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Questions tagged [sanity]

For questions about sanity and madness mechanics in RPGs. Such mechanics can measure and affect how many horrifying experiences or how much trauma a character can handle, and/or how psychologically unstable they become as a result.

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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and mentally sane)?

The next dungeon my party visits will contain some strange statues. Most of them are just Stone Golems, which will attack them. But near the end of the dungeon, the party will discover that one of the ...
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Do the flaws gained in suffering from multiple instances of Indefinite Madness stack?

In Out of the Abyss, you gain levels of Madness due to certain events. Every time you fail, the Madness level increases, just like Exhaustion level: Level 1 Madness gives you Short term Madness - ~1 ...
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Do investigators regain sanity from slaying creatures?

I could have sworn that killing a monster would allow investigators to gain sanity equal to the loss that seeing the monster incurs. However, searching through the CoC 7th edition rulebook, I can ...
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Sanity loss cap for seeing dead body

Does the sanity loss cap rules apply to seeing corpses? The rules for sanity loss state that once an investigator have suffered the maximum sanity loss for seeing a mythos creature, any further loss ...
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How do you add the Honor and Sanity ability scores from the DMG to pre-existing characters in a balanced manner?

The DMG has optional rules for two new ability scores, Sanity and Honor, and includes a short ruleset on how to add these at character creation (pg 264-267). Assume a long-term, mid-to-high level ...
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What's the differance between max sanity and start sanity?

I just started playing Call of Cthulhu, and decided to pick up the 7th Edition. When creating my character I got confused about the sanity numbers. Theres a max (99-Cthulhu Mythos), start (POW) and ...
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Are there any mechanics for tracking sanity or performing sanity checks?

I am playing DnD since 3e and recently my fellas and I bought the 5e books. I already DM them in some eldritch-horror style campaigns. Back in the days of 3 and 3.5, characters used to have sanity ...
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How would I classify SAN loss due to Chemically-Induced Fear in Delta Green?

As a relatively-new GM, I've been looking through the Delta Green Agent's Handbook (the new system, not the CoC system), though I unfortunately don't own the Handler's Guide, and I've decided to ...
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Do restoration spells heal sanity AND reduce madness DC?

In the Sanity Rules it states: A single casting of lesser restoration reduces sanity damage by 1d2 points up to once per day; Further down in the madness section it states: Certain spells can ...
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How can indefinite madness be cured?

I'm the DM for a group playing Out of the Abyss. At this point in the game many of my players suffer from indefinite madness. The players want to know how to cure this, however even I don't know. Is ...
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Is there an item that can temporarily relieve madness?

I have an NPC that I'm going to have go completely bonkers. I want to get the players to go a-questing for an item or plant or something of the like so they can get plot information out of him. Is ...
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Can a PC tell if they have levels of Madness?

I'm running a campaign using the Madness optional rule. I understand for the most part how it works but my question is, can the PCs tell they have levels of madness? If their characters have never ...
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Is there a system for modeling insanity in d20 3.5?

I'm running a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 (not Pathfinder) game, and I want to create a system by which players can use certain abilities, but at the cost of sanity and self-control. Is there a system ...