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Less pow­er­ful heroes 1 year 8 months ago #3975

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I know, Blade is hero role­play­ing, designed to por­tray for­mi­da­ble peo­ple like Conan, Indi­ana Jones or Imaro. But is it pos­si­ble to play the game with less pow­er­ful char­ac­ters?

We play Blade for some time now and every­thing is fine. The prob­lem I as the GM encounter is: Four extra­or­di­nary heros in one group are hard to chal­lenge. So I thought, maybe next time, our group should be a bit less pow­er­ful.

What do you think, does that work with the rules? What should be done to make the PCs slightly weaker? Reduce the points that go with the Pri­or­i­ties? By what? 10 per­cent, more? Or is this nonsense?
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Less pow­er­ful heroes 1 year 8 months ago #3976

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B, C, C, D, E, F instead of A, B, C, D, E, F.

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Less pow­er­ful heroes 1 year 8 months ago #3977

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Michael wrote:
B, C, C, D, E, F instead of A, B, C, D, E, F.

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Short but full of insight ;) Have you ever tried it?
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Less pow­er­ful heroes 1 year 8 months ago #3978

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Aghori wrote:
Have you ever tried it?

Indeed I haven’t. For the rare occur­rences when I want to play low-​power Sim-​style I have not yet cho­sen Blade, and prob­a­bly wouldn’t.

Still, it should work fine. But note that, as D is aver­age and B mir­rors (i.e. bal­ances the dis­ad­van­tage of F) and one C mir­rors E, those char­ac­ters are only really slightly supe­rior to com­mon guys, by one sin­gle C Pri­or­ity. See­ing that out­side of the genre of Sword 6 Sor­cery the con­cept of the “flawed hero” isn’t as impor­tant any­more, one might use either B, C, D, D, E, E or maybe B, C, C, D, D, F instead.

But you can play around and eas­ily find the bal­ance that suits your palate.


On an entirely per­sonal note I’d like to say that I could still enjoy the slower and lower style of gam­ing I did as a teenager, when I gamed 60+ times a year, with every ses­sion last­ing seven to ten hours. With ses­sions that long and fre­quent, stuff still did hap­pen, the plot did progress, and PCs did get pow­er­ful. And I recall that it was deeply enjoy­able see­ing my PC progress from prac­ti­cally lowly wizard’s appren­tice to wield­ing pet­ri­fi­ca­tion spells and other cool archmage-​like stuff. Nowa­days the prob­lem just is that, with my (still quite good) adult rate of gam­ing of maybe twice a month with ses­sions last­ing five to six hours tops, it would take us ages of real time to get there…
Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams;
I crown me with the million-​colored sun
Of secret worlds incred­i­ble, and take
Their trail­ing skies for vest­ment when I soar.

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