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[#][F] The Demented One - 9/18/2014
Originally posted by vampire hunter D View Post
Is Anyone powerful enough to be able to handle the evil that is Jägermeister?
House Cynis might appreciate the innovation of the jägerbomb.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/18/2014
Originally posted by Cenobite451 View Post

Well, there's always Ma-Ha-Suchi. But then, crazy is as crazy does.
I think we could give ol' Ma-Ha slightly more nuance this time around.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/18/2014
Originally posted by DrLoveMonkey View Post
Oh oh I just thought of something that I MUST know! are there any MAs in the core that have a staff as their form weapon?
There isn't a "staff style" in the sense of the traditional wuxia staff fighter (definitely on the shortlist), but White Reaper will let you use a staff in place of a scythe or spear.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
Could I make it up to you by saying that Ebon Shadow also got some more "ninja weapons" added to its arsenal?

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by Couch View Post
I'm much less fine with Lunars espousing a need to destroy infrastructure for its own sake, particularly as a splat-wide philosophy. I can see a particularly Tyler Durden or Senator Armstrong-like Lunar holding this philosophy, but having it as the default paints Lunars as either sociopaths out to make everyone else's lives as shitty as theirs are, or dumb brutes who apparently don't understand that not everyone can be an immortal shapeshifting god-monster who doesn't need things like a roof over their heads.
No Lunar would ever destroy infrastructure for the sake of destroying infrastructure, except possibly through collateral damage. Many, many Lunars destroy infrastructure—which can range from "an ancient sea-manse that controls the tides for hundreds of miles around" to "a bridge over this canyon"—as part of strategy of asymmetrical warfare against an enemy that is much more heavily dependent on infrastructure than the Lunars are.

Does being less dependent on infrastructure mean that the Lunar crafting Charms are going to get arbitrarily shafted because "they don't need to make things?" Nah. That'd be dumb. But it might lead to them having a paradigm that produces a different crafting experience than other Exalted.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
The point about Charms not being possible to create prosperity on their own makes me torn about one of the Charms I was going to request for the stretch-goal charmslot when it came time. On one hand, the idea of the physical health of a domain (as in fertility of the land, freedom from non-supernatural plague, etc) being tied to its "rightful" ruler is heavily entrenched in epic myth and literature. I was considering a Survival Charm that assured the physical prosperity of land you ruled so long as it remained under your political control - with the additional note of almost guaranteeing a famine/plague/nature-turning-on-itself, should you die or be withdrawn from power.

Would that be better represented by a Solar ruler just being more able to enforce their will on the Gods who actually wield direct influence on such things?
I'm not sure if the Fisher King is really an archetype the Solar Exalted draw on that much. They're the Arthurs and Gawains and...okay, now I'm getting distracted by flashbacks to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight being hilarious, but I think the point comes across. If a Solar's kingdom is righteous, well-ruled, and prosperous, it's because the Solar did things to make that happen (whether by his own hand or acting through proxies). The fisher king's deal strikes me more as the kind of thing a Sidereal would set up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
Does Ebon Shadow no longer use em?
Right, Ebon Shadow! I forgot about that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
Hmmm, will there be any style that revolves around a battle chain? Or would those be close enough to whips to fall under things like livewire style?
Solar Brawl can use them. I don't have any specific plans for a MA style that uses them, but it's definitely possible.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by HaplessWithDice View Post
SO you gutting the mechanics and keeping the names, and flavor text. I like that approach.
"Gutting" makes it sound like we're working with a carcass. What we've got is much better—a clean, blank slate, with a helpful chibi-Past Jenna Moran providing advice and inspiration from the margins. Having nearly burnt my mind out writing the 2.5 errata, I can't emphasize the difference enough!

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by HaplessWithDice View Post
Honestly I have to wonder will there be concept space for some old favorite terrestrial martial arts of mine, also I wonder if or how they might be changed by 3e. Might we see a Terrestrial keyword appear that gives greater power to Terrestrials who use a martial art over celestials?
I don't think there would ever be a situation where that would be something we want to do. The Immaculate Styles are the pinnacle of Dragon-Blooded martial arts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/17/2014
Originally posted by Gayo View Post
I'm curious -- how much changes in a rewrite like that?
For Steel Devil? John did a total overhaul when the rules for dual wielding got changed, from the ground up.

(thank you so much john <3)

Also, a followup question: with so many MA being written, and a renewed focus on synergy, coherency, and a distinct "play style", do you think there's a risk of eventually exhausting the concept space for MA?
If anything, the opposite.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/16/2014
Originally posted by Segev View Post
Ever since I first read it, I have loved Avoiding the Truth theory.

After I learned a bit more about how social combat and stunting works, however, I realized something: it does literally nothing. You have to stunt your truth-that-is-to-be-seen-as-a-lie to justify using the Charm. But if you just roll a Manipulation check and stunt your social attack as, "I tell him the truth, but in such a way that it sounds preposterous and he thinks I'm either lying or utterly addled, so will dismiss what I'm saying as wholly fictitious," you get the same effect, but without spending motes and possibly regaining some!

Avoiding the Truth Technique doesn't even add dice to the roll, not that it would be all that great if it did, because excellencies do that.
So, this is where digging into the history is fun: 1e Avoiding the Truth Technique did add bonus success. It was actually really versatile within the range of "convincing people you were lying," since it could add to Presence, Socialize, or Bureaucracy (back before social influence had any level of codification).

Then 2e comes along and gives everyone generic Excellencies. Now Avoiding the Truth Technique just becomes UMI (maybe? the text is unclear) to convince someone you're lying. It also moves to Larceny, for some reason. Of course, 2e Sidereals didn't really take into the account that now we do have rolls for social influence/"attacks," so it ends up giving this cool concept the mechanical support of a two-legged stool. Glories of the Most High patched this issue generally by giving these Charms specified Willpower costs to resist, which gave Avoiding the Truth some teeth. 2.5 kept the increased Willpower cost, added back in the bonus successes, and also gave it some ability to interfere with truth-detection techniques. For a patch job on top of a patch job, I think it ended up pretty good.

In 3e, we'll be able to approach Avoiding the Truth Technique free from mechanical baggage, and just do a top-down execution of its really cool concept. I'm optimistic about this going well.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/16/2014
Originally posted by DrLoveMonkey View Post
Could one theoretically steal this idea for an evocation cascade on a green jade power bow? I've already got my first third ed character planned out and he'd love something like this. Or is this not good evocation fodder for some reason?
It'd look different if it was done as Evocations, but I don't think there's too much I can say about that until you've actually seen what an artifact's Evocations look like and work together to do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/16/2014
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

I can't tell if this is praise or criticism...
Praise. I'm an English major. :P

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/16/2014
Originally posted by Mercury View Post
But I'll tell you what- I'm all for more charms. Of all the complaints I see in this thread, 'I really would like to have a few more Investigation charms' really strikes closest to home.
With the increase in the size of the Solar Charmset, I would be shocked if we don't end up deciding to do that with Sidereals.