Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

User Profile

Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
  • Source
Clear All
new posts

  • While I don't particularly like how it's handled, the game uses a weapons initiative penalty to off-set its damage value. So the bigger the weapon, the worse it is in on initiative, so there's a game balance (that's not great for people concerned with realism) that occurs. You can take a bit honking weapon that'll probably take most things out in 1-2 hits, but you'll very likely end up going last. You can easily jack up the odds of going first (not even getting into supernatural powers that automatically do that), but that's going to put you with weapons that aren't as likely to end the fight...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • No. It's problematic to present a trans character that's supposed to be a kick ass positive portrayal as someone that uses Disciplines for the express purpose of getting unwilling men to engage with her in sexual situations to illicit answers to her "purity tests" which if you get right she they sexually assaults you for your being a good person, and if you get wrong she kills you.

    She doesn't need to mind-whammy men into sexual encounters to feed off of them. She does that because she gets off on it. And that includes doing it to the men she considers acceptable and...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • Magneto's experience in a concentration camp is explicitly the reason why he can't accept the idea of humans and mutants living together in peace. Seeing the German people turn on their Jewish neighbors directly impacted is thinking regarding how to fight for mutant rights as a violent terrorist instead of Xavier's methods of political activism and doing good works.

    This is also a fictional mirror of real events where Jews that migrated to British Mandate Palestine from violent and even terrorist militias as tensions between the immigrant European Zionists and the local Arab Palestinians...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • Um.... what the fuck?

    I hate to break it to you, but even Jews that lived through the Holocaust do not all define themselves by it. If you think you can't have a fully realized Jewish character without discussing their relation to the Shoah... I think you shouldn't be talking about what makes a reasonable Jewish character....
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • The character in question is Prince Diamond. He's the cover character for the standard book, and the signature Eclipse. He's the most moral of the group - which isn't saying much - as he adheres to a very strict code of ethics based on his culture. This is also a culture that considers sword duels over the smallest insults perfectly normal behavior. So he's got a very strong sense of justice, but has been raised to enforce it with swift and brutal efficiency. He's also a sad character because he chose to take the guilt of one of his brothers on his own shoulders to be exiled from his people...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • This is the biggest mechanical issue. Increasing damage doesn't make combat scary if you can reliably use that increased damage to kill your opponents before they can kill you back. Then all the sudden you want to get into combat because you'll always win, so the threat of damage back at you is decreased.

    It also makes stealth characters even more preferable because ambushes are that much more deadly.

    ------

    In general, you can't discourage combat with things like this. The "shock" value only lasts a long as it takes for the players to attempt...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • I actually like how BNS: WtA handled the specifics of moving the metaplot forward. The battles at the end of Revised turned out to be the start of a whole new age (which actually fits with a few things in the larger WoD) and the face of the war has changed after Gaia did something that caused her to wane significantly in power but revitalized the werefolk and their kin significantly in the process.

    All in all though, if I was in charge of the new edition, the metaplot would be my last concern. The metaplot is a problem at this point - and one that doesn't have to be solved to keep...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • While I'm not going to do something silly like demand you go buy Exalted 3rd edition, but at least go look at the Exalted 3e promotional material and come back to this point after considering that there's a prominent trans character in Exalted 3e who is very much what most people looking for better representation are actually looking for instead of the idiocy that is Avery in the Prelude.

    ------

    Also... can we please not get into the "Christians are the new persecuted minority" thing? Please? The last time it did not end well. There's a lot of people on this...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • Giving their unwanted kids to the Bone Gnawers makes the absolute most sense for one simple reason:

    The Gnawers don't care about lineage, and they're not going to raise their adopted kids to care about lineage. Give them to the Gnawers while they're still too young to know any better, and they'll grow up a Gnawer with no knowledge of their true ancestry, and no desire to find out. The Gnawers are "mutts" with all sorts of lineages already mixed in, so a white coat isn't going to scream, "they must be a Silver Fang!" or merit any real curiosity. The Silver Fang...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • While not the only reason people are worried, this is a great example.

