I might let you cheat and bump the skill if this happened on the same session you opened the skill. It would kinda suck to get the last test you need to open something and then the last test you needed to advance the root, instead of the other way 'round.
I would under no circumstances let everyone root through their character sheets looking for skills with raised roots, though.
I’d tell them to write a belief about getting amnesia first. I figure surviving a mortal wound to the head could do it, out perhaps an art mage. And that’s if I were inclined to let them relearn, but I think there’s more interesting things that could be done
Joe is working on getting Dervish dancing, and has Speed 5, and needs 5 tests to open it at 2. He’s got 4 of them.
He also needs one difficult speed to raise speed to 6.
You advise working the situation to raise speed to 6 first.
My case Joe, in session X, finally opens Dervish Dancing at 2 off his speed of 5.
In session X+1 and X+2, due to lots of running away from things, including a lot of unsuccessful ones, raises to speed 6. But he’s not had any time nor reason to use Dervish Dancing.
You know, to remove the weird disincentive to open skills if you intend to shade-shift, I’d be inclined to count all routine tests of a skill with a higher shade root stat towards a flat 10 needed to shade-shift the skill as well. That’s entirely academic, though, as I’ve never seen a stat shift in play. It’s tough to pump enough Artha into most of them.
The think I found hard is setting short term belief goals rather than long term ones to earn Persona points. I’d clock over FP, but PP were too hard with the goals I was setting.
I’m starting to get the hang of things now, by breaking down my grand plans into achievable sub-goals thusly…
B- I will achieve [Grand Plot A], the first step is to establish [Sub-Plot B].
Wow, their third shade shift? How long has your game been going for? I admit I’ve got little play experience, but I thought shade shifting was supposed to be quite rare? Is it more common in THAC0 style BW? Mostly curious because I was probably going to emulate the Burning THAC0 style if I do end up ever running a BW game.
I’d be very impressed if you manage to grey out those three stats in order without ever spending one or two deeds points to survive a life or death situation.
I had intended to do something like that, but then one deeds point was needed to restrain the Lord Protector when he’s about to go crazy, another deeds point was needed to out-wrestle the mounted soldier who’s trying to cut off my head, and suddenly I’m one deeds point from shifting Power. Might as well spend the third one somehow to get full value for the previous two deeds points…