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Old 02-20-2020, 09:07 AM   #11
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I admit I usually consider the kicked out of town roll the worst part of Social Stigma - Savage

I'm not playing a Half Ogre with an IQ penalty to be a social butterfly, but I do want to go shopping and not roll wandering monster checks
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Old 02-20-2020, 09:10 PM   #12
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On that Social Stigma question:

I'm pretty sure it's been asked before - and it has been. Including by me. (Oops.)

Here's the thread:

http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=153076

And the summary of Kromm's answer:

Both disads carry a -2 on reactions, but different in scope:

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Social Stigma (Minority Group): -2 on reaction rolls for all purposes from everybody but those in your minority group.

Social Stigma (Savage): -2 on reaction rolls and -4 on skill rolls for negotiations from everybody but those of your kind, and 6 or less chance of being barred from town.
I believe the problem is this: I read "-2 on reaction rolls and -4 on skill rolls for negotiations" as

"-2 on reaction rolls and (-4 on skill rolls for negotiations)";

Kromm's reply above suggests that the correct reading is

"(-2 on reaction rolls and -4 on skill rolls) for negotiations"

Using the latter reading, I can understand how the two versions of Social Stigma could fairly carry the same cost. So that settles it for me (a second time; until I forget again).
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:45 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies to my questions, and my apologies for replying in turn so slowly. To add commentary to a few items:

1) A non-enchanting deal?



I can't say I follow that. Seems to me that $2,000 of Deflect for armor gives a +1 DB (i.e., +1 on any AD) as long as you wear that armor . . . no weapon or shield needed, and the protection is good vs attacks from any direction. $2,000 of Deflect for a shield also gives a +1 DB, though presumably only vs attacks that the shield could block. Meanwhile, $10,000 of Defending Weapon/Shield for a weapon or shield gives a +1 only to Parry or only to Block, and only vs attacks that could be parried or blocked.

As far as I can tell, this is a no-brainer: get Deflect for armor or for shield (though not both), then get Defending Weapon/Shield later if you've got big gold to burn. The latter is definitely less bang for the buck.
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"[2] Defense Bonus adds to that of any mundane shield. If both shield and armor have Deflect, only the highest magical DB applies. See Defense Bonus (Exploits, p. 47)."

Defense Bonus is useless without a shield. The reason for applying the enchantment to your armor and not on the shield is because it would then work with any shield you wield. It is useful on the shield since that means you don't have to wear the full suit of armor to benefit from the enchantment, and since the enchantment is only beneficial if you are using a shield it makes sense. Applying the enchantment to both is ideal if you got the money to spend, it means, as long as you have a shield, that you will always benefit from it.

But overall, it does look like you get it. It was just that one thing you missed.


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10) Glamour in Nordlondr Folk

Regarding that roll to pierce Glamour, perhaps we can hear from the author later on how it's intended to work.

About resistance:

Ah, the "+5" is referring to the specific statted creature. (Oddly worded text.) Got it!

Thanks again. I'll have new questions again later – probably in a new thread, for better visibility.
Don't start a new thread! keep all the questions here so that they can all be found easily! Also you could update the first post with all the questions and answers!
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:48 PM   #14
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"[2] Defense Bonus adds to that of any mundane shield. If both shield and armor have Deflect, only the highest magical DB applies. See Defense Bonus (Exploits, p. 47)."

Defense Bonus is useless without a shield. The reason for applying the enchantment to your armor and not on the shield is because it would then work with any shield you wield. It is useful on the shield since that means you don't have to wear the full suit of armor to benefit from the enchantment, and since the enchantment is only beneficial if you are using a shield it makes sense. Applying the enchantment to both is ideal if you got the money to spend, it means, as long as you have a shield, that you will always benefit from it.
By that theory a shield's DB isn't useful unless there is also a magical DB to add to it. As long as one of the DB values you are adding is positive, it's useful.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:18 PM   #15
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Defense Bonus is useless without a shield.
That might be the official ruling, but I'm not seeing it from the text. It suggests that, say, +2 DB cast on armor does nothing, until I pick up a shield, or garbage can lid, or anything shleld-ish, then the armor's DB suddenly kicks in (or is transferred to the shield?). And that doesn't feel like the intent to me.

