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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:16 am 
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In our game, we rolled randomly for all character creation stats, lifepath and events. I allowed characters 3 points to exchange to raise key VA's of importance, and other than that everyone just got what they got. We had a house rule for unusual traits too: if you rolled a bad one, you got to roll again until you obtained a good one as well.

Anyways, we found out much later in game that if your character ever obtains any magic item then it drains 1 essence point per day no matter what just to function. We thought this was a big deal, since both our main characters had an ESS of 0. Since any VA drain that drops you to 0 or below knocks you unconscious, they will never be able to use a magic item. Everyone knows that's a key fantasy element, finally finding a relic item and being able to harness it's power.

I think at our next character creation I may also allow characters to exchange 3 VA's with each other to accommodate for key skills VA preferences. Lots of our characters couldn't use their skills or had 2 LP, or had a -9 build or something.

Not only the arcane, but everyone needs Essence!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:32 pm 
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Hi Epic Guide,

Thank you! Actually this is a typo - your characters are just fine. The text on p.107 should read "ESS falling to -11". The language in the book is from an earlier edition of the game when VAs ranged from 1 to 10.

Also, many imbued items don't drained per day, but say a magic sword feeds on 2 ESS - that just means that the character's ESS is lowered by 2 when carrying or using the weapon.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:11 pm 
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Sweet! We knew only certain item powers costed Essence, but of course just using the inherent functions of an imbued item drains 1 Ess per day. We had hoped it could go to -10, but being rules sticklers we just went with the text. Thanks for sorting that out. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Have fun with that magic spear!

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