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MagicalBurstReWrite

Beta4FunisabuzzwordEdition
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ThisisFactsrewriteoftheMagicalBurstThirdDraftrules.Itisnotofficialinanyway,
norisitrelatedtoYarukiZeroGamesprojectinanywayexceptforbeingbasedoffit.ReWrite
includesnumerouschangesfromThirdDraft,aswellasalargeamountofnewcontent,
rebalancedsystems,overalltweaksandimprovements.ReWriteisintendedtoreplacethe
MagicalBurstThirdDraftPDFinitsentirety.Thelatestversioncanalwaysbefoundatthe
resourceslinkbelow.
Resources:
Theresapagewithcharactersheets/changelogs/youmarules/generalusefullinks
locatedat:
http://tinyurl.com/MBReWrite
OurIRCchannelislocatedatirc.rizon.net#BurstReWrite.Feelfreetodropbyifyou
haveanyfeedback,comments,questions,orevenjustwanttodiscussthegame.
Credits:
YarukiZeroGamesformakingtheoriginalMagicalBurstThirdDraftPDF.
KaradaforgettingmeintoMagicalBurst,havingformattingIcansteal,makinganice
charactersheet,aswellasinputonpartsofthegame,catchingmultiplethingsImissed,
andlisteningtometalkabout/offeringsuggestionsonthingsImworkingon.
Crayforlisteningtometalk/bitchaboutthingsImworkingon,aswellasoffering
suggestions.
NachtforbeingtonsofhelpwithBeta4MagicalEffects.
Cruxadorforofferinganumberofhelpfulsuggestions,includingtheraisessystem.
Nephilmforpointingoutnumerousformattingandclarityerrors,andtellingmewhat
programtousetobookmarkpdfs.
AhalffaecatboyforbeingincrediblyhelpfulwiththeStrainsystem,amongotherthings.
Everyonein#BurstReWritethatschippedinwithhelpfulopinionsorsuggestions.
GoogleDocsexportto.pdffunction,forobviousreasons.
Introduction
Monsterslurkintheshadowsbetweensight,snappingupanddevouringhelplesspassersby.
Abominationsbornofsomeunknowndarkpower,Youma.Creaturesthatwarptheveryrealityaroundthem
intoatwisted,alienlandscape...Andtheresonlyonethingthatcanfightbackthesecreaturesofdarkness.
You,ayounggirlimbuedwithmagicalpowersfromacontractwithanothertypeofcreature,knownasa
Tsukiama.Soonenough,youlldiscoverthatthisisntanywherenearaseasyasthoseTVshowsmakeit
outtobe...
WelcometoMagicalBurstReWrite,agamedesignedforrunningdarkmagicalgirlsgames.A
gamewhereyoustrugglewiththelinebetweenhopeanddespair.Agamewhereyoustrugglewiththe
destructivebacklashofyourownpowers,almostasmuchasyoustrugglewiththemonstersthatlurkinthe
shadows.Butallisnotlost.Eventhoughtheworldisdarkandyourenemiesterriblypowerful,eventhough
yourownpowersarealmostasharmfultoyouastheenemy...Youhavethepowertofightbackagainst
thesethings.Andwiththat,comesatleastasmallshredofhope,thehopethatonedayyoumightbeable
tofindawaytomakethisallbetter,toseteverythingrightwiththeworldagain...
Setting
Belowisdetailedthedefaultsettinginwhichthegametakesplace.Playersshouldnot
automaticallyassumeallofthisistrueinanyparticulargame,asgamemastersmaywishtochangethings
aboutthesettingtobetterfittheirgame.
MagicalGirls
TheprotagonistsofMagicalBurst,young(typically1316yearold)girlswhovetakenacontract
withaTsukiamatobecomeaMagicalGirl,gainingmagicalpowersintheprocess.EachMagicalGirlhasa
smallpendant(ofteneasyenoughtohideunderclothing),thatalwaysseemstoreturntothem,andcan
nevertrulybelostordestroyed.Thispendantisthekeytotransformingintotheirmagicalform,whichallows
themtodomagicandfightyouma.Inaddition,normalpeopledonotknowabouttheexistenceofmagic,
MagicalGirls,andYouma.MostMagicalGirlsgotolengthstohidetheexistenceoftheirpowersfromthe
worldsomethingentirelynecessaryiftheywishtocontinuelivinganormallife.
Fallout
FalloutisthepriceofusingmagicandfightingYoumauncontrolledmagicalbacklashesthatrange
fromminordisruptionsinaMagicalGirlslife,tothingsthatareincrediblydangeroustoboththeMagicalGirl
herself,aswellaseveryoneelseintheimmediatearea.AsMagicalGirlsprogressthroughlife,theywill
havetodealwith(andtrytohide)thedisruptiveconsequencesthatFalloutbringstotheirlives.
Tsukaima
TsukiamaarethecreaturesthatgrantMagicalGirlstheirpowers.Acommonformforthemisa
smallanimalthatdoesntlookentirelynatural,althoughtheycanappearinmanydifferentforms,depending
onthespecificTsukaima.Theyareallcapableofspeech,althoughtheyaretypicallyeitherinvisibleto
normalpeople(withtheexceptionofpotentialMagicalGirls),orappearcompletelynormaltothem.
Youma
Themainantagonistsofthegame,darkmonstersthatpreyuponordinarypeople.Theycomeinall
sizesandshapes,afewoftheconstantsbeingthattheyarehostiletohumanity,andthattheyareutterly
immunetoanythingnonmagical(atraitothermagicuserstendtoshare),andinmostcases,completely
invisibletonormalpeople.AnotherthingofnoteisthattheydropanOblivionSeeduponbeingslain,a
smallgemthatcanbestoredinaMagicalGirlspendantorweapon.ItssaidthataMagicalGirlthat
managestoacquirethirteenoftheseOblivionSeedscanmakeawish...
Nightmares
ThevastmajorityofYouma(perhapsallYouma)projectwhatisknownasaNightmareanarea
ofwarpedrealityaroundthem.ANightmareistheYoumasdomain.EachNightmarelooksalittledifferent...
Fromanalienlandscapemadeoftwistedmetal,toamirrored,distortedreflectionoftherealworld,thereare
asmanydifferentkindsofNightmaresasthereareYouma.
CharacterCreation
Besidestheobvious(name,personality,appearance,history),whencreatingaMagicalGirlyou
needtodecideonafewthings.Thefirstisthegirlselement.Thiscanrangefromsimplethingslikefireor
ice,tomoreesotericelementslikegravityorlight.YourMagicalGirlhasthepowertocontrolandconjure
thiselement,usingittotheirbiddingtostrikedownyoumaanddefendthemselves.
ThenextthingyoullneedtochooseaboutyourMagicalGirlishermagicalpower.Thisis
somethinguniquethegirlcandowithmagic.Thesepowersdonotprovidecombatbonuses,andbarring
unusualcircumstancesshouldnotbeusefulinafight.Powerscanrangefromtheusefultothemundane.
FlightandConjuringfoodarebothexamplesofvalidpowers.Thisshouldbedistinctfromyourelement,
youcanalreadymanipulateyourelementwithoutaspecificpower.
Next,youshoulddecidewhatyourMagicalGirlscostume(thatis,theiroutfitwhentheytransform)
lookslike.Thiscanrangefromyourstandardfrillydress,toalongcoat,toanythingthatyouthinkwould
lookappropriate.ThefinalpartoftheMagicalGirlspowersthatyoullneedtothinkupistheirmagical
weapon(swords,bows,guns,staves,polearmsandotherrealweaponsbeingcommonchoices.)After
youvegotallthatdecided,youcanmoveontogeneratingyourMagicalGirlsstatisticsandabilities.
Archetypes
EveryMagicalGirlbelongstooneofthreearchetypes.Thisdefineswhatareaofcombatandmagic
thegirlisbestat,providingbonusesinherareaofspecialization.TherearethreearchetypesthatMagical
Girlscanchoosefrom:Striker,GuardianandTactician.StrikersspecializeinbringingYoumadowninthe
mostdirectmethodpossible,wieldingpowerfulmagicalattacks.Guardiansarereliable,resilientfighters,
skilledinprotectingallies,asthenamewouldsuggest.Tacticiansareflexiblefighters,skilledinsupporting
theirallies,aswellasadaptingtothechangingtidesofbattlebyalwayshavingtherightabilityorattackfor
thesituation.BelowarelistedtheinnatebonusesgrantedbyeachArchetype(thesedonotcountas
magicaleffects,andaresimplyinherentbonuses).ThemagicaleffectsbelongingtoeachArchetypeare
detailedintheMagicalEffectssection.
Striker
MagicalGirlsthatchoosetheStrikerarchetypegainthefollowingbenefits:
EnhancedOffense:Youdeal+1damagewithMagicalAttacks.
Overwhelm:WhenrollingOverchargediceonanyAttackchallenge,youmayrerollany1sonce,butmust
takethesecondroll.
Guardian
MagicalGirlsthatchoosetheGuardianarchetypegainthefollowingbenefits:
Tenacity:Yougaina+2bonustoyourBaseResolve.
Resistance:Yougaina+1bonustoallResistchallenges.
Indomitable:YourpassivedefenseisDefense+6insteadofDefense+4.
Tactician
MagicalGirlsthatchoosetheTacticianarchetypegainthefollowingbenefits:
ArcaneMastery:Yougaina+1bonustoallSupportchallenges.
Flexibility:YougainasecondFinishingAttack.However,youmayonlyuseoneoutofyourtwoFinishing
Attacksperbattle.IfyoubuyathirdFinishingAttackwithXP,youwillthenbeabletousetwooutofyour
threeFinishingAttacksperbattle.
IntegrityScan:OnceperbattleyoumaylearnwhetheryourenemyisUninjured(fullResolve),mildly
injured(over2/3rdsResolveremaining),injured(between2/3rdsand1/3rdResolveremaining),orbadly
injured(lessthan1/3rdResolveremaining.)Inaddition,iftheenemyisaYouma,youalsolearnwhether
theyareaboveorbelowonehalfoftheirmaximumPowerPoints.Youmayusethisabilitymorethan
onceperbattlebyspending1Overcharge.ThisisaFreeAction.
MagicalEffects
MagicalGirlsstartwithonegeneralMagicalEffect,aswellasoneMagicalEffectchosenfromthe
listspecifictotheirArchetype.SeetheMagicalEffectssectionformoredetails.
NormalAttributes
Normalattributesrepresentyourmagicalgirlsabilitieswhenitcomestodealingwithnonmagical
matters.Therearefourofthese:Physical,Finesse,Social,andFortitude.Physicalisyourphysical
strengthandspeed,Finesseisyourabilitywithfinemotorskillsandnoticingthings,Socialisyourabilityto
socializeanddealwithpeople,andFortituderepresentsyourgeneralresilienceandstrengthofmindto
endurepainoradversity.
Todetermineyournormalattributes,distribute21pointsbetweenthem.Nonormalattributemaybe
below3orabove7.Keepinmindthateverynormalattributehasusesbothinandoutsideofcombat
situations.
MagicalAttributes
MagicalGirlspowersaregovernedbythreeattributes:Magic,Heart,andFury.Magicisyourpure
magicalpowerandfinesse,Heartisyourcapacityforlove,affection,camaraderieandotherpositive
emotions,andFuryisyourabilitytosummonupangerandviolence.
Togenerateyourmagicalattributes,divideatotalof18pointsamongthethreeattributes.Youmay
nothaveanymagicalattributesbelow3orabove8.Keepinmindthatsomeabilitiesandsituationscan
forceyoutorollagainstattributesyoudidntexpecttouse.
Overcharge
AsyourMagicalGirlusesmagicandfightsyouma,shewillgainOvercharge.Overcharge
accumulatesseparatelyforeachMagicalAttribute(soyouhaveseparatepoolsofMagic,Heart,andFury
overcharge).
BaseResolve
MagicalGirlsstartwithaBaseResolveof18.ThisisyourMagicalGirlscapacityforwithstanding
damageinmagicalbattles.Aftertheendofeverycombatscene,yourresolvereturnstoitsmaximum.Note
thatlosingresolveisnotsupposedtorepresentinjuriesoutsideofbattle(SeetheLingeringWoundand
DebilitatingWoundfalloutforthat),simplyhowcloseanygivenentityistodefeatwithinacombat.Upon
revertingtonormalform,MagicalGirlstypicallyfindthemselvesunharmed.
FinishingAttack
Eachmagicalgirlalsostartswithonespecialmagicalattackthatisparticularlypowerful.Tocreate
yourfinishingattack,selectoneoftheattacktypesbelow,andfinallygiveitanameandassociatedfluff.
YoumayuseeachFinishingAttackyouknowonceperbattleasanormalaction,bytaking1point
ofOverchargeonAttack.However,ifyouhavealreadyusedoneFinishingAttackthisfightandareusing
yoursecondone,youmusttake2pointsofOverchargeonAttack,asyoustrainyourmagicalpowerstothe
breakingpoint.
GrandBarrage:Yourattackactsasaspecial,unclashableMultipleTargetAttack,withnoneofthe
penaltiesnormallyapplied.Alternately,youmayfocusyourfireononetarget,resultinginanattackthatis
verydifficulttodefendagainstwithanythingbutrawpower.Makeasingleunclashableattackwitha+4
bonustodamage.YourtargetmaynotuseReactionsontheDefensechallengeagainstthisattack,though
theymayuseReactionsaftertheattackhassucceededanddealtdamage(orfailed.)
ArcanePrison:Yourattackholdsyourtargetinplace,imprisoningitinamanifestationofyourelement.Ifit
hits,thetargetmustremaininoneplaceandcannotattackuntilitcanspendaturntomakeaTN15
Supportchallengetogetfree.
DisruptingAssault:Yourattackdisruptstheenemysmagicalpowers,makingthemtemporarilyweaker.If
ithits,thetargetrollsonefewerdiceonitsnextMagicalChallengewitheachattribute.
SunderingBlow:Yourattackislikeanunstoppableforce,eventhestrongestdefensecanonlyreduceitto
aglancinghit.Ifyourattackhits,itdealsanadditional1d6damage,butifitmissesorissuccessfully
Clashed,itstilldealshalfofthedamageaNormalAttackwouldhavedealt(roundeddown).
FinalImpact:Yourattackisespeciallypotent,andinflictsanadditional1d6+3damage.
MasterStrike:Yourattackisveryaccurate,allowingittohitenemiesthatmightnormallybeabletoevade
yourattacks.Thisattackgainsa+3bonustohit,andinflictsanadditional1d6damage.
