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Subject: Focus/Surge Game Mechanic rss

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Nathan Smith
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Fantasy flight games uses a cool mechanic in some of their miniatures games (X-wing, Descent, Imperial Assault) where if you roll a surge or focus with their custom dice you can activate extra abilities. I'm trying to compile other examples of this mechanic for some research I am doing, and I wanted to start by asking the forum.

This mechanic is not dissimilar to what some RPG games do with critical hits, but FF Games seems to have made it a simple and central part of the gameplay. I'm curious to know what others have seen out there like this.

 
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Mice and Mystics use it.
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Jeremy Lennert
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If you look at it as an instance of "spend a special resource to get an extra/stronger effect", you can probably find tons of examples.

If you look at it as "a special effect triggers only if you roll a special symbol", then you've basically limited yourself to looking only at games with custom dice, which will make it much harder to find examples...
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Sam Carroll
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If I understand what you mean, Galaxy Defenders uses a similar deal . . . a few of the "hit" icons on their dice will also have "bolt" icons, which activate extra abilities. These can be used when attacking or defending.
 
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Mage Knight Board Game uses this with the crystals. You can do the basic action or using a crystal do a special "Surge" action.
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