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Tim Bookout

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On the Story Track there are rewards to Wealth and Gain Skill.
If your Story points keep going up and down over these, do you gain the bonus each time?


Second question, if you have a Status like Accursed, and then gain Blessed.
Do the two cards cancel each other and you end up with neither?
Or do you lose Accursed and gain Blessed?


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The answer to this, and many other questions about ToftheAN.....do whatever makes the story best and most amusing. This game really isn't about winning anyway, right? Just a vehicle to create a fun story.

If anyone you are playing with has a problem with that approach, they won't be very fun to play this game with anyway...
 
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drbsgold wrote:
The answer to this, and many other questions about ToftheAN.....do whatever makes the story best and most amusing. This game really isn't about winning anyway, right? Just a vehicle to create a fun story.

If anyone you are playing with has a problem with that approach, they won't be very fun to play this game with anyway...


I really like this game, obviously. However, this repeated answer is a bit... unhelpful? Sometimes there isn't anything that is obviously making "the story best" or most amusing. There's just a question of what to do, nothing that particularly is most amusing, and you know, there are rules for a reason -- a framework for having the adventure and fun. You know, the Robert Frost thing about free verse as tennis without the net. ToTAN doesn't need all-encompassing rules the way Tigris does, but it does have rules -- it is a game, even if winning isn't the point (I don't play most games purely to win, but that doesn't mean we like just making things up).

It's a great game. Settling a few rules ambiguities would not harm the game. House rules are fine, but in general having the group have a little "huh, what do we do now? does it work like THIS or like THAT?" discussion, however aiming at maximum fun, doesn't improve the fun and the adventure -- instead, it sucks you out of it and reminds you you're playing a game.
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We usually play that this is a one off bonus. Its gained for reaching it the first time. However the + roll to destiny dice does go away if you move back on the track. The story point bonuses are one time bonuses though.

Is it the correct way? Who knows? Does it really impact the game? Not really...
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We play that the Story track bonuses are one-time and you don't lose/regain them. (Otherwise you'd need to track the skill gained from that and so on.) The die roll modifier on the Destiny track does come and go depending on where you are on the track.

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What do the Accursed and Blessed cards actually say?

That's a hard call to make without knowing. If one says, for instance, that you can't become Vizier as long as the card is in your possession and the other makes you Vizier automatically upon receiving it, I might rule the two cards cancel each other out and are both discarded, allowing you to become Vizier later on through a different encounter.

If none of the special text on one card contradicts that on the other, I would keep them both; although, being cursed and blessed at the same time seems a little odd, even for the Arabian Nights.

I'm a little surprised that the two cards don't specifically state what happens if the other is already in one's possession, but I guess designers can't think of everything.

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owktree wrote:
We play that the Story track bonuses are one-time and you don't lose/regain them. (Otherwise you'd need to track the skill gained from that and so on.) The die roll modifier on the Destiny track does come and go depending on where you are on the track.


That's correct. This does mean that you have to keep mental track of whether you've gained the bonus or not, but that shouldn't be too great a burden.

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tbookout wrote:
On the Story Track there are rewards to Wealth and Gain Skill. If your Story points keep going up and down over these, do you gain the bonus each time?
The FAQ says: "Gaining skills for Story points: Hitting certain levels of Story Points brings additional rewards--for instance, an additional Wealth level if you reach 3 Story Points. Even if you lose the Story Points in a later event, you keep this reward. You should not collect this reward repeatedly, however--it should only come once per game."

tbookout wrote:
if you have a Status like Accursed, and then gain Blessed. Do the two cards cancel each other and you end up with neither? Or do you lose Accursed and gain Blessed?
The Accursed card says, "if you gain Blessed, you lose this status." And the Blessed card says, "If you gain Accursed, you lose this status." So you have whichever status you most recently acquired.
 
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