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Allocation of VPP and MP Framework points


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Hi Steve, I have a quick clarification to ask you.

Allocating points of a MP or VPP (with the "Change Powers As A Zero-Phase Action" Advantage) is defined as a Zero Phase Action.  But 6e also says things like "point reserve can be allocated only once", but then gives an example of what can't be done which would involve allocating points, using the activated power, and then taking those points and reallocating to a different power and using that one - all in the same Phase.  Implying (to me) that the restriction is on "double-pumping" reserve points.

So is there only a single opportunity at the start of a Phase to allocate one's framework(s) and if not taken then too bad so sad, or could a character at the start of a Phase allocate a portion of their pool into one or more powers (a  non-attack Zero Phase Action), make a non-attack Half-Phase action (like a half-move) -- and *then* allocate (not re-allocate) the remaining, unused, pool points into other powers since Zero Phase actions are allowed after a non-attack Half-Phase action (typically a half-move)?

Example:
Mr Framework has a 90 point Multipower pool, and several Variable Slots - a 12d6 Blast, a 30m Flight, and a +10PD/+10ED Resistant Protection.  On Phase 12, he allocates 30 points to the Flight, and not seeing any problems around  does a half-move of flight around the corner of a building.  He now sees his sworn enemy, Mr. Bad.  Currently he has only allocated 30 of the 90 reserve, and has only done a half-move.  As a Zero-Phase action he allocates the as yet unused 60 points into the Resistant Protection (using 30), and the remaining 30 into the Blast.

Yes?  No?  Antwerp?

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As a Zero Phase Action, points in a Framework can be allocated at the beginning of a character's Phase, or after having performed a Half-Phase Action, other than a combat action (see 6e2 p. 18).  There's nothing that states that all of the points have to be allocated at the beginning of the Phase, so yes, you could allocate as yet unallocated points in a Framework as another Zero Phase Action.  

 

What you can't do is reallocate any point that you have already allocated in the same Phase.  

 

Does this answer your question?  If not, then please feel free to post a follow-up.  :) 

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To add additional clarification: you wouldn't be able to allocate additional points to a slot you'd already allocated points to.  So you couldn't, for instance, allocate 15 points to the Flight slot, make a half move for 7.5 meters, then allocate another 15 unallocated points to the Flight slot again.  

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One additional clarification:  the points would have to have been specified as unallocated prior to the beginning of the Phase in order for them to be allocated mid-Phase like that.  

 

Here is a prior answer from Steve Long that goes into a bit more detail.

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