters can move 10 meters per round
while walking. With successful Running rolls, they can increase this
Unarmed Base Damage Value
BDV depends on the skill the character uses
to attack. Normal humans have a bare-handed BDV of 1D. If a
character has the Brawling or Martial Arts skill, their BDV is 2D.
This represents the additional amount of damage
a character can do because of his strength. Take the Strength attribute
OR the Lifting skill and divide by 2, rounding down. This value is
added to any damage rolls resulting from successful Brawling, Martial Arts
or Melee Weapons rolls. Certain armored suits and cybernetic implants
may alter this value.
These represent the physical toughness of
your character. To get starting Body Points, roll a number of dice
equal to the character's Strength + Constitution score and consult the
table below. Take that sum and add 10. If a character increases
his Strength or Constitution attribute in the future, he may roll another
die. Furthermore, certain cybernetic enhancements may increase this
||Number of BP's
||Number of BP's
||6 (and reroll)
Describe your character:
How tall is he? What kind of clothes does he wear? Does he
have any noticeable marks such as tattoos or scars? Does he have
cybernetic implants? Blue hair? Cat-like ears? Just what kind
of freak are you creating, man?
seems that all of Shirow's characters, even the supporting cast, have a
rich background. They come to Olympus from all over the world, with
vastly different beliefs, experiences and motivations. Give your
character a history. Why has he come to Olympus? Does he have
family? Was he grown in some vat in a dilapidated Shanghai laboratory?
Is there some intrigue in his past he hopes no one will discover?
Is your character a grouch? Is she impulsive, always itching for
a fight, or is she more thoughtful and cautious?
Everyone appears to be in Olympus for a reason, if for none other than
to escape the strife elsewhere in the world. But many have secret
agendas that only come out with time. Does your character have a
personal or professional goal? Is he a spy? A terrorist plant?
An anarchist Luddite?
Connection to other Characters
Most of the characters
will just be meeting one another as the game campaign starts. They
may be assigned to the same police squad or live in the same building.
Some may have known others for longer periods. They may be related,
or lovers, or even enemies.
Find the starting skill dice for your Type.
Furthermore, each character can list 3 additional skills that they take
a "0D" under each Attribute. The character may still perform any
other skills under that attribute, but at a -1D difficulty. There'are
two exceptions to this rule:
GM's may (and should) excercise discretion in
assigning higher difficulty levels to "unlearned" skills. Certain
characters may not have the background necessary to attempt certain skills.
For example, a character who grew up in the Badside would have no idea
how to go about fixing a landmate.
Advanced skills represent much more complex areas
of study. As such, a character cannot attempt an Advanced skill without
having assigned at least 1 die to it.
Many skills have specializations
which allow the character to focus on a certain aspect of the skill.
If a specialization is taken, a character may advance in that specialized
aspect of the skill at half the normal cost of advancement. However,
uses of the skill not covered in the Specialization remain at the base
Example: Kreiger has Firearms
at 4D. He decides to take the specialization Firearms:
Submachine Gun to advance to 5D at a cost of 6 CP rather than 12 CP.
Anytime he fires a submachine gun, he gets to roll 5D, but all other firearms
are used at 4D.
Specializations may be selected
at Character Creation. If so, the character receives 2 dice for every
1 spent. Thus, a player decides to Specialize in Submachine
guns, he can gets +2D to all rolls with that kind of weapon. Alternately,
the player may put 1 die into Submachine gun and put another in some other
Specialization (such as Driving: Motorcyle, etc.). Note:
Characters may not start with general skills greater than 6D or Specializations
greater than 7D!
Specializations are independent
of the skill from which they are derived. If the player later increases
the skill, the Specialization does not increase. If the Specialization
increases, there is no change in the base skill.
Some particularly complicated
skills require two times the normal amount of Character Points to allow
for Advancement. They also typically require some other prerequisite
Chi symbolizes the inner strength and resources
of a character. It is usually a manifestation of their heroic qualities.
However, ethics and morals in the world of Appleseed are often murky and
highly subjective. Usually, characters may only gain additional Chi
points by spending the ones they have. This is a bit of a gamble,
since they will not always regain spent points. At the end of each
game session, the GM decides whether the characters regain spent points
and if they are granted additional Chi.
