Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Attributes in Le Ballet de l'Acier
Characters in the Flashing Blades roleplaying game are created by first generating six attributes using 3D6: Strength, Dexterity, Endurance, Wit, Charm, and Luck. The first five are pretty intuitive, but the last is special. As used in Le Ballet, Luck is, rather than a metaphysical force or quality, the insightfulness of the character: it’s the ability to notice subtle clues or behaviors, to be in tune with one’s surroundings. For example, Luck is the attribute associated with the Gambling skill in Flashing Blades and represents not receiving an advantageous deal of the cards or toss of the dice but rather the almost subconscious ability to pick up on a gambler’s tells or estimate probability.
Gamers familiar with the d20 system might associate Luck with skills like Sense Motive or Spot; that said, Luck in Flashing Blades and Le Ballet de l’Acier should be confused with the Wisdom attribute in the d20 system.