Extended Skill Tasks

While many tasks are accomplished with a single attribute check, some are more complex and require multiple attribute checks. While the GM can simply ask for three or more checks to represent an extended challenge, these rules allow for a little more detail.

Note that the core rulebooks contain far more details, examples, and guidelines on this subject.

Quick task. Each check takes one minute.

Minor task. Each check takes one hour.

Major task. Each check takes one day.

Extensive task. Each check takes one week.

Epic task. Each check takes one month.

Some careers, such as the scientist or alchemist, offer exploits which alter things.

MANDATORY SCIENTIFIC TASKS

Some in-game situations automatically require that characters do extended tasks. For example, when a starship breaks down after being thrown out of FTL travel, a minor engineering task is required to repair it.

  • Starship breakdowns require a minor engineering task
  • Curing a disease (one which has reached its countdown expiration) requires a major medical or herbalism task.

FAILED CHECKS

A failed check can be retried, but the time is wasted.

WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED?

A character may attempt any action, however unlikely, with an extended task. The GM is responsible for setting the difficulty of the task, and is within her rights to set the difficulty prohibitively high.

COMBINED EFFORTS

Different characters may attempt to solve different parts of the solution simultaneously. The constituent parts can still be combined by the group to form the complete solution.

TASK MATRICES

Below are some generic science matrices covering sci-fi and fantasy, including engineering, medicine, computing, herbalism, and alchemy. GMs are encouraged to devise their own matrices for various situations. For example, a GM might devise a commonly used matrix for opening electronic doors, doing brain surgery, or repairing a starship engine.  The matrices below are d66 matrices, but more specific ones may be smaller (only d6) if necessary. Example results include:

  • Reroute the auxiliary baryon buffer.
  • Bypass the infected neural cluster.
  • Soup of the lotus-fig bean.
  • Boil zinc in a sapphire bowl.
  • Recompile the public command function.

Engineering

Engineering results are read in the format alpha the beta gamma delta.

Example: reroute the auxiliary baryon buffer.

Generic engineering science matrix

d66

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

Delta

11

increase

microscopic

quantum

relay

12

decrease

photonic

artificial

inversion

13

focus

linear

pulse

interference

14

amplify

sonic

flux

discriminator

15

reverse

auxiliary

gravimetric

signal

16

agitate

nucleonic

particle

capacitor

21

pacify

transwarp

system

configuration

22

invert

reciprocating

nadion

effect

23

boost

magnatomic

subspace

disturbance

24

nullify

quantum

frequency

field

25

energise

verteron

wavefront

phenomenon

26

intensify

ambient

spatial

array

31

electrify

anomalous

alternating

emission

32

eliminate

modulated

baryon

domain

33

oscillate

inverted

space-time

coupling

34

Modulate

temporal

dampening

stream

35

Monitor

assymetrical

tetryon

variance

36

restrict

atmospheric

neutrino

distortion

41

Connect

magnetic

plasma

controller

42

convert

phased

interface

actuator

43

modify

rapid

data

continuum

44

counteract

ionic

E-M

banks

45

balance

astrophysical

nano

harmonic

46

harmonise

nucleonic

polaron

mutation

51

reset

accelerated

positron

invariance

52

recalibrate

anterior

override

seal

53

reroute

primary

access

container

54

overload

secondary

load

generator

55

fluctuate

tertiary

tachyon

filter

56

concentrate

backup

charge

safeguard

61

extend

master

compression

manifold

62

redirect

emergency

diagnostic

buffer

63

correlate

warp

mass

accelerator

64

synchronise

trifold

nanite

booster

65

pressurise

psitronic

proton

transponder

66

recollimate

thermal

radiation

stabilizer

Medicine

Medical results are read in the format alpha the beta gamma delta.

Example: bypass the infected neural cluster.

