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    TalosX got a reaction from Daeglan in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    Yeah the Jedi in the prequel films were really high level characters.  Remember that all younglings are taught the basics of Shii-Cho.  Once they become Padawans, they're permitted to either master Shii-Cho or choose a different form to pursue.  Even those who focused on mastering Shii-Cho usually branched out a bit.  Shii-Cho was canonically not great vs blasters, so it was common to branch out into a more blaster-defensive form (usually Sorezu or Shien).
     
    I think episode 3 Obi-Won is a great example overall:  He was skilled in the basics of Shii-Cho (as a youngling).  He was very adept with Ataru (trained under Qui-Gon and Yoda as a padawan).  Following Qui-Gon's death, he chose to focus on a more robust defense by mastering Sorezu.  In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Dooku was quite surprised by Obi-Won's mastery of Sorezu.  He actually said that Obi-Won's defenses were nearly impenetrable!  Anakin later found out the hard way just how strong they were.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Kael in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    After considering the house rule a bit more, I'm amending my original answer to say I'm solidly opposed to the change.  My primary issue arises from a specific form.  Niman Disciple is already one of the better forms in my opinion.  It's Talent, Draw Closer, is easily one of the most powerful combat talents in the entire FaD Corebook.  It also has several other talents that are quite good:  Sum Djem, Center Being, Force Assault.  It is also the only saber form to provide the Force Rating talent to boost your FR.  It also boasts a respectable defense against both ranged and melee weapons with 3 ranks each of Reflect and Parry.  This last one is the issue though.  On top of everything, your change would also give Niman Improved versions of both Reflect and Parry.  This would seriously un-balance the saber forms to Niman holding a clear advantage over many, if not all, of them.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Kael in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    Are you asking us to critique your groups decision?  Because I think most would agree that you should do whatever will create the most enjoyable game for your group!
     
    As a critique though, as far as house rules go, it's not a bad idea.  I'm not sure I would ever use it, but it's unlikely that it will damage balance very much.
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    TalosX got a reaction from kaosoe in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    After considering the house rule a bit more, I'm amending my original answer to say I'm solidly opposed to the change.  My primary issue arises from a specific form.  Niman Disciple is already one of the better forms in my opinion.  It's Talent, Draw Closer, is easily one of the most powerful combat talents in the entire FaD Corebook.  It also has several other talents that are quite good:  Sum Djem, Center Being, Force Assault.  It is also the only saber form to provide the Force Rating talent to boost your FR.  It also boasts a respectable defense against both ranged and melee weapons with 3 ranks each of Reflect and Parry.  This last one is the issue though.  On top of everything, your change would also give Niman Improved versions of both Reflect and Parry.  This would seriously un-balance the saber forms to Niman holding a clear advantage over many, if not all, of them.
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    TalosX reacted to Donovan Morningfire in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    I think this is problematic for one specific specialization, as this house rule just about turns Niman Disciple (which has three ranks of Parry and Reflect) into the "gotta have it!" specialization for lightsaber wielders, as it pretty much offers everything that you'd need to replicate a Jedi in one single specialization; with one spec you get two very effective combat talents for what amounts to free, two instances of Defensive Training, and a Force Rating increase.
     
    For a PC that wants to use a lightsaber, this suggested house rule ensures that there's pretty much zero reason to not take Niman Disciple (since it gives you both Discipline and Lightsaber as career skills) as their secondary spec, or even more likely as their primary spec given how much the career and spec skills line up with what one would expect out of a classic Jedi.  Improved Reflect can be quite devastating in terms of boosting a 'saber wielder's offensive prowess, given the damage is based off what the attacker got; used against a blaster rifle or similar high-powered weapon and the attacker frequently winds up worse off than the PC in terms of damage taken.  Improved Parry isn't quite as brutal, but the fact it's often used in tandem with a Breach 1 weapon that for most PCs can easily be modified to have a damage rating of 8 or 9 at least, that's still a lot of pain in one hit that most enemies can't do much to stop.  It's going to skew the balance of power heavily in favor of those PCs that take a LS Form spec, especially with Improved Reflect and the Sense power's defensive Control Upgrade.
     
