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Halfway Day – Mod Basic Manual Now Available!

Mod Basic Manual , free PDF.

To officially start off Halfway Day, we’re unveiling the core ruleset as a free easy-to-use PDF! It’s just the right size for scrolling through on mobile, so you can take it anywhere.

That PDF contains the full rules of the base game; character creation, spells, combat techniques, abilities, you name it! It’s just the bones of the game, but we’ve included a robust GM chapter including advice on building whatever settings or magic systems you like. It’s the backbone for City Limits and every other setting we put together.

It’s the most customizable universal we’ve ever tried, bar none. How customizable is it? Well, remember what I asked you before: if you could play in any world, what would it be?



Halfway Day – Get Ready!

We’re officially halfway through our Kickstarter campaign! Thanks so much to everyone who’s participated so far, and especially to those of you who’ve passed the campaign on to others!

To celebrate Halfway Day, we’re going to party hard tomorrow. Like we’ve traveled back to 1999! When we’re officially in the Kickstarter’s second half, we’re going to have a ton going on here for you!

Like what?

  • A major announcement about the game
  • Some staggering world fiction by an equally staggering author
  • A contest!
  • Unveiling the covers of As Above and So Below
  • The addition of some swag to the Kickstarter!

A contest, you say? I can’t tell you too much about it just yet, but think about this:

If you could set your game anywhere, in any world, what would it be?

(Our answer, as a team, is pretty much always Silent Hill. )

See you all tomorrow!

Mechanics – Making Magic

Now that we’ve given you a basic explanation of the setting, it’s time to get to know the game mechanically. Because “Mod” is short for “Modular”, we’ll start with the game’s magic system, a modular system that lets you assemble your own spells on the fly.

Instead of creating a list of spells for players to choose from, we’ve instead created smaller pieces, Magic Parameters. They’re little things like “Range +1m” or “+1 Damage” or “Push 3m down”, which a player can freely mix and match. The number and value of the parameters dictates how difficult the skill roll is, and magic is a skill like any other. It also dictates the spell’s mana cost, which limits how many spells a person can cast without setting a limit on the spells themselves. On the player’s end, a system like this leaves a lot of room for strategic improvisation, for the exactly-perfect spell for the situation, and also leaves the players free to determine the spell’s flavor elements, like names and visuals, for themselves. On our end, smaller pieces are easier to balance and create, so we don’t have a need to populate a huge list of unique effects and make sure everything balances properly.

Have you ever taken a spell you never wanted to use just to fill out your spell list? Here, there’s no need to even make a spell list – you can create the spells you want as you need them, and you only need to set them in stone if you want a specialty. Any spell you use is the best spell you can use for the job.

Here’s some examples, pulled from the classic Mod elemental system. In City Limits, the Manifestation Control and Daemon skills take the place of the elemental magic, and each has unique mechanics we’ll be learning more about later. For now, though, I’m a classic Water Witch looking to shove someone to the ground and hold them there in a cloud of dark blue with the power of the deep seas.

Crushing Pressure
10 (Base difficulty)
Push Down 1m (+4)
Bind (+3)
Total skill roll required: 17
Mana cost: 7

Or, as I usually put it in my spellbooks (and how it’ll read on the spellsheets we’re putting in the books):

Crushing Pressure (7)
Water 17
Push Down 1m
Add Bind

Now, let’s say I’m fighting someone in an elevator and trying to escape. Pushing down may not work, but pushing away might! In which case, I can freely modify the spell.

Breaker Jet (5)
Water 15
Push Away 1m
Add Bind

Ideally, this will shove them out of the elevator and hold them there while the doors close. Good save, me! Another encounter in which I am the hero. This, incidentally, is how I play Mod; using the system’s flexibility to strategize and control encounters on the fly. Here’s one Dustin might make;

Wind 19
Finesse Weapons +2

And here’s one Kersten might make:

Hammerfall (8)
Lightning 18
+16 Damage

What would you do if you could tailor your spellbook to your play style?

Remember to check out the City Limits Kickstarter and to check us out on twitter at @TeamCabalGames for more updates!