Running “Orrery of the Wanderer” adventure from “Acquistions Inc”, need clarification on franchise rules

I am running the pre-made adventure in the Acquisitions Incorporated rule-book and my PCs have just got to the point where they acquire their franchise. I have three different questions about the franchise rules, with the first being the most important/pressing:

  1. The wording on the “running a franchise” task is vague. Does it mean you add the number of days each person works together, even if they overlap? For example, if your character spends 5 days working the franchise and your majordomo works the same 5 days, do you get 10 days worth? If that is the case, with just the majordomo and your two unskilled hirelings you could easily just have them all work all 30 days for a +90% and always get the best result without having to roll or sacrifice player time (you can even have your one skilled worker do something else useful to boot). That seems broken. Or do the days have to be different ones, in which case the maximum bonus you can get on the percentile roll is +30%? This is really my big sticking point as I just got the PCs to the point where they are getting their franchise and I don’t want the roll to auto succeed, because that seems boring, and what’s even the point of having a table if it can just be bypassed so easily?

  2. Most of the activities in the book either have a table of incremental DCs for specific results, or they have a DC given (typically a random one 2d10+5, for example). The one exception seems to be the “headquarters modification” activity, which calls for an intelligence (arcana or history) check, and two of either strength (athletics) or intelligence (relevant tool) checks, but does not specify DCs. This is less pressing as my PCs are unlikely to undergo this task anytime soon, but it is a curiosity as to whether these DCs are intended to be determined by the DM or if they were supposed to be listed for the activity but were accidentally omitted (perhaps an errata is in order to clarify this)?

  3. The Orrery of the Wanderer DM notes suggest the characters make marketeering checks to establish business with various NPCs they have come into contact with. The cost of these checks, of 100gp each, however, is quite prohibitive at level 3 with the PCs having very little disposable wealth. Moreover, according to the charts, these checks will cost the PCs money overall because they cost 100gp, and only provide a maximum benefit of +25% of their 350gp operating costs, or 87.5gp. The PCs have pointed this out to me and are more likely to run other activities like the charitable causes, that are likely to yield 200gp or ever 500gp at the cost of only 50gp. I still want them, flavor wise, to firm up those business contacts like the lizardmen tribe with the potion algae, for example, and I am going to allow them to use schmoosing instead of marketeering for this purpose, as it only costs 10gp. My question here is would schmoosing work to make business deals, especially ones that basically are already agreed to like the lizardmen tribe where they just need to make details as to amounts and times of delivers? Also was the module intended to be asking the PCs to throw around 100s of gp they don’t have at marketeering or was it written without the details of marketeering known? In which case maybe an errata is in order (either to the module or the marketeering rules)?

There seems to be a lack of contact info for the development team or who to ask for rules clarifications for these books, so I sent the above questions directly to Jerry Holkins on Facebook messenger. In the meantime I thought I’d ask the D&D community what you think. Have any of you ran this adventure or used the franchise rules from the book in your campaign and how do you handle the above (particularly question 1)?

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All the Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) mechanisms I have seen were installed on the same “authentication node”. What I mean by that is that a single service (say, an authentication web page, or a VPN access) were doing all the MFA checks in one place (to take the same examples: the web page is going through a login-password-OTP cycle, the VPN is checking the login, password and a certificate).

Ultimately the goal of the MFA system is to ensure that, to access a given service, more than one authentication mechanism is required.

Are there fundamental reasons for these checks not to be split between authentication nodes?

Take for instance an email system which is guaranteed to be reachable only from a given network. In order to access this network, a device must present an individual, user-issued certificate (to a NAC for instance). Or another similar combination of 2+ factors, on different systems tightly bound togather.
Is it acceptable in that case to say the “email access is protected by a MFA”?

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I know that the Brew Potion feat can be used to make these items, but can I also use skills?

The Paizo Site states that potions can be crafted with the Brew Potion feat, Spellcraft skill, and Craft (Alchemy) skill.

Does this mean I can just have Craft (Alchemy) and not take the feat Brew Potion and still be able to make potions and oils? Or do I still need the feat?

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Suppose that the input is 6 -2 4 9 -5 8. What is the output of the following code? int num, count, temp = 1; cin >> num; for (count = 1; count <= 4; count++) { temp = temp + temp * (num + count); cin >> num; } cout << “temp = ” << temp << endl;

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