    I personally think this suggested change fails the "why would I not take advantage of!?" litmus test, and is going to cause you as the GM more headaches down the line than it'd really be worth, especially as you're now putting a lot more power in the hands of the Jedi types, which often leads to them stealing the show from the other PCs, something that occurred in every other Star Wars RPG that's been published.  WEG's D6 had it, with some GMs banning the lightsaber combat Force power (often the big contributor to Jedi types outshining the rest of a group), the various WotC d20 versions certainly had it (Saga Edition was notorious given how skill check bonuses often scaled faster than defense scores, especially at lower levels), but so far FFG has avoided, mostly by ensuring that by the point a PC has enough XP to pick up both Improved Parry and Improved Reflect, the rest of the group has used their XP to become similar powerful in their respective areas of expertise.
     
    Of course, another question to ask in regards to this proposed house rule is that if you're handing out such a potent combat upgrade to the Jedi crowd, what are the PCs who aren't taking LS Form specs getting in terms of upgrades?
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    TalosX got a reaction from Josep Maria in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    Are you asking us to critique your groups decision?  Because I think most would agree that you should do whatever will create the most enjoyable game for your group!
     
    As a critique though, as far as house rules go, it's not a bad idea.  I'm not sure I would ever use it, but it's unlikely that it will damage balance very much.
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    TalosX got a reaction from SuperArppis in Improved Reflect and Improved Parry House rule   
    Are you asking us to critique your groups decision?  Because I think most would agree that you should do whatever will create the most enjoyable game for your group!
     
    As a critique though, as far as house rules go, it's not a bad idea.  I'm not sure I would ever use it, but it's unlikely that it will damage balance very much.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Dark Bunny Lord in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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    TalosX got a reaction from bradknowles in Unconventional Lightsaber Hilt Suggestions.   
    I'm not trying to discourage you, but I don't think you have the right idea of an "extended hilt".  The bonus it provides is from using two hands for extra leverage, so you shouldn't be getting the bonus if you're dual-wielding 2 of them.
     
    See this image:  Extended Hilt
     
    Trying to dual-wield a weapon with such an extended hilt (clearly meant for two-handed wielding), might actually be grounds for a Setback die.  Though that's dependent on your GM.
     
    As for lightsaber hilt ideas, there are quite a few possibilities.  In "The Clone Wars" series, a wookiee used wood in the construction of his hilt.  At least one Jedi was known to include a Krayt Dragon tooth in his lightsaber hilt.  I could also see a Jedi born on Mandalore to make a hilt from mandalorian iron, in respect to his ancestry.
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    TalosX reacted to Kael in Force Points.   
    Not really amiss. The lightsabre tree's aren't about learning how to use the Force, but learning how to use a lightsabre and perhaps making use of the Force through combat. There is no reason why learning how to fight with a lightsabre and a handful of tricks the Force can use to help that should increase your overall knowledge of the Force. 
     
    If you're character wants to learn about the Force itself, and thus increase his mastery over it, he's gonna have to do something else other than learn how to use a lightsabre. As such, if you just focus on the sabre trees and top off a few powers then you have no one to blame but yourself. It's not silly because the sabre tree's don't focus on understanding the Force as a whole, but understanding how to fight with a lightsabre. It makes you great with a lightsabre. You want to be great with your Force powers then you need to broaden the depth of your knowledge and buy into the other trees. 
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    TalosX got a reaction from SuperArppis in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Donovan Morningfire in Two lightsaber   
    I think we can agree to disagree.  By the way, I'm not gimping force users, I'm preventing them from becoming OP.  With a Force Rating of 3-4, combined with proper leveling of Willpower and the Lightsaber skill.  You have hands down the best attacker and one of the hardest hitters in the game.  All from a style not known for a strong attack.  Heaven forbid you ever get a character with a FR of 5 or higher.  You'll instantly break the game.
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    TalosX reacted to Richardbuxton in Parry-Reflect Caps   
    Devs recommend 5xp per hour plus RP bonuses. i add extra as we don't game weekly
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    TalosX got a reaction from RusakRakesh in Looking for Stats: Imperial Light Cruiser   
    I know I've seen a variant of it on these forums before, just can't find it.  I don't think the Arquiten you've linked is that far off though.  The only real thing I'd question is, what is this "port dorsal turbolaser"?  I've looked over several different pictures, and the only dorsal/ventral weapons are the Quad-Laser Cannons.  All the turbolasers are either port or starboard placements.  You have the firing arcs correct for mechanics.  I just don't know why the designer didn't write it as "four Port twin-light turbolasers" (same thing for Starboard side)!?
     
