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Old 08-06-2017, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Trying to understand Sorcery with GCA

I am not new to GURPS nor GCA but very new to Sorcery.
When using GCA ,I added the following ‘Advantages'
Sorcerous Empowerment 1 (Two Colleges Only; -30%) [14]
Flame Jet (Burning Attack) 2 (Increased Range (1/2D Range Only) (x2); Melee Attack; Destructive Parry; Srocery) [10]
So far so good.
Then I open each of these entries in GCA and see the following;
For: Sorcerous Empowerment
Needs: (ST:Sorcery Points)
Gives: +14 to “ST:Sorcery Points”
For: Flame Jet
Needs: AD: : Sorcerous Empowerment; (ST:Flame Jet Points)
Gives: +10 to “ST:Flame Jet Points”
Ok what the heck are Sorcery Points and Flame Jet Points?
I can find no reference to those anywhere.
What does it mean and what is it used for and how to do I see what points I have for those in GCA?

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Old 08-07-2017, 02:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Trying to understand Sorcery with GCA

Note that you are asking for support for something that is entirely fan made. You might want to try to contact rkbrown directly.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Trying to understand Sorcery with GCA

Yes I have sent him an email and I am awaiting his response.
In the mean time, I just thought somebody else from this great community might have had an answer or some insight.
Sorcery is new to me so there is that learning curve.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:56 PM   #4
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Sorcery is new to me so there is that learning curve.
Questions about the book are probably better answered in the GURPS forum.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Trying to understand Sorcery with GCA

I am not overly familiar with Sorcery, as it's a supplement I haven't really read through. My basic understanding of how it works is that each of the spells is an Alternative Ability of the Sorcerous Empowerment advantage; the structure of the Sorcery rules is set up in such a way as Sorcerous Empowerment is always the most expensive of the abilities in the Alternative Ability group. As such, their point cost cannot exceed the point cost of Sorcerous Empowerment. So in GCA when it's looking at Sorcery Points or Flame Jet Points it's literally comparing the number of points spent of Sorcerous Empowerment or Flame Jet, respectively, to make sure that you have not spent more points on Flame Jet than on Sorcerous Empowerment.

I'm not sure of the exact working of the data file, as I have not looked that file over yet let alone tried messing with it. I discussed several options with RKBrown on how to handle the point cost restrictions, I'm just not 100% sure on what he settled on.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:43 PM   #6
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I'm not sure of the exact working of the data file, as I have not looked that file over yet let alone tried messing with it. I discussed several options with RKBrown on how to handle the point cost restrictions, I'm just not 100% sure on what he settled on.
I pretty much used your idea of making not having enough Sorcery Points a taboo in the spell and vice versa. Thank you again BTW.
Sorcerous Empowerment creates the Sorcery Points value that the spells use for it's taboo trait and the spells create the spells points Sorcerous Empowerment uses. Although the last only applies to a few spells. As previously mentioned these are there to make sure you don't have more points in a spell than in Sorcerous Empowerment because spells are alternate abilities as explained in the Book. Unless you have the book you will probably have trouble assigning alternative ability modifiers appropriately BTW. Those must be assigned manually because you may want your character to have multiple spells on at any given time.
As of now I've only received (and responded to) one e-mail about this file and this issue wasn't brought up.
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