WilloftheProtector:Whilenotexactlyafinishingattack,thisotherwisefunctionslikeone,exceptit
usestheSupportattributeinsteadoftheAttackattribute.WilloftheProtectorallowsyoutouseReviveon
anothermagicalgirlsbehalf,withtheexceptionthatyouaretheonemakingtherollsandtakingthe
overchargefromtheSupportchallenge,andthattheyrevivewith3moreResolvethantheywouldnormally.
Alternately,youmaycastyourprotectiveenergyoverallofyouralliesandyourself,whichrestores3
Resolvetoeachofthem,aswellasgrantsthema+2bonusontheirnextDefensechallenge.
Riposte:ThisfinishingattackmaybeactivatedasaReaction,aftertakingdamagefromanenemys
successfulmagicalattack.Insteadofmakinganattackasnormal,rollanAttackchallengewiththeTN
beingequaltotheenemysresultonthesuccessfulattack.Onasuccess,halvethefinaldamagethatthe
attackdealstoyou,anddeal2damagetotheattacker.Eachraise(uptoamaximumof3)reducesthe
attacksdamageby1(afterhalving),anddealsanadditionalpointofdamagetotheattacker.
Relationships
Relationshipsareyouremotionalandsocialbondstopeoplearoundyou.Foramagicalgirl
maintainingrelationshipswithnormalpeoplecanbedifficult,butit'snecessaryinordertomaintainsome
semblanceofhumanityandsanity.
Youget7pointstodistributebetweenhowevermanyrelationshipsyouwish,thoughitis
recommendedthatyouhaveatleastoneortworelationshipsaboveonepoint.Relationshipsrangefrom
zeropoints(someoneyoudonothavearelationshipwith),tofourpoints(someonewhoisincredibly
importanttoyou).Youmaynotput4pointsinarelationshiporotherwiseincreasearelationshipto4points
withoutpriorGMapproval.
Foreachrelationship,selectoneofthethreeattributes(Magic,Heart,orFury)torepresentthe
natureofyourconnection.Heartrelationshipscomefromproperhumanfeelings,Magicrelationshipscome
fromcommoninvolvementintheworldofthemagical,andFuryrelationshipsrepresentrivalriesor
camaraderiethatarisefrombattle.Youshouldalsowriteabriefnoteaboutthenatureofyourrelationship,
whetheryouarelovers,rivals,friends,relatives,classmates,etc.
TheGMcouldintroducenonplayermagicalgirlcharactersatthisstage,butdoesnthavetoreveal
themassuch.Also,youcannotformarelationshipwithatsukaimatheysimplydon'thavetheemotional
capacity.
MagicalGirlsmayhaverelationshipswithotherMagicalGirls,buttheyaretreatedasentirely
separateentitiesforallpurposes,anddonotneedtobemutual.
Ifyouwanttoinvolveafairlyhomogenousandcohesivegroupofpeople(say,thetennisclubora
gangofkidsfromtheneighborhood),youcanrepresentthemasasinglecharacterforthe
purposesofrelationships,althoughthisrequiresGMPermission.
Allrelationships(asthingsyouwritedownonyourcharactersheet)areultimatelypositiveonsome
level,somethingyourmagicalgirlwouldmissifitwasgone.Furyrelationshipsarealittletricky,but
ifyouhavearelationshipwithsomeoneitmeansyougetsomethingpositiveoutofit.Ifyouwant
yourmagicalgirltobeanoutrightenemywithsomeone,donthavearelationshipwiththem.
Youmaynothavemultiplerelationshipswiththesameperson.
GeneralMechanics
Transforming
MagicalGirlshavetwoforms:normalandmagicalgirl.Intheirnormalformtheyaremoreorless
normalgirls,theonlyunusualthingbeingthattheyhaveaspecialpendantthatcanneverbestolen,lost,or
evendiscarded.Whenamagicalgirltransformsshemayexperienceanelaboratetransformationsequence
ofhercostumeformingaroundherbody,buttotheoutsideworldthetransformationisvirtually
instantaneous.If,forexample,ayoumalaunchesanattackatamagicalgirlinhernormalform,shecan
transformintimetoreacttoeventhefastestofattacks.Transformingisnecessarybecauseamagicalgirl
cannotaccessanyofhermagicalabilitiesotherwise.
Ifyouareat0Resolveyouloseaccesstoyourmagicalgirlformandallyourmagicalpowersuntil
youusetheReviveactionorthecurrentsceneends.
NormalChallenges
Foramundanechallenge,theplayerrolls2d6andaddsittoanappropriateNormalAttribute,
comparingtheresultwiththeTNofwhatevertheyretryingtoaccomplish.
MagicalChallenges
Foramagicalchallenge,youuseoneofthethreeMagicalAttributes:Roll2d6andaddtherollto
yourattributetogettheresult.Inaddition,youhavetheoptionofvoluntarilytakingOverchargetogetextra
dice.AddapointofOverchargetotheattributeyouareusingforthechallenge,androllanadditional1d6,
addingittothetotal.Youcandothisbeforeorafteryourroll,thoughifyourefacingamagicalopponent
theycandothesameyoucanbothtaketurnsaddingOverchargetoyourrolltotrytobeattheothers
result.Nomatterwhat,youmaynotgainmorethanthreeadditionaldiceonanyMagicalChallengedueto
voluntarilytakingOverchargeorusingrelatedabilities(EnergyStorage,FinalStrike,etc).Abilitiesthat
modifyachallengeinsomewaybutdonotdirectlyaddOverchargedicedonotaffectthislimit.
Unlikewithnormalchallenges,ifadiecomesupa6(oneitheroneoftheoriginal2d6orona
voluntaryoverchargedie),youtakeinvoluntaryoverchargedice,whichactsimilarlytovoluntaryovercharge
dice,withtwoexceptions:theydonotcountagainstthelimitofthreevoluntaryoverchargediceper
challenge,andtheycannotexplodefurther(rollinga6onaninvoluntaryoverchargediehasnoadditional
effects.)
Ifthemagicalchallengeisanattack,youdealanadditionalpointofdamageforeachOvercharge
die(voluntaryorinvoluntary)rolledontheattack.Rollinga6onadamagediehasnofurthereffects.Any
timeyouget6ormoreOverchargepointsonanattribute,youhavetodoFallouttogetridofitassoonas
possible.
TargetNumbers&Raises
ATargetNumber(TN)isthenumberyoumustmeetorexceedtosucceedonaspecificchallenge.
Forexample,tosucceedonaCoverchallenge(TN14),youmustrollatleasta14,afterallmodifiershave
beenapplied.
Araiseisamechanicusedinchallengesandspecificactions,whereinyougainextrabenefitsfor
exceedingtheTN.Every3pointsyouexceedtheTNbyequalsoneraise.Forexample,someonewhogota
17onaCoverchallengewouldhaveoneraise,andsomeonewhogota20wouldhavetworaises.Raises
mayalsohappeninopposedchallenges,inwhichcaseyoumustbeattheenemysrollby3pointsasifit
weretheTN.
OpposedandUnopposedChallenges
Anopposedchallengeiswhentherulescallfortwocharacterstomakerollsagainsteachother.
Forexample,youmightmakeaPhysicalvs.Finessechallenge,meaningyoumakeaPhysicalchallenge
andtheotherpersonmakesaFinessechallenge,andwhoevergetsthehigherresultwins.Breaktiesfirst
bywhoeverhasthehigherbaseattribute,thenbyrollinganextradie.
Inanunopposedchallengeyourejustmakingachallengeandseeingifyougotahighenough
resulttobeattheTN.Actionsthatuseanunopposedchallengewilllistoffwhateffectyougetfromsuccess,
andanyadditionaleffectsfromraises.Typicallyfailuremeansnothinghappens.
Luck
EveryMagicalGirlstartswithonetotwopointsofLuck(asdeterminedbytheGM),whichisa
resourcethatmaybespenttoenhanceNormalChallengesitrepresentsthatparticulargirlsluck,destiny,
unwillingnesstogiveup,orwhateverelseisappropriate.ApointofLuckmaybespenttorerollaNormal
Challenge,orgaina+2bonustoaNormalChallenge(whichmaybeperformedbeforeorafterseeingthe
result,inthesamemannerasspendingoverchargetoenhancemagicalchallenges.)Luckrefreshesatthe
startofeachsession.
ANoteforGMs
Inmanyothergames,itisacommonpracticetorolldiceoutofsightoftheplayers,sotheycannot
seetheresult.Whilethismethoddoeshaveitsadvantages(anddisadvantages),itisnotrecommendedfor
MagicalBurst.Theplayersneedtoknowexactlywhatresulttheenemyhas,sotheycandecideifthey
wishtoriskspendingOvercharge(orLuck)tobeatit.
NonCombatActions
Thefollowingareactionsperformedoutsideofcombat,butwhichrequireexplicitrulesforone
reasonoranother.
Awareness
Occasionally,theGMwillcallforAwarenesschallengestonoticesomethinghappeninginthe
nearbyarea.ThisisaFinessechallenge,withaTNassetbytheGM.1214isrecommendedtonotice
mosthiddenthings,15+forthingsthataresupposedtobeverywellhiddenandunlikelytobefound.
Awarenesschallengesshouldbeusedsparingly,otherwiseFinessehasatendencytorapidlybecomefar
moreimportantthantheotherstats.
ReadaPerson
ThesocialversionofAwareness.Thisisusedtofigureoutthingsaboutotherpeopleinmuchthe
samewasasAwarenessisusedtodetectthingsinthenearbyarea.ThisisaSocialchallenge,withaTN
assetbytheGM(typicallyTN12,althoughhighermaybewarrantedforsmall,hardtonoticedetails).This
isnotmindreading,butallowsyourcharactertoreadthebodylanguage,toneofvoice,andotheractionsof
acharacter,andmakereasonabledeductionsbasedonit.Youmayalsousethisactionifyoususpect
someoneislyingtoyou,inwhichcaseitcomesdowntoasimpleopposedchallenge.Onasuccess,you
getafeelforhowtruthfultheyrebeing.Onafailure,yougainnofurtherinformation.
Bond
Ifyouhaveasignificantpositivesocialinteractionwithsomeone,makeaTN12Socialchallenge.On
asuccess,increaseyourrelationshipwiththembyonepoint.Onasuccesswithatleastoneraise,
increaseyourrelationshipwiththembytwopoints.Asalways,increasingarelationshipto4pointsrequires
GMpermission.Ifyousucceed,youcanchangetherelationshipsattribute,thoughyoudonthaveto.GMs
arehighlyencouragedtoregulateuseofthiscookingsomeoneamealisnotasufficientjustificationfora
Bondroll,interactionsneedtobeatleastsomewhatsignificanttoqualify,notjustpositiveinnature.GMs
arealsoencouragedtoprovidesituationalbonusestothis,orevenmaketherollautomaticallypassifthe
situationwouldwarrantit.
Stealth
MakeaFinessechallenge,opposedbyanyoneinapositiontofindyou.Ifyousucceed,they
suspectsomeonemightbeintheareabutcannotpinpointyou(orsimilar).Ifyousucceedwithatleastone
raise,theyhavenoclueyourethere.YoumayevenusethisactiononYouma,shouldthecircumstances
allowit.
Sorcery
Sorceryisacatchalltermformagicthatdoesntdirectlyrelatetoattackordefense.Describewhat
youretryingtoachievewithit,andmakeaTN14magicalchallengewithanattributeofyourchoosing.Ona
successyougettheeffectyouwant,onafailurenothinghappens.However,ifyousucceedyetfailtoattain
enoughraisestoattaintheeffectyoudesire,youmaychoosetohavenothinghappeninstead.Thismaybe
anopposedchallengeifsomeoneistryingtostopyoufromdoingthesamething(forexample,inthemiddle
ofafight.)Sorcerymaybeusedwithoutbeingtransformedintomagicalgirlform,butifyouincurany
Overchargedoingsoyoullbeforcedtoimmediatelytransform.If,forsomereasonyouneedtodoSorceryin
themiddleofabattle,itmustuseyourSupportattribute(althoughtheArcaneMasteryabilityfromTactician
stillgrantsitsbonustooutofcombatSorcerychallenges.)
Thisshouldonlybeusedforsignificanteffectsagravityuserhovering,orafireuserlightingupthe
fireplaceshouldnotnecessitatearoll.MagicalPowerstendtodependonwhatthepowerisandhow
significantwhatyoureattemptingis.Atelekinesisuserliftinganobjectgenerallyshouldnthavetorollbut
ifthatobjectisacar,thenarollisprobablycalledfor.Somepowersmaybesosignificantthateachuseof
themrequiresaSorcerychallenge.Ifindoubt(orevenwhileyourepickingpowers),itisagoodideato
discusshowthepowerwillworkwithyourGM.
However,asingleTN14challengedoesn'tallowyoutoaccomplishanythingyouwish.Whilesimple
successmaybesufficientforbasicpowerusage,raisesmayberequiredtoaccomplishparticularly
impressiveeffects.Forexample,someonewithamagicalpowerthatletsthemcreateportalsmaybeable
tocreateapermanentportal,althoughthiswouldlikelycostmultipleraisestodo.Anotherexamplewould
bemakinganormallyobviouseffectsubtleandhardtodetectforasingleraise.TheGMshouldtellyouhow
manyraisesarerequiredtoaccomplishadesiredeffectbeforeyoumaketheSorceryroll.
SomecautionisrequiredwhenusingtheSorcerymechanics,sothattheydontcompletelytrample
overNormalAttributes.WhileSorcerydoesallowcharacterstodothingsaboveandbeyondwhatanormal
humancan,thisdoesntmeanitshouldreplaceNormalAttributes.GMsareencouragedtomakesureboth
SorceryandNormalAttributesremainuseful.
NormalAttributesinPlay
Unlikesomeothersystems,MagicalBurstdoesnothaveaskillsystem.Someactionsmaywell
requireresolutionoutsideofcombat,however.ThesearetypicallyaccomplishedbysimplymakingaNormal
Challengewiththemostappropriateattribute,withaTNasdeterminedbytheGM(oropposed,insituations
wherethatwouldmakesense.)
Physicalchallengesaretypicallyusedforanythingthatdependsonphysicalstrengthorspeed.
Beatingsomeoneinarace,hoppingoverafence,climbingupatree,andwinningafistightwouldallbe
examplesofPhysicalchallenges.
Finessechallengesaretypicallyusedforactionsinvolvingfinemotorskillsandnoticingthings.
