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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/29/2013
Hm.

Any system that requires an organization to have a codified leader is going to fly in the face of social models where actions arise spontaneously out of larger social trends[1], or where leadership arises out of difficult-to-quantify interactions between a small-to-medium-sized group.

But all this stuff is absurdly difficult to model usefully. You have to accept some level of abstraction.

[1] I'm still reading Seeing Like A State, and it has a pretty convincing argument that the bolsheviks actually had sweet fuck-all to do with inciting or organizing the October Revolution, and were mostly a well-organized group of folks who had convinced themselves that because they had foreseen the revolution, and had spent a lot of time talking and writing publicly about how it was coming, they must be the ones who were causing it, and who then recognized the power vacuum left in its wake and managed to convince enough people after-the-fact that they'd been in charge that they managed to assume control over what was left of the social infrastructure.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/29/2013
tluthal wrote:
John Mørke wrote:
Furthermore, other beneficial behaviors are not immediately obvious; a Lawgiver who wants a group to realize the wondrous benefits of regular bathing should remain in the area long enough for these benefits to materialize.


I read this, and all I could think was "Hi Loq!" XD Which lead to the folllowing in the exalted skype chat I run: [Spoilered for foul language. I normally wouldn't but almost every line is... yeah XD Twilights that'd make sailors blanch are fun.]

"YOU IDIOTIC ASSHOLES, HAVE SOME SOAP AND WATER. NOW GO BATHE. I'M NOT LEAVING UNTIL YOU'RE CLEAN."
"NOW SEE HOW MUCH HEALTHIER YOU MORONS ARE?"
"AND HOW MUCH LESS DISGUSTINGLY PUNGENT?!"
"SWEET SOL THIS IS BASIC SHIT YOU CHUCKLEFUCKS."
"AND STOP HAVING SEX WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK FOR LUNA'S SAKE! HOW DO YOU THINK YOU KEEP GETTING THE FOREIGN LESION?!"
"AND HERE. HERE IS SOME SHEEPSGUTS I TURNED INTO A MIRACLE MATERIAL. PUT IT ON YOUR DICK."
"YES I KNOW IT DULLS SENSATION. IT MAKES YOU LAST LONGER AND MAKES YOUR WIFE HAPPY YOU INSENSITIVE IGNORAMUS."
"PLUS IT'S A PROTOTYPE."
And then Loq invented the perfect condom. It requires a thaumaturgical ritual, which leads to...
"OH AND SEND ALL YOUR KIDS TO ME FOR THREE HOURS A DAY. THOSE FUCKERS'LL BE SMARTER, STRONGER, AND GENERALLY BETTER THAN ANY GENERATION IN LIVING MEMORY."


Karkat?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/29/2013
There were two obvious problems with the way oWoD handled metaplot:

1) The relentless progression of time. Say it is January 2005, and a book has just been released that happens to mention some particularly interesting thing about Detroit in Werewolf, some novel sept structure or something. It catches your interest. You know that in June 2005, Rage Across Detroit is due out. Now you're looking forward to it.

But wait! In APRIL 2005, some other book has a big vampire rampage across Detroit and devastate the local werewolf population. June 2005 rolls around and sure enough, it's about post-rampage Detroit. Whatever you were looking forward to is gone, and will never receive coverage, because the oWoD metaplot progressed relentlessly forward.

2) Written like a serial. The oWoD metaplot was written like a dramatic arc—plot twists and unexpected surprises and an attempt to keep people guessing and wanting to buy the next book to see what came next. A CLAN WILL FALL! THE ANCIENTS WILL RISE! Etc. This meant it was hard to incorporate material from it into your games.

Ex3's timeline isn't either of those things. We're not going to say that just because the Mask of Winters conquers the Marukani in RY 773 in a book published in July, from August onward we're never covering the unconquered Marukani again. (Example pulled out of my ass; I know of no plans to write up the Mask's conquest of anyone or anywhere besides Thorns.) The setting is the whole timeline, and we're not devoted to covering it linearly. Nor will it be written to incorporate a lot of SHOCKING TWEESTS. It'll mostly be about portraying the progression of organizational politics over time, so that by example players and STs will have a better idea of how large-scale organizations interact over time. When the PCs start grabbing hold of large-scale organizations, STs will be better able to run the world's reactions.

So I suspect that stuff that WOULD count as a shocking tweest, like an Autochthonian incursion, will mostly be kept out of the timeline. That way STs who want to use it can actually shiock the players with it.

Exalted has so many things to wow you with, we don't need to do it with a shocking and unpredictable metaplot. To the extent that the timeline is meant to excite and impress, we want to excite and impress you with well-thought and useful it is.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/27/2013
Creation may have better funnel cake, but Underworld funnel cake incorporates actual (albeit plasmic) funnel spiders.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/27/2013
Drascin wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
Limited Reagent wrote:
In general, "white elephant" refers to a burdensome thing that you can't get rid of, especially something that has a lot of upkeep. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant)


Indeed. For example, I gifted Holden with a copy of Dark Souls on Steam, because it was on sale and I know, and he knows, that he would hate Dark Souls.

And now it's in his Steam library forever.


Aw. But Dark Souls is such an awesome game.


I know! That's necessary for the joke to work!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/26/2013
Limited Reagent wrote:
In general, "white elephant" refers to a burdensome thing that you can't get rid of, especially something that has a lot of upkeep. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant)


Indeed. For example, I gifted Holden with a copy of Dark Souls on Steam, because it was on sale and I know, and he knows, that he would hate Dark Souls.

And now it's in his Steam library forever.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/24/2013
No, Chejop is totally Dirk Anger.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/24/2013
"Universally applicable" doesn't mean universal in design, actually. For example, in 1e, the plans of the Sidereals are universally relevant to Solars, Lunars, Abyssals, and Dragon-Blooded, but that doesn't mean Sidereals come off as generic. You're making assumptions.