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    Per The Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide, when a character rolls a Critical Failure to activate a power embedded in a Techno-Wizard device, they roll on the Technical Difficulties table, but what happens when rolling a Critical Failure to activate a power imbued into a Major Item or artifact as described in Arcana & Mysticism?

    Does misfortune fall upon the item itself (develops problems or is destroyed), or upon the wielder (Backlash/Dynamic Backlash)?

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    Originally posted by Jim1 View Post
    Per The Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide, when a character rolls a Critical Failure to activate a power embedded in a Techno-Wizard device, they roll on the Technical Difficulties table, but what happens when rolling a Critical Failure to activate a power imbued into a Major Item or artifact as described in Arcana & Mysticism?
    Jim1 another sharp question!

    Techno-Wizardry devices are subject to Technical Difficulties because they are still considered "high-tech" gear.

    Major items (and most magic items) are explicitly non-mechanical and non-electrical, they aren't high-tech and therefore aren't subject to Technical Difficulties.


    Originally posted by Jim1 View Post
    Does misfortune fall upon the item itself (develops problems or is destroyed), or upon the wielder (Backlash/Dynamic Backlash)?
    When a character rolls a Critical Failure while activating a power embedded in a magic item, it is generally up to the GM to decide what happens. In general, Dynamic Backlash would only be specified when the a magic item's embedded power is activated at a ley line (see Arcane Effects in the Ley Lines section of the TLPG, page 122).


    I hope that helps!
    Sean Owen Roberson
    Line Manager, Rifts for Savage Worlds

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