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  • VtM was mainstream in the past tense of "used to be." It fell out of that in the mid '00s: CCP's WoD MMO fell into development hell, the nWoD/CofD change over struggled with the core fans base and didn't lead to the CofD getting support for mainstream products, and it was a generally bad time for the RPG industry as a whole. As a note, the old TV show came out over 26 years ago, not 16. It was also... not good. Pretty much the only thing it had going for it was the main character, who's actor tragically died the year the show came out. Had that not happened, Fox might have kept...
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  • I don't think it would be hard to use DRE as the basis for a Last of Us RPG... but it would be some work because the connections there are very superficial.
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  • Honestly, I think this is plenty of reason not to get her a Vampire RPG unless you want to poke around more to figure out if she might be into it.

    There's been a few hit anime (or anime-inspired shows not made in Japan) that are either about vampires or have prominent vampires in them lately; on top of a pretty large list of vampire anime classics. Like anime in general, vampire themed anime can range from quirky slice of life silliness to dark gritty gory horror fests.

    I wouldn't be worried about her age in all this, but I would be worried about jumping from what sounded...
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  • I started with VtM way younger than that... so I'm not sure how great I am to weigh in much. Ultimately? You kind of have to know your audience here. There are kids and young adults that can handle it just fine, others that might need a few years more to appreciate it, and others still that might never really click with the material.

    One thing you didn't mention... is she already a TT RPG gamer? Or has she expressed interest in them before?
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  • Spare me. If you want to be treated like a serious poster, post like a serious poster. If you want to be treated like a joke, keep going.



    Nobody's questioned that. What you clearly don't have, and have outright admitted is the case, is a deep knowledge of the specific intricacies of Exalted 3e.

    The problems you're talking about aren't in the XP system.



    Where did I get any math on it wrong? Where did I go against anything stated in the text about the way the rules are meant to be used? How does this violate the spirit of the...
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  • I don't know where the fault is regarding the PDF, but the original physical version of the book definitely has page 107 which finishes the description cut off at the end of 106, and then has one more Merit and three more Flaws.

    It could be a corrupted file, or it could be a flaw in the PDF itself. It's probably worth some basic trouble shooting (aka redownloading it) before talking to DTRPG to see if they know what's up.
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  • They don't really. You need to have an Avatar (or a piece of one shoved in a Wonder) to cast awakened magic.

    Your connection to your Avatar (as measured by the Background) lets you store more Quintessence and spend more of it at once.

    Otherwise, Avatars are less mechanical and more narrative.
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  • It doesn't really change the "rich stay rich" much, because you need to meet certain levels of financial success to buy a house, pay off a mortgage, and even more so if the area is desirable enough to have multiple generations live there. Poor people can feel like they've set down roots, because they've lived in the same town for generations, but if they never had the money to obtain land-based wealth, none of what you're talking about kicks in.

    Also, whether property taxes are grandfathered in like that varies highly by state, esp. compared to how public school funding...
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  • You're not exactly acting like it though.



    The problem is yous seem to have no idea how powerful Solar Charms really are in the system, and how early you just win against anything that isn't at least a Celestial Exalted or similar in power. And even then, you're going to blow past them in your main specialties pretty fast to.



    I don't recall informing you which city it was (because it was homebrew) or what kind of opposition we faced (Dragonblooded and Abyssals mainly, but the thing my PC did was do what the DBs do, but way better: provide order...
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  • Most capitalist economists would probably mean that it's better to tax wealth than income, because wealth hoarding locks value out of the economy. Property taxes are one of the few remaining wealth taxes in the US (we used to tax way more types of wealth), and to replace that we tax income and consumption far more than makes any lick of sense.

    Likewise, vampires don't really care about land itself. Vampires don't buy dirt patches just to increase how much land they have. They care about land the same reason land was the main source of measuring wealth for most of human history:...
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  • Technically, in the US, you pay a property tax for any real estate you own. How rate of taxation is based on the value of the property, and a lot with a house on it is worth a lot more than an empty lot with some weeds growing on it.

    This is, quite stupidly, the primary method for paying for primary and secondary education in public schools here. Which exists pretty much exclusively to ensure the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor because poor communities own less property, and what property they do own is worth less so is taxed less, and thus their schools get less funding....
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  • So is everything you're posting dude. But this forum's been talking about all this since 3e came out. There's lots of threads that have exhaustively detailed many of the things we're talking about already.



