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Beating 6

In the Grit System, your scores are different dice types. The basic mechanic of *Stillfleet* is to roll a single score (a single die) and try to get a 6 or higher. The type of die you roll depends on what you’re trying to do. Contested rolls are won by the higher result. Ties go to the initiator of the action.

For uncontested rolls, a result of 6 or higher is a success on a roll of normal difficulty. And when one or more people help you do something, you get a +1 to your roll.

Uncontested check difficulties

5+
Easy
6+
Standard
7+
Difficult
9+
Very difficult
12+
"Impossible"

Boosting checks

You can also boost your rolls by burning grit (GRT): you can burn (use up) 3, 6, or 9 GRT to add +3, +6, or +9 to any check.

Assigning scores

To make a player character (PC), AKA a voidminer, you must first choose a class and a species and then assign 5 die types to your 5 core scores. Here are your options. Either distribute:

/// d12, d10, d8, d6, d6 ///
           or
/// d12, d10, d8, d8, d4 ///

This means that you either have no scores so low that you cannot succeed in a normal challenge without help, or that you have one low score and one extra d8 (which succeeds unaided on a 6, 7, or 8). The scores you assign, after choosing class and species, are these:

Generate a character with STRINGS

COM
combat
use when rolling to attack or grapple
MOV
movement
use when rolling to drive/pilot, dodge, initiate, parry, run, or sneak
REA
reason
use when rolling to heal, know, make/repair, use technology (e.g., tack a stiffworks), or use a Weird power
WIL
will
use when rolling to empathize, perceive, resist other (resist seduction, mind control, etc.), or resist world (resist explosions, falling rocks, poison, etc.)
CHA
charm
use when rolling to control, negotiate, or seduce

Your voidminer’s mind and body are represented by these 5 primary scores and by 2 secondary or derived scores (your “pool”): health and grit.

The Stillfleet Quickstart Rules

The free Stillfleet Quickstart Rules contains 42 pages of rules, entire classes, gear (sample weapons, armor, comms), aliens (6 encounters with full stats), settings, random tables, and a venture hook, as well as a separate document with 9 pregenerated characters—all different species and classes.

The Stillfleet Core Rulebook

The Stillfleet Core Rulebook builds on the simple rules of the Quickstart, expanding the game with extremely fun character options and rich lore. The complete rules include 10 classes of Co. voidminer, 22 playable sapient species, hundreds of advanced powers, nanotech “blooder” powers, deeply Weird hell science powers, over 20 full encounters, and much more.