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For questions about "Big Eyes, Small Mouth", an RPG originally designed by Mark C. MacKinnon that is designed to simulate the action styles of anime and manga. MacKinnon's company Guardians of Order published the first 2 editions of BESM in 1997 and 2001, and a d20 System adaptation in 2003-2004, but went out of business in 2006. ArtHaus released the 3rd edition in 2007. MacKinnon's new company Dyskami crowdfunded the 4th edition and released it in 2020.

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How to balance enemies in BESM 4e?

I'm only somewhat experienced in DMing, and decided to run a game of Big Eyes Small Mouth 4th edition. I've started world building around the other characters, and during creation I found that one of ...
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Can you add your bonus to Heightened Awareness attribute to your Attack Combat Value vs. hidden or invisible targets?

Can you add your bonus to Heightened Awareness attribute to your Attack Combat Value vs hidden or invisible targets?
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How do I make my players solve riots and rebellions in BESM diplomatically, rather than joining said riots to beat people up?

I would like to incorporate stuff like riots and rebellions and such during my campaign where the PCs will have to play diplomat or risk tension growing, and not have them simple join one side or the ...
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Is there a way to reduce PvP “whiffing”?

I am running BESM 3e for a group that is doing a lot of PVP. Normally I can handle the amount of whiffing the ACV vs. DCV causes when it is NPCs for roleplay purposes, but not when it is player vs. ...
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Can you sell off attributes while in alternate form?

So in BESM 3E, under alternate form, it states that you are allowed to 'sell off' attributes to get back character points. Are you allowed to sell back the alternate form attribute for a net of 19 ...
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How can an attribute-buffing item be modelled?

I am preparing a modern supernatural/martial arts game using BESM 3rd edition and want to offer my players a buffer archetype. While I have the concept and nature of the buffs, I can't figure out how ...
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Mix and matching skill point costs in BESM

In the old tri-stat BESM game (Revised Second Edition), the only skill tables are 3 or 4 lists of costs for skills (and sometimes other things as well), depending on the "era" a game is played. But I ...
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Is BESM suitable for character optimization?

On a forum I asked for games that support heavy optimization / powergaming - that is, games which are fun when the entire group optimizes and plays smart with the rules, and which have suitable ...
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Finding an rpg system for a long-term campaign [closed]

I'm starting a campaign in a few months with some friends that never played an rpg,in the meantime we decided to create a setting. Originally we were going to play in eberron with pathfinder rules but ...
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Changing attributes and EP

I've worked out a houserule, but is there any official ruling on what happens in BESM 3rd edition to your EP or HP total when your stats change? For example, if you drain someone's Mind score and ...
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Does White Wolf still own BESM and is anyone licensing it from them?

I would like to know what the current ownership situation around BESM is. Here's the story as I know it from my research: In 2006, when Guardians of Order went out of business, ArtHaus, a subsidiary ...
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Dealing with defense in BESM

In BESM, it seems to be a lot easier to build a character capable of dealing massive amounts of damage than a character capable of taking massive amounts of damage. As a DM, I don't want to build ...
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