SSQ 101 V4
This is the manual for Super Smash Quest's system. Use this to make, edit, tweak, or otherwise change your character. This can also be looked up in order to tell the answer to various frequently asked questions.
Starting out, you have a variety of stats, as shown below.
|Level||An index of how powerful you are. Ranges 0-400.||EXP|
|EXP||Experience; how much experience you have in combat and the campaign's subject.||The GM|
|HP||Your health, measured in points. NOT percentage points.||(End/2)*Level|
|SP||Your smash points, which are used to pull of special moves.||Level*MNT mod|
|STR||Your physical strength.||10+(Power points spent)|
|AGI||Your physical agility.||10+(Power points spent)|
|END||Your physical endurance.||10+(Power points spent)|
|MNT||Your mental capabilities.||10+(Power points spent)|
|AC||Armor class; dictates difficulty in hitting you.||10+Shield+(AGI mod-Armor Penalty)|
|DR||Damage reduction; dictates your ability to absorb damage.||END mod+Armor|
|TP||Time points; dictates how much you can do on your turn. Regenerates by 4 every round; maximum 8 TP can be had at once.||Your turn|
|AP||Ability points; dictates how many abilities you have.||Level/2; Also, 5 for Innate Abilities.|
|Mods||Calculated from STR, END, AGI, and MNT. (Stat/2)-5 is used to obtain the modifier of a stat.|
EXP: 0/(EXP to next level)
|5||Subhuman||A creature with below human abilities in a stat has a penalty to using it and usually isn't very good at it.||Goomba|
|10||Human||This is what the average human can do; it has no bonuses or penalties, and allows the user flexibility.||Human|
|20||Superhuman||Those with special abilities or who are above normal humans usually posess this sort of power.||Ivan Robotnik Infantry|
|30||Supernatural||This kind of power is coveted by most and wielded by few. It happens to give the user terrific ability in whatever stat it is in.||Ganondorf|
|40||Demigod||Only those with extreme power have stats in this range. They are strong enough to fight entire armies, and do not go down easily.||Nova|
|50||God||The ultimate in power. Anyone with this sort of power is matched only by other Gods, and has the ability to destroy entire worlds.||???|
You build up your stats using Power Points. At level 0, you start out with 10 in all four main stats (STR, END, AGI, and MNT) and 20 ability points to throw around. Now then, how much does it cost? Well, that's easy too. For stat point ranges 11-19, it costs 1 point to upgrade. So 5 points gets you 15 in a stat. It then increases to two per point 20-29, three per point 30-39, and four per point 40-49. Here's a chart in case you can't visualize this.
Using this, you can calculate your starting stats and increase them as you level up. You get one power point every time you level up, after all. And, since the minimum level is 30, that's a total of around 50 points, even if you're just starting. Questers cannot go above level 200, though; and enemies cannot exceed level 400.
This process is relatively simple, save for EXP. Besides that, every couple of levels you get certain bonuses. Here's the breakdown.
|Power Points||Every Level||Powering up raw stats. (STR, END, AGI, MNT.)|
|Move Points||Every 10 Levels||Powers up a Special Move by one level.|
|Ability Points||Every 2 Levels||Gains you another ability, or powers up an existing one.|
|Super Bonus||Every 10 Levels||Does something super-special!|
And of course there's EXP. Refer to the chart to see how much EXP you need to level up. You start at level 30. The GM gives you EXP for doing various tasks, like defeating monsters and finishing puzzles. The EXP you get for defeating monsters is usually equal to the amount of damage you did to defeat them, as a group.
|Level||Total EXP needed||Level||Total EXP needed||Level||Total EXP needed||Level||Total EXP needed|
Each Quester has five Special attacks and four Normal attacks. Special attacks are more powerful than any normal attack, and can involve a more diverse set of moves, but cost SP, while normal moves are basic but infinitely usable. Also, Special moves take more time to use than, say, normal ones.
These are your bread and butter. The only reason not to use them is when they take up more SP than you can use, or because they'd be wasteful to use. They have a huge amount of variety. The better the move, the higher the SP cost--they can be expanded quite a bit. From Alpha to Omega (1-5) they range. You start out with five moves and gain a point with which to upgrade one of them every 10 levels; however, they must all be upgraded equally; so they msut all be Beta before you can use Gamma, and so on.
