Claudio hi, playing last time, I came across a situation never met before. Us Stanton figure wanted to fire Schneider who was stood on an outpost some meters higher. On pg 37, terrain levels, on second paragraph, clearly writes “Roll 1 less dice anytime a character shoots at a target on a higher level”. Stanton’s long distance dices are only one, therefore, he can’t fire, but if he aims, he could rolling just the two AIM’s dices. My question.... Stanton may choose to fire even though it’s not allowed without the join of Aim Action?
the confusion arise on this assumption: "Stanton’s long distance dices are only one, therefore, he can’t fire" this is not true. Nowhere it says he can not fire, he can always fire, but rolls one dice less.
The correct statement is "Stanton’s long distance dices are only one, therefore, he rolls zero dice" If you look at it this way, it is immediately clear that if ha Aims and bring the total dice to 3, even loosing one he will still roll 2 dice.
Therefore yes, Stanton may choose to fire, there is nothing that says he is not allowed to. Technically, he could fire even without aiming, declare the firing Action and spend one AT, but since he would roll no dice, that would be quite pointless... it is not forbidden though!
Almost the same happens if you declare that you are firing at a character you can only hit with a 6 and then he Take Cover, so now you can't hit him any more so there is no point in rolling for it (you can't roll a 7), but you already fired and spent the AT anyway. In this case however it could be different, because if you have 2 or more dice to roll, then you should roll anyway, in case you score a double 6, that would still be a kill!