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  • Nicias
    replied to The Agenda and Principles of Exalted?
    The problems and lost glories are also really super effing key to high powered gameplay, ime. You need things for people to want to throw those strengths at. Exlated as a setting provides a lot of this for you - injustices and injuries that fans seethe over and build characters to fix. Still important to lean into that, hard. It forms an important cycle together with showing the results of characters actions.

    (Though really the Genophage plot in Mass Effect is my favorite example of this kind of thing.)

    Re: epic narratives I mean both drawing specifically from the ancient...
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  • Nicias
    replied to The Agenda and Principles of Exalted?
    I would put it this way.

    Agenda:
    • Portray a mythical world.
    • Show the sorrows of the age.
    • Show the results of characters' actions.
    • Play to find out what happens.
    And some ideas for principles:
    • Pit the weak against the strong.
    • Embrace epic narratives.
    • Name everyone, make everyone real.
    • Give them the moon and make them fight like hell for the stars.
    • Endanger everything.
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  • Nicias
    replied to Where in Creation is Slavery Illegal?
    If you're comparing specifically two different slave cultures that both focused on large-scale agriculture, sure - there's a lot of similarities. But there's definitely also slavery practiced in different ways in contexts - slavery in low-density agriculture ala Vikings, or even the practice of debt slavery in other parts of Roman society.

    Roman antiquity isn't really my specialty but my impression is that among other things Roman society involved more different models of slavery (both legal and economic), compared to American slavery practices which were relatively monolithic...
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  • I like to grant even non Zeniths a little bit of a visitation so they feel more connection to the sun. But I think the more default answer is "your circle's zenith convinces you to worship the UCS."

    And I thought it was normal for the UCS to be understood, just thought of as distant and unconcerned with you, but I'm AFB.
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  • Nicias
    replied to Òrìshà Preview!
    It's amazing writing and I'm pretty happy with it. The lines about the gods choosing to cross the Atlantic and shatter and reform are some good shivers. Clearly a lot of research put in.

    I'd echo concerns about the weakness. I think that "structural oppression is our greatest weakness" is probably a true statement but it rings differently in a writeup that doesn't really speak to any other weaknesses besides individual gods sometimes being kind of doofy. And it makes their take on the Titanomachy ring different too, though I imagine the rest of the book doesn't really say...
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    Last edited by Nicias; 07-15-2017, 02:47 PM.

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