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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
I think it could be useful to remember, just for a moment, what Raksi is and why there's an NPC named Raksi in the books.

Raksi is a shapeshifting cannibal whose Tell is that her hands are backwards. Remind you of anything? She's is The Rakshasa, the Hindu shapeshifting cannibal trickster-demon who can assume any form, but who can always be recognized because its hands are backwards, which is why it compulsively hides them behind its back when interacting with people. You may recognize them from D&D, where they all have tiger-heads, but in actual Hindu mythology they're not tied to that form at all.

Note that Raksi was named Raksi, and very clearly fulfilled the archetype of The Rakshasa, about two years before the Fair Folk got renamed the raksha.

This places certain boundary conditions on what anyone can or should want to do with Raksi. For example, she needs to stay a cannibal. She also needs to keep her backwards-hands Tell, which is tricky inasmuch as the Tell is supposed to be an animal feature, but really the problem there is the idea that the Tell needs to be an animal feature, since Raksi's Tell is drawn directly from the mythology surrounding her archetype.

So the question is not so much "Should Raksi remain a cannibal in 3e?" The answer to that one is "What are you, dense? What would be the point of even keeping her at all if we got rid of the cannibalism?" The question is "How can we keep Raksi herself, i.e. in fullfillment of her own archetype, while making her a deep, interesting, and useful enough character to not be a fucking waste of wordcount?"

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
Anaximander wrote:
So..... Raksi. Still lounging about eating babies? Or is there no change to the iconic Lunars like her and Ma-Ha-Suchi?


Still lounging about eating babies, but for slightly better reasons.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
Fanservice wrote:
And don't forget it wasn't just Twilight Caste who can build shit. Other Castes can all Favour craft if they like throwing their XP down a big hole.


Keep in mind that Tony was scavenging batteries for selenium and using old POS desktop computers for microprocessors. He had a power grid. The people outside his cave had crates and crates and crates of high tech munitions to turn into scrap and pass to him. Hell, the Mark 1 had to go through a full boot sequence before it could be used.

Now drop him into the Middle Ages.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/8/2013
1) Meerkat Steals the Spotlight Prana is an old joke about a Charm the Lunars have that let them make any discussion on the forum be about them. Appropriate, in response to a poster who persists in seeing everything in terms of Lunars and trying to make a Sidereal thread into a discussion about Lunars!

2) Who said open war between Sidereals and Lunars?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic.


Unless they hate it because it's popular. Or is that just an /a/ thing?


Let me rephrase: 4chan loves the taste of tears. Sometimes, they love the taste of the tears of a loser.

Sometimes, though, if something's popular and gets talked about in positive terms in most places, and you go to 4chan to talk about it, then 4chan loves the taste of your tears when you realize you won't be able to talk about it in positive terms on 4chan.

If you want to be able to have positive Ex3 discussions on 4chan, you'll need to convince 4chan that the tears of Ex3 hates are more delicious than yours.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic.


Unless they hate it because it's popular. Or is that just an /a/ thing?


Let me rephrase: 4chan loves the taste of tears. Sometimes, they love the taste of the tears of a loser.

Sometimes, though, if something's popular and gets talked about in positive terms in most places, and you go to 4chan to talk about it, then 4chan loves the taste of your tears when you realize you won't be able to talk about it in positive terms on 4chan.

If you want to be able to have positive Ex3 discussions on 4chan, you'll need to convince 4chan that the tears of Ex3 haters are more delicious than yours.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic. As such, there'll be plenty of Ex3 discussion on 4chan if and only if 3e's Kickstarters are resounding successes, its products are indesputably excellent, and the 4chan bystanders find it more fun to cheer Ex3 fans than to cheer Ex3 detractors. Until Ex3 launches, all we've got to offer are promises -- in that situation, it's always more fun for the bystanders to cheer the people making fun of the people who are making promises as if a promise unfulfilled is with shit.