    On their blog, they said they welcomed "some" of the controversy they knew Zak would bring with him. Now, what they fairly clearly wanted, was the ire of misogynists, transphobes, and so on that Zak and Sarah would (and did) evoke by putting a trans character so front and center in the Prelude. But they did not think through how the execution of this would play with both the RPG community vis a vis Zak's history there, and the trans community that might not exactly like being used to troll bigots to...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • I'm also curious how that breaks down between different media fans. The survey wasn't just TT players, or just LARP players.

    If a lot of people are, for example, coming from the VtMB computer game crowd, I can see it significantly upping the Malkavian and Tremere responses (Malkavians, Tremere, and Nosferatu are the only Clans in the game where there's some significant changes in what happens, and the Nosferatu option is basically the hard option, while Malks are the funniest and Tremere are really powerful).
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • WWP said that Beckett's Jyhad Diary is going to be the book to reference for metaplot fo V5. So that's going to be the bridge between the Revised metaplot and the new metaplot... though without that book in our hands yet, it's hard to say how that impacts any specific metaplot element....
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • The target still has defense, and Full Defense as an option. A character with a light shield and taking Full Defense has good odds of deflecting the attacks of a Celerity using vampire if they have close stats otherwise....
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • I don't really think of any of them as "opposite." And most people I've played with didn't "double" so... there's that.

    I'd use the movie Jaws as the iconic Meninna Cahalith in many ways. You don't see the shark well into the movie. And you start only with glimpses. Their prey is terrified because they've been left big obvious signs that a deadly hunter is nearby.

    Silence is horrifying as it speaks louder than any word to chill the prey to the bone if they know something is there, but they never hear it, never see it, until it's too late. Every...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • Yep, you're correct in that. DAV20 is 1 BP per use, but there's two separate things to potentially spend that BP on, so 1 BP per turn characters can't do both (or any other blood spending that round). V20 (and DA Rev) are both 1 BP per extra action, and you can go over your Generation cap.
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • DAV20 doesn't grant you extra actions, it reduces the penalties/restrictions on multiple actions taken. Obviously the Dex boost and the reduction in penalties/restrictions means a Celerity user can perform more actions in a turn in application, it's more limited than just "free extra action."
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • I listened to a video of one of the talks the WWP crew did. Whether or not it's the immediate focus doesn't really matter to them saying it's already an element that's been largely decided on. Sure, it could change, but I'm talking about the way Martin contradicts things he says, not talking about what the final product could be.



    Again, WWP's folks talked specifically about the Middle East and their plans for it and the Sabbat.

    They know they don't have to talk so definitely about it, because things like "we're holding off on this until we're sure...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • PazuzuAxelf has the right answer to the specific example



    This, however, is incorrect.

    +10 dice, even with the +2 difficulty does, on average, generate more successes (though not as drastically as it seems). Though the base difficulty does matter. A standard diff 6 is definitely improved with autofire, but only by ~1-2 successes. If you manage a -2 difficulty for close combat, it's exceedingly better. If you take a +2 difficulty from cover it's not a great idea.

    The odds of botching goes down, not up, after dice-pools grow past a certain...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • To me, this represents two problems. One directly related to bringing on Ken, and the other Martin.

    The first issue is that Ken's best work is largely his work on supernatural conspiracy games. While that's a very good talent to have when working on the WoD, as the lead designer his design tendency is to wrap the supernatural into more things rather than keeping a good separation. His tendency as a designer is to entangle the fictional characters and real world things. The Sabbat might not be sitting down as part of the leadership of different terrorist organizations, but they...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:


  • After watching the video? Doesn't really seem like they do. Martin seemed to dodge the question on further 20th books after the current slate are finished (though partially implied the keynote address that's going on now might give details on that.. or not and that was meant for other questions), and it seems pretty clear they have no intention of hiring OPP to do any of the work on the 5e books directly.

    They were a lot better than some of the past things about acknowledging OPP in carrying the WoD to this point, but they still seem pretty set on taking the WoD and running their...
    See more | Go to post

    Leave a comment:

No activity results to display
Show More

Profile Sidebar

Collapse
Heavy Arms
Heavy Arms
Member
Last Activity: Today, 03:29 AM
Joined: 11-04-2013
Location: Pennsylvania
Working...
X