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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Please, please fix the Lunar Bond
    I'd almost rather drop the bond personally. Like, both setting and mechanical? It adds story possibilities but it also adds expectations: that if your a Lunar your Solar mate should be a thing, should matter: Ex3 adds ways to avert this but it remains the default. GMs tend to like playing that card and while the orichalcum rule is an option in theory, there's always players like me who don't like invoking it unless we have to.

    So so long as we're blueskying... ditching the bond altogether would be my vote. Let Lunars be their own thing first and formost.
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Chimera question, just how non literal can the combinations get? I'm thinking a bear totem that's gained an association with carrion birds. Would a mix of the two have to be bear with wings, or could I go more Spiritualist with it, a half black half white bear with one vicious eye and exaggerated fangs on that side?
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  • I'm pondering Princess Eiko, a Ladybird Totem that rifs on some of the old Princess in the Tower stories. More western than i normally go in Exalted, gonna look up other variants of the story. Kinda split between Changing and No Moon
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Lunars Kickstarter is Live
    To be fair the Realm is still to come, and could remedy this.

    That said seconded, for the moment. The Realm's portrayed as incompetent, underpowered and tearing itself apart rather than anything to be seriously feared. Lunars is hyping the elders and doing so really well, but it kinda drew into sharp relief for me how little WFHW really did to make the Dragon Blooded feel similarly badass. That was setting out facts, this is more the sales pitch. I'm absolutely a biased source on this, 'X vs the Realm' is a plothook I've never been sold on as a fun one, but... well, I haven't exactly...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Hmm... switching topics for a bit is there any mechanical content in/planned for Across the Eight Directions?
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Gen:Lock
    *whistles* Magitech...

    Watching with interest. Wouldn't call it better than RWBY yet; higher budget but they're keeping enough setting details mysterious and the plot hasn't really big time kicked off yet. There's a lot of promise here, I just wanna see if it sticks the landing as it were.
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    I've skimmed 1e DBs. There were a few bits and pieces there, but not much that I hadn't found in other sources.

    And heh. I will defend 2E on many counts but mechanics are not one of them. My first reaction to hearing 3E was coming was great excitement: everyone knew 2E was a mess mechanically but we played because we loved the setting. The fact that we were not the target audience was not-fun.



    Hefty agreement on that. The comics were really trademark, something that set Ex2's books apart. The fic... does not compare. Ain't even close.

    It's...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    *nods* It's not a big deal, like... it feels like we got a clearer feel for each house as a distinct entity, their culture, how they fit into the framework of Realm society and what others think of them, but it came at the cost of making it seem like DBs of a given house had to fit into the ideas of that house, or counterconform. I don't hate the 3E take, and enjoyed reading it, just feel like it's worth taking it with a grain of salt. I might be in the process of planning a game with Dragon Blooded clones, an Albert Wesker expy and lifting the opening scene of Final Fantasy VII (only now with...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Hmm... Akuma side question, since it's being talked about. Could an Abyssal become an Akuma?
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Oh, the 'gods hate Dragon Blooded because they're not the rightful Princes of the Earth' thing?

    That's BS but that's a sidebar, and IIRC rooted in 1E (at least one of the Aspect books made a thing of Shogunate Dragons not being able to win deities respect for the same reason), Never felt like a core component of their portrayal, and when it came up felt more that it meant the gods were stupid jerks rather than DBs sucked at all. There was also that bit in the Daystar write up about how there was this sacred super sword meant for the leader of the Exalted host and no Dragon Blood could...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Hehe. With you, and not mad..

    *hums* Honestly, the text you're talking about is something less direct and clear cut. There's no one para in 2E that flat out says 'Dragonblooded are Lame and Solars are Awesome'. What's generally brought up are those passages from the Manual of Exalted Power that get derogatory about the role the Dragon Blooded had in the First Age. And that never bothered me. Whatever they might have been created to be like, the Dragon Blooded today are the Princes of the Earth, and had centuries to grow into that role. All that stuff about their origins is prologue:...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Quite. "My table, my take" is hardly draconian, it's a baseline of RPG play and the DM/Player relationship. Do you think I should feel obliged to ST stories with a version of the setting I dislike just because it's what's in the newest book? Forcing players to read a massive additional setting bible or getting mad about slip ups would be draconian, but asking players to abide by my preferences as a ST is just reasonable boundary setting....
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Meh. That material is stuff that did not enhance the setting. I do not miss it. I almost agree with you, the sense of Exalted as bold or intriguing has faded, but I don't think it's down to us having a basic sense of taste here. There's no real 'baby with the bathwater' omission from the mature content cuts, IMO at least...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    For 'not trying to be antagonistic' and 'not a personal attack' describing my prefered take as 'sucking on a thematic and ontological level' is... a unique approach. :P

    People want different things out of this setting. For me, the science fiction aspects were a great and memorable part of Exalted, and it's the lesser for trying to obfuscate them. I also really enjoyed 2E Lunars and their Silver Pact, and while new rules will be great, I await the fluff take with dread. (Yeah, I don't have to use it but as a ST I have to beat it out of the heads of new players why I want a different...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    ... Wait, am I missing something? What the hell's a starspire?

    ... Is that something new? It sounds really frecking cool! ^^ if it's what i think it is I'm already going a little crazy at the prospect...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Welcome to the life of the 2e fan ^^ *passes drink*...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Hey, what was that whole thing about 'mortals totally matter now'? :P

    Yeah, you can eliminate trivial opponents fairly quickly, even if you don't use the rules entitled that. My complaint is more trying to create a sorta excitement/sudden fear/despair in PCs, evoking that key moment when things could turn around against them. If a fight in Ex3 turns against the PCs, it's gonna be a slow grind down as they struggle to claw some initiative back. It's much harder to get that one sharp, shocking moment, that one key attack. Because any key attack has to be preceeded by one, if not more...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Mmm... we're at a similar point though we took different paths to get here. You praise the setting as best take so far, I spent weeks upon discovering the edition in progress ranting at almost every quote about the setting in What We Know. But I take your point.

    Reading this thread is interesting, especially the number of people praising combat. I'm wondering how my experience here is so different from the norm, and will try and rethink my approach a bit. Kinda stand by what I said for the moment though: rocket tag has a ton of downsides, but if you aren't just twinking and optimising...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Third Edition in Retrospect, Thus Far
    Oh... does Mr. Negative over here join this little shindig? *sigh* Might as well. Let's see

    Pros
    #1: Balanced, workable engine that doesn't rely on houserules or errata
    #2: Interesting new mechanical ideas, like the withering/decisive split, the Aura system or Introduce a Fact

    Cons
    #1: Combat is slooooow. It can get molasses level when opponents are roughly evenly matched. Fights haven't given me the same air of excitement or memorability as 2e did, and encounter balance is hard to eyeball. Shoutout to my poor Storyteller who has had a fair share of...
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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    So, did Sorcerous Martial Arts get anywhere? I recall it being talked about during the Dragon Blooded kickstarter, and it still tempts me. Any chance of them (or another style) showing up in heirs?
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