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#1 angelicdoctor

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:55 AM

Can someone please explain to me in terms that even I can understand when a GM would prefer one over the other when calling for Initiative checks?  It seems to me that these two skills and their usage for this purpose has the potential to confuse and perhaps be the subject of much debate at the gaming table.


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#2 KommissarK

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:06 AM

Cool - "I know there is an attack coming, this is obviously a hostile situation" (people in the room are brandishing weapons)
"I am trying to ambush this guy"
"I am initiating the fight"

Vigilance - "I am constantly mindful of a possible attack, but this situation is not-obviously hostile" (nobody has weapons drawn)
"I have been surprised"
"I was not expecting combat when I walked into this room"

I actually kinda like the idea, or at least, I like that each skill provides a useful benefit (cool is based around having that perfect timing, while vigilance is basically the boy scout skilled with its "always prepared" use).



#3 ynnen

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:29 AM

KommissarK said:

Cool - "I know there is an attack coming, this is obviously a hostile situation" (people in the room are brandishing weapons)
"I am trying to ambush this guy"
"I am initiating the fight"

Vigilance - "I am constantly mindful of a possible attack, but this situation is not-obviously hostile" (nobody has weapons drawn)
"I have been surprised"
"I was not expecting combat when I walked into this room"

 

+1 -- you got it, Kommissar!



#4 Donovan Morningfire

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:50 AM

It also permits the ability to have Force-users who have the classic "Jedi Reflexes" and thus react to danger rapidly (bonuses to Vigilance checks via the Uncanny Reactions talent) but aren't any better when they already know violence is eminent (no such boosts to Cool checks).


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#5 angelicdoctor

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:05 AM

Thank you very much for the distinctions made through example.  That helps clear things up a bit.


“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.” - G.K. Chesterton

"Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by."  - Andre Maurois

"The more you tighten your grip, Uncle Sam, the more Texas will slip through your fingers." - Sam Houston via Princess Leia

"We are not able to make cosmological models without some admixture of ideology." - Stephen Hawking, PhD

 





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