Plot Points

Plot Points do a lot of nifty things. You accumulate them by rolling along with the ups and the downs of interactive storytelling, and in return can spend them to bend the story to suit you.

Spend them to:

  • Affect die rolls (after the roll’s complete result is known)
    • Spend one to force the reroll of any die— such as your hit, damage, or foe saving throw— and take either result
    • Spend one to make your d20 die roll a 12— DM generally does not allow this in offensive combat actions
      • Otherwise you could save it for your once-a-day spell or ability and that’s not cool— spend to reroll instead and take your chances
  • Make changes to the world or your backstory, in your favor
    • Spend one to get a somewhat convenient coincidence
    • Spend more for more improbable and significant tweaks
    • Adjust backstory to get unusual connections, status, or item
    • Customise or create a feature of a room or outside area
  • Settle honest ambivalences between player and DM
    • DM can give one to a player if DM insists on something disadvantageous that the player honestly imagined some other way
    • You can spend one to win a disagreement about a borderline case— is that grass really tall enough to crawl through hidden? Spend a Plot Point to make it so.

Earn them by:

  • Doing something that fits your character even if it’s actually bad for that character
    • In other words, for resisting the urge to min-max your decisions to make your character as successful as possible
  • Revealing an “aha” connection between facts in the revealed story and your current situation
  • Introducing a complication for yourself
    • This is the opposite of spending to get advantageous coincidences and rare events— you gain points by doing the opposite
  • Calling out a disadvantage or adversity that the DM missed, but makes sense, or follows the rules
  • Remembering to apply a special disadvantage you have because you rolled a 1 (see house rules)

At the end of the session, the DM will lead a discussion of who should get Plot Points. It’s best if each nominated award gets seconded by a different player.

PP accumulate onto you as a player, not your character, so you can spend PP that you earned from one character on another character. Write them on your index card where you track XP.

Minor notes

As one of the house rules, Plot Points replace the Inspiration system in D&D.

Inspired by the Cortex System.

Plot Points

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