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How can I tell the difference between fishing for rolls and being involved?

I think you’ve internalised the idea that test mongering is bad, but I think reviewing the details of what that means, and why it’s bad for the game, would be useful to you. (In short, your worry is ...
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Why do Elves, who can see in starlight, have a lifepath called Chandler (candle-maker)?

Starlight doesn't get everywhere. In complete darkness, Elves still suffer +4 Ob like Men or Dwarves. -- Burning Wheel Gold, "Elves: Keen Sight", p.140 Upper and lowercase there. Lowercase ...
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Is a Superficial wound actually worse than a Light wound?

I think you are correct about the math, and the rules. Add one more rule to the list, however: You can't roll a skill (or use it for help/forks) if it's reduced to 0D by penalties. If a stat is ...
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What was Burning Wheel made for?

I will be quoting from the Burning Wheel Gold rulebook. Focus Fight for what your character believes. Everything else in the rules tells either how to craft that character's beliefs or how to ...
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Where in the rulebook does it explain how to use Wises?

The Burning Wheel Codex has a whole section on Wises. From the first paragraph: ...wises are a key way for the players to put their own stamp on the setting. This is implicit in the core Burning ...
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What does the Trait "He's a Jonah, that one" mean?

The answer is straightforward and you found it yourself: it means a person who brings bad luck (usually to a ship). It comes from the biblical story and is an old sailor expression/superstition. The ...
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Making a noble bastard child prodigy in Burning Wheel

That's right, you can't afford the Child Prodigy trait if you choose the Born Noble → Bastard set of lifepaths. As the game says, choices have consequences, and choosing to burn up a noble ...
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Does Burning Wheel have a default rounding rule?

Burning Wheel doesn't have a default rounding rule. When rounding is needed, the rounding behavior is usually specified, but alas the text is not entirely consistent. The rounding rules provided, ...
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Why do Elves, who can see in starlight, have a lifepath called Chandler (candle-maker)?

This is more an English-language question, I think. I wasn't actually aware that there was an association of the word with candles; it more commonly comes up (at least in my experience) when you talk ...
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Who is penalized when attempting to secure a person with Knots?

In Burning Wheel if you are attempting to do something and you do not have the skill for it then you can test its root stat against double the Ob. However Escape Artist is a skill tied to agility so ...
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Are there guidelines for mandating lifepaths and skills for players?

Can the GM set up an initial scenario and expect players to make characters that fit in it? Yes. Concepts should abide by two guidelines: They should be feasible for the genre/style of your group, ...
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What does the Trait "He's a Jonah, that one" mean?

A good idea with BW character Traits is to look, which Lifepaths have them as Lifepath Traits. The Lifepath Crazy Old Sailor has that Trait as a LP Trait alongside Superstitious and Metal Plate in the ...
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Making a noble bastard child prodigy in Burning Wheel

You are correct: Born Noble → Bastard leaves you with only 1 trait point to allocate freely, whereas Child Prodigy costs two. So you can't literally make a Child Prodigy Born Noble → Bastard character ...
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What happens if a character suffers four equal wounds?

It's a limitation of the sheet that there's only three bubbles for each wound level, but this limitation usually doesn't come up during play. A B5 is usually at least a Light wound, receiving such a ...
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Giving artha in convention one-shot

In the current Burning Wheel Gold example scenarios, Twilight in the Duchy Verdorben, characters in the first scenario are pre-loaded with 2 Fate and 1 Persona each but 1 Fate and 1 Persona in the ...
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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?

Tests may be recorded in any order BWG p. 45, "Converting or Substituting Tests": What if my character is one routine test from advancing his skill, but has tons of difficult tests? This ...
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Distinguishing base obstacle from disadvantages

Only explicit modifiers are modifiers All the obstacles in the skill listings are base obstacles. When using those, they aren't including any disadvantage modifiers. (BWG p. 25 even calls out the ...
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Is there a way to remove negative traits from Corruption?

The standard way to get rid of a trait is to have it voted off by the group during a trait vote. For that to conceivably happen, the player has to work on getting rid of and acting against their trait ...
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How does one advance perception in Burning Wheel Gold?

If you want higher Perception obstacles, start looking for things that are more difficult to notice—but which aren't covered by a skill! To pass these sorts of tests will probably require artha. ...
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What do Rituals of Blood and Night (orc magic) tax?

The Rituals of Blood and Night are like Sorcery with the exception that Void Embrace is rolled to resist Tax to Forte instead of Forte being used to resist Tax to Forte. The remaining Tax rules on 504 ...
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When to use skills, when to use stats?

As you've concluded, you test Stats when you're doing simple things where a Skill doesn't apply. You'll test these Stats the most frequently: Power to push past someone or perform feats of strength. ...
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What does a test advance?

Tests are logged per ability, which could be a skill, a stat, or another attribute like Steel or Circles. When the appropriate number of each kind of test is reached, that associated ability advances....
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What are the obstacle penalties for darkness?

Check out the Mage Light spell description: There are four types of darkness: dim light, lantern, torch, twilight (+1 Ob); candlelight, moonlight (+2 Ob); gloom or near dark, starlight (+3 Ob); ...
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How to sell gear in Burning Wheel?

My personal ruling would be to consider the armour as the cash on hand you have - it is not automatically converted to anything and you must still carry it around. The economy is not cash-based one. ...
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Giving artha in convention one-shot

Artha is for more than spending. This is what I've seen running BW and its derivatives in con slots: It helps to provide some artha, and asking the artha questions at end of session helps with ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

Don't open a skill and leave it at 0. Exponent 0: If your stat, skill, or attribute is currently exponent 0 you may not test this ability. You may not receive help, FoRK into it or spend artha on it. ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

The first and simplest solution would be for the GM to veto a character per page 106. Even if this were an interesting character without lopsided stats, effectively the minimum exponent for abilities ...
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Is B6 the maximum you can reach with Visionary Faith?

B6 is only the maximum starting Faith for Visionaries Cult Affiliation + 3 is just how you calculate the starting value for Visionary Faith during character burning. A Roden’s Visionary Faith works ...
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What changed in Burning Wheel between Gold and Revised editions?

Fight! had a major overhaul. Revised tested for position at the start of every volley. Gold effectively tests at the start of each script, and positions last all three volleys unless someone changes ...
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Is there a limit to the number of helpers?

Burning Wheel Gold, page 36 Lastly, the helping player must participate in the scene: He describes how his character is helping the other. The GM is the final arbiter of who can and can’t ...
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