Post here what your thoughts about how to govern Darkside scores.
Here are my thoughts on it.
*Obviously, it makes sense that using powers with the [Darkside] descriptor would do this, but it then really won’t effect any except Force Users. (Keep in mind that any character may take the Force Sensitive feat to start taking Force powers.)
*Additionally, I have some idea that all of you are going to fall a certain “foreign policy” camp, and acting outside of that might begin to build Darkside points. I don’t really like this idea because it is a bit limiting.
*I’m trying to portray “Darkside” as a form of insanity, and while I like the idea that Force users can go insane through actually using the Force, I don’t like how it is limited to only Force Users. What do you guys think?
Some topics worth discussing are:
- Will non-Force users have Dark Side Scores? This is a matter of some debate as the text is fairly ambiguous.*
- What are the consequences of turning fully to the Dark Side? Will PCs remain playable or become NPCs?*
- Earning Increases:
- The use of the Force as a first resort in solving a problem, even if you’re using non-lethal powers like Force Stun.
- Letting evil occur by inaction.
Pay special attention to the paragraphs on atoning. Ensure your players know that they can spend Force points to reduce Dark Side Score on a one-for-one basis, and that it assumes that the characters have spent some time in meditation and doing good works (this can happen off-screen, of course, but if a character does something particularly good, generous or altruistic in play, suggest they consider burning a Force point). Also assure your players that you’re willing to discuss Dark Side Score increases after any session; as an increase only has an overt or mechanical effect if a given PC’s Dark Side Score is pushed over its Wisdom, this should be no problem.
I’ll also mention that there have been some players mentioning not taking Force Sensitivity for of fear of accruing Darkside points. I think the above list takes care of most of the ambiguity with regard to the matter.
Looking a bit closer at page 94 in the Core book, there is the list of transgressions. I do like it, and am not opposed to using it. If everyone else is, too, we’ll go with it. I’ll hand out Darkside points as I see appropriate. As they occur, I’ll try to explain my thoughts on it, and (outside of the game or during a break in the action) I welcome some contest to them. If you’re right, I’ll admit it and allow a simple atonement for it.
Apparently, you can use [Lightside] powers even if you have a Darkside score, though you may not use a Force point to improve your UTF roll. Additionally, you may never use a Force point to improve UTF rolls. (p. 95).