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Upcoming Boon Revamp and Expansion

Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:42 pm

The title says it all. Kindulas and Nehiel are polishing up a revamp of boons that will hopefully make them a lot more interesting and easier to integrate into campaigns. It should be live in the next two weeks.

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Post  Xel Unknown on Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:45 pm

YAY!
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Post  Doc pseudopolis on Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:50 pm

Xel Unknown wrote:YAY!
Huzzah!

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Post  tygerburningbright on Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:05 pm

About time... this had better be good.
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Post  Philadelphus on Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:02 pm

Excellent. Looking forward to it!

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:10 pm

Any chance of sneak peeks, maybe name some that are getting changed? I'd like to at least be prepared this time if I have to change my sheet again.
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Post  Nehiel Mori on Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:46 pm

This is going to be a complete re-work of the Boon system. Unlike the previous expansions where we just added to them the Boon changes will be entirely different. Only one of the previous Boons is returning.
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Post  Xel Unknown on Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:08 pm

And the question of the hour? HOW LONG, before this new update goes live? Hours, days, weeks?
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:14 pm

Stairc -Dan Felder wrote:It should be live in the next two weeks.

Hmmm...
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Post  Nehiel Mori on Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:24 pm

When its ready.
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Post  Whiteeyes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:41 pm

Only one? Wow that is a huge reboot.
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Post  Nehiel Mori on Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:55 pm

I'll be making an archive of all the old Boons so that anyone that dislikes the update still can access them.
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Re: Upcoming Boon Revamp and Expansion

Post  Z2 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:43 pm

It's good that we'll still have the old one...
Less than spectacular though they are, the current boon of 'a boat' has been great fun in the campaign I'm DMing... Though admittedly I punched it up a bit.

I DO look forward to the remodeling, hopefully this can remove Level 3's status as the 'who gives a crud' level...
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:16 pm

I'd be interested to hear what boons people currently like.

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Re: Upcoming Boon Revamp and Expansion

Post  Quietkal on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:45 pm

Bam!
My thoughts:
A Fanclub- I've never really even considered this option. Like...it's sort of cool, but the Friend in High Places or An Adorable Assistant just seem like they're actually useful compared to this. Generally, characters also just naturally build reputation and sort of get this for free after a few more escapades.
Your Own Ship- Unless we were pirates (which we have never been,) I didn't consider this option either. Surprisingly enough, the only boon I've actually gotten to see in a campaign. I feel sort of bad for making jokes at its expense now. Granted, the ship I've seen is a buffed up "not-your-normal-ship-with-half-a-robot-griffin-driving," but still.
A Place Of Your Own- I've always liked this boon, but it's more suited for a social, role-playing game rather than an adventure and actually use the combat system game. Groups are just on the move too much to make good use of this. Either that, or by the time we get to level 3 I don't feel like the characters have bonded much, and wouldn't go in together on a house.
An Adorable Assistant- Who doesn't want a cute, quirky assistant to tag along with the party? DM gets to have a little voice in the party without breaking too many walls, and you now have a skill covered with a +15. Best boon. <3
A Friend in High Places- Sort of cool, but I pretty much see it as either "get out of jail free once," or "convenient way for DM to transmit information," with Adorable Assistant being a better choice for the latter.
A Wondrous Treasure- Another boon I like, there's just not any talents we could agree on as a party to take with it. We usually already have most of the bases covered, and any other x/day or x/session just seem to pale in comparison to the almighty Adorable Assistant.
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Re: Upcoming Boon Revamp and Expansion

Post  Z2 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:56 am

My opinions...

Level 3 Boons
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6/10 An Adorable Assistant: indeed a fun one, I see few problems, though it might have been nice to have a single skill AND letter-taking, rather than or.
3/10 A place of our own: seems like a waste when a BARONY was available later.
4/10 'A boat' is kind of vague and uninteresting, but has potential.
0/10 I hate... place 'a friend in high places' on the very lowest end of the love/tolerate scale: Primarily because it'd feel a little like being some nobles 'pet' adventurers. Actual 'friends in high places' are certainly decent for this setting, but making them a level reward forces an importance I'd like them not to have.
2/10 A fanclub is theoretically cool, but it seems highly unwieldy; and it seems that the low level here means getting 12 unhelpful helpers...
5/10 A Wondrous Treasure: this I like. While still in general LESS useful than one utility talent, the ability to share has potential. As a player, 'Fortune's Polarity-Reversing Horseshoe' (a treasure with 'this is whining') is the only boon I have actually used.

Level 6 Boons
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4/10 A Fantastic Fandom: Cute, but still inferior to most of the others
8/10 A Whirlygig: Functional. Not the most interesting, but being able to distribute magic points is VERY useful...
6/10 Pinkie Control: Actually fairly useful for centralized campaigns. Lacks a 'Wow' factor but is otherwise decent.
5/10 A Magnificent Mansion: Pretty useless, but I suspect it would be a lot of fun for a PbP game if those ever actually reach level 6...
2/10 A Secret Ally: ...Not really fond of this one. Its implementation would be rather haphazard, and giving the Ponyhandler a character capable of keeping things going when the outlook is bleakest seems... redundant.
9/10 Friendship Never Dies: Please, PLEASE tell me this is the boon you're keeping. I feel like this thing is practically a necessity for a party.

Level 9 Boons
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3/10 An Airship: At level 9? Near the end of the characters' journey? I think we're past the point where even the coolest of transportations is a good reward.
5/10 The Neigh Team: Probably difficult to handle well on an individual basis, but functionally pretty decent.
7/10 A Barony: This would likely depend on the campaign quite a bit, but on a basis of what it IS rather than what it DOES this is probably the coolest Boon.
4/10 A Private Island: This isn't a boon, this is an epilogue.
6/10 Secret Lair: This one looks quite fun. Only a certain sort of character would pick this, but I'm glad those interests are served.
1/10 Orbital Friendship Cannon: Neutral

As a side note, It's really a shame that as it stands most of the desirable ones are Level 6... It would be nice to have available the Whirligig AND Friendship Never Dies...
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Post  Nehiel Mori on Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:28 pm

Friendship never dies is staying.
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