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[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/17/2017
Originally posted by Sandact6 View Post
These are not anime from the 80's or 90's.
That was a test. You passed.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/17/2017
Grimgar, Re:Zero, or Konosuba?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/8/2017
Originally posted by Stephen Lea Sheppard View Post
-E)(CIT----------ED!
I dunno... there's something fishy about this.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/5/2017
Originally posted by Jetstream View Post
Your original draft of Manual of Exalted Power: Dragon Blooded? I didn't know you worked on that book.
Ah. I wrote the section on the Bull of the North for Compass of Terrestrial Directions: the North. I blanked out for a moment on the fact that of course the Bull was referenced at earlier points in the second edition line,

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/5/2017
Originally posted by Lioness View Post
and the Bull of the North has got people hunting down and murdering Outcaste children like he's fucking Hitler.
Where was this part? I don't remember writing it, and I can't find anything in a search of my original draft.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/4/2017
They've had some time to present their guesses, so I think it's only fair to give them the answers.

Dawn: Lyta
Night: Havesh the Vanisher
Eclipse: Scarlet Whisper

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/4/2017
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Ohhh I'm very frustrated now. Part of that is that I've had a terrible week, buuuut...
My apologies; I didn't mean to distress you. I was a bit salty myself.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/4/2017
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
The Skullstone Archipelago seems to be an odd addition to those considering that it's a bunch of islands rather than city, and considering how Wu Jian is drawn, it feels odd to single out one important island group for such and not another.
This may be an error on the part of the cartographer. I can't say.

Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
‚ÄčAs for the cities, are we saying that all of the other ones that don't have circles are to scale? That Gloam is a city the size of a city, i.e. something that would not actually be visible on a map at this scale, but that Nexus and Lookshy and Kirighast are the size of small countries?
I believe the point is that Gloam is located on a relatively small island, one that would normally not be large enough to appear on the map at its current scale. Mind you, I'm not sure that Wu Jian's island should be large enough for that. The map should not generally be treated as a thing possessed of great in-setting precision.

Your suggestion that the map scaling is for cities rather than for land masses is very silly.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/3/2017
Originally posted by Stephen Lea Sheppard View Post
Only one of those three Zeniths is a pregen in Tomb of Dreams. Can you guess which one?
I can!

Though that's not really guessing.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/3/2017
Originally posted by Jetstream View Post

Say... you might KNOW this...

On the map, Ysyr (and other locales) are in special little circles. Are those circles like... "magnifying glasses," blowing up smaller territory to show us its topography? Or is Ysyr really that huge?
I don't have access to special knowledge about this, but Bluehaven, Gloam, Onyx, and Sunken Luthe all share the same sort of "zoomed-in" circles that suggest that they are not to scale. Ysyr's circle doesn't have that same look, which suggests that the island is to scale.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/3/2017
Originally posted by SpruceStripedGoose View Post

Couldn't the other signature pre-gens have been included just for the sake of completeness? I get what you are saying that they don't all necessarily fit in with the narrative of the quickstart, but it also feels kinda weird that they aren't all going into print in one place, I didn't think a circle would be broken up that way in how they are unveiled. You could just note which characters work best with the campaign, and have the others as examples for play beyond the scope of the quickstart.
On the one hand, I don't think there's any reason to assume that stat blocks for every signature character from every edition are guaranteed to see print in 3e. On the other hand, if there's a need to print, say, the 3e signature Solar Circle in an upcoming supplement, then I expect that they'll all be printed in that supplement, rather than expecting the reader to have access to Tomb of Dreams.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/3/2017
I would model it after Master Plan Meditation, with a pool of contingency points generated by an (Intelligence + Survival) roll that can be used in a prepared area to misdirect opponents or lure them into traps.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2017
Oh, and also the Ys from John Brunner's The Traveller in Black.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2017
Originally posted by Ghosthead View Post
On a total tangent triggered in my mind on Levi's post: On the aesthetics and feel of the "great powers", I find Prasad brings to mind India. Volivat I find harder to place.

While Ys brings to mind, well... Ys, the island of legend.. so I guess so at least in part evokes Jack Vance's Lyonesse, and that whole fusion of decadent, doomed Sword and Sorcery sensibilities with Arthurian, Celtic and the European High Middle Ages, somehow sitting along with the more psychadelic feel of the Dreaming Sea. This, is a reference I'm almost certain the authors do not intend to be descriptive- because of the general dynamics of the Southeast in particular, and Creation in general - but, there's that name (which just feels like it surely has to somehow be a reference to the Ys of myth?).
The developers came up with the name "Ysyr," and I am not privy to their thought processes in the matter. But I added the term "Ys" for the corebook writeup, and I definitely had both the mythical Ys and Jack Vance's Lyonesse in mind when I did so. This shouldn't be taken to indicate the presence of medieval Western European cultural markers, though the decadent, doomed Sword & Sorcery sensibilities should be there in spades.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/22/2017
Originally posted by Totentanz View Post
Nice work on that. This raises a couple questions:
1. What are Volivat's borders like? If I wanted to make things especially tense, I'd say Ydanna is their client state. I searched the core book and the leak and found nothing on it.
I can't go into any detail about Y'danna, but based on its original writeup from the developers, it is not a political player in the Dreaming Sea.

Originally posted by Totentanz View Post
2. Just how many competing minor kingdoms and city-states are between the two of them. I could easily see expanding their borders towards each other, but it might be more fun to throw an extra large Hundred Kingdoms-style region in there.
There are definitely a great number of minor principalities, city-states, peoples and tribes along the shores of the Dreaming Sea. How many are independent of the extant imperial powers, I can't say. But as the region was intended to allow for the addition of lesser powers with imperial ambition, it is best to assume that the borders of the great powers are fragmented and that at any given time there are populations under no one's direct military or political control. This may be due to negotiated neutrality; treaty-based devassalization; ongoing or successful rebellion; or de facto independence due to the withdrawal of overstretched occupying forces.