Noticingapatterninyoumaappearancesortakingasmallobjectoffadeskwithoutanyonenoticingwould
beexamplesofFinessechallenges.
Socialchallengesareusedforactionsinvolvingotherpeople.TheBondandReadaPersonactions
coverthemainusesofSocial,butitisnotlimitedtojustthat.Forexample,askingaroundtheschooltosee
ifanyonesseenanythingweirdlatelywouldbeagoodexampleofaSocialchallenge.
Fortitudechallengesareusedtoperseverethroughadverseconditions.TheResistandRevive
actionscoverthemainusesofFortitude.AnexampleofanotherFortitudechallengewouldbestayingupall
nightlookingforyoumawithoutfallingasleepinclassthenextday.
Combat
Unfortunately,lifeasaMagicalGirlisnotentirelypeacefulandhappy.Youmalurkinthedarkness,
readytodevouranyonetheycan,anditsnotunheardofforMagicalGirlstoendupinfightswitheach
other.Whenthishappens,thefollowingrulescomeintoplay.
ActionsandOtherTerminology
Battlesaresplitintorounds,inwhicheachparticipanthasoneturn,onwhichtheycantakea
singleaction.However,therearetwospecialtypesofactions:FreeActionsdonottakeupyourturnand
maybeperformedanytime,evenifitisnotcurrentlyyourturn.SpecialActionsareusedinresponseto
specificcircumstancesoutsideyourturn,butcountasyouractionfortheturn.UsingaSpecialActiondoes
notstopyourturnfromhappening,itsimplymeansyoucannottakeanotheractiononyourturn(butyou
maydothingssuchasdeactivatingFullDrive,orswitchingTwinStylestances.)Ifanactionoreffectdoes
notspecifywhatkindofactionitis,itisanormalaction.
ThefinaltypeofactionistheReactionaspecialFreeActionactivatedinresponsetospecific
circumstances(suchasmissingamagicalattack).Asidefromthis,themaindifferencebetweenReactions
andFreeActionsarethatanysinglecharactermaynotusetwoReactionsinresponsetothesamething,
oruseaReactionandaSpecialActioninresponsetothesamething.Forexample,youmaynotactivate
OverburnandFollowUpinresponsetothesamemissedattack,oractivateRiposteandCrusadersAurain
responsetogettinghitbyasingleattack.
ManyMagicalEffectsrefertotakingOvercharge.Thisreferstotakingapoint(ormorethanone
point)ofOverchargetopowertheability,gainingnoothereffectsfromit.Someabilitieswillspecifywhich
attributetheOverchargemustbetakenon,butiftheabilitydoesnotspecify,youarefreetotakeittoany
magicalattributeyoudesire.
Wheneveranabilitycallsforyoutohalvedamage,thisisdoneafteranydamagereductionthe
enemypossessesiscalculated(akafinaldamage).
Initiative
Atthestartofeachround,everyparticipatingcharactermustselectoneMagicalAttributetobe
theirAttackattribute,andanothertobetheirDefenseattribute(thesemustbedifferent,youcannotusethe
sameattributeforboth).TheremainingattributeisyourSupportattribute.
Todeterminewhogoesfirst,everyoneinvolvedrollsaPhysicalchallenge.Thehighestresultgoes
first,withthesecondhighestresultgoingsecond,soonandsoforth.Initiativeisnotrerolledeveryroundthe
fightcontinues,futureroundsusethesameinitiativeorderasthefirstround.
CombatActions
Attack
Thisisamagicalattackonanenemy,intendedtocauseharm.MakeanAttackchallenge.Ifyour
resultisequaltoorundertheenemyspassivedefense(DefenseAttribute+4),thentheattackisconsidered
tohavefailed.YoumayspendOverchargeatthispointtoimproveyourattackpasttheenemyspassive
defense,ifsodesired.Iftheattackbeatstheenemyspassivedefense,thenthedefendermaychooseto
rollaDefensechallengetoopposetheAttackchallenge(notethattheydonothavetodothis,theymay
choosetosimplytaketheattackandnotriskgainingOverchargeontheDefensechallenge.)Iftheattacker
winsthechallenge,thedefendertakes1d6damage,plushalftheattackersAttackattribute(rounddown),
plus1foreachOverchargedietheattackerincurredduringtheattackroll.
TherearethreekindsofspecialAttackactions,aswellasthestandardNormalAttackdetailed
above.Thesearetreatedasseparateactionsandmaynotbecombined:
MultipleTargetAttack:Sometimesyoullwanttoattackmorethanonetargetatonce.Todothis,
makeanattacklikeusual,choosinghowmanytargetsyouwishtoattack.Foreachtargetafterthe
firstyousuffera2penaltytohitandtheattackdeals1lessdamage.Youtakeapenaltyof2to
yourdefenseattributeuntilthestartofyournextturnanytimeyouusethisaction.Anyenemy
attemptingtoClashthisattackgainsa+2bonus,butalsosuffersthesamepenaltytoattackthat
youdid.
FinishingAttack:EachmagicalgirlhasoneortwoFinishingAttacks.Seetherelevantsectionfor
moredetails.
TeamAttack:Twomagicalgirlscanacttogethertodeliveramoreeffectiveattack.OnemustHold
(seebelow)sothattheyactatthesametime,theymusthavearelationship,andtheyhavetobe
attackingwiththesameattribute.AteamattackotherwisefunctionslikeaNormalAttack,butit
getsabonusof+2tohitanddamage.EachMagicalGirlmayonlyparticipateinoneTeamAttack
perbattle.
Assist
AsaSpecialAction,youmayAssistanallywhoisintheprocessofmakingachallenge.This
givesa+2bonustotherollinquestion.Multiplepeoplemayassistthesameroll,buteveryAssistafterthe
firstonlyaddsanadditional+1bonus.Assistmaynevergrantmorethana+4bonustoanyroll.Assistmay
beusedinnoncombatsituations,shoulditmakesense,howeverthepersontakingtheAssistactionforfeits
theirabilitytorollagainstthechallengeinquestion.Assistmaybeusedaftertheinitialrollhasbeenseen,
aslongastheactionhasnotbeenfullyresolvedyet.
Clash
Insteadofattemptingtodefendagainstanattack,youmayattempttoClashitasaSpecialAction.
InsteadofrollingDefenseagainsttheattack,rollyourownAttackchallenge.Iftheoriginalattacker
succeeds,theirattackgoesthroughasnormal.Ifyousucceed,youdealdamageasifyouhadhitwitha
NormalAttack.YoucanalsoClashonsomeoneelsesbehalf.YoumayonlyClashonceperbattle.If,for
whateverreason,youwouldbeunabletomakeanattackaction,youmaynotClash.FailingaClashisnot
thesameasmissinganattack,effectsthatoperateofffailedClasheswillstatespecificallythattheydo.
IfbothpeopleendupwithanequalresultontheClashchallenge,insteadofresolvingthetie
normally,thenbothpeopletakefulldamageasifeachattackhadhit.
Cover
Ifsomeonehasbeenattackedandhasfailedtodefendthemselves,youcanattempttoCoverfor
them,asaFreeAction.Toprotectsomeoneelse,makeaTN14Supportchallenge.Onasuccessyoutake
thedamageinsteadofthem.SuccessonthisactionmaybegroundsforaBondroll,atyourGMs
discretion.Youmayonlyusethisactiononceperround.
Guard
BeforerollingaDefensechallengeagainstanincomingattack,youmaychoosetoGuarditasa
SpecialAction,tradingyourownactiontodefendyourselfagainsttheattack.Thisgivesyoua+2bonuson
theDefensechallenge.Iftheattackhitsyoudespitethis,thentheattackermustrollanadditional1d6for
damageanddropthehighestdie.
Revive
IfyouvelostallyourResolve,youreinserioustrouble,andthisactionistheonlywaytoget
yourselfbackupandintothefight.First,makeaTN13Fortitudechallengetoseeifyoucangatherthe
strengthtocontinuefighting.Onafailure,thisactionfailsandyourturnends.Onasuccess,youproceedto
thenextstepwithnobonusesorpenalties,andonatleastoneraiseyougaina+2bonustothenextroll.
AfteryousucceedonyourFortitudechallenge,youmakeaTN14Supportchallenge.Onafailure
youtake2Overchargeandgoto1d6Resolve.Onasuccessyoutake1Overchargeandgoto1d6+3
Resolve,andonasuccesswithatleastoneraiseyoutake1Overchargeandgoto1d6+6Resolve.
Anysuccessfuluseofthisactioncausesa1penaltytofuturerevives,asthetollofthemassive
damageyouhavesufferedbeginstooverwhelmyou.Thispenaltyiscumulativeforeachrevive.
Resist
Gatherupyourstrengthandthrowoffconditionsthathamperyourabilitytofight.First,picka
specificnegativeconditionaffectingyou,androlltoremoveit.SuchconditionswillspecifywhattheTNand
applicableattribute(ifmorethanone,youarefreetochoosebetweenthem)forResistare.Onasuccess,
youremovethecondition,althoughraisesmaymatterinsomecases.Someabilitiesmayforcefreeaction
Resisttests
Hold
Sometimesyou'llwanttoacttolaterthanyourturnwouldnormallytakeplace.Whenyourturn
comesup,simplydeclarehold.Youcandecidetotakeyourturnatanypointafterthat,aslongasitisnot
duringanotherpersonsturn.Ifyouholdyourturnallthewaytotheendoftheround,youhavetouseyour
turnorloseit.
Interrupt
Ifyoureholdingyouraction,youmayattempttointerruptsomeoneelseaftertheyhavedeclaredan
actionbutbeforetheyvebegunresolvingit.MakeanopposedPhysicalchallenge.Ifyousucceed,youcan
actbeforethem.Theycantheneithercompletetheactiontheyhadalreadydeclared,orchangetheiraction
inresponsetoyourinterrupt,whichletsthemdosomethingelseata1penalty.Ifyoufail,youactdirectly
aftertheenemy.
Ambush
Theresnobetterwaytoattacksomeonethanwhentheyrenotexpectingit.Ifyouvemadea
successfulStealthchallengeagainstsomeone,youmaythenAmbushthem.Thismeansyouimmediately
entercombatwiththetargetandmakeaNormalAttackwitha+1bonustohit(thisusesupyourturnforthe
firstround.)ThetargetmaynotuseReactionsorSpecialActionsinresponsetothisattack.Ifyou
succededonyourStealthchallengewithatleastoneraise,yougainanadditional+1bonustohitand
damageonthisattack,asyoucatchyourtargetentirelyoffguard.Youmustrollinitiativeasnormal,andact
innormalturnorderfromthesecondturnonwards.
ReadanEnemy
Toreadamagicalfoe,makeaTN13Supportchallenge.Onasuccesschooseoneofthefollowing,
andonatleastoneraisechoosetwo.Youcanreadothermagicalgirlsthisway,butonlywhiletheyre
transformed.Optionsdonotstack,youmaynotchoosethesameoptiontwiceevenifyouusethisaction
morethanonce.Useofthisactionononememberofahomogenousgroup(suchasminions)grantsyou
thebonusesagainstallmembersofthatgroup.
Geta+1toAttackchallengesagainstthetargetforonebattle,aswellas+1Damagetothefirst
successfulattackagainstthetarget.
Get+1toDefensechallengesagainstthetargetsattacksforonebattle,aswellasa+1to
opposedchallengestoresistthetargetsspecialabilities.
Learnoneoftheirspecialabilities.Youmayspecifyifyouwishtolearnaboutanoffensiveor
defensiveability,butdonothaveto.Maybetakentwice.Ifnone,youmaypickanotheroption.
Learntheirimmediatemotivation(Thisyoumaisheadingfortheschool!),beyondeatingpeopleor
winningthecurrentbattle.Ifithaslittlemotivationbeyondthat,youmaypickanotheroption.
EffectsofDamage
AyoumawhoseResolveistotallydepletedisdestroyedandleavesbehindoneormoreOblivion
Seeds.IftherearemultipleMagicalGirlspresenttheywillhavetodecidewhogetsit.
AMagicalGirlwholosesallofherResolveisforcedoutofherMagicalGirlformuntilsheusesthe
Reviveactionorthecurrentsceneends.NomethodofrecoveringResolveworksonanuntransformed
MagicalGirlwithzeroResolve,theymustusetheReviveactiontocontinuefighting.Ifayouma(oranother
MagicalGirl)successfullyattacksherinthisstateshewilldie.
Notethatdamageandresolvelossaretwoentirelyseparatethings.Damageisdealtbyallkinds
ofattacksandsometimesbyspecialabilities,andmaybereducedormitigatedbyabilitiessuchas
Resilience.Resolvelossistypicallyonlydealtbysomespecialabilities,andcannotbemitigatedor
reducedinanyway.Inaddition,onlydamagecankillamagicalgirlat0Resolveoranormalperson,resolve
lossdoesnothingtosomeonewith0Resolve.
NormalPeopleinBattles
Ordinarypeoplecaughtupinmagicalbattlesarenonentitiesatbest,andliabilitiesatworst.Any
successful(notCoveredorClashed)magicalattackwillkillthemasiftheywereaMagicalGirlat0Resolve,
andtheymaynotmakeattacksofanykindoneitherMagicalGirlsorYouma.Theymaystillrollinitiative
andattempttoescapeorhideusingNormalAttributes,shouldthesituationallow.Thankfully,Youmahavea
strongtendencytodealwithmagicalthreatsbeforetheyturntodevouringnormalpeople.
RelationshipsinPlay
Relationshipsareanimportantpartofgameplay,albeitinasubtleandperniciouskindofway.
RelationshipDamage
Havingsomethinglikeanormallifewhilebeingamagicalgirlisachallengetosaytheleast.Your
relationshipswilloftenbetestedbyallthestrangethingsaroundyou.
Eachtimesomethinghappensthatdamagesyourconnectiontosomeone,youmustdecreasethe
relationshipbyonepoint.Relationshipsaren'tdamagedbycasualcarelessness,butratherbymore
substantialshocks,betheymagicalornonmagicalinnature.Nonmagicalthingsthatcancausedamage
includeobviousbetrayal,actsofviolence,andotherparticularlyinappropriatebehavior.Magicalthingsthat
candamagerelationshipsareleftuptotheplayerandGMtodecide.Relationshipsbetweenmagicalgirls
losepointswheneveroneofthemagicalgirlsintherelationshipfeelsitshould.
Arelationshipthatisreducedto0pointsisbroken.Thismeansitnolongerfunctionsasa
relationshipuntilyouraiseittoabove0pointsagain.
