(NOTE: Step By Step Instructions for using the Brittanis Database for your Skill Purchase Requests are at the bottom of this page. MAKE SURE you understand how to spend the points before you use the Database.)
As you attend Events such as Adventure Weekends, Adventure Days, Workshops or the Winter Feast, your character learns about the world around them and gains experience in how to survive the harsh realm of Brittanis. It’s even possible for your character to gain experience when you’re volunteering and helping out the game as a whole.
As your character adventures in Brittanis, they gain Character Points
(CP) , which are the primary currency for character advancement. You earn CP by:
The more effort and investment you put into making Brittanis better, the better the game is as a whole, and the rule system rewards the dedicated player for that time and investment.
- Attending Events
- Investing in quality costume & props for your character
- Volunteering for the game's benefit
- Supporting merchants/vendors that support Brittanis
Advancement and Tiers of Play
All new characters begin play at 1st Tier.
As your character advances, they learn how to accomplish more amazing tasks and become more powerful in general. As a character gains more CP, they can diversify their skills and open up new Skill Headers—and eventually, can unlock entirely new Sources of power to draw from.
Some skills have higher levels that increase in power as a character goes up in Tier. It’s important to note that the Starting Points a new character begins play with DO NOT count towards advancement on the chart below, which is why they are called Starting Points and not Character Points. Only Character Points earned after character creation by attending events and/or volunteering to help the game apply to the Advancement Table.
See Earning Character Points for more details on how you can acquire Character Points.
- 2nd Tier characters gain +2 max Vitality and +2 max Stamina.
- 3rd Tier characters gain an additional +2 max Vitality and +2 max Stamina.
- 4th Tier characters gain an additional +2 max Vitality and +2 max Stamina.
Spending Character Points
Characters start at 1st Tier in Brittanis, just beginning their heroic journey, and they are not nearly as powerful as they will become as time goes by. Thus, starting characters in Brittanis gain 25 Starting Points.
Starting points spend at the exact same ratio as earned Character Points. You must spend at least 22 of your Starting Points before play begins. Humans get bonus Starting Points and must spend ALL of those bonus points.
Character points can be applied to any of your characters, but no single character may receive more than 40 character points in a calendar year. Character points can be used to buy new skills and to raise attributes.
Once you’ve earned them, the next step is spending those character points you’ve accumulated through your hard work adventuring and volunteering. Thankfully, spending CP is easy. For more details, see the Skill Header System
The Skill Header system is simple. Every skill belongs to a header
, which is a grouping of skills under a common theme or concept. Each race has its own Racial header, each Background has its own Background header, and so on. Each category of magical Spells is considered its own separate Header. Each power Source has its own header, and each Source has sub-headers underneath it called Classes.
- See the Skill Header System and Downtime for more detail on this topic.
- You must unlock a header before you can buy skills from it. To unlock a header, spend the listed number of CP in the header skill. Ex. you cannot purchase skills from the Scholar Header till you pay the 3CP to buy the Scholar skill and unlock it. Race, Background, and Allegiance skills are automatically unlocked when a character chooses them during character creation.
- Once you have unlocked a header, you can purchase any skill in that header so long as you spend the listed number of CP and meet all the Requirements.
- You cannot buy multiples of the same named skill at the same time. This only applies to an individual named skill. Ex. the Healing Herbs skill can be purchased up to 5 times. You could not buy 3 levels of Healing Herbs in a single Survey, even if you have the Character Points saved up to afford it. Either spend the points on more diverse abilities (recommended) or purchase one level of the ability on three separate surveys.
- If a skill has Requirements, you cannot purchase both the Requirement and the skill in the same interval. Ex. if Two-Weapon Fighting 2 has a Requirement of Two-Weapon Fighting 1, you cannot purchase both Two-Weapon Fighting 1 and Two-Weapon Fighting 2 in the same Survey. You must purchase level 1 in one Survey, attend (or pay for) another event, and then purchase level 2 in the next Survey.
