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  • Chris313AllNight
    Chris313AllNight posted a Visitor Message for Theodrim
    You KILLED me with your Ghoul cat story. A sentient cat learning Thaumaturgy and using it to help his master? I spent a good 5 minutes laughing as I pictured that fight and the cat making those movements to lure of flames those vamps to ash.

    That cat being on the Red List too was insane. Can you imagine the looks Cammy alligned vamps gave when they learned their target was a cat?

    Thanks for the laugh. ^_^
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  • Well, so was Saints Row for the most part, it just adapted the "BioWare formula" of a linear introductory sequence, multiple linear pathways for the player to prioritize, and a linear endgame, to open-world crime games. Don't get me wrong, I love SR and SR2 is my favorite game of this genre of all time, but that's not exactly where I was going with it. The medium and expectations of it have changed in the fourteen years(!) since VtMB came out, and for a second game to really be successful it would have to be a lot less linear and more dynamic in presentation. Personally, I believe hardware...
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  • Personally, I'd like to see an open-world game with a non-linear, dynamic story based on the influences and reputation the character builds by doing random events and encounters in neighborhoods and areas, and the alliances and sect affiliation developed by those events and encounters....
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  • Theodrim
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    126. Everyone says thin-bloods can be dangerous and heralds of Gehenna, but no one ever expected this.

    Someone in the city Embraced a thin-blood, and it was caught and brought in by the Sheriff for investigation, interrogation, and disposal. Part of this, naturally, was a sampling of the thin-blood's blood for the Tremere to investigate, to discover their sire so they may be also punished for having Embraced without permission. At first, the thin-blood vanished from the Sheriff's custody. Just, poof. Then the Tremere chantry goes dark, no word, no appearance from any Tremere, not...
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  • Oh yeah, that character's ghoul cat was a megalomaniac asshole with its own plans and schemes, too. After my character found out it had learned Thaumaturgy, it kept trying to get my character to make it Tass-infused catnip. At one point late in the chronicle, the little bastard caught a neonate Gangrel and made it teach him Animalism, so it could order take-out instead of having to go out and catch its own prey. I eventually tasked it with teaching my character's apprentices so my character could focus on bigger and more important things, which was a short-lived experiment due to the goddamn cat...
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  • Ooh, ghouled cat story! I have one of those.

    My Tremere in TC ended up getting Biothaumaturgical Experimentation 5, and all the ghoul improvement rituals early on...this was about the 1300's-1400's when late-ancilla ennui sets in for most vampires, so my bored-ass Tremere decides apropos of nothing, he's going to make revenant cats as a side project just to see if he can. So, he spent a century or two wandering Europe looking for cats of unusual size, strength, and intelligence, enhancing them with Biothaumaturgy, breeding them, using a specialized variant of sculpting the perfect...
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  • Oh man if we're talking hunters, we're playing an off-and-on mortal hunter game set in the late '70s, in Vegas. My character is a wealthy and well-connected, but aging, mobster whose prime has long passed, he just doesn't give a fuck any more, and he's not quite right in the head after all the shit he's been through...and I am very, very good at giving my ST's migraines. Our ST told us up front the game was purely for fun, light and not to be taken seriously, and do whatever and he'll deal...we all took that a little too literally, and the chronicle's basically Archer with Fangs.

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  • I'll share a quick one. I was running a TMR game a decade back, with the PC's coming from both Camarilla and Sabbat. Naturally, the Sabbat PC's and the Camarilla PC's didn't exactly get along, but had to at least play nice.

    Except for the Ventrue PC, who was everybody's punching bag.

    One fine evening after the Sabbat PC's raided an armory, they asked to borrow the Ventrue's car. Not thinking of the potential consequences of such an act, figuring it was just a car, the Ventrue agreed since the VIN had been stripped off and the license plate was under a false identity....
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  • Honestly, that's part of why my pet theory (and personal hope) is the clan's being pruned to reshape it into a more flexible, militaristic force hearkening back to their Dark Ages persona of crusaders, warlords, and champions. One way or the other, the Camarilla's lost its muscle (Brujah, Gangrel, Tremere unity) and gained a replacement clan ill-suited for brute force, while the modern avenues of power and influence have been closed off, and electronic surveillance and influence have been compromised. The "new" ways of the clan are failing, and the "old" ways have never been...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    You're conflating environmentalism as a political and social movement, which started in the 19th Century and coalesced over the course of a century, with ecology, particularly human ecology. The impact of humans on the environment has been studied to one degree or another since antiquity -- even Plato included a, however brief, meditation on the impact of deforestation, soil erosion and depletion, in Critias. This is why sanitation and waste disposal, particularly chemical waste from trades like cheese-making and tanning, played such a heavy role in Roman urban planning. Hell, the major precipitating...
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  • This is just me and my experience, but I've been called a Nazi in the past two years for, and this is a "greatest hits" list:

    1. Decrying black bloc tactics as legitimate protest.

    2. Criticizing NAFTA for being the white supremacist, economic and environmental, shitshow it was that eroded Mexican sovereignty while impoverishing millions of Mexicans, mostly indigenous and mestizos, and depriving them of the land, further driving the immigration crisis and widespread human rights violations in the maquiladora zone.

