Re: [icons-rpg] Noob question: Tagging
- To be honest, I usually leave villains with a couple of blank weaknesses and let the players use anything that fits. I don't tell them that, but figure they shouldn't always be handicapped by my sense of the possible.
So suppose the bad guy is a sea monster. I have "vulnerable to heat" and "can't speak" as weaknesses already. If one of the players tries to tag "filter feeder" I might well accept it, or "dehydrated by rubbing alcohol". Those are both within the conception I had, I just didn't think of them. On the other hand, "fear of goldfish" can't be justified in this case, and I wouldn't accept them.
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From: Jeff Johnston <drnuncheon@...>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:58:48
Subject: Re: [icons-rpg] Noob question: Tagging
It's that word "appropriate". If there's nothing for you to notice, then an Awareness test wouldn't be appropriate to discover that challenge - it's only appropriate for challenges that you could detect by observation.
Maybe you need to examine a defeated robot and make a Science roll to determine that the electromagnetic conductive properties of gold dust will shut these robots down if introduced into their system through their chest vents. Maybe you need to research through the newspaper archives and trace the pattern of a villain's crimes to find a clue to his secret identity. Maybe a Prowess roll will reveal a flaw in his fighting style.
Awareness is the default because it is the roll for noticing things, but that doesn't mean that it's the only thing you should roll, that you should always be able to roll it, or that you'll always be able to roll on the spur of the moment in the middle of a fight.
On Jul 18, 2011, at 5:13 PM, SelPhil@... wrote:
> The rulebook says, "If you don't know other charcters' aspects, guess! Sometimes they'll be fairly obvious. When they're not, you can make an appropriate test (usually Awareness) to figure them out." (pg. 78)
> Let's say a super-villain has the aspect "Weakened by Unobtainium". The players just need to make an Awareness test, then: "Hey, this guy is vulnerable to Unobtainium!" Game, set, match.
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