For now, Ex3 discussion on 4chan is just going to be fans going "Ex3 will be great!" and everyone else going "Ahahahahahahahahah! Prove it! You can't, can you? Ahahahahahahahahah! Cry moar!"

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/5/2013
Enh. Audience always reads coyly placed hints as statements of absolute fact. It's why "Metagalapa is totally named similar to a directional titan, but that might not mean anything, tee hee!" never works.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/5/2013
AmineHsu wrote:
Now do his best bud! Spearpsycho Soulshitterson!


No, Killfuck Soulshitter's best bud is Snake Gandhi, Gandhi's evil snake-tattoo-covered twin. This is long established in the annals of RPGnet.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/2/2013
Holden wrote:
WarDragon wrote:
Usually I despise anything that looks even vaguely, with any amount of squinting, like the Oberoni Fallacy. However, in this case, I think the best solution is just to put a sidebar in an out of the way portion of the book, stating that there is no official position on Yozi escape, and it's explicitly up to each individual Storyteller. Either way closes off potential game plotlines, so just leave it undefined.


I don't think this is the approach we're going to take. Sorry!


That said, First Edition got a lot of mileage out of saying "The Yozis can never escape; welp, that's covered, let's talk about something interesting!" and then just talking about stuff that's more interesting than that for pages and pages and pages. Just because we're going to keep the "Yozis can never escape" thing doesn't mean we're going to necessarily keep hammering at it when there's tasty 3rd Circle Demons and their plots to describe.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/2/2013
Arrakiz wrote:
Through sheer luck of being good stuff that actually found a supportive audiance.

Good thing Exalted has one of those.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/2/2013
fata_ku wrote:
Emeris wrote:
Yes, the Devs are making art, but they are also making a product to sell.

This rather unfortunately reminds me of the Mass Effect 3 debacle.

Personally, I'd prefer exalted as art than as a product. From experience (I'm a web designer) people rarely know what the hell they want, because they don't do. They don't suffuse themselves in (in my case) design theory and layouts and user interfaces or (in exalted's case) game theory, writing, interpersonal design, etc. and so they rarely know what parts need to be assembled for the end result to be good. Several "this is the white-room best choice" picks don't make an overall best product.


Product vs. art is a false dichotomy. Many really successful fantasy entertainment products are art. Avatar: The Last Airbender is arguably the most successful new entertainment property of the last half-decade or so and it's art all over.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/1/2013
"Ligier is ashamed of Malfeas" is 1e. "Ligier is ashamed of Malfeas' dancing" is 2e.

I never bought it. If anything, Malfeas' dancing should be one of the few things about Malfeas that Ligier is not ashamed of.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/1/2013
Raziere wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
Dude, everything in Exalted is magical. Rain happens because magic bears herd clouds, and that's not even hyperbole. The line between "I swing my sword real good because I have skill" and "I swing my sword real good because magic" is not drawn at the point between spending motes and not spending motes.


But how that does that feel? What is it like? If its just like earth, whats the point of it being magic?

I mean do I feel the magical life force of the world flowing through me? Do I feel connected to the pure essence of existence coursing through all that I am, pushing me, guiding me in tandem with my will guiding it? Can I hear the voices of a thousand little gods as I reshape them? Can I feel in my mind, the universe bending to my will as I do things no other man can do?



Yes, and you can paint with all the colors of the wind, too.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/1/2013
CycloneJoker wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
Dude, everything in Exalted is magical. Rain happens because magic bears herd clouds, and that's not even hyperbole. The line between "I swing my sword real good because I have skill" and "I swing my sword real good because magic" is not drawn at the point between spending motes and not spending motes.


I thought Ex3 was going to tone back on the explicitness of this?

Enh.
Hark wrote:
In Exalted the best definition of Magic is the ability to manipulate motes of Essence.

I would explicitly define magic as the expenditure of motes.

Nah.