    3. Supporting campaign finance reform...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 09-03-2018, 02:23 AM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to Enochian: lets discuss
    I'm generally anti-crossover, but the way I've always played it is thus:

    Enochian, Ipwa, the Celestial Tongue, etc. are all the same language, just filtered through Paradigm and spirits' willingness to engage with given entities. "Enochian", specifically, is a pidgin form of the language that has a pre-Mesopotamian written form, good for basic communication and commands, but no more -- however you justify it, Hermeticism is still a fundamentally utilitarian Paradigm with little room for excess or luxury. The impact it has on Awakened magic, is simply that Babel myths are...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 09-03-2018, 01:08 AM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    Interesting take on it, but honestly, most ecologically-aware vampires south of Okeechobee are probably more pissed about the Everglades' salination than algae. There's probably a fun plot hook there to be found about certain invasive species' populations, and Samedi and Serpents of Light.

    Actually...now that I think of it, another example taken from real-life events and phenomena, based on a subplot from a chronicle I ran about a decade back:

    112. Snake-handler churches are back on the rise, fucking Setites are at it again. Except, this time they're not doing it for...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 09-03-2018, 12:45 AM.

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  • Hence accusations of guilt by association and "six degrees of separation" games. It's not about getting people to support one's own side, the WW community mostly already does, which is what makes these sorts of mind games so effective. It's about isolating WW from its historic audience by poisoning the well and associating WW with the enemy, whilst trying to present oneself as "just the messenger" and "the good person" in all this....
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 09-02-2018, 12:47 PM.

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  • Look, there are people who would -- and have -- called Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance an "alt-right" game on the basis of its title, because of one malaproprism uttered by a redneck in the Klan fifty years ago during orals in a landmark SCOTUS case. Even though the game is, in essence, about stopping a neofascist takeover of the US government in the wake of the collapse of a neofascist one-world surveillance state. Frankly, the only reason this came up is because people in certain social circles hold a grudge against the game's developer, Platinum Games, due to being a Japanese game...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    110: A scenario based on real-life events that have happened where I live (the Louisville, KY area) over the past decade or so. This is a real chronicle I had planned, but never ran because I decided to go with TC instead.

    For four decades, the city and surrounding area has struggled with the political battle over one more step towards completing its ring interstate, I-265, by constructing a bridge on the east end of the city across the Ohio. Complete no-brainer, except the east end of Louisville is where the wealthy and connected people live, so the project was held up for decades...
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  • Well, shit. I had a larger post and nuked it on accident. Short version:

    1. I'm generally anti-crossover. Power comparisons like this are too circumstantial to make generally applicable rules.
    2. That's on the level of starting characters. As characters get more powerful, comparisons get even more circumstantial and out of whack.
    3. At the power levels discussed, characters aren't really meant to be fully mechanized, since as others pointed out they're plot points with character traits, and if PC's get in it with them, ST's are generally free to say "you lose, reroll"...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    No, it's actually not. It's objective fact, and I can prove it.



    At the beginning of the fight -- approximately 1:45 into the linked video -- one of the Praetorian Guard actors takes a swing straight at Daisy Ridley's neck. She missed her cue to duck, and the actor had to stop his swing and deflect upwards to avoid conking her in the back of the head with the prop. This is after this specific actor comes from behind camera, blocking the focal point of the shot -- Ridley and Driver -- dives and spins for no real reason, blocking the focal point of the shot while also breaking...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Example of a Time Table
    Easy peasy. You need Matter 5 so that you can make Matter Patterns out of conceptual phenomena, Time 4 in order to create discrete and localized time flows, and Prime 2 to create Patterns out of pure Quintessence. Create a Matter Pattern that is a localized stasis bubble in the shape of a table, and blammo, you have your time table.

    Now, seriously...

    My take on the Time Table is that while there may once upon a time -- maybe during the Victorian era or so -- have been a set list of operational objectives and deadlines for the Technocracy to meet as a whole, Technocrats...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 08-21-2018, 01:54 PM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    In my mind it's not even that, it's the question of how does one handle morally grey actors in a universe where good and evil are truly objective and externally enforced by a phenomenon intrinsic and necessary to the established universe. It even hints at the question of whether or not Force-sensitive individuals have, or are capable of, free will. Relative to the role of the Force in TLJ, Johnson seems to be taking a "yay Potentium!" view (even though he, or probably most people outside Lucasfilm Animation*, probably has no idea what that is), but in the context of the Star Wars universe,...
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