Saturday, April 24, 2021

Oh Fuck, its a Legamon!


So let's push the focus onto what is happening instead of what numbers did I roll. I've got two ideas. Changing the environment based on moves is the first one and clashing moves will come soon.

FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT.

Consider two scenarios. The first, from our childhood:

Charmander used Ember. Squirtle took 5 damage. It's not very effective.

The second from our childhood dreams:

Charmander used Ember. Squirtle took 5 damage. Flame splashes around Squirtle, the warehouse begins to burn and the air begins to fill with smoke!

A minor change consisting only of a brief consideration for the environment. The first take sucks me into my days playing GB games spamming the same attack over and over. The second snaps me back into the shared reality of the rpg. A moment of thought for what's happening in the fiction enhances this moment in the battle. 

The cost, however, is the mental drain of improvising these effects on the spot. If you've run a PbtA game, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. The difference between a well-written move in PbtA and a bad one is that the move itself gives you interesting outcomes no matter the roll instead of dropping the fiction at the feet of the GM and saying "make it interesting." 

Telling you to "consider the environment" after each move is the equivalent of "make it interesting." I've added exactly 1 more thing for you to do and 0 help or value for your game. So here's a quick method that will be worth the effort.

USE TAGS

When a mon uses a move that requires focus dice and produces an elemental effect, add a tag to the environment to reflect the change. The tag is mostly just a reminder that the environment should bear some change from the firepower being exchanged by the trainers and mon. 

When a mon uses Ray of Frost, hit or miss, jot down <ice> to keep track of the forces that are actively changing the environment. A rule of thumb is to describe the environment whenever it gains or loses a tag. Easy.

Abominape shoots a ray of frost from its eyes! Flambard rolls out of the way... <ice> but the floor takes on a thin layer of frost! Flambard slides across the battlefield.

Now the battlefield itself has changed, adding another dimension within which to battle and narrate. But we're just getting started.

Flambard uses Kindle and begins to burn. Its power is growing... <ice, fire> The floor around Flambard thaws. <ice,fire>...

The tags interact, in this case canceling out.

"Let's finish this, Flambard! Inferno!" Flame erupts from Flambard in all directions. The heat hits Abominape for x damage. <fire 2> Fire begins to engulf the crates in the warehouse. The room starts to fill with smoke.

Multiple tags will interact and taking a moment to write down what the elements are and consider their interaction and the joint interaction with the environment adds a layer of realism or depth that even the anime's rarely achieve. 

As stronger moves are used, as was my implication with Inferno, you can add a number to indicate that the element is growing stronger in its impact. I like the power progression from the GLOG spell system and since the focus dice system we are using is analogous we can just port it right over and say focus dice abilities used with 1 dice are minor and 5 dice are legendary, leaving a permanent mark on reality. Let's go through some examples for fun using old Pokemon moves. 

OH FUCK, ITS A LEGAMON!

1 Focus Dice
The effect of this move is cute and on par for a mon just setting out on its journey with a young trainer. Minor cosmetic effects will manifest on the environment. Just some flavor text unless environmental conditions are volatile (flammable material, easily breakable items, prior tags with an obvious interaction).

 Careful, you might trip on that thing.

2 Focus Dice
A well trained mon creating a powerful effect. The environment is immediately changed according to the nature of the move. Anyone in the area will immediately notice the change. The narrative elements brought into description change as a result.

 Nice move, you've been practicing.

3 Focus Dice
Things catch fire, the room floods, objects hover in the air, structural integrity is jeopardized. The narrative changes have a massive impact on what is possible to accomplish. The environmental effects are starting to have mechanical effect. Electrostatic shocks are hurting mon, freezing temperatures are slowing and draining stamina or health etc.

Water gun missed. 3 Focus Dice.

4 Focus Dice
From here on out, things get crazy. Subtlety is impossible. There is collateral damage.

Dig. 4 Focus Dice.

5 Focus Dice
Legendary mon earn their name. The landscape is irreversibly changed.

At this point, why aim?

