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Title: A question on Boost and Vitality
Post by: Blind Hero on January 30, 2004, 09:58:39 PM
It's two questions really.

First, on pg 76 Ron says that Vitality provides "defense" against over-Boosting, equal to the Power of Vitality.  However, the description for Vitality says that it takes effect after combat when a character can rest.  So, is this a special case for Vitality?  Should the description of Vitality include that it "defends" against over-Boosting?

Second, when a demon Boosts, his Power drops to 1, lowering all other powers to 1 as well as long as the Boost is maintained.  Say I didn't want to Boost for the whole amount though.  Maybe the demon's Power is 7 but my Stamina is only 5.  Using the Boost at full power will begin to tear me apart.  So I only want to Boost Stamina for 5.  Can that be done or is Boost always at full power?  If you use less Boost does the demon's Power still drop to 1 or is it incremental?  For example, a Power 7 demon Boosts Stamina for 5.  Does the demon's Power drop to 1 or does it only drop to 3?

Thanks in advance!


Title: A question on Boost and Vitality
Post by: Ron Edwards on January 30, 2004, 10:07:11 PM
Hi! Sorcerer questions extravaganza.

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First, on pg 76 Ron says that Vitality provides "defense" against over-Boosting, equal to the Power of Vitality. However, the description for Vitality says that it takes effect after combat when a character can rest. So, is this a special case for Vitality? Should the description of Vitality include that it "defends" against over-Boosting?


The description of Vitality should include some kind of general statement that the demon's Power is often used as an addition to the user's score for all sorts of reasons which involve resisting harm or strain. So raising the threshold for withstanding a Boost is just one example of this general idea.

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Second, when a demon Boosts, his Power drops to 1, lowering all other powers to 1 as well as long as the Boost is maintained. Say I didn't want to Boost for the whole amount though. Maybe the demon's Power is 7 but my Stamina is only 5. Using the Boost at full power will begin to tear me apart. So I only want to Boost Stamina for 5. Can that be done or is Boost always at full power? If you use less Boost does the demon's Power still drop to 1 or is it incremental? For example, a Power 7 demon Boosts Stamina for 5. Does the demon's Power drop to 1 or does it only drop to 3?


I love these questions; I can answer them!

a) The demon may Boost for less dice than its full Power, unless there's some locally-customized understanding of demons/abilities that precludes that.

b) But no matter what, whenever Boosting to any degree, the demon's Power drops to 1 for all other abilities and other game-functions of that score.

Best,
Ron


Title: A question on Boost and Vitality
Post by: Blind Hero on January 30, 2004, 10:26:31 PM
So Vitality could be used as a bonus to running a long distance, way beyond your limits.  Or surviving in an extreme environment such as a desert or the arctic.  Very cool.

I figured a demon could bestow a lower Boost than his Power.  Sounds like a great way to rebel.......

The blanket rule that any Boost lowers the demon's power to 1 seems like a good way to avoid number crunchy twinkiness.  It's fine in Champions but I like my Sorcerer simple and elegant.

Thanks Ron.  You're quicker than a politician retracting his campaign promises.


Title: A question on Boost and Vitality
Post by: Ron Edwards on January 31, 2004, 01:00:12 PM
Hi BH,

You're welcome!

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I figured a demon could bestow a lower Boost than his Power. Sounds like a great way to rebel.......


Hey! Everyone else? Are you reading this? This guy gets it.

Best,
Ron