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<ul><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 1/30</p><p>Containing rules for making characters and playing games of</p><p>Core rules</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 2/30</p><p>An adventurous pastime from Flatland Games</p><p>www.atlandgames.com</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 3/30</p><p>Core Rules</p><p>Core rules</p><p>Design: John Cocking and Peter S. Williams</p><p>Development: Flatland Games</p><p>Writing and Layout: Peter S. Williams</p><p>Art: Erin Lowe</p><p>Editing: Harold Cranford (but he doesnt do numbers)</p><p>Graphics Whip: Jesse Wolf</p><p>Internal Playtesting: Control Group B, The Adventurers, Lori Campbell,</p><p>Harold Cranford, Geoff Higgins, Scott Rewerts, Ian Williams, Jillian B. Williams</p><p>Special Thanks: Brian Lewis</p><p>Our sincere thanks to all the people on dragonsfoot, rpg.net, and elsewhere for playtesting,</p><p>feedback, and encouragement</p><p>published by Flatland Games</p><p>www.atlandgames.com</p><p>Copyright 2012-2013 Flatland Games, icons by Lorc under CC-BY</p><p>meae uxori pulchrae quae mihi semper suffragatur</p><p>Table of Contents</p><p>Introduction 2</p><p>What the Numbers Mean 3Making a Character 7The Warrior 8The Rogue 9The Mage 10Coin and Its Uses 11Hirelings and Allies 13Rolling the Dice 14The Clash of Arms 17Experience and Levels 19The Sorcerous Arts 20</p><p>Appendix I True Names 23</p><p>Appendix II Optional Rules 24The Elven Highborn 27</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 4/30</p><p>2 Beyond The Wall and Other Adventures</p><p>Welcome toBeyond the Wall and Other Adventures.This is a simple set of rules similar to older versions</p><p>of the worlds most popular fantasy roleplaying game.</p><p>The game is designed to be easy to learn and fast to</p><p>use at the table. There are many such games available.</p><p>Beyond the Wallis different for two reasons:</p><p>1) Flavor -Beyond the Wallcan model most kinds of</p><p>fantasy stories, but is particularly well-suited for the</p><p>brand of fantasy literature exemplied by Ursula K.</p><p>LeGuins rst threeEarthsea novels and Lloyd Alex-</p><p>anders Chronicles of Prydain. These are mostly storiesof low fantasy about young heroes nding their way in</p><p>dangerous situations.</p><p>2) Out-of-the Box Play - While the core rules ofBeyond</p><p>the Wallare similar to those of the numerous other</p><p>games based on the worlds most popular fantasy role-</p><p>playing game, it does offer something that the others</p><p>do not: tools to play the game almost immediately and</p><p>with little prep. Using special Character Playbooks</p><p>and Scenario Packs, a group of players with a single</p><p>gamemaster should be able to play the game withabsolutely zero prep in about three to ve hours, from</p><p>making characters to tasting a glorious success or a</p><p>bitter defeat.</p><p>The game still works perfectly well for traditional play-</p><p>styles, but we made it as a vehicle for quick, on-the-y</p><p>IntroduCtIon</p><p>Basic Terminology</p><p>The Beyond the Wall core rules assume that</p><p>players are familiar with the basics of play-</p><p>ing roleplaying games. We use the followingcommonly accepted terms throughout therules: a gamemaster, or GM, is the playerrunning the adventure, a player character,or PC, is a character controlled by one of the</p><p>players at the table, a non-player character,or NPC, is any other character or monstercontrolled by the gamemaster.</p><p>play, as we often found ourselves wanting to be able tosit down and play a roleplaying game without all the</p><p>fuss that is normally involved.</p><p>The following booklets make up the rules for Beyond</p><p>the Wall:</p><p>Core Rules - This document gives you all the rules you</p><p>need to make characters and play the game.</p><p>Spells and Magic - This document contains lists of</p><p>cantrips, spells, and rituals for mages, as well as someexamples of magical items.</p><p>Bestiary - This document has a selection of monsters</p><p>for use during play, as well as sections on making your</p><p>own monsters.