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House Rule Changes - January 2019

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Hey folks! Welcome to 2019!

 

We're putting some changes through to start that new year off right - largely things we've been discussing for a while now, but hadn't formalized or brought to consensus. They are as follows:

 

  • Effective January 2019, the Posting Award break points for posts will be 1/10/25/50/100 instead of 1/15/25/50/100 (you now have to make only 10 posts for a character to hit 2pp, rather than 15 posts). That 1->15->25 jump was always very awkward, and we're glad to have it sorted out properly; this change will apply to posts made in January, and all posts thereafter. The House Rules on Character Advancement & Awards have been updated accordingly.

 

 

  • Effective immediately, we are retiring the 'Promotion' use for Veteran Rewards, which previously let you boost a character's PL and roll points over. This was terrible for math and auditing, was rarely used, and with the increase in character slots is just not worthwhile. Any awards already tied up in a promotion have been refunded; promoted characters will be allowed to keep their 'free' rollover points, as we aren't interested in penalizing anyone for a rules change. This change has been reflected in the House Rules as well as both the Active and Inactive Reward Trackers.

 

 

  • We have formalized a rule that was informally already in use: if you have a need or desire to shuffle your characters between available character slots, you may do so (by request) so long as the character is moving to a slot big enough to hold them (a character originally built PL10/150PP can occupy a PL10/150PP slot or a PL12/180PP slot, but not a PL7/105PP slot, for instance). A character so moved retains any and all PP earned. We don't expect this to be used much, aside from moving PL10s out of Veteran Reward slots and into a more fitting, freed-up home, but it's a nice way to capitalize on the Titanium status freeing up slots for new concepts and new characters if you've been building below the theoretical maximum allowance. This has been made explicit in the House Rules on Character Advancement and Awards.

 

If for whatever reason you want to promote a character (e.g., they were built PL7/105PP and you'd like them to be PL10/150PP, and you have a free PL10/150PP slot), you may still retire the old sheet and submit a new one, built to the new slot's caps and budget, without rolling over any PP earned. This has been clarified in the Character Submission guide.

 

 

  • We have updated our House Rules to clarify that the Origin Story prompt is always an active vignette, and always counts as a vignette, including the relevant Power Point awards, available once per character. This was already the case, but was easily lost as a lone news forum announcement instead of being formalized in our rewards manual. An oversight on our part, and hopefully we'll see more of those wonderful stories now that it's more visible.

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