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    Starfinder improvemens and suggestions

    So i bought FGU a few month ago and i launched several session of Starfinder games. So far i was positively impressed with most of the automation mechanism wich simplify my GM job. As i played i listed some missing function wich could make my GM life even easier (mainly by not making me interacting directly with most simple resolution mecanisme like attacks, saves and short lasting effects).

    Since i can't find a list of suggestion related to starfinder ruleset, I open this thread to enumerate some improvement i hope to be implemented for easier use as GM.

    Fist of all, i will not list any suggestions related to starship for now : The starship combats function are fairly usable, player friendly (not really GM friendly, but the starship combat in starfinder is a clunky mess on GM side, VTT or not ...) and need some improvement but i read that an overall update need to be done to th starship combat and starship building modules.

    The first the section concern change which appear *for me* (and i'm not into coding and i don't know how to use the FGU API, so i may be wrong) to be easy to implement and/or generate an immediate gain for all types of characters :

    Weapon specialisation feat should apply its effects on damages with weapons of the linked types to prevent manual configuration of each weapon. Seems pretty usefull as everyone receive this feat for his class weapons at level 3.

    • Show the total allowed number of feats on PC sheet, for easier character creation
    • Passive power wich add permanent bonus to skills and/or stats (like operative's edge, channel skill for mystic etc.) should be calculated.
    • Grenades : Treat it like a spell with a REF save DC before applying dommage to targets
    • Armor penalties on skills
    • Integrate DR and energies resistances directly to PC sheet, with an associated effect on combat tracker as several races and class powers grant energy resistances.
    • Add combat manoeuvers option to the action tab of the PC sheet, since most of them consist in a simple contact attack compared to target KAC+8
    • Do the same for Harrying and covering fire, each consisting in a ranged attack against a flat DD15 difficulty. For covering fire, add the associated effect to the targeted ally (+2 to AC against the next attack). Harrying fire effect may be for difficult to integrate.

    The second section concerns change wich may be specific to some characters or more difficult to integrate :

    • Generally speaking, ability classes which are frequently used (Healing channel) or/and have a simple resolution based on a combo damage + effects (trick attack) shoudl be automatised if possibel. I know Blahness98 did a lot of work to integrate effects, i still need to take a loot at it.
    • Soldier : Integrate the full attack option with 3 attacks instead of 2
    • Solarian : Solar weapons should be simply listed on items tabs, as weapons
    • Solarian : Attunment management (manually or automatically)

    I will update this threat as i'll play more sessions, thanks a lot for reading :-)

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    Hey just to give my thoughts here (and also give you some hints):
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Weapon specialisation feat should apply its effects on damages with weapons of the linked types to prevent manual configuration of each weapon. Seems pretty usefull as everyone receive this feat for his class weapons at level 3.
    Yes, totaly agree, this would be very nice if it exists. I actually don't know how hard it would be to implement, a suggestion that has come up, that I like quite a bit, is to change up the damage formula to include CL ([DICE]+[N]*[SELECTOR]+[N]*[SELECTOR]+[N]; where [SELECTOR] rotates through STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, CHA, CL). I believe this is easier to implement since that type of formula already exists for spell damage and would allow you to add x*STR AND x*CL to your weapons damage which is perfect for Starfinder.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Show the total allowed number of feats on PC sheet, for easier character creation.
    Passive power wich add permanent bonus to skills and/or stats (like operative's edge, channel skill for mystic etc.) should be calculated.
    Nice ideas. I could see problems with a Soldier (or other classes) getting bonus Feats every few levels but I really like it for qualitly of life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Grenades : Treat it like a spell with a REF save DC before applying dommage to targets
    You can do that with using actions already, but they shouldn't show up in the weapons section of the actions tab. I think preprogramming every single granade, so that you don't have to do it, would be a waste of time for the devs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Armor penalties on skills
    Jup, this is a box in inventory already but it doesn't work. Would be nice to see a function for that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Integrate DR and energies resistances directly to PC sheet, with an associated effect on combat tracker as several races and class powers grant energy resistances.
    Another quality of life thing, I like it but I think functionall
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Add combat manoeuvers option to the action tab of the PC sheet, since most of them consist in a simple contact attack compared to target KAC+8
    This already exists. You can create a new weapon in your actions tab and then click the icon under the 'M/R' column until it shows a (I would call it) target symbol. Name the weapon Combat Maneuver and your done. This is for target maneuvers. It uses your melee atk value and targets CMD, you just need to make sure the enemies actually have the correct CMD. Sometimes it doesn't calculate correctly and its 0. You can check NPCs CMD in the CT under the defensive sec
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Do the same for Harrying and covering fire, each consisting in a ranged attack against a flat DD15 difficulty. For covering fire, add the associated effect to the targeted ally (+2 to AC against the next attack). Harrying fire effect may be for difficult to integrate.
    This could be useful as well. For now I just use an action for the effects and let the PC roll a normal ranged attack to see if he surpasses, but automation here would be nice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Generally speaking, ability classes which are frequently used (Healing channel) or/and have a simple resolution based on a combo damage + effects (trick attack) shoudl be automatised if possibel. I know Blahness98 did a lot of work to integrate effects, i still need to take a loot at it.
    This is the same as with grenades. It would be lot of work for the devs to handmake all of the effects, while you or your PCs can just make the ones you need. As I said before I prefer functionallity over quality of life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Soldier : Integrate the full attack option with 3 attacks instead of 2
    Another thing that is already implemented. In the actions tab you can see a weapon has a colum called Full att and this has a bow in it with 2 dice and the big number 2 in there. You can left click on the box and then type in a 3 or 4 for PC that can make more attacks in ine action.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Solarian : Solar weapons should be simply listed on items tabs, as weapons
    Maybe... Another quality of life thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Solarian : Attunment management (manually or automatically)
    This definetly a yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolivolution View Post

    You can do that with using actions already, but they shouldn't show up in the weapons section of the actions tab. I think preprogramming every single granade, so that you don't have to do it, would be a waste of time for the devs.
    I'm interested in this. What do you mean by actions ? I tried to explore weapons parameters but i can't find anything about an associated save.

