Over the last week, I’ve received some awesome feedback from patrons and fans re: the Gods of Wandrossa game on Patreon. Plus, I’ve learned a lot, too.
One big issue I had with how the game is currently set up is that the game itself has been distracting from its original purpose, which was to create an open source for others to provide ideas to building the world and for me to weave it all together. Instead, the game more or less turned into Farmville. I was so busy trying to keep track of all the actions and followers, etc., that I hardly had time to create content, which kinda sucks.
After sitting down with some of the players, I’ve come up with some better, cleaner, simpler rules that still captures the spirit of the Dungeons & Dragons and lets players be the god they want to be.
Hopefully, you all will see these as an improvement.
Gods of Wandrossa
What follows is the second prototype rule set for the Gods of Wandrossa mini-game on Patreon.
What is the goal of Gods of Wandrossa?
As one of Wandrossa’s gods, you take daily actions that send a ripple effect through the land and history of the world, Wandrossa itself. Each god has its own set of domains and powers that allow them to do things in the world. However, you aren’t limited to a certain set of actions like in Fifth Edition. You can do whatever you can imagine so long as it makes sense with the overall narrative and gods domain.
Over time, your gods ascend in ranks, giving you more powers, abilities, and even special avatars called chosen ones, letting you further affect the nature of the world.
Eventually, published books will come out, detailing the gods’ and their Chosen One’s actions in the world as creating new, usable content for Fifth Edition.
How do I make a God?
Creating a god is simple. Your starting rank is based on your patron tier. Reference the Gods of Wandrossa table below to determine your starting powers.
Gods of Wandrossa
|Tier||Rank||Followers||Monthly Creation Tokens||Might||Chosen Ones||ATL|
|Copper||1st||1 – 299||2||2|
|2nd||300 – 899||2||3||5|
|3rd||900 – 2,699||2||3||5|
|4th||2,700 – 6,499||2||3||10|
|Silver||5th||6,500 – 13,999||3||4||1||20|
|6th||14,000 – 22.999||3||4||10|
|7th||23.000 – 33.999||3||4||10|
|8th||34.000 – 47.999||3||4||10|
|Electrum||9th||48.000 – 63.999||4||5||20|
|10th||64.000 – 84.999||4||5||10|
|11th||85.000 – 99.999||4||5||2||20|
|12th||100.000 – 119.999||4||5||10|
|Gold||13th||120.000 – 139.999||5||6||20|
|14th||140,000 – 164,999||5||6||10|
|15th||165,000 – 194,999||5||6||20|
|16th||195,000 – 224,999||5||6||20|
|Platinum||17th||225,000 – 264,999||8||7||3||20|
|18th||265,000 – 304,999||9||7||10|
|19th||305,000 – 354,999||10||7||20|
Tier. This is your patron tier. It determines your starting rank.
Rank. As a god, you have ranks 1 through 20. Rank 1 gods are considered quasi-deities. Typically, these are mortals imbued with divine powers. Gods of rank 2 through 4 are demigods. They are immortals who also walk among mortals, but are more powerful than quasi-deities and affect a small portfolio. Gods of rank 5 through 10 are lesser deities. Lesser deities are removed from the mortal world and have greater control over aspects of their portfolio. Intermediate deities are gods rank 11 through 16. Entire continents tremble under their power. Finally, greater deities are gods of rank 17 through 20. Greater deities have the power to affect the entire world of Wandrossa.
Followers. A god’s gains power through its followers. As a god makes its presence known in Wandrossa, its followers gradually increase.
Monthly Creation Tokens. As a god of Wandrossa, you can create new spells, magic items, subclasses and more. These creations are purchased through creation tokens, which you gain monthly based on your level. For example, a god of rank 7 would get 3 creation tokens at the start of the month. Creation tokens carry over month-to-month, allowing patrons to save up and purchase bigger, more complicated creations developed by DMDave.
Might. Might is a rudimentary system for determining how powerful gods are in comparison to one another. The Overdeity uses this score to determine whether or not certain actions are possible or whether or not another god or gods can oppose them.
Chosen One. Chosen ones are mortals or half-mortals that work on behalf of a god. Each day, a god can use their chosen ones to perform actions on their behalf. Chosen ones can be the leader of cities, wandering adventurers, powerful sages, assassins, or anything that fits within the purview of the god’s domains. A chosen one’s might is always considered to be 1. Each chosen one you have has its own set of Fifth Edition stats.