Generic medical science matrix

d66

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

Delta

11

irradiate

inverted

neural

cells

12

excise

assymetrical

basilar

pathways

13

decontaminate

malignant

berylite

neurons

14

transplant

persisting

biomimetic

tissue

15

clone

periodic

cardiac

protoplasm

16

balance

infected

reticular

nerve

21

incise

swollen

synaptic

muscle

22

puncture

degenerate

bile

bone

23

fuse

obstructed

cranial

cyst

24

remove

restless

nodular

joint

25

secure

spasming

endocrine

gland

26

reshape

detached

neurological

ganglia

31

strengthen

misaligned

aplastic

membrane

32

replace

infected

autonomic

protein

33

repair

defective

sympathetic

enzyme

34

divert

impaired

idiopathic

genome

35

bypass

scarred

subcutaneous

tumor

36

excite

haemorrhaging

fungal

clot

41

drain

inflamed

frontal

cluster

42

regenerate

failing

temporal

gene

43

resequence

occluded

parietal

receptor

44

massage

carcinomic

occipital

capillary

45

reconstruct

disrupted

pituitary

deposit

46

disrupt

paralyzed

corellium

abscess

51

stimulate

weak

anchilles

hematoma

52

freeze

blocked

aphasic

cartilage

53

magnetize

deviated

leutscher

tissue

54

cauterize

damaged

biotic

cord

55

electrify

eroded

mutagenic

artery

56

modulate

abscessed

genetic

vein

61

pressurize

toxic

peripheral

molecules

62

pulse

foreign

core

valve

63

compress

contracting

radial

anomaly

64

cleanse

dislocated

amniotic

chromosome

65

perforate

deformed

transient

cavity

66

inoculate

mutated

intrinsic

lobe


Herbalism

Herbalism results are read in the format alpha of/from the beta-gamma delta.

Example: soup of the lotus-fig bean.

Generic herbalism matrix

d66

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

Delta

11

water

red

mold

mold

12

tea

bitter

leaf

leaf

13

soup

milk

plant [paradoxical reaction]

plant

14

incense [delirium]

devil's

wood

Wood [convulsions]

15

smoke

lotus

nut

nut

16

poultice [infection]

abyssal

fig

fig

21

ointment

black

mushroom

mushroom

22

powder

elder

bark

bark

23

pill [dead end]

pepper [paradoxical reaction]

grass [allergic reaction]

grass

24

ungeunt

dragon's

fruit

fruit [delirium]

25

pellet

barnacle

acorn [complex]

acorn

26

elixir

wild

bloom

bloom [random]

31

essence [paradoxical reaction]

blue

tree [dead end]

tree

32

cake

blessed

berry [convulsions]

berry [side effect]

33

injection [infection]

passion

orchid

orchid

34

stew [complex]

drake's [side effect]

bean

bean

35

raw [random]

spirit

petal

petal

36

boiled [side effect]

witch [allergic reaction]

pod

pod

41

fragrance

gold

shrub

shrub

42

dried

morning

root [random]

root

43

syrup [allergic reaction]

thunder [random]

bud

bud

44

snuff

king's

vine

vine [discovery]

45

brewed

assassin[convulsions]

stem

stem

46

fermented

whistling [dead end]

foil [delirium]

foil

51

bath

green

week

weed

52

oil

evening [breakthrough]

seed

seed

53

dissolved [discovery]

frost

rose

rose [dead end]

54

tincture [breakthrough]

queen's [delirium]

bush

bush

55

compress

gilly

pollen

pollen [allergic reaction]

56

maceration

tangle

sap

sap

61

decoction [convulsions]

violet

herb

herb

62

liniment

horse [infection]

flower [side effect]

flower

63

bolus

pipe

stalk

stalk

64

salve

death's

spud

spud

65

paste

flutter

bulb

bulb [paradoxical reaction]

66

gum

stink

thorn

thorn

Alchemy

Alchemy results are read in the format alpha beta in a gamma delta.

