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  • Dataweaver
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    Actually, my point is that those pulp scientists and superhuman Kung Fu masters can be sources of the dark and gritty. Heck, the Etherites have a whole faction of Dissidents whose use of Ether Science is flat-out disturbing rather than wondrous.
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    Do you really want me to answer that?...
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Who is John Courage?
    Also: as of M20, Technocrats aren't even the designated antagonists anymore. Sure, they can be; but there's a reason why the Conventions are specced up in exactly the same way as the Traditions and why the book takes so many pains to enable not just technomancer protagonists, but Technocratic protagonists.
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  • Note that Scion has Twists of Fate, which are a variation on Dramatic Editing; and Hero will delve into Twists of Fate more deeply.
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Here be Ponies!
    Just watched Forgotten Friendship.

    Highlights:
    1. Sunset Shimmer reconciles with Princess Celestia.
    2. Princess Twilight's geek-out.
    3. Sunset Shimmer isn't Starlight Glimmer; but they've got similar tastes. Right, Trixie?
    4. [Twilight]: “…the magic of-” [Pinky, interrupting]: “Yeah, yeah; light 'em up, girls!”


    Pet theory: time runs differently in Equestria than in the human world; arguably, it runs much faster. It's how Starswirl (who lived a thousand years ago in Equestria) banished the Dazzlings to the human world without them appearing...
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  • Frankly, I'm more inclined to wait for Scion: Hero to drop in order to find out how closely its system of Purviews (especially the new Marvels mechanics) come to letting me play a Mage as written. Basically, Scion draws from many of the same sources that Mage does: magic and religion tend to be very close cousins. So it ought to be much easier to tweak Scion to include Mages than to use Trinity Continuum as the starting point.
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    For me, the greatest strength of the Disparate Alliance write-up is the frank admission that it's nowhere close to being “ready for prime time” as things stand, and it may never be ready for prime time. Right now, the Alliance is more of an ideal that the Disparates are working toward (in some cases reluctantly), and the main thing holding it together to the extent that it is holding together is a mutual enemy. And no one has figured out how to change that. So for now at least, the Alliance isn't really a thing even in canon.

    Ironically, the Traditions know an answer to the Disparates'...
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    The problem isn't with the Disparates; it's with the Disparate Alliance. That's new to M20, and a very questionable addition.
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  • There's precedent for it, too: there are several references to Columbia, patron goddess of the United States, and Scion of Athena. I don't know who Mammon's parent(s) would be; but he definitely could be a Scion....
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  • Oh: in Trinity, Paths have ratings; in Scion, they don't.
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  • Lesson learned from Promethean 2e, huh? (Don't get me wrong: I love the game. But its interlocking system of Refinements, Roles, Transmutations, Alembics, and Distillations is a nightmare when it comes to adding new content that makes Geist 1e's system of Keys and Manifestations look positively easy to build on in comparison.)

    But anyway… reimagining the Keys as having a one-to-one correspondence with the attributes means that we're probably not getting any more Keys in the future; any future growth in powers will come in the form of Haunts and Ceremonies....
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  • As far as Scion: Origins is concerned, it should be possible to play an Abrahamic Saint, regardless of what the truth or truths behind said faiths happen to be: you just need to establish what the Abrahamic Virtues are.
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  • IIRC, 2e allows for Primordials who are members in good standing of certain Pantheons — specifically, Pantheons that include the concept of an “overgod” that is to other gods as gods are to men. I think the Orisha are one such Pantheon.

    More importantly, 2e has gotten rid of the notion that Primordials and Titans must be Evil: the Dark Virtues are no longer a thing as far as I can tell, meaning that Titans don't have to be spiteful, vindictive zealots anymore. So the notion that the Abrahamic God might be a Primordial with Angelic Titans serving it isn't necessarily a problem...
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Ask Neall
    Is Scion Hero being fast-tracked the way Scion Origin was? That is, can we expect to see the text of Hero as soon as it's in halfway decent shape, or do we wait until layout, graphics, etc. are done and the book is ready for the regular troubleshooting release?
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Combine Trinity with WoD
    Nope; it was in Pyramid. Specifically, Volume 2 (the first iteration of its digital format) in the October 13, 2000 release. The page I linked to in my earlier post is proof of its former existence.
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Superheroes?
    Picture a Promethean walking down the road, with “the Lonely Man” playing in the background…
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Mad Science
    Essentially, yeah....
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Combine Trinity with WoD
    On October 13, 2000, Steve Jackson Games' Pyramid Magazine published a Mage/Aberrant crossover called “To Tear the Scales from Their Eyes”. The article is no longer available on the Internet (except for an incomplete excerpt), but the premise was that the Nova Age was triggered by a plot by the Traditions to upend the Ascension War in a spectacular fashion.

    Personally, I like the idea; but I prefer to push the date of the incident back to the 1920s. According to canonical Mage history, there was an incident in the early part of the 20th century where an Etherite attempted to win...
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  • Dataweaver
    replied to Mad Science
    No. Bane gets his strength directly from Venom; what I'm discussing here involves using something to enable training that normally wouldn't be possible. The resulting Technique would be the direct result of that training, and only indirectly made possible by the drug.
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  • Also, I think Occult and Enigmas roughly parallel each other the way Firearms and Aim do. As with the latter pair, it's not a perfect parallel; but both are centered on knowing secrets.
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