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Does the ship need a player character to roll a success before it can roll?

posted Jul 18, 2018 12:30:20 by TimKellogg
Does the ship need a player character to roll a success before it can roll?
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jonrcrew said Jul 18, 2018 13:55:27
Technically yes - either from a PC or from its crew rating if an NPC vessel.

Not sure what happens if no PC is on the ship - I'd guess crew support is needed?

Also remember that many situations don't require a roll.

As an aside, this is one of the few flaws in the system for me. Outside of the talents and the like, there's very little difference between vessels statistically, as crew rating is more dominant on any task rolls.
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StephenBirks said Jul 18, 2018 16:29:19
No. Any assist is rolled regardless of the result of the Task Leader. If the Task Leader generates at least 1 success, then any successes from the assist are added. However if the Task leader fails then the assist cannot add successes, BUT it can still generate complications!
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TonyPi said Jul 18, 2018 16:48:50
I always ask the Ship assistance and Character assistance rolls be done before the primary lead does their roll. That simulates them putting the work in, but the ultimate success depends on the final roll by the Lead. And the complications from assistance are thus taken into account.
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jonrcrew said Jul 19, 2018 08:40:58
Sorry, misunderstood the question (I think the UK heatwave is baking my brain) - I was thinking of unattended rolls by the ship!
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StephenBirks said Jul 19, 2018 08:59:49
I can fully understand Jon.

Don't know where you are, but I work in London, just off Oxford Street and I've been positively melting the last few weeks!
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jonrcrew said Jul 19, 2018 13:50:11
Hey-hey! I'm in Holborn, south side of Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Small city...
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StephenBirks said Jul 19, 2018 16:30:58
Hah! You know I'm in a game that we play in Dark Sphere in Lambeth North.

*It's a small world after all...*
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