SacrificingRelationships
Sometimessucceedingismoreimportantthanmaintainingarelationship.MagicalGirlscanchoose
tosacrificepointsoffoftheirrelationships,orevenoutrightbreakone,inordertogetahead.Thisisalittle
differentfromnormalrelationshipdamageitrepresentsaMagicalGirlburningawayherabilitytorelateto
someone.Youmaynotdecreasearelationshipbelow0pointsunderanycircumstance.
IfyouvemadearollforaMagicalChallengeandyouneedabetterresult,youcandecreasea
relationshipbyonepointtoadd+1toyourResult.Thismayonlybedonetwiceperroll.
IfyouneedmoreResolve,youcandecreaseanyrelationshipbyonepointtoregain1d6Resolve.
Thismayonlybedoneoncepercombat.
MagicalEffects
EveryMagicalGirlstartsoutknowingacouplespecialabilitiesthatgoaboveandbeyondherusual
capabilities.TheseareknownasMagicalEffects,andeachMagicalGirlstartswithtwoofthemoneof
themfromtheGeneralMagicalEffectslist,andoneofthemfromthelistappropriatetothegirlsArchetype.
WhenaMagicalGirlgoesupinTier,shemaypickaneweffectfromthelistspecifictoherArchetypeand
gainitforfree.GeneralMagicalEffectsmaybepurchasedwithXP(SeeExperienceandAdvancement.)
GeneralMagicalEffects
HealingLight:Youmaytake1Overchargetoactivatethiseffect,asanormalaction.Thisrestores1d6+2
Resolvetoanallyofyourchoice.AMagicalGirlmayonlybenefitfromoneuseofHealingLightperround.
Canonlybeusedtwiceperbattle.
CleansingLight:Youwieldcleansinglight,abletoeitherliftailmentsfromyouralliesorscorchanddisrupt
yourenemies.Youmayuseupyourturntocleanseanallyofconditions.Thiscostsonepointof
Overcharge,andallowsanallyofyourchoicetouseResistasaFreeAction.Alternately,onceperbattle
youmayassaultanenemywiththislight.TreatthislikeaNormalAttackorMultipleTargetAttack,except
youmayuseSupportinsteadofAttack,andifyouhit,yourenemytakesa1penaltytoallAttack
challengesanda1penaltytoalldamagedealtuntiltheendofitsnextturn.
EnergyStorage:Onceperbattle,youmayaddafreevoluntaryOverchargedietoanyMagicalChallenge.
Additionally,onceperbattleyoumayinvokethiseffecttopayonepointofOverchargetowardsthecostof
activatinganyabilityormagicaleffect.Thiseffectmayalsobeusedoutofcombat,oncepersession,but
maynotbeusedtoenhanceFinishingAttacks.
Aegis:YoumayactivatethiseffecttoenhanceaMagicalGirlsdefensesagainstanattack.Whenrolling
theDefenseChallenge,theMagicalGirlinquestiongainsa+1bonusonthechallenge,andmayrollan
extra1d6anddropthelowestdie.Thismaybeperformedafterseeingtheresultsoftheroll,aslongasit
hasnotbeenfullyresolvedyet.Canonlybeusedtwiceperbattle.
Impact:AftersuccessfullyhittingwithanattackyoumaytakeapointofOverchargetoAttacktoactivate
thiseffect.Whenrollingdamage,rollanextra1d6anddropthelowestdie.Aswell,theattackinflictsan
additionalpointofdamage.Thismaybeperformedafterseeingthedamageroll.
Resilience:Reducethedamagetakenfromallsourcesby1.
Regeneration:AtthestartofeachturnyouregainonepointofResolve.
StrengthFromAdversity:Somepeoplefreezeupwhentheirlifeisonthelineandtheyrestandingatthe
edgeofmeetingtheirfate.Andthentheresyou.Aslongasyouareatorunderonethirdofyourmaximum
Resolve(roundup),yougaina+1bonustoAttackchallengesanda+1bonustoanydamageyoudeal.In
addition,uponbeingreducedto0ResolveyoumayactivatethisabilityasaReactiontoimmediatelymake
aNormalAttackonanytargetofyourchoice.
NothingVentured,NothingGained:Oncepersessionyoumaytakeupto6voluntaryoverchargediceon
asingleMagicalChallenge,insteadofthenormal3.Additionally,twiceperbattleyoumaypay2Resolveto
increasetheresultofanyInvoluntaryOverchargedieby2points,toamaximumof6.
KnightsCharge:Onceperbattle,youmaytakeonepointofOverchargetoactivatethisabilityasafree
actionwhileyouaredeclaringanAttackorClash.Yougaina+1bonustohitanddamage.Additionally,
uponactivatingthisability,yougainashieldthatmayabsorbuptofourtotalpointsofdamage,twofromthe
firstattackthatlandsonyou,andtwofromthenext.Thisshieldvanishesattheendofyournextturn.
Assassinate:Untiltheendofthefirstround,yougaina+2bonustoallnonFinishingAttacksanda+1
bonustodamageyoudealwithMagicalAttacks.Inaddition,wheneveryousucceedonanyattackwithone
ormoreraise,youdealanadditionalpointofdamage.
ScalingDefiance:Anyattackagainstyouthatwoulddeal910damage(beforedamagereduction)deals1
lessdamage.Anyattackthatwoulddeal11+damagedeals2lessdamage.Additionally,onceperbattle,
youmayactivatethiseffecttogainabonusonanyopposedrollequalto1+yourenemyscurrentraises.
Overburn:Ifyoudonthit,thatjustmeansyouwerenttryinghardenough.Onceperbattle,youmay
activatethiseffectasaReactionaftermissingaMagicalAttackorfailingaClash.Youinsteaddealdamage
equaltotheamountofOverchargetakenontheattacktimestwo(max10,butincludesthingslikefinisher
costs),howeveryouloseResolveequaltohalfofthat.Inaddition,anyattackthatincursinvoluntary
Overchargedicedealsanadditionalpointofdamage.
VampiricWeapon:Atthebeginningofeachturnyoulose1Resolveandyourweapongainsoneblood
point.WhendealingdamagewithasuccessfulMagicalAttack,youmaychoosetospendtwobloodpoints
todeal+2damageandregain1Resolve.Bloodpointsresetattheendofeachcombat.Youmaydisable
thiseffecttoavoidlosingResolveatthebeginningofyourturn,andmaychoosetoreactivateitatthestart
ofanyofyourturns(thisdoesnotaffectyourcurrentbloodpoints.)
TwinStrike:Onceperbattle,youmayspendyourturntolaunchtwoattacksatasingletargetofyour
choice.RolltwoNormalAttacksagainstasingletarget.Ifbothattackshit,insteadofrollingfulldamagefor
both,pickoneoftheattacksandrolldamageforit,witha+2bonus.Anynondamagerelatedabilitiesthat
triggeronhittinganenemycountthisastwoseparatehits,though.
DefyFate:Onceperbattle,youmayspend1Overchargetotriggerthiseffectafterseeingtheresultofany
MagicalChallenge(eitheryourownoranallys).Replacethe2d6rollforthischallengewitharesultof7,
removinganyInvoluntaryOverchargedicethathadbeengenerated.Additionally,youmaytreatanyone
Overchargedieonthesamechallengeasifithadrolleda3,afterseeingtheresult.
StrikerEffects
LightningStrike:Youpossessthecapacityforgreatburstsofspeed,abletoswitchfromdefenseto
offenseintheblinkofaneye.Onceperbattle,youmaymakeanattackasaFreeAction.Thismaybea
NormalAttackoraMultipleTargetAttack,andgainsa+1bonustohitanddamage.Youmaynotusethis
effectifyouhavealreadyattackedorClashedthisround,andifyouusethiseffectyoumaynotattackor
Clashagain.
FinalStrike:Youareamasterofgrand,overthetopattacks.WheneveryouuseaFinishingAttack,it
automaticallygainsafreevoluntaryOverchargedie.Inaddition,onceperbattleyoumaychoosetoenhance
anynonFinishingattackbeforerolling.Thisgivesyoua+1bonustohit,aswellasallowingyoutorollan
extra1d6anddropthelowestdie.
FollowUp:Uponmissinganattack,youmaytakeonepointofOverchargetoactivatethiseffectasa
Reaction.IfyouincurredOverchargeforanyreasononthemissedattack,youmayinsteadactivatethis
abilityforfree.Youmayimmediatelymakeanotherattackontheenemythatthefirstattackfailedtohit.
ThismaybeaNormalorMultipleTargetattackwithabonusof+2tohit,oranunmodifiedFinishingAttack.
Thiseffectmayonlybeusedonceperbattle.
Interception:WheneveranenemydeclaresanactionotherthanReviveormakesaDefensechallenge,you
mayactivatethisabilityasaSpecialAction.Thisabilitymaybeusedaftertheinitialrollhasbeenseen,as
longastheactionhasnotbeenfullyresolvedyet.MakeaNormalAttackontheenemy.Ifthisattackis
successfulanddealsdamage,theenemytakesa3penaltytotheactionitwastryingtoperform.Thismay
onlybeusedonceperbattle,andmaynotbeClashedorCovered.
Combo:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Onceperbattle,afterhittingwithanymagicalattackorsucceedingona
Clash,youmayactivatethiseffectasaReaction(aslongastheattackdoesnotreducethetargetto0
Resolve.)MakeaNormalAttackagainstthesametargetwitha+2bonustohit.Thisattackgainsa+1
bonustodamageforeveryraiseontheoriginalattack(maximum+3),thenafterwardshalvethefinal
damage(rounddown).Inaddition,wheneveryousuccessfullyhitanenemywithanymagicalattack,you
gaina+1bonustoanystandardactionNormalAttacksagainstthatenemyuntiltheendofyournextturn.
TwinStyle:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Youfightwithafluidstyle,possiblyusingtwoweapons,shifting
betweenoffenseanddefenseasthebattlerequires.Atthebeginningofthebattleandeachofyourturns,
youmaychoosetobeinoneofthetwofollowingstances.Theeffectsofthestancepersistuntilthe
beginningofyournextturn:
FocusStance:Youmayadda+2bonustoanyAttackchallengewheretheinitial2d6(beforemodifiers,but
after+1d6droplowesteffectslikeFullDrive)arelowerthan7.Iftherollisequaltoorhigherthan7,you
insteaddealanadditionalpointofdamage.
CounterStance:Youtake1lessdamagefromallsources.Inaddition,wheneveryouarehitbyamagical
attack,theenemyloses2Resolveasyouswiftlycounterattack.
FullDrive:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Therearetimestoholdback,tofightcautiously,totrytoavoidthe
consequencesofusingmagic.Andthentherearetimeswhenyouneedtogoallinandfightwitheverything
youvegot,lestyoufaceutterdestruction.Atanytime,youmaychoosetoenterFullDrivemode.Whilein
FullDrivemode,yougaina+2bonustoallMagicalChallenges,a+1bonustothedamageinflictedby
attacks,andmustrollanadditional1d6oneveryMagicalChallenge,droppingthelowestdie.However,
wheneveryougainOverchargebyrollinga6onaMagicalChallenge,youlose2Resolve.YoumayendFull
Drivemodeatthebeginningofyourturn,butmaynotreenteritforthedurationofthecombat.
GuardianEffects
IShallNeverFall:Onceperbattle,youmayactivatethisabilityuponbeingreducedto0Resolve.Youdo
notreverttonormalformuntiltheendofyournextturn.AnythingthatwouldrecoverResolvedoesnot
functionwhileyouareinthisstate,includingRevive.Oncepersessionyoumayignoreallpenaltiestoa
singleMagicalorNormalChallenge,insteadreplacingthemwitha+1bonus.
Praetorian:Yourskillatdefendingyouralliesisimmaculate,yourdefensesimpenetrable.Ifyousucceed
onaCoverrollwithatleastoneraise,youtaketwolesspointsofdamage.Yougaina+1bonustohitand
damagewithClash.
HerosWill:Prerequisites:Fortitude5+.Onceperbattle,whenyouarerollingaMagicalChallengeandare
atleastonepointundertheTNorenemysroll,youmayactivatethisability.Youmaythenchoosetolose
uptoyourFortitudeinResolve,andaddthatmuchtoyourresult.Thisabilitymayonlybringyoutoone
pointabovetheTNorenemysroll,nomatterhowmuchResolveissacrificed.Ifthisabilityisusedto
enhanceaFinishingAttack,thefinalcostinResolvedoubles.Ifthisabilityreducesyouto0Resolve,you
reverttonormalformoncethechallengeisresolved.Inaddition,yougaina+1bonustoallDefense
challenges(andSupportchallengestoresistenemyabilities)whileunderonethirdofyourmaximumresolve
(roundup).
RapidCounter:OnceperbattleyoumayactivatethisabilityandperformaspecialClashasaReaction
insteadofaSpecialAction.ThisdoesnotcountasyouroneClashforthatbattle,howeverifsuccessfulyou
onlydealhalffinaldamage(rounddown).Inaddition,anytimeanenemymissesyouwithanattack,they
take2damage.
BraveStyle:Prerequisites:Tier2+.YoudealanadditionalpointofdamagewithMagicalAttacks,and
additionallyrecoverapointofResolveoneverysuccessfulMagicalAttackorClash.Additionally,onceper
battleyoumayGuardandAttackinthesameturn:YoumayuseGuardasaReactionifyouhavealready
attacked,oryoumayAttackonyourturndespitealreadyhavingusedGuard.
CrusadersAura:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Onceperbattle,youmaytake2Overchargeatthestartofyour
turntoactivatethisabilityoryoumayactivateitforfreeifyoudonotAttackinthesameturn.Oncethis
abilityisactive,ifyoutakedamagefromanenemysattack,youmayimmediatelyendthisabilityasa
Reactiontomaketheattackertakedamageequaltothedamageyoutook2(min4).Whileyouareunder
onethirdofyourmaximumresolve(roundup),yougaina+1bonustoAttackchallenges.
AutoHeal:Prerequisites:HealingLight,Tier2+.Aftertakingdamagefromanenemy,youmayactivate
HealingLightasaReaction,howeveritmustbetargetedonyourself.Iftheattackreducesyouto0Resolve,
youmaynotusethisability.ThisapplicationofHealingLightonlyrestores1d3+3Resolve.Anyhealingyou
receiveuntiltheendofthenextroundiscutinhalf,roundup.
