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  • Zeal
    replied to How is your party using Resources?
    You may find it fruitful to have a conversation about how the players feel about sacrificing their backgrounds for certain things. Resources is one of those backgrounds that you can reasonably expect to fluctuate; would it be okay if a character attacked their resources? Or if the players exchanged resources for new connections?

    Edit: It looks like that's what y'all discussed when looking for new story ideas. For me, I really like things that can't be gained through dice rolls. The story of The Count of Monte Cristo, for example, has several twists and turns about a character with...
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  • I would take a different approach. Dragon-Blooded Charms will never be able to compete with Celestials, and Solars get so many excellencies it's a little silly to keep up.

    I'm actually a bit inspired by the Marvel movies: no one will be as good of a fighter as the Hulk or Thor, but that doesn't mean Iron Man and Captain America were useless in fights. Everyone has their own niche, and not all of them are mechanical. Even Falcon had his uses (ha).

    I think that some place Dragon-Bloods really shine is their connections. Unlike Celestials, every Dragon-Blooded Exalt draws...
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  • Zeal
    replied to Question About Excellencies
    Thank you! Those explanations help tremendously!
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  • Zeal
    replied to Charms of Underwhelming Might
    I'll say that the Charms of 3rd Edition seem to suffer from this idea of either "this is a highly-specialized trick; hopefully it's worth it!" or "this is a very broad power; good purchase!" I'm getting a little uneasy familiarizing myself with them.
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  • Zeal
    started a topic Question About Excellencies

    Question About Excellencies

    So I recently got back into Exalted and it feels like there were more significant changes to the game design than I realized. Excellencies in particular seem to have changed for Dragon-Blooded. I don't quite understand the design decision to make some of them automatic success purchases and some of them dice adders, and some of them a little more. I can understand it, for sure; some things should not be left up to chance, whereas in other areas it's work it to have a shot at more spectacular success. I don't understand why some Charms are automatic successes and some are dice adders, though....
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  • Zeal
    replied to Getting back into Exalted
    Simplified mechanical breakdowns would be great! I know the kids will want some combat, so getting a good flow of join battle, initiative countdown, withering attacks leading into decisive attacks and such would be extremely helpful. I've reread the combat section at least once this morning and it's a little obtuse. I'll probably get out some dice and walk myself through it, but that's something that I would love for advice or resources to make smoother.
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  • Zeal
    replied to Getting back into Exalted
    So getting ready for the game, it looks like there's a lot of resources out there that are only sort of known by word of mouth. The Storyteller's Vault seems like a huge resource; I poked around there and the ST handbook "Intersecting Fates" seems like it might be helpful. I was thinking about introducing my kids to mechanics using a "Monster of the Week" style of adventures based around X-Files episodes, substituting demonic or underworld cultists for aliens.

    I joined the Exalted Discord; that seems like it might be a great resource.

    I poked around...
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  • Zeal
    replied to Getting back into Exalted
    Thanks for the advice. I'll look into mortals, then. I'm thinking of starting small, like from a Dynastic House and dispatching them for "jobs for the family" at first to get them used to the mechanics and see where we go from there. They do very well when presented with options and this is would be and easy way to introduce everyone to the setting in a manageable way. I remember when I first got my hands on RPGs and Exalted in particular and saw Charms almost as discrete, separate "spells" unto themselves rather than an extension of the character's competence, and mortals...
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  • Zeal
    started a topic Getting back into Exalted

    Getting back into Exalted

    So I'm getting back into the game after several years. I have fond memories of playing Exalted back in college, and now I've got a family of my own and a bit of free time. I got the Ex3 core book a little after it came out but haven't been able to touch anything in the game since 2nd Ed. Infernals. I tried reading through the system, but it's fairly Byzantine where I expected it to be smoother. So, all that brings up two situations that I'd like to ask for your help and advice on.

    One is that I'd love to sit down and run a game for my kids. We played John Wick's "Cat" and...
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