In other D6 games, characters gain Chi/Force/Hero
points when they use existing points to preform heroic actions. In
Appleseed, heroism is often in the eye of the beholder. So, in deciding
whether the character regains the spent Chi point, or is granted an additional
one, the GM should first decide whether the character acted "heroically"
within the character's own personality or code of ethics. At it's
most basic level, good guys should act like good guys and villains should
perform villainy. Note that there is no equivalent to Skeptic or
Dark Force points in this game. Bad guys just act like bad guys,
and the players want to play a jerk, you should let them (though you can
certainly make life more difficult for them in other ways!)
Generally, you may follow the guidelines below:
A character may spend up to 2 Chi per round, each
doubling the dice pools of 1 action(See Using
If the character spends the Chi point to perform
a heroic act, usually to save someone's life, stop a bad guy, or attempt
an action that risk his own life, then he should receive the point back
and gain another.
If the character uses the Chi point to perform
a difficult task, but that is either not very dramatic or heroic, then
he should get the point back but not gain another.
If the character spends the Chi point to accomplish
a relatively normal feat or to just save his own sorry hide, he does not
get the point back.
Finally, if a character has no Chi points,
the GM may decide to grant one after a particularly heroic or risky act
(or an act that furthers the character's strong motivation).
At the end of each adventure, players will
usually be rewarded Character Points at the end of an adventure by the
Game Master. They may keep these CP's for later
use or spend them on learning skills.
Increasing skill levels
For normal skills,
it costs a number of Character Points equal to the current dice value of
the Skill x 3. Thus to advance from 4D to 5D, the player must spend
12 CP's. Specializations cost the current dice value x 2 (moving
from 4D to 5D would cost 8 CP's). Advanced skills cost the current
dice value x 4. If the character has the skill at "0D," meaning equal
to his controlling attribute, he is considered to "know" the skill and
advances in this manner.
Example: Kreiger has Firearms
at 6D and wants to increase it to 7D. To do so, he must spend 18
CP. He decides that's too expensive, so he Specializes in Handguns
and takes Firearms: Handguns at 7D, costing him 12 CP instead.
Learning new skills
To learn a new skill,
the character must spend a number of CP's equal to the controlling attribute
x 3. If the character does not "know" the skill (i.e., he suffers a penalty
when using the skill because he did not choose it at "0D"), the skill starts
at a level equal to the controlling attribute.
Example: Krieger wants
to learn the Piloting skill. He has a Dexterity of 4D. Thus,
he spends 12 CP's and and gets Piloting at 4D. To increase
to 5D, he would have to spend another 12CP's (see above).
Learning Advanced Skills
Some skills represent very complex sets of
abilities. These skills, referred to as "Advanced Skills" usually
have prerequisite skills that the character must first gain proficiency
in before the Advanced skill may be chosen.
Example: Kreiger suddenly
decides he wants to be physician. He must first meet the prerequisites
for Medicine, which are First Aid at 5D, Life Sciences at 4D, and Education
at 4D. Assume that he taken those skills at "0D." He has a
Knowledge attribute of 3D, so he must pay 3x3=9CPs to get First Aid at
4D, then another 12 to get it to 5D. Next, he'll have to spend 9CP's
get Life Sciences at 4D, and another 9 to get Education at 4D. Finally,
he'll be able to start learning Medicine. He must then pay 3x4=12CP's
to get Medicine at 3D. That's 51CP's! He'd better start saving
those CP's now...
A Note on Eggheads: A Proposed Scholarship
I've often noticed that players avoid having a "scholarly"
character in many games. Many systems make it easier to be a battle-ready
thug than a learned physician. This is probably somewhat close to
reality, but it makes for unbalanced games--and punishes those who want
to do more than hack and slash. Often specialists, such as physicians,
end up helping other characters more than they themselves gain from their
So I recommend that GM's consider a "scholarship" program
for players who want to start out as physicians or some other expensive
specialist. Perhaps give them some extra dice at character creation
to put into these specialized skills. If it seems that you are imbalancing
the game, you can saddle them with deep debts or other problems as a result
of their "higher" education.
To improve an attribute, a character
must spend 15x their current skill value.
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