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  1. 2. If you're part of a group, you should be able to trade a jury-rigged item to another character in that group. 3. If you use a PDF printer driver, you could post PDFs of your character sheets. The Morality option helps a lot, thanks! Didn't understand what it was for, but it seems obvious now :-) The PDF option is an option, and one I knew I could do, but not the one I was hoping for, though I understand it is probably a pain to generate the .xml format for so many different machines potentially.Nevermind...found the answer in the GM Tools...such a nice program As to sharing jury-rigged items, this does not work. Once you Jury-rig an item and give it away it loses the ability and takes away one of the jury-rigged options for the jury-rigging character, even if you transfer the item back. Also, messing with this actually crashed the GM Tools which then crashed the character generator.... Thanks for the quick reply earlier!
  2. Thanks for this awesome tool! After using it and inputting a lot of the books, I would like to make a couple feature requests: - the option to turn on Morality for any and all characters, not just those with a Force Specialization - the option to add Jury-rigging and extra hardpoints for all characters (simulating lending such a weapon temporarily) - some form of export so I can post character sheets online I am impressed with the stability of this tool (never had it crash or cause problems) and appreciate your dedication to making this!
  3. Deltabob said: If I remember, don't the Universal Effects say they are effects that may be applied if there are no others to apply? Right, this is where you need to get creative to avoid silly results. Perhaps 2 banes on a success means incomplete/incorrect info or the like. Or that the people the characters are gathering information on are now tipped off, or that the local authorities are now aware that the characters are searching for black market goods, etc, etc. You get the idea. If all else fails, slap a stress on and tell them that the answer was on the tip of their tongues and bugged them until they finally were able to remember it (success) or they finally admitted defeat (failure).
  4. Genius! I have been eyeing that piece of cardboard for weeks now wondering whether to throw it out or save it for some reason. Glad I vacilated
  5. Genesis, I like your thoughts on that, and I guess if I as the GM, can't come up with something better to spend the boons/banes on, I will use the RAW.
  6. valvorik said: I can easily see inflicing/recovering fatigue/stress on optional checks, Player asked to check Observation, stress "Looking into the woods you think you see things but realize they're not there, the sun is bright in your eyes...", recovery "The air is cool against your face and relaxes you as you see...". I do think that this is a game where the dice should come out "when it matters". Rob Empahsis mine: that is not a passive check, it is an active check as I was defining it. By passive I meant more, does the character notice he is being followed (Observation)? Does he remember the name of the minor noble and their deeds at some battle (Education)? Does he get a bad feeling from the traitorous barmaid (Intuition)? Checks made by the player and the GM's whim to see if the character receives information outside the scope of the player.
  7. Is there not an edit feature on this forum? I just remembered the other thing that struck me as unworkable/unfair while we were playing: when I (the GM) ask a player to make a skill check to receive information from the envirnment (such as an observation check, education, folklore, or intuition) is it reasonable to apply the universal boon/bane rules? I think not, since I cannot imagine a situation where a passive roll asked for by the GM should inflict stress, nor heal stress. As the GM I can arbitrarily set the challenge of an observation check (and those in Day Late are pretty hard) knowing that the character is probably going to fail and/or accumulate some stress. Silly. I told the players upfront that the universal bane/boon rule applies only to active rolls they request and that all banes and boons generated on passive checks called for by the GM would be applied towards the quality of information gleaned, with successes determining the quantity. Thoughts?
  8. I think the action for a maneuver works, but be careful of allowing silly things like double assisting.
  9. My group and I met for the 3rd session of WHFRP last nite. I am looking for some feedback and thoughts on issues I am having with the system. I am running with 3 players (4 now). The first session was character creation, game explanation, and a small bar brawl/poker game to test the mechanics. We enjoyed the narrative quality of the dice, but I have some reservations about the longevity of game system. Forced changing of a career seems a bit odd and I'd love to see more ideas people have on this. As well, after 25-30 sessions players will be rank 3 and possibly have 3 yellow dice available to them, plus tons of fortune dice from specializations and attribute dice. The second session was a straight running of the Day Late adventure here on the FFG site. It was fun and we saw the priest of sigmar almost one-shot the gor had he not missed. The players took some serious damage initially but had little trouble killing the henchmen and gor once they just attacked them. The wargor they two-shotted. Two of the three characters had enough criticals and wounds on them that any hit would have killed them (put above wound threshold and with the one flipped, put over their TOU in criticals). The barber-surgeon certainly got his creation-points worth from his first aid action and skills. Some flaws in the system that bug me from that session: fixed damage of really lethal proportions, poor defensive options, and limited maneuvers. It seems like non-attack actions are almost wasted since hitting first and hitting hard are the primary means of survival. The one character was actually taking non-combat actions which, while interesting and certainly helpful, caused her to take damage. Another thing we noticed was the second wave starts at long range which means 4 turns of closing (5 to engaged) if they arent willing to spend wounds/fatigue, yet their actions were wasted as they didnt have ranged weapons to throw or other actions to attempt while closing. We tentatively thought about allowing another manuever in place of your action so you could "double move" if that is all you did. The third session was the start of Eye for an Eye in the GM booklet. In the initial combat the party (now 4 players) killed 2 of the 4 henchmen right out of the starting gate and were untouched by the gor and ungors's counterattacks. Meanwhile, at extreme range the other pack plodded forwards (7 turns out, 8 to be engaged). When the other characters initiatives arrived they made short work of the remaining mobs, one-shotting the gor and the remaining henchmen. There was some confusion and arguement about the next course of action, but zero fear of the second group now that they had a better grasp of the mechanics. The second group of ungor were broken at the sight of the slaughter ahead, and even the gor vanished into the woods, prompting one of the characters to leap in pursuit. The sounds of the rest of the herd arriving changed their minds and they retreated into the safety of the gates just in time (at this point I started using the double move rule and the ungor being driven by the gor being driven by the wargor reached the gate as the party helped swing it shut). Very dramatic and fun. We wrapped up there with the manor coming to full alert (such as it can). In this session the same flaws came to light again: the manuevers (but I am definately allowing an action to be replaced by a manuever if desired as it speeds up the board a bit) and the flat damage (but my players refuse to let me roll it either for or against them, prefering the "fast" flow of the game as it stands now). I really got a feel for the party stress meter this session, puttting a token on it anytime the players hesitated or argued about initiative or did something in character that made everyone/anyone frustrated. I took tokens off for teamwork and looking out for each other. Once I rewarded a player with a fortune point for reminding me of a rule I had overlooked in dealing with another character, but then added a stress token to the party sheet for the "betrayal". Awesome roleplay tool. Much of session three was actually eaten up trying to heal from the combat in session two. Criticals are really nasty, especially 3 + severity. The party was really sympathatic with Vern Hendrick after learning about his hand and the damage being taken over a week ago (severity 5(!) festering wound; hello lifelong lasting injury!). Even tracking down a priestess of shaylla with the rank 2 cure wounds spell was not helpful and the dwarf's severity 3 broken nose is well into its fifth day of not healing. This we all liked as it added a layer of gritty harshness to the world. TL;DR : flat damage seems borked, characters seem like they are pretty powerful already and it will only get worse as they gain advancements, and the best defense is a good offense. Also, pray you never let a festering wound fester. Are any other GM's seeing this and how are they dealing with it?
  10. Is exhausting a Talent Card any type of action? Or can a player do it anytime? We played it as if it were a free action and it seemed fine, but the rules are a bit obtuse so I might have missed the actual rule.
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