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  • Boston123
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    Do you have any proof, or is this just conjecture?

    The system didn't work. It took three, three events to take out one of the bastions of humanity on Remnant, two of which would have been prevented entirely by some basic IT and operational security.

    1) Why were the rail lines from Mountain Glenn not destroyed when the settlement was abandoned? There was at least one subterranean rail line, open to the Grimm, that ran entirely unimpeded under Vale City.

    1a) There was no, absolutely none zip zilch nada mention of any sort of Vale Milita when the Breach occured....
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  • Boston123
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    There has been more than a few indications (mainly that Vale defense forces are never mentioned, not even in passing) that Vale in all actuality doesn't have an army or navy. Seriously. Apparently, they depend on Hunters. Which is amusing, because the fall of Vale just proves that the Hunter system doesn't work....
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  • Clothing is expensive, as linen and wool and cotton and silk require a great deal of time and effort to gather, process, spin, weave, dye, cut and tailor into clothing. That usually means that, much like the modern day (and i would suspect like most of human history) an easy way to show wealth would be to wear lots of clothing.

    Couple that with the fact that wearing by-and-largely impractical clothing is a byword for social status (it is kinda hard to harvest crops in a toga), so generally, the higher up you go in social status, the longer, finer (more threadcount = finer cloth =...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Range bands and grids.
    That is .... pretty much what my original post was. The distances I am able to use my weapons at do not change whether I am fighting as an individual or a group, but my methods do....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Range bands and grids.
    I dunno about you, but when I fight in a shieldwall, anyone farther away than "right next to me' is going to be shouted to. 30 feet is a hell of a long way on the tactical battlefield, far too long to talk at a conversational level of volume. Hell, in some cases, 30 feet might be an impossible distance to communicate with shouting, depending on what is going on.

    'Aiming' can be many things. Even at 20-30 meters, one still has to 'aim' with a longbow, where you raise the point of reference up above the target. Arrows, like all projectiles, travel in a parabolic arc, and at anything...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Range bands and grids.
    75 feet is a ridiculous distance to throw something. For me, long range for a javelin is about 15 meters (~45 feet), and that is pushing it. 10 meters (~30 feet) would be more in my comfort zone.

    800 feet is a ridiculous distance to make accurate shots with a longbow. For skirmish-style combat (aka aiming arrows at single targets), 40 meters (~120 feet) would be the absolute max I launch an arrow at, and 30 (~90 feet) would be much more comfortable. 20 (~60 feet) would be the best.

    For a throwing axe, like a fransisca or a tomahawk..... 5 meters is about the max. Fransisca/tomahawks...
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  • Boston123
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    To play devil's advocate:

    To view it from Raven's point of view, she views/viewed the whole shapeshifting thing as something "inflicted" on her, by Ozpin. Generally, if someone views something as an "affliction", it wasn't welcomed, and therefore was something forced on them.

    If Ozpin was both willing and capable of forcing something on two powerful huntsmen..... What would he be willing to do to keep the Huntsmen under his control? Blackmail them? Threaten something they care about?

    Insert "cant use your newborn daughter to manipulate...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Imagining the Shogunate
    Generally, my version of the Shogunate is a combo of Imperial Rome and Tokugowa-Period Japan, with the last two centuries or so of 'official' Shogunate rule being more like the Roman Crises of the Third Century + Sengoku Jidai-Period Japan, officially called The Interregnum.

    Here is a small bit about Shogunate infrastructure I came up with.

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...63#post1044163
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  • Boston123
    replied to PEACH : Fatigue, revisited!
    Because what would happen if the enemy forced battle when your army is tired? What would happen if they attacked while you are encamped? What is the effect on the story if you can only march about 10 miles a day, (which would be pretty damn good for a non-modern, non-mechanised army, mind you), and your objective is 200 miles away? Do you put the men under a forced march, and if so, what is the effect?

    LOGISTICS...
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  • Boston123
    replied to PEACH : Fatigue, revisited!
    In my mortal campaigns, I initially had a system where a combatant could fight for as many straight Rounds as they had Stamina + Resistance - Armor Penalty. After that number had been reached, the character was 'fatigued', and received cumulative penalties -1 penalties to all dice pools.

    These penalties could be voided by spending a point of Willpower (my mortal games are BIG on Willpower. I consider it to be the mortal version of Essence and Motes), or by 'resting' (aka not taking combat actions) for a number of rounds equal to the penalties. (for example: fight 3 rounds past your...
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  • As always: I run mortal games, and heavily simulationist ones to boot.

    Exalted, in my campaigns, are not common. At all. Even the Dragon-Blooded, which are the most common, are still rare on the levels of culture and society.

    For example: A Dragon-Blood would be on the level of Guan Yu, or Miyamoto Musashi. Hell, my King Arthur-equivalent was a Dragon-Blooded. Generally, in my games, the Dragon-Blooded are more along the lines of cultural heroes or something: rare, powerful, but still someone who was known to exist and be interactable... if you get me?

    On...
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