What’s in Your Travel Sack? An Introduction to Gear in Beyonder
When you play RPGs, it becomes clear that a central part of many games is acquiring gear. More powerful weapons, armor, and miscellaneous other stat boosters and ability enhancers become a baseline requirement for progressing through the game. As a result, much of the gameplay centers around killing creatures to steal their stuff, gathering exponentially larger amounts of money to buy and enhance gear, and figuring out how to make your own things cheaper than the market price.
When we created Beyonder, we wanted to avoid that standard. You can still do all of those things, but you can also have a fully satisfying experience without any of it. Beyonders low-heroic setting means that the world is a rough place with jagged edges that can cut you. Some of those edges are created by Channels and their Powers, but keep in mind that a very small percentage of the population is born with the potential to become a Channel. For most people on the Tamaran Continent, the chances of getting killed by a Channel are not nearly as likely as getting stabbed by a lunatic with a rusty dagger who is trying to steal your goats.
In short, if you are going to live long enough to make it in this world, you are going to need to know how to protect yourself from mundane (regular, non-Energetic) attacks.That means you need to learn at least the basics of self defense. There are often ways to get out of a fight without lifting a finger (Mentarchs and Charismatics excel at this), but there may come a time when you find yourself forced into a fight, and having the right gear and knowing how to use it can be invaluable. There are also times when just having a sword in your hand and looking like you know how to use it is enough to deter a would-be assailant.
In addition to Gear & Supplies, there are three more categories of Items in Beyonder: Weapons, Armor, and Energetic Items. (Find out more in the Beyonder Rulebook, Chapter 9: Items.) Check out our blogs in the following weeks for descriptions, as well as some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your gear without letting it eclipse the rest of your game experience.