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Ally spirits, need some clarifications.

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Dayman

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« on: <05-23-15/1007:47> »
The subject recently came up in my missions group and one of the players would like to explore the possibility of getting a ally spirit.
At first I thought they weren't allowed but my google-fu turned up a response from Bull confirming that they were indeed allowed. However there is one complication, you need a formula for the spirit. Now you are not allowed to "craft" stuff in missions so that would indicate that you can't make the formula. However you can get the formula by going on a metaplanar quest. Now I am not sure if metaplanar quests are allowed in missions or not or how long they would take if they are. The book also points out that an initiate can locate a formula that matches her needs.
The way I would tackle this in a home game if I didn't want to play out the metaplanar quest would be to simply allow the player to go on the quest, find the formula and write it down and have him cut one week of his lifestyle. This is assuming he has already initiated at least once. This could also be grabbed as part of an initiation.

So my question is simple, how do players go about getting the formula for a allied spirit in missions? (I realise the answer may not be as simple as the question)
« Last Edit: <05-23-15/1009:34> by Dayman »

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« Reply #1 on: <05-23-15/1642:42> »
That is a damn good question.  I'll get back to you.  I forgot about the Formula.

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« Reply #2 on: <05-23-15/1908:09> »
Hmmm... just as a suggestion, there's already in the FAQ rules for The Nine Paths of Enlightenment to lower initiation cost. Perhaps as a place to start is 'Must complete X Paths, where X is the Force of the Ally spirit Formula"
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Dayman

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« Reply #3 on: <07-05-15/1713:42> »
So, any word? did this slip through the cracks or have you guys just been too busy what with all these cons and new books?

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« Reply #4 on: <07-05-15/2017:14> »
So, any word? did this slip through the cracks or have you guys just been too busy what with all these cons and new books?

Dunno why you're expecting to hear anything before the next FAQ update...
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« Reply #5 on: <07-05-15/2143:24> »
LOL, lighten up.  4 posts, he's new.

It'll probably be a while, friend, your assessment is correct about how busy everyone is :)
That's just like... your opinion, man.

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« Reply #6 on: <07-05-15/2334:20> »
Otoh, with Gencon and the new books, it may get answered soon.
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« Reply #7 on: <07-08-15/1655:23> »
So, any word? did this slip through the cracks or have you guys just been too busy what with all these cons and new books?

Dunno why you're expecting to hear anything before the next FAQ update...

I would like to refer you to the first of the special rules in the  missions FAQ and kindly ask you not to talk to me like an idiot, in turn I will do the same for you. Here are some ways you could have said the exact same thing without breaking Wheaton's Law.

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« Reply #8 on: <07-09-15/1609:29> »
Per a recent Critical Glitch episode, Ray Rigel has brought together a team to review the Missions FAQ. Work on it is progressing right now. I can say that your question has been passed on for consideration. Stay tuned!
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« Reply #9 on: <07-10-15/0825:57> »
Thank you.

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« Reply #10 on: <07-11-15/0236:40> »
If Ally spirits are allowed and the formula available.. it's on and crackin'. 

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« Reply #11 on: <07-13-15/2322:10> »
A quick update from the Missions FAQ committee. We're looking at this , but it's not going to make the (hopefully) pre-GenCon FAQ update. It's in the queue of items we'll be addressing after GenCon though. Thanks in advance for your patience - we're plowing through the new material and outstanding questions as quickly as we can.
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« Reply #12 on: <07-19-15/0941:00> »
Under getting the formula it says that the player can research it or hire someone to do it for him (though it hints this isn't a good idea).Is there a reason you can't just buy the formula like any other formula for a spell, preparation, or foci?

Just curious since it is in there if it was being overlooked or had been forbidden.
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« Reply #13 on: <07-19-15/2356:34> »
The short version is that creating the formula for an ally spirit costs the creator karma.
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« Reply #14 on: <07-20-15/0540:42> »
The short version is that creating the formula for an ally spirit costs the creator karma.

If that ends up being the case, it needs to be spelled out in the FAQ.  There's no formula that requires Karma to research/learn in either the BBB or Street Grimoire--just skill and time.  The formula tells you how much Karma you need to spend to use the formula, but not just to learn the formula.
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