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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Portable Reality Zone?
    I doubt a stage magician could reliably pull enough believers into one area. A televangelist might be able to draw tens of thousands of people into an auditorium though, and that might do something during the actual service. That's a product of the crowd, though, and it wouldn't follow the preacher when he was on a random street corner.
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  • Unless it triggers their Dark Passions I don't think it's a problem. The Martyr Knights keep them packed tightly into jars. Moliate doesn't seem too bad compared to that....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Drunked or drugged witness
    It would be Vulgar Without Witnesses. Vulgar because a typical observer would reject it. Without witnesses because the drugged out sleeper isn't a typical witness....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Time Magic/Paradox Question
    Sapphire and Steel have been assigned......
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Scientology
    It depends on a the needs of your game, doesn't it?

    Canon-wise the simple principle of 'don't be deliberately offensive to people' precludes it being a Technocratic or Nephandic plot. Like any religion in Mage, there's a possibility it is true, a possibility that it reflects an aspect of reality, and a possibility that sleepers just made it up. Any mage involvement will be set up in such a way that it doesn't invalidate the actual beliefs of the group. So the Church of Scientology might have benefited from Technocratic funding but it was not invented by the Technocracy, etc....
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  • There's an entire organization researching how to redeem Spectres though, and they've had a few successes. Those successes tend to relapse, but it's an open possibility that there are some redeemed Spectres under observation in the Martyr Knight vaults....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Modern RPG Safety and Wraith20
    Whatever the flaws of other lines, Wraith is strongly connected to issues of depression, mental illness, and self destruction and presents unique challenges because of it. Even if these topics are approached with the best of care they are still going to be painful for some players. Indeed, when the connection between Shadowguiding and these issues isn't explicit, it often unnerves and upsets players without anyone understanding why. To that end, I would be very surprised if the Roleplaying chapter didn't have at least some advice for approaching these issues in game as well as a sidebar or two...
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  • I imagine that for an Enlightened Citizen, being on a voidship is a lot like being on the Starship Enterprise. Most of the time you know exactly how the world works, and then suddenly a bunch of children show up and now your communications officer has aged 50 years and your helmsman is trying to figure out how to pilot through a field of starship sized knives....
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  • They've been exploring for centuries, sure, but building a massive space infrastructure? They also need shipyards to make their ships, wheras the various Traditions aren't limited by anything so mundane. I eally have to stress how much of a difference not having to worry about life support makes. Czar Vargo amassed a fleet of airships in a relatively short time, and Etherjammers don't have to be that much more complicated.

    Also, the Traditions have been in space for centuries as well....
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  • The Technocracy's single biggest advantage is how well they manipulate and fit within the Consensus of Earth. That advantage disappears in space. The Etherites and other Traditions are free to use their big guns out there. The VEs might have a logistical advantage, depending on how much support you think they are getting from the other Conventions, but they also can't breathe in space so they have to spend more resources making their ships habitable.
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  • This is one of those moments that I would be a little evil and say that, yes the player is not a beacon and doesn't draw the Spectres directly to himself. But the expenditure still draws them to the general area (within a city block or two). Nothing that complicates the action in any immediate way, but something that will become a problem eventually if the players aren't careful.




    I suppose it is a little hard to generate circumstances where telekinesis is helpful that can't also be solved by simply manifesting. There's lot's of ways your players could make...
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Playing a Dragon
    A long time ago (late 90s) there were a few fan WoD lines running around the internet. One of them was about playing Dragons. Couldn't tell you if it was any good or not, I only skimmed it and I didn't have any real sense of good game design back then anyways. It's probably still around somewhere, though....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Who is John Courage?
    Friendly reminder to all base personnel: Room 101 is for Mental Hygiene, not brainwashing. Those who cannot tell the difference should report to Room 101. Thank you.
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  • I agree with you that the time before humans is largely irrelevant unless your story specifically calls for it, but I have to agree with the others on the rest. As much as I am a massive proponent of Consensus Determines All, it is far from the only way of interpreting Mage. There's quite a bit of play in the way subjective reality is described so it's precise meaning is open to debate.

    Also, while Belief is Reality seems straightforward, there are actually a couple of pitfalls you have to navigate before it really matches the world Mage describes....
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  • Also, who are you proving astroturfing to? What you need changes a lot depending on if they are regular people or supernatural and if you are trying to convince legal authorities or just sway public opinion.
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  • That or proof that it is specifically requesting that someone organize the fake protesters. Otherwise it could just claim it was funding groups it thought were legitimate and never realized those groups were wasting the money in shameful and unethical ways....
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  • Two tactics I can think of. The first is the standard form of following the money from Pentex, through its various shell corporations, and to groups that end up protesting for it. The second is to follow likely paid protesters and tracking the money back to Pentex, then you have the same issue of finding the proper communications. Once you have the connection you have to find communication or testimony to prove it is intentional and not just accidental. So I see a mix of Investigation, Intimidation, Computers and the like....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Nephandi
    Those comparing Nephandi to Marauders are not mistaken. In many ways they are opposite sides of the same coin. The Marauders incoherent and fragmented, but you can see some of how their mind works as they change the world around you. The Nephandi coherent and intentional, but you can never get a glimpse of their alien thought processes. The Technocracy and the Traditions are examples of where human thinking can take you. Nephandi and Marauders are examples of what the influence of the Avatar can do.
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  • Unlikely. It's not a phenomenon limited to one part of the political spectrum. Sometimes it's not even politically motivated. Being a liberal might affect where you see it first, but that's about it.

    As far as Pentex goes, I completely believe they use astroturfing. But more than that I think they do the reverse. That is, they use fake nonprofits to hire fake protesters to join their opponents. Then they can either accuse their opponents of astroturfing or have the fake protesters misbehave to have the entire protest discredited. And yes, both of these techniques are used in...
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  • It's been a while since I dug into the mechanics of Orpheus like this so I'm going to have to dig into my books. On first glance, though I think you are handling Bedlam well and I've long been of the opinion that Marrows were poorly integrated into the game and were there more for a nod to Wraith than anything. There's no good reason for them to be a late game addition, but they are clearly balanced that way. Don't massive Vitality expenditures attract Spectres, though?

    I keep assuming Helter Skelter would be the horror responsible for Final Destination like deathtraps, but I'd...
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