    You'd save on the word count if nothing else.
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    TalosX got a reaction from dougansf in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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    TalosX reacted to Lordbiscuit in Force Speed?   
    Yeah, an daunting athletics check or greater would perfectly represent a movement that could only be accomplished by extreme speed or stamina. It also might have more to do with the fact that the system is so abstract to begin with, that force powers themselves must also be created to be used in a flexable manner. Force push and telekenetic combat, to wield weapons like in your hands, for example could easily be accomplished by move object.
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    TalosX reacted to rickayelm in Force Speed?   
    Sprinting very fast requires an athletics check, the base power of enhance improves athletics checks.
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    TalosX reacted to Daeglan in Force Speed?   
    Enhance Force leap. Narrate it as running. 
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    TalosX reacted to Donovan Morningfire in Sun Djem   
    The talent's fine as written.
     
    In fact, the only thing it really does is allow the attacker to send the weapon further away, as the combat chapter already lists the option of spending 3 Advantage to disarm the target without regard to if you hit or miss.  Sum Djem simply lets you place that weapon anywhere within Short Range.
     
    Now, the whole idea of constantly using disarms, either the PC on their opponent or the opponent on the PC, shouldn't really be done.  Save the disarming for a dramatic moment in the fight, not as a "go to" move every time you generate 3 Advantage on the combat check.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Donovan Morningfire in Unleash on a PC   
    That pretty much happens with everything when canon facts are scarce.  We make do with what we get, and fill in the blanks with our own crazy ideas.
     
    As for lightsaber color, well there's been a lot of changes to that over the years (especially after Windu's violet saber).  Currently, according to the Disney ran sight (so canon), lightsaber crystals are clear and get their color from the force sensitive that attunes to it.  It's not really explained why certain colors appear, only that blue and green are the most common.  While I don't care for this particular line of thought, it is the current canon.
     
    Kyber Crystals
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    TalosX got a reaction from Col. Orange in Force Speed?   
    Okay, we see this in The Phantom Menace when Qui-Gon and Obi-Won run from the droideka's at the start of the movie.  How would we simulate this power?  Personally, I think it should be covered under Enhance, but it's not mentioned.  You could just narrative down that Force Jump is also Force Speed, but you'd need the Range upgrade before it'd even have a point, plus it takes some of the awe out of the crazy Force Jumps.
     
    Any idea's?
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    TalosX got a reaction from Dario94 in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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    TalosX got a reaction from rickayelm in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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    TalosX got a reaction from Richardbuxton in Two lightsaber   
    I'm confused, why are you rolling the 3 White (Force) die for a basic attack?  Is this an affect from a Talent or a Force Power?
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    TalosX got a reaction from Maese Mateo in Force Points.   
    All of these are very good and correct (IMO) answers.  If you need an in-game response, that's simple to:
     
    Lightsaber styles focus only on passive use of the Force with precognition (ability to Reflect/Parry) and enhancing physical abilities.  The only form that specifically invokes the Force in a direct manner is Niman with it's Draw Closer and Force Assault abilities.  Which is solid reason why Niman is the only form with the Force Rating talent.
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