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  • Heavy Arms
    replied to Sleepers Using Charms
    Except no, that's not the "whole point" of the Imbued at all.

    There is a valid argument in whether or not magical items should work for the Imbued, but they don't count as Sleepers. It doesn't make sense from a Mage perspective, or a Hunter perspective.
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  • Heavy Arms
    replied to Rote for Mediums
    Is she literally eating ghosts to gain their powers, or is this how she perceives her actions?
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  • Heavy Arms
    replied to Sleepers Using Charms
    That was my first impression (and might be the intention), but I reversed when I considered the reading.

    BoS says, "whose disbelief would trigger Paradox," not if Paradox gets generated. If, however narrow the circumstances, the Sleeper uses a Charm that fits their beliefs enough to not cause Paradox, but is vulgar and still generates Paradox, then this clause from the rules wouldn't apply.

    So, lets say a Sleeper in-the-dark Technocrat agent has a Charm that they're planting to spy on some Tradition mages. In normal Consensus reality, it's a coincidental Charm...
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  • Heavy Arms
    replied to Sleepers Using Charms
    The answer does seem to have to be yes, even if Sleepers getting hit with Paradox is pretty pointless. It seems like a pretty rare situation (maybe to the point where it's not supposed to happen). A Sleeper can't use a Charm they'd generate Paradox for witnessing, and of course are automatically a witness as the person doing it.

    It seems like the intention is that Sleepers are really only going to end up using Charms that are coincidental within at least their local Reality Zone.
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  • Well, you don't actually Awaken based on your own merits either. Lots of characters that have done nothing of note before Awakening become mages.

    Awakening is always either going to be random, or elitist on some level. There isn't some universal arbiter of merit passing out power in the setting, so any construction of merit based Awakenings is based on biased values.
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  • It's also all "fluff" anyway. If I want a character with a magical bloodline that links into Backgrounds like Destiny, Legend, Familiar, and so on, or various Merits/Flaws (esp. supernatural ones), then they get to at least believe in their magical bloodlines, and have mechanics that at least back of those beliefs (like all mages do for how they view things). It's just adding details and quirks to my character; which is cool. Just like Mage-Hogwarts raised Hermetics can be cool to do. Or an Akashayana raised in a monastery and learned enlightened teachings etc. etc.

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  • Magpie's Swag is a Level 1 Fetish that's in W20 core that helps with this as noted above.
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  • I'd assume The Da Vinci Code as referenced in the OP.

    Though my answer to the question would be: this is Mage, things that aren't "true" in the setting happen all the time if mages work at it hard enough. Does magic run in the blood? No... until mages that believe in magical bloodlines do so hard enough it at least happens for them.
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  • Of course, that's why I said Archspheres, not Archmasters. I don't need 6+ ratings in Spheres, or some specific hurdle before a character's an Archmaster to use in the game.
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  • I don't see how that's the case.

    It highlights the instability of crowdfunding as a major part of your income stream, sure. But niche luxury products like RPG books are always going to be sensitive to disposable income among the audience. The global economy is in the toilet, and most countries' economies are similarly in bad shape; many still getting worse. This is bad for RPG books regardless of funding styles.

    If anything this shows that crowdfunding is more robust, not the other way around. Before major e-commerce, a RPG publisher could easily tank if something...
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  • Outside of one game playing archmages using MotA... Archspheres came up in play exactly... zero times in all my years of playing Mage. Unless the NPC was casting something that the PCs were directly involved in (group casting, targeting them, the PC interrupting a ritual, etc.), I don't even bother rolling for NPC magic the vast majority of the time anyway. If I want Porthos to do something big and awesome with Forces that doesn't mess with player agency, he'll just do it. 5 or 6 dots doesn't really matter.
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  • Non-dedicated clothing is subject to the normal laws of physics, which is bad for your clothing if your shape-shifting.

    Non-dedicated clothing doesn't go into the Umbra with you (though some people interpret this slightly more harshly and say you have to strip first rather than your non-dedicated stuff being left behind). But it's not destroyed, so if you cross back where you started, they'd still be there baring outside interference.

    If your character can't dedicate clothing or attune a Fetish that would help, plan on dealing with nudity....
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  • Fuzzy, but they'd probably still recognize you (even if they'd sound crazy, even to themselves, as you'd look nothing like they remembered). Remember that Arcane is supposed to be mediated by the impact you had. A high Arcane character that shoplifted can probably return to the scene of the crime relatively safely, because the security guard or shop owner are unlikely to be majorly shocked by this happening. Brutally torturing and maiming someone for the sadistic point of causing pain is likely to completely negate Arcane (at least for the victim's memory of what happened and you).
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  • Effectively. The more effort you put into being part of someone's life, the lower the impact of Arcane, and you can suppress it temporarily in general. It's basically a matter of repetition and reinforcement.




    Yes.



    Probably. It does impact Investigation rolls and this would be a good explanation of it.



    Indeed. Though Spheres already make you really hard to catch. Time mages are a big counter to high Arcane mages trying to be bad. Arcane isn't perfect, and since the Traditions and Technocracy are aware...
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  • Arcane has limits regarding of the dot rating. The more memorable your actions, the more observers will remember; and the targets of your actions remember more details than onlookers. Arcane does not stop you from having friends and loved ones, it just takes more work to upkeep your relationships.

    Increased dots are not stated to act any faster, but memories are more confused by the effect. So the EMS issue doesn't really happen even if the EMTs will be confused about why they were called out and the dispatcher is going to lose the notes about what the emergency is, but high levels...
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  • I think one of the sticking points is that using the Strix adds a lot of baggage to the fun that could be explored. The Strix specific stuff isn't what makes a case for there to be something worth exploring in game play.

    Like, what about a micro-template of mortals with some wish-granting entity bonded to them? The mortal gets extended life and some other perks, but has to feed the wish-granting-thing regularly or bad stuff happens. There's plenty of stories about mysterious folks offering strange deals to base it on. You're not stuck with vampires so you can explore more things;...
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  • They might not Kickstart every book they were originally intending too. Supplements like Technocracy Reloaded might get reevaluated compared to books like Demigod. Not every book goes through Kickstarter.
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  • I can't imagine they're going to start any new Kickstarter drives right now.

    Too many people are looking to many weeks, if not months, without money to spare... crowdfunding is going to be tough.
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  • The Revised Convention books are fairly short, and all but Iteration X were written by Onyx Path relatively recently. Not everything in them is going to apply to a M20 game, but they're pretty good for helping get started with their Conventions as they can be harder than the Traditions to understand the divisions between them.
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  • Heavy Arms
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    No, they shouldn't. Panic makes crises worse. The economic crash that's coming is going to happen. How bad it is, how bad the recovery is, and how bad people's lives are damaged by it, will be reduced by people not panicking, making the best most educating choices they can, and working together we can minimize the incoming harm.
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