Fantasy roleplaying game in which you fight for your beliefs.

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How do I teach people the combat system from Burning Wheel?

This last week I ran a demo scenario (The Sword) for burning wheel and failed horribly, not least because no-one could understand the combat mechanics. Can someone provide a script which can ...
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What changed in Burning Wheel between Gold and Revised editions?

What rules changes are there between the Burning Wheel Gold and Revised editions? The best answer would be an overview that would give a player familiar with Burning Wheel Revised a good sense of ...
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What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel

For games of Burning Wheel, what do you consider to make a good roleplayer, as a GM? What are some things to avoid? Socially, what type of player makes it enjoyable to GM a game? I'm mostly focused ...
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How vested should every player be in the Burning Wheel's rule system?

I am currently pitching a Burning Wheel game for two of my buddies. Most of our group has succumbed to a busy schedule, so its pretty much down to the 3 of us. It's going to be a kind of fantasy ...
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Encouraging players to not cheat the item purchase system?

I'm running a campaign for a group of friends who - while not new to roleplaying - are new to the idea of a generic resource points system. For context only (still system-agnostic advice), I'm talking ...
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Are Beginner's Luck Perception tests open-ended in Burning Wheel Revised?

How does Beginner's Luck work with Perception in Burning Wheel Revised? If I am using a Perception-based skill with Beginner's Luck, then I roll my Perception stat at a double obstacle. However, ...
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How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?

I have a basic intuition about dice in Burning Wheel, but it's handy to be able to look at actual probability distributions to hone your intuition. Especially since important rolls can involve ...
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What demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel?

While there are a fair number of demos here for burning wheel, the wiki is quite light on details. I would like feedback on useful demo scenarios to run for Burning Wheel and why they are useful. ...
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What are good character creation options for a Doctor in The Burning Wheel?

I've been playing with burning up a Doctor in TBW, and I was wondering if there were any other skills I should be taking besides the ones I've got, and if my current skill choices would be adequate ...
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How do Mouse Guard and Burning Wheel differ?

I am familiar with the rules of Mouse Guard, but not Burning Wheel. And I'm aware that Mouse Guard is a simplification of the BW rule set. How do they differ mechanically? How much simplification ...
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Does injury affect the helping dice I grant to others?

My character has a skill at B5. Let's say it's Navigation. Because I have five dice in the skill, if I use my Navigation to help another character, they'll gain +2D instead of the more typical +1D. ...
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Can I test circles to find contacts in a briefly visited town/village?

Before play started We are playing young members of a traveling troupe of mummers/etc., who were attacked by the local inquisition. Before play we visited a certain town, but it has not been ...
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How do I meet people outside my Circles?

In Burning Wheel (both Gold and Revised; these rules are nearly identical), the Circles attribute represents people you might already know, or at least have some connection with through mutual ...
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Does a skill in Burning Wheel open gray if one of its root stats is gray?

I'm using the BW Gold rulebook. I'm trying to start a supernatural character, and here's what it has to say about skills and their root stats: New skill exponents start at half the root stat ...
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How does the GM effectively help players find Traits?

I've encountered a problem in Burning Wheel in the past, and I'm looking for a better way to address it in the future. The default Traits List in the Burning Wheel Gold rulebook (p310-355) contains, ...
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Can the astrology helping die decrease the chance of success?

Astrology can help most tests, but has a chance of actually taking away a success from the roll, thought it is unlikely. Ignoring the fiction and focusing only on the rules, is there any situation ...
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How can I effectively advance Perception, Faith, or Resources?

In Burning Wheel (Gold, also Revised), there are some stats — specifically, Perception, Faith, and Resources — that only advance when you succeed at a test. This makes advancement much ...
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What die rolls are open-ended?

In Burning Wheel Gold, so far as I can tell, the following tests have open-ended die rolls: Magic Perception Any skill-based test with the funky little squiggly S after it (which are generally ...
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Fighting an opponent with higher Reflexes

Say you have a character with Reflexes B4 — pretty standard for many kinds of PCs and NPCs in Burning Wheel. That character is likely to eventually face someone with Reflexes B5 or B6, maybe ...
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What's the purpose of not allowing tests to be converted in Burning Wheel?

I'm currently reading through Burning Wheel Gold and found a very odd quirk; the rules say that tests for advancing Skills or Stats cannot be converted to a different sort of test (for example, ...
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How can I simplify Duel of Wits to make it more like Bloody Versus?

My problem We're playing Burning Wheel (Gold). About once every two sessions, we run into this problem with Duel of Wits: We want the graduated outcomes of Duel of Wits: we'd like to start with two ...
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How do character traits affect play?

In Burning wheel gold character traits have little mechanical effect - they may give an artha reward in some situations. The obvious effect of character traits is to inspire and remind players to ...
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Can I improve “free” affiliations during character burning?

Some character traits give you a free affiliation, usually at 1D. Can I spend resource points to improve this freebie affiliation during character burning? For example, nobles get a freebie ...
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Losing Resources due to tax: what happens to the tax dice afterward?

I have Resource B3, with 2 dice of tax from previous failed rolls. I fail another test. Let's say it's Routine. Now the tax has reduced my Resources to 0. According to the book, I permanent lose a ...
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Helping and FoRKs on a beginner's luck test

Which of the following scenarios are possible (under suitable fictional circumstances, of course)? Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, helping with a skill Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, ...
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Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?

In Burning wheel character creation you get a bunch of general skill points and a larger number of skill points to use on skills listed in lifepaths (I'll call these normal skill points). The general ...
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Can I get a stat test and a Beginner's Luck test from the same skill in an extended conflict?

Burning Wheel Gold states that only the highest test in an extended conflict counts. For example, if I roll Axe four times in fight, getting two Routines, a Difficult, and a Challenging test, I'd just ...
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Can you use relationships to get NPCs to come to you?

In Burning Wheel (both Gold and Revised), players can (and are strongly encouraged to) start with a close connection to one or more NPCs, in the form of the relationship mechanic. Now, it's pretty ...
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Tips for running a mystery in Burning Wheel

As part of an ongoing "Uncampaign" (organized group play of many different systems, to get a feel for new and current trends), I'll be running a Burning Wheel game this weekend. Having only run ...
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My doctor failed Treatment; is there any way I can get bonus dice for Recovery?

My character is injured. A midi wound, let's say. I get help from a doctor who fails Treatment. I know I have to eat the consequences of that failed Treatment (losing a point from an ability, in the ...