Cosmic Peril Fantasy: Advancement
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After they are created, player characters(PCs) in CPF can grow as they gain experience, but they are not limited by any classes, levels, playbooks or tropes.
Instead, they acquire experience points over time, which can be spent on skill, talent, and stat improvements, as described below.
This system allows for a lot of flexibility in the power level and scope of a story played with these rules--from ordinary workers in strange situations, to master martial-artist heroes--as well as tons of flexibility for player characters.
How to acquire experience points:
- Firstly, whenever players roll a critical failure--a 1 on a d20 or two 1's on 2d6--they immediately gain one experience point. If it's a critical failure on a spell, they gain 2.
- Next, the GM may award some amount of XP and/or talent picks at the end of sessions, missions, arcs or seasons.
- Finally, the character may gain XP, talents, or unique abilities simply by exploring and experimenting in-game: cybernetic implants, mutagenic injections, viral infestation or the blessings of strange gods may give any benefit or flaw.
How to spend experience points and talents:
- The player must declare to the group their intent to spend XP on a skill or talent, when they intend to do so.
- The player must give a reasonable an in-game explanation for the increase in the character's abilities.
- If the GM asks, and the player can't coherently explain how their stone-age barbarian gained computer programming skills in a barren wasteland, then it cannot happen, and the player must choose another upgrade or save the points for later.
Talent Advancement:To acquire a talent, after declaration and approval, a player simply spends 3 XP and then selects the desired talent from the talent list. Note that each talent has its own special requirements.
- For example, before taking the "Adept II" talent, the player must have at least the "Caster I" and "Adept I" talents.
Statistic Advancement:To increase your statistics, after declaration and approval, a player simply spends XP in the following way:
- The first statistic point increase that a player makes costs 1 XP.
- The second statistc point increase that a player makes costs 2 XP, and so on, increasing the cost by 1 each time.
Spell Advancement:A character who posesses at least one arcane skill of at least level 2 has the option to spend XP to purchase additional spells with a simple rule:
- You can buy an additional spell in that arcane school from a level that you already posess by spending XP equal to the spell's level.
Skill Advancement:You can improve skills at any time by spending your accumulated skill points. Exception:
- In order to acquire and advance arcane skills, the player character must have the talent "Caster I" for one arcane skill or "Caster II" for multiple.
Skill advancement costs are as follows:
|New Skill Level||XP Cost to Advance by 1 Level to this Level||XP Cost TOTAL for this level||Description|
|Untrained||0||0||Layman, you have a -2 penalty with this skill||1||1||1||Basic competence as a worker.|
|2||2||3||Advanced skill as an accredited professional.|
|3||3||6||Veteran Expert - chief officer, dean, inventor, general|
|4||4||10||Master - famous in a world's history|
|5||5||15||Stellar - renowned in a conference of worlds.|
|6||6||21||Legendary demigod status, the character's skill begins to defy reality even if mundane.|