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Contents Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages, suitable for pretty well any game that has some kind of points based character creation system (and hell you could still use them anyway in other systems).

We haven't actually given any points values to them for the following reasons:

There are a whole load of systems they can be used in - which ones would we cover?

These are unofficial. You are going to have to negotiate with your GM anyhow to allow one - so you might as well allow he or she to determine the points value of the advantage or disadvantage concerned.

It's now 21st December. We're supposed to be publishing at the start of January. I haven't got time and I can't be arsed. Sorry.

Advantages

CHARMED EXISTANCE

It never seems to happen to you. Whenever the rock tumbles from the high cliff and hits one of the party - it's never you. When the scary woman in the bar takes a fancy to one of the party - it's always the bloke sitting on the stool next to you.

How it works:- Whenever some bad event is going to happen to ONE randomly determined member of the party - it will never be you.

Example:

(Without)

GM: "Okay, you're walking across the rope bridge, when suddenly you hear a pistol shot. It's aimed at... 1 is Joe, 2 is Pete, 3 is Jenny, 4 is Paul." Rolls a four-sided dice, get's a 2. "Okay, it's aimed at Pete..."

(But if Pete has Charmed Existence)

GM: "Okay, you're walking across the rope bridge, when suddenly you hear a pistol shot. It's aimed at... 1 or 2 is Joe, 3 or 4 is Jenny, 5 or 6 is Paul." Rolls the dice, gets a 3. "Okay, it's aimed at Jenny..."


Note: This doesn't protect you if the event isn't randomly determined. In the above example, if the ambushers were going to shoot at the first person who was walking across, and that first person was Pete, then he would be the one that got shot at.

CUTE LITTLE KIWI (FEMALE ONLY)

You are devastatingly attractive, wonderfully fun, warm and affectionate, and a Kiwi to boot. You will never want for PC technical support.

GUILT SAFETY VALVE

You are generally a nice person, but you have some kind of mechanism inside your psyche that limits the amount of guilt you can feel. If you do something a bit bad, such as forget to call someone, you feel the usual amount of guilt and regret.

But if you do something nastier, such as cheat on a spouse, some kind of emotional fuse blows in your head to protect you from suffering more guilt than you can cope with. Not only do you suffer no guilt at all, you are actually able to rationalise that the person you just shafted is actually being nasty to you (by shouting, getting upset and so on).

The practical application of this is that you can play a generally good character who can, when it's necessary, carry out the most appalling acts without his or her conscience getting in the way.

LARGE PENIS

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LONG RANGE TANKS

You have a bladder the size of Texas, and when you do finally take a piss you produce a gush that would do the Mississippi proud.

SMILE

Everyone has a neutral expression that their face wears when they are thinking about nothing in particular and are neither happy nor sad.

For some reason your neutral expression appears to everyone else to be a happy smile.

People will react well to you, thinking that you are happy and glad to see them, when in fact had no particular feelings on the matter.

Disadvantages

BULLSHITTER

You lie about your history, life and abilities constantly. You can't help it. Because you believe your own lies, and having made them you will try to prove them correct.

"Hey guys, I can get across the chasm no problem, I used to be a tightrope walkerrrrrrrr........." [thud]

DISGUSTING IMPRESSION

It's not that you pick your nose, or fart, or belch, or fail to wash regularly, or spend most of your waking hours wanking to pornography of dubious quality. You don't. But you look like you do.

You don't know why. It must just be something about the way you look. People (especially members of the opposite sex) who meet you, will assume that you are some kind of odious, disgusting individual and will treat you accordingly.

And there's nothing you can do about it.

FAKE FLAKEY

You're totally sane. As sound as a pound. But secretly, deep down inside, you're scared that you're boring. If you were mad you'd be much more interesting. So mad is what you try to convince yourself and everyone else that you are.

You know those highly boring people, who work in highly boring offices, for highly boring companies - yet still feel the need to put a sign on their desk, stating: "You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps."

That's you that is. You'll never lose an opportunity to tell all and sundry about how totally whacky and out-to-lunch you are.

This has two main disadvantages:

a) People who know you, know you're totally sane, but are constantly irritated by your stubborn insistence that you are on the edge of a total breakdown.

b) People who don't know you believe what you say, think you're a dangerous lunatic, and therefore avoid you.

SHORT RANGE TANKS

You have a bladder the size of a walnut. When the going gets tough, you usually require somewhere to go.

SILLY LAUGH

When you laugh it sounds stupid (sea-lion barking is a common one). Unfortunately, since laughter is pretty much involuntary there's not a lot you can do about it.

SMALL PENIS

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SMIRK

Everyone has a neutral expression that their face wears when they are thinking about nothing in particular and are neither happy nor sad.

For some reason your neutral expression appears to everyone else to be a smug smirk.

People will react badly to you, thinking that you are making fun of them, or patronising them, when in fact you were doing nothing of the sort.

SQUEAKY VOICE

You have a high-pitched squeaky voice. This makes dealing with people very hard as they will immediately stereotype you as week / childlike / unreliable.
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