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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Social rolls against PCs
    - that's why I'm talking about falsifiable intelligence - if they've made up a combination for the safe, or are lying to say "fuck you", you can try the combination right in front of them and escalate the torture as punishment for lying. It does create an incentive to tell the truth - once I tell them, even if they kill me, they won't keep torturing me. So in the niche situation of needing falsifiable intelligence that your victim could reasonably know, torture *can* work.

    - I brought up the punishment/coercion/dehumanization angles because it's relevant, even if it isn't...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Social rolls against PCs
    Since torture has been mentioned, here's my two cents.

    Regular torture, the kind that exists IRL, works very well if you need information that is falsifiable. For example, if you need to torture someone for the code to a safe, and they lie, then you get instant feedback on their lie. The longer it takes to falsify the information given to you the less effective torture is.

    So torture is not a good means of gathering information, in most cases. The tortured person believes they will be killed since torture radicalizes most victims - it tells them that every worst expectation...
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    Last edited by 11twiggins; 10-27-2019, 12:55 PM.

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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Various Mage Houserules
    How does Scourge differ from Paradox exactly? I've never really gotten it....
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Various Mage Houserules
    I run games where all the players have busy lives - sometimes a player will miss a few sessions in a row because of illness, or travels, or work problems. It's not a competition, and it's nice and relaxed. If you're completely unavailable for a month it's nice to come back and find you're still on track - you've been missing, but your character has been up to all sorts of things. So we fill in the gap and create a great story. Finn was off caring for some orphaned bears he found, that sort of thing.

    And at the end of the day my players want to RP, want to succeed in character, want...
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    Last edited by 11twiggins; 10-26-2019, 05:14 PM.

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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Quality Question
    Just use PDFs - the quickstart guide PDF contains most of what you'll need, and you can always print out a cheap black and white copy... you do own the PDF, so making a printed version seems fine.
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Social rolls against PCs
    Ways you can use the social stats and rolls of NPCs, on PCs:

    - make it more about playing to the crowd; if the NPC gets 5 successes on an Expression roll to convince the PC to follow their plan, and the PC says no and demands they use their plan, then bystander NPCs (and perhaps PCs who feel 100% happy playing along) will call out the PC for rejecting such a brilliant plan. This applies to lots of situations - you're ALLOWED to storm out when your senior, a very commanding mage, tells you that you have to stay. His 5 successes don't force you to stay. But if you leave, those who observe...
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    Last edited by 11twiggins; 10-26-2019, 11:05 AM.

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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Various Mage Houserules
    I'm not really into "earned" EXP, since for me the perfect EXP system is the one where the PCs are all on the same level *unless* there is some reason for them not to be - like a mixed chronicle with Ghouls, Neonates and Elders.

    With that said, I like the idea of Mages getting EXP cost breaks on abilities like Occult and Lore by perusing a Silent Library (one of the ones run by the Kyasid), or gaining cost breaks in Science and Medicine by doing a vivisection on a Werewolf. It kind of highlights the idea of a "power-hungry" Mage who disregards lots of things for...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to Various Mage Houserules
    Decided I should do an update on this:

    - a Hermetic Harry-potter-like PC realized that his character's paradigm and approach to Magick wouldn't accommodate Life very well. So he began sketching his owl familiar's wings, and the skeletons that his familiar collected. Through continued effort and investment in Art (using Mundane EXP) he reached a point where he felt much more comfortable integrating Life 1 into his character's practice (using Arcane EXP). This has continued to blossom into the PC being something of a Renaissance figure, sketching living beings and prosections (a professionally...
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    Last edited by 11twiggins; 10-22-2019, 06:35 PM.

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