Normal: scratches left on surfaces > furniture broken, powerful impacts, deep cuts > concrete slabs cracked, gouges in metal plate and tile > permanent structures move.
Fighting: punch holes in drywall > moves land with a visceral crack, bones and joints crinkle and crunch > objects and mon fly through walls, hard surfaces buckle and bend from impact > structures crack, massive objects flying through the air leave impact craters
Flying: soft feathers fall > a hats blow off from the wind, sand stings exposed skin > trees bend, lightweight debris becomes lethal > windows shatter, cars and cows leave the ground
Poison: stinking sticking residue > toxic fumes make breathing difficult > exposed skin breaks out in painful hives > hard surfaces bubble and blister, metal corrodes
Ground: mole hills and dirt show through grass > knees buckle and earth moves enough to be felt > the earth changes geometry as the ground lurches upward > chasms open and close, things are forever swallowed up
Rock: pebbles and dirt build up over the battlefield > crunching rocks make moving difficult > mon sized rock burst from the ground > ceilings crumble and fall
Bug: itchy rash or bug bite > webs cover surfaces and span doorways > crawling things emerge from the shadows, they're everywhere > impassable webbing conceals surfaces and doorways, venom sizzles on surfaces
Ghost: a tingle up your spine > a startling noise, a brief vision of the dead, nightmares enter your mind > unsettling dread, sweat and tears, horror, darkness looms larger > insanity beckons, hair is torn out, the dead walk and speak
Steel: metallic clangs capture attention nearby > slivers of metal and sharp gouges are left on surfaces > anything softer than rock is turned to rubble, soft flesh torn by rough edges and razor sharp debris > screeching metal death machine barrels through solid surfaces like a freight train
Fire: sparks and candle flame, smokey odor > flammables ignite, hair singes, skin reddens from heat > fire spreads to adjacent areas, rooms fill with smoke and make breathing difficult > living things ignite, air ionizes, solid surfaces melt
Water: coming inside after walking in a drizzle > downpour, soaked to the bone, water caries momentum > murky water churns around your ankles, lose items float away > the flood sweeps away mon, people, cars. the ground is carved out
Grass: seeds and leaves sweep by, perfume in the air > trainers and mon sneeze, branches snap and crack > eyes swell shut, throats tighten, nearby plants uproot, bloom, shrivel > plants pass full life cycles in a few moments, groves tangle closed, thorns clog passageways
Electric: hands snap back from a small shock, ow! > involuntary muscle contraction, flashing light, thunder clap > limbs scorch from the inside out, blinding light, surfaces carry lingering charge > eardrums burst, limbs turn to jerky, bodies fly back, energy ionizes solid matter, burn marks on affected surfaces.
Psychic: nearby items shift and wiggle > intracranial pressure is felt by all present, items lift off of surfaces > Noses bleed, splitting headaches stagger, smell of ozone > ideas come apart, beliefs shift, memories alter, items transform to other things
Ice: an icy breeze, hint of snow > frost covers surfaces, skin begins to chap and tighten > painful cold for all nearby, items and surfaces are brittle and crack, frostbite sets in, liquids frozen solid, snow drifts collect > creatures frozen solid, furniture and doors frozen in place, blizzards bring visibility to zero
Dragon: powerful roar, sharp claws > fire and wind mingle, singing hair. teeth snapping bone, a fleeting shadow over head > An earsplitting howl on the wind, crushing claws, tail like an iron beam, jet engine mouth, weather patterns darken > structures demolished, rage in beam form, clouds erupt in torrential downpour and tornado winds
Dark: shadows grow for a moment > dark thoughts enter your mind, shapes move at the edge of your vision > Shadows lurch forward, visceral desires seize you, doubts magnify > shadows become reality, reality becomes a shadow to the darkness, vices become primary personalities
Fairy: toadstools sprout, light tinkling of bells > impulses grow, emotions magnify and change rapidly, flowers bloom and sparkle > rage and laughter mingle with joy, impulse reigns > friendships form and end in moments, dazzling sparkles and fantastic colors leave a permanent mark on the landscape
Light: a clear brisk morning > the warm glow of something to look forward to, high noon > Shadows flee, lights become blinding, soaring optimism and confidence, grand organ music > Doubts vanish forever, grudges are abandoned, colors never before seen are clearly visible, angelic choirs



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Starter Moves: Best There Ever Was

There's discussion about different ways to handle moves on the discord and I need some moves for my game. I told my brother this weekend that'd we try and have a battle tonight, so time is of the essence.

I'm going to pull together moves based on my system so far, but a system with standard moves without a dice-fuel mechanic plus stronger moves with a magic-dice fuel component are a good idea if using another system. 

