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[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by serGregness View Post
I posted this late last night, so I'm hoping it just got buried:

What are the current feelings towards having any kind of centralized 'word of the devs' rules clarification thread or online document? Naturally, it's unreasonable to expect every random question to catch your direct attention, and this edition is big on 'whatever works for your table', but even though I might be perfectly capable of making serviceable on-the-spot rulings when I'm in the middle of a game, it's nice as an ST to be able to point to certain 'official' interpretations on some of the more common recurring questions. As a bonus, knowing the thought processes that go into these clarifications will also help me when I'm making those midgame rulings as time goes on as well.
This thread is going to be our central hub for answering question. We aren't going to be able to get to every question, but if you've got a rules clarification question, this is the place to ask.

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by PraxisCat View Post
I have a question for Robert Vance about Arms of the Chosen, and artifacts more broadly: Will you guys be providing any more one off, cool ideas for artifacts that aren't something that's been written into 1e or 2e? Something you've wanted to see in the setting that hasn't ever made it in? What about non-weapon things with a lot of utility, for example, more things like the Belt of Shadow Walking?
We've got a whole chapter of non-weapon, non-armor artifacts. Some of my favorites are clockwork birds, the soulsteel violin Joy's Lament, and the legendary sea-ship Horizon Endeavor.

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Are there any sorcerous artifacts in Arms of the Chosen?
I don't think so. We discussed doing them, but they've got a natural home in the sorcery book.

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Dragonmystic View Post
Could you give us an introduction? Who you are, what you've done in the past? I've seen you two around, but feel a bit out of the loop as to who you are. (might be a good idea to edit your responses into the first post)

Maybe say what you are most excited to work on in the line, from the small to the very large.
I'm Robert Vance. I read the Sidereal Charms set ten years ago and fell in love with this awesome game.

I started writing Exalted towards the very end of Second Edition. I wrote parts of the antagonist section in Compass of Celestial Directions: Authocthonia, the chapters on Sidereals and Fair Folk in Masters of Jade, and the Gunstar Autocthonia setting in Shards of the Exalted Dream. I did lots of stuff in the Ex3 core, with some highlights including sorcery, the social influence system, and martial arts. Outside of Exalted, I'm currently writing purviews and boons for Scion Second Edition, and have made some small contributions to Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine. When I'm not writing rules for giant robot fights dinosaurs, I'm a law student, and am graduating terrifyingly soon. My focuses are civil rights litigation and LGBT legal activism.

What am I most excited to work on? Last week, I would have said the Dragon-Blooded, because I was doing their Charms. Today I'd say warstriders, because I'm knee-deep in their Evocations. It's hard to write for Exalted without getting super enthusiastic about it! To give you a good answer, though, I am incredibly excited to get to Sidereals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Robert Vance and Eric Minton I have a setting question for you! In Exalted Third Edition, are raksha or ghosts capable of using sorcery?
I honestly haven't come up with answer to it yet. That's something we'll be thinking about more as the sorcery book gets into focus.

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Crumplepunch View Post
Are you guys still hiring?
Check out the link in the sig

[#][F] The Demented One - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Abakus View Post
Congratulations to both of you! Holden and Hatewheel have written what is probably my favorite RPG in over a decade of gaming, and from what I've seen on the internet I think you guys are going to be awesome.

I'd like to add to the people asking for a sort of statement of intent on the thematic directions you plan on taking Ex3. I know that at our table at least, the thematic changes have made a huge impact on how we portray the world and knowing, in the broadest of strokes, where you see things going would be incredibly helpful. Thanks!
We don't plan on making huge changes in thematic direction just for the sake of change. John and Holden laid out a solid course, and for the most part we're sailing along that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Will Arms of the Chosen Cover how first age artifice differs from normal artifacts and how N/A weapons will be handled? I ask about N/As because many crafting charms reference multiple n/as being built at a time and my groups craftsman is essence 5 and really wants to craft N/As so we can take out the big bads.
Arms of the Chosen will cover the specifics of what falls under First Age Artifice, yep!

I don't think we have any N/A weapons, but I've got two N/A warstriders planned out. They should provide an idea of what the Evocations of this kind of artifact look like.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Ninja'd by Minton—I am smote down!

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by ScarecrowJ View Post
Question with the "Free Full Melee Excellency": What happens if you're an attribute exalt? I assume it's a free full Dexterity excellency instead, but I just want to make sure.

and wordcount goes down by 1!

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by CycloneJoker View Post

True, and Jade is a lot more common than any other MM to boot, admittedly. XD It also makes them equal overall to the Sidereals and Getimians, which is...interesting.

Still though, I might have to houserule it up further to please some of the more rabid DB fans in my group. XD Probably by making it work like it does for Lunars instead.
Maybe wait until your group sees the level of power packed in the Dragon-Blooded Charmset.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Regarding the ever-mysterious "as of yet unrevealed" new Exalteds: when should we expect some more hints about their identities? Dragon-Blooded? The Realm? The appropriate "resonant" splat book?
I wouldn't expect to see anything really substantive on them until, at the very earliest, Lunars are done. Hints, though—hints you might get sooner. :3

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Lumi View Post

I'd be curious to know if the Bestiary and the Antagonists books will offer support for existing material such as Ephemeral Induction Technique and the Eclipse anima power?

The homebrewing aspect of Artifacts has obviously been on the forefront and I'm sure Arms gives us plenty of perspective to them, so I'm putting up a big wish to help out the Storytellers and Pokémon masters alike. More latent/magical/poachable abilities and guidelines to building/balancing QCs would be most welcome! Perhaps even a small write-up on the mechanical nature of the Fair Folk?!
We want the Bestiary and Antagonists material to provide lots of support for running games, and adding new Eclipse Charms and familiar tricks is part of that. In an ideal world, every single spirit write-up would introduce at least one new Eclipse Charm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Also is it fair to say that Deathlords count as one of the exceptions and are resonant with Soulsteel?
Oh yeah, definitely.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by CycloneJoker View Post
I'm sliiiightly disappointed that Dragon-Blooded are Resonant with Jade but Dissonant with everything else, in light of previous material noting that Dragon-Blooded were supposedly very nearly the equals of Solars in the wielding of Evocations.
Keep in mind that being resonant with jade means that when a Dragon-Blooded picks up a daiklave, she's getting the same power level of Evocations as a Solar. Compare to that the Exalts nearest in relative power to the Dragon-Blooded, the Liminals, who don't even get Resonant off of soulsteel.