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Allies: Do you use/allow them?

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JongWK:
For a few points, you can get an ally in Amber or the Courts of Chaos. Pundit didn't allow them in the campaign he ran here, but I'm not sure if it was because everyone was new to the game, or because there's some problem with them.

What about you?

James McMurray:
Are they Allies or Bosom Buddies?

I allow allies in every game I run that has rules for them (and let people make allies later). Allies are two-edged swords. They're as likely to ask you for a favor as you them.

Bosom Buddies on the other hand tend to be touted by the systems as things like "Friends For Life" (from Shadowrun). People that will never desert you, never ask you for anything, and are basically tools with voices. For those types I allow them if their point cost is commensurate with their benefits.

To use an amber example, I wouldn't allow a bosom buddy with the ability to make you trumps unless his point cost was comparable to the making trumps special power.

RPGPundit:

--- Quote from: JongWK ---For a few points, you can get an ally in Amber or the Courts of Chaos. Pundit didn't allow them in the campaign he ran here, but I'm not sure if it was because everyone was new to the game, or because there's some problem with them.

What about you?
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I didn't allow them? I had forgotten that...

Usually I do allow them; and yes, if I didn't allow it it was certainly because of the "new to the game" thing.  There's no problem with them IMO, you must know from our campaign that having an "ally" can be as bad as it is good.

RPGPundit

SunBoy:
I'd allow them. Oh, boy, now that'll by fun. I can totally picture some poor asshole crying and saying "But, Caine, I thought we were friends..."
But that would be cheating, wouldn't it? NO!!! Because he would still help you, only asking for some dirty shit now and then.

James McMurray:
"Of course we're friends, which is why you're the only one I'll trust with such an important and difficult task."

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