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  • Bluecho
    replied to Virtual Adept Tricks
    -Hack The Arm Control Nerve (Life 3/4 or Mind 4): The human body is merely a machine, with its own set of sub-systems devoted to various software processes and hardware tasks. With growing understanding of Life, a hacker can seize control of someone's limbs, either by disrupting nerve paths to forcibly induce muscle spasm, or hack the subconscious mind and load the parts devoted to arm control with junk data. Either method can be used to trip opponents, force items from their grasp, leave them tongue-tied, or merely paralyze them with muscle lock and pain.


    -Tweak Self Code...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to M20 Dark Ages?
    This is something I, too, was wanting. Expanded Minor Sphere rules. It's great and all that the books want to tell me how to magick, but I'd like more substantive options on how to make my own....
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  • This is also true....
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  • Don't forget, she also has a cadre of animals. So there's an Animalism connection there. Didn't help her much with that harpy, though. Animalism isn't very useful against Bygones.


    "I HELD YOU!"
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  • On the other hand, if we're not limited to mobile games...might I suggest Overwatch? A vast, vast majority of them could be ported to Mage (it probably wouldn't be allowed for a player character Awakened to be a gorilla or robot). If you want technomancers, that game has them in spades.

    If that sounds appealing, I can write up some character builds for the roster.
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  • I meant to get back to this thread the other day, but then forgot.



    I'm only familiar with one of these games - Cooking Mama - and even then only by cultural osmosis. Not sure how the titular character would translate to a Mage. Maybe a Verbana or Orphan, who uses food as a principle Instrument? I don't have a lot to contribute here....
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  • 258) The Chest Is A Mimic! [Spirit]: Summoned by magick used to feed the mage's rampant greed, a monster called a Mimic lies in wait for prey, disguised as a normal container of possessions. Chests, lockers, suitcases, even car trunks can turn out to be a toothy, carnivorous creature, whose true nature is only revealed when the mage touches them. The mouth opens wide, trying to chomp on the mage. If that doesn't work, it may unfold its body, bearing a head like the object it mimicked, but with a lithe, scaly humanoid body. It will often attempt to slash, bite, or soccer punt the mage with its...
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  • Checking M20, Disease is in the Dramatic Systems chapter, under the heading Drugs, Poisons, and Disease. The section goes into less detail about specific diseases than it does to drugs, but it does have a chart laying out various ones and their damaging effects. Each has a Toxin Rating (how many levels of damage are inflicted on a weekly basis, or monthly in the case of slower acting illnesses like cancer), and a Difficulty (for the Stamina roll to resist the damage). This refers specifically to long-lasting diseases; I suppose for shorter bugs like the Cold, you just take one batch of damage....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1000 Mage Plots
    17) Ghost Train, Choo Choo!: In the very early hours of the morning, at a certain subway station, an unmarked train stops in between scheduled arrivals. If anyone gets on, they do not reach their destination. They simply disappear. This has been happening for two weeks now.

    In truth, the train is a Ghost Train, by a quirk of fate able to shift through the Shroud and into the skinlands. Reality - perhaps in an attempt to smooth over this violation of the natural order - transforms its appearance to match that of a typical subway train in the system. It's true face is that of a significantly...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 interesting character ideas
    Looking back through the thread, I realized that we got our numbering mixed up. After #38, we got knocked back to 19, and counted from there. We should be at 46 so far, if we count the misnumbered entries.
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    Speaking of possible Malkavian shenanigans...

    21) The city has a sizable Malkavian population, so everyone is used to pranks and general nonsense. One night, the Malkavian Primogen hosts Elysium at a community theater building. A bunch of the Malks and assorted Ghouls put on a farcical play for the benefit of the court. Such shows are diverting and occasionally refreshing, so many Kindred go along with it. At a certain point, during a particularly bizarre scene involving a fight over a stuffed ostrich (it's unclear if, in-play, the ostrich is meant to be stuffed or alive; the fact...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to batini and iran..
    Achmed is a Lich, using his undead state and magick to explode himself over and over.

