Song Of Ice And Fire

While I'm a bit new to Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying (a.k.a., "the Game of Thrones RPG"), there are a few adjustments and rules calls that I'm comfortable making, thanks to suggestions and feedback from the SIFRP community. This page catalogs these tweaks (plus a really helpful table). For our current campaign, see Salt and Iron.


General Resources

Character Age Table

This information is spread across multiple tables in the core rules, so I'm summarizing it here for convenience:

Years OldAge CategoryAbility XPMax RankSpecialty XPDestiny PointsMandatory Drawbacks
0-9Youth1204407
10-13Adolescent1504406
14-18Young Adult1805605
19-30Adult2107804Any one
31-50Middle Age24061003One Flaw (Agility, Athletics, or Endurance)
51-70Old27051602Any one, plus one Flaw (Agility, Athletics, Awareness, Cunning, Endurance, Fighting, or Marksmanship)
71-80Very Old33052001Any one, plus two Flaws (Agility, Athletics, Awareness, Cunning, Endurance, Fighting, or Marksmanship)
80+Venerable36052400Any one, plus three Flaws (Agility, Athletics, Awareness, Cunning, Endurance, Fighting, or Marksmanship)

Helpful Apps

Optional Rules

Our game will use the following advanced and optional rules . . .

  • Everything under Advanced Combat except for Critical Hits & Fumbles and Advanced Reach
    • Initiative
    • Attack Modifiers
    • Unarmed Attacks
    • Attacking Objects
    • Advanced Actions
    • Fatigue
  • Advanced Orders (Advanced Warfare)
  • Destiny & Substitution (test with the wrong ability by spending a DP and explaining how)

. . . but not these ones.

  • Critical Hits & Fumbles (Advanced Combat)
  • Advanced Reach (Advanced Combat)
  • Facing & Formation (Advanced Warfare) - unless absolutely called for in a particular situation

House Rules

Abilities

Language

The Language ability confers skill in your native tongue, usually Common Tongue. It has no specialties. However, when learning additional languages, purchase them as though they were specialties, for 10 xp per level, not to exceed the level of your ability. For example, if you had Language 3 (Common Tongue), you could add Valyrian 1 for 10 xp, 2 for 20 xp, or 3 (the max) for 30 xp. You may spend any mix of "ability xp" and "specialty xp" this way.

Use the existing rules for what this means; this house rule only changes how non-native tongues are purchased, nothing more. (Be sure to also compare and contrast the Polyglot benefit.)

Benefits

Characters may have up to 4 Benefits at character creation (instead of the usual limit of 3). Once the game starts, that limit remains, but it goes up by 1 every time the House completes an adventure.

Benefits From Other Sources

The following Benefits from Night's Watch are generally available: Defensive Engineer, No Kneeler, Terrifying, Winter-Touched.

The following Benefit from the SIFRP official blog will be available, but not to starting characters: Faceless.

Removed and Changed Benefits

Head of House, Heir, & Heirloom

The Head of House and Heir Benefits are gone; they are unnecessary as you use a combo of personal Status and House Influence Holdings to determine these roles.

Heirloom still requires that you be the head of House or the heir. This Benefit is more than “you have a Valyrian steel weapon”! Your heirloom has a story of its own, tied closely to your house. Work with the GM to flesh this out. When you display it and relate its story to the current situation, add your Status Rank to the result of any test to Charm, Intimidate, or Seduce.

Sponsor

This Benefit gives you a strong connection to a respected NPC. If another PC has Status 5+, and is willing, you can instead have them be your Sponsor for the purpose of meeting other Benefits’ requirements.

Drawbacks

Supreme Arrogance requires Status 3+.

Ward is a Drawback, not a Benefit (this is handled very inconsistently across the different rulebooks)! It gives you -1D on Persuasion tests with both your birth and foster Houses (each assumes you speak from a position of favoring the other), and the risk that you may be slain if your birth House takes overt action against your foster House.

Gear

Armor

Full plate armor has AP -5 (not -6).

All leather and metal armor (except half-plate) can be superior (Castle-forged) quality, which means it’s tailored for one specific wearer. This improves its AP by 1 for that person only.

Social Effect of Arms and Armor

Heavy armor, crossbows, and polearms are considered instruments of war – and bows are for either hunting or assassination. While traveling these are considered reasonable, but in general, only guards are allowed to openly carry them in a village or city. (Exceptions are made for nobles, of course.)

Any Intrigue intended to convey, or predicated upon, the notion that you are a safe, peaceful individual is at -2D for any form of plate armor, and -1D for any of “heavy” armor, a crossbow, or a polearm. “Heavy” armor is any non-plate armor with base AP -2 or worse.

Holdings

Influence & Power

Some Banner Houses (under Power Holdings) are loyal to your military might, some due to diplomatically crafted relationships. As such, you may obtain these by investing Influence instead of or in addition to Power.

Land & Population

On Table 6-7: Feature Costs, you do not invest Land to acquire Community features (e.g., towns and cities). Instead, invest your Population to acquire these. Population no longer modifies your House Fortunes roll.

Wealth

We use Out of Strife, Prosperity exclusively, only including from the core rules Godswood (which is not subject to Stacking Bonuses) and Maester. However, note the following changes:

Estate Wealth Holdings'

  • Charcoal: 8 Wealth
  • Food Agriculture – Mill*: +2 Wealth; Granaries: +2 Wealth
  • Quarry, Basic: 7 Wealth
  • Timber – Lumber Mill: +2 Wealth

Lifestyle Wealth Holdings

  • Standard of Living – Rich: 12 Wealth; Lavish: 25 Wealth
  • Trophy Room: 3 Wealth – Grand Room*: +2 Wealth

Personage Wealth Holdings

  • Artisan: As a “variant artisan,” you may take an Armorer, for +1 to House Fortunes and all armor assumed to be of Castle-forged quality.

Settlement Wealth Holdings

  • Brothels: 3 Wealth
  • Gambling Dens: 3 Wealth
  • Gaol – Inescapable: +5 Wealth
  • Marketplace – Specialty Market*: +2 Wealth
  • Minstrel’s Seat – Bardic College: +2 Wealth; Mummer’s Hall: +2 Wealth

House Actions

One new option is "Raiding," which allows the House to send a unit of Raiders transported by a unit of Warships to raid targets, using the fan-made rules originally posted in this thread, but with a few changes for better organization and balance.

SIFRP Raiding Rules (Unofficial): The first page ("Page 0") is the step-by-step summary of how to perform Raiding. The remaining four pages contain the necessary tables (along with the original rules).

Intrigue

The person who initiated an intrigue may not Withdraw on the first round.

Warfare

The default scale (a unit = 100 men) is subject to change to fit the situation; e.g., if you bring 20 men with you and are facing 60, it’s easiest to treat this as one 20-man unit versus three. Nothing changes except where it comes to individuals attacking the unit, in which case:

  • The +20 combat bonus applies for units of 51-100 men. For 26-50 men it is +15, and for up to 25 men it is +10.
  • The unit loses 1 Health per 10% of its forces lost (rounded up).