Using Experience

Experience is gained throughout play. Unlike Pathfinder (and similar games), experience can generally be spent at any time.

Short-Term Uses:

  • Players may spend 1 XP to re-roll any single die. After re-rolling, players may choose to use either the new or old roll.
  • Players may spend 1 XP to refuse a GM-intrusion. Doing so also forfeits the bonus XP from the intrusion.
  • Players may spend 2 XP to gain a narrowly-applied skill. Players who do this must justify the skill in-game. For example, if a character was attempting to persuade a group of dissident synth-cultists, they player could spend 2 XP to become trained in tasks related to persuading this particular group of cultists. The player could justify this by claiming that the synth-cultists have a similar ideology to the Aeon Priest they studied under as a youth.

Medium-Term Uses:

  • Players may spend 3 XP to become familiar with a skill. This grants them +1 on all tasks related to that skill. This should be justified in-game.
  • Players may spend 3 XP to gain the trust of a helpful NPC ally. The ally will assist the PC by providing equipment, information, shelter, etc. The details are subject to the character's relationship with that NPC.
  • Players may spend 3 XP to gain a home.
  • Players may spend 3 XP to gain a respected title or position.
  • Players may spend 3 XP to gain a sudden influx of wealth.
  • Players may spend 3 XP  to acquire, craft, or otherwise have an artifact

Long-Term Uses:

Each of these may be purchased once per tier. Purchasing all four moves the character up a tier.

  • Players may spend 4 XP to permanently increase their pools by 4.
  • Players may spend 4 XP to add 1 to the edge of their choice.
  • Players may spend 4 XP to increase their effort score by 1.
  • Players may spend 4 XP to become trained in the skill, ability, or lore of their choice (except attacks and defense). If they are already trained in the skill, they become specialized.

Using Experience

Numenera by Daniel danielmccarville danielmccarville