Freemage wrote: ↑Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:39 am
Looks like we're going to need a fresh vote, with a focus on the varied options. I THINK this list covers all the different choices:
"Power Armor, Robot Armor and vehicles may be chosen as Signature Items if--"
A: "--the PC is from an IF that explicitly lists the desired item as part of its features."
B: "--the PC is from an IF that explicitly lists the desired item, OR acquired it from a Fortune & Glory roll, or who took Rich as part of their free PCO Edges."
C: "--the PC is from an IF that explicitly lists the desired item, OR acquired it from a Fortune & Glory roll, or took Rich as one of their creation Edges and selected to trade two HJ rolls for a vehicle."
D: "--the PC has the gear already, regardless of how it was acquired."
(I don't see any reason to draw a difference between someone who gets it in salvage, someone who saves the money and buys it outright, or someone who takes the Rich Edge after creation to get a vehicle.)
To clarify the thinking on B & C:
B makes it so that the Vehicle or Armor unit is part of the character's Iconic Role--if you do a PCO build to get Rich and thus get a free vehicle, that's part of your character's professional identity as much as any Fortune & Glory roll. It's story-based thinking.
C is more of a game-balance rather than story role approach--since the options listed are all ones that would entail burning a 'Born a Hero' Edge-slot to take Rich (as opposed to taking the HJ table result that gives you a Background Edge, or taking it as part of an Advance, either as part of MARS or later in the game), there's an actual opportunity-cost to taking this build.
D basically is the 'screw it, let the players do what they want, so long as they got the thing legitimately' option. I don't care for it, personally, but obviously it was popular enough to win half the votes the first time through, so it should still be included.