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  • Rabbit Pooka
    replied to It's out!
    I don't see that as a hair worth splitting. They're still directly causing a lot of death and suffering. And starving changelings of glamour. Whether they're doing it because they actively want those people dead or they're simply indifferent doesn't really matter. It's really weird to me that the C20 setting has taken this turn. First and second ed were clearly working-class / commoner focused settings, yet this one is more sympathetic to the 1% / nobles, almost painting them as victims instead of the villains they are. "We know you're hurting and starving and drinking poisoned water, but...
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    And since the Shadow Court inspires and is inspired by Black Lives Matter, etc, the direct implication being the human movements are also co-opted by the Black Court. At least with the wording at present. If that's not the intent, great. But it should be revised....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    No such assumption was made. But thanks for proving it's pointless trying to discuss it....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    And others exist. And will be seen at the table.



    Your experience is vastly different than mine. Mine happens to include harassment and unwelcome sexual advances at conventions, conventions covering up harassment and sexual assault, and protecting harassers, up to and including defending harassers when the entire roster of big name guests refuse to attend because the harasser is being protected, and game companies putting out briefs about how long-standing and well-documented harassment from a newly hired freelancer are bullshit. These are just the stuff that gets reported...
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    Respectfully, that's not where the ambiguity is. The ambiguity is here:

    "The Gift of Pan doesn’t force anyone to partake in sex or any other activity, but removes inhibitions that might normally keep someone from indulging. Rather than creating a new passion, the Gift of Pan removes the barriers of social convention that might otherwise prevent someone from being able to completely surrender to an action of passion or revelry...
    Those failing a Banality or Willpower roll (difficulty 8) find themselves helpless to resist indulging their secret desires."

    Secret
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    It is really weird, isn't it. The book largely is presented as from the point of view of the commoners and that they're largely right, yet when it comes to the corresponding real-world movements they're presented as corrupted and co-opted by the bad guys. So the fictional commoners are right, but the real-world commoners are corrupted and co-opted. Such a bizarre position to take. Fighting for fictional equality is good, but fighting for real-world equality somehow serves the death of imagination and creativity......
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    It's looking like counter magic is tucked into the cantrip system but not explicitly called out as such. Fae 5 lets you target cantrips. Quite a few level 1 Arts could be used to counter cantrips cast against you, namely Hopscotch. Legerdemain 1 might work, but only slows a cantrip.

    Though there is some potential synergy with Dragon's Ire 1 and Fae 5. Basically boosting any other damaging cantrip. Legerdemain 3 could create a copy of a cantrip. Metamorphosis 1 might be able to change a damaging cantrip into a protective cantrip...it can change a man into a woman, an old car into...
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    Then there's the rapist fantasy that is the Satyr birthright Gift of Pan. Nothing's perfect, sure, but there's a fair amount of problematic stuff in here....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    That one of the pre-release gameplay samples was about how gentrification is good also gave me pause. Most of it's easily ignored, but that it's present does give one pause. I noticed the Irish stereotype of loud-mouth drunk brawler is alive and well. But yeah, I was kind of shocked about the boggan, eshu, and redcap depictions....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    Sorry if my comments seem harsh. I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around the complaint. It's a game about unfettered imagination and the Unleashing mechanic is specifically about letting players pour their unfettered imagination into the game world...and your complaint is that there's not enough guidelines for how to handle that as a GM...whose sole job is to bring their unfettered imagination to bear on constructing and running a fictitious game world filled with creatures of pure imagination....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    Unleashing really comes in two varieties: mechanical and narrative. Most of the mechanical ones either replicate existing levels of Arts, like "go back in time" (Chronos 4), or simply cause or prevent damage. Using the fairly standard one success = one damage isn't out of line, nor is simply cribbing the duration charts from other levels or other Arts to determine how long something lasts. For the ones that replicate existing Art effects, like go back in time (Chronos 4 already does it), just look at those effects for guidance.

    Then there's the narrative ones. Like Chronos'...
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  • Rabbit Pooka
    started a topic Where's counter magic?

    Where's counter magic?

    The only way I can see to counter magic in C20 is to Invoke the Autumn, and that only works against chimerical cantrips.

    So am I missing something or was counter magic really removed from the game?
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  • Rabbit Pooka
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    Unleashing is nowhere near the "I win button" some people seem to think. The only result where you come out mostly ahead is if you happen to roll equal to or fewer successes than you have dots in the Art you're Unleashing. Botch, failing the roll, and rolling more successes than you have dots in the Art you're Unleashing all have rather drastic downsides. Hell, even a successful result reveals your fae mien for a few rounds up to the whole scene. Depending on the circumstance (and your kith) that could be disastrous in and of itself....
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  • P236, "The base difficulty of the cantrip is 8, raised to 9 by the inclusion of the Time Realm, but then reduced by the by –2 for the bunk, giving the cantrip a final difficulty of 7."

    The second by should be removed.
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  • P29, "For games involving the Kinain, or that skew further into urban fantasy, the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire is indispensable."

    Likely should be "books" rather than "games" here.
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  • P144, the freebie point cost chart lists willpower as costing 2 freebie points. To keep this in line with the willpower cost listed in the other X20 books, the cost should be 1 freebie per willpower. V20, W20, and M20 all list willpower as costing 1 freebie point per....
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  • P337, the term is "in medias res", not "in media res".
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  • On p99, the pooka kith frailty reads "If he wishes to answer truthfully the player must make a Willpower roll (difficulty 8) and spend a point of Willpower."

    To keep their frailty in line with the boggan and troll frailties (the only other ones requiring Willpower rolls, the pooka frailty should omit the "and spend a point of Willpower" clause....
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  • Rabbit Pooka
    replied to It's out!
    The problem with the pooka frailty is that it's simply the single harshest and most unworkable frailty in the game as written. Even the other kith with willpower based frailties aren't required to spend a willpower point...yet pooka are.

    A betrayed troll simply has to make a willpower roll not to go aggro on whomever betrayed them, no willpower point cost. A boggan simply has to make a willpower check to refuse helping someone in need, no willpower point cost. Yet if asked what his name is a pooka has to pass a willpower check and cough up a willpower point. So things like job interviews,...
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  • Rabbit Pooka
    replied to It's out!
    It's a gorgeous book and I'm loving a lot of what I'm seeing, I'm just supremely disappointed that the ridiculous pooka frailty remained as written. Guess pooka are not meant to have jobs, bank accounts, or access the internet without burning through their willpower. Wow. How utterly stupid. Ugh. First house rule of many, I'm sure. Great work otherwise...
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