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  • Great pictures!
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  • You make some good points Isator. It's always a good idea to remember how un-binary actual games/stories/real life situations are. They're very much not something where "if X>Y, X=Victory".


    Though I will say that PCs are pretty much immune to being stealth-killed, at least the first time per story. Even if your Dragonblood takes 9 or 10 lethal (which is a high number for a knife-wielder or sniper to do, tbh), you can soak it down to -4 with a crippling injury.

    So I wouldn't worry too much about Solar assassins easily murdering PCs, though of course...
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  • To be honest, I think this might be more common. It's easier to kill a Dragonblood in a random town when they're relaxed, than surrounded by an army with their guard up.


    My point was that my Stealth was fine. I infiltrated her city, her private garden, lay in wait for her, and no one noticed me. There were no problems with my Stealth. But being amazing at Stealth only got me to the ambush; all it did in the combat was give her -2 Defence. And even if I had killed her, I'd still get dog-piled by her bodyguards.


    Who the hell has 18 charms to put into Stealth?...
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  • Oh no, mistresses were very common for medieval Kings. They just didn't tend to have the cachet that they had later. In England, for example, we have records of the mistresses of Henry II, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. (And Henry VIII, obviously, but he's really the defining first King of Early Modern England).
    Other Kings had bastards, so likely had mistresses, we just don't have the records.

    But anyway, commodifying one's own objectification is my point. In a matriarchy, women are less objectified, so I don't really see them commodifying...
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  • I was going to say something similar to Isator, I think stories about undeserving Dragonblood should probably be about privilege.

    As aristocrats, the two types of unearned power I expect to see are:
    Unearned wealth
    Old Boys' Network (in this case, Old Girls Network)
    On top of that, with Dragonblood, you could put their exaltations. For example, a Dragonblood general who's in charge of a legion because they're an Earth Aspect and so naturally good at strategy, but they're kind of lazy and don't put that much work into it (ie they've got like War 2 and an excellency,...
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  • Can I ask... have any of you actually tried taking on the Realm with a Night Caste assassin?

    Because I was playing a Night Caste... Was.
    Now I'm dead. Because I tried ambushing an Exalt.
    I scoped out the area. I snuck in, avoiding the guards. I hid. She arrived in her private garden and did some talking via magic tree. Neither her, nor her guards, nor her pair of second-circle demons noticed me. Amazing stealth! At the end of her conversation, I struck!
    I got 17 initiative.
    She got 18.
    They beat me unconscious, threw me in prison, then executed me....
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to My problem with QC characters.
    To be fair, I think PCs have dice pools of 3 or 4 in quite a few areas. They're just the pools they hardly ever roll. You have enough points and freebies that you're going to end up with 5s in your character's areas of specialization unless you make a very deliberately sub-optimal choice to avoid doing so.

    That plus, as has already been mentioned, the game heavily encourages you to do so via various means (with Solars. Less so with other splats) that while it isn't entirely the game's fault, it is partly.
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    replied to My problem with QC characters.
    I agree, when you have some effect that needs to know a stat the QC doesn't have listed, they become more work than a full write-up would be.

    But, other than that, I find them fine.
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to My problem with QC characters.
    Hmmm... I sometimes have problems with QCs but it doesn't sound the same as yours. Could you give some examples of where the rules differ, that bothers you?
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Exalted Media
    If anyone is a fan of the "Tales" games, Tales of Bersaria is 75% off on Steam.

    Besides being a JRPG generally, and revolving a lot on spirits that occur naturally across the world, it made me think of Exalted because you are branded "The Demon Lord of Calamity", and you have to defeat the heroic leaders of humanity who want to purge the world of demons. It's a decent, if not exact, depiction of a band of Anathema going up against the Realm.
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Eclipse Charms
    Cool, thanks. Those are from ones I don't have. I'll edit them in later. What's the Aughdighe?
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Wuxia recommendations
    I should probably mention that Kung-fu films tend to be modern, but actually they can be historical; just as you get western historical action films that may not have any supernatural elements.

    Although Kung-fu films are more likely to be set in real historical times (the Nationalist period, the early Qing, or one of the periods where the government collapsed), and Wuxia more in generic ancient China (probably some kind of Han/Song/Tang mash-up).

    But then you get historical kung-fu films with some magical elements, but they're genre-trappings of kung-fu (the super powerful...
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Wuxia recommendations
    Straight martial arts tend to be more modern, and lack the gods, demons and Taoist wizards of Wuxia.

    Essentially, Wuxia is a fantasy genre and Kung Fu is an action genre.
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  • Even in 1st edition, I can well imagine the writers would think "it might be a good idea to put in some stuff to discourage players from asking why female DBs aren't producing tons and tons and tons of kids like broodmares, what with their Exalted health."

    It's just that the answer they came up with didn't explain why DB men don't have huge harems to produce more Dragonblood.

    I mean, of course, you and I would argue that due to social-economic reasons, this would be a bad idea, that the DB women wouldn't put up with it, etc, etc, but it of course is easier to...
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Ask the Devs
    That's fair!


    I can't speak statistically, but anecdotally, getting the text was what got me and some of my friends to pledge. And once I was already pledging, I thought I might as well get most of the extras.
    Most of us had never pledged to an rpg KS before, and one guy had pledged like $2-300 to the 3rd ed Exalted KS, then had to wait years and years for it. I'm sure he wouldn't have pledged without the text.

    Certainly getting the Lunars text during the KS will be a big encouragement to me to pledge....
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    The best I can find is the woman on p.47 of Houses of the Bull God. It's not an art style where her hair is very distinct, but it's the picture of a woman in that book that most looks like it's supposed to be curly.
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I know this is an old one... but will there be a firewand as well?

    I have to admit, I'm quite intrigued to see what a non-Jade (and thus, not elemental-themed) firewand or flamepiece could be like....
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Ask the Devs
    First a mechanics question:
    Plentimon's Ladybug has a charm where "the Ladybug bites someone", and then they have a fortuitous meeting within the next 5 hours.
    It's an Eclipse charm, but doesn't say how it works for Eclipses. I assume we replace "Ladybug" with "the Eclipse" and so the Eclipse has to bite someone to activate it?
    (Not get a ladybug to bite someone.)

    Second, the Deliberative guys who did the Playtest didn't know anything about Lunar anima powers.
    Can you tell us anything about them?
    'm guessing they all have...
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Eclipse Charms
    Good thread idea!
    I was thinking of maybe making a thread that lists Eclipse charms out so far, so this is good.

    This is what I've got, but I might have missed one, and I don't have all of the pdfs, maybe just about 2/3rds. So please, others add any I've missed (don't put the rules though, just a description and which pdf they're in).

    So, from Adversaries of the Righteous
    Whispered Unrest (Spreads hate and anger. From Fivefold Masks and Lies)
    Municipal Protection Decree (Lets you manipulate scenery briefly in a city where you have authority. From Adeimantus)...
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  • The Wizard of Oz
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    The Quoll-Lion... it is just a drop-bear?

    Or a more serious Marsupial lion?
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