I’ve read these three threads on this subject:
But I still feel the need to improve my understanding here. I know there’s no always/never, black and white answer, I’m just hoping to thin the fog surrounding this in my brain.
I was listening to John Harper in the Rollplay Blades campaign, and he said that a PC should make a Command roll in a group action with NPCs rolling something else. p171 of BitD mirrors this.
I thought that was different to my understanding of BoB, so checked:
- p223 sounds exactly like BitD: to lead a squad you perform a group action, either with marshal or the same action as them (so obviously I’d been remembering/understanding incorrectly).
- p226 though says that marshal can can be used on a squad for an action without the squad rolling at all
- p280 seems to agree with p226, and makes no mention of group rolls
What is the typical, most common usage of marshal on an NPC squad, in people’s experience?
I can think of a virtually unlimited number of situations that seem to fit well with BitD/BoB p223 (group action: PC rolls marshal, squad rolls other) but I’m really struggling to think of any strong fictional examples where the PC rolls marshal and the squad doesn’t roll (because either there’s nothing at stake so no roll from anyone is needed at all, or the capabilities of the NPCs is important so them rolling too seems important)…
Can anyone offer some more experienced insight?