When a power says, “use a touch attack to use this power”, does a player need to make multiple touch attacks to use multiple powers or is one touch attack enough? If just the one, is there a multi-action penalty for using multiple touches?
My reading is that using a power that requires a touch attack is an action, per Savage worlds Deluxe edition page 65
The most common actions are making Tests of Will, using a power, or attacking with the Fighting or Shooting skill.
and that the touch attack is essentially included in that action. So that only one touch attack would be needed to make contact, but then after making contact the player would still need to take additional actions to use additional powers.
Example 1: Draining Touch and Damage Field from Fantasy Companion
After casting the spell, the mage delivers his draining touch on a successful touch attack (+2 Fighting).
If a character with a damage field strikes someone in unarmed combat, the target takes the field’s damage plus the character’s Strength die (Str+2d6). The character may also simply touch the opponent (+2 to Fighting) and do the field’s damage only.
Player has activated the Damage Field the previous round. This round they want to use Draining Touch and also apply the Damage field if they strike. Is this one action or two?
Example 2: Draining Touch and Viper Tooth Gloves Fantasy Companion
Viper Tooth Gloves
Upon command (make an arcane skill roll), the gloves exude a deadly contact poison. The user can deliver the poison with a successful Fighting r o l l — a g a i n s t unarmored foes a Touch Attack (+2 to Fighting) suffices.
In the same round the player wants to Activate the Item, Use it in a touch attack, and Also cast Draining touch. How many actions is this?
Example 3: Paralysis and Infection from Super Powers companion V2
The character infects foes with a magical or extremely fast-acting disease via a Touch Attack.
A successful Touch Attack causes the victim to make a Vigor roll if the power’s trapping is physical, Smarts if it’s mental, or Spirit if it’s a matter of will
Player wants to use both powers. How many actions is this.
As above only the Player has taken Carrier for Infection.
Carrier (–1): The character cannot “turn off” her ability to transmit disease.
Example 4 All of the above.
Player has all of the above. How many actions is it to use everything?