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  • A lot of this developed just from the question of "what to Mages do during an average week?" Even D&D characters have downtime a life outside of the adventuring party. All those backgrounds like Allies, Contacts, Mentor, Resources, Sanctum, and the like have to correspond to a person, place, or thing in the immediate setting. Lone Wolves, with no connections or ties to anyone or anything, work much better in fiction (the Jack Reacher novels, for example) than they do in an RPG. A bunch of people who have no lives outside their little group and the adventures they go on tend to be...
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  • Just off the top of my head:

    1980s action heroes
    1970s Adventure as mentioned in the original first ed timelines
    1960s secret agents
    1950s atomic science fiction/Adventure
    1940s WW2 action

    Victorian Era Adventure
    Wild West

    American Revolution/Napoleonic Wars

    Europe in the late 16th century

    The Japanese Sengoku/Warring States Period

    The Chinese Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period

    Europe in 800 AD, with Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire, the Byzantines, the Vikings, and various...
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  • On a more mechanical side of things, I ended up adapting Awakening's Sphere set up, with the whole Knowing, Compelling, Unveiling, Ruling, Shielding, etc. set up. When I sat down and worked it out, I found that I had a better grasp of just what each Sphere could do at each level, that the first levels were able to do more, and that fifth levels could now create and destroy almost anything.

    I also refer to Correspondence as Connection, and Entropy as Fate. I think these terms convey what those spheres are about more coherently and clearly.

    And I started calling Spheres...
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  • Another side effect of my focus on local issues was that I had to figure out just how the Traditions organize themselves at a local level. I wanted the various members of each Tradition to still come together and focus on the aspects of the Tradition, its paradigm and culture, even if they were scattered across multiple Cabals and Chantries. The places this happens can be Chantries that happen to cater to a single Tradition, or just the private sanctum and property of one of the Tradition's local masters.

    Members of the Akashic Brotherhood come together in local schools, which can...
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  • Ah, yes, I'd forgotten about that one. So, yeah, probably Aberrant, Adventure, Assassins, Anima, Ægis, and then something new, maybe.

    My ultimate unlikely to ever happen wish setting would be an official Venture Brothers setting book....
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  • The impression I have is that the plan is Æon, Aberrant, Adventure, Assassins, and then maybe Ægis or some other setting. I suspect we will get some sort of announcement of future plans in the later third of the year, if we are fortunate.

    I think samurai era Japan would be an interesting historical setting for core talents (or Assassins).
    Also 1960s James Bond/Modesty Blase style spy adventures would be pretty cool.
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  • The trouble with the modern streaming model is that a lot of good films get claimed and sat on by HBO and other premium services, and never end up on broader streaming sites, or are considered too old or niche for a lot of sites to bother with. This is a stark contrast to the GenX 80s and 90s experience of going to one of a dozen local video rental places and finding not just the latest stuff but big name and obscure stuff from as far back as the 30s and 40s. (It's probably a big part of why Werewolf had such a big influence from 70s and 80s horror and scifi.)

    My 80s sci fi list is...
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  • I'm guessing after Assassins will probably be Ægis.
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  • Awakening, at least the 1st ed books I have, have a number of various ideas and concepts I've borrowed for Ascension. I also used a lot of other 1st ed CoD stuff in my other games. (Almost all of the Vigil factions have been repurposed, as everything from Tradition factions and sorcerer societies to hunter groups.)

    The Princess Bride is on my list of ten fantasy films from the 80s every gamer should see, along with Big Trouble in Little China, The Never-ending Story, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Black Cauldron, Timebandits, Return to Oz, and Clash of the Titans.
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  • One side effect of my games being earth centered, and also locally focused (at least to start with), is that there's a much stronger sense of local politics.
    Above the Cabal and Chantry level, I have Councils. These function as the leadership of a city or other geographical region's Awakened population (mainly that of Tradition members, but it may sometimes speak for others). A Council is made up of representatives of the area's Chantries, although in instances where a old and powerful Chantry dominates an area, it may also dominate the Council. The Council's main duties are to set and...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Old Gods with Modern Purviews
    Hermes, maybe?
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  • Regarding the Avatar, I've never really liked that name, as I don't think fits all that well (IMO at least), but I've also never been able to come up with a suitable replacement term for it. I've considered Daemon and Genius, among others, but none of them seem to fit what I'm looking for. But that aside:

    I treat the Avatar as an outside influence, a shard of semi-aware primal energy that bonds with a mage's soul (or psyche or whatever term you want to use) during the Awakening. There seems to be a limited number of them, and no one is born with them. They can carry over memories...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Alternately:

    "So, Prometheus, you escaped my chains and trained liver-eating eagle, but lets see you escape my newest prison: The World Wide Web!"

    "Dad! Knock it off! That's not what I invented the Internet for."

    "But it's a web ...."

    "Not literally!"

    "A net! Just like what your brother used on his wife and brother that time!"

    "That's not how this works!"

    "It's symbolic! That's all that matters in myths!"

    "Fine, whatever."...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    I would be tempted to call such a setting Arabian Nights, but I am prone to going for low hanging fruit at times....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    I suspect the idea isn't all that novel. In fact, I'm largely convinced that this was the unstated origin of the Nightcreeper ninja clan from GI Joe, as in the comics they were based out of a Swiss corporation/bank and all had Arabic names....
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  • I made mention of my starting Arete at level 2 by default. However, at some point, I started calling it Gnosis instead. A large part of this is how I tend to approach the game. I look at it as a game of Dark Gnosticism; Those who have Awakened have gained knowledge of the secret underpinnings of reality, and with it the dangers of knowing too much. This secret and sacred knowledge can provide one with the keys to unimaginable power and ultimate enlightenment, but it also thrusts one into a world absent of the comfortable illusions and full of justifiable paranoia.
    (I use this as a generic...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    This is mostly from a monologue by a character who was, IIRC (and I may be getting my streams crossed with Gregoy Keyes's Age of Unreason), part of a secret society dedicated to Athena, and largely had to do with her being about fighting wars with brains rather than pure brawn. But part of it went into the idea of her being a symbol - or in the case of Scion, an insperation and motivator - for technological development and its applications to warfare, especially the concept of cryptography. He also talks about how while Athena and Ares are both war gods, they are very different incarnations of...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    I remember Neal Stephenson, in his novel Cryptonomicon, presenting the idea that Athena is the goddess of technology. Which does fit with the idea that she invented a number of things that make agricultural societies possible, taught mortals mathematics, and was highly skilled at a number of crafts that required technological tools. I could easily see her taking an early interest in computers and programming languages1. I could also see Ada Lovelace being one of her Scions.


    1Also flying machines, automobiles, cameras, the printing press, and a dozen other things. When Demigod...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to TC Assasin book
    I've long had this odd idea based on alleged ties between the Knights Templar as the Hashishiyyin sect, where after both groups were put down around 1300, they eventually joined into a single group that combined the former's finacial and banking power with the latter's assassination skills, and now operate as international financiers by day, high tech assassins by night.
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Marvel has a lot of good horror properties, and I wish they would do more with them in the MCU. I really was hoping the Jessica Jones series would introduce Son of Satan with the idea of spinning him off in his own horror series that could have involved Satana, Devil Slayer, Gargoyle and the like. As is, if Morbius is a hit, I'm hoping it might eventually lead to a team up film with him, Blade, one of the Ghost Riders, and Son of Satan/Satana.
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