Actions To Level (ATL). Each time a god takes an action, it counts towards the number of actions required to level as shown on the ATL column on the Gods of Wandrossa chart. For example, if a 1st rank god takes 5 actions, they ascend to 2nd rank. The only actions that count are full actions, not bonus actions.
What else do I need to be a god?
In addition to your starting rank, you’ll need to know the following things:
- Your God’s Name. What is your god’s name? It can be anything you want so long as it a) doesn’t violate existing intellectual property and b) isn’t too silly (sorry, no Jojo the Butt Gods).
- Your God’s Alignment. Just like in Fifth Edition, your god has an alignment chosen from one of the following: Lawful Good, Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, Lawful Neutral, Neutral, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, and Chaotic Evil. Refer to the Fifth Edition PHB for details on what each alignment means.
- Your God’s Domains. Each god has one or two domains that they represent. A domain can be anything you want so long as it exists within the world. Examples of divine domains can be found in the Fifth Edition PHB, but you’re free to choose anything you like.
- Your God’s Appearance and Personality. Finally, your god needs an appearance and a personality. It can be anything you like and doesn’t even have to conform to a humanoid appearance. You can be a talking tree, a sentient shade of blue, or even a ball of slimy tentacles if you want. It’s totally up to you. Then choose a personality that befits your god’s alignment and portfolio.
- You Must Be a Patron. Gods of Wandrossa is only for Patrons. But becoming a Patron is easy. It’s only $3 per month. Once you’re a Patron, you get unlimited access to all the books, the ability to vote in polls, and more.
How do I play Gods of Wandrossa?
Each day, as a god, you get to take three types of actions: one regular action, one chosen one action for each of your chosen ones, and one “Might 1” action. Actions are taken on the Call-to-Action thread on DMDave’s Patreon posted daily at 9am CST Monday through Friday. You have until 5pm CST to post your actions.
What can I do as a regular action?
The sky is the limit with the types of regular actions you can do. You tell me what you want to do, and I interpret it and determine whether a not it’s a success and if it is a success how successful it is.
While doing this, I consider the following three factors:
- Might. Your might limits certain actions you can take. For example, a fire god with 3 might could easily cause a major fire at a settlement but would have trouble setting an entire region on fire. On the other hand, a fire god with might 7 could easily cause a volcano to erupt, destroying everything with a 24-mile radius. Unless, of course, it was thwarted by other gods or chosen ones. Examples of the type of actions that different might scores can take are given below.
- Creation tokens. Certain actions require that I create content for Fifth Edition. Because of this, I have to limit those with Creation Tokens. However, you gain new creation tokens each month and you can save them up to make big purchases. Creation tokens allow you to buy things like new monsters, spells, magic items, races, and even subclasses and classes.
- Opposition. Some gods may wish to prevent your actions using their own actions to do so. If they do, they might contest it and change the desired outcome.
Success or Failure
There is no dice rolling in Gods of Wandrossa. Instead, the Overdeity (that’s me) determines whether or not your actions succeed or fail. Generally speaking, as long your action is within the realm of what is possible due to your portfolio, alignment, might, and available creation tokens, it’s likely to succeed. However, there is always a chance that another god could stop you.
After you declare your action on the CTA thread, other gods can attempt to stop you or assist you (in addition to their Chosen Ones). If this occurs, the success or failure of the actions depends on the total might of your god and those assisting you versus those opposing you. If your total might is higher than those that oppose you, your action succeeds–the level of its success depends on how much you succeed by. Vice versa, if you fail, the other gods could choose to do something to you such as imprison you, poke out your eye, or any other reasonable outcome determined by the total amount of might that they succeed by.
Chosen One Actions
Each turn, you can take a single action with each of your Chosen Ones. Just like with your full action, the sky is the limit with your Chosen Ones. They can perform anything that a Might 1 god would be able to.
“Might 1” Action
In addition to Chosen Ones, you can take a bonus action on each of your turns called a Might 1 Action. A Might 1 action allows you to take a second action, however, your might is considered to be 1 for that action. For example, if you used your regular action to create a new settlement that day, but you needed to help stop a rogue god, your action to stop the god would count as Might 1.
