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Pathfinder Hero Points vs. AoF Fate Points

September 10, 2011

Was reading throuugh the Pathfinder SRD and found interesting optional rules for the use of “Hero Points”. Hero Points are very similar in some ways to Fate Points in FATE and action points in 4E. (I think they are called fate and action points – I’m starting to get my naming conventions mixed up.)
Anyway, I found the following Pathfinder rule to be very interesting and have thought about adopting for my own Fate Points:

If used before a roll is made, a hero point grants you a +8 luck bonus to any one d20 roll. If used after a roll is made, this bonus is reduced to +4. You can use a hero point to grant this bonus to another character, as long as you are in the same location and your character can reasonably affect the outcome of the roll (such as distracting a monster, shouting words of encouragement, or otherwise aiding another with the check). Hero Points spent to aid another character grant only half the listed bonus (+4 before the roll, +2 after the roll).

Right now I simply have a +4 bonus after the fact, but might adopt the +8 bonus before the roll as well – though that seems somewhat high – maybe a change to +6 before, +3 after? This might make sense as Hero Points tend to be more powerful and less available in Pathfinder than Fate Points in Aspects of Fantasy. I may allow the Aid Another benefit but might make that a limited trait (and make it a +3, +1).

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