This is a continuation of my Obscure RPG Appreciation Day
overview of Yaquinto's Man, Myth & Magic
game. Click here to read part I of the series
A major part of MM&M is the concept of Reincarnations
. As the game states, "In MM&M, you reincarnate anew for each adventure, enabling you to experience a vast variety of viewpoints and abilities. And from incarnation to incarnation, you carry something of your past experience with you, building up a character type as far beyond your first (character) as a man is beyond an amoeba."
No pressure! Note that in MM&M, and "adventure" is more like what would be a "campaign" in D&D, spanning the equivalent of three to seven adventure modules.
I mentioned in my last post
that a character's Accumulated Power
affects the Reincarnation Process
in two ways:
First, when a character with 200 or more Power dies and the player "Incarnates" (rolls up) a new character and gets one of the same Class, he may ignore this result and reroll until he comes up with a different class. Once a player accumulates 200 Power in a Class, they are done with that Class if they so choose to be. This incarnation is a completely new character starting with zero Power.
Second, a character with 200 or more Power may voluntarily undergo a Reincarnatory Metamorphosis
("one of the most spectacular achievements in MM&M"). By act of will,
the character is transformed into a new being, retaining all the character's original possessions and Characteristics (except Skill and Power). Think of it like one of Doctor Who's reincarnations. The player rolls for a new Nationality, Class and Skill level. All Power is lost, except that gained from gold possessed.
For every 25 points of Power the character has accumulated at the time of Reincarnatory Metamorphosis, the character has a 1% chance of retaining a Distant Memory
. This allows the character to retain the skills and abilities of his previous Class in his new incarnation. Essentially, this is the way to multiclass in MM&M. A Greek Warrior may reincarnate as an Egyptian Sorcerer and retain his memories and skills as a warrior. The character would have two Skill levels, one for Combat and one for Sorcery. The Warrior/Sorcerer may reincarnate again as say, a Hibernian Leprechaun. He may retain both his previous memories and be a Warrior/Sorcerer/Leprechaun (as silly as that sounds).
In addition to the seven primary Characteristics, there are 24 additional Optional Characteristics
that may be rolled up. These include Agility, Charm, Determination, Dexterity, Drinking (!!)
, Devotion, Hearing, Height, Language, Loyalty, Luck, Mental Stability, Read & Write, Senses, Sight, Stealth, Swimming, Throwing, Weight, City Knowledge, Desert Knowledge, Mountain Knowledge, Sea Knowledge and Woods Knowledge. The player rolls d100 to determine the starting levels for each Characteristic (except Luck
), modified by Nationality and Class.
Characteristic is generated by rolling d10 divided by 3 (round up). These points may be used as "mulligans" to reroll failed rolls during the game. Luck points are regenerated at the end of an adventure (though, that should probably read the end of a scenario).
is used to stave off the effects of intoxicating beverages (this ability decreases by 5% for each drink consumed). Senses
) is more like "Intuition," used to avoid stepping on a trap at the last moment. Determination
is how many times a character will attempt a non-combat action, such as starting a fire, before giving up. Loyalty
determines a character's loyalty to the party, Nationality or character class. However
also refers to the player's devotion to his party and I don't know which one takes precedence. Height
are used with another table to determine height and weight. A Leprechaun character is never more than 4 feet tall.
As we saw in my last post
, this game has a universal task resolution system called the MM&M Paradox
. It seems this system is not used with Optional Characteristics.
Instead, the rules specify a typical percentage-based system where d100 is thrown to score less than the Characteristic in question, such as rolling under Agility
to climb a tree or under Throwing
to throw something at a target. However
, other examples of Optional Characteristics indicate that rolling low against the Characteristic indicates failure. Also, when a character gets drunk, their Characteristics are "either doubled or halved, whichever is worse for the player."
What does that mean? When is having a high stat a bad thing? This chapter needs a good round of editing.
Weapon Skill and More Combat Details
The SPECIAL WEAPONS HANDLING ABILITIES
rule allows characters to have different skills with different weapon types. The To Hit Number with a Sword
is affected by Agility, Skill, Speed and Strength. The Archery
THN is affected by Sight, Dexterity and Skill. Other weapon categories include Thrown, Bludgeon, Dagger/Knife
. This reminds me of the Chaosium/Runequest RPG system where many abilities may affect hit chances, not just Strength or Dexterity.
When combat begins, initiative goes to the unit with the highest First Strike Capacity
(Speed + Courage). The number of strikes a unit may make in combat before resting is equal to ((Endurance/10[RU]) + (Courage/20[RD])). A unit's Combined Modifier Figure
(Skill + Strength) is added to an opponent's THN when attempting to dodge an attack. I have no idea why it isn't called "Dodge Value"
or something. Note that a character's Speed value is reduced by any armor worn.
Next up, we'll take a look at Magic!