Compulsive Gambler (3.5e Flaw)

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Compulsive Gambler [General][edit]

Life is a game of chance, and you're intent on beating the odds.
Prerequisite: None
Effect:
Effect: If presented with a game of chance you must make a Will save (DC 15 + 1/2 character level). If you fail, you must attempt to partake in the game, regardless of the cost or stakes involved. If you succeed, you can choose to resist the urge and accept a penalty of -2 on all rolls for as long as you remain in the presence of the game or an hour (whichever is longer). If you succeed the Will save, you can also choose to willingly partake in the game and in doing so gain a +1 insight bonus to all rolls related to the game, for its duration. This bonus represents the temporary overcoming of your natural urge, enabling you to view the game with more distanced objectivity and cool resolve.

Likewise, if you are called to place a wager on anything, you must make a Will save (DC 15 + 1/2 character level). If you fail, you must accept the bet exactly as offered. If you succeed, you can choose to turn down the bet and accept a penalty of -1 to all rolls for that day, or choose to propose a counter-wager. To do so you make an opposed Bluff check with your "opponent" against their Sense Motive skill. If you succeed, they must accept the wager on your terms or back down with no penalty to you. If you fail, you must accept the wager on the original terms offered or suffer twice the penalty for turning down a bet (-2 to all rolls for that day).

In all instances, even if you attempt to cheat at a game or wager, in the end you've learned to pay your debts. If you lose at any game of chance or wager, you will do your best to pay for the loss even if it means begging, borrowing or stealing to do so. After all, a gamble without risk is no gamble at all.
Benefit: You receive a bonus feat.
Roleplaying Ideas: "A coin won is twice as sweet as a coin earned." Gambling is in your blood. From a young age you've always been weak against Fortune's lure, the promise of great gain often pushing you to take risks no sane person would. The greater the gamble, the stronger the urge for you, and damned be the consequences. You see the risks and opportunities in everything, mostly the later, and always feel the urge to try your hand at winning any perceived gamble. Your urge can take any form, from a friendly wager with a travelling companion to betting your soul with a devil. While the stakes add to your thrill, most of your enjoyment comes from simply beating the odds; even a simple coin-flip called right will put you in the finest of moods.



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