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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    You could go with Death as a piece of the cycle as an offshoot theme. Consider the Scythe's agricultural purpose- it's death for the wheat, but life and sustenace to the man. The scythe kills to bridges a gap, bringing a clean, quick moment of death to those it shears. It kills those who are already suffering more peacefully, perhaps even giving them a measure of comfort before they die, knowing their soul will be part of the world once more.

    This artifact might be very ancient, ancient to before the time when the cycle was broken, or perhaps it's just ingested a lot of immaculate...
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Yu-Shan (and Sidereal) was a mistake
    I don't have a horse in the "How should Sidereals be" race. There is one thing though and that is... I'd like the writing on Sids to not have that edge of... "We're the smarty pants Sids, way better than those dumb jock Solars and those stupidhead animal people!". Sidereals don't really portray the "hard people making hard decisions" trope very well because half the time they come off as petty pricks, not people who are jerks due to the circumstances of their jobs. That's all. Carry on.
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Neph discussion thread
    You like whatever you want, the thrust of my posts is this engagement wasn't anything new or innovative. As such, steering the line towards it made it seem pedestrian, not awesome....
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Neph discussion thread
    "Wasn't it amazing how after smashing all the bad guys via interacting with their stat blocks (combat or otherwise) we could then tell human stories?"
    "Wouldn't it just be easier if you did that to begin with?"
    "What?"...
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Neph discussion thread
    So, this is not a thought about Neph as a person, but, as his place as a writer in the fandom and the context of TTRPGs in general.

    Lots of people around my age, i.e. their early 30's, grew up moving from AD&D to White-Wolf to Exalted. One of the things that people around this age group really loved about Exalted was it's rather sarcastic take on power. You were so overwhelmingly powerful that it warped and permuted what constituted a "challenge" to your player characters. At first it really made you think outside the box and it was great! The thing is- it's not that...
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Martial Arts House Rule (PEACH)
    Yeah sorry, I inferred something from your second post that wasn't there. That's my bad! I'm used to arguments about MA being useless for mortals being predicated on the idea that it gives them 0 mechanical edge, usually not into the context of PC mortals, just reconciling world-mechanics issues. Again, my bad! I hope your rule works our for your group, it looks good....
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Martial Arts House Rule (PEACH)
    I understand the rule for Exalts; my thinking is the same. For my own games I changed Martial Artist to be a two tiered merit, ** and ****. The ** version allows you full access to one style. If you want to buy more later, you can buy the other 2 dots of the merit with XP.

    On the other hand, the constant need to justify things in-setting by their mechanics with regards to mortals is a puzzler. What are you actually accomplishing by doing this unless you have mortal PC's?
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  • I find some amusement is many of the vocal Neph fans to also be the ones complaining about the former devs of EX3 changing Exalted; because Neph essentially did the same thing, just in a direction they like and in a previous edition. Ok not just some amusement.
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  • Let's take a moment of consideration before going into witch-burning mode. Let's break this down.

    Hasn't posted since 2015. Hmm, I noticed a lot of people coming back here who haven't posted in awhile. Wonder wh- oh right new stuff, news and announcements. An atmosphere of something /actually/ happening. Then you go into a thread and see the owner of the company who will not go into detail about elements of that change getting offended by something he himself changed like it was his first fanfiction, and it was very light criticism at best. The post in response to all of this has...
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  • ParanoiaCombo
    replied to Exalted 3.PFe Conversion
    Was it really necessary to slander 4E and 5E in this writing? Then again, it makes it feel more like a white wolf product. The genuine squabbling over something so unimportant give it an air of legitimacy rarely seen in fan projects. I approve 12/10.
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  • I feel you Isator. I'm in the same boat. Like for example, do you remember that big blurb on the distinctions of the themes of Barbarism that Holden wrote? I really liked that. Now I have no way of knowing if that is going to be a benchmark for what will be designed....
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  • The answer is out there if you know where to look, but don't expect it to be on this forum. It's the official company forum and nobody can blame RichT for not wanting dirty laundry to be aired here.

    Anyways, how do I know? I did a crazy thing and just ASKED the people who would know. Crazy how that works out.
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