At the end of each day (at 5:00pm CST), I take all the actions described by gods and determine whether or not the actions were successful. Then, I place them all in a post written as a “historical document” recollection the actions. From there, gods decide on their next course of action the following game day.
What can I do with Might?
Here are the rough guidelines for Might.
Might 1 – Individual Scale
- High-level adventurers are considered to be “Might 1” scale. So picture what a 20th level wizard can do.
- Chosen Ones are considered Might 1 for the purposes of overcoming challenges and performing actions.
- Might 1 affects only small groups of individuals.
- Small areas, usually no more than 100 square feet–such as Dungeons, and even small villages, can be affected by Might 1.
- Might 1 effects are rarely permanent.
Might 2 – Community Scale
- Some ancient dragons, demon princes, arch-devils, and solars are considered Might 2 creatures.
- Might 2 can alter a small community such as a small part of a city or possibly even an entire town.
- Like Might 1, Might 2 effects are rarely permanent, typically lasting no more than 1 or two years.
- Might 2 gods can create some things, but typically are limited in their powers.
- Some Might 2 gods even have lairs which can affect a region.
Might 3 – Semi-Regional Scale
- Deities of Might 3 can affect multiple communities or large portions of regions with their powers.
- Some changes made can be permanent such as an important death, a notable battle, or the destruction of an important place.
- Other Might 3 effects include plagues, famines, and blights from the evil gods, or blessings, community growth, or great wealth from good gods.
- The presence of a Might 3 god in a region can have lasting effects.
Might 4 – Regional Scale
- Might 4 deities can affect entire regions with their powers to some extent.
- Many of the changes made by Might 4 deities can be permanent.
- Might 4 deities also have limited powers over the multiverse and can pull from alternate dimensions.
- Large scale wars, the destruction of small settlements, and even devastating natural disasters are possible with Might 4.
- Might 4 gods who make their homes in regions can alter the entire Kingdom the region is a part of.
Might 5 – Kingdom Scale
- Might 5 deities can change entire Kingdoms–such as the Blackleaf Forest–with their powers.
- Might 5 deities are responsible for crusades that last for a century, genocides, the creation of powerful new lifeforms, new settlements, and extreme changes to the world itself.
- A Might 5 deity also has full access to the multiverse, extending their power beyond Wandrossa when necessary.
Might 6 – Continental Scale
- Gods with Might 6 are extraordinarily powerful, able to influence entire continents with their powers.
- Major disasters causing the destruction of entire regions are possible.
- Might 6 gods can open up new worlds and bring forth new major settlements. They also have the power to alter reality to some extent.
Might 7 – Global Scale
- Might 7 gods are supreme beings, second only to the Overdeity. There is very little that they can’t do to change the world of Wandrossa.
- A single action from a Might 7 god can destroy the world.
- At the same time, Might 7 gods can exert their power to protect the world and prevent evil gods from getting away with too much.
- The overall appearance and feel of the world is affected by the makeup for Might 7 gods.
- Might 7 gods can create new planes and demi-planes, destroy heavenly bodies, or push the entire agenda of an era.
In Gods of Wandrossa, you’re allowed creation tokens which allow you to create new Fifth Edition content, developed by DMDave. Each month, you’re gifted an allotment of tokens depending on your rank/tier as shown on Creation Tokens column of the Gods of Wandrossa table. Below are the things that you can buy with your Creation Tokens.
Creation Token Costs
|Class (Non-Caster, Simple Mechanics)||6|
|Full Caster Class (Preexisting Spells)||8|
|Class New Spell-like Mechanics||10|
|Campaign Setting/Rules Rework||20|
How do I win at Gods of Wandrossa?
Like Fifth Edition, Gods of Wandrossa is all about roleplaying and developing your character, which, in this instance, is a god.
The game works best when you cooperate with the other players in developing a cohesive story. This includes gods of opposing alignments; it’s way easier to write the story to everyone’s satisfaction when everyone works together.
In the end, it’s all about doing one thing: having fun.
This is where I want to end it, right at 2,000 words. I want to keep it short, sweet, and simple. There’s no need to complicate it.
If you’re interested in coming on board and joining in on the fun, check out my Patreon.
See you soon and good luck!
Art by Wizards of the Coast.