I run Orrery of the Wanderer, the adventure pre-made in the Incorporated acquisitions delivered. My PCs have just arrived at the point where they acquire their franchise, but I have a question about the rules for managing a franchise.
The wording for the "Franchise stop" option is vague (Incorporated acquisitions, p. 42; it is me who points out):
The percentile dice are rolled by a player designated for this task by the group. The total number of days spent by all characters and staff on this activity is added to the role. This total is then compared to the Running a Franchise table to determine what is going on for the month.
The first column of the table below is titled "d100 + days", the second column describing the roll result.
If multiple characters spend time on the "Executing a franchise" task, do the days pile up even if multiple characters work on the same day?
Which of the following statements is the correct interpretation?
You add up the number of days each person works individually, even if they overlap. (In other words, if you have two people working on the same day, this adds 2 days to the role.)
Or should the days be different, in which case the maximum bonus you can get on the percentile roll is +30? (In other words, does the "total number of days" simply count the number of days that at least one person spent that day working on the task?)
The wording sounds ambiguous, but I think most people would interpret it as the first (that is, it is the sum of the number of working days of each person, even if these days overlap). On the chart, however, you can see that if they stack this way, it would be too easy to always get the best possible result of 91+, "the monthly cost goes down by 150%" – what the section The following indicates a profit of 50% (in addition to the profits of other activities). This would make the rest of the table almost useless.
For example, if the overlapping days are counted several times, then with just the butler and your two unqualified mercenaries, you can easily make them work each for 30 days, granting a +90 per roll, and always getting the best result on the table without having to roll or sacrifice player character time (you can even ask your skilled worker to do something else useful to start). It seems broken.
This is really my big problem, because I just made sure that the PCs get their franchise and I don't want the roll to succeed automatically. It sounds boring, and what is the point of having a table if it can be bypassed so easily?