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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter fulfillment
    As I understand it, the pay bump did not actually end up happening for at least one of the authors and is still outstanding.
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  • Piff
    replied to Yu-Shan (and Sidereal) was a mistake
    Funny you should mention that - IIRC, Kejak actually had to EMBEZZLE A SECRET FUCKING MOONGATE to pull that off. Yeah, like, some scroll in the office is a Heaven Gate or something like that. I'm remembering this from years ago but I think the central point I'm making here stands - even the HEAD OF THE ORDER has to sneak around to get time on Creation via his super secret moon gate....
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  • Piff
    replied to Yu-Shan (and Sidereal) was a mistake
    Being in Creation on assignment is just that - on assignment. You don't hang out with friends. You don't get married. You don't settle down into a house (unless that's your task, and even then, it's a quick visit). Most importantly, you don't keep getting assigned to like... the same neighborhood, or the same people. You don't get to have a real life.

    You reside, full time, in Yu-Shan. You work, full time, in Yu-Shan. Most of your 'friends' and 'neighbors' are kooky Gods who you can barely relate with.

    You seem to be splitting hairs here trying to arrive at the conclusion...
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  • Piff
    replied to Yu-Shan (and Sidereal) was a mistake
    Nah, this is just totally wrong. A Sidereal is a salaried employee of heaven with a residence and obligations that keep them there nearly 24/7. In fact, in order to have time off, you literally may degenerate your salary background as per the rules on page 55 of Sids 2e. You might get to Creation sometimes on assignments but for the most part you literally work directly for MatrixCorp, hanging out with the deepest 'Mysteries' of Creation. Here are some quotes -...
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  • Piff
    replied to Yu-Shan (and Sidereal) was a mistake
    I agree with most of what Jen has put forward here. Sidereals was a pretty bad splat and ultimately the most toxic for the line, I believe... well beyond the often-most-reviled member of our little Exalted community, Lunars.

    And I believe this happened largely because the 1e splats were doing double-duty as setting books! Abyssals essentially introduced and defined the Underworld, which was only nebulously described in previous supplements, and Sidereals did the same thing for Yu-Shan. Since so much of the book was dedicated to Yu-Shan anyway, it made sense to integrate Sidereals...
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  • Just like those Immaculate guys! Oh wait...

    The existence of actual Gods just gives fictional Gods more fertile ground to grow in. Not every God people believe in in Exalted is real!

    Remember, contrary to the exceptional examples provided as story seeds, the book is pretty clear most Gods are fairly reclusive beings. They don't run around proving they exist to people regularly, in any case, since that's not something most of them find particularly important. Therefore, if I make up a powerful God... a Sextes Jiles, for example... and say he exists, and people make money...
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  • That's really cool!

    But I'd have to say I like to go even further. So many fascinating, powerful religious leaders and characters in history haven't followed a single Sun God.

    Most of the other Castes are pretty good about letting you supercharge an epic personality and see what happens, but the Zenith get hedged in just a bit. In a game that encourages freedom and personal identity, the Zenith vision is a holdover from previous editions that sticks out (to me) like a sore thumb.

    When a Dawn exaltation happens, the Exalt is going to define that Exaltation...
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  • Personally I think the visitations from the Sun (and, also, Luna) are not a good thing for the game. They evolved out of a particular end-of-chapter fiction that depicted the 1e Zenith speaking with the Sun.