TacticianEffects
ArcaneAnalysis:Onceperbattle,youmayperformReadanEnemyasaFreeAction.Ifyousucceedon
anyReadanEnemychallengewithatleasttworaises,youmaychoosethreeeffectsinsteadoftwo.Any
statisticalbonusesyouchoosealsoapplytoyouralliesuntilthebeginningofyournextturn.
Feint:AfterresolvingasuccessfulorunsuccessfulnonFinishingattack(orsuccessfulClash),youmay
choosetoactivatethiseffectasaReactionthatattackwasmerelyanelaboratedistraction.Reducethe
Overchargetakenontheattackby1.Youarenowconsideredfreetoact,asifyouhadnotattacked.
However,pullingoffsuchamovedoesnotleaveyouwithenoughtimetoexecuteaFinishingAttackthat
turn.Iftheattackwassuccessful,itdealshalfdamage(roundedup),butyoumayforceyourtargetintoa
disadvantageousposition,givingita2penaltytoattackoneallyofyourchoiceuntilthebeginningofyour
nextturn.Thismayonlybeusedonceperbattle.
Adaptability:Youcanseetheflowsofbattle,andadjustyourownmagicalpowerstomatchthemonthe
fly,ensuringthatyouneverfaceasituationwithoutbeingproperlyprepared.Youmayactivatethiseffectto
changewhatMagicalAttributesareassignedtoeitheryouroranallysAttack,DefenseandSupport
midround.Inaddition,whenyouwouldtakeOvercharge,youmaymoveonepointofthatOverchargetoa
differentattributeinstead.Youmayusethiseffectthreetimesperbattle,butyoumaynotuseeitherability
morethantwice.
RapidBoost:Prerequisites:Tier2+.OnceperbattleyoucantakeonepointofOverchargetoAssistasa
Reaction.ThisspecialAssistgrantsa+1bonusoverandabovewhatAssistwouldnormallygrant,andmay
beusedonyourownrollsifsodesired.
DivineLight:Prerequisites:HealingLight,Tier2+.YourHealingLightrestores1d6+3pointsofresolve
insteadof1d6+2.WhenusingHealingLight,youmayrollaTN13Supportchallenge.Onasuccess,you
mayuseHealingLightasaFreeAction.Onafailure,youmayuseHealingLightnormally,orsimplydo
somethingelsewithyourturn.Evenifthissucceeds,youmaynotuseHealingLightagainthisround.
PowerSeal:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Onceperbattle,youmaysealanenemysabilitytodrawonmagical
power,asaNormalAction.ThiscostsonepointsofOvercharge,andreducesthetotalamountofextradice
duetoOverchargeorPowerPointsthattheenemycangainonMagicalChallengesby1(almostalways
from3to2),andimposesa1penaltytoallMagicalChallenges.Thiseffectlastsforthenextthreeturns
(notrounds),butendsprematurelyiftheenemyissuccessfullyhitbyaFinishingAttack.PowerSealmay
notbeusedonanyenemysufferingfromtheeffectsoftheDisruptingAssaultfinisher.
ArcaneRend:Prerequisites:Tier2+.Onceperbattle,youmayattempttotearoutapieceofyourenemys
magicalpower,claimingitforyourownuse.ThistakesaStandardAction.MakeaSupportvsSupport
challenge.Onasuccess,thetargetloses1d3+2Resolve,andanallyofyourchoiceishealedforasmuch
Resolve.Additionally,theenemyloses1PowerPoint(orsuffersa2penaltytotheirnextaction,iftheydo
notusePowerPoints),andyougaintheabilitytoaddonefreeVoluntaryOverchargedietoanyoneofyour
MagicalChallenges,untiltheendofyournextturn.
Fallout
InordertogetridofOvercharge,magicalgirlswillhavetosufferfallout.Falloutistheunwanted
consequencesofusingmagicandfightingyouma.Youcanvoluntarilytakefalloutduringfreescenes,butif
youtake6ormorepointsofOverchargeinanyoneattributeyoumustresolveyourfallouteitherrightaway,
orrightafterthecurrentbattleends.Thismaybeignored(atGMdiscretion),shoulditservethedramatic
toneofthegame,thoughitissuggestedtoresolvethefalloutassoonaspossibleinthatcase.However,a
MagicalGirlmayonlytakeoneChangeorBurstperMagicalAttributewithinasinglebattle.
TheeffectsoffalloutdependontheattributetheOverchargepointswereattachedtoandthenumber
ofpointsyoureremoving.Youalwayshavetotakeatypeoffalloutworthatleastthesamenumberofpoints
asyouhavetogetridofyoucanttakemultipleinstancesofalesstroublesometypeoffallout.Asingle
pointofoverchargedoesnotincuranyfallout,simplygoingawayattheendofthecurrentscene.
Attheendofeveryscene,youmayremove1Overchargefromanyattributeofyourchoice,aslong
asthatattributehasthreeorlessoverchargeonit.Ifthislowerssomethingto1,the1disappearsattheend
ofthenextscene,notthecurrentone(butthisdoesnotcountasyour1Overchargeremovedforthat
scene.)
WhenyouincurFallout,consulttheappropriatesectionandchooseaneffectappropriatetothe
amountofoverchargepointsyouhave.ItisaverygoodideatoconsultwithyourGMbeforetakinganykind
offallout,especiallyifitsalargeamount.
TherearefourmajorcategoriesofFallout:Distortions,Flares,Changes,andBursts.Eachare
entirelydifferentfordifferenttypesofFallout,andarethusexplainedintherelevantsections.Theexception
tothisistheTemporaryChangeFlare,andwhataChangeis,whicharedetailedbelow:
TemporaryChange
AFlarecanproduceatemporaryChangeseebelowformoredetailsonhowChangeswork.A
temporaryChangelastsforonescene,oranhourortwoofingametime,thoughtheydontnecessarily
havetotakeeffectrightaway.TakingaTemporaryChangeremovesupto5Overchargepoints.
WhenyoudecidetotakeatemporaryChange,consultyourGM,anddecideonifitwouldbemore
appropriatetotakethetemporaryChangetoyourselfortosomeoneyouhavearelationshipwith.This
shouldbesomeonewithwhomyouhavearelationshipofthesameattributeastheOverchargethatcaused
theFallout,butitcanbeofanyattributeifyoudonthavearelationshipthatmatches.
IfaChangethatspecifiessomethingbasedoffofamagicalgirltraitgetsputonanormalperson,
thatpartofitisbasedonthemagicalgirlthattheFalloutoriginatedfrom.
Change(67Overcharge)
AChangeisapermanentdetrimentaleffectofmagicwarpingsomeonesbodyormind.When
FalloutcallsforaChange,consultyourGManddecideonanappropriateChangeforyourcharacter.Asa
generalrule,changestakentoremove7overchargeshouldbemoremajorthanchangestakentoremove6
overcharge.
SomeChangesarealwaysineffect,orhaveaveryspecifictrigger.Thosethatactivateperiodically
orrandomlywillkickinwheneverthePlayer/GMfeellikeitwouldbeappropriateto.Unlessstated
otherwise,yourcurrentformhasnobearingonwhetheraChangewillbeineffect.Changesarepermanent,
thoughawishcouldremovethem.
FalloutandDramaticTension
TheOverchargeandFalloutsystemsarearguablywhatmakeMagicalBurstwhatitis.Together,
theydefinetheconsequencesforusingmagicandfightingYouma,providedramaticescalationtoconflicts,
andinterferewiththegirlsabilitytoleadnormallives.Whilethissystemiscoretothegame,itcanbe
difficulttoroleplaycorrectlyfornewplayers.Thissectionisanattempttosolvethatproblem,byproviding
guidelinesforhowtoproperlyhandleFallouttopreservethedramaticbalanceinyourgame.
Thefirstruleoffalloutisbyfarthemostimportantimportantenoughtooverrideeverysingleother
rulerelatingtoit,eventhehardmechanicslaidoutinthispdf.Falloutissupposedtobefunandengaging
fortheplayersinvolvedinit.ThisentiresectionisjustaguidelinetohelpplayersandGMswithFallout,and
assuchyoushouldfeelfreetoignoreitwheneveritinhibitsenjoyment,orwheneveryouhavesomething
outsideofitthatwillenhancethegame.YouareonlydoingFalloutcorrectlyifeveryoneplayingishavinga
goodtime.
Falloutmaybethepunishmentforusingmagicinanincharactersense,butyoushouldneverview
itassuchinanoutofcharactersense.
ThenextruleofFalloutisthatitshouldhavesomekindofimpactontheMagicalGirlortheworld
aroundher(thoughthisvariesgreatlywithwhatlevelofFalloutisinvolved.)AnyFalloutthattrulyhasno
effectontheMagicalGirlortheworldaroundherisnotworthremovingOverchargeover.However,
overplayingFalloutisnearlyasbadforthegameasunderplayingFallout.Thekeyisfindingabalance
betweenthetwoextremes.
ThisbringsustoanotherruleofFallout:Generally,nomorethanoneortwo(andoften,twois
pushingit)Fallouteffectsshouldbeactivelyinplayatonce,especiallyiftheyaresimilarorthesame.New
playerswilloftenwanttobegindischargingFalloutimmediatelyafterabattle,allatonce.Whiledischarging
Falloutimmediatelyafterabattlecanbeinteresting,itneedstobelimitedtothepointwhereindividual
Falloutsdontlosetheirimpact.Thatsaid,thereareinterestingthingsthatcanhappenbycombining
individualinstancesofFallout,youjustneedtomakesurethatnothinginvolvedislosingtheimpactit
shouldhave.
ApointthatextendsfromthisisthatFalloutunderChangelevelshouldalmostneverbetakeninthe
midstofbattles(orevendirectlybeforethem,inmostcases.)Thisisbecausebasicallyanythingunusual
thatcanhappeninthemiddleofthebattleislikelytogetbrushedasidebythevastlymoreimminentthreat:
thatbeingwhateveristryingtokillyou.
Ofcourse,notallFalloutiscreatedequal.Distortions,thelowestlevelofFallout,aremeanttobe
minorquirksandannoyancesinaMagicalGirlslife.Theymaysurprisenormalpeople,orcauseodditiesin
theMagicalGirlslife,buttheyregenerallynotsupposedtohavealargeimpact.Ifanormalpersons
reactiontoaDistortionistoscreaminterrororbemorethanminorlyconcernedforyou,thenyouare
almostcertainlyoverplayingthedistortion.
YoumaynoticethatDistortionsrarelycomeup,duetotherulethatallowsyoutoventovercharge
belowthree.ThisisentirelyintentionalDistortionsaresupposedtobeamostlyoptionalmechanicfor
playerstoaddsomesmallflavorhereandthere,whentheyhaveagoodidea.Playingwithoutthisventing
ruleisnotencouraged,asitcanveryeasilyresultinDistortionsbecomingfarmoreofanobligationor
annoyancethansomethingthatenhancesthegame.
NextupcomestheFlareasignificantstepupfromtheminorannoyancethataDistortion
presents.Theseareeventsfaroutofthenorm,eitheroutrightviolationsofrealityorsomethingseverely
unusualhappeningtotheMagicalGirlsufferingthroughthem.Someofthemevenpresentsomekindof
danger,thoughthiscanusuallybeminimizediftheMagicalGirliscautious.Ifanaveragepersonsreaction
toaFlareislessthanbeingstartled,frightenedordisturbed(orperhapsworried),thenitsprobably
somethingthatsbeingunderplayed.However,ifaFlareiscausingdestructiononmorethanasmallscale,
itsalmostcertainlybeingoverplayedonlyBurstsaresupposedtocausethingslikethat.Asasidenote,
takingatemporarychangeonanotherMagicalGirlisusuallypointlessandGMsareencouragedtodisallow
itexceptinspecialcircumstancesitsalmostlikehandingoffyourOverchargetoanotherplayertodeal
with.
TemporaryChangesareaspecialkindofflare,andrequirealittleconsiderationintheiruse.The
ideabehindtheseistotakeanobviouschangeforashortduration.Somechangesarenotsuitabletobe
takenastemporarychanges,andassuchtheGMshouldtakesomecareinwhattemporarychangesare
allowed.Asageneralruleofthumb,ifthechangeisntgoingtohaveanimpactatleastabovewhata
distortionwould,itgenerallyshouldntbeallowed.Somecareshouldalsobetakentopickachangethat
willevokeaninterestingreaction.Asageneralrule,ifatemporarychangeisgoingtoevokethecharacter
cryingaboutmylifeisruined,youshouldstronglyconsidertakingsomethingelse.
AfterFlares,weprogresstoChanges,thefirstandonlyinstancesofpermanentFalloutinthe
game.Itshardtoprovideguidelinesforthese,butthankfullytheyrerelativelystraightforwardinexecution.
Effectsthatonlyhappenoccasionallyshouldgenerallyjusthappenwheneveritwouldfeelappropriateor
enhancethesceneinquestion.
However,certainChangesaresooutrightmagical,sovisibleonyourcharacterthattheyeffectively
ruinherchancesatholdinganormallife,orsometimesevenbeingaroundnormalpeople.Takingoneof
theseChangesisanincrediblysignificantturningpointforthecharacterandthecampaignatlarge,withthe
potentialtooutrightchangethetoneofthegame.Theyrenderthecharacterunabletoparticipateinnormal
lifescenes,whichnecessitatesachangeinyourgamesessionssotheycancontinuetobeincluded.This
issomethingthatboththeplayerandtheGMneedtoheavilyconsiderbeforeitenterstheirgame(andthe
GMshouldnotbeafraidtotelltheplayerthattheycannottakeoneofthesechangesifitdoesnotcurrently
fitthegame.)Thatsaid,dontletthisscareyouofffromeverincludingthesechangesinyourgame.They
canmakeforexcellentdramaandroleplayifusedcorrectly,astheMagicalGirlstruggleswiththefactthat
shecannolongerliveanormallife.
Finally,wecometoBurststhepinnacleofFallout,incrediblydestructiveanddangerous
backlashesofrawenergygonefaroutofcontrol.Theseareincrediblysignificantevents,almostcertainto
affectthetoneofyourgame.ThereslittletosayaboutwhathappenswhenaBurstisinplayits
guaranteedtobesignificant,almostnomatterwhat.However,theresonethingyoumighthavenoticed
aboutBurstsitsincrediblydifficulttoactuallyhaveonehappen,asyoucantakeChangesassoonasyou
hitthe67Overchargerange,droppingto0OverchargeandbeingnowherenearthedangeroftakingaBurst.
