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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
The other day I was thinking about the Heaven issue and the answer I came up with was "If the US is so powerful and President Obama is the leader of the US, why can't he just mobilize all of the US's public and private resources to fix hunger in the Third World?"

The answer is "That's not how it works."

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Yeah, basically the Infernals -- though conceptually flawed in ways we can now address directly -- were the late 2nd edition runaway hit that re-energized the fanbase and drummed up enough interest to make the Ink Monkeys supplements the later runaway hits that permitted 3rd edition, while the Alchemicals were the early 1st edition Sixth Ranger Exalts that have retained a massive fan-following since their introduction. The question "How well will new Exalts work?" is answered with "Historically? Very well."

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Segev wrote:
...conspiracy theory time...
What if CCP is pressing for this so they have options for MMO PCs other than "dragonblooded?" Alchemicals are largely unreachable for the setting, and the 700 Celestials would represent too small a player base to be worthwhile.


[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
danelsan wrote:
Out of curiosity, let me ask: did anyone took the pledges above 10k?

No. Someone took the 10k "Your fan character will become canon in Homestuck" reward, but no one went for the 100k "Your fan character will become canon in Homestuck, and additionally will survive past the first panel."

Certainly no one went for the million dollar "Hussie will 'like' one of your tumblr posts" reward.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Raziere wrote:
Holden wrote:

If you're looking to go stir up trouble in Heaven, an army is just about the last thing in the world you want to try to bring with you, considering that every single known means of entry is a natural choke point that makes Thermopylae Pass look like the open plains of the Serengeti, and that once the alarm goes up, you're going to be feeding mortals with wolf-heads single-file into a fight with, first, a Celestial Lion, and then a few minutes later, once his backup arrives, a lesser elemental dragon.

If you're smarter, and just go in by yourself, then probably the last place you want to pick to perform your assassinations is the building full of people who can see the future.

uh yeah um…..

about that….

what if…..hypothetically…..

Estasia opened a portal to the middle of the air in Yu-Shan…and began invading with ships and troops dropping from said ships, and Alchemicals going through the portals? with y'know, that high-essence charm Alchemicals use
to breach the Seal of Eight Divinities?

just curious as to how that would work out.

I personally would bet on the Aerial Legion, backed up by the regional war gods and their Celestial subordinates, the censors, and the celestial lions and lion dogs.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
Drakhan Valane wrote:
danelsan wrote:
I just hope I can win the lottery in time for the $1.000.000,00 pledge reward "your favored playstyle is now objectively the right way to play the game" XD

Pffft. They can't set pledge levels above $10k.

Hussie did it.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
I had a really productive Skype discussion this morning with Holden regarding polishing up some of the prose in the few sections I'm writing -- most of the book I'm the editor (in the RPG sense of "proofreader"), but I'm doing the [REDACTED] in the [REDACTED] as well as sections on [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] in chapter [REDACTED]. He also showed me some of the early [REDACTED], which are coming out nice, although I did make a comment that might fix a problem as well as piss of someone who has to enact the fix. I always love doing that. I'm a helper!

We're quiet because we are busy as fuck.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
indarkestknight wrote:
You mean Mantis?

Yeah, that.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
More specifically, Castebook: Dawn had Tiger Style and everyone went "Oh, of course, every castebook will have a new MA based on its caste sobriquet! Brilliant! I can't wait until Zenith comes out and we get to see Bull!"

And then it didn't happen. We had nothing, nothing, Ebon Shadow, Crane. So I've basically been waiting for those five styles as a unified package serving as the foundation of Celestial MA since the first two months of Exalted fandom.

I bug Holden about it whenever I can.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
Anyone know why I specified those five styles?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
Tiger, Bull, Spider, Wolf, and Falcoln Styles.

(Just kidding, I don't know. And five styles in the core is probably impractical. Wouldn't it be cool, though?)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
Tiger, Bull, Spider, Wolf, and Falcon Styles.

(Just kidding, I don't know. And five styles in the core is probably impractical. Wouldn't it be cool, though?)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/18/2013
That's actually not a difficult thing to do. With the mouth open wide, the tongue is a facial feature. It's not difficult to bite your tongue.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/18/2013
Arrakiz wrote:
The question that beggs to be asked then is: why would anyone want to learn Martial Arts and other formalized fighting styles since they're not only severely limited, but also require a lot of time to learn. The obvious answer would be that they allow stuff that is impossible to achieve by refining your native skills with Charms. Which is quite a big statement for Exalted and I can't really see how it fits with lowering the power scale in 3e.

That is a good question!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/16/2013
I find John's goals laudable, but in practical terms people play to their preferences, not what's in the book. Raise your hands if you used the 1e or 2e training time rules as written.