Which brings us to our next point. Each move is made out of Move Points (MP), which goes on to make your move a reality. Your move starts out with six (6), and increases 2 for every rank up to Omega. So, the points goes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. You choose whether your move deals damage or not, and can use a variety of move abilities on your moves.
Now, once you've got these shiny moves in your head, it's time to make the moves. Either you or the GM may make them; when it comes to making them, if you want to make an average attack move, you'll probably wish to use your first 6 points to decide base damage, damage modifier, and accuracy modifier. This consists of picking which stats to do what; you have free reign in this area, though it is suggested you choose sensible stats. For example, a magical punch would have STR base damage, MNT mod damage modifier, and STR mod accuracy modifier. This usually takes up all 6 points; to begin adding fancy things, wait until the next level, OR you can pick to go without some (but not all) the basics for a weird move.
All special moves take 3 TP to use, and require the appropriate SP to use. They are limited by their range, which starts out being able to hit anything within 10 feet (1 TP) of you. Some moves can be put off and used against enemies when they miss; some heal you; some can hit enemies from far away; and others protect you with barriers. All cost MP to make and SP to use. Your special moves are fully upgraded by level 200, the maximum Quester level. All Smashers, being the representation of an average videogame hero, are level 100 and posess all gamma moves.
And if you're in the mood for elements, just look at the chart below. An X means the element on the left column deals super effective damage to the one on the top column; an O means normal damage, a - means 1/2 damage, and an N means no damage. As for Status effects, they work somewhat differently from normal damage. The enemy must roll a save (depending on status effect) against a DC set by your stats (Or, in the case of 'Cure', 10+MNT+[Modifiers of effects on you]), and if they fail, the effect is put on them. For every round, they may try to shake the effect off, using yet a different save; the 'Break' one, which depends upon the effect as well. Even if they can't shake it off, an effect only lasts five rounds. As for positive effects, you must make the save yourself to maintain the effect; this can get quite steep, and if you try to conjure invincibility, it takes almost all your TP to keep it going. And, they cannot go beyond 5 rounds without having to be recast by a special attack.
|Accurate +||+2 to-hit||1|
|Add Full Stat to Damage||Establishes the move's base damage. Pick either STR or MNT and add that to damage directly.||4|
|Add mod||Adds the modifier of STR or MNT to the attack's damage, or you can add either STR, MNT, or AGI mod to accuracy. Can only be added once to damage and once to Accuracy.||1|
|Add Range||Make attack hit things 1 TP more out of range. Must use either AGI or MNT mod to accuracy.||1|
|Align to Element||Aligns attack to one element. Can be taken repeatedly.||1|
|Charge||For each use of this, allows you to use more TP to power up the attack; X*Normal TP (Limited by how many times you take this) deals (X+1)*Normal damage.||2|
|Coin Damage||Attack gains (coins)/5,000 to damage; but you lose 5,000 coins per use of the move.||2|
|Damage +||Deals 5 more damage.||1|
|Flurry||Adds another hit. Cost is (Attack MP)*(Number of hits). You can halve the cost if the number of hits is random.|
|Grab||On a successful hit, you grab the enemy, lowering their AC by 5 until you let go. Continued opposed STR checks are needed for every time (in-between moves) that you continue holding them.||2|
|Half of a Module||You can buy 'half' of one of these modules. Divide cost of the module and effectiveness by 2, round up.|
|Spell||Attack almost always hits; 10 + (same mod used for accuracy) DC which the enemy must beat a check of the same type. Doubles SP usage.||4|
|Use Weapon||Use a weapon's bonus to hit or to damage, or its special qualities. Can only be taken once per weapon abilities you wish the attack to utilize.||2|
|Advanced Attack Abilities|
|Ability Dmg||Damages an enemy's STR, END, MNT, or AGI by 1.||4|
|Absorb||Regain 1/2 damage blocked; only can be used with barrier attacks.||2|
|Ambush||Can be used freely to hit AoO targets||2|
|Area Effect +||Threatens within 2 TP (circle) 3 TP (cone) 4 TP (Thick beam) 5 TP (Line). Use 'Add Range' to increase these.||2|
