Most things in Allies of Majesty are decided by the rolling of dice. These dice represent various factors at play in the situation that is being rolled for.
All rolls in Allies of Majesty are made by rolling 7D12 (seven twelve-sided dice) and then one character making Adjustments to that roll. The two most basic types of rolls are Strike Rolls and various Check Rolls.
9-12 is a Positive result for the one making the roll.
4-8 is a Neutral result for the one making the roll.
1-3 is a Negative result for the one making the roll.
The terms used for these results will vary based on the type of roll. For instance, in a Strike Roll, they are referred to as Hits, Misses, and Stops, while in a Resist Check, they are called Passes, Neutrals, and Fails.
Positive and Negative results cancel each other out. The final result of a roll is identified by the number of uncanceled positive or negative results.
While only one person handles the dice, the rolls account for the efforts of all characters involved. To illustrate, Stops (negative) in a Strike Roll indicate the Defender partially deflecting the Strike. Meanwhile, Misses could signify either the attack being partially flawed or the Defender evading adeptly. Hits are ways the Striker struck skillfully. Each die’s result serves as a distinct piece of the larger puzzle, painting a picture of the unfolding scenario.
Results at the extremes of 12 and 1 have additional special effects:
- each 12 is an Epic positive result and produces an additional positive result
- each 1 is an Epic negative result and cancels the extra positive result provided by a 12 (A 1's only special effect is canceling the 12's special effect. Strike Rolls are an exception to this.)
The Natural roll is the roll before any Adjustments are made to the dice. A natural 12 or natural 1 means that the die was rolled showing that face and was not changed to show that number.
- If the natural roll contains two or more uncanceled 12s (not canceled by a 1), the roll is considered an Epic positive roll. Natural 12s may not be adjusted down in an Epic roll.
- If the natural roll contains two or more uncanceled 1s (not canceled by a 12), the roll is considered an Epic negative roll. Natural 1s may not be Adjusted up in an Epic Failure.
Some factors will make the roll more or less likely to succeed. These are represented through Adjustments, Boon, and Bane.
When making any roll, one or more factors will be considered to determine a number of Adjustments that can be made to change the results. An Adjustment involves changing the number on one die to be 1 higher or 1 lower. If there are multiple Adjustments to be applied, they can be spread out among different dice and/or one die can be changed multiple times.
The number of Adjustments made depends on the factors specific to each roll. Strike Rolls, Attribute Checks, and Resist Checks will calculate a number that reflects the advantage (or lack thereof) of the character rolling the dice. That number will produce a number of Adjustments:
|a number of at least:||gives this many Adjustments:|
|+5 more||+1 more|
In order to resolved quickly, Perception Checks and Social Checks deal directly with opposing Adjustments with no translation needed.
Opposing Adjustments cancel each other out so that only one person makes Adjustments to the roll. An exception to this is when a character uses Inspiration or Obstruction Tokens, which are usually used after other Adjustments are made.
Boon and Bane
Boon is an advantage that can be gained through various means, such as a special blessing or good roleplaying. Bane is similar to Boon, but is a disadvantage. While some effects specifically cause Boon and Bane, they can also be applied by the Host at any time. Both involve rolling a number of additional dice notated as Boon:# or Bane:#. Simultaneous Boon and Bane cancel each other so that in the end there should be either Boon or Bane applied, not both.
When applying Boon, roll the appropriate number of extra dice, then remove that many of lowest results rolled, treating them as if they were never part of the natural roll. Conversely, for Bane, remove that many of the highest results.
Herald is about to make a Might Check. Boon:2 and Bane:1 are both being applied to the roll. After equal amounts are canceled, only Boon:1 is applied. Herald rolls 8 dice instead of 7 and removed a 2, which was the lowest result. That die is treated in all respects as if it were never part of the natural roll.
While these Rolls sum up the general types of rolls, the Host can call for any kind of Check Roll desired to fit the need of the moment, even just instructing a player to roll the dice and letting them know if any Adjustments are made.