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Old 03-11-2020, 06:09 PM   #41
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My problem with this (and with spending character points) is that less effective characters get fewer points (since they have to spend them to get successes), which in turns keeps their character less effective (since they can't spend them to improve). Has this happened in your campaigns?
I hadnít thought of that. Iíve used it for one and a half campaigns so far and Iíve not noticed it but that doesnít necessarily mean it hasnít. The players have been really reserved about using them so far but the choice is there.
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Old 03-12-2020, 05:00 AM   #42
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Could you give some detail on why you have two different systems?

Im just curious. Is it more player expectation or something else.
It is more player expectation.

In the Group (Ages & Alternities) that gets 3-4 pts per session, I inherited the Main GM Role (4 people in group, I GM 95% of Sessions). The Original GM established the timing and Pattern of 3 standard and 1 bonus for extra good play). Because of Pacing of Games and Character Growth I have not really thought to change.


The other group (Haunt's Heroes) has 7 Members of which 6 GM from time to time. Of that 6, 3 of us GM about 80-90% of the time. We also have about eight 'active' game worlds with 4 being used regularly. So that characters may advance at a good pace that tends for us to award more points per session.
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Old 03-12-2020, 05:02 AM   #43
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I hadnít thought of that. Iíve used it for one and a half campaigns so far and Iíve not noticed it but that doesnít necessarily mean it hasnít. The players have been really reserved about using them so far but the choice is there.
I take your experience over my theoretical worries any day.
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Old 03-12-2020, 06:33 AM   #44
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I take your experience over my theoretical worries any day.
The theoretical problem after all only comes up if your players actually *spend* them. They won't once they realize these things are the same as unspent character points. I can't recall a case anybody ever has spent a character point on anything except negating a crippling or lethal wound in some way or other. It's just too big a price for anything that isn't undoing a game ending disaster.
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Old 03-12-2020, 01:33 PM   #45
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Usually 4 points per session, with 8 for end-of-arc sessions.

I'm going to experiment with blocks of 50 CP at a time for my next campaign. So start characters as 100 CP DF types, and 'level' them quickly. Probably 1 'level' per session for the first two games and then slow it down.
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Old 03-12-2020, 07:34 PM   #46
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On the actual question, I generally aim for 5, because we don't get to play as often as we used to, and I'd like everybody to at least be able to remember the last time they bought something new - I'd scale it back if we played every week. I also allow something for "time use" during internal time skips (2 points per season), which are relatively common, though I don't try to synch game time with real time.
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Old 03-15-2020, 07:47 PM   #47
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In my current campaign (9 years ongoing with about 35 sessions/year) for the majority of the campaign I gave 1 point/hour of play, half of what went to a pool to buy training packages and similar. I also gave 5-25 point bonus things for completing adventures. The bonuses were about a third of the basic points in total.

Now we are in the "end game" portion of the campaign and the point gain is doubled as the players need more points for their godly powers.

In my previous game I gave about half of that, that is 1 point/2 hours of play, but they were freely usable and the bonuses were 10 points(fixed) for completing an adventure.
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Old 03-16-2020, 03:19 AM   #48
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1 to 3 points per session. I think that more than that leads to inflation and characters quickly becoming demigods. 3 is for good roleplay and a successful session, 2 is the average, 1 for just attending with indifferent to poor roleplay and providing few if any contributions, during a session that isn't particularly successful for the group. It's "experience", after all, if the character is still alive at the end of it...

That said, I see the point of giving more points if a group plays not that often.
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:32 AM   #49
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Now we are in the "end game" portion of the campaign and the point gain is doubled as the players need more points for their godly powers.
What was the starting point value of characters? Where are they now? (Iím just curious!)
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:32 PM   #50
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What was the starting point value of characters? Where are they now? (Iím just curious!)
Starting point was 100 points and they are currently at 4693 to 5076 points, that is after 377 sessions with typical length of 7-9 hours.
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