>> On p. 50 of HeroQuest, we get the Puma Person write-up. I've got a >> question on their shapechanging: >>
If I can get all talmudic, I might suggest this way of reconciling "any success is a success" with "a marginal success means you only change a little bit"...
One might say that any success means you change, but the level of success indicates how quickly you change--so a marginal success might mean you don't change quickly enough to do any good *in this situation*.
So... If the party can take their time--if, say, the party is doing all their "prepare for battle" rituals and spells, and the puma person says, "I want to go into battle in puma form"--then, yes, a marginal success is good enough. The change is slow and painful, but he isn't in a hurry.
But if he's in a rush, if a bear is charging *now* and he wants to change *now* so he can climb up a tree *now*, a marginal success might not be good enough--it might result in "You have whiskers and claws, but you're still bipedal".
But even there, I'd be more inclined to have the GM assign a penalty--"You're rushing, that's a -5"--and have "any success means a success". Then, if he gets a marginal *failure*, the generous GM can say, "Nope, all you've done is the claws. But I'll let you use the claws for a +2 to your human tree-climbing skill."
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