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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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Does this houserule solve slow advancement for many players?

The problem: Popular consensus is that the BW ideal is 2 or 3 players. I'm GMing a game of Burning Wheel for 5, and advancement is slow. Per hour of gameplay, each player is testing around 3/5ths less ...
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Who is penalized when attempting to secure a person with Knots?

BWGR 280: Knots Per/Agi Knots is the knowledge of many rope ties vital to sailors to keep a ship running. Obstacles: ... Securing a person: Knots vs Escape Artist or Power at double obstacle penalty.....
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Can characters with Celestial Sight see normally at all?

Basically, do you lose your normal eyes when you get your special eyes? Codex 514: Celestial Sight Dt 8 pts Those with Celestial Sight do not see as mortals do. No visible light affects their eyes. ...
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Are Alchemy tools expendable or not?

BWGR, p. 254: Alchemy is the distillation of materials in order to divine their essence. Also, alchemists can create mixtures of arcane substances to generate a specific effect. ... Tools: Yes. ...
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Why do Elves, who can see in starlight, have a lifepath called Chandler (candle-maker)?

BWGR p. 131: Chandler, 50 yrs, 15 rp, +1 M, (Citadel, Protector) Skills: 5 pts: Chant of Offering‡, Haggling, Conspicuous, Appraisal Traits: 1 pt: — Wikipedia: A chandlery (/ˈtʃændləri/ or /ˈtʃɑːnd-...
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For an exponent 1-4 skill, do I have to fill all my routine tests before I can start counting difficult + challenging ones?

BWG 42: Advancing an exponent 1-4 skill requires a number of routine tests equal to the exponent. Also, for exponent 1-4, a character needs difficult tests equal to half the exponent, or challenging ...
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Is a Superficial wound actually worse than a Light wound?

An interesting detail of Burning Wheel (Gold Revised) tests is that (unlike some other TTRPG systems) the exponent and the obstacle number are not "symmetric", in the sense that (say) a B4 ...
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Are there guidelines for mandating lifepaths and skills for players?

I have been thinking of running a game where players would all be from the same academy but I am not sure on how that would work with the lifepath system. Are there any official or widely recognized ...
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Why does increasing or shade-shifting a root stat not do so for skills?

Intuitively, if you learn a skill that's based on your physical strength, or your reflexes, or your ability to spot things, then if you get better at those things you would likewise get better at the ...
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How can I add castable magic spells to Mouse Guard?

In How can we add magic to the game? Glazius comprehensively covers most magic systems and how to add them to Mouse Guard, at the end they give the option Not A Dodge: Actual Magic Systems ..but this ...
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Where in the rulebook does it explain how to use Wises?

In Why I Love the Burning Wheel, at about 39 minutes in the author explains that Wises can be used either to ask for information about the world or to make stuff up wholesale. Consulting the rulebook, ...
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Does Burning Wheel have a default rounding rule?

In Burning Wheel, some lifepaths get a fraction of the resources or skill points of another lifepath. Not all of the cases give an explicit rule of rounding that fraction up or down, and fractional ...
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Is there a Charred version for The Blossoms Are Falling?

I have been wanting to run a game using The Blossoms Are Falling. The site known as Charred has made burning characters extremely easy for me and as such I was looking for a version one could use in ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

Suppose a character has perception B1 (maybe they are a young troll or something). If they open their observation skill, either in character burning or through play (testing, practice, instruction), ...
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How can I increase the pace and intensity of a text based game as a GM?

Well long story short I have been running text based TTRPG's via Roll20 and Discord for a while now. I prefer them because they encourage roleplaying and describing your characters actions rather than ...
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Can a priest use bless on multiple people all with the same intent?

Marcus is a priest in the army with the job of keeping the morale of the troops high and providing them with guidance. The twenty person squad he is assigned to is supposed to cross near a cliff with ...
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Is B6 the maximum you can reach with Visionary Faith?

Considering the fact that you can only purchase an Affiliation to 3D, and Visionary Faith equals your Cult Affiliation + 3, is the maximum you can reach B6 with Visionary Faith? Or am I missing ...
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How can I tell the difference between fishing for rolls and being involved?

I have recently started playing Burning Wheel and I decided to go in a new direction (mainly because I couldn't make a druid) and made a charlatan with some bard sprinkled in. A noble woman in her ...
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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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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 [......
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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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