Another secondary idea would be to make moves using the spel creation rules from Freebooters on the Frontier. You get a certain number of points (maybe one per level) to use when making a move. You spend points to add tags to the move to describe effect. so learn a move at level 5, get 5 points to make that move. Initial tags are touch, harmless, single target, instant. you upgrade them one at a time for 1 point each.

Example Gunderstorm:

Gunderstorm (made up name) is learned by a level 5 mon, so 5 power points (ha!) to work with. 2 points to go from touch to near to far, 1 point for damage, 2 points to go from single target to small area to large area. bam 

Gunderstorm [Electric/Steel]: [far/d6 damage/large aoe/instant]

Just an idea. I'm going with a different direction for now with Best There Ever Was. Move lists:

STARTER MOVES:

Each mon has a stam based melee attack that deals damage of their own type. From before:

  • Punch [Combat/Stamina]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
  • Wet Slap [Water/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
  • Hot Touch [Fire/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.

Here the tags indicate the damage type and the resource type used to power move.

Mon also have access to a starter status move based on their type. These moves are stam based as well. I'll change the starting notation to match soon.

Velexiraptor came up with excellent status conditions for each type on discord. These are based on that work, sometimes very closely, but adapted to Best There Ever Was rules.

  • Light: Blind. 'mon can only hit targets with aoe moves. Single-target moves automatically mis. Save vs [tally] each round, end condition on success.
  • Taunt. 'mon can only use damaging moves, not status moves. Save each round, end condition on success.
  • Fire: Burning. Save vs [tally] each round, end condition on success. On a failure, take [dice] fire damage.
  • Grass: Drain. Save vs [tally], on a failure, take 1 grass damage and opposing 'mon restores 1 health. End condition on success.
  • Water: Drench. Reduce Stamina by [dice]. Save vs [tally] each round, end condition on success. Regain lost stam when condition ends.
  • Electric: Paralyzed. Save vs [tally] each round. On a failed save, skip turn and end the condition.
  • Earth: Entomb. Cannot save vs other conditions. Save vs [tally] each round, condition ends on a success.
  • Metal: Trapped. Can't switch out. Save v [tally] each round, end condition on success.
  • Flying: Knockdown. 'mon goes last next round.
  • Combat: Stagger. 'mon loses access to [dice] Focus Die. Save v [tally] each round, end condition on success. 'Mon may skip turn to remove this condition.
  • Psychic: Confused. Save vs [tally] each round. On a failed save, deal [tally] then end this condition.
  • Dark: Flinch. Can't make basic attacks next turn.
  • Dragon: Fear. Feared 'mon's must save v [tally] before approaching or attacking. A successful save ends this effect. A mon may only be affected by Fear once per battle.
Well that took my whole lunch break. We'll see if I can get a few additional moves working before tonight's game.

You're gonna need to train.

So there's no reason for me to swim up against the current on Legamon. Once more rules settle out I'll probably compile the rules that suit me best into a single doc. For now its a tornado of random rules for stuff and a blast. I'll post according to the current conventions using actual [redacted]mon types etc. 

So you wanna be the best? Like no one ever was? 

TRAINING MON, OR HOW TO BE THE BEST THERE EVER WAS


XP
Mon level up by completing challenges or defeating other mon in battle. Each mon yields its level in xp when defeated. If multiple mon are used to defeat a single mon, then xp is split between contributing mon.

Mon who help their trainers accomplish their goals should also be rewarded with xp. A successful dungeon delve, bank robbery, or arriving at the top of Mt. Tapiloko may be enough to reward some xp to the team that went along. 

A mon needs three times its current level in xp to reach the next level. A mon gains no exp when defeating a single mon 2 levels or more lower than its own level. 

Battling a horde of monbats, or stampeding Inkalf (Renefor on GLOG discord) is worth xp based on how difficult the challenge was. Use battling a single mon of the same level as a ruler for xp. 

