Wakshani wrote:Hardpoints don't move tho.
That's a new ability and I'm not at all sure how it's supposed to be used. If they can make them at a distance, then making Talismans isn't a big deal.
That immobility is a definite important difference between a hardpoint, even one that can be made literally anywhere, and a talisman, though. They say "the size of a small house", which seems awfully subjective but it looks like maybe... 1200 square feet? So in terms of sending your people out to do something, that's pretty limited. You have to know exactly
where it's taking place, and your people have to get there without Transforming on the way, and even then they'll only have a small area where they can really act freely. And it's useless for conquest, since it would take about two million years, if I did that right, to actually convert just the habitable land on Earth at that rate.
So yeah, for some things, a 1200 square foot area is going to be a much bigger deal than the much shorter range of a Talisman, but if you don't know exactly where your target is, or it's something that can move itself, a Talisman would work a whole lot better.
...But strategically, if you think too hard about this, it gets pretty boggling. Dimthreads aren't much better. I think these are places where you definitely have to keep in mind that it's a game, and one that specifically follows movie logic, so it's OK not to get too realistic about it and use them, as Kuildeous says, as pure plot elements. In the background, it's a good reason for why the Delphi Council leaders have to be both mobile and kind of secretive. In the foreground, it sets up adventure seeds like a top-secret lab that has suddenly become something else and needs valuable data recovered, or, of course, an easy way to throw in elements of an unexpected Reality to an adventure, like a PP Hardpoint in Aysle.
Also makes for a cool scene idea once the players have caught the High Lord's attention a bit - maybe after having uprooted a couple Stelae. They wake up one morning to find that their home has been converted, quite possibly to a reality that just happens to cut off their phones, alarms, and whatnot... and oh look! Here are agents of that reality Dimthreading in to murder them now! Orange juice, anyone?