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  • branford
    replied to MtAw: Mage Assassins
    Isn't that the job of the Guardians....
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  • branford
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    The Silver Ladder didn't exactly endear themselves too anyone secretly saving Nazi mages.

    The Guardians surprisingly screwed-up the least during WWII....
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  • branford
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    All the mentioned books sans ATYON are related to Kickstarter WOD projects, and thus will have resource and scheduling priority. Don't compare them to non-Kickstarter CofD projects (and don't get spoiled).

    As to ATYON, keep in mind that the project has been around for years, and is only very recently proceeding apace because OPP brought in a new Requiem developer (or co-developer with Rose?). In the world of OPP CofD supplements, Signs of Sorcery is "on schedule," at least to the extent that term has any real meaning.

    We simply need to be patient. I expect...
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  • branford
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    Irioth : It's become readily apparent over the last few years that it's almost to be expected that some projects will apparently languish at certain points, usually final development, art direction or approval. OPP does not provide explanations and they've made clear there are no promised release dates.

    Additionally, I imagine that items such as Kickstarter reward and bonus content, materials that have been paid for, have priority on the schedule. OPP is a tiny company, often further restrained by license requirements, and even a small shift in resources or personnel can mean a...
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  • branford
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    At this juncture, I wouldn't be surprised if the FAQ was released after Signs of Sorcery, as I expect the latter to answer at least some of our questions.

    Dave Brookshaw : When might Tome of the Pentacle begin first drafts, and is there anything firm planned for after TotP? Thanks....
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  • branford
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    Although time consuming and low paying, I don't believe Dave views his role as the developer of Deviant or Mage as a "burden." In fact, precisely because of the low pay and resource demands, they're likely labors of love.

    While I, too, am anxious for the release of Signs of Sorcery, it's not stalled, nor is it late in comparison to other CofD supplements. For instance, Secrets of the Covenants, the first Requiem supplement was only just released, and Requiem was published years before Awakening 2e....
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  • For spellasting attacks, you need only increase the Spell Factor for Scale - Number of Subjects.

    For basic combat, you generally cannot hit multiple targets except using automatic firearms with the autofire rules or possessing an applicable Merit (e.g., Martial Arts 3 (Whirlwind Strike), Staff Fighting 4 (Tornado Strike - Hurt Locker) or Two Weapons Fighting 4 (Double Strike - Hurt Locker))....
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  • branford
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    I stopped asking about Signs of Sorcery. Pestering Dave or anyone else at OPP will not get the book released any quicker or provide us with a firm release date, and all it accomplishes is annoying Dave.

    I'm simply hopeful it will be released before the end of the year, and if we're very, very lucky, by GenCon. I am optimistic, but remain realistic about OPP release dates.

    I would also love to see Tome of the Pentacle added to the Monday Meeting Notes. As a native New Yorker, I'm anxious to see the full setting write-up for NYC....
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  • Wouldn't Death 1 Forensic Gaze be able to determine the exact moment a corpse died without any need for conjunctive use of Time...
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  • A Ministry about pornography could also follow the Ruin,

    "Fate’s Seal is the entropy that destroys dreams, relationships and even civilizations. Mystic destinies create new opportunities, but the Ruin ensures that people are skeptical and cynical about the opportunities ahead of them."

    That sure sounds a lot like most of the pornography industry. Rather than sexual liberation and pride, it represents destroyed dreams and exploitation.
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  • As an attorney, I, for one, welcome our Seer overlords and their ample billing opportunities.

    Although the Hegemonic Ministry and the Ministry of Mammon generate more billable hours, Pantechnicon certainly provides interesting work, particularly in the field of intellectual property.

    In fact, I would hardly be surprised if the managing partners at many large international law firms here in NYC are loyal Prelates of the Chancellor....
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    I have no objection WW offering crossover ideas and suggestions, even those seemingly difficult or near impossible to implement. I will likely not choose to partake of such a chronicle, but I certainly don't begrudge others if they want to make the attempt.

    I'm more concerned that the crossover ideas will amount to little more than fairly significant rules and setting changes, and with the patina of "official" rules, it will result in causing already cantankerous arguments about splat disparities and crossover more contentious, not less.

    Given the inherently...
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    Or a simple and quite rationale acknowledgement that due to the different themes and priorities of each game line, power disparities do indeed exist, and since inter-splat crossover was not only not considered important in most of the games' design (with the apparent exception of Beast), but was arguably even counterproductive for individual lines, some crossover permutations will be extremely difficult to successfully implement if all players are intended to contribute equally to a chronicle....
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    I don't believe that providing Hunters with the Sleepwalker Merit demonstrably or meaningfully alters the extreme power disparity between the Awakened and what are otherwise normal humans, particularly for purposes of crossover. In fact, it removes one of the only small defenses that humans have against the Wise, automatic Paradox risk with obvious magic and dissonance.

    I envision a broken and burned Hunter slowly and painfully dying in the critical care ward of a hospital, only now he can vividly and accurately recall the who and how of the demise of his entire cell....
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    If the Hunters were protagonists, I''d be playing a different game and reading a different forum.

    That's precisely why the different themes and obvious power differential among the various splats and game lines often causes so much trouble in crossover....
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    Don't forget that actual game Merits allow mages to control entire mystery cults, either openly or the power behind the scenes.

    For every Awakened mage in an area, there might be dozens or more of related and affiliated "lesser" supernaturals and/or occult followers, servants and allies....
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  • branford
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    I really would not want to be the Hunter that killed an ally or friend of an Awakened mage, no less a sleepwalker favored by an entire Consilium or Order.

    I imagine if a mage switched one of his Obsessions to "enact hideous revenge resulting in a fate far worse than death," that Hunter and everyone he cares about may very quickly regret their life choices (and the mage would get beats all the while)....
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  • Many would argue that the Ascension tried to be a game that did it all, yet repeatedly fell well short edition after edition, up to and including M20.

    Usually when you try to do and be everything to all people, nothing is done particularly well.

    I've been a fan of both iterations of Mage since Ascension's release in the mid 1990's, but it would be foolish not to acknowledge the myriad of setting and mechanical problems with Ascension that are near legendary. Ascension was and still is a groundbreaking game, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was a well designed and...
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    Last edited by branford; 03-06-2017, 01:58 PM. Reason: typos

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  • An armed society is a polite society, and I imagine mages are VERY polite....
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  • branford
    replied to Using Influence on itself
    I would simply note there's a reason why the Spirit 4 Attainment automatically grants such a mage a Rank 4 equivalent among spirits, and a master Rank 5 (let's not even discuss archmasters).

    The Shadow is "home ground" for powerful Spirit mages, and they should have the merits and allies to reinforce such power....
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    Last edited by branford; 03-06-2017, 07:44 AM.

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