One of the GM tools in Fudge is the Situational Roll. This a way to randomly determine aspects of a situation that aren’t based on any character or haven’t been already established by the fiction like “Is it raining?” or “Is there a gas station nearby?”. It all there in the Fudge SRD if anyone is interest.
The following expands on the concept, taking into account the of the event likelihood of the event while still leaving it to chance. After all. the odds to the question “Is it raining?” being “yes” might vary depending if the setting is Seattle or Dubai.
The way this is done is by arranging a set of probabilities as if they were Fudge ranks as in the table below.
To make a situational roll, make a quick judgement on the base likelihood, roll 4dF and the result to the chosen likelihood. If the result is Possible or better (Green) the answer is “yes”, otherwise it is “no”.
So for instance, if a player asked “Is there a gas station nearby?”, the GM might mike an initial judgement that it is Doubtful. The GM roll 4dF and gets +1 which is enough to turn Doubtful into Possible. The player character is in luck!
Some Polar Numbers
As a fun end of year exercise I collated the all-time download figures from this site of the various Polar Blues Press products
The totals look something like this:
Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands 2911
Cyberblues City 1591
Mutant Bikers of the Atomic Wastelands 318
Lawmen v Outlaws 97
Cyberblues City – Going the Distance 135
Cyberblues City – A Very Cyber Christmas 119
BHAW – The Ballad of Bad Bob Mcklusky 75
BHAW – Night of the Atomic Snowmen 124
Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands is way ahead in downloads, partly because it was based on Fate which is always popular but also because it’s been out longer. The numbers for Cyberblues City aren’t too bad either for a Fudge based game; I suspect the review at http://www.thefreerpgblog.com/2016/02/mellow-cyberblues-city-by-polar-blues.html helped. Lawmen v Outlaw hasn’t got a lot of traction, which is a shame because I think it’s a really good design. The figures for Mutant Bikers of the Atomic Wastelands are a bit misleading because the game the game predates this site by a couple of decades. It remains the game of mine that mostly frequently quoted on gaming forums, but it still nice to see people keep discovering it.
The purpose of posting this is help any hobbyist game designer to get a feel of what can be achieved without much fuss or fanfare. The thing to consider is that if these were commercial games rather than free pdfs, the actual number of copies in circulation would be just a tiny fraction. There is no way I woulud have sold nearly 3000 copies of BHAW, for small publishers, games sales into the 100s are considered a success. As such there is clearly a trade-off between reaching many more gamers with your creations and trying to make get a return for your efforts. I am happy with my choice, but it’s a very personal choice to make.
And while I’m, I’ll leave you with one of the illustrations from Lawmen v Outlaws.
Merry Christmas from Polar Blues Press.
Lawmen v Outlaws is a simple Western themed roleplaying game about… erm… lawmen and outlaws. The game uses a variant of the Fudge roleplaying system, designed to be easy to learn and fast in play. New rules including the Minion Machine and Complex Tests will help you create interesting and varied challenges with little or no advance preparation. Adventure seeds for both lawmen and outlaws are also included. These things combined make Lawmen V Outlaw ideally suited for pick-up games.
It is free to download from the following link: Lawmen v Outlaws download
Cyberblues City Deluxe is out! It is the same simple and fast, Fudge-based game but now with an whole new off-the-wall, London-based setting and so, so much new, full-colour artwork. And it is still absolutely free. Click on the link or image below to download.
And here is quick gallery of some on the new artwork.
The Cyborg Queen Victoria Perpetua waves to the crowds from Buckingham palace.
A security patrol
Lobster People on the prowl
A Tax Inspector robot arresting an anarchist
The Ballad of Bad Bob McKlusky is a free adventure for Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands. The Bounty Hunters are on the trail of a notorious cattle rustler but in the Atomic Wastelands things are never quite that simple.
The adventure is presented in a non-linear fashion as a collection of Clues, Locations and Complications for the GM to assemble as he or she sees fit.
> Download the Ballad of Bad Bob McKlusky today!
More free stuff from Polar Blues Press here: https://ukrpdc.wordpress.com/category/polar-blues-press/
MBAW – the 20th Anniversary Edition
The Mutant Bikers make a spectacular return in this full colour, special 20th Anniversary Edition! Yes, the game really is that old. The rules remain unchanged in this new edition but improvements have been made to the art and layout as fitting for the occasion. Same game, same attitude, same free price!