Example: boil zinc in a sapphire bowl.

Generic alchemy matrix

d66

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

Delta

11

calcinate

copper

copper

bowl

12

dissolve

gold

gold

flask

13

separate

iron

iron

kiln

14

coinjoin

lead

lead

amphora [breakthrough]

15

ferment

mercury

mercury [explosion]

bottle

16

distil

silver

silver

carafe

21

coagulate

platinum

platinum

cup

22

boil

nickel

nickel

decanter [gas leak]

23

sublimate

zinc

zinc

ewer

24

heat

amber

amber [gas leak]

flagon

25

freeze [complex]

firestone [explosion]

firestone

flute

26

purify

jade

jade

goblet

31

dilute

adamantium

adamantium

jar

32

evaporate [gas leak]

bloodstone

bloodstone

keg

33

cook

ruby

ruby

mug

34

circulate

sapphire

sapphire

pitcher

35

burn [explosion]

diamond

diamond

snifter

36

filtrate

topaz

topaz

beaker [dead end]

41

smelt

ivory

ivory

tube

42

refine

coral

coral [gas leak]

funnel

43

centrifuge

obsidian [breakthrough]

obsidian

dish

44

crystallize

coal

coal

cylinder

45

fractionate

chalk

chalk

retort

46

cool

salt

salt

kettle

51

bake [dead end]

limestone

limestone

oven

52

agitate

pearl

pearl [complex]

crucible [explosion]

53

crush

mithral

mithral

cauldron

54

grind

crystal

crystal

jug

55

cohobate

ironwood

ironwood

pot

56

brew

lavarock

lavarock

vial

61

dessicate

electrum [dead end]

electrum

canteen

62

separate

moonsteel

moonsteel

cistern [gas leak]

63

agitate [gas leak]

marble

marble

firkin

64

simmer

sulpher [gas leak]

sulpher

drum [discovery]

65

warm

fool's gold

fool's gold

vat

66

chill

arsenic [gas leak]

arsenic

cask


Computers

Computing results are read in the format alpha the beta gamma delta. These include hacking attempts.

Example: recompile the auxiliary data kernel.

Generic computing matrix

d66

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

Delta

11

overload

core

binary

subroutine

12

clone

auxiliary

root

kernel

13

recompile

polymorphic

routing

firewall

14

spoof

backend

injection

program [alarm]

15

loop

direct

control [alarm]

protocol

16

reboot [alarm]

closed [alarm]

data

script

21

reconfigure

sub

boolean

array

22

unlink [breakthrough]

modular

heap

compiler

23

redesign [complex]

nested [dead-end]

source

enumerator [dead-end]

24

extend

closed

bridge

function

25

remove

dynamic

pattern

interpreter [breakthrough]

26

reference

persistent

exception

code

31

initialize

pseudo

memory

parameter

­32

iterate

public

state

procedure

33

activate

secure

integer

table

34

interface [alarm]

recursive [complex]

logic

database

35

reassign

generic

stack

extension

36

call

static

assembly [breakthrough]

algorithm

41

concatenate

super

pool

argument

42

mask

virtual

access

assembler

43

patch [dead-end]

abstract

batch

exception

44

rename

run-time

biometric

language

45

invoke [paradoxical reaction]

cyclomatic

analog

processor

46

override

conditional

broadband

counter

51

reference

contravariant

command

environment

52

constrain

declarative [breakthrough]

configuration [paradoxical reaction]

index

53

evaluate

directed

EKT [complex]

block

54

flush

dummy

floating

expression

55

append

parallel

AJS

file

56

access [alarm]

global

heuristic

matrix [alarm]

61

bounce

intrinsic

operations [alarm]

manager

62

fragment

invariant

integrated

client [complex]

63

delete

local

KVS

point

64

format

monomorphic

latency

archive

65

flash

negative

NTP

sector

66

install [dead-end]

inherited

output [dead-end]

cache