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  • Exthalion
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    So you are charging people real money for words on paper when they already spent real money to buy the books, took time to make their characters, and blocked out several hours when they could be doing something else? Because they weren't good enough to pass your creative writing test to your arbitrary standards? Because the fact that they are at the table at all doesn't already show an immense commitment?



    A: 3d6 averages 10.5. In any of the last three editions having an 11 in your main stat is the next best thing to worthless. In 3 and 4 it makes you even more dependent...
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    Last edited by Exthalion; 07-20-2017, 04:58 PM.

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  • Exthalion
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    Especially when several of the published adventures start exactly like that. Published adventures seem like an easier way to get your feet wet, though not always as PCs have a remarkable ability to get obsessed with minor details and wander off on random tangents....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    I like how the little story is from the Evil Overlord List.
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    I have done it, so I am not speaking from ignorance: It very much depends on what you want out of the game. Often people go into games wanting to play something in particular. Learning that you aren't allowed to play a fighter because your strength is too low is not some sort of character-building disappointment that will make you a better person, it is frustration in your limited free time.

    Every human who has ever lived is familiar with not having "stats" that correspond to what they want for themselves. We all "roleplay" that every single day. It is not bad...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Possible Atomic-punk shard idea
    Interesting idea. A few thoughts:

    How would the Solars or DB know about these empires they are trying to restore?

    The legends are hundreds of years old so probably about as niche as Arthurian lore. "Modern" literary criticism would almost certainly have picked out the Solars and Lunars being identified as demons being a political tactic to encourage social conformity and reinforce the oppression of subject people and marginalized groups.

    The new DB would not automatically pick up on them being the heirs to the empire in the center of the world,...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Charm Concept: Claiming Fallen Weapons
    Seems niche. If fighting mortals, the ones most likely to be incapacitated midway through a battle, then their weapons are mundane and probably not worth mechanically picking up. If fighting DB or a similar supernatural, then its probably a fight to the death or a running chase. If the former then you can just pick up the weapons. If the latter, then it's probably just a dex stunt to grab them.

    Now, if you somehow built it off a charm that broke attunement to an artifact you disarmed, like I believe 2E abyssals could, that might be something.
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    His fetich is Kagome, the city of mirrors. I believe he also has like three souls that are also forests....
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  • While I hardly think Solars need more power, what if a few of the craft charms had secondary effects that worked outside of the craft system proper?

    For example, with CNNT you might be able to remove the improvised tag from any random thing you picked up because you fashion it into a weapon right then and there. That might be more of a Lunar thing, but people have wanted combat crafting for ages. Perhaps it falls apart when you were done because only your skill was keeping it together?

    Others might let you reduce or ignore some of the soak of the target's armor, knock...
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  • There is a chart on p.9 of Wonders that lists the resource costs of repairing items. A CBA is repair 3. So it requires Lore 5, Craft (Magitech) and Occult 4, Resources 3, and 1 hour to perform the necessary maintenance. To actually fix it if broken would take 9 successes on an extended difficulty 3 roll. CMT would let you do the repair faster. I am not sure about the maintenance.


    At most, the fact that the powers are frontloaded. While they were mechanically mostly standardized in terms of available options, they were all noted to have been bespoke anyway.

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  • As a not consistent but generally decent rule: If it has a repair rating its Magitech. So CBA would be Magitech since it does have a repair rating as would all warstriders and a ton of artifacts mostly in Wonders of the Lost Age....
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  • I have used it in actual play. The most incongruous thing is the hoops jumped through to try to meet all the objectives for basic projects.
    My PC overpaid people for a different job on the condition they would come watch him do basic projects. He had them ritually pay him for the privilege. The whole affair was dressed up like a mystery cult thing to make it more likely that someone would get an intimacy of awe out of it, and he had them coming in cycles so that there would always be fresh people to get an intimacy out of it.

    Of course, the PC had an intimacy about...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to How would the people of Adamant look like?
    That seems enormously excessive. What about a charm that let them work together on an artifact project instead? Each Artisan would need to know the charm and only as many Artisans could participate as the highest (Essence) among them. Then they can all roll and add the successes together for each interval that they work together....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Isn't that a girl thing ?
    There is a decent chance more than half of the Wyld Hunt will be made up of women, and the socialites will be evenly split among both genders. I think the issue will be less that a dude is acting feminine and more that the Anathema is using martial arts that blend in with polite society making it even more dangerous....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to How would the people of Adamant look like?
    Based on far too little information, if I had to give a brief though to how the war might have gone:

    In a direct confrontation between celestial exalted and the People of Adamant both sides seem to basically follow the same paradigm of well equipped and personally powerful individuals who happen to be fighting near each other. However the Chosen have more demonstrated examples of working together on large scale projects as well as much much better magic for enhancing others. It would have been a terrible struggle because there were so many PoA, but a mortal boosted with War charms...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    It is interesting that in the same panel in which their name is given as the Kind People they are called cruel. The term is usually applied to the fey as a means of avoiding offense.

    Also, besides buying his key, Mammon also killed his kin to protect his hoard. Perhaps they had some kind of claim to it, didn't respect his exclusive ownership, or servile and thieves are not mutually exclusive.

    Edit: I checked and there are Kind People serving Mammon still in the same banker robes as humans, but apparently none of them are kin....
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  • I recall a rather interesting discussion that it also stifled innovation. Since (slave) labor was so cheap, there was no profit motive to invest in labor saving devices. In fact, I seem to recall that it was your own post months+ ago involving how after the black death in England workers were so well paid they could spend half the year on festivals....
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