|Combo||Creates another attack equal in upgrades to this one, which, if you hit with the attack this is added to, you can use the attack created by this upgrade.||4|
|Counter||The attack can be used to counter-attack close-range attacks which miss within the attack's range of you. You must save TP from your previous turn to use this feature of your attack to counter-attack the person who missed you.||2|
|Critical Ability||Halves the cost of an attack ability when bought together; that attack ability only comes into play on a critical hit. Status effects bought this way always hit w/the crit.|
|Crit Range +||Increase Crit range by 1||2|
|Defense Attack||Attack can counter enemies if they miss (w/TP or AOO)||4|
|Delayed Attack||Your attack hits one round later than usual; however, when it does, the enemy must roll an awareness check (d20+MNT mod) vs. (DC 10 + Attack Acc + Amount of times this ability is on the attack) or otherwise lose AGI to AC against the attack.||2|
|DR Pierce||Pierces DR.||8|
|Energy Damage||Deals 1/5 of the damage it'd usually do to enemy SP||2|
|Experience Stealer||When used against non-Questers, gain EXP equal to the damage you deal with the attack.||4|
|Healing/Barrier||Transform whatever damage the attack deals into healing energy or a barrier around yourself.||4|
|HP/SP Fueled||Attack can convert HP or SP (choose one with each use of this upgrade) into raw damage, at the rate of 5 damage for every 20 HP and 5 damage for every 10 SP. Each use of this extends the range of HP or SP used by 20 or 10, respectively.||1|
|Limit Break||An attack used while in dire straits but is more powerful than most attacks. Can only be used when you have less than 100 HP left, and the damage was inflicted by the enemy. Furthermore, you have to have exhausted at least half of your SP. The attack can only be used in this situation; the other 90% of the time, it cannot be used. The attack, as a result, directly uses your SP to add damage to the attack (each SP = +1 damage) and +(100-Current HP) to hit extra. It also has one of these extra abilities: Hit all, Double Damage, Double Accuracy, Perma-Regen (Lasts for the rest of the battle), or SP regen (Lasts for rest of the battle), each of which are used after the attack. It can only be used once per mission.||6|
|Machinegun +||Hits again for 5 over the enemy's evasion (subsequent additions add more possible hits), but -2 to hit or -5 damage per use.||2|
|Random||Randomizes how the attack comes out; take once and it will start out with a 'dud' (GM-made Alpha move which hurts you) and an alpha move. Then, at Beta, you gain another Alpha move and a Beta move possibility. At Gamma, another Beta move and a Gamma move. At Epsilon, a Gamma move and an Epsilon move. And finally, at Omega, gain another Epsilon move and an Omega move. If taken again, adds a complete dud (one which does nothing) and one more of each possibility other than the dud. Any time it's taken after that adds one more of each possibility, except for the dud which does nothing; for in those it adds more bad duds.||2|
|Reflect||Allows a barrier made with the attack to reflect ranged attacks back at the enemy.||2|
|Status Effect||Add a status effect w/DC||2|
|Tag Team||Use this with an ally's move which also has tag team; the two attacks will be combined and be benefitted by by the synergy, allowing for higher to-hits and damage than normal, adding an extra 25 to damage for each member in the teamup. However, the SP cost of such a maneuver is (SP of two attacks put together)*2 and it costs all four TP to use. Furthermore, the tag teamers can only do this ability on the turn of the slowest member; thus, they have to wait if they're much faster. Each use of this attack on your attack allows another member; however, each member will also need the extra uses of this. So, each will need 1 use for a two-member attack; 2 uses for a three-member, 3 uses for a four-member, and 4 uses each to go on as far as there are members with 4 uses each. The cost of the move increases accordingly.||2|
|Vampiric||Saps 1/3 of damage done.||4|
These moves are the most basic; and consist of quick jabs, smacks, or the occasional electrical zapping punch of doom. They, unlike Special Moves, are pre-set to the usage of 2 upgrades, but can be chained together rapidly, for they normally cost one time point. This can be upped to two if you need one extra upgrade, but otherwise there is no way to increase their potency. You start with four, and they can be increased in number by certain abilities. They have a relatively limited selection of abilities.
