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Nova points are a special resource available only to player Characters. They represent an individual’s drive to push back against The Burn. As a player character performs different tasks, they build up energy, which can be released in bursts to achieve great things, typically activating Nova Abilities. Every player character starts with at least two Nova Abilities and gets more as they advance. You can also spend Nova points to pull aspects or Characters from past stories into a scene.
Each time you use a skill, you gain a check mark on your Character Sheet in the corresponding die size box. Once all of the boxes are checked, you gain 1 Nova point then the checkboxes are emptied.
Any time you use a skill with a die size equal to that of a checkbox you have unchecked, you get a check mark. You earn a check mark even if your skill roll fails.
You can only have one check mark per box while earning a Nova point, even if you make another roll that would otherwise qualify.
You can track your use of Skills using the checkboxes on your Character Sheet. When you add a Nova point to your sheet, be sure to uncheck all the boxes, so you can start generating another.
A player character can have as many Nova points as equals their spaceship’s Livability Rating. The points remain until they are used, no matter when they were generated.
Player Characters sometimes make Skills rolls with modified dice. Special Abilities, Nova Abilities, or NPC abilities could result in a player rolling a different die size than what their skill normally is. For the purpose of tracking check marks and gaining Nova points, the character always gains a check mark in the box of the unmodified die size of the skill they are using.
When a player character has 1 or more Nova points, they can be spent to activate Nova Abilities or to control the narrative. Some Nova Abilities require an action to be used, others have activation Conditions that must be met, and some can be used at any time. Below is a breakdown of when you can use Nova Abilities.
Players should adjust their Character Sheet by first reducing their total current Nova points by the number being spent for the ability then apply any effects. If the ability fails because of a skill roll or because of another player character or NPC ability, the Nova points are still spent.