    On another note, one would think that having Arcane 6+ would run counter to the goals of terrorism. That is, to inspire terror. If no one remembered the acts, there'd be no point in committing them. Although, if the public remembered the attacks, but not the perpetrators, that would sow all kinds of fear into people. Atrocities going off in the world, and no one knows why or by whom.

    This is a wonderfully horrible concept....
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  • But the Scourge hadn't really developed as a force at this point. Sure, some high-powered rituals (like immortality elixirs) were getting harder and more prone to failure, but it wouldn't be until ~300 years later that you'd see Reality actively fighting back.

    Even if we took the Scourge and moved it centuries earlier, I don't see this as making too much of a difference. Sure, vampires were part of the Consensus of the day (as they are in modern times, because Reasons), but so were wizards. Especially in the Carpathians (where the vampiric overlords were also often kolduns), and ...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 V:tM plothooks
    19) The coterie needs a certain something badly (a favor, a rare item, etc.), and they just happen to find someone willing to give it to them. Except this mortal is more knowledgeable about the Kindred than they should be. Knowledgeable enough to know exactly what they want in return: vampirism. They won't budge on this price, and the coterie doesn't have the option of taking what they want. Will they risk gaining the ire of the Prince for an unsanctioned Embrace? And can they trust the mortal to keep their end of the bargain after they get what they want?
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Post Hypnotic Sugestion
    Mind 3 plus hanging to make an Effect that doesn't activate until the appropriate moment, Mind 4 if you just want to implant the command and be forget it. At least, how I see it.
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1000 Mage Plots
    16) Double Trouble: A new criminal mastermind has insinuated themselves into local organized crime, a figure that is making existing illegal enterprises, law enforcement, and even the Night Folk nervous. This slick character has remained just detached enough from illicit activity as to avoid the attention of the cops, acting through a series of intermediaries and fronts. But of course, someone had to have met them. At a certain point, one of those people who have an idea of who this person is comes into contact with one of the player characters...and swears at first that the latter is, indeed,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to batini and iran..
    That still doesn't actually make it okay. "Added several things of his own" implies the bulk of the Koran is of Batini invention. And that's not okay. Probably.

    It becomes difficult to justify the Batini believing in the authenticity of Islam - the religion most of them subscribe to - if they also know for a fact that the old Batini masters foisted their ideas of Unity on some random guy, regardless of whether what he may or may not have "added" on his own.

    Moreover, let's take a step back and examine this from a metatextual standpoint. Why did this...
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  • 256) Inventory Full [Flaw]: Those familiar with computer systems (like the Virtual Adepts) understand that there is only a finite amount of memory that a computer can hold before it becomes "full". Nowadays, memory reserves are regularly measured in gigabytes and terabytes (and that's just for commercial electronics). Back in the day, though, memory storage was a precious resource. The number 256 is a familiar number to programmers, being the number of individual combinations that can result from one byte of data. For mages suffering this Paradox backlash, it becomes a hard limit on...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to batini and iran..
    Yeah...this is the book where it was stated as fact that the prophet Muhammad was a patsy by the Ahl-I-Batin, who tormented him with voices in his head until he agreed to spread their ideas.

    Even the Revised Order of Hermes book didn't drop the ball on unfortunate and insensitive implications when it implied Jesus was "just" a mage. At least there, it was a passing mention in a footnote in the Order's timeline. And it would make perfect sense for the Hermetics to think that, since they're the kind of mystics who insist on pigeon-holing everything, in the interests of neat,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Just do it the high-tech way
    This development also worked to add a tactic to the Traditions' arsenal: co-opting the Technocracy's tools, so as to beat the Union at its own game. Pull the rug right out from under them, to quote M20's section on the Taftani.

    See, the conflict between Traditions and Technocracy never really was about technology, tools, and techniques. It was about ideology and world view. By claiming the tools of the Technocracy as their own, Tradition technomancers proved that their Paradigms were not invalid in the modern era. Weaving a spell into an email doesn't need to discredit the world view...
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