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  • Blackwell
    replied to What is up with the Exalted line?
    Deleted - Thought better of engaging.
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  • One counter-intuitive trick for reacting to what your players do is not doing it so much.

    Some STs really like building and running sandbox-style games, where you know in advance what the world has in it, and players wander around seeing it all. Which is cool! But I think some STs think that's what you're *supposed* to do, and I think that's because when people share their work (casually online, or in officially published campaign setting material) that's how they tend to do it. But personally, I would find that exhausting. If I weren't being paid for it, anyway.

    What...
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    Last edited by Blackwell; 03-23-2017, 09:54 AM.

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  • Blackwell
    replied to I have my books, and I am happy
    I wasn't even a little sad about not springing for Orichalcum until just now....
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  • Blackwell
    replied to What would a French braid be, in Creation?
    Place-name qualifiers are wierd in general. They don't tend to follow any particular rules. The French braid, for example, is thousands ofor years older than anything called "France", and the term probably came into English more because of association between France and fashion than between the hairstyle and France. Interestingly in French it's still called a French braid, but that may well be a case of a reverse-loan. See also things like "cafe americano" (literally "American coffee" in Italian, now used by Americans to mean a particular Italian style of coffee)...
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  • "Calamity Gannon" this time. But probably yes....
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  • Exigents, DBs, Sidereals, Lunars, Gentimians, Raksha, Infernals, Alchemicals. Honestly could not care less if Abyssals and Liminals ever come out.
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Why Linguistics should be the "Art" skill
    I was thinking this too while looking at the Linguistics Ability a couple of days back. I'd apply some soft limits on the way the social influence can spread; paintings have a harder time going viral and influencing entire populations than poems do, and you don't get hit by the social influence of a painting by walking past it on the street any more (or less) than you get hit by the social influence of a poem by glancing at the page it's written on. But otherwise yes, if you want to create "fire-and-forget" social influence via artistic endeavor, I would put that in Linguistics, not...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Jenna Moran Presents: Hidden Horse Style
    I feel like this whole style might have started as a joke about that Charm name.

    Also, I'm just going to leave this here:
    https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/02...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Where to find custom activity these days?
    Fata-Ku Ah, okay. I take your point. Those aren't problems I usually had with the old offficial Wiki, because the templates were good about embedding appropriate tags, and made creating list pages very easy. So, for example, a list of pointers to Charm pages in a Martial Art's page would render as full Charm blocks. But then, it was a very good wiki and folks were good about using formatting properly.
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Question on Some Resistance Charm Timing
    I'd say PraxisCat is right. Typically "post soak damage", unqualified, refers to the dice. Damage successes are typically referred to as such.
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Where to find custom activity these days?
    Not that your site doesn't sound cool and useful (it emphatically does), but I'm not sure I understand your criticism of wikis properly. The typical structure means that, say, all the daiklaves will be stored together (not, say, buried in character pages). It sounds like you're saying search functions aren't good for what the organizational structure is meant to do, and that the organizational structure isn't good at what the search is meant to do?...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Where to find custom activity these days?
    The very first link on the useful links page is to a 3e fan wiki:
    http://exalted3e.wikidot.com

    I get the sense that it doesn't get much traffic yet, which I suspect is some combination of:
    1) Some of the most active old contributors are devs now
    2) There isn't much official 3e material out yet to inspire homebrew
    3) A broad, active fan base hasn't really congealed around 3e yet (related to #2)

    That said, there's at least a small hurdle in wikidot being a new and different dialect than the old Wikimedia site (which is a yet-different dialect from...
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    Last edited by Blackwell; 03-01-2017, 10:42 AM.

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  • As an element of the canonical setting, a precedent a player (ST included) could get their hands on and repurpose to actively abuse without any reasonable authority to appeal to other than table etiquette? Yeah, it's probably setting-breaking.

    As a plot device for a specific game for an ST to use to tell a particular kind of story? I'd say go for it. As long as you hand-wave in some completely arbitrary reason they can't/don't go around spamming this power everywhere and can/do only use it when the plot demands (say, the stars have to be "right", or they have to sacrifice...
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    Last edited by Blackwell; 02-28-2017, 10:09 PM.

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  • This is what I would tell a player who proposed this kind of working. If there is clearly a straightforward way to just buy what you want with XP, do that and fluff it how you like.

    And if the player had hit the limit of how much XP she could spend on the stat? Say, the character was already Strength 5? Sounds like those "wierd drawbacks", like bulgey muscles and ruined skin (or wrought-iron hydraulics that deploy from your torso to help you get leverage, or whatever) suddenly make more sense when you're past the bounds of mortal capability....
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Who set the Solars free?
    And I thought I was the only one who read John's secret file....
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