LEVELING UP
After every episode (adventuring session), the mon which saw the most screen time levels up.  Whenever a mon levels up, increase their total health by 1, then roll on the following table:

1-4 Increase a stat pool by 1 (health, stamina, focus).
5 Learn a move. 50% chance each of learning a type more or an environmental move. To learn a type move, roll on the type's move list. To learn an environmental move. Roll a move on a type associated with the environment you are training in (Mountains may be flying type or rock type, volcanoes may be fire or dark, the abandoned power plant is electric). 
6 Evolve. 25% chance to add another type, up to 2 types total. The mon increases a stat and learns a move. If you already know 3 moves, increase another stat pool. Also, your mons appearance and ability may change if you wish.

A mon may only know 3 moves beyond its basic type attack and status effect. If your mon already knows 3 moves, you may increase a stat instead or swap out a move. Also, if you visit a location specifically to learn an environmental move, you may do so upon leveling up.

Environmental moves are how Charizard learned Thunderpunch. You can go onto the mountain to train and your mon will be affected by the decision and learn moves because of it. I really love this idea. If you're going to beat a Gym Leader, you're going to need some tricks.





Not the first trainer class, won't be the last. A class for battles.

ACE TRAINER
A: Ready For This, Looking for an Edge
B: Unorthodox Training
C: Been Here Before
D: Practiced

Been Here Before: For every gym badge you have and when you gain more, you may evolve a mon mid-battle when your back is against the rope. The heart of a true ace burns brightly in their mon.

Practiced: When you're fighting another trainer you may re-roll one mon ability per battle.

Unorthodox Training: When your mon levels up and wants to learn an environment move, you can roll twice on the list and choose which to learn.

Looking for an Edge: In a settlement that contains a gym, you can ask around and hear how the last battle against the leader went. When you do this, learn the (find out what it is, not learn the move) winning move used by the victorious trainer or leader.

Ready For This: Once per battle, ignore a type strength or weakness.

Also this is twice that I've mentioned type-based move lists...


Monday, April 19, 2021

Holy Cow Legamon Have Taken the World by Storm

Wowza, so I found out about the GLOG discord today and baby its all about legamon, baby. There are also rules for generating mon and battling lmao. But here's some more rules. My rules, if you will. is 24 hours too soon for spinoff rule sets?

WHAT MAKES A MON?

A physical form, a type, stats (hp, stam, focus), personality, moves. Let's get started.



FORM:

1-3: one form

4: two form hybrid (same category)

5: two form hybrid (different category)

6: 3 form chimera

TerrestrialAquaticAirborneInsectInanimate
1MousesquirrelraccoonstarfishPidgeonwormmagnets
2ratrabbitmolecoralCardinalGrubdigital technology
3skunkkoalaFerretclamhumming birdcentipedeCrystal
4tabby catfluffy catlynxcrabfruit batcaterpillarIndustrial Machinery
5tigerlionPantherlobstervampire batcocoonteapot
6pugfoxterrieroctapusseagulbutterflycandle
7Mastiffwolflabradorsquidpelicanbeechandelier
8Boarbearpandafrogeaglewasplamps
9BisonBuffalogoatsalamanderfalconflyboulder
10HorsegiraffellamaclownfishtoucanladybugGeode
11rhinohippocamelangel fishparrotmantisooze
12lemurapeelephantangler fishalbatrossCockroachcloud
13Howler MonkeygorillaMarmosethammerheadheronspideracorn
14geckothorny toadorangutanggreat whitewood peckerwater stridertree
15iguanamonitor lizardgarden snakenarwhalFlying serpentleechbush
16cobrarattle snakepythonblue whaleDrakewater beetlemaple seed
17velociraptortriceratopsstegosauruscrocidileDragonanthedge apple
18T-RexSpinosaurusBrontosaurusPliosaurusPterodactylHercules Beetleflower
19humanoid (sports)humanoid (gross)humanoid (martial arts)Jellyfishfloating (roll on another table)Stick InsectVine
20humanoid (cute)humanoid (incorporeal)humanoid (performer)Sea MonsterWinged (roll on another table + wings)MosquitoVenus FlyTrap

TYPES

25% chance for 2 types. Bold mon types are effective against the type below. The list wraps so Light type abilities are effective against Dragons. Effective damaging moves deal 1 additional damage. Bold mon types are ineffective against types on the same row. Dragon abilities are ineffective against water mon. Ineffective damage abilities deal one less damage.

DragonWater
MetalFire
ElectricEarth
WaterCombat
FireLight
GrassFlying
EarthGrass
WindMetal
CombatWind
MindMind
DarkElectric
LightDark

Based on the type, modify the appearance of the mon. Grass mon have leaves sprouting, fire mon have evident flames etc. This other post is very good for this!
  