|Accurate||+3 to hit||1|
|Damage +||+5 to Damage.||1|
|Element||Align to an element.||1|
|Flurry +||Adds another attack in the series.||1|
|Smash||Multiply Damage by (#oftimesTPcostused+1)||1|
|Stun||-4 to enemy's AC for next attack.||2|
These are your every day, multi-purpose tools of destruction. They can add power to your attacks, be used alone, or just as backup when you run out of SP. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and types, although only a few will actually concern you.
The first thing to learn is their sizes. Three of them there are; small, medium, and large. Small weapons may be weak, but they are easy to dual-wield. Medium weapons are a bit heftier, but leave a hand free for multitasking. And large weapons take up most of your attention; they're so large as to require both hands. Why does this matter? Simple. Weapons, while helpful, require a certain amount of dexterity to wield. They also have a certain range of damage, based on their size.
|Size||Damage range||Freedom of Movement||Examples|
|Small||1-3||Complete, save for wielding large weapons.||Pocket Knife, Pistol, Magical Amulet|
|Medium||4-6||Dual Wielding is difficult; slows down things like climbing.||Sword, Rifle, Magic Wand|
|Large||7-9||Unable to use items, dual wield, do things with both hands at once, or even use shields.||Masamune, Bazooka, Magical Staff|
These numbers may seem low, but they are the bare minimum. Each weapon in that size category starts out with the average damage (2 for small, 4 for Medium, and 8 for Large), but can be improved by subsequent upgrades and is increased depending upon the overall quality. That is, how it ranks up, from Human to Godly. The base damage it does is multiplied by its quality; that is, a medium sword would deal 5 with human, 10 with superhuman, 15 with supernatural, 20 with demigod, and 25 with god. But the price also increases.
As for dual wielding, it is highly dependent of the weapons used and the hand. The weapon in the off hand receives a -10 accuracy penalty if there is a weapon in the normal hand as well and they're both small. One weapon in the off hand alone is always -5 accuracy. If a medium weapon is in the normal hand, then a small weapon in the off hand gets a -15 penalty. If the medium weapon is in the off hand and a small one in the normal hand, -20. If you wield two medium weapons, then there's a -25 penalty to the one in the off hand, and a -5 one to the one in the normal hand. It is impossible to wield anything else when using a single large weapon. This can only be alleviated by the ambidexterity ability, which adds up to +10 to accuracy in the off hand. If fully taken, the ambidexterity ability splits remaining penalties between the two weapons equally. A final note; for every -5 to accuracy on an off-hand weapon there is, -1 to damage dealt with that weapon.
A similar effect goes with weapon types; you can take (under abilities) knowledge of any one weapon type. If you use a weapon you don't have knowledge of, you get a flat -5 penalty to accuracy. This can be negated (and even become up to +5) with the appropriate knowledge. These sorts of things stack with dual wielding penalties. Also, a weapon that is held in both hands (large weapons only) gains twice the damage bonus.
Once you have a type and a size and a quality picked out, you're ready to buy your weapon. However, there is more you can do; a weapon can be enhanced a variety of ways, based upon adding accuracy bonuses. The cost of each level of accuracy bonus is shown below; the various upgrades based on it are below that. The limit is +10; beyond that point, the weapon cannot take any more enchantments. Also, there is a steadily increasing cost for applying the upgrades; first, a 5000 coin flat fee (waived if the enchantments are done at the same time of the weapon's creation) to start. Then, (Enchantment + number) * 1000 coins for each + added on at once. So, to go from +2 to +4 is 12,000 coins on a normal weapon; upgrade prices are multipled based on the quality of the weapon involved, to boot. As is the initial fee.
The weapon can be used with attacks, though that usage is governed by the attack's abilities..
