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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Has anyone used Steel Devil Style?
    Yeah unfortunately the kind of PC arms race that tends to happen relies more on defense than stuff like soak. Generally anyway defense is a better way to protect yourself from being obliterated by Solars than soak or health levels are. In that regard it might be better to avoid and go for something else. It's unfortunate that it really is best against enemies that any other combat ability would smash anyway though.

    I've used it once as an essence 4 solar antagonist against my party, the final battle was him, a battlegroup of blood apes, a battlegroup of custom poison throwing spear...
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  • Definitely like to see stuff on the cult of the illuminated and a few of the other big/interesting ones. Also a section on how cults interact with the established nations. Like how does the immaculate order treat them? What about a cult in nexus? What do people get out of cults? Unlike the real world joining a cult in Creation knight actually give you access to some sweet tea that can substitute for sleep or something.

    It'd also be cool to have a few cult seeds dropped, just name a cult and like 1-2 unique features and let the ST take it from there.
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Single Caste
    I keep trying to parse this sentence but all I come up with is "Your pain shall be legendary, even in hell."...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to The Realm Preview Part 1
    I haven't had time to read through and digest it yet, but I just wanted to voice my appreciation about these previews. They're really cool and go a long way to helping me feel that the book is really happening and keeping me excited for it.

    I will say on my first glance trough that the dreaming sea seems so friggin cool! The perfect mix of little details that give it character and room for an ST to grow it. I can't wait for the passages on the Imperial City and stuff!

    The hype train is more like a roller coaster, these ups are fun!
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    The closest I've had is a major NPC in a dynastic mortals game who used his position of power and information to basically run a little team of underestimated mortal heroes for the sake of protecting the empire and his own agenda.

    I think most people are resistant to the idea because they feel obligated to sit at the deliberative more often than their adventures might allow, especially if they're taking trips outside the blessed isle. I know having absent senators is a fairly common thing for the deliberative but the optics are bad on a senator taking a three month trip to a satrapy...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    Yeah probably, but that's a different thing all together from a supreme leader. Not a bad post-reform goal either....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    Ahh now that is a very interesting idea indeed. The changing political landscape of the Realm might have the deliberative thinking that they don't need an empress at all even. I imagine convincing the deliberative that they can live in a world where each senator has more power, and doesn't have to worry about being killed after a three times unanimous veto.

    That could be really cool actually. It's not like "no taxation without representation." But I wasn't really looking for that anyway, and it might even be a fascinating first step if this turns into a generational game....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    You're definitely thinking of Nellens Poramo. I was actually considering just playing poramo so that his existence didn't overlap too much with my concept, but I have no idea what he stands for except that he's a young, naive senator with a conscious and ideals.

    Yeah you're probably right about the roman senate too. I was hoping for something maybe more along he lines of Greek virtues, maybe like what Socrates talked about sometimes, rather than the strict duty and family ties. Oh well, maybe my ST can be a bit lenient, but if I can't imagine it myself it might ruin it either way...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    started a topic High Ideals in the Senate

    High Ideals in the Senate

    So I've been on a bit of a binge lately reading about old interpretations of the Magna Carta*, the declaration of independance and watching movies like Lincoln and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It got me thinking, wouldn't that make a fun setting for a DB game? To play a senator or two and their entourage, making grand speeches in the greater chamber and trying to ride the line between political suicide, losing all your power, and standing firm to your code of ethics and actually trying to do some good in there.

    The problems I keep running into though are pretty massive. Firstly that...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Something one of my players made
    A portmanteau of Row Row Fight Da Powa.

    I'm just kidding I have no idea.

    Cool graphic though, I especially like the storytellers sanity bit....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Slow Tyrant Lizards
    I would say it's perfectly fine to use the time honoured RPG technique of "it's like the real world version but waay scarier!" In the vein of dire rats and giant stryx the tyrant lizard should be the Jurassic park movie version of the Tyranosaurus Rex.

    I'd say even scarier than that but when I watched it in the theatre during its re-release I lost some initiative in real life when it first did the roar.
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    I do the same but only when it would kind of mess with the setting/story I'm trying to create. Like if the first adventure or two revolve around traversing the dangerous caravan routes and one guy wants to start with a kireeki class skyreme they need a really good reason....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    I find the most common explanation in the myriad of groups I've been in is "stolen from the scarlet dynasty." Either spoils of a killed Wyld Hunt, stolen prize out of the heptagram, snapped up during a daring raid of the imperial palace, stuff like that.

    Oddly I've never even seen somebody who got it from his former incarnations tomb.
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