As further argument, I'll note a similar magical enhancement: the Protect Animal spell, which gives +3 DB to its subjects, with no shields needed.

I wouldn't be surprised if the workings of Deflect on armor have already been well discussed on the forum. . . and, I just found a discussion here. http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=153471

Again, I'm not seeing a clear ruling of "Deflect on Armor requires no shield to work," but post #8 suggests that to me.

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Don't start a new thread! keep all the questions here so that they can all be found easily! Also you could update the first post with all the questions and answers!
Sounds neat & clean to me, too, but I imagine there are people who would peek at a new thread out of curiosity, while passing over an old one as "probably just more comments on old stuff". I think I'll try a new one next time just to see whether it gets more commentary!
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:55 PM   #16
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That might be the official ruling, but I'm not seeing it from the text. It suggests that, say, +2 DB cast on armor does nothing, until I pick up a shield, or garbage can lid, or anything shleld-ish, then the armor's DB suddenly kicks in (or is transferred to the shield?). And that doesn't feel like the intent to me.

As further argument, I'll note a similar magical enhancement: the Protect Animal spell, which gives +3 DB to its subjects, with no shields needed.

I wouldn't be surprised if the workings of Deflect on armor have already been well discussed on the forum. . . and, I just found a discussion here. http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=153471

Again, I'm not seeing a clear ruling of "Deflect on Armor requires no shield to work," but post #8 suggests that to me.
You know what, you are right, I was overthinking it. I got caught up with terminology and where it is applied. Defense bonus is only found on shields, no where else (excluding spells).


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Sounds neat & clean to me, too, but I imagine there are people who would peek at a new thread out of curiosity, while passing over an old one as "probably just more comments on old stuff". I think I'll try a new one next time just to see whether it gets more commentary!
Problem with that is Moderators might hit you and fuse the threads together. Plus people who see a thread STILL active will more than likely check it out, and if you are updating the first post with added questions with answer then it would be more helpful for everyone. Not to mention the easy of searching.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:16 PM   #17
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"[2] Defense Bonus adds to that of any mundane shield. If both shield and armor have Deflect, only the highest magical DB applies. See Defense Bonus (Exploits, p. 47)."

Defense Bonus is useless without a shield. The reason for applying the enchantment to your armor and not on the shield is because it would then work with any shield you wield. It is useful on the shield since that means you don't have to wear the full suit of armor to benefit from the enchantment, and since the enchantment is only beneficial if you are using a shield it makes sense. Applying the enchantment to both is ideal if you got the money to spend, it means, as long as you have a shield, that you will always benefit from it.
That's not how I interpret it. To me, the first line is saying that the Deflect DB is cumulative with (i.e., "adds to") the DB of a shield. The description of Defense Bonus on p.47 of Exploits seems to confirms this:
"Magic can provide a DB, too. Only the best magical DB applies – such bonuses don’t “stack.” But a fighter can claim a shield’s basic, nonmagical DB as well."
The can claim a shield's DB, to me, means he doesn't have to, therefore a shield isn't needed to receive the magical bonus.

As to why Deflect is such a better deal that Defending Weapon, I have no idea.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:40 AM   #18
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Defense Bonus is useless without a shield.
Well, DB would still add to Dodge and Parry, just you can't block without a shield. For those who want to (say) use two-handed weapons, DB +2 on your armor is a quick +2 to Dodge and Parry. If you then pick up a medium shield (mundane, or up to +2 DB magical), you still get the +2 from the shield, and the +2 from other sources, making a total of +4.
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To reiterate what I already posted, I realized I was thinking of DB in the same vain as DB on a shield (as in it needed a shield to be useful). I didn't think of it in terms of an overall advantage, which is what it is (thus not requiring a shield).
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Problem with that is Moderators might hit you and fuse the threads together. Plus people who see a thread STILL active will more than likely check it out, and if you are updating the first post with added questions with answer then it would be more helpful for everyone. Not to mention the easy of searching.
I've got my next 10 questions, and will give a thought as to where to best post 'em . . .

In the meantime, I've started collecting the responses to old questions on my site. Just a handful for now, with more to come soon, here.

Thanks again to all who've replied to my too-many questions!
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