Here is a list of the House Rules that I have used in the past, and which I feel are particular helpful in creating a fun and balanced gaming atmosphere. Some of them are additions to the rules, some of them change the rules, some of them are simply clarifications. Let me know if any of these stand out to you as being particularly fun/unfun.
Burdens and long breathers
During a Long Breather, characters with burdens are allowed to both gain Advancements and lessen one Burden if that Burden is not related to that advancement.
I.E. A broken arm would heal just as well while reading about herbs. Attributes can be increased while suffering a Ministry inquiry. Stunts can be gained while disheartened. Etc.
Called shots can be used to increase the outcome or level of burden inflicted by 1. Thus if you're successful in a called shot attack that does enough damage to inflict a Serious Burden, you can increase it to a Grave Burden (or from Grave to Mortal). This does not include death, loss of limb or other unrecoverable injury except where approved by the Narrator.
Steelpushing and Ironpulling other characters
Steelpushes and Ironpulls against other characters are always treated as Contests. Outside of Conflicts, the targeted character forms a pool according to normal Contest rules, generally using their Physique score, or their Iron/Steel score if applicable. .
During a Conflict, A character who anticipates their equipment being targeted by a Steelpush or Ironpull can declare an action that directly resists the Allomancer's action, placing the two into a Contest. The winner of the Contest has control over the effects of the Push/Pull, including who moves where, and has the privilege of spending nudges to deal damage or gain perks. A stalemate incurs one Complication against each side.
Without taking an action to achieve leverage, the targeted character may still spend Action and/or Defense dice to “defend” against the Steelpush/Ironpull, just like from a normal attack. However, in this situation if he beats the Allomancer he does not get any control over movement and may not spend nudges, though the Allomancer may still receive Complications from a failed roll, as per usual.
Regardless of the Dice Outcomes, the Narrator should remember that once an Iron or Steel action has been taken, something almost always moves, and narrate the results appropriately.
Upon successfully Steelpushing/Ironpulling someone: You may move the target character 1 step away/towards you (respectively) for each point of Outcome you achieved up to your Allomancy's range limit. Nudges may be spent for various perks, as per usual, including inflicting damage.
The system for tapping individual charges of Gold is replaced by the following:
Tapping a Goldmind causes you to regain Health at a faster rate. For each charge of Gold you tap, you regain 1 Health at the end of an hour, to a maximum of 5 Health per hour (for 5 charges). If you tap 6+ charges of Health, you instead regain 1 Health at the end of one minute, with each charge above 6 causing you to regain 1 additional Health, to a maximum of 4 Health per minute (for 9 charges).
Tapping 10+ charges of Gold works exactly as written in the book, but note that with Gold you only receive one of the benefits listed in the book (your choice), not all of them.
This list replaces the respective props listed in the Terris: Wrought of Copper supplement. Any props not listed here remain unchanged.
Metalminds (3, average) props: 1 difficulty: 3
Each metalmind allows a Feruchemist (only) to store in and tap from one metal: Brass, Bronze, Copper, Iron, Pewter, Steel, Tin, or Zinc; each single metalmind item consists of three physical metalminds such as bracers or leg-bands, each one made of a different metal and holding 100 charges
Metalminds (4, small) props: 1 difficulty: 3
As average metalminds, but includes 4 physical items such as bracelets or necklaces which each hold 50 charges
Metalminds (6, tiny) props: 1 difficulty: 3
As average metalminds, but includes 6 physical items such as rings or earrings which each hold 25 charges.
Metalminds (2, large) props: 1 difficulty: 4
As average metalminds, but includes 2 physical items such as ornamental plates which each hold 200 charges. Cannot be concealed.
Metalmind (1, huge) props: 2 difficulty: 4
As average metalminds, but includes 1 physical item such as a suit of ornamental armor which holds 500 charges. Cannot be concealed.
Multimind props: 1 difficulty: 4
Single metalmind with 5 different metals; can hold 30 charges of each metal contained
Nudges for Damage
In combat, when an attacker successfully strikes an opponent, he may only spend at most 1 nudge to deal extra damage.
In combat, when an attacker successfully strikes an opponent, it takes 2 spent nudges to deal +1 damage (instead of 1 nudge = 1 damage). (Note: this is because under the normal rules there is rarely ever a reason to NOT apply all of your nudges to damage, but that doesn’t make for particularly exciting fights. It’s much more interesting when you are using nudges to trip up your opponents or gain a slight edge next round.
Whenever a player wishes to burn / flare / stop burning an allomantic metal, she must declare doing so during Step 1 of Combat (Declaring Actions). Similarly, a Feruchemist who wishes to tap any metalminds must declare which metalminds she is tapping- and how many charges she is tapping- during Step 1, but she does not have to declare how she is spending those charges (ie: for extra dice, free nudges, increased Outcome, or other effects) Note: This helps to reign in the power of Feruchemists just a tad, but the main purpose is to make things much simpler- and thematic- when powers such as Atium are being used against the characters.
Personal Confuct During Games
Sir Jerric just posted an excellent summary of how he expects his session(s) to be handled, and I fully endorse it, so I’m adding here word for word:
Sir Jerric wrote:Hello.
That is how a conversation starts, right?
I expect you are reading this because you are considering joining the Skype group that I will be Narrating for. I'm going to use this thread to provide a few "table" expectations, in the hopes that the game can get underway faster.
I expect everyone to be polite. No cursing, no vulgarity, no innuendo, and nothing bolder than that either. I also support the 'x' card philosophy: if you are uncomfortable with anything, play the 'x' card, and I expect everyone at the table to drop the subject as if it never existed. We are here to have fun, and everyone should be comfortable with the content of the game.
Some people find violence uncomfortable. I do not care for outright gore, but I will cooperate with the level of violence found in Sanderson's books. Try not to push past that. If someone has a lower threshold, speak up. I am quite willing to be strict.
On the other hand, I am not all that experienced as a Narrator, and I welcome any feedback you may have after the session: anything you enjoyed, or anything I can improve.
This is a role-playing game, so you can do anything. As the Narrator, I'm going to be looking for the most plausible consequences to see how you deal with them. I like MAG for the fast and hard-hitting conflicts, and I love the Burden system. So you may want to be careful about picking fights.
This game is using the Mistborn Adventure Game, and your adventure will be set in Mistborn's Second Era, possibly slightly predating the Alloy of Law. However, I am not going to beholden myself to the canon of the novels. You are going to have the power to shape the world, so canon events are not expected to happen.
There are holes in our understanding of the Metallic Arts and the workings of the Cosmere. I have my own theories to fill those holes. You may look to the books for canon on how the magic will work in this game, but any holes in our current understanding are mine to have final say on. If my inventions contradict the the books--particularly future ones--I'm sorry, but Narrative fiat says I get to be right.