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  • Stupid Loserman
    replied to Product Request
    I'll play fair and directly answer the OP's question:

    If it came free or next to free when bundled with the full length book I'd probably use it as a PDF now and then just because it would be a smaller file and easier to quick-scan for mechanics. If not, I'd probably prefer to buy the full length book.
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  • Stupid Loserman
    replied to Product Request
    You're asking Onyx Path to put in extra layout and publishing work to sell alternate versions of their major Chronicles of Darkness books, using less of the content they already paid writers and artists to put into them, and presumably to sell them at a lower price. You're using as an example of what you want a free summary of the rules changeover from introducing the core of the second edition system, something that was a pretty nice show of goodwill for Onyx Path to put out (and serves the dual purpose of giving them something to point readers at if their monster corebooks don't have room for...
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  • To narrow the question, then: how much does it have to offer that doesn't focus on the Contagion or the Sworn or False?...
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  • I haven't kept up on spoilers for the Contagion Chronicle (I've got a lot on my podcast plate at this point), but I'd belatedly like to add a question I've been chewing on as a counterpart to this earlier question.

    How useful is The Contagion Chronicle (as in the book) for crossover-heavier games that don't use the Contagion as a focus or even as an element? Is it more like the Strix of Vampire: The Requiem, a cool world element well equipped to fan the fires of the game, but without which the game is still rich and complete with its treatment of other dynamics? More like the Huntsmen...
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  • I'm not bothered by the variety of writing styles and presentations, but I am bothered by the specific fonts and presentations used. CofD and WoD books have sometimes undervalued clarity and legibility in choosing display fonts, and too many flourishes in a font really can clutter a body of text. I think Da Vinci Forward and Industrial Schizophrenic are cool looking display fonts too, but they're not great for writing out entire paragraphs. Contrast is important as well. Some of the artifact letter backgrounds can be too dark or varied for a smooth reading experience.
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  • Stupid Loserman
    replied to Power Stat
    A minor point to consider is that some mechanics scale with Supernatural Potency, especially if the trait still maps one-to-one to Supernatural Tolerance. This might lead to a 7-dot character, who may be balanced to be otherwise equivalent with a typical 10-dot character, being slightly easier to affect with certain magic that's meant to calibrate more easily for small fry.

    It's a pretty minor point if you're adjusting from 10 to 7, but it might matter if you adjusted to, say, 3.
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  • Important clarification: this works differently between first and second edition. In first edition, you would separately purchase each dot level of a Merit, even dots that did nothing (like Striking Looks 1). Each dot would cost twice its rating in XP, so for example, if you wanted to buy Striking Looks 2, you would pay 2xp + 4xp = 6xp.

    In second edition, you still purchase even dots that do nothing, but each dot only costs a flat one experience, regardless of how high the dot rating is. Buying Striking Looks 2 in second edition simply costs you 1 + 1 = 2 experiences. Buying up to...
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  • Stupid Loserman
    replied to Test drive: Karma
    Virtue and Vice intentionally have different opportunity costs. A character who goes all in on Virtue at all opportunities, and shuns her Vice completely, will take awhile to accumulate four points of positive karma, whereas a character who does the opposite will likely hit four points of negative karma within a single session.

    Vice is not intended to be a trap; characters who shun all opportunities to satisfy their Vice are forsaking an important source of Willpower. (A resource which is used primarily to boost dice pools, incidentally, which is overshadowed by the magnitude of the...
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    Last edited by Stupid Loserman; 05-23-2018, 09:55 PM.

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  • Looks good to me. I do think I'd suggest reducing those Integrity thresholds to 5 or lower, or maybe even 4 for the more supernatural ones. But it's good stuff and appropriate.
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  • Stupid Loserman
    replied to I know, stupid idea
    Are you asking if such a thing could be made, or specifically what are the odds Onyx Path, as opposed to fan homebrew, will make it?

    Of course the answer to the former is yes; anything could be made if somebody steps up and puts in the work. The latter is not out of the realms of possibility, but the trend has tended to keep sci-fi-adjacent themes on the periphery (in toolkit modules like The Infinite Macabre or supplementary shards like the cyberpunk world in the Demon Storyteller's Guide) or to take care to blend them with supernatural, fantastic themes. So I wouldn't expect a marquee-titled...
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