Crossposted from Polyhedral Nonsense
For my one-shot of the Noir Hack, I created a new house rule called the Straight Dope. It’s based on the Flashlight/Smokes idea from the Cthulhu Hack.
The idea is to model the social connections a character might have for particular institutions, that they could use to get information or make things happen.
Each community a character is connected to will be given a usage die. Every time the connection is used the usage die will be rolled normally.
For example – a player is searching for “Geronimo” Johnson, a notorious bootlegger, who is hiding out somewhere in the city. The player has D8 Straight Dope connection with the underworld. They can use that information to get a clue or at least some information. They will roll that usage die normally to see if their connection is downgraded.
Once a Straight Dope connection is used up, the player…
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