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 Post subject: Strong OP?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:30 am 
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In my many games, I have noticed that strong seems to be way better than attack. Now I know that OVA is not 100% balanced nor is it meant to be but it just seems to make any non-melee character underpowered and terms of raw damage even more so if you allow strong and attack to stack DX. So with this being said I do not think the Strong needs to be nerfed rather I think Attack or at least ranged attacks should be made to be more powerful. What do you all think?

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 Post subject: Re: Strong OP?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:20 am 
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Well I have a different alternative inspired by a different, previous anime-based Tabletop engine that I will not name since I'm not familiar with the etiquette/rules about clearly mentioning if not promoting a compedator's product on the OVA section of the forum (even though it's now effectively defunct i.e. no official support from the new owners):
Put in a Custom Weakness that clearly state that Strong does not give DX bonus.

That way you get the narrative bonus of a physically strong character but without having to worry about unfair DX stacking.

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 Post subject: Re: Strong OP?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:03 pm 
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Well, keep in mind OVA is a narrative system at heart. Objectively there's a lot of Abilities that are just demonstratively more useful than others. (Shall we compare Agile to Cute in the context of combat?)

But to play devil's advocate a bit, here's a few reasons Strong isn't necessarily better than Attack:

1) Strong does not apply to ranged attacks without paying an additional Perk cost.
2) Weak characters cannot purchase Strong (duh) but they can purchase Attack.
3) Strong, in general, is an attribute that is usually difficult to hide. Strong characters tend to look strong. Attack on the other hand?

And of course they DO stack, so there's rarely a case where you're forced to buy one over the other anyway.

Similar arguments can be made about Agile and Combat Expert and many other broad vs. specific pairings, and I'd have similar rebuttals. But the truth is when a system has a single point cost for all Abilities, questions of this being better than that are inevitable.

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 Post subject: Re: Strong OP?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:01 pm 
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Blobathehutt wrote:
In my many games, I have noticed that strong seems to be way better than attack. Now I know that OVA is not 100% balanced nor is it meant to be but it just seems to make any non-melee character underpowered and terms of raw damage even more so if you allow strong and attack to stack DX. So with this being said I do not think the Strong needs to be nerfed rather I think Attack or at least ranged attacks should be made to be more powerful. What do you all think?


Most games do tend to be balanced so that the beefy melee fighters carry the biggest raw damage (not counting attacks which make use of a limiter like MP.)

Probably the reason strong melee fighters seem more powerful than other attackers isn't because they are using Strong and not Attack, but because they're using both of them together. (Unless you ruled that players can make attacks without the Attack Ability, they're pretty much guaranteed to have it.) So in terms of sheer numbers, yeah, their base DX is gonna be higher.

One thing you can do is to make use of more ranged enemies. Ranged characters will look a lot stronger when they're the only ones who can hit the bad guys. Enemies that can fly/levitate or teleport, of course, but also just enemies that appear at range. You can tell your group, "the zombies are down the street and it'll take you three turns to get there if you want to go after them," for example. Ranged attacks now get three rounds of extra damage before melee attacks can get into range. (My group doesn't use a battle map for OVA but we do put some dice and whatnot on the table to show general positions of characters and enemies -- something like that might help?)


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