These powers are what helps separate one Quester from another. They define not only the Quester's innate abilities, but unique ones they learn during their travels. They gain one ability point every other level, and for Innate Abilities, they start out with 5 points. They can increase the amount of points they have for Innate Abilities by taking Innate penalties; these represent characters who are stronger in certain aspects naturally but, as a result, weaker in other ways. (See: Vampires, Werewolves, Elementals, Higher End Wizards, etc.) Combat abilities, on the other hand, focus on various extra things you can do in battle. There's more to this, of course.
All abilities cost Ability points. Most of them go in the range of 1-10, with 1 being just a semblance of knowledge/some power in that ability, and 10 being the best you can get at the ability. Now, some tiers work differently. Combat ones can be purchased at certain AP costs and cannot be leveled up; Supernatural ones cost twice as much to upgrade; Innate ones use a fixed set of AP (5); Equipment ones act normally; and Noncombat ones cost half as much, and only go in even tiers 2-10. Furthermore, Supernatural abilities cannot go above a certain rank, depending upon your level. For example, at level 20, you can only go up to rank 1 in any Supernatural abilities you choose. And at 40, rank 2, etc. For every 20 levels you have, you can take up to one rank in a Supernatural ability. Also, for every 20 levels you have, you can have ranks in another Supernatural ability. Thusly, they are highly dependent upon your level, and don't even enter play until level 20.
Innate abilities and disabilities are listed separately, and have a "level" thing, which indicates how many points were spent. Most go from 1-10, though others don't. Disabilities always range from 1-7 in their effect. Disabilities, unlike abilities, are optional challenging things which earn you more points to spend on Innate abilities. They require you to roleplay them, though.
|Adaptation||Survive in Medium-bad air quality.||Toxic air quality.||Breathe underwater for 2 hours.||Breathe underwater Forever.||Live without air for 2 hours.||Live without air Forever.||Survive Decompression for 3 hours.||Survive Decompression forever.||Live in acidic/basic environments.||Exist ANYWHERE.|
|Elemental Alignment||Have the abilities of an elemental; switch any elemental attack to the element you are aligned with for 1 SP.||Inherent resistances and weaknesses of your element.||Switch non-elemental attacks to your element at will.||Now surrounded by a field of your element; damages physical attackers for MNT-mod damage if hit.||Attack with element for 10 damage to deal MNT damage (DC 10+MNT mod+Level in this ability AGI check, 3 TP)||Healed by attacks of the same element.||Change attack element to yours for free.||Elemental attack from 5 now deals 2MNT damage.||1.5x damage bonus to attacks which are your element.||Use MNT checks to control enemy attacks of your element.|
|Ethereal Body||Makes you semi-incorporeal. With a MNT check, DC 10+[10- current level in this ability] you can reach through walls and solid objects.||Normal attacks deal 2/3 normal damage to you; magical ones do double.||3/4 from physical attacks.||1/2 from physical attacks.||1/4 from physical attacks.||Become totally incorporeal. Normal attacks miss, take 1/4 from elemental physical ones still, and 2x from magical ones.||Reach through walls.||Go THROUGH walls.||Posess objects with corporeal bodies and control them (opposed MNT checks).||Travel between realms freely.|
|Hyper||You are highly energized; get 1 more TP per turn. Attacks that miss target other people, w/half accuracy.||Init increased by 10, but lose 4 MNT.||Can do 2 AOO attacks against people, but with same limitations as all attacks.||Can use Special Moves twice; half accuracy to weapon attacks.||Get yet another TP per turn, but lose another 4 from MNT.||Back to losing only 4 MNT.||Use weapons normally.||Attacks don't fly off and hit other people if they miss.||Max TP is increased by 10.||All other penalties are eliminated from this ability.|
|Magical||You are attuned to magic energy; gain 1 more SP per level.||Gain 3 per level extra.||Gain 5.||7.||Starting SP is now 100.||Gain MNT mod*2 instead of the normal MNT mod per level.||You recover 1 SP per round in combat.||Gain +20 SP per level more instead of +7.||Immune to SP stealing attacks.||Your SP is unlimited.|
|Normal||Convert your innate ability ability points to normal ability points, usable with the other abilities. For each level in this skill, you gain 1 more normal ability point; you can use innate disabilities to get up to 5 more normal ability points.|
|Regeneration||Allows you to slowly heal wounds in battle. Regain 1 HP per round.||2 HP.||3 HP.||4 HP.||5 HP.||8 HP.||10 HP.||15 HP.||20 HP.||25 HP.|
|Supreme Health||Being a far healthier person than normal, instead of 10 + END mod, you gain END/5 HP.||END/4 HP.||END/3 HP.||END/2 HP.||Pure END for HP.|
And here are the disabilities.
