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  • Fire is associated with trials, with testing, with the scourging away of impurities, with hardening and sharpening. Think about the phrase "trial by fire." Think about the concept of crucibles. Think about "Walk Through the Fire" from the Buffy musical episode. Think of the One Ring forged in the fires of Mount Doom. Think about the phrase "getting fired." Think about firing clay.

    "What Fire Has Wrought," is a shorthand way of saying, "what great hardship and conflict and strife and challenges overcome Have Wrought."

    It's...
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  • ...not how I'd write it. Makes ancient conflicts too central. You want to start in the Time of Tumult and have ancient history be just that-ancient history. We want our introductory viewpoint characters to not know about most of the deep lore of the setting, so our viewers get to learn along with the main characters. Elders and powerful villains have really strong feelings about stuff that happened centuries ago, and really strong opinions about our heroes based on their past lives!

    Stuff like the Primordial War, the Contagion, the Usurpation, etc, should get revealed to the audience...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Urchin Quest
    Go to the Bank: 1
    Visit Dwi First: 4


    You decide to head back to the Flaming Peacock to talk to Aunt Dwi. If she’s gonna be paying you, you might as well have all the money when you go to open up an account with one of the Guild banks. You leave your apartment with more than a little reluctance, but locking the door behind you feels really, really good. You have a place that’s yours!

    It’s a bit of a hike back to the Flaming Peacock-now that it’s mid afternoon, traffic in the streets is much busier. You save yourself some time by cutting through a few alleys...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Brainstorm me a Starmetal Dagger!
    Something I was toying with anyway:

    Courting Scorpion: Artifact 3 Starmetal Short Daiklave


    When the world was young, when the skies brimmed with stars, and the Moon smiled less sadly than she does today, when every village housed a hero and the humanity had not yet turned away from the gods…in those ancient summer nights did blue-eyed Goban prostrate himself before the amber throne of Swimming Fox, and declared the depth and intensity of his undying love for his prince. Vain as his namesake and proud as the Sun that burned upon his brow, Swimming Fox wrinkled his nose....
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to We Want Gateway: The Boardgame
    I would blow SO MUCH money on a Gateway game. Seriously. So much money.

    If we were gonna do it, though, we would want to take the time to do it right. Creating simple-to-learn but hard-to-master games with staggering tactical depth that can be used as allegories to teach war or philosophy isn't exactly an easy thing to accomplish. I think Chess or Xiangqi are close to what we want-a small number of types of pieces with different legal movements that are easy to learn but lead to emerging complexity.

    Xiangqui's multiple "terrain types" on the board, where some...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Urchin Quest
    Tavi: 3
    Ah Fang: 1
    “Something Cool”: 1
    Xualin: 1


    “I’m Tavi,” you tell her.

    “What’s that mean?” White Moth raises an eyebrow.

    “Mean? It means me.”

    She groans as if in pain. “Look, um, Tavi. If I’m gonna be teaching you, you need to get that words are important. Words have power! A name is a word you give power over you, and the meaning of your name can affect your destiny or get used against you by your enemies! Do you know why you got named Tavi?”

    “I guess my Mother thought it was a nice sounding name....
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    Last edited by Wise Old Guru; 03-29-2017, 09:21 PM.

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