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SPECIAL

SPECIAL is the ruleset that powers all Fallout games.

The name "SPECIAL" is an acronym standing for the primary statistics in the system: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck.

Development and useEdit

Initially, Fallout was meant to use the GURPS system by Steve Jackson Games. However, there were difficulties in the license that could not be overcome, and so the two companies mutually agreed to end the partnership. Fortunately for the Fallout team, the only element of GURPS in Fallout was the ruleset and the setting was entirely Interplay's, so they could continue development. Chris Taylor, Jesse Heinig and Tim Cain developed the SPECIAL system. Many elements from it are inspired by GURPS, but it is largely original.

Aside from Fallout games, SPECIAL was also used in Lionheart and Ultimate RPG plus two canceled projects - TORN and Reflexive Entertainment's Deadlands game.

SystemsEdit

Characters in SPECIAL are defined through:

ImplementationsEdit

Official Fallout gamesEdit

Implementation Perks Skills Traits Races
Fallout SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Fallout 2 SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Fallout 3 SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Fallout Tactics SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel SPECIAL yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Fallout: New Vegas SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Van Buren SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross

Other gamesEdit

Implementation Perks Skills Traits Races
Lionheart SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Simple yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
TORN SPECIAL yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross

NotesEdit

  • Tim Cain stated that he originally was going to call the "SPECIAL" system "ACELIPS".

See alsoEdit

GURPS by Steve Jackson Games

SPECIAL

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