</p><p>How to Play - This document tells you how to sit</p><p>down and play an entire game ofBeyond the Wallin a</p><p>single evening, from making characters to the end of</p><p>an adventure.</p><p>We also have several Character Playbooks available to</p><p>help you create a group of young adventurers with a</p><p>shared backstory, as well as Scenario Packs, which help</p><p>the GM set up an evenings game. These are used along</p><p>with the How to Play booklet.</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 5/30</p><p>Core Rules</p><p>Characters and monsters in Beyond the Wall aredened by the following statistics.</p><p>ClassThe player characters inBeyond the Wallare remark-</p><p>able. We divide our heroes into three classes. Warriors</p><p>are the best at ghting, rogues are particularly skilled</p><p>and lucky individuals, and mages wield the power of</p><p>magic. For the most part, only the PCs have a class,</p><p>though some particularly important NPCs may as well.</p><p>LevelA characters general level of competence in her classis reected in her level. 1st level characters are already</p><p>a cut above ordinary folks, who have no class and no</p><p>level at all. These beginning heroes are naturally adept</p><p>swordsmen, young thieves, or apprentice wizards.</p><p>Characters of 5th level are great warriors, skilled</p><p>leaders, or competent sorcerers. Characters of 10th</p><p>level are the mightiest warriors in the land, preternatu-</p><p>rally silent woodsmen, or masters of the arcane arts.</p><p>Ability ScoresCharacters ability scores represent their capabilitiesin different areas. A player might test his characters</p><p>ability score when trying to accomplish a task. Addi-</p><p>tionally, each score gives a bonus or penalty to certain</p><p>things, based on the score. Use the following table to</p><p>determine your characters ability score modiers:</p><p>StrengthYou might test Strength when a character is trying to lift</p><p>a large statue, break down a door, or shove an enemy</p><p>over a cliff. A particularly high or low Strength will</p><p>modify rolls to hit and damage rolls in melee combat.</p><p>Your Strength modier is added to rolls to hit in hand-</p><p>to-hand combat and to all damage rolls in hand-to-</p><p>hand combat.</p><p>Dexterity</p><p>You might test Dexterity when trying to sneak throughthe woods or juggle in a tavern. A particularly high or</p><p>low Dexterity will modify a characters Armor class and</p><p>to hit rolls with ranged weapons.</p><p>Your Dexterity modier is added to rolls to hit with</p><p>ranged weapons and to a characters armor class.</p><p>Constitution</p><p>You might test Constitution when trying to run long</p><p>distances in pursuit of the enemy or to stay awake</p><p>for a whole night on watch. A particularly high or lowConstitution will modify a characters hit points.</p><p>Your Constitution bonus is added to your hit points</p><p>every time you go up a level.</p><p>Intelligence</p><p>You might test Intelligence to solve a difcult riddle,</p><p>decipher a confusing bit of text, or gure out how a</p><p>strange mechanism works.</p><p>Your Intelligence bonus is added to the number oflanguages that your character knows. Normally, a char-</p><p>acter knows only a single language. All characters are</p><p>assumed to know at least one language, even if they</p><p>have an Intelligence penalty.</p><p>Wisdom</p><p>You might test Wisdom to discover the motivations of</p><p>someone who is trying to deceive you, to determine</p><p>Whatthe numbers mean</p><p>Ability Score Bonus</p><p>1 -4</p><p>2-3 -3</p><p>4-5 -2</p><p>6-8 -1</p><p>9-12 0</p><p>13-15 +1</p><p>16-17 +2</p><p>18-19 +3</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 6/30</p><p>4 Beyond The Wall and Other Adventures</p><p>whether water is clean enough to drink, or to nd your</p><p>way in the wilderness when you are lost.</p><p>A characters Wisdom modier is added to all saving</p><p>throws to resist magic which attempts to charm,</p><p>frighten, or control his mind.</p><p>Charisma</p><p>You might test Charisma to impress the kings steward,</p><p>charm the innkeeps daughter, or talk your way past the</p><p>guards at the city wall.