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(TFT) basic training talent?
I have an idea for a potential campaign that I have been kicking around in
the back of mind for some time.
A big part of the context is that the characters belonging to a professional
military -- like the Roman, Chinese or Byzantine army. Those professional
fighting forces often (though not always) prevailed against superior numbers
that often had much of the same technology. The key difference and factor
in their success (in my ignorant opinion -- I'm not a military historian)
was their discipline and training. Yet, how to represent that in the TFT
As a potential solution, I have been toying with the idea of a new talent:
basic training. It would be an IQ 8 talent, costing 1 IQ point (2 for
wizards). It would only be available from serving six months as a member of
a professional, standing military. It would represent that training and
discipline to function within a professional military.
It would also represent the benefits of that training. I've thought of
representing this in TFT terms by adding 1 to the initiative roll to a group
in which a 2/3 of its members have basic training. This would represent the
training to function as a military unit. It would also allow a group to
have the benefit even if it had some non-military members as part of it --
those who are trained would order the others where to go, what to do, etc.
Basic training would also be cumulative with the tactics and strategy
talents. That would represent the cumulative effects of not only having
good leadership (the tactics talent and the strategy talents) but also the
training to respond to that leadership effectively.
So, for example, a party in which 2/3 of the members had basic training
would get +1 on the initiative roll. A group that had that plus a leader
with the tactics talent would get +2 on the initiative roll (+1 for basic
training and +1 for tactics). A party led by someone with strategy would
get +3 on the initiate roll (+1 for basic training and +2 for the strategy
But, I'm just thinking out loud here. Comments?
-- John G.
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