    You get that supports what I'm saying right? They're not prioritizing all ten caste/favored equally.



    And yet you consistently stress how you can max out every Charm in trees with 52 Charms and still have stuff in others.



    The Charm trees might be dense, but the systems they interact with beyond Combat aren't...
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  • Bolded it for you.



    I think most of us don't really expect this approach to the game where you're trying to evenly spread out Charms between all of your Caste and Favored Abilities.

    I'd also point out that given how fast Solar Charm Ability Minimums jump to 4 and 5, most characters aren't going to qualify for all the many Charms between those 10 Abilities because they're not going to worry about getting them all to 5. Most PCs are probably putting the vast majority of their Charms in 2-4 Abilities, with a small smattering in other places. As well, the Solar...
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  • Basically. Twilight is a YA romance that happens to use supernatural characters, and YA romance books mostly go under the radar, but when one (or even better a series) lands? They land huge. YA and women audience focused romance fiction is a huge business that for some reason people that never engage with it don't seem to realize.

    What gets misunderstood on forums like this one, that are focused on supernatural horror first, is that these sorts of stories aren't meant to appeal to hardcore supernatural horror fans. Back in ye olden days when Buffy came out, the WoD community was...
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  • The CofD being killed off isn't for the best, even for the WoD's brand. It just makes Paradox look worse as a company to partner with.

    There was a significant period of time when the head developer for Apocalypse 20th and Forsaken was the same person. It was a great time because you had someone directly making sure each Werewolf game was doing its own thing,and you could get books for either as you wanted. Both WoD and CofD coexisting was one of the best times to be a fan of either game. Cancelling the CofD doesn't increase the ability to make WoD books, and isn't going to make...
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  • Looking back at the math here, at 300 XP, you'd have 52 Charms + some number of free Excellencies based on your stats and Charm selections. 37 doesn't account for all your starting Charms.

    Calling that a "pathetic" level of power for an Exalt that just reached the minimum cusp for Essence 5 seems to be severely underestimating how much 52 Solar Charms can do; even with many of the issues in the Solar Charm set. It's also treating Essence 5 like hitting Level 20 in D&D where that's as powerful as you get without using optional rules.

    The differentiation...
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  • I didn't say you have to like Spike, just that it's impossible to ignore him and actually be following the plot of the Gen 1 Transformers. Spike is also generally well liked in the fandom, because he grows out of the "chirpy child" role fairly quickly in most of his incarnations and increasingly becomes a more active and interesting part of the stories as he earns a place as a member of the team. In the original cartoons, he starts at 15 (already avoiding a lot of the worst of the chirpy kid stuff), and ends in his mid-thirties, is married, has a kid, and is so skilled with Cybertronian...
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  • You can't be into their adventures and ignore Spike Witwicky... he's in all of them (literally, he's tied for 3rd place in the number of Gen 1 episodes he's in after Optimus and Megatron, every other Autobot you can name was less involved with their adventures than Spike was). It's like saying you grew up with Batman but ignored Alfred and Commissioner Gordon because they weren't dressing up in funny costumes.

    You can watch shows for the cool action scenes and ignore the plot, but that means you weren't into the actual adventures. Adventures include plots and characters interactions....
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  • Is there such a thing as a strong position though? We've seen so many failures from established franchises trying to get shows or movies or video games (even when they've had success in those areas in the past!) it feels like - as far as brands are concerned - there's basically just weak and weaker positions, as most branded transmedia attempts produce more duds than hits.

    As far as I can tell, the only "strong" position is to be such a huge brand that even if yu release a bunch of duds, enough people pay to watch because it's such a big brand,that your investors at least...
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  • A good amount of the ignorance around the Imbued is purely mundane: Lucifer is one of the least powerful characters aware of the potential to create Imbued sitting around unused. It's not that mages can't understand the Imbued, but to mages, the Imbued are a random emergent new thing that came out of nowhere, and the Imbued have some levels of protections from mages just magically digging into things about them. But an Innocent and a friendly mage can sit down and chat about what the Imbued are just fine.
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