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Ben Ackland
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I'm on board with the Legacy features and really look forward to it. Even running multiple parties with different groups should be a blast.

I'm curious - is it the intent that two parties should be entirely separate, or is it acceptable for a single character to be a member of two different parties?
I understand that it's fine for characters to come and go as the players please, as well as the retiring mechanic, but if I want to play a Brute in two different groups, should they be different Brutes, or can they be the same Brute (thus leveling up quicker)?
 
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Dennis Schwarz
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I would guess that it is okay because it would essentially be like you playing solo inbetween and leveling up by yourself.
 
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Will Martin
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I'm not sure whether or not that would overlevel you or whatever compared to others, but if it doesn't put you at a huge advantage versus other people, I don't see why not.
 
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Coleman Ellis
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According to the latest revision of the rulebook I can find, "New parties can also be formed at any time, though new characters should be made for a new party."

That being said, the difficulty scaling for each scenario accounts for having party members of different levels, so if you wanted to you could have the same character in multiple parties, but I'd imagine that if the level difference was too high the scenarios would get too difficult for the lower leveled members.
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David Hladky
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It is good this game rewards you with XP for using your abilities however weak they are. But we will see.
 
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carnaxcce wrote:
I'd imagine that if the level difference was too high the scenarios would get too difficult for the lower leveled members.

Actually, characters retire in the game as part of the base mechanics and the player then starts a new character. Once this starts to happen (expected to happen 4-5 times per player by the end of the campaign), you'll almost always have some higher level characters and some lower level characters (especially later in the campaign as different characters will retire at different times/rates). It's expected that the party will (eventually) have high-level and low-level characters. It's already built into the design and the setup calculations for scenario difficulty.
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Maybe the most important part of your question is if it is OK for your group to not start playing at the same level as you. The game itself is capable of handling different level of characters, however the people in your group may have problem with it, because not only you will be stronger, because you know the rules, but your character will perform better due to its level and superior equipment.

So I suppose it would be completely fine for the players that already know the game, but for the beginners it might be better to start with a new 1st level character (so they can see how the game is played at their experience level) and perhaps then to switch to the shared character.

On the other hand you may realize it is more interesting to play with different classes.
 
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