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Moria Solo Rules: Band's Specialisation?

Sun 09 Jun 2024, 20:57

In the Moria Solo Rules, page 200, when deciding the Band's Composition, the text and the table tells you to decide a specialisation.
The table tells that the Specialisations are:

SPECIALISATION MODIFIERS
Sentinels +1 VIGILANCE
Stalwarts +1 RALLY
Experts +1 EXPERTISE

Is the choosing of Specialisation just something the the players decides as a sort of "free bonus" to one of these three Dispositions (related to what he expects to find in the next quest)?

Because it looks to me that this could be somehow tied to the Calling of the Band and its Disposition Focus (page 195): Reclaimers would have a permanent +1 Expertise, Standard-bearers a +1 to Rally, and Guardians get a +1 Vigilance.

Of course, the difference is that in the first case, the player can choose a different Specialisation for his band each time they embark on a new quest. If tied to the Disposition Focus, the bonus would be permanent (and somehow overlap with the benefit already of the Disposition Focus feature).

But, as there is no explicit explanation in the text about how to choose that concept of Specialisation, and as the names are so similar to those of the Calling, it lead to me think that there's also a chance it might be some kind of errata or remainder of a former version of the rules.
 
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Re: Moria Solo Rules: Band's Specialisation?

Mon 10 Jun 2024, 01:59

Your page numbers seem to be off (for example, specialisations are on p198 rather than p200). Not really important, it was just odd.

Anyways, you pick the specialisation when you form the band. The idea is that you get a bonus according to what you pick, so you can tweak the features of the band according to what you want (eg do you want a small or a large band? Etc, specialisation is just another factor in that). The Calling is a permanent feature related to your character, Specialisation (as well as size and wargear) is changeable as you customise the nature of your band.
 
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Re: Moria Solo Rules: Band's Specialisation?

Mon 10 Jun 2024, 21:25

The idea is that you get a bonus according to what you pick, so you can tweak the features of the band according to what you want (eg do you want a small or a large band? Etc, specialisation is just another factor in that).
Seems right. It made me doubt because of the similarities with the Calling, and the fact that nowhere else the text talks about specialisation, while everything else has at least a mention somewhere beside that paragraph.
 
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Re: Moria Solo Rules: Band's Specialisation?

Mon 10 Jun 2024, 22:48

Yeah I can understand your doubts, but I think you're overthinking it. It says you can pick, so I'd just go with that. There are similarities to Callings, but I think that's just due to trying to keep the right tone and atmosphere in the text than a hint at anything.

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