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[#][F] The Demented One - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post

Are gambits that allow a Lunar with an appropriate parasitic form to consume organs and other important bits of the body more quickly a possibility?
That'd be kosher (although maybe better suited for Charms).

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by The Lidless Eye That Sees View Post
Will Abyssals be able to Wyld shape?
Probably not.

Or will they instead shape the underworld / labyrinth.
Not sure they'll get that either. I think it's more likely they'd get a wholly unique suite of high-end Lore Charms reflecting the nature of the Deathlords.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Therian View Post
I almost hate to ask this but its sorta come up in the past. Will there be anything in the Lunar book explicitly addressing the old turn into something really small to get inside your opponent and then shapechange into full size trick?
Yes, in that you can't do it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

Would special Merits, akin to the ones you get from Sorcerous Initiation, be appropriate for mortals who learn a Martial Arts style?
I could see it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by TDS View Post
What would you say is the ideal ratio from animal to non-animal styles, roughly? As in, what ratio are you aiming for?
No particular ratio, but I'd like to include at least one every time we release a book that has martial arts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Elfive View Post
What happened to techniques, anyway? Do you recall why they got cut?
Long story short, balance reasons.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
So solars are semi fated/drawn to others of the same circle throughout their reincarnations right?
That's not a confirmed thing that exists in the setting, outside of whatever nudges you get from past life memories, although that shouldn't deter playgroups from deciding their Solars were Circlemates in a past life.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Do you consider animal styles more down-to-earth than styles like White Reaper, Single Point, Righteous Devil, or Steel Devil?
Yeah. Not all non-animal styles are necessarily super esoteric, but the animal styles form a good baseline of core martial arts. Lea's gone on about this any number of times, probably more articulately than I'm doing.

To be clear about this sentence, are you saying that Centipede is a fitting inclusion for the Lunars book because of the presence of the mysterious new animal style, like there's a "Fire Dragon + Steel Devil" synergy between them?
Nah, I should've put a common between "inclusion" and "alongside." You could totally combo them, though.

So rather than reinforcing a cohesive martial arts culture that doesn't exist, the idea is to provide four or so wildly different Martial Arts Styles to cover as many bases as possible together with the corebook styles, and thus give players a wider variety and more freedom?
Really, it's just "I picked four styles that I thought would be neat to include in Lunars."

Did my last post seem to have a hostile tone?
Nah, you're good.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
What are your thoughts on "regional variants" of Martial Arts styles? Like, not just "a group that practices a version of Tiger called Stalking Panther, but it's otherwise the same," but a group that trains with alternate weapons or has different charms in their version of the style? Is that something that can happen in Creation or are Martial Arts styles "fixed" and immutable?
It's difficult to represent that without crunchier mortal-level rules for Martial Arts. Back when we had Techniques, we used them to reinforce differences between, say, Eastern Snake and Western Snake. It's something I want to exist in the setting, though, so I'm sure we could find a way to make it happen.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Did they also misread or misrepresent that "can't use Charms in animal forms" thing?

I'm not panicking, just curious. If something that surprising is true, then there must be a good reason.
Yep. All Lunar Charms can be used in all animal forms; Protean Charms just gain enhanced effects in certain animal and human forms.

The playtest document is over 200 pages and I only sent it to them a few days ago, so some stuff like that's gonna happen.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
What inspired you to include Centipede Style in Fangs at the Gate?
One of our goals is to continue publishing animal styles that are relatively down-to-earth, compared to more esoteric styles like Dreaming Pearl Courtesan or Black Claw. Centipede was an obscure but published style, an animal style, and one of the Five Deadly Venoms, all of which came together to make it a good inclusion alongside the book's other, totally new animal style.

Do you feel that it helps tell the story of fighting as part of the Silver Pact in the way that the eight Styles of What Fire Has Wrought help tell the story of fighting for (or within) the Scarlet Empire?
I'd disagree with your premise. Mantis and Golden Janissary are styles that fit the image of the iconic Immaculate monk well, but nothing about them ties them to the Realm. The Silver Pact doesn't have a cohesive martial arts culture like the Realm does with the Immaculate Order; Lunar martial artists get to forge their own image.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
How does a Centipede stylist eat a bowl of soup?
With countless dips of the spoon.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by aluminiumtrioxid View Post
For my next chronicle, I'm going for a "flawed underdog heroes against the world" kind of thing. To bring this aspect of the game into sharper focus, I'm planning to put the criteria for gaining Dragon XP from roleplaying the Great Curse and being impeded by Flaws into its own, separate category. Will anything break by allowing players to gain up to 6 DXP per session as long as they suffer for it?

(My personal experience so far has been that successfully ticking one of the criteria for expression bonus is surprisingly hard over the natural course of gameplay, so this is more likely to end up as a more reliable way to get 4, with the occasional 6 when the stars align.)
It'll speed up the rate of progression beyond the game's default, of course, but I don't see anything collapsing balance-wise.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
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How much did Centipede Style need to change?
Quite a bit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 7 Days ago
Originally posted by serGregness View Post

Are you ready to share some details on your take on Swaying Grass Dance? Is it still going to be Exalted!Capoeira?
Yes. Its Second Edition incarnation was very good; we've just added a few more Charms.