    But in practice, the visitations are horrible. Primarily because they SHUT DOWN rather than enable story and character - they tell you the '2e style' truth behind the Cosmic Reality and RP be damned. I think, instead, Zenith out to have an exceptionally powerful religious experience... the same kind that people throughout history have had. Do you meet God, or do you suffer Ego...
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  • Piff
    replied to Transports in Creation
    Canals can branch, and do so all the time. You can go either direction in a canal, as well. Obviously, yeah, changes in elevation are a problem... but the great canal in China, for example, manages to be massive despite these issues! Large enough to cover the ENTIRE Scavenger Lands! For ancient world infrastructure, it's hard to beat the canal, which is why empires throughout history have built them....
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  • Piff
    replied to Transports in Creation
    Canal technology is probably pretty widespread. Canals were effectively trains before trains existed. They're quite effective at what they do - in fact, America was originally intended to be linked by a canal network initially before railways took over. This technology was useful enough to be practiced until just a few hundred years ago! Canals can move goods over vast distances with comparatively little energy, and they even can provide temperature control or irrigation in remote regions.

    And in terms of setting appropriate technology, it's ancient, too. We have evidence of canals...
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  • Piff
    replied to I'm Done
    Yeah, that encapsulates why I'm not understanding your point here - did you read the twitter thread? The complaints aren't only coming from one developer and the authors underneath them that are supposed to be wrangled. They are coming from multiple game lines. So this implication just doesn't make sense, or maybe it's just going over my head completely. If so and I've misunderstood, please explain!...
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  • Piff
    replied to I'm Done
    I'm not sure I'm parsing this. Are you suggesting that in some way Holden was responsible by not asking for payment correctly? Not only do I find that difficult to believe, it seems to ignore the fact that several individuals on the twitter spoke of having very similar issues. Are they all failing to fill out pay schedules properly, I suppose, is the implication?...
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  • Piff
    replied to I'm Done
    I was disturbed today by the aforementioned twitter conversations which seem to have multiple pretty specific examples of bad behavior. I'm not sure what to say but I find it very disappointing.
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    Last edited by Piff; 04-12-2017, 04:38 PM.

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  • Necro on my own thread! But after running this game for a while and getting about five years into the timeline, I wanted to share some observations. As I fleshed out the world I ended up adding a few more rules, though I considered each very carefully in terms of how much story/game it would generate.

    H) In the 3rd day of Calibration, the Sun hides his face like sister moon. An hour long eclipse transpires annually at this appointed time (noon).
    I) When an Eclipsed Exaltation finds a healthy host, it takes time to heal. During this time the Solar cannot channel essence as effectively...
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    Last edited by Piff; 04-08-2017, 10:26 AM.

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  • Piff
    replied to Orichalcum Edition Number and Signature
    Huh. That seems be signed by Rich, not the authors.

    I can't imagine any of the people who spent several years writing the book feel great about that.

    Though I suppose the Kickstarter didn't say anything about WHO would be signing it in specific... I just kinda thought the authors were, implied?...
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  • Piff
    replied to Are Holden and Hatewheel still involved?
    Neph was also responsible for the 'Underdark' of creation, with the Darkbrood and the Mountain Folk. Not sure if he did the Clay Man or not.
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  • Sorry for the thread necromancy! I'm looking for an initiation that's appropriate to a sorta Eclipse steppe horseman character, a Temujin of sorts. So I've been brainstorming a lot of ideas - occult theories that build upon the relationship between the herd/horse and the keeper, appeals to the spirits of the sky and earth, etc. But I lack any mechanical chops! Does anybody have any great ideas or contributions to this?

    I tried to examine the vast thread that preceded my request and I -think- I did a pretty good survey but if I missed anything that might be appropriate in there that...
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  • Piff
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Earlier, Ryuki asked about Speed The Wheels and I'm also very interested in the answer.

    His question pertained to what sort of projects it should work on - purely paperwork or organizational things, or actual manual labor, like pyramid construction? Do I use Speed the Wheels on the government to make the paperwork of the pyramid go faster, or do I use it on the entire endeavor of constructing the pyramid to speed up the entire thing?...
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  • Piff
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I also am very interested in the answer to this question!...
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  • Piff
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Wow, with all the great clarifications in this thread...

    Is it time for the legendary EXALTED ERRATA page to be reborn?

    God, I hope so, it's hard to look through a 29 page thread....
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