    This already exists. You can create a new weapon in your actions tab and then click the icon under the 'M/R' column until it shows a (I would call it) target symbol. Name the weapon Combat Maneuver and your done. This is for target maneuvers. It uses your melee atk value and targets CMD, you just need to make sure the enemies actually have the correct CMD. Sometimes it doesn't calculate correctly and its 0. You can check NPCs CMD in the CT under the defensive sec
    Thank for the tip !

    This is the same as with grenades. It would be lot of work for the devs to handmake all of the effects, while you or your PCs can just make the ones you need. As I said before I prefer functionallity over quality of life.
    Yup, and a lot of work seems to have been done. Maybe an easier way to drag an drop specific actions/effect coded by the community instead of a .xml file to copy as a spell ?

    Another thing that is already implemented. In the actions tab you can see a weapon has a colum called Full att and this has a bow in it with 2 dice and the big number 2 in there. You can left click on the box and then type in a 3 or 4 for PC that can make more attacks in ine action.
    Oh, i should have seen that ... sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    I'm interested in this. What do you mean by actions ? I tried to explore weapons parameters but i can't find anything about an associated save.
    In the actions tab you can create your own actions. What I did for my players is the following:
    1. Make a new Action Class for Grenades
    2. Change the Ability Stat to Dex (DC of grenades is based on your Dex)
    3. Add in all Grenades your PC has (add in new ones as the campaign goes along)
    4. Make sure to check the grenades values
      1. Add the base damage to the grenade (this doesn't get reduced so it's always the same for the grenade)
      2. Add the DC of the grenade (this is a Ref save with a DC of Class DC + [the level of the grenade - 1]. Class DC is composed of 10 + your Dex which is why you set the Ability stat earlier). You might ask why level of grenade - 1; because the format adds 1 to the save for some reason.
      3. Now you need to add any additional effects the grenade has, this changes depending on the grenade
      4. Make sure to Have the Attack formula to be empty (should be None + Skill + [Blank])
    5. Repeat for every grenade you have


    At the end it might look something like this (I just opened up some examples for you to see): Screenshot (1).png

    Now one additional point of interest might be targeting the thrown attack. Since there is a rule for targeting grid intersections instead of targets with thrown weapons (which you then have to make the attack against AC 5) I just have my player roll a d20 at this point to just see that its not a 1 because they always target intersections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Weapon specialisation feat should apply its effects on damages with weapons of the linked types to prevent manual configuration of each weapon. Seems pretty usefull as everyone receive this feat for his class weapons at level 3.
    Check out this extension: https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...Specialization
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolivolution View Post
    In the actions tab you can create your own actions. What I did for my players is the following:
    1. Make a new Action Class for Grenades
    2. Change the Ability Stat to Dex (DC of grenades is based on your Dex)
    3. Add in all Grenades your PC has (add in new ones as the campaign goes along)
    4. Make sure to check the grenades values
      1. Add the base damage to the grenade (this doesn't get reduced so it's always the same for the grenade)
      2. Add the DC of the grenade (this is a Ref save with a DC of Class DC + [the level of the grenade - 1]. Class DC is composed of 10 + your Dex which is why you set the Ability stat earlier). You might ask why level of grenade - 1; because the format adds 1 to the save for some reason.
      3. Now you need to add any additional effects the grenade has, this changes depending on the grenade
      4. Make sure to Have the Attack formula to be empty (should be None + Skill + [Blank])
    5. Repeat for every grenade you have


    At the end it might look something like this (I just opened up some examples for you to see): Screenshot (1).png

    Now one additional point of interest might be targeting the thrown attack. Since there is a rule for targeting grid intersections instead of targets with thrown weapons (which you then have to make the attack against AC 5) I just have my player roll a d20 at this point to just see that its not a 1 because they always target intersections.
    I will definitely give it a try, thank you !

    It this idea http://fgapp.idea.informer.com/proj/?ia=135346 is ever implemented, it will probably be more easy to threat it like a fireball or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Solarian : Solar weapons should be simply listed on items tabs, as weapons
    That should be relatively easy to do as GM. Add Solar Weapon, with item levels appropriate to level, and set the damage appropriately. Make sure that when the player adds the weapon they mark it as proficient with the star on the weapon, and Bob's Your Uncle. You only have to do this once per campaign.

    Quote Originally Posted by Littlerogue View Post
    Solarian : Attunment management (manually or automatically)
    Can you make a flow chart of how that works in all cases?

    One way you could handle it: you could make a Stellar Mode "weapon" that has 3 ammo. When you enter stellar mode, you expend an ammo, that's 1 point. When you want to leave stellar mode, you click reload
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