The Loneliness Check:
This check is made by rolling a number of 10 sided dice equal to your Stamina + Integrity (the latter being more a function mental resilience than any aspect of morality) (for most people that’s about 6 or 7, for athletes and particularly resolute people that’s about 8 dice, for priests, Olympic athletes, astronauts and introverts that’s 9 or 10 dice) and looking for 7’s or higher on each one, these are called successes. Count the number of sevens you find and compare their total to the difficulty set by the modifiers and conditions below. 10’s indicated on the dice each count as TWO successes. 1’s have no meaning on their own unless there are no successes on the dice otherwise…then you botch. That’s bad and explained below. The roll should be made every week or so - more frequently during the springtime or the Christmas holidays.
Modifiers to difficulty (these are cumulative):
completely alone in the house +1
been alone in the house for more than 16 hours +1
knowing there is a party or get-together going on, but you can’t get there +1
(this includes movie premieres, outings to dinner or conventions)
being so broke you can’t pay attention +1
not having seen friends in over a week +2
not having heard from friends in over a week +2
not having seen another human being in more than 24 hours +1
long time since last being shown physical affection +2
inability to get around much on your own +1
not having left the house recently +1
You have a pet -2
After determining your total modifiers, make the roll and compare it to the chart below:
Successes rolled above the difficulty number: Result:
1 Sometimes you’re a little blue, but
it’s nothing your favorite webcomic
and some chocolate won’t fix.
2 You're not feeling especially badly at
all - comfortable in your solitude -
for now. Wouldn't want it to last
forever, but hey, that's what
weekends are for right?
3 People would be nice, but who needs
them? I mean really, all they do is
come over and eat your food and
distract you from whatever
diversions you enjoy in life.
4 Look, you see people during
holidays, what more do you need?
5 You would be perfectly comfortable
never seeing a human being - or
anything else - again for at least the
Successes rolled below the difficulty number: Result:
1 You feel a pang of lonesomeness, but it
won't last really. Just get
some pizza and a
good movie, it'll be over
before you know it.
2 It gnaws at you sometimes -
especially in the early
evening when the sun goes
down and it gets all quiet, but
hey, the weekend's coming
3 You're likely to start calling
people you haven't spoken to
in a while or have put off
talking to - just to hear
4 You start calling up talk radio
to get some human
interaction. Periodically you
catch yourself having a
conversation with no one else
in the room. You will watch
anything on TV to distract
you - just for a little while.
5 Your loneliness is like
another being sharing the
same space with you - so you
talk to it often, and it answers
back. You also find yourself
talking to the TV. When you
finally do hear another
human voice it leaves you
startled and strangely
maladroit, trying to
remember what to do next.
On a botch, you become truly desperate for human company, with an eagerness and excitement that leaves you looking and sounding like a cross between someone on Speed and Peter Lorre. You will clutch desperately at any chance to be in the company of anyone - mailmen, door to door salesmen and even Jehovah's Witnesses will come to avoid you like the plague. Not even Grandma will return your calls anymore….