For instance, a Tough Hero can be an excellent candidate for Bodyguard or Daredevil, but would have more difficulty becoming a Techie or Acolyte. At later levels, the player may choose to multi-class their hero; for example, a Strong and Dedicated Bodyguard two basic classes, one advanced , or a Smart Investigator and Field Scientist one basic, two advanced. There are no limitations in the rule set as to how many classes a hero may have, but two or three are typical. Dividing experience and character development between too many classes results in breadth at the cost of having weaker abilities in each class.
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For instance, a Tough Hero can be an excellent candidate for Bodyguard or Daredevil, but would have more difficulty becoming a Techie or Acolyte. At later levels, the player may choose to multi-class their hero; for example, a Strong and Dedicated Bodyguard two basic classes, one advanced , or a Smart Investigator and Field Scientist one basic, two advanced. There are no limitations in the rule set as to how many classes a hero may have, but two or three are typical.
Dividing experience and character development between too many classes results in breadth at the cost of having weaker abilities in each class. Some gamemasters GMs may set restrictions on certain advanced classes in their campaign. GMs may also entirely rule out certain classes, e. Action Points[ edit ] One of the interesting additions to the system was the action points.
Actions points are used by characters to affect game play greatly. Whenever a character spends one action point, the character receives a small boost in his or her skill checks, ability checks, level checks, or saving throws.
However, through level advancement, he or she replenishes spent action points. Feats, Skills, and Items[ edit ] In order to fit the d20 Modern setting, some skills and items are reworded and rebalanced, and both the feats and skills mechanics receive expansions. Also included are game statistics for both modern weapons and "archaic" weapons, such as swords, axes, and crossbows.
He or she may hold multiple occupations, but over time. There are over 19 different occupations and each with its own restrictions, such as age. As well, they open more options when choosing skills and higher Wealth bonus.
It functions just like any real world currency: income, credit, debit, to deposit or withdraw, purchasing and selling, and so on. All characters have their own wealth. Determining wealth at first level, the player rolls a four-sided die two times 2d4 , and then adds the results together. The result can be increased by occupation, the Windfall feat, and the Profession skill.
Whenever the character advances in level, the player rolls a Profession check. Campaign settings[ edit ] d20 Modern presents three sample campaign settings. These settings, unlike the rest of the book, feature the supernatural.
Shadow Chasers[ edit ] In this setting, evil monsters, usually from one or more parallel dimensions, roam free around the world. See consensus reality.
For example, an ogre would appear to the average person as a very burly man. The player characters are somehow capable of seeing through this veil, and typically take on responsibility for defending humanity from the monsters. It originally appeared as a d20 mini-game in Polyhedron Magazine issue Agents of Psi[ edit ] In this campaign setting, magic at least in the traditional sense does not exist, but psychic capabilities called psionics do.
A novella taking place in this setting was published on the WotC website. Main article: Urban Arcana In this setting, dragons rule the boardrooms and bugbears rule the streets. It is a world where monsters and magic exist, yet the human psyche just cannot fathom them and covers up all supernatural events. Some, however, break that barrier and become aware of the world around them, and help Mages, Acolytes, and other magical characters fight with monsters from another realm.
It uses concepts from the core d20 Modern RPG rules and the Urban Arcana and d20 Menace Manual sourcebooks, which are also recommended for use to get the most from the setting.
Campaign models introduced include: Bughunters , an adventure game and bug hunt setting inspired by Aliens , Starship Troopers , and its predecessor in Amazing Engine. Dimension X , an adventure game setting based on the concept of parallel universes , which are referred to as dimensions. From the Dark Heart of Space , a Fifth Element style setting inspired by the eternal struggle between good and evil, with a touch of the Cthulhu Mythos. Genetech, apparently an uncredited adaptation of the background of the Moreau series of books by S. Andrew Swann. It originally appeared as a mini-game in Polyhedron Mecha Crusade , an anime -inspired primarily Gundam -inspired setting taking place in the s that focuses on the war between Earth and the Colonists, with giant fighting robots mecha being used on both sides.