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 Post subject: Question on Companion
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:57 pm 
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Hello everyone. This may be a newb question and I apologies in advance, but I have recently purchased a copy of OVA and I am eager to start running it for a few of my friends, but I there is one things that has got me stumped and I just can't wrap my head around.

Companions.

According to the rule in the Revised Edition of the book and based off of a few posts I have found. The Companion will have a total of 20 Health & Endurance which I understand, but when it says they will have a total number of Abilities and Weaknesses equal to the level, I am not really sure how that is being calculated.

I look at the few examples of Companions they show under the sample characters and for the life of me I cannot wrap my head around how the abilities equal out to the level of the Companion level of the character.

An example being Karis from the book who has a companion level of 2 for Arasuni her robot friend who seems to have quite a few abilities and weaknesses and I am not whure where the Companion level comes into play.

Maybe I am just not seeing it or there could be another section of the book that explains it in more detail (I have not read the full book as of yet, but I have a majority of the book digested) but any assistance in helping me understand how Companion Abilities are calculated would be a tremendous help.

Thank You in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Question on Companion
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:30 pm 
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Companions are built like a normal character, except they have less room for the difference between Abilities and Weaknesses. Usually you have 5 points for the difference using the Base Zero rules, but for Companions the difference is equal to the Companion level.

So, if you have Companion +1, your Companion could have 20 points in Abilities but must have 19, 20, or 21 points of Weaknesses.

If you have Companion +3 and 10 points in Abilities, you can have Weaknesses range from 7 points total to 13 points.

The other difference is that Companions have starting Health and Endurance at 20 points instead of 40 that player characters have.

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 Post subject: Re: Question on Companion
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:08 pm 
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OK perfect. I was completely lost by the wording they used in the book, but that made more sense.

Thanks for the explanation!


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 Post subject: Re: Question on Companion
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:36 am 
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I'm more curious is if one could use Abilities to increase their Companion's base Health and Endurance level or if they're stuck with 'em no matter how much they're stacked.

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 Post subject: Re: Question on Companion
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:58 pm 
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Other than buffing up with Tough and Vigorous, I would say not. After all, Companions are Secondary characters, so it makes sense they'd have the base 20/20. However, with Tough +5, they'd have 80 Health, which is equal to a Player character who has Tough +4. I don't think that's a huge disparity.

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