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1) The Rule of One: If you ever roll ones on all the dice rolled (i.e., you roll your absolute minimum) then the test failseven if the number rolled would have been a success! It might not be Poor result, but it will always be a failure.
2) Bonus Dice: If you roll the maximum number possible on any die in the dice you rolled for the test, you count that number towards your total and roll that die over. This is a little complicated to explain, so here's the example from the rulebook.
Example: Thag the Warrior (everyone say "Hi" to Thag, we'll be seeing a lot of him) is making an Unarmed Combat attack. He has that at Step 9, which makes his dice D8 and D6. His results are an 8 and a 6, the highest numbers possible on the respective dice. He gets two Bonus die rolls. On his D8 Bonus die he rolls a 2, and then a 6 on the D6 Bonus die. He rolls another D6 for a 3. This incredible roll totals 8 + 6 + 2 + 6 + 3 = 25.
If you're interested, your Step is the average number you'll roll on the dice for that step. That should give you a good scale of your chance of success.
Example: Thag has an Agility step of 5. He has no Stealth skill, but finds himself in a situation where he needs to move quietly or fight a trio of Orc nomads. The default for Stealth is Agility 2, so Thag has a default stealth step of 3. He rolls 1d4 (the dice for step 3) and rolls a 1, meaning he automatically fails. The underbrush crackles loudly under Thag's feet as his two handed sword bangs loudly against a low lying branchthe Orcs notice him and move to attack!
Fortunately, Thag is no slouch in the combat department. He has the Melee Combat skill at rank 7. Since Melee Combat also relies on Agility, Thag's total Melee Combat step is 12. He rolls 2d10 for his Melee Combat attacks rolls, which is pretty impressive! He unlimbers his two-handed sword and faces the Orcs, hoping that he can wound or kill one fast enough to make the others reconsider attacking him.
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