|Specialized||You focus on innate abilities only; cannot take Supernatural abilities.||Cannot take NonCombat abilities.||Cannot use Combat abilities.||Cannot use Equipment abilities.|
|All Thumbs||Your "hands" are different, making even normal tasks difficult. To start, you have fewer fingers than normal or stubby fingers, which interfere with certain activities.||You have very few fingers.||You have no thumb; weapons cost 2x that can be held by you.||Pincer-like claws and/or gripping 'tongs.'||Shovel-like hands; makes most items useless.||Useless stub; can barely manipulate anything.||Lack of anything to manipulate objects with; rules out weapons and several types of mobility.|
|Environmental Weakness||You are weak against a common environmental features. The presence of them halve your TP recovery.||They halve your accuracy/to-hit.||Eliminates your DR.||Halves your AC.||Halves your HP. Anything past this level must be a very common environmental feature.||Halves your base stats; reduces TP usable per round to 1.||Environmental feature in question is lethal to you.|
|Lack of Communication||You have a hard time communicating... you speak a strange language which is unpronouncable by normal people. They must roll MNT checks to decipher it.||Cannot be dictated easily, or cannot be translated correctly.||Indecipherable, but others like you can understand it.||Imable to make any sentient communication; can make primitive hand gestures.||Can only make animal-like noises.||Can't even make those noises.||A curse prevents anyone from ever communicating to you as well.|
|Missing Limbs||(Cannot be used with "All Thumbs") You happen to be missing various limbs; the reasons for missing them can be almost ANYTHING. Missing a leg, to start.||Missing your off-hand's arm.||Missing the arm with your main hand.||Missing both legs.||Missing either a leg and your main arm, or both legs and your off arm.||Missing both legs and your main arm.||Have absolutely no arm/legs.|
|Unhealthy||You happen to lack HP, and start with only END mod + 8 HP per level.||Starting HP = 50||END mod + 6 HP per level.||Starting HP = 10||END mod HP per level.1/2 END mod per level.||1/4 END mod per level.||1 HP per level.|
|Unlucky||Any time during a mission, one of your rolls can be rerolled by the GM. 1 unlucky reroll.||2 unlucky rerolls.||3||4||6||9||14|
|Unmagical||You happen to not care and/or lack magical energy.Gain 1 less SP per level.||0 starting SP.||Gain half normal SP per level.||Gain half normal SP-1. (Limit: 1)||Cannot use 'Magical' benefit.||Cannot make magic attacks.||Gain no SP at all; permanently set at 20 SP.|
Time Point Usage
All actions take time; save for AoOs, which are triggered and used up separately. For long, many have asked how much TP various actions take; and they are to be listed here, now.
|Almost anything else||When it doubt, use this.||2|
|Defending||Get into your defensive stance and prepare for the worse. Adds +4 to AC for each use.||2|
|Limit Break||Eats up all your TP. Arr!||All|
|Noncombat Ability||Whether it be jumping, searching, or hiding, it all takes a similar amount of time. Each jump uses 2 TP.||2|
|Normal Move||A quick jab here or there; good way to use up excess TP.||1|
|Running||When the enemies have the best of you, it's time for an AGI check.||4|
|Smash Dex Scan||Read off stats of your foes, chat to people far away, or just look up information; it occasionally exposes you to the enemy, though, causing AoOs.||2|
|Special Move||Beat up the enemy with one of your main moves.||3|
|Tag-Team Attack||Team up; has to take place on slowest tag-team member's turn.||4|
|Weapon Attack||Hit enemies with your weapon. Small: 1, Medium: 2, Large: 3.||1/2/3|