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  • A lot of people living in shitty places live in shitty places because the relatively nicer place next door is also full of people, who don't want to give their land up. A lot of "primitive" cultures are like that not because they're "not advanced" but because they've been pushed to resource-poor, marginally-livable spaces by other populations. So for the question of "Why do they keep living here?", the answers is they can't really move.
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  • This is slander the pork buns are fine. They're fine!...
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  • Part of the confusion here is that in the old World of Darkness and in Exalted you had Attributes, which are the things like Strength and Dexterity and Intelligence, and then you have Abilities, which are things like Ride and Melee. (In the oWoD, Abilities were divided into Talents, Skills, and Knowledges)

    But in the Chronicles of Darkness, there's Attributes and Skills, not Attributes and Abilities.

    ...but in D&D, which is where a lot of people enter the hobby and learn the core terminology, Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma are...
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  • I honestly never envisioned I AM being a computer as such. I AM is a person, who speaks out of objects like someone on the other end of a two-way speaker. A person with vast knowledge of almost every subject, perfect memory, and the ability to hold an absurd number of simultaneous conversations and relay information quickly between one conversation to another. He makes a great telephone, except a telephone conversation routed through I AM is going to be like those conversations on sitcoms where two people are mad at each other and not on speaking terms, but are each speaking through a friend who...
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  • God, I miss being that guy. I miss being able to write like two hundred words so weird and exciting and appealing that they derailed the plans of other, much more experience writers and changed the course of a boxed set and Exalted history. I'm still not sure how to reconcile that with the certain knowledge, in retrospect, that it was a bad thing to do that made everything worse. Like, should I have not tried?

    Also, funfact: I pitched for a writing job on Dreams of the First Age not because I thought I had any good ideas, or even because I was excited by the prospect of working on...
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  • That passage describing I AM at the beginning of Chapter 1 of Lands of Creation was something I wrote at the beginning of the Dreams of the First Age brainstorming process, in a big email chain between all the writers.

    There's a trick old White Wolf games used to pull when doing historic settings: Make the historic setting completely unlike what you were expecting based on the game it's an historic setting for. For example, Aeon Trinity was a post-post-apocalyptic sci-fi story about psychic metahumans, called Psions, engaging in diplomacy, rebuilding efforts, first contact with aliens,...
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  • Hoo boy, am I conflicted.
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Stephen Lea Sheppard
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