</p><p>A characters Charisma modier is added to the number</p><p>of allies that may follow him. Normally, a character</p><p>may have up to four allies.</p><p>Alignment</p><p>A characters alignment describes his general viewstoward the world and other people. More than that,</p><p>Law and Chaos are primal forces which are constantly</p><p>at work in the universe, and a characters alignment</p><p>may indicate that he is a servant of one of these powers,</p><p>unwittingly or not.</p><p>Law</p><p>Disorder is a threat to all peace and safety. Lawful char-</p><p>acters and creatures oppose such disorder and believe</p><p>that stability is best. They often value rules and hier-</p><p>archy, though they are not above ignoring either if theultimate goal is a situation which supports order. They</p><p>prefer to know their place in a group and prefer for the</p><p>others in that group to know theirs too.</p><p>Characters with the alignment of Law are not neces-</p><p>sarily good or kind individuals. A hero who seeks to</p><p>provide for her whole village and protect the lands,</p><p>making them peaceful for all, is a lawful character. But</p><p>so is a tyrant who punishes crimes overly harshly and</p><p>sties all celebrations and merriment in his lands so</p><p>that things remain forever quiet and orderly.</p><p>Chaos</p><p>Stability is stagnation. Chaotic characters and creatures</p><p>would rather die than stagnate, and many would rather</p><p>see the world burn than become a stale bastion of order</p><p>and law. They value freedom and personal choice, and</p><p>resent others placing them under a rigid set of rules</p><p>and regulations.</p><p>Using your ability scores</p><p>Most of the time, if you want to accomplisha great deed in game, you check one of theseability scores. For example, Gareth, the inn-keeps son, is trying to break in a barreddoor so that he can stop a ritual of darkmagic before it is too late. This is a Strengthcheck. Normally, Gareth needs to roll equalto or under his Strength score (13 in thiscase) on a d20 to succeed at a Strengthcheck. However, the Gamemaster says thatthis door is particularly heavy, and so Ga-reth has a -2 penalty, meaning he must roll11 or lower on a d20.</p><p>For the full rules on tests and ability scorechecks, see Rolling the Dice onp.14</p><p>Chaotic characters are not necessarily evil, wicked, or</p><p>selsh individuals, though many are. A brave warrior</p><p>who wanders the land, righting wrongs which bother</p><p>him and ignoring those in which he has no interest,</p><p>is a chaotic character, but so is a wicked thief with no</p><p>respect for others property, taking what he wants from</p><p>other folk.</p><p>Neutrality</p><p>Most people and creatures are interested in neither</p><p>the struggle of cosmic forces nor intense philosophies</p><p>of life, and, therefore, are neither lawful nor chaotic.</p><p>We say that these characters are neutral. They may</p><p>believe in order as it relates to the laws and customs</p><p>of their own town but despise the strong arm of the</p><p>sheriff which punishes petty acts. In other words, they</p><p>act like most of us.</p><p>Alternatively, some characters and creatures have a</p><p>vested interest in maintaining a balance between the</p><p>powers of Law and Chaos. Such rare individuals turn</p><p>Neutrality into a philosophy of its own and seek to</p><p>always bring a balance of the two.</p><p>A simple farmer who makes his decisions on a case-</p><p>by-case basis, caring nothing for where those actions</p><p>fall in a grand cosmology, is an example of a neutral</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 7/30</p><p>Core Rules</p><p>character, as is a wanderer seeking to stop both the</p><p>worst ravages of chaos and the most stiing acts of law.</p><p>InitiativeA characters initiative score determines the order in</p><p>which he acts in combat. A characters base Initiative</p><p>is equal to his level. This is further modied by hisDexterity bonus and his class. Rogues receive +2 to</p><p>their Initiative score and Warriors receive +1. Mages</p><p>have no bonus to Initiative.</p><p>Base Attack BonusThis characteristic is derived from a characters class</p><p>and level. It shows how good a ghter he is. You add</p><p>this number to every roll to hit an enemy in combat.