ThismeansaplayeralmosthastowanttohaveaBursthappentohaveoneoccur.Thisisentirely
intentional.Burstshaveaverylargeimpactonthegame,andusuallyonthecharactergeneratingthem.As
such,theyrenotsomethingthatshouldoccurwithoutatleastsomeforethought,orsomethingthatshould
occuranywherenearoften.AnentiregamecouldpasswithonlyasingleBurstgoingoff,orevenwithouta
Burstgoingoffatall.Theresnothingwrongwiththis,Burstsdefinitelyarentsomethingagameneedstobe
successful.
Onequestionthatyoumaybeaskingbythispointiswell,whendoItakeFallout?Theansweris
thattherearetwomainways,oneofwhichtendstobepreferred.ThefirstwayistohaveFalloutsimplyfit
intoscenesthatyouvealreadygotgoingon.Thishastobeappropriate(asusual,makesuretoatleast
checkinquicklywithyourGMbeforetakingFallout),butitgenerallyprovidesthemostnaturalexperience:
Falloutinterruptingthingsyourcharacterwouldalreadybedoing.Thesecondwayistomakeupspecial
minisessionsthatexistentirelyforthepurposesofdischargingFallout.Youshouldgenerallyaimtousethe
firstmethod,asittendstoprovideabetterexperience(aswellasplacinglessburdenontheGM),butit
maynotalwaysbepossibleoradvisabletodischargeallofyourFalloutinthiswayandsometimesplayers
maycomeupwithideasthatwouldjustworkbetterifgiventheirownscenes.
NextistheGMsroleinFallout.TheGMsroleinFalloutistoguidetheplayersthroughthesystem
andmakesureeverythingsrunningsmoothly.Inmostcases,thisjustinvolvesmakingsurethattheFallout
theplayersaretakingisactuallyhavinganimpact,ratherthanbeingpointless.Thisalsoinvolveshelping
playerswithsuggestions(whentheyexpressadesireforthem)onwhatkindofFallouttotake,something
thatnewplayerscanhavetroublewith.AnotherthingismakingsuretheFalloutgoingonfitsthekindof
gameyourerunning.Thebiggestinstanceofthisisliferuiningchanges,butitmayalsocomeupwith
differentkindsofFallout.
TheGMisnotheretopoliceFallout.Forexample,aGMshouldnevertellaplayerthatfallout
wasntgoodenough,itdoesntcountthisisbothunhelpfulandfrustrating.Instead,theyshouldbegiving
yousuggestionsonhowyoucouldhaveusedthefallouttocreateabetterscene.Beflexiblewiththe
mechanics.IfaplayerwantstogoforsomethinginterestingthatsnotinthePDF,thenrunwithit.Thisisnt
aGMsvsplayersmechanic.Farfromit.GMsandplayersaresupposedtoworktogethertocreatethe
bestexperiencepossible.
MagicFallout
Distortion(23Overcharge)
RealityDistortions
Theexcessmagicyouveaccumulatedleaksoutintotheworld,makingthingsaroundyoubecome
strangeandunsettling.Theymayormaynotberelatedtoyourelement,atyouroption.
Adistortionthatremoves2pointsofOverchargecausessomethingstrangeandmagicaltohappen
inthenearbyarea.Thisshouldbeclearlyoutofthenorm,somethingsurprisingenoughforpeopleto
commenton,butitsmoreofamagicaloddityorminorannoyancethananythingserioushappening.
Adistortionthatremoves3pointsofOverchargecausessomeunmistakeablymagicaldistortionto
disruptthelivesofthepeoplearoundyou.Thisshouldbeveryhardtorationalizeawayasanormalevent,
andgenerallysomewhatlargerinscalethanthe2pointdistortion(althoughasadistortion,neitherofthem
arerequiredtobeparticularlylarge.)Normalpeopleshouldbeleftwonderingjustwhatsgoingon...
Flare(45Overcharge)
SevereDistortion
Yourmagicalpowerrunsrampant,creatingaseveredistortioninthefabricofreality.Thisresultsin
apotentiallydangerousmagicaleventinthenearbyarea.Examplesincludethingslikethegravityinaroom
inverting,theskyrainingblood,thenearbyareabeingtemporarilywarpedintosomethingthatlookslikea
Nightmare,andsoon.Thisremovesupto5pointsofOvercharge.
ElementalFlare
Thepowerofyourmagicalelementgoesoutofcontrolinadramaticway,leavingyouasaflaring
beacon,wreathedintheuncontrolledpowerofyourelement.Whatexactlyhappenswillheavilydependon
whatyourelementis,butitisunmistakablymagicalandpotentiallydangerous.Afireusercouldbe
wreathedinflames,settinganythingtheytouchablaze.Anearthusercouldtemporarilyturnintoliving
stone,multiplyingtheirweightuntilthefloorcracksunderneaththem,etc.Itsusuallypossibletoavoid
hurtingpeoplewiththisbystayingawayfromthem,thankfully.Thisremovesupto5pointsofOvercharge.
TwistedEnchantment
Thebuildupofyourmagicalpowersdischargesinaratherpermanentway,warpinganearbyobject
intosomethingfarfromnormal.Theresultdoesntneedtobedangerous,butitdoesneedtobeclearly
magicalandreadilyapparent,attheleasttoanyonetryingtousetheobjectforitsintendedpurpose.Italso
shouldntimprovetheobject,onlyhinderitmagicalbacklashisneverthatkind.Examplesincludewarping
atablesothatitlookslikesomethingfromaNightmare,cursingamicrowavesoitwarpsthefoodinto
somethingstrangeinsteadofmicrowavingit,etc.Thisremovesupto4pointsofOvercharge.
TemporaryChange
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Change(67Overcharge)
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Burst(8+Overcharge)
MagicalBurst
Theexcessmagicalpoweryouveaccumulatedturnsintoanexplosionofrawpowerthatannihilates
anythingandanyonenearby,exceptingbeingsofconsiderablemagicalpower.
Everyonewithintheareaofeffectloses2ResolveperpointofOvercharge,andnormalpeopleare
disintegratedwithoutatrace,thoughitispossibleformagicuserstoescapeunscathedbyrollinga
MagicbasedchallengeandgettingaresultequaltoorabovetwicetheOverchargepointsthatwentintothe
MagicalBurst.ThesizeoftheareaaffecteddependsonhowmanyOverchargepointswentintotheMagical
Burst,asfollows:
Overcharge AreaAffected
8 Sizeofahouse
9 Sizeofalargerbuilding
10 Sizeofaskyscraper
11 Acityblock
12 Severalcityblocks
13+ GMdiscretion
AtyourGMsoption,ifyouhaveaMagicalBurstformandyoudonothaveanyRelationshipsatall,
youwilltransformintoayouma.YourmagicalgirlbecomesamonsterunderthecontroloftheGame
Master.
Changes:
1.DiscoloredSkin
Yourbodytakesonastrangecolor.Whenyouretransformedthiscolorationisextremelyobvious,butwhen
yourenottransformeditsmoreofasubtletinttoyourskincolor.
2.Molting
Everynowandthenyouhavetoshedyourskin.Itlookslikeyourepullingoffarubberybodysuit,andeach
timeyoumoltyoulookjustalittledifferent.Ifyouputoffmoltingyoustartfeelingprogressivelymore
uncomfortable,untilitbecomestotallyunbearable.
3.ThirdEye
Athirdeyeopensupinyourforehead.Itsnottoohardtohideifyourecareful,butitsathirdeyeinyour
forehead.
4.Baldness
Thehaironyourheadsimplyfallsoutandwontgrowback.Considerbuyingagoodwig.
5.CandyScent
Yourbodyalwayssmellsofsweetcandy.Whilenotunpleasant,itisquiteunusual.
6.RococoStyle
Youhaveasortofmagicalauraofgarishornateness.Yourbelongingssubtlyalterthemselvestobecome
elaborateandlacy,yourpackedlunchseemstobecomeallsweets,andsoon.
7.ThemeMusic
Cute,peppymusicjustsortofformsintheairaroundyouattimes.
8.Wings
Yousproutapairofwings,largeenoughtobeconspicuousbutnotlargeenoughtofly.Theywillbe
extremelydifficulttoconceal.Youcouldcutthemoff,butitwouldbeastonishinglypainful,andleavebloody
stumpsonyourback.
9.DollJoints
Yourbodyhasjointslikeawellmadedoll.Althoughyouarestillmadeoffleshandblood,youmustwear
clothesthatcovermostofyourbodyifyouwanttohidethedolljoints.Also,yourlimbsareremovable,and
couldevenbeswappedwiththoseofsomeoneelsewhohasthismutation.
10.Pallor
Yourskinbecomesunnervinglypale,andyoureyesbecomesunken,likeyoureverysick.
11.Glowing
Yourskinoccasionallystartstoglow.
12.MagicVoice
Yourvoicehasmagicalpowerthatcutsinandoutatrandom.Everynowandthenpeoplearemagically
compelledtocarryoutsomethingyousayinthemostliteralmannertheycanmanage,butyouhaveno
controloverwhatorwhen.MagicalGirlsareimmunetothiseffect.
13.EMPhenomenon
Yourbodyemitselectromagneticwavesthatdisruptelectronics.Cellphonesandotherthingsthatrequire
radiosignalsstopworkingwithinacityblockofyou,andyoucannolongerusecellphones,computers,
etc.yourself.
14.MagicalReflection
Yourreflectioninanygivensurfacehasamindofitsown.
15.TechnicolorYawn
Youperiodicallyfeelsicktoyourstomachandthrowupastrangerainbowcoloredsubstance.Sometimesit
formsintocutelittlecreaturesthatscurryofftoneverbeseenagain.
16.Heterochromia
Oneofyoureyesisred,andtheotherisblue(orsomeothercombination).Botharevivid,unnaturalcolors.
17.MaddeningCostumePattern
Yourcostumeiscoveredbyastrangepattern.Peoplewholookatitgetheadachesinshortorder,andif
someoneweretostareatitforalongtimetheymightgocrazy.
18.YoumaAllergy
Youcannolongerignoreyouma,becausebeinginthesamegeneralareaasonecausesdebilitating
headachesandnausea.
19.MagicalDiet
Youcannolongerhandlenormalfood,insteadgainingsustenancefrommagicalenergy.Eatingfoodalways
givesyoufoodpoisoningtypesymptoms.
20.AlwaysTransformed
Youlosetheabilitytoreverttoyournormalform.Nomatterwhatyoudo,youwillalwaysappearinyour
outlandishcostume.Ifsomeoneotherthanamagicalgirlgetsthismutation,theirclothesalwaysdistortinto
somethingoutlandish.
21.NightmareVision
YouexperiencetheentireworldasonecolossalNightmare.Everythingisdistortedandsurreal,andwhileit
usuallymanagestofollowthepropershapeofreality,sometimesitsdangerouslyoff.
22.Undead
Yourbodyseemstohavedied,yetkeepsmovingbecauseofsomekindofmagic.Youtakeonanumberof
traitscommontoundeadcreatures,suchasyourskinbeingcoldtothetouch.
23.TsukaimaForm
Whennottransformed,youlooklikeatsukaima,afancifulfurrycreaturecapableofhumanspeech.Your
magicalgirlformisstillhuman,butofcourseyoucanonlymaintainitforashorttime.
24.UnstuckinSpace
Somedimensionaldistortionhasloosenedyourpositioninthespacetimecontinuum.Asaresultyou
sometimesteleportshortdistancesatrandom.Theburningvoidyouexperiencewhilebetweenplacesis
terrifyingtoo.
25.SpeakinginTongues
Everynowandthenyoustartspewingwhatsoundslikegibberish.Youdontknowwhereitcomesfrom
yourself,butyoumaseemtounderstandyou.
26.ForeheadGem
Thereisacolorfulgemplantedinyourforehead.
27.Floating
Yourmagicalpowerperiodicallycausesyoutohover.Youmightfindyourselfliterallywalkingonairwithout
realizingit,orwakeupfloatingaboveyourbed.
28.EvilEye
Oneofyoureyescomestocontaindarkmagic.Sometimessomeoneyoulookatwillsuddenlyfallill.
29.Portal
Amagicalportalperiodicallyopensupnearyou.Strangethingscomeout,technicolorspiritsorsometimes
tsukaimaoryouma.
30.StrangeElement
YourMagicalElementissuddenlychangedtosomethingbizarreandpossiblyalarming.Examplesinclude:
blood,radiation,sickness,void,nightmare.
31.MundaneNumbness
Youarenumbtomostnonmagicalstimuli,barringextremethingslikemassivewounds,andeventhatis
somewhatdulled.Anythingmagical(youma,thingsrelatedtomagicalgirls)stillfeelsnormaltoyou,though.
32.YoumaAesthetic
YourmagicalformtakesonanumberoftraitssimilartoYouma,suchascreepyNightmarewings,ablack,
twistedversionofyourweapon,etc.Yourestillidentifiableasamagicalgirlandyourmagicstillworks
normally,butthisisunlikelytowinyouanyfriends.
HeartFallout
Distortion(23Overcharge)
TaintedEmotion
Thestressofwhatyouveexperiencedmakesyouhaveanemotionaloutburstnearsomeonethats
importanttoyou.ChoosesomeoneyouhaveaRelationshipwithanddooneofthefollowing.Ifyoudonot
haveanyremainingrelationships,pickaFlare(seebelow)Falloutinstead.Theseoutburstsshouldgoabove
andbeyondyourcharactersnormalemotionalexpressions.Forexample,suddenlyhuggingsomeoneisnot
validifyourcharacteralreadydoesthatregularly.
Youcanremove2pointsofOverchargewithasmallemotionaloutburst,suchasalingeringhug,
blurtingoutpersonalstuffaboutyourself,abruptlyinvitingsomeoneonadate,inappropriateramblingabout
youremotions,etc.
Youcanremove3pointsofOverchargewithamoremoderateemotionaloutburst,suchasbursting
intotears,blurtingoutasecretyoureallyshouldkeephidden,kissingsomeoneoutofnowhere,etc.
Flare(45Overcharge)
Breakdown
Whentheemotionalstrainofeverythingyouvebeenthroughbecomestoomuch,youcouldhavea
breakdownandstopbeingabletoproperlyfunction.
Youcanremove4pointsofOverchargewithamoderatebreakdown.Forthenextsceneortwoyou
canbarelycontainyourselfandkeepburstingintotearsorhavingpanicattacks.
Youcanremove5pointsofOverchargewithamajorbreakdown.Forthenextsceneortwo,youre
reducedtoanemotionalwreck.Hidingthisbordersonimpossible,anditsextremelyunlikelythatyoure
feelingwellenoughtoevencaretotry.
