herichimo: 'You are playing a roleplaying game. If you choose to go underequipped when you have the opportunity not to, you shouldn't be rewarded. that's a personal choice.'
Agreed as previously stated. However that is not what was being discussed.
herichimo: 'This is the rules discussion forum, if you wish to continue this line of thought do so in the Deathwatch Gamesmaster section'
XPs and how they are awarded is directly relevant to the discussion. XPs are part of the rules albiet with a lot of interpretation and flexibility for the GM . The OP wanted opinions and suggestions as to how to deal with the situation of his librarian player being disallowed use of his force sword.
My suggestion was that because the GM had denied him the use of the force sword and it was not a player choice then this meant that the missions were neccessarily more difficult for the librarian hence using the awards suggestion in the rule book the GM is justified in saying to his PCs that the librarian should be given a one off bonus of x amount of XPs and/or increased renown.
It is the GMs game so obviously he decides. In this case he thought renown only was appropriate for his group. Indeed I note in re-reading musungu's posts that in principle the XP compensation occured in any case as the librarian was given more XPs at the begining of the campaign.
However this does not invalidate my initial point nor does it make sense to conflate it with a completly different argument which is XPs given based on the personal equipment choices of individual PCs
Now that that is settled I'm happy to move on.
The main issues I would consider with having the librarian re-aquiring the force weapon would be
- Is it being held on trust by his Chapter
- Was it lost and in what circumstances
- Was the weapon lost during his tenure in the Deathwatch or before.
It seems to me that if the weapon was lost during his tenure in the deathwatch then he might have a chance of reclaiming his original one. If he lost it duirng his service to his original Chapter then it could be on the other side of the Galaxy.
You could go all Lord of the Rings on it and actually have the weapon stored in a Deathwatch vault like 'Narsil' where it has been shattered by some particularly horrific xenos monstrosity that the librarian or his predecessor encountered previously. If you haven't played Ark of Lost Souls yet it might even add some extra flavour to the Beast of Thule.
You could combine this idea with the idea of his chapter needing all the force weapons they can for another conflict. it would make the loss of such a valuable asset even harder to endure.
Edited by Visitor Q, 20 February 2014 - 08:29 AM.