STARTING STATS:
Newly hatched mon start with a stature that determines their initial stats. h = health die pool, s = stam die pool, f = focus die pool.

Stouth2s1f1
Athletich1s2f1
Protegeh1s1f2




STARTING MOVE:
Every newly hatched mon has to fend for itself in an often brutal world. Mon have evolved to come out swinging. Every mon has a basic melee attack o its type. For example:

Punch [Combat/Stamina]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
Wet Slap [Water/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
Hot Touch [Fire/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.

There is a 50% chance the newly hatched mon knows another move. Roll a d4 on the type move list which matches the mon's type. MOVE LISTS TO COME SOON IM TIRED OK? ROLL A RANDOM GLOG SPELL IF YOU CANT WAIT.

MON ABILITIES
Fly (gain double movement as flying speed)
Regeneration (can opt to regain health (roll one health dice and recover tally hp) instead of stam at the end of a round)
Dextrous (can hold two items)
Flex ( Can discard 1 stam dice per damage to reduce damage taken.)
Overcharged (deal one extra damage when the damage type of your attack corresponds to your type)
Sticky Fingers (once per battle, you may make a stam based skill check with a difficulty of 2 to steal the opposing mon's held item.)
Elemental (when you take damage, you may reduce your focus by 1 to try to apply a relevant status effect based on your type to your opponent. 
Electric - stunned
Mind - confused
Fire - burned
Ice - frostbitten
Metal - dazed
Physical Specimen - when you deal physical damage, you may spend 1 focus dice to increase damage by 1.
Slippery - make a free move action when hit with water
Amorphous - slip through small spaces
Echo Location - not affected by effects that interfere with sight
Nose - Roll one dice and learn the type and form of [tally] mon in the area.
Quick - Unless your opponent uses a speed move, you may move first at the beginning of a battle.
Shed Skin - remove status condition after 2 rounds
Premeditation - Once per day, ask your mon about a course of action. They will respond with wheel or woe.
Speech - yep. They can talk.
Big Boned - gain an additional hp whenever you level up.
Magnificent Destiny - When you level up, gain no new moves or stats. When you evolve, gain all the stats you would have gained, roll a new ability,  pick any move from the move list that matches your type and gain stats two more times. Also undergo a magnificent transformation. (carp to sea monster, lizard to dragon, tadpole to shark, etc)

WHAT ELSE?
I really enjoyed these tables from Freebooters on the frontier. Two words to describe your mon:

VirtueVice
ambitiousaddict
benevolentaggressive
boldalcoholic
bravearrogant
charitableboastful
chastecheater
cautiouscovetous
compassionatecowardly
confidentcruel
consideratedecadent
cooperativedeceitful
courteousdisloyal
creativedoubtful
curiousegotistical
daringenvious
defiantgluttonous
dependablegreedy
determinedhasty
disciplinedhedonist
enthusiasticimpatient
fairinflexible
focusedirritable
forgivinglazy
friendlylewd
frugalliar
funnylustful
generousmad
helpfulmalicious
honestmanipulative
honorablemerciless
hopefulmoody
humblemurderous
idealisticobsessive
justpetulant
kindprejudiced
lovingreckless
loyalresentful
mercifulrude
orderlyruthless
patientself-pitying
persistentselfish
pioussnobbish
resourcefulstingy
respectfulstubborn
responsiblevain
selflessvengeful
steadfastwasteful
tactfulwrathful
tolerantzealous

OK, so what do I owe you? Move lists, and visual motif lists for each type? A lot, but those should be fun! More soon.

Best There Ever Was

Let's get some rules out there. I haven't written anything in a while, but I have been mulling over these rules for months. I finally have a basic system that accomplishes a hell of a lot for its simplicity. 


As with all game systems, it was inspired by Dark Souls. What's so awesome about Dark Souls' combat for me is the pacing which results from the stamina system. The mechanic of having a stamina bar that expends for both offense and defense leads to a ton of interesting moment-to-moment decisions. There's a difficulty with the basic DnD combat system which is how do you make a dual between two melee characters interesting? It's possible to do so, of course, but it takes effort on both parties. The typical, and possible optimal, behavior is to just attack back and forth. This is boring. To spice things up both have to be willing to behave suboptimally to embellish the fight or at least be willing to risk the consequences of not attacking for a turn to try something more interesting.