Infatuation
Youruseofmagicbasedonformingbondswithotherscausesyouformanunnaturalattachmentto
someone.Youwilldowhateveryoucantobenearthematalltimes,andtotrytobothprotectthemand
becomeclosertothem.Thisdoesnothavetoberomanticinnature,althoughitcanbe.Thisshouldusually
lastforlongerthanasinglescene,especiallyifitstakentoremove5pointsofOvercharge.
TemporaryChange
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Change(67Overcharge)
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Burst(8+Overcharge)
Heartspawn
Theintensemagicalpowerwithinyou,althoughderivedfromwarmhumanemotions,becomes
intenselytwisted,andbreaksoffintoanewbeingayouma,oratleastsomethingclosetoone.Whilethis
maynotbeasimmediatelydestructiveastheothertwobursts,itrepresentsanentirelynewthreat,andlike
allyouma,willbeginseekingoutandkillinghumans.
OneoptionforthisBurstistohavetheyoumaformedoutofthemagicalgirlsfeelingstowards
someone(ideallysomeonethattheyhaveaHeartrelationshipwith),whichmeanstheyyoumawilltryto
stalkandkillthepersoninquestionifnotdealtwithsoon.Thiscanbeinteresting,howeveritisalsonotfor
allgames,andshouldneverbeusedasanexcusetokilloffanNPCwithoutlettingthepartydosomething
aboutit.ItisalsohighlysuggestedthattheGMtalktotheplayerbeforehandaboutthepossibilityofusing
thisoption.
Itishighlyrecommendedthatthisyoumanotbefoughtimmediately,bothtogivetheGMtimeto
prepareaproperencounterandtogivetheMagicalGirlssometimetorecoverfromwhateverpushedthem
hardenoughtocauseaBurstinthefirstplace.
AtyourGMsoption,ifyoudonothaveanyrelationshipswhenyougetthiskindofFallout,your
lonelinesscombinedwiththeexcessivemagicalpowerwillturnyouintoayoumamadeofhateand
resentment.YourmagicalgirlbecomesamonsterunderthecontroloftheGameMaster.
Changes:
1.VividEyes
Youreyestakeonanunnaturallyvibranthue.
2.WeakAura
Youraurahasbecomedestabilized,makingyourpresenceperiodicallyslipaway.Whenthishappens,
peoplesimplylosetheabilitytoperceiveyou,evenyourbestfriends,unlessyoudosomethingreally
extremetocatchtheirattention,andeventhenyoullquicklyslipoutoftheirperception.
3.AcuteAnxiety
Everynowandthenyouareovercomewithanxiety.Thewholeworldseemstobeclosinginaroundyou,
makingithardtobreathe.
4.GenderPhobia
Youdevelopanintensefearoftheoppositesex.
5.HugReaction
Acertaintrigger,suchasawordyouheardaroundthetimethisChangetookeffect,causesyoutohug
whoevermadethetrigger.
6.Crybaby
Whateveryourpersonalitymightbenormally,sometimesyoujustuncontrollablybreakintotearswithlittle
tonoprovocation.
7.Miniaturization
Youperiodicallyshrinkdowntothesizeofasmalldollandrevertbackatrandom.Whileshrunkyou
becomehardtocatch,butdealingwiththeworldingeneralisachallenge.Yourmagicisunaffected.
8.CrystalRash
Translucentcrystalsstartgrowingoutofyourskin.Theycaneasilybreakoff.
9.CloneForm
Youaretransformedtolooklikesomeoneyouhavearelationshipwith.
10.Amnesia
Youloseaccesstosignificantpartsofyourmemory.Thespecificsofthischangeshouldbediscussedwith
theGM.
11.NewIdentity
Youbecomeconvincedthatyouresomeoneelse.YoucankeepyourexistingRelationships(theystillcare
aboutyou,andyoullfeelaninstinctualconnection),thoughifyoualienatepeopleyoumayputStrainona
relationship.
12.AlwaysSmiling
Regardlessofwhatyoureactuallyfeeling,youfindyourselfsmilingconstantly.
13.Euphoria
Occasionallyyourbraincrossesitswiresandyougetasenseofintenseelationatthemostawkward
times.Thesewarmandfuzzyattacksaredisruptive,butnotdebilitating.It'shardnottocrackasmileor
sighcontentedlyeveninthefaceofextremetragedyortension.
14.Babble
Sometimesyoufeelovercomewithstrangewordsandstartbabblingasthoughspeakingintongues.
15.NeverAlone
Youcantstandtobealoneforanylengthoftimeorforanyreason.
16.AdultSelf
Youaretransformedintoanadultversionofyourself,ofage17+2d6.
17.RandomGirl
Youlooklikesomeotherrandomgirl.Nooneknowswhoyouare.
18.Rainbows
Whereveryougo,lighttendstosomehowformaprismaticeffect,suchthatyoualwaysseemtobe
surroundedbyrainbows.
19.MemoryLeech
Somethingaboutyoumakespeoplearoundyouperiodicallyforgetsmallthings.
20.ImaginaryFriend
Youhaveanimaginaryfriendwhoisperfectandlovingandalwayswantswhatshethinksisbestforyou.
Youmightunderstandshesnotrealonsomelevel,butyoutakeherveryseriouslyallthesame.
21.YourThings
Youperiodicallyhaveanuncontrollableneedtotakeanitemthatbelongstosomeoneyouhavea
relationshipwith.Ifyousucceedintakingsuchanitem,youwillhoarditandtrytokeepitclose.
22.ThroughtheLookingGlass
Everynowandthenyourreflectionwillreachthroughamirrorandpullyouin,depositingyounexttoamirror
inarandompartofthecity.
23.RelationshipDelusion
Youbecomecompletelyconvincedthatyouhaveadeeperandmoresignificantconnectionwithsomeone
thenyouactuallydoinreallife.
24.BabyDoll
Youbecomeconvincedthataninanimateobjectisababythatyoumusttakecareof.
25.Heartless
Thereisacircularholeinthemiddleofyourchestwhereyourheartshouldbe.Thisdoesntactually
inconvenienceyouperse,butitlookshorrifying.
26.Elasticity
Yourbodyacquiresanoddelasticity,suchthatyourlimbscanbestretchedoutuptoaround10feet.You
cantreallyusethistoyouradvantagemuch,butitllbeafreakysightifsomeonetriestopullyoubyyour
hand.
27.PrismaticHair
Yourhairismadeoftransparentstrandsthatdisplaycountlessdifferentcolorswhentheycatchthelight.
28.ConstantCold
Youalwayshavecoldsymptomstheynevergoaway.
29.UncontrollableEmpathy
Youhaveahabitofpickingupstrongemotionsinthosearoundyou.Someonenexttoyoubeingincredibly
angrywouldmakeyouangrier,someonebeingverysadwouldmakeyousadder,etc.Youcantcontrolthis
inanyway,anditcanbedistracting,sometimesevendisturbing,althoughitmightletyouknowsomething
thatyoudotherwisefailtonotice
30.RevoltingSight
Youbecomedisgustingtolookat.Anysentientbeingthatlooksatyou(youmapossiblyincluded)willbe
forcefullysubjectedtodisturbingimages,disgustingsmells,orjustanimmensesenseofuneaseenough
toshockanyoneunprepared,andperhapspeoplewhoarepreparedaswell.Aftersomeone'sbeenaround
youforlongenough,theycaneventuallygetusedtoit,though.Thiseffectlastsforonlyaninstant,and
typicallyonlyappliesthefirsttimeyoumeetsomeoneinaday.
FuryFallout
Distortion(23Overcharge)
LingeringWound
Theaccumulatedragetaintedmagicalenergyinyoumanifestsinaratherdirectway,impairingyour
normalabilitytoshrugoffinjuries.Thiscaneithermanifestasawoundgainedinafight,orspontaneous
damagetoyourbodygeneratedbyyouroveruseoffurymagic.
Youcanremove2pointsofOverchargebysufferingaminorwound.Untiltheendofthesession,
youwillbearasomewhatpainfulwoundsomewhereonyourbody.Thisdoesnotsignificantlyimpairyouin
normallife,butithurtsanditmaynotbeeasytohide.Itsnotoutoflinewiththekindofdamageyoucould
getfromanormallifeaccident,however.
Youcanremove3pointsofOverchargebysufferingamoreseverewound.Untiltheendofthe
session,youwillbearapainfulwoundthatmaycausesometroubletoyouinnormallife,althoughitdoes
notimpairyourabilitytofight.Itsalsolikelytoraisequestionsifanyonefindsoutaboutit.
DestructiveBacklash
Theaccumulatedragetaintedmagicalenergyinyoulashesoutinthemostdirectwaypossible,
damagingpartsoftheenvironment.
Youcanremove2pointsofOverchargebydestroyingordamagingsomethingnoticeable,butnot
particularlylargeorimportant.Acrackinawallthatcanbepatchedoverwithsomework,abrokenmailbox,
oratornpieceofclothingareallappropriate.
Youcanremove3pointsofOverchargebydestroyingordamagingsomethinglargerormore
important(alternately,severalsmallerobjects).Aschooldeskorchairsnappedcompletelyinhalf,abroken
door,oraholeinawallareallappropriate
TaintedAnger
Youruseofragefueledmagictemporarilycloudsandwarpsyourmind,resultinginuncharacteristic
anger.Theseoutburstsshouldgoaboveandbeyondyourcharactersnormalemotionalexpressions.For
example,suddenlycursingsomeoneoutisnotvalidifyourcharacteralreadydoesthatregularly.
Youcanremove2pointsofOverchargewithasmallangryoutburst,suchasinsultingsomeone,
beingrudeorabrupt,goingonanangryrant,etc.
Youcanremove3pointsofOverchargewithalargerangryoutburst,suchasstormingoutofthe
room,slappingsomeone,breakinganearbyobject,
Flare(45Overcharge)
AngryAura
Theaccumulatedragetaintedmagicalenergyinyouexertsitsinfluenceonpeopleandotherbeings
inthearea.Aslightsparkornothingatallmakespeopleandperhapsanimalsbecomeconsumedby
angerandaggression.Abrawlcanbreakout,andabrawlcanleadtoariot.Peoplearegoingtogethurt.
Thisremovesupto5Overchargepoints.
Rampage
Thepoweroftherageyouvechanneledgoescompletelyoutofcontrol,temporarilyturningyouinto
acrazedberserker.Forafullscene,youattackanyoneandanythingthatgetsinyourway.Youmustuse
yourFuryattributetoattack,butyougeta+2bonustoyourResultsforAttackChallengesmadeinbattle.
However,youtakea1toyourResultsforDefenseChallenges,asyourrecklessfightingputsyouatrisk.
Youcandamageproperty,hurtpeople,fightyouma,etc,butyoumustdoviolenceasmuchasyoupossibly
canforanentirescene.Thisremovesupto5Overchargepoints.
DebilitatingWound
Theaccumulatedragetaintedmagicalenergyinyoumanifestsinasevereway,resultingina
debilitatingwound.Thiscaneithermanifestthrougharawburstoffuriousenergy,tearingyourbodyand
woundingyouseriously,orbyawoundgainedinbattlerefusingtovanishwhenyoureverttonormal.
Youcanremove4pointsofOverchargebysufferingamoderatewound.Untiltheendofthesession,
youwillbearsomekindofphysicalinjuryonyourbody.Inadditiontobeingpainful,thisisbadenoughto
impairyouinyournormallife.Whilethisisineffectyoutakea1penaltytoanyNormalChallenges.
Youcanremove5pointsofOverchargebysufferinganevenworsewound.Tryingtohidethiswould
probablybequitethechallengeyoureprobablybetteroffjustrestingandhealing.Whilethisisineffect
youtakea1penaltytoanychallenges.
TemporaryChange
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Change(67Overcharge)
SeeFallout(PgXX).
Burst(8+Overcharge)
RageStorm
Yourintense,ragetaintedmagicalenergyexplodesintoapsychicmaelstromofhateandfurythat
fillstheairwithabalefulredglow.Everyoneinthearea(usethesametableasMagicalBursttogetthesize
ofthearea)willbeovercomewithviolenturges.MagicalgirlscanmakeaHeartorMagicchallengeagainst
adifficultyequaltotwotimesthenumberofOverchargepointsthatwentintothisFalloutinordertoresist
itseffects,butotherwiseeveryone(excepttsukaima)mustattacksomeoneatrandomeveryturnfor2turns,
plusanadditionalturnforevery3OverchargethatwentintotheRageStormabove8.
AtyourGMsoption,ifyouhaveaRageStormformandyoudonothaveanyRelationshipsatall,
youwilltransformintoayouma.YourmagicalgirlbecomesamonsterunderthecontroloftheGame
Master.
Changes:
1.BloodyEyes
Youreyestakeonacreepybloodredcolor.
2.BloodSmell
Yourbodysmellsoffreshblood.Itisacoppery,unnervingsmell.
3.CanineAnimosity
Dogsjustseemtofindyouunsettling.Dogsnearyoufreakoutandbark,whine,andhowl.Evenadog
youveknownallyourlifewouldbarkitsheadoffaroundyou.
4.WarCry
Inbattle,youhaveanunnaturaltendencytoscreamwarcriesandotherthingsatyourenemies.Thistends
tomakebeingsubtleratherchallenging.
5.AuraofDeath
Youacquireaninvisibleauraofdeath.Smallercreaturesaroundyouandlargercreaturesthatare
particularlysickly(includingpeople)willtendtodieoffunexpectedly.Themoreagivenweakorganismis
aroundyou,themorelikelyitistodie.
6.ElementalHair
Yourhairtakesonanaspectofwhateveryourelementis.Firehairbecomesreddishorangeandsometimes
flicksaroundonitsown,thatkindofthing.
7.ElementalResonance
Instancesofyourmagicalelementhaveawayofbehavingabnormallywhenyourearound.Ifyourelementis
water,thewaterintheschoolspoolmighttakeonalifeofitsownforexample.
8.Exhaustion
Althoughitdoesnthinderyouduringbattle,youoccasionallyfindyourselfcompletelyovercomebyfatigue
fornoapparentreason.
9.Kleptomania
Youperiodicallyfeeltheneedtostealthings,regardlessofwhethertheresanybenefittodoingso.
10.Agony
Everynowandthenyournervoussystemjustmalfunctions,subjectingyoutoabjectagony.
11.Scarred
Youacquirearathernastylookingscarsomewhereonyourbody.Itsnotunnaturalperse,butpeoplewill
wonderwhatagirllikeyoucouldvedonetogetsuchathing.
