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The Burning Wheel is a fantasy role-playing game independently written and published by Luke Crane. The game uses a d6 dice pool mechanic for task resolution and a "Life Path" character creation system that tracks the history and experiences of new characters from birth to the point they begin adventuring. It is a game in which characters fight for their beliefs, and the GM is encouraged to create challenges that specifically test and shape those beliefs.

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Giving artha in convention one-shot

In Burning Wheel, artha is rewarded at the end of a session. I am running a four-hour convention game, and hence a one-shot, where this is less meaningful than in campaign play. Furthermore, the game ...
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Distinguishing base obstacle from disadvantages

In Burning Wheel, the base obstacle of a test and disadvantages are treated separately. (By "base obstacle" I mean the obstacle without conditional modifiers; this terminology might not appear in the ...
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Is there a way to remove negative traits from Corruption?

One of my party’s characters recently rolled on the Corruption table (after character burning, during the campaign) and got the Diseased trait. There are several worse than that such as Maimed or ...
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What is the rounding convention for points during character creation?

According to the Contacts section: Contacts that hate you are half cost. Also: Affiliated Contacts Affiliations give “free” contacts. Work-mates, partners, friends, former subordinates ...
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What do Rituals of Blood and Night (orc magic) tax?

In Burning Wheel Gold pages 244-246 it is described how Orc magic (Rituals of Blood and Night) work. Orc mages (Servants) have either the Rituals of Blood skill or the Rituals of Night skill and ...
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Representing scifi diplomat in Pathfinder

A diplomat character from Burning empires was (trivially) converted to Burning wheel. Now I'm running a game with Pathfinder rules in the same setting and there is a fine opportunity to bring the ...
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When to use skills, when to use stats?

So if I understand BW correctly most of the rolls in this games that determine a resolution to conflict use Skills (sword, brawling, wises etc.) And according to the book if you don't have a given ...
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What does a test advance?

What does a test (difficult or challenging) advance exactly? Does it mean advancement for both skill and its respective stat, or does it only advance either skill (if you have it) or stat (if you don'...
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What are the obstacle penalties for darkness?

In Burning Wheel, darkness causes obstacle penalties; I think they range from +1 to +4 Ob. The Elven common trait Keen Sight supports this. I can't, however, find the actual penalties in the Gold ...
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How can a horse take the Mare lifepath?

In the Mount Burner, horses can be burned by taking lifepaths. Leads are to lifepaths, not settings. I can't find any lead to the Mare lifepath. Does a lead exist (that I have simply missed), or is ...
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How does one advance perception in Burning Wheel Gold?

As far as I know, there are a couple stats that can only be increased on a successful roll, and perception is one of them. If most perception rolls are graduated, that means they're always routine. ...
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What was Burning Wheel made for?

Of course all RPG systems have many characteristics, and all of them are made to improve or impede some part or another of the experience. My question is not about what different features Burning ...
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How to use Death of the Spirit to create an undead without losing stats?

Context The Burning Wheel supplement introducing Death Art features the ritual "Death of the Spirit" for creating undead servants. The final step of the ritual is the Evocation in which [...] the ...
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What happens if a character suffers four equal wounds?

The Physical Tolerance Grayscale on the BW character sheet has three circles for marking injuries for each coordinate. What happens if one suffers more than three wounds to the same coordinate? Are ...
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What +1 Ob penalty can you shrug off with an Ob 5 Survival test?

In the description of the Survival skill in Burning Wheel Gold p.303 it reads: Obstacles: [...] Shrug off +1 Ob penalty, Ob 5. The Chapter The Anatomy of Injury p. 497 heading Clearing the ...
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What does the Trait “He's a Jonah, that one” mean?

The Burning Wheel has a character Trait called "He's a Jonah, that one" (BWG p.329). Like many character Traits in BW it has no further description. So what is the trait supposed to mean? A general ...
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Is there a limit to the number of helpers?

Is there a limit to the number of characters that can help during one skill check? Can NPCs, especially those bought during character burning as Bodyguards, Squires and Apprentices or Gangs and Crews, ...
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How can I convert Grief to Spite in play?

The Burning Wheel supplement Path of Spite details the way to burn characters with Spite and to convert Spite back to Grief or to Hatred in play. But it doesn't present a way to convert Grief to Spite ...
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How to sell gear in Burning Wheel?

How does selling things in Burning Wheel's abstract Resource system work? How would I GM the following situation? The party gets into a scuffle with a knight. They kill him and loot his plate armor (...
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Making a noble bastard child prodigy in Burning Wheel

I can't see how to make a noble bastard child prodigy. The noble born gets one trait that he has to spend on Mark of Privilege. I looked that up to make sure I wasn't crazy. Then I go to bastard. You ...
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Is there a way to get Burning Wheel Revised's Abstraction and Distillation mechanics to be compatible with Burning Wheel Gold?

In the change between Burning Wheel Revised and Burning Wheel Gold, casting spells no longer uses Sorcery + Will, and instead just uses Sorcery. Spellweaver was stripped out, which presents a problem ...
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How to determine the PTGS for character with high power and low forte?

Consider a character with power 4 and forte 2 (perhaps due to permanent injury reducing forte). Mortal wound is 9, superficial is 2, and the interval between wound levels is 1. But this is not ...
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Incorporating Burning Wheel style beliefs into a Pathfinder campaign

I've lately been having some troubles with players feeling somewhat directionless in my long-running Pathfinder campaign (and have received some excellent advice from rpg.SE on that front). When ...
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Does tax influence the effect of greed on resources?

If the Greed of a Dwarf is higher than his Resources, then the Dwarf gets +1 Ob to Resources tests. If Greed is lower, he may FoRK his Greed into Resources instead. Tax reduces the Resources exponent....
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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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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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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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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'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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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. I'm talking about Burning Wheel, specifically during ...
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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 magic-...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel? [closed]

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. ...