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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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Which ability is most related to insanity: Wisdom, Charisma, Constitution, or Intelligence?

I was thinking about making a PC warlock with the Great Old One as a patron. I noticed that under the Great Old One's Book of Shadows, some warlocks could be described as having growing insanity. I ...
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Does the Mind Blank spell make you immune to madness?

From the Mind Blank spell's description: The spell even foils wish spells and spells or effects of similar power used to affect the target's mind or to gain information about the target. Hence, a ...
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What is the origin of the Contact Other Plane spell?

Contact Other Plane is an unusual spell in that it carries the risk for the caster to go temporarily insane, a rider retained through all editions of the game. Similar spells, such as Divination do ...
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Сan a creature that is immune to fear be under the effects of Madness?

Сan a creature that is immune to fear be under the effects of Madness? For example, can a creature under a Heroism spell be under the effect of Madness?
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Which stat should I use for a given madness save?

I’m running the Out of the Abyss adventure, and I can’t figure out whether a given madness save should require a Wisdom or a Charisma save. In chapter 2, it merely says that one of these may be ...
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Character sanity: struggle to remain sane by rationalization [closed]

Consider a game mechanic in which the player character can encounter events making them doubt their sanity, or perhaps having them believe in the supernatural right off the bat, even if the eldritch ...
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How do Sanity saving throws work when resisting an effect conferred by an attack or spell that deals psychic damage?

I am playing with the Sanity ability score option (DMG, p. 265-266). One of the suggestions on Sanity saving throws states: Sanity Saving Throws. You might call for a Sanity saving throw when a ...
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What SAN value is 'one fifth of current sanity' measured against to determine indefinite insanity?

The rules for Indefinite Insanity state that it kicks in after a character loses… a fifth or more of current Sanity points in one game “day” Given that SAN loss might be occurring at various ...
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Is a shield guardian affected by demonic madness in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

I am DMing the Out of the Abyss campaign. According to p. 21 of the adventure book, various events in the adventure or certain conditions being met will call for a saving throw against demonic ...
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What's the permanent cure for madness or insanity?

I'm in a (formerly GURPS 4e with Dungeon Fantasy) DFRPG game on RPoL, and a question has come up concerning an NPC that my group rescued from a very odd curse (or wish backfire, we think). The end ...
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Would adding daily rolls for insanity to Curse of Strahd be excessive for a party of 6?

I'm planning to run Curse of Strahd for my D&D group after we finish our current campaign. It's a group of 6 players plus the DM. According to the book, six players is the recommended upper limit ...
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Do spellcasters know that the Lesser and Greater Restoration spells can cure madness?

The lesser restoration spell description states: You touch a creature and can end either one disease or one condition afflicting it. The condition can be blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned. ...
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Does a petrified creature stay conscious (and 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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Do the sanity loss cap rules apply to seeing dead bodies?

Do 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 is ...
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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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What balance considerations should I make if I remove the Corruption and/or Insanity mechanics from Shadow of the Demon Lord?

In Shadow of the Demon Lord, there are mechanics that help portray its dark fantasy world. "Insanity" arises from undergoing stressful situations, whereas "Corruption" accumulates as the the character ...
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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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Making PCs suffer insanity without seizing character control

My party in Apocalypse World takes a lot of advantage of the "Psychic Maelstrom". My version of the Maelstrom is an endless fountain of knowledge, but also of insanity; many of my more deranged NPCs ...
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Is there a system for modeling insanity?

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 ...
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