I'm reading through my (new) World of Darkness [which was rebranded to Chronicles of Darkness 1st Edition] core book re-learning how to play so I can start planning a campaign for my friends. I can't find an example of what happens when a 1 is a dramatic failure and an 8 to 10 is a success.

For example, if I roll 5 dice and get a 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, do I get 2 successes and a dramatic failure, or does the 1 counter a success giving me 1 success?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you sure that you are speaking about world-of-darkness (old), not Chronicles of Darkness? \$\endgroup\$ – Baskakov_Dmitriy Aug 21 '16 at 19:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ its the blue one, says world of darkness on the cover, goes with vampire the requim etc, wasn't aware they changed it to chronicles. \$\endgroup\$ – Sisco Aug 21 '16 at 19:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Requiem is nWoD, aka CoD. The dice system of WoD and CoD is not the same at all. now: 1st or 2nd Edition?aka: Pre or Post God Machine Chronicle? (I take pre) \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Aug 21 '16 at 19:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ an example given for rolling a 1 is your gun jams. But each success would result a point of damage. so by rolling 2 successes and a 1 do I get 2 points of damage and a jam, or 1 point of damage and no jam? the two rules for successes and dramatic failures don't explain what happens if you roll a dice pool and get both situations \$\endgroup\$ – Sisco Aug 21 '16 at 19:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ book-info.com/isbn/1-58846-484-9.htm this is the book i am using \$\endgroup\$ – Sisco Aug 21 '16 at 19:58

In the roll you've described, you'd end up with two successes, from the 8 and the 9 you rolled. The 1 has no effect, because you garnered successes on your roll. The only time that you get a dramatic failure under these rules is if penalties have reduced your die pool to zero or below (giving you a single "chance die" to roll) and that die comes up a one.

The rules summary on pages 32 and 33 should give you the basic idea.


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