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[#][F] The Demented One - 6/29/2015
Diplomacy with whoever has their finger on the trigger is probably your best bet. Heck of a lot easier than magic.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/29/2015
Steven Universe is great for artifact weapons. Daiklaves, smashfists, powerbows, direlashes, you got it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/28/2015
Originally posted by layton224 View Post

Is that in the PDF, p. 95 has first age artifact (protoshinmaic vortex)
It sounds like you've got the original PDF for Lords of Creaton. Throne Shadow wasn't added until the errated version of it. I don't actually remember how that got distributed; does anyone know where it can be got?

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/27/2015
Originally posted by Eric Minton View Post
dang it Vance everybody knows where Lost Urim is, there's no need for a roll
Minton is the rival scavenger lord.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
What would you do? Just narrate it?
I'd position the main challenges of that narrative as being those faced in locating and getting to the library in the first placeā€”one imagines that delving into the archives of ancient sorcerer-queens or lost civilizations isn't exactly an easy thing to do. Maybe the library fell into a great chasm in some ages-ago earthquake, and the PCs have to navigate a treacherous descent and possibly contend with roaming earth elementals or forbidden gods unleashed by the quake. Maybe the library's already been found by a crew of illiterate brigands, who're using it as their base of operations and burning priceless tomes to cook their meat. Maybe the library is contained within a local potentate's palace, and the PCs either have to negotiate with her or deal with the challenges of overthrowing her just to get into her archives.

Once that's done, I figure I can just throw the ball to whoever's playing the most scholarly character among the PCs, and let them describe montage-style how they carry out their research, and then I supply them with the appropriate exposition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
A mechanical shorthand for something like any given scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where they're trawling through the library for references to the problem of the week? Or Gandalf trying to find the scrolls that back up his suspicions about the One Ring. I would probably have it as an extended roll anyway, but still. Surely there's a need to arbitrate method and volume of information. Also under circumstances where they're trying to research some present crisis or trying to locate something that they've already read for direct application (I would assume somebody with a library spends their free time researching its contents, with Lore rolls to recall them in time of need and actually being present in the library for referencing as a bonus tool or source of more specific stuff). You're a law student, aren't you? Do the particulars and significance of combing through reference books prior to something important not come naturally?
My main goal as a Storyteller is to maximize the amount of fun my players are getting out of the time they spend gaming with me. Making someone go through a legal research simulator would, uh, not be super fun. I've found that montages or bluebooking have been the best way to have research occur in the games I've run.

It's not an absolute! If you want to call for a, I dunno, Perception + Lore roll to discover the location of Lost Urim in the archives of the Burning Suzerain before a rival scavenger lord gets there first, you can absolutely do that in Ex3. It's just not the way I'd run it.

Does that mean no use of Socialize to case the relationships and etiquette of a gala?
Absolutely not, 'cause that's really cool.

However, Ex3's social influence system was written so that there wouldn't be any "busywork" rolls, so the cake I'm having and eating is one I baked myself. I think that might be cheating.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Originally posted by wonderandawe View Post

Are you saying that Lytek has the legal right to kill Exalts as he sees fit?

((In the context of this thread, not in Exalted in general))
The court need not decide that matter, as the qualified immunity of a celestial official is an immunity from being sued, not just immunity from liability. :P

(real life judicial opinions would be 1000x better if judges used emoticons)

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Originally posted by Root View Post
Probably my biases are talking here, but it sounds like Ex3 (or at least the Vance-y portions) takes a clearer step away from the process simulation paradigm of earlier editions. The idea that a scholar would need investigation to find the book and lore to understand it sounds pretty painful to me, especially in the context of world-shaking heroes. On the other hand lore all by itself allowing you to operate as a scholar makes a lot more sense to me. Overly granular skills make for strange characters who mysteriously can spout out vast knowledge and wisdom but can't actually do what's needed to acquire knowledge.
Ex3's Lore is all John, and I'm really really happy with how it came out.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
That's a bit of a reductive way to present the idea of research, particularly into obscure lore, isn't it? How does a scene of seeking out information in a glass library work?
As a Storyteller, what do you really gain by making the players roll a dice pool once they've gotten into the glass library? My preference is just to cut out the "busywork" rolls where failure doesn't really carry any dramatic consequences, and get straight to the cool stuff in the library.

Obviously that's just my personal preference, but I'm just struggling to imagine a scenario where that roll contributes to the game.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/26/2015
Even if the court assumes that the plaintiff has presented a prima facie claim, it must nevertheless fail, as Defendant Lytek is entitled to qualified immunity as an employee of the Celestial Bureaucracy acting within the scope of his discretionary duties as a god. For this reason, we ask that the court dismiss all claims against Lytek pursuant to rule 12(b)(6) of the Heavenly Rules of Civil Procedure.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/25/2015
Originally posted by The Free Man View Post
Is that going to be changing in 3e?

Or do we know yet?
Lore is the skill of the savant or the scholar, whose knowledge shapes the course of events as they unfold. Investigation is the skill of the detective who hounds the unjust, or the magistrate who distinguishes the guilty from the innocent.

You sure as hell don't roll Investigation to find books. You...probably won't ever roll to find books, honestly.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/25/2015
As a general rule of thumb, I think any time one finds themselves writing the word "kinkify," something has gone horribly horribly wrong.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/23/2015
Originally posted by Erinys View Post
I've seen a lot of dislike on the forum for RotSE, and also some for the Under the Rose adventure that's tied to it. I don't doubt these claims, but I'm curious. I'd like to know what specifically is wrong with them that bother people. (Keep in mind I don't have RotSE or any clear idea what happens in it, other than the stupid Lotus Massacre, and the obvious return of the Empress as an Ophidian Akuma.)

So what parts of those scenarios were bad, and what parts (if any) were good?
The chapter covering the East was one of my favorite parts of the book. I think it did an amazing job of presenting a metaplot-like storyline that was still flexible and adaptable enough to work with the way Exalted is usually run, i.e. players smashing through the Storyteller's plans like a moonsilver doomtrain.

The chapters on other Realms of existence had a lot of neat ideas - Sun Dragon, Astrological Charms (remember, Glories was written after Return), the presentation of Infernal/Autochthonian first contact.

I think there's a lot of babies in this particular bathwater, even if the book as a whole wasn't much-beloved by the community.

EDIT: Also, the Under the Rose supplement, while definitely afflicted by 2e-isms that have already been thoroughly discussed, was hella fun to run.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/21/2015
Originally posted by Jen View Post
TCD don't sound exactly powerful to me probabaly because Ligier is kinda the mascot for TCD, and Ligier just seems very........weaksause both in stat, appearance and fluff. I probably should switch to Kagami or Erembour for TCD mascot intead.
Ligier is "so powerful" that they only gave you the stats for his magic sword, and didn't even bother specifying how badass he is when he stops playing around (yes, that is a super lame way to stat a character). He's also one of the greatest smiths in existence, and a sun. There isn't really any weaksauce in his equation.

In 2E he chumped to Deathlords, because Deathlords were super-solar paranoia combat death machines (also lame). I'm not gonna speculate about what that fight would look like in Ex3, because I'm not sure quite where the concrete benchmarks for Third Circle Demons or Deathlords are gonna end up, but it sure as heck ain't gonna be a boring fight.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/21/2015
I like Munaxes as a good signpost of Third Circle Demons. She's a giant canyon who swallows words of treachery. How powerful is a giant canyon that swallows words of treachery? It's hard to say, because wtf do you compare that to.