</p><p>Strength and Dexterity modify this number for melee</p><p>and ranged combat respectively.</p><p>Armor classAs with hit points, armor class, or AC, is an abstract</p><p>representation of how difcult a character is to damage</p><p>physically. All normal humans have an AC of 10, which</p><p>is further modied by wearing protective armor (see</p><p>the equipment section below). This increase in armor</p><p>class represents the character being able to shrug off</p><p>blows absorbed by his armor. Additionally, very quick</p><p>and agile characters are good at avoiding being hit in</p><p>the rst place, thus increasing their armor class. This</p><p>is represented by adding a characters Dexterity bonusto his AC.</p><p>Hit PointsHit points are an abstract measurement of how tough</p><p>the character is, as well as how good at resisting and</p><p>avoiding harm in combat. At every level, a character</p><p>gains a number of hit points by rolling the die type indi-</p><p>cated by his class hit dice. For instance, a Rogue has a</p><p>hit dice of d8, and so a character with the Rogue class</p><p>gains d8 hit points every level. This number is modi-</p><p>ed by a characters Constitution bonus every time it isrolled. Additionally, all PCs gain the maximum number</p><p>of hit points possible for a roll on their hit dice at rst</p><p>level; the above mentioned rogue would begin at rst</p><p>level with a full 8 hit points plus any extra hit points</p><p>from his Constitution bonus.</p><p>When a character loses hit points, he comes closer</p><p>and closer to being taken out of a ght. Note that, no</p><p>matter how low his hit points go, he is never seriously</p><p>wounded while he still has some. All damage taken</p><p>before reaching zero hit points represents narrow</p><p>escapes, minor cuts and bruises, and painful, but not</p><p>debilitating, wounds.</p><p>Once a character reaches zero hit points, however, heis out of the ght, either unconscious or nearly so. It</p><p>is at this point that we can call a character seriously</p><p>wounded, perhaps with a grave sword wound or a</p><p>nasty blow to the head. Hes not dead yet, but he is in</p><p>serious trouble and desperately needs the help of his</p><p>companions.</p><p>Attacking an enemy</p><p>You may remember Gareth, the innkeepsson. Bursting into the room, he is confronted</p><p>by a wicked thug. Gareth wants to knock himaside with his club.</p><p>First, Gareth must determine if he can actbefore the thug. Gareths initiative score is</p><p>5 because he is a 2nd level rogue with a +1Dexterity bonus. The thug has a measly ini-tiative of 1, so Gareth goes rst.</p><p>As a 2nd level rogue, Gareth has a base at-tack bonus of +1, and his Strength of 13 giveshim a further +1 to hit in melee combat. So,when Gareth swings his club, his player adds+2 to his 1d20 roll to hit.</p><p>The thug has an armor class of 10. Garethrolls an 8 and adds his +2 bonus for a totalof 10, just hitting his foe.</p><p>Now, he rolls his clubs damage of 1d6, add-ing +1 for his high Strength score, and gets atotal of 4. The thug takes 4 hit points of dam-age and drops to the ground.</p><p>For the full rules on combat, see The Clash of</p><p>Arms onp.17</p><p>Saving ThrowsSaving throws represent a characters ability to resist</p><p>or avoid certain special actions against him, such as a</p><p>dragons breath weapon or a detrimental spell. What</p><p>exactly happens when a character makes a saving throw</p><p>is dependent upon the particular circumstances of the</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 Beyond the Wall Preview 113405</p><p> 8/30</p><p>6 Beyond The Wall and Other Adventures</p><p>roll and the narration desires of the gamemaster and</p><p>players. A successful saving throw made against the</p><p>aforementioned dragons breath may represent the</p><p>character diving out of the way just in the knick of time</p><p>and avoiding the worst of the ames, while one made</p><p>against a mind control spell may represent the charac-</p><p>ters powerful willpower warding off the attack.</p><p>Characters saving throws, which are based...</p></li></ul>