12.WindmillSyndrome
Youbecomeconvincedthatacertainclassofobjectsisyourenemy.Youwillperiodicallyattempttoattack
suchitems,andexpectotherstothankyoufordoingso.
13.NightTerrors
Mostnightsyouaretroubledbyterriblenightmaresthathaveyouwakingupcryingorscreaming.
14.SelfHarm
Everynowandthenyouhaveanoverpoweringneedtohurtyourselfinpainful,disturbing,butnonlethal
ways.
15.ExertionImpulse
Yousometimesgetaweirdimpulsetointenselyexerciseyourbody.Youcanrun,dositups,climb,etc.,
aslongasyoumoveyourbody.
16.FastGrowingHair
Yourhairgrowsunnaturallyfast,suchthatyouwouldneedahaircuteveryfewdaysjusttohaveitbe
remotelymanageable.
17.EvilTwin
Youspawnaprecisecopyofyourself.Sheisnotamagicalgirl,butsheknowseverythingyoudoabout
magicatthetimethisChangetakeseffect.Shealsohatesyou,andwilltrytoscrewupyourlifehowever
shecan.
18.PropertyDamage
Youacquireatendencytocasuallydamageinanimateobjectsattimes.
19.WeatherPhenomenon
Theweathersometimeschangesunexpectedlytoreflectyourmood,uptoandincludingsomewhatnasty
thunderstorms,thoughitcannotcausethingsliketornadoesorhurricanes.
20.ManicDepressive
Youoccasionallyhaveperiodsofeitherintenseenergyordeepdepression.Yourmanicphasecanbe
happy,sad,orangry,butitsalwaysintense.
21.Pyromania
Everynowandthenyouhaveanirresistibleneedtosetfiretosomethingjusttowatchitburn.
22.FleshyCostume
Yourcostumelookslikealivingcreaturemadeofflesh.Itsreallydamncreepy.
23.ColdBlooded
Youbecomecoldblooded.Yourskinfeelsunnaturallycoldattime,andyoubecomeverysluggishwhenits
cold.
24.MagicFever
Youperiodicallybreakoutinanunnaturallyintensefever.Itmakesyourheadfuzzylikeanordinaryfever,
butotherwisedoesntharmyou.Ontheotherhandtootherpeopleyourehotenoughtobepainfultotouch.
25.Maw
Somewhereonyourbodyisalargemouthwithmanysharpteeth.Youcanconcealitwithnormalclothing,
butitgetshungryandrestlesssometimes.
26.ViolenceTrigger
Sometrigger,suchasawordutteredaroundthetimeyouacquiredthischange,causesyoutoviolently
lashoutandstrikewhoeverrepeatsit.
27.DistortedShadow
Yourshadowtakesonstrangeshapes,andsometimesmovesonitsown.
28.HeavyMetalCostume
Yourcostumebecomesanoverthetopheavymetalgetup,withlotsofskullsandspikes.Itmightwell
intimidatemoretimidpeople.
29.CameraEyes
It'ssubtle,butyoureyesareinfactcameras.Theymakeaveryfaintmotorsoundwhenchangingfocusto
lookatthingsatdifferentdistancesotherpeoplewon'tnoticeunlessthey'reveryclosetoyou,butyoucan
alwayshearveryclearly.Also,toyoutheworldtakesonasurrealquality,asthoughyou'rewatchingaTV
showratherthanlivingthroughevents.
30.ShiftingTattoos
Youhaveanumberoftattoosonyourarmsandtorsothatseemtoshiftandchange.
31.BionicLimbs
Yourarmsandlegsareapparentlyartificialontheinside,becausewhenyouexertyourselftheymakea
motorwhiningnoise.
32.Bully
Youareperiodicallyovercomewithaneedtointimidateandbullysomeoneweakerthanyourself.
33.KnifeNut
Youdevelopasmall,somewhatdisturbingobsessionwithbladedweaponry.Itdoesntactuallyimpairyour
abilitytofightwithotherweaponsorlivedaytoday,butitscertainlyunusualandworryinginagirlyourage.
34.BloodKnight
Therushofbattle...Itsdisturbinglypleasant,toyou.Nomatterwhatyouropinionsonfightingmaybe,once
yougetintoafight,youllquicklybecaughtupintheclashofbladesandmagic.Itsalsoreadilyapparentto
anyoneyoufightwith,whetheritbefromtheexpressiononyourface,orfromabloodthirstylaugh,orjust
fromhowrecklesslyyoufight.Whileyourestillincontrol,andyoustillknowwhoyourenemiesandallies
are,thisisdefinitelyunnervingbehaviour...
ExperienceandAdvancement
Magicalgirlswhosurviveenoughbattleswillbecomebetteratwhattheydo.Thatisnttosaythattherestof
theirliveswillbecomeeasier,buttheycanatleastbecomemoreproficientatfightingyouma.WhentheGM
feelsitisappropriate,hemaygiveoutExperiencePoints(XP),whichallowmagicalgirlstoadvanceand
becomestronger.Thisshouldgenerallybe1XPpernormalYoumadefeated,2XPperBossYouma
defeated,withadditionalXPforstoryorplotadvancementwhenevertheGMfeelsappropriate.
For1XPyoucanbuyanAdvance.PickanAdvancefromthosebelow,butyoucanonlytakeagiven
AdvanceonceperTier.Noneoftheseadvancesmayraiseastatabove9unlessexplicitlystated.Thereare
also2and3XPadvances,whichworkthesameasthe1XPadvances,exceptyoumaynevertakethem
morethanonceunlessotherwisestated.
Tierisdeterminedbasedonexperiencespent.AllMagicalGirlsstartatTier1.Uponspending5XP,a
MagicalGirladvancestothenexttier(soaMagicalGirlwith5XPspentisTier2,aMagicalGirlwith10XP
spentisTier3,etc.)UponadvancingaTier,theMagicalGirlimmediatelygainsaccesstoanewMagical
Effectchosenfromthelistspecifictoherarchetypeatnocost.Inaddition,certainthingsmayonlybeable
tobepurchasedatTier2orhigher.
1XPAdvances:
+1toaMagicalAttribute(maybetakentwicepertier,butonlyondifferentattributes)
+1toaNormalAttribute(maybetakentwicepertier,butonlyondifferentattributes)
+2toBaseResolve
GainanewGeneralMagicalEffect
2XPAdvances:
GainanewFinishingAttack.
+1Luck.
3XPAdvances:
RaiseaMagicalAttributeto10.Prerequisites:Tier4+.Theattributetoberaisedmustbeat9.
RaiseaNormalAttributeto10.Prerequisites:Tier4+.Theattributetoberaisedmustbeat9.
VariantRulesandAdditionalContent
Placedherearespecialvariantrulesandadditionalcontentthatmayormaynotbesuitableforall
games.PlayersshouldcheckwiththeirGMbeforeassuminganyofthesecanbeused.
ExperiencedMagicalGirls
Thecharactergenerationsectionassumesthatyouareplayingsomeonewhorecentlybecamea
MagicalGirl.Insomesituations,playersmayfinditinterestingordesirabletocreatemoreexperienced
characters.ThefollowingruleisrecommendedtohandlemoreexperiencedMagicalGirlsinanormalparty:
Startwith2XPand1d61OblivionSeeds.However,youmusttakeoneChangeasworkedoutwithyour
GM.
AdditionalMagicalPowers
Astheygoalong,someMagicalGirlsfindareasonordesiretoacquireanewMagicalPower.The
recommendedmethodofhandlingthisisallowingTier2+MagicalGirlstopurchaseasecondpowerfor1
XP.Thisshouldonlybeusedforsolidlyusefulpowerspowersthatareminorshouldsimplybegranted
withoutanyXPexpenditure.Thisislistedasavariantrulebecause,unlikeallotherexpendituresofEXP,it
doesnotdirectlyboostyourcombatcapabilities.
MagicalEffects
SomeMagicalEffects,whilenotnecessarilyimbalanced,maybeunsuitablefornewplayersorfor
somegames.BelowisdetailedalistofsuchMagicalEffects,alongwiththereasontheyarenotincludedin
theMagicalEffectssection.
PresentedbelowistheoldversionofKnightsChargeanunusualeffectthatwasredesignednot
duetobeingoverpowered,butduetocombiningtwosomewhatnichemechanics.
KnightsCharge(old):Onlyafoolwouldchargeinrecklessly.Onceperbattle,youmaytaketwopointsof
OverchargetoactivatethisabilityasaSpecialAction,andactimmediately(orafterthecurrentactionis
resolved),regardlessofinitiativeorder.YoumayalsoattempttoInterruptanenemysactionwiththisability.
Uponactivatingthisability,yougainashieldthatmayabsorbuptofourtotalpointsofdamage,twofromthe
firstattackthatlandsonyou,andtwofromthenext.Thisshieldvanishesattheendofyournextturn.
Strain
AsinterestingasFalloutcanbe,itisntappropriateforeverygame.Thefollowingrulesare
presentedforthosewhowishtorungameswithoutusingtheFalloutsystem.
StrainreplacesOvercharge,andisaccumulatedviathesamemethodsasOverchargeis.Magical
GirlshaveseparateStrainscoresforeachMagicalAttribute.However,unlikeOvercharge,Strainhasfixed
penaltiesinandoutofbattle,andisremovedbyincharacterrest,ratherthanbytakingFallout.Strainis
intendedtorepresenttheincreasingexhaustionandstressplacedonaMagicalGirlsbodyandmindas
shepushesherpowerfurtherandfurther.
MagicalPenalties
BelowarelistedtheimmediateeffectsofhavingStrainthepenaltiesthatimpairyouinthemiddle
ofcombat,orwhateverothercircumstancerequiresyoutocalluponyourpowers.Allpenaltiesareapplied
thefirsttimeyoureachthattierforthatattributeandarenotcumulative.Soreaching4Furygivesyoua1
penaltytoyournextrollwiththatattribute,butifyoureach5Furyafterwards,youdonotsufferany
additionalpenalty.
13: Nopenalty.
45: Yousuffera1penaltytoyournextrollwiththisattribute.
67: Yousuffera1penaltytoallrollswiththisattribute.
810: Yousuffera2penaltytoallrollswiththisattribute.
11+: Ifitiscurrentlyyourturn,youfallunconsciousattheendofit.Ifitisnot,youfallunconsciousat
theendyournextturn.
NonCombatPenalties
BelowarelistedthenonmagicaleffectsofhavingStrain.Thesepenaltiesonlyapplywhenoutside
ofcombatcircumstanceswhileintheheatofbattle,yourmagicprotectsyouandkeepsyouabletomove
freelyandshrugoffhostileeffects,atleastaswellasyoucouldoriginally.Thesepenaltiesdonotstack,
evenifyouhaveStraininmultipleattributes.Onlythehighestpenaltyapplies.
1: Nopenalty.Atthislevelyoucanbarely(ifatall)feeltheeffectsofthestrain.
23: Nopenalty.However,atthislevelyouaretired,thoughnotbadlyenoughtoraiseanyunusual
questions.Youcanstillpowerthroughitandkeepyourselffullyfunctional,though.
45: 1toallNormalChallenges.Youretiredenoughtoimpairyou,butgivenagoodnightssleepyoull
befine.
67: 2toallNormalChallenges.Atthispointyourelikelytogetpeopleinsistingyoustayhomefrom
schoolandmostotherthings.Youreprettydebilitatedbynow.
810: 3toallNormalChallenges.Restisnolongeranoption,itsanecessity.
11+: 4toallNormalChallenges.YoumaynottransformintoMagicalGirlformuntilyourstraindrops
below11.Haveyouconsideredatriptothehospital?
RecoveringFromStrain
RecoveringfromStrainisafarsimpleraffairthanrecoveringfromOvercharge.Allyouneedtodois
taketheappropriatetimetorest.TofullyrecoverfromStrain,consultthelistbelowfortheamountofStrain
youcurrentlypossess.
However,sometimesyoumayonlywishtorestlongenoughtopartiallyrecoverfromyourstrain.
Pickalevelofstrainfromthelistandperformtherequirementslisted.Youlosethatmanystrainpoints.
However,youmaynottakemultipleinstancesoflowlevelstrainreductionandreapthefullbenefitonlythe
highestreductionbetweenanytwogivencombatsapplies.Forexample,ifyouhave6pointsofstrainand
takeabriefnap,youcanreduceyourselfto3pointsofstrain.Ifyouthentakeagoodnightssleep(which
wouldnormallyreduceyourStrainby5),youonlylose1morepointofstrain,foratotalof2remaining.
Notethatrestingrecoversstraintoallattributesatonce:Ifyoutakea15minutebreather,you
subtractoneStrainfromallattributes.
1: A15minutebreather.
2: Anhourofrelaxation.
3: Abriefnap,ormultiplehoursofrelaxation.
4: Alongnap,oranafternoonofrelaxation.
5: Agoodnight'ssleep.
6: Afulldayandnightsrest.Youmaynotdoanythingmorethanmildlystressfulorexhaustingduring
thistime,includingattendingschool.
78: Acoupledaysofrestwithsomeassistancefromahelpfulindividual,ordoublethatwithout.
910: Halfaweekofregularrestwithatleastsomecarefromahelpfulindividual.Youmaynotdo
anythingstressfulorexhaustingduringthistime,includingattendingschool.
11+: Alldayrestwithregularcarefromahelpfulindividual.Thistakesaweek,plusonedayforeverytwo
pointsofstrainabove11.
MidBattleStrainRecovery
IngamesthatusethestandardOverchargemechanics,MagicalGirlscantakeChangesmidbattle
loweringtheirOverchargeinthatattributeto0,allowingthemtocontinuefightingunimpeded.Thefollowing
actionisintendedtohelpbridgethisgap.Ifyoufindthistobeinsufficient,anotheroptionistoallow
ChangestoworkalongsidetheStrainsystemallowingMagicalGirlswithatleast6StrainonaMagical
AttributetotakeaChangeandreducetheStrainonthatattributeby7.
SecondWind
Whenyoutakethisaction,chooseaMagicalAttributethatyouhaveatleast6pointsofStrainin.
Reducetheamountofstrainonthatattributeby7(toaminimumof0),butkeeptrackofhowmanypointsof
Straintheattributehadbeforethisreduction,inadditiontothenewpostreductionStraincount.Attheend
ofthebattle,youendupwithwhicheverofthetwonumbersishigher.SecondWindmayonlybeperformed
onceperbattle,andgrantsyoua+2toallDefensechallenges(andSupportchallengestoresistenemy
abilities)untilthestartofyournextturn.