Enter the stamina bar. If the stamina resource is limited enough (and o boy it will be) then the optimal move is sometimes just waiting. This is massively better than always attacking. This is the difference between Rocky v Creed and Superman v ... that guy. You know, the first but recent movie. He fights a general or something that is the same and they just punch each other and never tire and the fight has terrible pacing? That one. Rocky v Creed is two guys punching eachother, but they are dodging and weaving, they are circling looking for openings, they are panting and gasping for breathe, they are struggling and constantly looking for an edge. That's because they have stamina bars and superman doesn't.

So here's the idea: Mon stats are represented by dice pools. Health, Stam, and Focus. Health is health, Stam is physical action, Focus is cool mon powers. Use stam when using physical abilities. Stam returns over time and abilities using it are reliable and deal small damage, but mon specializing in its use will be relentless. Focus is basically magic dice from GLOG. Big, powerful, limited resource abilities. Also GLOG spells scale, so I only need one move for thundershock, thunderbolt, and thunder and all the other type equivalents.

The stam mechanic creates pauses in fighting, where the only thing to do is recover some stam before going at it again. This is where you yell something encouraging to your mon, cheer on a friend, yell an insult, comment on how excited you are to be having a great battle (true), comment on how excited you are to be having a great battle (lie), compliment your opponent's mon, reveal a moment of your backstory, overshare your current doubts and fears about the battle, rp your mon circling intensely, stare intensely and sweat, etc. All this stuff is super prevalent in the shows and this mechanic give time to it explicitly. It's harder to fall into a repetitive pattern.

The other thing it does is make trainer skill important. Just like in Dark Souls, if you over attack and leave yourself with no juice to defend, you're dead. A good trainer knows when to back off and play the stamina game, and when to go all out. It's not just about who's mon is stronger., but who's the better trainer? Who has what it takes to be the best there ever was

I'm done with my masturbatory hand gestures, here are the rules.




MONS STATS
Mon stats are represented by dice pools. Dice pools consist of a number of d6 (six sided dice) from 1-5 or so, maybe more. Three dice pools represent a mon's Stamina, Focus, and Health. Dice from a pool are rolled when taking an action or under a few other circumstances. 
STAT SUMMARY
Stamina: Stamina dice are rolled when using a basic attack or when using a basic status move. Dice used for this purpose count return to your pool on a 1, 2, or 3. This pool is tested during skill checks to avoid effects that predominately affect the body. 
Focus: Focus dice are used when using a move. The move text will determine how to calculate its effects but may use notation like sum and dice which refer to the total shown on the dice or the number of dice rolled, respectively.
Health: Each level, health dice are rolled to determine the amount of health a mon has. They are also used in healing. A mon's health is determined by level + 4 per health dice

SKILL CHECKS
Skill checks are used to determine if your mon can perform a difficult task outside of using a move on an opponent. To perform a skill check, tell your GM what you want to accomplish and how you want to achieve it. The GM will determine if the task requires a stamina, focus, or health check. These correspond to feats of strength or agility, mental prowess or producing an effect with a mon's type, and toughness and endurance, respectively. 
To make the check, roll a D8. If you roll under the maximum number of dice in your stat pool, the test is a success.
Skill checks for trainers should be rare. If the action to be taken is plausible for the trainer to take, then favor allowing the action to succeed. If the action is difficult or a check is otherwise necessary, the trainer has a 2 in 8 chance of success. If their mon can aid them in the action or they have another advantage, then they may receive +1 per benefit.

BATTLING MON
A mon battle can happen for any number of reasons, from two trainers bored on a slow afternoon to a horde of stampeding mon that need to be stopped before catastrophe. A battle may best represent this scenario in your game. Interacting with the environment and using it to your advantage in a battle typically involves a skill check, while using abilities against your opponent or opponents is resolved using the battling rules below.
Any number of mon may be included in a battle. Duels are common, but so are team battles between mon. Sometimes one type of battle turns into another if the loser's friends aren't happy with the results. 

