What should I know about Downtimes?

  • When are Downtimes due?

Downtimes have a soft deadline approximately two weeks before the next game. Downtimes submitted by this point will be answered and enacted. After this point, I’ll do my best to answer and enact submitted downtimes, but make no promises.

  • How are Downtimes submitted?

Via a Google form; the current link can be found in the Facebook group.

  • I wasn’t at the last game! Can I submit a downtime?

Yep! As long as Atlanta is your home chronicle and you’ve attended at least one game, you can submit a downtime.

  • Do I need to spend downtime actions to raise attributes, skills or backgrounds?

Nope! As long as you’ve got the experience to spend, you can freely raise attributes, skills and backgrounds.

That said, if you raise some backgrounds (such as Influence) very suddenly, it’s likely to cause ripples in the world. You’re able to raise them suddenly, but that doesn’t mean it’s always wise to do so.

  • Do I need to spend downtime actions to purchase Disciplines?

In Clan disciplines and, rituals, andtechniques can be purchased without a Downtime Action.

Out of Clan disciplines require you to have a teacher and to use a Downtime Action, as per the Big Green Book.

  • How is investigation handled?

When a player is investigating another character (PC or NPC), a chop is tossed behind the scenes. The pool is composed of (Better of Mental or Social) + Investigation vs (Better of Mental or Social) + Subterfuge.

On a standard success, the investigator learns something about their target, and the investigated learns that someone is looking into them. Additionally, if someone with an Alternate Identity is investigated in this fashion (Alternate Identity) times, then the investigator discovers a clue that the alternate identity is fake.

On an exceptional success by the investigator, they get their information with the target being any the wiser.

On an exceptional success by the investigated, the investigator gets some incorrect information, in addition to alerting their target to being investigated.

Multiple PCs provide a +2 bonus to the chop per Downtime action spent. Level 2 Influence Actions and Contacts provide a +2 bonus each, but only for purposes of getting an exceptional success. (Likewise, someone can guard themselves against being the target of investigation with other PCs help and Influence Actions)

Research falls in much the same way, except against a static difficulty. The ‘investigated is alerted’ instead indicates that you’ve drawn the attention of someone else interested in the topic.

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