Action at the Speed of Narrative

NOVA6 blends narrative and simulationist elements, balancing traditional RPG features with mechanics around player agency and narrative control.


Key Characteristics

  • Players Roll. Passive opposition is the norm, and only players roll the dice. If they take an action, they roll the dice. If they need to react, they also roll the dice.
  • Bounded Influence. Circumstances and skill can affect the results of an action without changing the range of potential results.
  • Describe Your Awesome. The outcome of the roll will indicate, without using charts or math, whether you achieved simple success or failure, or something more. This could include amazing stunts, or entertaining complications, but these are always determined after the roll to avoid the heartbreak of setting up an awesome move and watching the dice fail you. 
  • Pay To Play. Plot Points fuel the cost of success, cost of failure, bolster reactions, and provide an economy for information discovery.

The system is intended to support extensive tactical details, rapid task resolution, and creative interpretation of story and plot.

The Basics

We intend NOVA6 rules to be straightforward and to reduce decision paralysis:

  • Choose one of four actions
  • Roll your dice to determine your outcome
  • Describe, in character, how you achieved that outcome. 

The rules account for your skill, as well as any enhancing talents, perks, features, and circumstances.

You always roll a minimum of 3d6, but you will often be rolling more based on advantages or disadvantages. If the situation is to your advantage, you choose the best three dice. If the situation is to your disadvantage, you choose the lowest three dice. 

You succeed if the total of these dice is 11 or more. You stunt if you succeed with triples on the dice, or create a complication if you fail with triples on the dice.

Open Beta

Open Beta

On June 23, 2017 Legendsmiths launched the open beta of NOVA6. We have a lot to do to expand the scope of rules for specific genres and settings, but the core of the system will always be available under OGL. 

The NOVA6 Open Beta is available now. 


If you'd like to participate in the process, please join us in our G+ Community.
NOVA6 Community

The latest NOVA6 Quick Reference Sheet also gives you a single page insight into how the rules work. One of our objectives was to get the core rules of NOVA6 to fit on a single page.