THE ROUND
A round consists of all mon activating one at a time, starting with the mon with the highest current stamina down to the lowest. Each round the turn order is freshly determined based on which mon has the highest stamina.
A roll-off is used to break ties.
ROUND END
At the end of the round, all mon may return one expended stamina die to their respective pool. 
ACTIONS
When activated a mon basic attack, apply status effect, can use move, use an item, or wait. They may also move.

Basic Attack:
Each type has their own basic attack which deals damage of their type. They each use stamina dice and deal sum damage. The defending mon can roll a Stamina Save to dodge the attack. Alternatively, they can Fire Back!
  • Punch [Combat/Stamina]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
  • Wet Slap [Water/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
  • Hot Touch [Fire/Stam]: Deal [tally] damage to one adjacent mon.
Status Effect:
Use Stamina Dice to fuel basic status effect moves. Roll the save against the move when it is used and again at the end of every turn.
  • Light: Blind. 'mon can only hit targets with aoe moves for dice rounds. Single-target moves automatically miss. Save vs Focus to end condition.
  • Fire: Burning. Save vs Stamina each round, end condition on success. On a failure, take dice fire damage.
  • Grass: Drain. For sum rounds, Save vs Stamina. On a failure, take grass damage and opposing 'mon restores health equal to the damage.
  • Water: Drench. For dice rounds, target's highest pool is the same size as their smallest. This does not deplete pools. Save vs Stamina to end condition. Regain lost dice when condition ends.
  • Electric: Paralyzed. For dice rounds, Save vs Stamina. On a failed save, skip turn.
  • Earth: Entrapment. Cannot move for dice rounds. Save vs Stamina, condition ends on a success.
  • Metal: Iron Defense. Gain dice temporary hp.
  • Flying: Knockdown. 'mon goes last for dice rounds.
  • Combat: Stagger. 'mon loses access to 1 Focus Die for sum rounds. Save v Focus each round, end condition on a success.
  • Psychic: Confused. Save vs Focus each round, end condition on success. On a failure, take dice psychic damage.
  • Dark: Taunt. Save vs Focus or disobey trainer for dice rounds, only making basic attacks.
  • Dragon: Fear. For dice rounds, must Save vs Focus before approaching or making a physical attack. A mon may only be affected by Fear once per battle.
Moves:
Moves reveal a mon's true power. To use a move, roll any number of focus dice and calculate the effect based on the move text. Focus dice return to your pool on a roll of 1, 2, or 3, but any number counts toward the roll. 

Physical moves can be dodged, while status moves will describe a save to avoid the effect. Saves are made when the move is used and again at the end of each turn.

Here are some excellent moves to get started.

Fire Back!
When you're targeted with a damage-dealing attack or move, you may counter with a move of your own. Physical attacks are countered with physical attacks and damage moves with damage moves. This is done at the time the attack is declared. To do so, both attacker and defender roll their attacks or moves and calculate damage. Compare the damage totals and apply the difference to the loser. If the move deals a secondary effect, it is only applied to the loser as well. Fire Back! uses your primary action for your turn. Complete your turn as normal.

Clashes like this can have a massive impact on the battlefield environment.

Item
Items held by mon may be used by them for free at any point during their activation. A mon may only hold one item at a time. Items used by trainers must be used instead of their mon using an ability.

Wait
Waiting is often used by effective mon trainers. When you tell your mon to wait they may not use abilities or an item, but may immediately recover 1 stamina die to their pool. This is an excellent opportunity to RP your mon or trainer. You may describe your mon doing almost anything, just not using an item or ability.



DAMAGE
The amount of damage done by a move varies and will be in the move's text.
Mon can also take damage from the environment (Alexa, link to Fuck, its a Legamon! again). A rule of thumb for this is d3 damage per 10ft fallen or a few seconds on fire. Adjust the amount of damage based on whether the effect is less or worse than that.
Reducing a mon's hp to 0 incapacitates them and they are unable to contribute to battles or skill checks until they restore hp via resting, potions. 

HEALING
Mon and their trainers fully heal during a good night's rest. This requires food, shelter, and safety. Alternatively, mon and their trainers may enjoy a hearty lunch 1/day. If food and a fire can be arranged, a trainer and their mon may rest for 1 hr and heal. Roll all dice in the Health pool and recover tally + dice hp.


Oh Fuck, its a Legamon!

So let's push the focus onto  what is happening  instead of what numbers did I roll. I've got two ideas. Changing the environment ba...