Rules and Redundancy for

Gothic Fuzion

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House Rules

Resolving Actions

  • All tasks in Fuzion are resolved the same way: take your most relevant CHARACTERISTIC, add to it your most relevant SKILL, and add a die roll to your total. Compare the resulting value to a Difficulty Value (either the total of your opponents' CHARACTERISTIC +SKILL + roll or a value determined by the GM). If you equal or exceed the DV, then the action is a success.

Talking During Combat

  • Talking is a free action, but monologues are not.

Campaign Redundancy

  • Historical Slang - here is a list of common sayings heard in the 1890s

    • ducky: OK, alright. "Everything was just ducky between them."

    • hansom: a kind of horse-drawn carriage designed and patented in 1834 by Joseph Hansom. Low, two-wheeled, closed carriage whose distinctive feature was the elevated driver's seat in the rear. It was entered from the front through a folding door and had one seat above the axle with room for two passengers. The driver spoke to the passengers through a trapdoor on top. "Let's grab a hansom."

    • port-sider: left-hander. "Lefty is a port-sider that right-handed batters can't hit."

    • skunked: to swindle or cheat. "John skunked Franklin out of $5."

    • tanked up: drunk, intoxicated. "He was so tanked up last night that he couldn't find his way home."

  • Notable Cabals - small groups of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.

    • Sword That Has Been Drawn - a cabal which claims to have ties to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, this group is headquartered in London, and has dedicated itself to the elimination of supernatural threats wherever it finds them.

  • Glenluaithre Scotch - the most peat-filled scotch in the world. "It’s a man’s drink, so drink up, ya wee nutty boy!"

  • Sebastian James Brandy - "A sophisticated brandy for a sophisticated time for a sophisticated person who lives in a sophisticated home…"

Noted Personalities of the 1890s

The following is a list of noted personalities that might be encountered during the campaign and can be included as contacts for the player during character generation. Names listed in italics are fictional characters but are considered real for the purposes of this campaign.

Ernst Abbe

Alexander III, Emperor of Russia

Susan B. Anthony

Svante Arrhenius

Aubrey Beardsley

Antoine Henri Becquerel

Alexander Graham Bell

Annie Wood Besant

Ambrose Bierce

Antionette Brown Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell

Algernon Blackwood

Nellie Bly

Franz Boas

Lizzie Borden

William Jennings Bryan

Martha Jane Canary

Andrew Carnegie

Paul Cézanne

Professor Challenger

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Sir William Henry Christie

Winston Spencer Churchill

Grover Cleveland

Aleister Edward Crowley

Marie Curie

Pierre Curie

Richard Harding Davis

Sir James Dewar

Dorothy Dix

Arthur Conan Doyle

Antonin Dvorak

George Eastman

Thomas Alva Edison

Sigmund Freud

Henry Clay Frick

Paul Gauguin

William Schwenk Gilbert

Maksim Gorky

William Russell Grace

George Ellery Hale

Thomas Hardy

Jonathan Harker

William Randolph Hearst

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Sherlock Holmes

Harry Houdini

Engelbert Humperdinck

Sir Henry Irving

James Henry

Sir Leander Starr Jameson

Dr. Henry Jekyll

Rudyard Kipling

Herbert Kitchener

Paul Kruger

Pope Leo XIII

Percival Lowell

Ernst Mach

Arthur Machen

Guglielmo Marconi

William McKinley

Professor Anna Mesmer

Claude Oscar Monet

Sir John Murray

Fridtjof Nansen

Ransom Eli Olds

Robert Edwin Peary

Camille Pissaro

Marcel Proust

Joseph Pulitzer

Sir William Ramsay

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

Theodore Roosevelt

George Bernard Shaw

John Philip Sousa

Bram Stoker

Richard Strauss

Arthur Seymore Sullivan

William Ashley Sunday

Nikola Tesla

Count Leo Tolstoi

Arturo Toscanini

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Mark Twain

Abraham Van Helsing

Jules Verne

Booker Taliaferro Washington

Herbert George Wells

Oscar Willis Wilde

William II, Emperor of Germany

William Butler Yeats

Denton True Young

Emile Zola

World Leaders of the 1890s

This is the list of the national rulers in the world during the 1890s. They are the heads of state and heads of government. In some cases, they are de facto leaders not occupying either of those positions or prime ministers who are not heads of government.

Austria-Hungary (Emperor)

  • Francis Joseph 1867 -

Belgium (Monarch)

  • Leopold II 1865 -

Brazil (President)

  • Manuel Deodoro de Fonesco 1889 - 1891

  • Floriano Peixoto 1891 - 1894

  • Prudente Jose de Moraes Barros 1894 - 1898

  • Manuel Ferraz de Campos Salles 1898 -

Canada (Prime Minister)

  • Frederick Stanley 1888

  • John Gordon 1893 - 1898

  • Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmond 1898 -

Chile (President)

  • Jose Manuel Balmaceda 1886 - 1891

  • Jorge Montt 1891 -

China (Emperor)

  • Kuang Hsu 1875 -

France (President)

  • Marie Francois Sadi Carnot 1887 - 1894

  • Jean Paul Pierre Casimir-Perier 1894 - 1895

  • Francois Felix Faure 1895 - 1899

  • Emile Loubet 1899 -

Germany and Prussia (Monarch)

  • William II 1888-

Great Britain (Monarch)

  • Victoria 1837-

Great Britain (Prime Minister)

  • Marquees of Salisbury 1886 - 1892

  • William E. Gladstone 1892 - 1894

  • Earl of Rosebery 1894 - 1895

  • Marquees of Salisbury 1895 -

Italy (Monarch)

  • Humbert I 1878 -

Japan (Emperor)

  • Mutsuhito (Meiji Tenno) 1867 -

Japan (Prime Minister)

  • Ito Hirobumi 1885 -

Mexico (President)

  • Porfirio Diaz 1887 -

Norway and Sweden (Monarch)

  • Oscar II 1872 -

Portugal (Monarch)

  • Carlos I 1889 -

Russia (Emperor)

  • Alexander III 1881 - 1894

  • Nicholas II 1894 -

Spain (Monarch)

  • Alfonso XIII 1886 -

Turkish Empire (Sultan)

  • Abdul Hamid II 1876 -

United States of America (President)

  • Benjamin Harrison 1889 - 1893

  • Grover Cleveland 1893 - 1897

  • William McKinley 1897 -