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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    I mean in terms of assessing what a blue jade weapon at the same level could do.

    ​I don't think it would have that same effect of "using the sword makes the surrounding weather terrible, and then not using it makes the weather explode violently".

    ​To be sure, storm demon creates that kind of environmental effect which is distinct from other forms that your concentrated malice could take, but I think that storm sans demon wouldn't have that same edge of violence, and I think that orichalcum sans demon would not so readily come to a storm.
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  • Isator Levi
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    Well, I don't know you from Jack, but I know me, and I know that there can be occasions where I conflate something I heard second or third hand a few months or years ago with some ideas that somebody else had and maybe one or two things I came up with myself to arrive at a somewhat revised memory of events....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    I wonder if Stormcaller should primarily be seen as a storm weapon or a demon weapon.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Killing a Deathlord
    ​On the one hand, I feel as though it's a bit inherent to the nature of a Deathlord that an assassination plot like this wouldn't typically work, because they're not made of the kind of standard mortal flesh that has a tendency to fail if a few organs are ruptured that even the most real life people have been so afflicted with that numerous historical phases have been ended by things as anticlimactic as catching a disease or falling into a river. I'm imagining that in most cases, somebody attempting to pull this kind of move on the Bodhisattva would shove a number of knives into him and then...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​Well, that gets into a whole debate about the degree to which a fantasy setting infringes upon the everyday familiar, but just for the sake of clarity (as I can read my own post as coming across as ironic), I am sincerely acknowledging that there are in fact birds that can fly several kilometres in the air, a fact of which I had been unaware. Mallards can ascend to heights of more than six kilometres....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Decay of Ages Past
    Huh; I truly did not know that there were birds with flight ceilings in the thousands of meters.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Moana Is Such a Solar
    ​In your description of Moana's primary skills, you don't mention fighting anywhere....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Moana Is Such a Solar
    Nobody outside of Exalted is a Solar.

    ​What Moana is is a person who goes out into a world filled with supernatural dangers and stands equal to them, which is the kind of narrative that created the game.

    The Founding Fathers of the United States don't have the kind of moment you're describing here, and yet their status as culture heroes in a national foundation myth also covers certain narrative details that are in the DNA of Solars....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Moana Is Such a Solar
    There should probably be something there in how the climax involves her resolving the main conflict through a show of empathy and healing.

    ​I'm torn on Bureaucracy; on one hand, it's described as an ability for organizational endeavours, but on the other it doesn't entirely feel evident in such a small and interdependent community.
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  • Isator Levi
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    What do you see Moana's primary skills as?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Moana Is Such a Solar
    ​I heard a rumour that it was something that Miranda was singing to himself while imagining a crowd of Hamilton fans when some of the producers happened upon him and assumed that it was for Moana, and he had to save face by not denying it.

    ​It is a rumour that I started....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to 3e disease resources?
    Well, when you're asking about mechanics for diseases, are you talking about their contraction and progression, or something beyond how the system streamlines disease in general into something that gradually causes greater consistent action failures culminating in death?
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  • ​{thirty minutes of gameplay}

    ​Correction: The Ringed City is what made an otherwise unpleasant day tolerable, by serving as a significant counterweight.

    ​To think of the hours wasted feeling that being in a down mood would sully any attempt to enjoy Dark Souls, when a brief encounter with vast cities composed of the mashed together rubbish of the fallen ages of man's futility inhabited by horrible waves of murkmen and twisted angels reminds me that nothing ruins Dark Souls.

    ​I still need a bit of distance for things to settle down, but I'm ending...
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  • I also feel the need to say that this has really ruined the first day of Dark Souls III: The Ringed City for me.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    Just noticed that one of Stormcaller's powers has Hungry Tiger Technique as a prerequisite, cutting off the top of its cascade to any non-Solars, so that might be one instance of the previously mentioned differences.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    Read the preview.

    I like the way magical materials handle different Exalted; it's straightforward, gets the point across, doesn't interfere with diversifying weapons across the board.

    ​I like the mechanics of Stormcaller; it's still something that feels like a sword, even if at its top it can pull double-duty as a weapon of mass destruction, and still seems to be an example of the pattern I speculated for 5-dot daiklaves way back when. Rather than a special manse or being fed with souls, this is one that is powered by basically risking the integrity of the wielder in...
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  • One thing that is really messing with me and that I just need to get out even a little bit, even if it reflects badly on me, is that my mind keeps going off on all kinds of lines of thought about this and many of them are... unkind, to other members of the community and to the people on the production side.

    ​And I don't believe them, and I know they're unfair and irrational, but that doesn't make them go away and it doesn't prevent them from provoking emotions that are unpleasant to experience and filling my head with words that I don't believe and mustn't say and don't go anywhere....
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  • To clarify, I'm not declaring doom or anything, because I don't believe that in the least, and am quite sure that Eric and Robert will do an excellent job. I'm not saying I won't buy future products, because I absolutely will.

    I just foresee being constantly nagged by the question of what might have been, and feel a bit adrift.
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  • Having slept on this, I find that it causes a confused mix of emotions in me, and I don't like that; that tumult is something I do not need right now.

    ​One thing I can say for certain is that I feel as though I have lost my intellectual reference point; the basis of what I would have assumed about unwritten aspects of the game, whether it would have been correct or not, is all in doubt for me now, and I feel completely lost. At the same time, I feel a sense of dread at looking at or asking questions in the thread set up for it.

    ​I don't know; maybe things will be...
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  • This isn't for processing at five in the morning.
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