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Eol Fefalas
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Plot Points

Are used for changing a bad result (i.e. the difference between hitting or missing a target, successful engine repair vs quick but leaky patch job, or living vs dying) or influencing the expected outcome of a situation...


...or something like that...

...pretty sure there's a more detailed explanation a few pages back in this thread.

Edit: Stolen from Roger's original post on pg 1....

What are Plot Points?
Note: Still not sure how this is going to work within an online game. This is the idea for the moment but I am open to suggestions.

Plot points are the characters chance to directly effect the outcome of the game. Everyone starts with 6 points, and can have a max of 12 at anytime. You expend plot points at any point in the game by adding a note at the bottom of your post or by PMing me.

Improve a roll: You call it before you do it. The number of plot points you use is the die you get to add (so 6 plot points equals a d6). For example, Wyatt wants to take out a Varmit with his gun. The Action is Formidable (15) due to cover. So Bromern says he is shooting at the man and added 6 plot points to his roll. So I would use his Agility + Gun Skill + d6 to roll his to hit roll, thus adding to the chances of being successful.

Save a Miserable Roll This is after the fact. You have failed on an action and you don't want that to happen. Each plot point you expend is equal to a half point of increase. In online game play, this is done by a post to Q&A or a PM asking if you can change that outcome. For Example, Sam needs to pilot the ship through a tight space. I post that he attempts the move but fails and does considerable damage to Rocinante. Eol asks if he can change the outcome. I look at what he needed (19) and what he got (16) and tell him he needs to expend 6 plot points to change the outcome.

Stay Alive This will be what you use them for the most. You can effect the damage done to you by expending points. Each 6 points gives you a d6 of damage reversed. For Example, Willow has been shot for 12 points of wound damage. She only had 10 life points left and she needs to stay alive badly. So she expends 6 points to get d6 life points back.

Manipulate the Story You can change the story with 1-3 points expended. It can only be a simple change, nothing that will throw of the entire plot. For example, you meet with a major underground figure and you need an in with him. Kora expends 3 points to make it that she knows this man from the past. Not close friends but enough to make an introduction possible.

How do you gain Plots Points?
Your Complications are meant to make things interesting for the characters. Playing your complications is the best way to get plot points. Allowing yourself to be flawed, to make mistakes and in some way advancing the story will bring you plot points. Allowing your character to succumb to their "greedy" flaw or speaking honestly when the situation calls for a lie are food for plot points. Not every time you use a complication will net you points, only when it is done to advance the story.

For example: Wyatt and his crew have finished a job to find their employer is now dead, and his killer is standing over the body. Mr. Killer offers Wyatt three times what the employer was offering to pay for their job, as long as they just walk away. The money is good, and it would go well into fixing a huge pile of troubles. But Wyatt has Straight Shooter (Honest) and Credo (Loyalty to Word) as complications. He looks at the body. He looks at the offered platinum. He draws his gun and shoots.

You also get points for completing challenges within the game, doing cool or interesting ideas that make the story fun or exciting.



Posted on 2017-06-26 at 07:55:47.
Edited on 2017-06-26 at 09:25:34 by Eol Fefalas

Bromern Sal
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Was that...?

I think I saw a Grumpy Old Bear! I did! I did see a Grumpy Old Bear!

So, what's the word Mighty GM of the 'Verse? Are we moving forward?


Posted on 2017-06-26 at 10:07:58.

Alacrity
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yes yes yes

movement forward will be happening. Vanadia and I have had a few things to deal with in the last few days with school ending and summer camps starting and no one available for support work. You would think university students would like to work the summer for 15-20 an hour but we keep running into the same "well I need these weeks off and I am gone for these weeks". That means you are not available for the whole summer then!!!

Sorry ranting.

Vanadia is writing a post as I type. I will move forward soon after


Posted on 2017-06-26 at 20:23:53.

Alacrity
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oh and plot points

Plot Points

Everyone starts with 6 plot points and you can use these in the game to better your roll or save your life. Now I play that each plot point is worth a d6. So you can ask to use plot points before making a roll of any kind. As well, in combat, you can ask to use plot points to regain some life points (stun or wounds or split).

you can use plot points to up a roll after you have failed but they are only worth a d3 then. So if you really wanted to make a shot and failed the roll, you can use up plot points to get what you want but it is costly.

You gain PP in the game by playing up your complications, doing really heroic (stupid) things that add to the story or playing out a role playing opportunity really well.


Posted on 2017-06-26 at 20:26:01.

Bromern Sal
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There's Willow!

That was nice to see.


Posted on 2017-06-27 at 10:25:23.

Eol Fefalas
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Abso-ruttin-lutely!

Always nice to see Miss Wil... and see her again... and again... and again...


Gorramit! I jus' drooled on m'self a bit!


Posted on 2017-06-27 at 11:11:04.

Eol Fefalas
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Wu de mah!!!

I conjure I'm humped, reckonin' from that last post!

An' me without a gu... oh... hang on a sec... I do have a gun! Bring it on Phoenix... but if'n ya touch my boat er my family, I swear by my frilly pink housecoat I'll end ya!


Posted on 2017-06-27 at 16:06:49.

Bromern Sal
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I believe that's when the episode goes to commercial.

There might be some shootin' t' be done on Whitefall.


Posted on 2017-06-27 at 23:20:13.

Alacrity
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don;t be shootin' yet

maybe Patience will decline his offer......


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 08:51:54.

MMV
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And if she does take the offer...

We can shoot her. Politely.


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 10:56:15.

Bromern Sal
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Politely... LOL

That could be a possibility.


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 11:23:44.

Eol Fefalas
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LOL

Shoot her politely?

You're leaving Sam on the ship, then?


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 11:40:57.

Alacrity
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posting

I have most of the post done, I need to check with Vanadia as to when she wanted to sell her wares, before of after the lunch. I plan to make the jump from Lunch to evening rather quick unless there is a sideline any of the players wish to follow. After lunch the people of the Ranch will return to there duties and chores.



Posted on 2017-06-28 at 13:02:29.

Bromern Sal
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Nothing to add here...

Unless there's talk about any potential cargo.


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 13:13:52.

Eol Fefalas
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I'm good, too...

...unless Dash offended someone and ended up in a tussle... or fondled some other fella's philly and got challenged to a duel or somesuch go suh as might expectedly happen to Sam.


Posted on 2017-06-28 at 13:36:29.

   
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