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Basic Role-Playing (BRP) is a generic game system written by Chaosium and used to power games such as Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, and RuneQuest.

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What is the importance of Handedness?

The Basic Role Playing system by Chaosium requires a player to specify their character's handedness: Handedness: Is the character right- or left-handed? Pick one—there are no game system ...
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Planned action encounters in town [closed]

I'm presently running a campaign in a custom sci-fi universe (using Chaosium's BRP system as a ruleset) and my party have just finished getting through the equivalent of what in a fantasy game would ...
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How does the Bargain skill interact with Wealth levels in BRP 4th Edition?

Recently I got my hands on a copy of Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying, 4th Edition book and am going through it. On page 237, the first of the chapter on "Equipment", under the heading "money", we have ...
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What mechanics can be used to make the environment itself into a challenging adversary for the players?

Most RPGs leverage combat as a main source of mechanical conflict. From what I can tell, this tradition stems from RPG's heritage in tabletop war games, and to this day combat remains a staple of the ...
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Which skill is used to interact with wild animals?

I can't find something that tells me which skill is used to interact with wild animals, such as wolves, bears, moles, etc. Am I missing something in the BRP rulebook or is there a supplement that ...
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What is the starting value for the sorcery skill when learned spontaneously?

The Laundry RPG book says that when you pass 50% or 75% in one of a set of particular skills you get a check to learn sorcery skill, but I can't find anywhere that it says what value it starts at if ...
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What happens when your “Statement of Intent” becomes invalid in BRP?

In D&D and similar games, the "Statement of Intent" step of combat occurs on each player's turn when their actions are announced and is resolved immediately. BRP has everyone performing this step ...
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Chaosium BRP: What's the difference between “Magic” and “Sorcery”?

I invested in Chaosium's BRP (mostly because I love Call of Cthulu). I am stumbling over this: Mechanically, what are the differences between "Magic" and "Sorcery"? I get the conceptual ...
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Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?

I've frequently heard the Basic Role-play system and Dark Heresy described as deadly from a combat perspective. I think those are both percentile systems. Is that typical of percentile systems or is ...
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How can I make BRP less variable?

I like the simplicity of BRP's percentile-based skill system. (Chaosium's Basic Roleplay, or BRP, is the system behind Call of Cthulhu and Runequest, among others.) It makes it trivial for new ...
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Strike Force 7 (for Runequest!?!) How about BRP?

I just discovered that there is a Runequest version of Strike Force 7! I've often seen Strike Force 7 for Spycraft or Savage Worlds and while I love the idea for that setting, I don't care for those ...
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What does the Laundry RPG change in the BRP?

I understand that the Laundry RPG (based on Stross' books) utilizes a modified version of the BRP (Call of Cthulhu). What changes/differences with the BRP? Additions?
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The Giants modules in BRP Classic Fantasy

I'm interested in playing some of the classic early AD&D adventures, like the Giants modules, with Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying using their Classic Fantasy module. My big issue is power doesn't ...