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Are the Improved Active Defenses really worth an Advance?

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#1 paulsk



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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:32 AM

The marginal benefit of +2 Black basic defenses to +1 Purple active defenses seems interesting, but it doesn't seem like an obviously worthwhile choice compared to spending an Action advance to get a whole new action to add to your arsenal. Do folks find the Improved active defenses to be worth an advance?


+ 2 Black (average 0.67 Challenges generated)

+ 1 Purple (average 0.75 Challenges generated) 

So a slight (0.09) increase in Challenges generated against your attacker, and more chance of the attack Banes and Chaos stars, but is it worth it?

#2 No:12



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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:34 AM


The extra bonus effect is probably what makes the action worth buying (+1 soak, -1 recharge on melee card and free manuever for Block, Parry and Dodge respectively)

Its not for everyone I guess, but Ive seen Improved Block and Imp Parry used quite well.

#3 dvang



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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:58 AM

There is more to the difference between <P> and [BB] than a slight increase in challenges.

Things to consider:

1) <P> has higher probability of two challenges
2) <P> has Chaos Star
3) [BB] has a higher probability of No Effect (i.e. all blank)

Then, add in the bonus effects that No: 12 mentioned, and it makes them worthwhile.

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