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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Aquatic Martial Arts Equivalents
    I’ve gotta figure Water Dragob can just stay as is. Maybe Wood Dragon becomes Swaying Seaweed Style, I think air dragon is right out, and earth would be too dependant on fighting at the sea floor. Fire dragon you could perhaps do something with aquatic thermal vents.
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Sidebar on Transgender Dynasts
    I’ve thought about this in the context of how difficult it would be to have a story about the difficulties of being trans in the universe of Star Trek. There they have the technology to fully change your apparent species over the course of a few hours of surgury and be completely healed with no scars by the time you’re finished. In fact some surgery is so advanced even deep medical exams can barely tell anything has happened.

    Making your body match how you feel would be even more simple and routine than having your tonsils removed is today. It makes it a lot more difficult to...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    From what I've seen, I'd say it does a good job, although I'm not sure how much better a job it does than the Dragonblooded book does at portraying their themes in their charmsets. I think it will do a little better, but not perfectly. Like there's a charm in Dexterity that just reflexively allows a Lunar to aim, there's really nothing about transgressing boundaries there or anything. There are a huge amount that I think introduce really cool ideas, and look at abilities in very unique, very Lunar ways though. It's just not applied in every case.

    Part of that might just be because...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Often times actually you might find that DB charms which aren’t elemental directly play into a kind of elemental in spirit theme. For example wood represents vitality, flexibility and toughness, so it has a lot of charms that manipulate health levels, even though health levels don’t really have anything to do with wood exactly. Warm-faced seduction style is what it is because fire is super deep into passions, lust and anger. That’s why Passion Transmuting Nuance is the way t is too.
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Oh yeah, level 2 deception. Or even if you’re not prepared for them to murder them if you just draw one out and then peace while they waste weeks or months searching for you that’s a win. You don’t even need any help for that then, and you can bugger off and keep doing it somewhere else.

    All things considered that might be one of the best lives to live in the world of Exalted. You’re fighting tyranny, while living the lavish lifestyle that comes from being one of the oppressive aristocrats, and without any worries about peasant uprisings or Dynastic politics or impressing...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Shapeshifting Part 2

    Okay so in the last post we looked at how shapeshifting can make a meek scholarly character into a pretty deadly combatant, and also how even a badass Full Moon can make use of it as a good tool in combat. It gives them a variety of options, wanna be a grappler? Become a bear. Wanna attack from short range with your brawl? Death Moa. It's just a big huge toolbox for anyone to use. If a water aspect is fighting in the ocean normally you'd take either flurry penalties for swimming at the surface while fighting, or just straight penalties for fighting while submerged...but...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Anyone Interested in a Terrestrial Game
    What timezone? If it's EDT that doesn't work for me, sorry....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Anyone Interested in a Terrestrial Game
    Hmmm, that's very odd, I'm looking at my reply to your DM right now on my screen. Maybe it somehow got lost between my outbox and your inbox? What was the day/time that was settled on?...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to Anyone Interested in a Terrestrial Game
    Should we be from any one house in particular?
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Well, I don't think Zel was talking about a full rework like making Solars into something they aren't supposed to be, but more just cleaning up their charmset so that it's more clear and focused. The kind of intentional generic and straightforward flavour of Solars and their basic power to supercharge the base systems of the game was more of a preference thing for powers that are more magical and less direct.
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to I'm starting a new game soon
    Actually, reestablishing stealth in combat is just a good way to get out of being embattled, but it's almost as hard to do as disengaging, because you have to beat everyone with your stealth roll as opposed to disengaging and beating everyone with your disengage roll. Then when you reveal yourself in a Surprise Attack you instantly become embattled again. Or, if you want, you can attempt to end combat by Going to Ground (Exalted pg.204) where you try to stealth until people leave, which you have to declare before rolling stealth.

    And don't worry about rushes, they do not work at all...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    I'm personally pretty unconcerned with the absolute limit of what can be accomplished by Lunars using shapeshifting, unless it starts to become a serious problem in the game, I'm more concerned with people who have a really cool concept for this Austreech totem scholar and are wondering if they have to build any special way to make it even remotely viable. The answer being basically if you have any decent dex, the dex excellency and a very small handful of brawl dice, then you're almost always going to be decent while in your battle form.


    I actually expect more possibility...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Okay, time for....

    Shapeshifting

    So in the past shapeshifting was a really defining factor for Lunars. In fact in previous editions it was a bit too defining. The Lunar charmset was kind of all over the place, and had a habit of doing a lot of the stuff that Solars did except just worse because Solars are the best. That gave rise to a term called "Silver Solars" which was maybe a little unfair but not exactly untrue. What Lunars did have though, was shapeshifting, which was so cool that everyone wanted to play them anyway.

    Shapeshifting in 3e has...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Aww thanks! What’s your character like? It might help me with summarizing things for Lunars....
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Yes I get what you mean. I should clarify that reading Lunars and DBs ALSO made me want to play them, more than Solars, but they just kind of gave Solars a place in my mind. Before that there were kind of bland and bloated, and they still are, but now contextually their supreme power and straightforward skill is unique to them.

    Overall I prefer the DB unique and discreet abilities, also I do prefer their power power most of the time. Looking at Lunars I like their more compact and versatile set of powers compared to Solars, as well, but for me they’ve helped to give Solars a place...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to I'm starting a new game soon
    I’m not understanding the mechanics that you’re asking about here too well.

    Firstly, I actually don’t think you do need to flurry a disengage with an attempt to find cover, and also why would you need to flurry a rush with a surprise attack?
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    Haha, that IS true, but unless I’m misreading something an Essence 1 Lunar can’t totally ignore strength requirements of such a feat like a Solar can.

    Which is good, if you need somebody who exalted yesterday to grab a three story tall hunk of granite and hurl it to the horizon, that should be a Solar. If Lunars could do that kind of thing, at least if that was a trend across all abilities, you would never, ever want to play a Solar again because being a Lunar already makes you so much better in so many ways.

    Any boulder that a Lunar CAN pick up and throw any distance...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    replied to DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review
    It's funny you should mention that, not since first reading the 2e core has a book made me want to play Solars like What Fire Has Wrought. The Realm seemed like really good, solid villains/heroes. The contrast in charm power made me look at DB athletics and think that I probably liked it more than the Solar one in general, but I could definitely see myself missing the ability to go full Superman.


    I think that kind of design also freed up the developers to do a lot of cool stuff. With ability exalts you can include a lot of nuance in things like accuracy boosters to give each...
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  • DrLoveMonkey
    started a topic DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review

    DrLovemonkey's Holistic Lunar Review

    Hey all! DrLoveMonkey here! Last time we had a big exalted kickstarter, I wrote this*. Because Dragonblooded have, over the years, become my favourite splat of Exalted, even as my appreciation for all of them grew. It started out analyzing combat differences between Solars and DBs and it became a thread reviewing DBs in general and particularly contrasting them with Solars. Why would you want to play a weaker exalt basically. Over the course of that thread people seemed to appreciate it, summarizing the different abilities and the elements, their personalities. Fire aspects being powerful but...
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  • MadLetter you magnificent artist, this is amazing! I'm posting the first part of my shallow Lunar review tonight and you're going to make the analysis so much easier! THANKS!
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