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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    I took another look at the Conspiracy rules and... now I have more problems with them. They just seem too rigid to be useful and, in places, strangely detached from the conceits of the game.
    Some examples:
    The Divergence is unpredictable and unruly, even for the mightiest conspiracies, and some lack the secret knowledge to induce it at all, but creating or recruiting a Deviant is a Complexity 1 project. As a result, whether or not a Conspiracy can get Deviants is basically ST fiat, as if the system didn't exist, but with numbers.

    Projects abstract away a lot of things,
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  • The MG
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    Well, yes, because we clearly have different experiences that colour our respective takes on the system.

    As for your answer, I guess I'm more interested in how much time your sessions usually cover, more than the anomalies.

    I did read it, but I'm afraid it doesn't really resolve my problem. Playing fast and loose with per-scene/-chapter/-story limits is one thing, I feel, while the Conspiracy system...

    As far as I can tell, Conspiracy Actions have an intended pacing to them, but that pacing is assumed rather than explained. This, coupled with how heavily...
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  • The MG
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    Are they "odd circumstances?" How do your own games usually shake out?...
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  • The MG
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    These rules appear to have been written with very particular ideas of chapter structure and chronicle pacing, which aren't borne out of the way these things are discussed in the system chapter or, in my experience, how they turn out in actual play. I have experienced games where these rules would result in a conspiracy completing Complexity 10 projects in less than a week because the PCs had a few really bad nights that took multiple chapters to resolve, or in the conspiracies going quiet for months because there was an extended timeskip.

    I want to like these rules (that initial preview...
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    My answer:
    Sensory Deprivation 5, and ideally a few of the other ones too. Missing Limb at Magnitude 4. Native Environment at any Magnitude, and some level of Conspicuous Appearance. Finally, Miniaturization entangled with Relentless Variation.
    With that out of the way, I am very down for this stretch goal. It's the second-best one so far, largely because "be an ifrit sealed in human flesh" speaks to me....
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  • The MG
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    Would the new Suppressible still allow you to convert toggled Variations into persistent ones? The ability to, say, have Tabula Rasa when you rouse yourself from your unending Astral Journey has been one of the most satisfying discoveries I've made whhile playing around with chargen. I'd be disappointed to see it go....
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    You need to take a new, unentangled Scar (which you can then immediately buy a Variation for, if you want).

    You need to have an unentangled Scar beforehand, or at least a Scar capable of entangling your new Variation.

    It's allowed by the rules as written, and I see no issue with it....
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Inspirational Images
    A classic (NSFW).
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    So I'm talking with a potential player, and her concept is the test pilot for a highly experimental time machine who is now unmoored from linear time/stuck in a time loop/both at once.

    There are just so many ways to represent this concept through Scars and Variations, and I love it.
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    I am so very curious about how Relentless Variation interacts with a Controlled Scar, but I think I'll just have to wait until the manuscript drops tomorrow.

    It's going to be dope....
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  • The MG
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    So the Clade Variations update presages good thingsfor tomorrow's manuscript preview.

    A surprisingly businesslike effect, which would probably be pretty complicated in a different gameline. The permanent body theft of five-dot Body Swap feels like it needs an opposed roll or something, but I suppose that already happened when you activated it.

    Is this the Bruce Banner power, or is there some other way to generally look human? I know that one of the Midwinter characters had a Variation called Hybrid Body, but those were from an earlier build, I think.

    Possibly...
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  • The MG
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  • The MG
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    The text isn't very clear on the experience cost of Variations.
    The Acquiring New Scars section on page 55 of the second preview indicates that that the cost of a Variation is always 4x, no matter its Magnitude, but the experience cost chart lists the cost per dot.

    Additionally, there's nothing specifying the Magnitude of newly-developed Variations.
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  • The MG
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    Gellydog I'm pretty sure the forum's file upload function is completely busted. You'll have to find external hosting.
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  • The MG
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    I'm curious why raising Variations to match worsening Scars is free, while you have to pay Experiences to entangle new ones.
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  • The MG
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    Looking back, this could actually be pretty interesting, expanding Deviants to things like the bearer of a cursed sword, doomed to be dragged along with its murderous urges, or a frail pilot engineered to depend upon and live within their mech suit.

    I'm less sure of how it would work for other Clades....
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    Eric Zawadzki, you mentioned in the Kickstarter comments that Chapter 3 will cover two updates. Any word on which rules we're getting tomorrow, and which we'll get next week?
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    Manticore symbionts engineered from the alien Life Fibers rather than terrestrial lifeforms, or else the result of a Form that externalizes the Divergence as a separate object or entity....
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    The Web of Pain has to be my favourite part of the first preview.

    This line alone? Gold....
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  • The MG
    replied to Deviant Kickstarter
    Yes, I have the old CtL corebook. It sounds pretty nice, actually.

    My only point of comparison is my EX3 deluxe edition, which is a synth-leather behemoth shedding gilt dust....
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