- You may only purchase a specifically-named skill once unless the description indicates it can be bought again. Ex. The skill Circle of Steel appears on several lists, but it can only be purchased once, regardless of how many headers you have access to with that skill on it. On the flip side of that, there are numerous skills that can increase a character's Vitality or Stamina pools; as long as these skills have different names, you can purchase all of them for cumulative effect.
Downtime is a Resource
that represents a character's time in between events.
- Downtime is only earned by attending full events.
- Downtime is a use-or-lose Resource. It cannot be saved up.
- Unused downtime hours when a Survey closes AUTOMATICALLY convert to silver pieces at a rate of 1:1. this amount is added to your Bank Account.
- If you do not attend the next event after a Downtime, any unused Downtime hours are lost and not converted to silver.
Some skills, called Information skills
, allow a character to get in-game information between events, during Downtime. These skills cost Downtime hours to use. Follow the link for more details.
Donovan finishes up a full weekend event and gets 6 hours of Downtime. After the event ends he has saved up 6 CP to spend. Donovan also purchased the Write a Letter skill from the General list previously.
He wants to buy the Large Blades skill (which has Requirements of Medium Blade and Short Blade), but he only has Short Blades currently, so on this Advancement Survey he purchases Medium Blades, using 3 CP . This leaves him with 3 CP and 6 Downtime. He also wants to buy the Thrown Weapons skill, which costs him another 3 CP taking him to 0 CP and 6 Downtime. All of this is submitted using the Brittanis database (see below for step-by-step instructions).
Donovan uses 3 of his remaining Downtime to write a letter to his sister back home, asking her a specific question about his family history that relates to a current plot line. He does this using the Online Raven Station.
Donovan has 3 Downtime left, but nothing really to spend it on. It converts to 3 silver pieces at the beginning of the next event, and is added to his Bank Account.
Multi-Class and Multi-Source Characters
Gaining a second, third, etc Class within the same Source is easy. All you have to do is meet the requirements for the Class and pay the 3 CP to access the header-- and you get a Free Skill for buying into most classes! Then you can freely buy skills from that header if you meet the skill's Requirements .
Multi-Source characters are a bit more tricky. Adding a second Source is expensive, but can be worth it for those who really desire to do so. Follow This Link For More Info.
Step By Step Instructions for Submitting CP/DT Expenditure
NOTE: As of 10-25/15, many of the pieces must be manually entered. We are adding functionality and data every day, and by Spring 2016 hope to have all calculations and automation in place. Please be patient-- this process will get simpler and faster.
- Check your online Google Character Sheet for your available Character Points and Downtime hours. Record these numbers and keep track of them. If you need help finding your sheet or have questions about it, please email email@example.com.
- Log into the Brittanis Database (if you need a login, send an email titled DATABASE LOGIN to brittanis. firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set one up for you).
- Under "Welcome to the Brittanis Database", on the right side, click on the link "Complete My Post Event Activities."
- On the "Ready to Level Up?" Page, in the lower right box, click the name of the character you wish to buy skills for. Most players will only have one option here.
- This is your character record. Scroll down until you see the tabs "General--Events--Skill Upgrades--Public Records--Ravens & Infoskills" Click on "Skill Upgrades."
- In the "Skill Additions and Upgrades" panel, on the far RIGHT side, click "Add New."
- This is the Skill Upgrade page. On the Right side, click "Lookup." From the popup, you can either Search the skill you wish to buy, or scroll through to find it. Skills are being added all the time, so if you don't find it once, make sure you check back, because it might be there the next time you login!
- IF YOU DO NOT FIND THE SKILL YOU WANT, click "Yes" for "Skill Not Listed?"
- Input the Skill Name you want to buy under "Skill Name, Manual Entry" and the appropriate number of Character Points/Downtime in the "Character Points Required, Manual" box.
- Click the "Save" button in the upper-left corner of the record screen.
- When your purchase is audited and approved, you will receive an email notification that the skill has been added to your character!