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[#][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.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/1/2013
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.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/1/2013
I think this is less about Solars being magical vs. non-magical and more about "magical vs. nonmagical" being a false dichotomy in Creation anyway.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/31/2013
John Mørke wrote:
Aranis wrote:
Starglyte wrote:
What I find most interesting about the Chosen of Masks is that she traded her face for the Exaltation. Opens up all sorts of possibilities on who can be Exalted.

Keep in mind that the enforced heroism and epicness of 2E isn't making a return. So that actually naturally allows for characters like this new Chosen of Masks.


wat


He means Exalts will no longer require epic motivations to qualify for Exaltation. He is guessing this means that, if indeed you can now meet people who negotiated for Exaltations, some of them may have done so out of selfish desires.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/30/2013
John Mørke wrote:
Eternal_King wrote:
Day_Dreamer wrote:
John Mørke wrote:
I could hit targets before I bought Accuracy Without Distance. Worst. Charm. Ever. emotion-5.gif



Eh...

Its just... how to put this.

This feels like something a skilled mortal should be able to do. If someone shows up on my doorstep unannounced and asks to be let in, I'll shut the door. If they bring up the fact that it is Passover and I'm supposed to let them in, even though I'm an Atheist I still will. My culture is a strong part of me, even though all of its traditions are not.

If it was a charm, I would imagine it as a Dragon-Blooded charm. Part of the fun of Solar charms was their over-the-top nature, even at E2. The E2 socialize charms let you make everyone in a room love you. Or believe that someone was evil.

They were things that, when I first went through the Core, I wanted all of them. They were cool on their own. Even without knowing what any of the numbers or names meant.



Yeah.

That feels like a neat trick.
Like something that is useful, but not really powerful, something like a minor advantage.

You can kill with AWD at one mile.
This sounds like it's giving you an ability to load your bow with an arrow, not to make it fly.


If a neat trick lets you go knocking on doors of houses belonging to the Taliban without getting you murdered, then I'll take a neat trick. Creation isn't your neighborhood or anything like it.



When you put it like that, the degree to which it's useful is much more apparent. Creation is not a nice place.

(OTOH, how many groups actually run Creation as arbitrarily and unpleasantly violent and resource-scarce as Earth in the past?)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/30/2013
I invoke the right of parlay!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/30/2013
danelsan wrote:
I wonder what sorts of truly bizarre food and drinks you get on those tribes living near the wyld, or sold/offered as a temptation by the Raksha... anyone wants a dose of fermented dream with fire juice, cooled with frozen nostalgia?

For something to become a cultural touchstone, it needs to be produced reliably.

Generally speaking tribes living near the Wyld will have an abhorrence of Wyld-tainted shit, and traditions set against letting it gain traction.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/30/2013
Pretty much exactly the same social pressures as act against any taboo in real societies. It won't stop everybody doing the thing, but it will move it out of favor.