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  • I've seen the first two seasons. While Frank's schemes are the focus of the show, it would be pretty difficult not to label him a villain.

    The R. Scott Bakker Second Apocalypse books (seven books so far with another three in planning) have tons of plotting and machinations by the characters and takes place in a setting with more than a few similarities to Creation. It is, however, really damn grimdark.

    Dune does pretty well at this, but it's so encompassing in scope that it's hard to nail down. I think Dune is best when it's preachy about its message regarding...
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  • Ack, yeah that's him. Thanks!...
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  • Oh, Leverage! Can't believe I forgot about that one. One of the shows... writers, Exec P's, something like that; Dean Devlin I think, actually does work with TTRPG's. Legerage is a great source for not only conniving heroes but also ways to push such a story through an RPG medium.

    Breakout Kings is in a similar vein, but I couldn't tell ya about it's quality.

    Oh, amd of course there's also Runaway Jury... bit jf I say anythjng more on that one it's a spoiler.
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  • Tales of the Black Company, while it does focus specifically on sword weildung mercenaries, has a substantial amount of page count on the underhanded and/or subtle actions taken, both in large scale battles and the small but vital operations that make or break a war.

    In televised media I recommend the colonial spy thriller Turn (I think on Hulu or maybe Amazon) or Raymonds portions on Blacklist, or (in an action comedy sense) Neil's part in White Collar.

    Heist films, like the Oceans flicks or if you're willing to go classic, The Sting is an excellent con job movie (an...
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  • Agreed.



    Given what I'm looking to emulate, perhaps it would make more sense to simply ban it altogether. Perhaps what I'll do instead is prohibit such an action unless one is the "leader" of an asset, with the strength of the asset determining the difficulty of co-opting a parent organization. Or perhaps it's not worth the trouble...



    Pardon, I wasn't criticizing so much as brainstorming. The system as written seems very focused on organizations as adversaries, I was considering what an Org could do as an operating entity.
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  • I like it! Though I plan to compare it against other infrastructure systems and have my players pick; think I'm up to 3 different choices now xD

    I do plan to do a little bit if addition on the system, if we go with this one. I want to add a separate mote pool 'bank' = to a characters personal mote pool that allows them to pay for charms used in this system. Beyond those, a character would need to commit other character resources. Motes from the bank would be comitted until an interval has concluded.

    I'd also add a 'systems knowledge' requirement to avoid the -3 non-leader...
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Ask the Devs
    That's one of my favorites as well; innnnnteresting implications....
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  • Ooh! This is going to be -very- helpful.
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  • I'd be wary to put that kind of a mechanic in due to the incentives it creates; but a reversal (when you get the bonus for crashing the folk whi crashed you) or a suite of charms that can only be used after recovering from crash while still at base initiative sounds interesting.
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Can Solar be Final Boss?
    The (sorta) FB of the chronicle I'm running is a Zenith Caste Solar. Well, kinda; he's on about equal fioting with a Siderial former partner with the PC's caught in the middle.

    The Solar is based a little bit on El-Cid and a little bit on subverted Aurthurian legends, and is attempting to use the PC's Circle to restore the 'Glorious 1st Age' as far as he see's it. As far as his ppwer set, he takes ques far more from his ability to unite, inspire and marshal allies than raw physical might (not that he's a spouch there either)
    Like a earlier poster mentioned I plan to have...
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