A ruling I’ve made and we’ve stuck to from the beginning of our gaming of the Open Legend RPG system… Has finally come to bite me in the ass.
First, context. So therefore… Story time.
It was a session like any other.
The party is level 10.
And now due to reasons you don’t need to know,
we have a 1 on 1 duel against 1 player, and a big bad boss.
Both of them knew this fight could very well be decided by who rolls the higher initiative and lands the first strike.
As both of them had like tier 9 attack specialization or something and advantage 15 on their attack rolls.
Both of them could easily deal 100 points of damage as both have an average attack roll of 173 or something and thus could knock each other out on 1 attack roll. Player has like 30 HP while bosses have like 120 hp or something. So yeah, 1 hit wonder.
So, both of them, prepared Resistance 9 to each other’s attack type.
So both of them were completely immune to each other’s strongest attacks.
It was like straight out of those anime’s
Protag-kun: “HAH! I knew you were going to do that! So I did this! Checkmate! You have lost!”
BBEG-sama: “Hmph, so you think, but I KNEW that YOU KNEW that I KNEW! Therefore I came prepared as well…!”
Protag-kun (expositioning to the viewers through internal monologue): “MASAKA!!!”
So, it lasted a little while. The player and the enemy both in futility, kept hitting each other with attacks that did literally nothing on either of them.
It apparently took round 5 of that fight for the last of our 2 brain cells to come up with the 50 IQ play of…
USING A DIFFERENT ATTACK TYPE WITH A DIFFERENT ATTRIBUTE TO ATTACK INSTEAD!
So they did! They finally dealt damage!
It didn’t knock any of them out, but THEY DEALT DAMAGE!!!
In response, they used Resistance! Again! On the new attack type!
The rules very clearly state that Banes and Boons do not stack!
A character cannot have multiple of the same thing inflicted on them.
However, being new and innocent that I am when we were playing our first ever game of TTRPG and OL.
When my illiterate player eventually asked how banes and boons were ruled, I gave them the rules word for word.
“You cannot have the same bane or boon inflicted on you more than once!”
They wanted to gain more advantage from Bolster by putting it on themselves more than once.
But then they asked if they could do Bolster but on a different attribute instead.
and I allowed it.
And ever since then, we have ruled the stacking of banes and boons as such
“You may have multiple of the same bane or boon active at once so long as they have different properties and such”
So you could inflict Persistent Damage of different damage types, Bolster on different attributes, and non buff/debuff type boons I simply allowed to be cast as many as you could with multi-targeting and superior concentration. Things like Barrier, and Summon Creature.
And of course… Resistance.
So, thanks to them having Boon Focus and Superior Concentration, they could invoke Resistance at themselves at max PL, and they can have up to instances active at the same time.
So, after casting resistance, they once again used a different attack type, which led to them using resistance AGAIN.
Eventually, both of them could no longer cast Resistance. But both of them couldn’t hurt each other either.
It led to us awkwardly asking “Now what?”
As they both stood there. In a stalemate.
The battle eventually ended, miserably.
Both of them were now using their Presence attribute to target their Resolve and badmouthing each other as their attack.
It was pitiful… Disgraceful!
So now I ask…
But not really 'cuz I feel I’m most likely simply venting at my own stupidity.
How do I deal with this?
Changing a rule we have been using for years now…
Though I’m blessed with kind and understanding players… Err player, that a change in rules would be something they kindly accept.
But should I?
How does banes and boons actually work? Was how I’ve run them actually proper rules as written?
Should I overhaul the stacking, or should I make it just a specific case for Resistance where Resistance is the only boon you can only have 1 at a time of, regardless! Maybe 2.
(Which is what I plan to do)