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At the urging of my sister, I helped her make Hisako from Killer Instinct into a character.  This is an Umbral Gaunt who's more than simply a tool of the Umbra (though she's that too).  She's kept her memories, and she is a Warden and Umbra Master as well as an Umbral Gaunt.  I took about half the abilities a Gaunt gets, and made them Implanted Powers and Qualities (which of course, made them more expensive).  She has her naginata (which opens passages into her domain, allowing her minions to grab the person and pull them into the ground and into her domain), and helped her build her domain and give her an army of umbral gaunts to command, herself.

She's a terrifying piece of work.  When the PCs catch up to her point cost, she'll be allowed to use her.
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I'm working on a unified document which deals with all Qualities and Powers, from 1pt to 16pts.  I'm trying to use the official ones first and foremost, but extrapolating others as I think of them.  Input would be greatly appreciated!
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Then, why not write it as such?
Something like "You are capable of greater feats of exertion, pushing your limits above and beyond the norm. This allows you to function with greater potency and efficiency, but will tire you in a few minutes, just like spamming a power word would"
I'm not a great fan, though, mainly because it doubles with Power Words.
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For some reason my Entanglement game is showing up in Afrikaans.  I'm in Canada - and Chrome is set for Canadian English.  What's up?
The Daily Challenge is finally here! What is the Daily Challenge, you say? The Daily Challenge is the final piece of the Sakura Grove expansion set and the ultimate way to compete versus your friends and family to find out wh...
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Thanks for getting in touch with me quickly, and fixing this for me.  :)  Greatly appreciated!
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Thank you, +Google , for the personal Google Doodle birthday wish. :)
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I've been thinking about how to compare attributes, and how various factors come into play.  For example, if you have a 1st in Warfare, and a 2nd in Warfare, you can presume the 1st Rank wins.

But, for example, what happens if this occurs?
1st Rank:  1pt Damage Weapon
2nd Rank:  4pt Damage Armour

Or...
1st Rank:  No Armour
2nd Rank:  4pt Damage Weapon

In the first example, the 1st Rank character is obviously superior, but it looks like he's just not going to hurt his opponent.  It might come down to Endurance, but can the 2nd Rank perhaps win the fight before Endurance matters?

In the second example, the 1st Rank is expected to win the fight, but would the 2nd Rank character's weapon be the 'great equalizer'?  Would he, potentially, take down his opponent with a hit, considering the amount of damage he'd inflict?  Kind of a 'you might be the better duelist, but all I need is a single touch'.

Sort of like, in D&D, you might have a 1st and a 6th Level fighter, but the 1st level Fighter has a Vorpal Sword.  One Natural 20 ends the fight right there for the 6th Level Fighter.

I'm curious how other people might deal with using artifacts to narrow the gap, or flip the tables.
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I try to look at at the conflict as a whole, rather than breaking it down attribute by attribute,  artifact vs. artifact and then considering Stuff as a modifier.

I also try not to decide how things will turn out in advance, as allowing evolving tactics to make a difference makes combat interesting, rather it becoming a forgone conclusion as soon as you do the math.

Yes, it's going to be difficult for the Hardened weapon to find a gap in the Invulnerable armor, but what if the Rank 1 warfare guy is able to disarm his opponent? Then he has all the time in the world to figure out how to hurt him.

Conversely, if the guy with Rank 2 warfare has a deadly weapon, Rank 1 may have to fight much more defensively than he would otherwise, and if he doesn't realize that, a nasty wound may turn things against him.
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I was 12.  It was my birthday, and I had never seen anything like it.  None of my friends knew what it was, and neither did I.  I took the box to my room, read the books, played the sample adventure, and coloured in my dice with the wax crayon that came with it.  I was hooked.

Since nobody else knew what Dungeons and Dragons was, I became the game master.  I had never played before, and I had no idea what to do.

A month later, my mom gave me Palace of the Silver Princess, and I started running adventures.  I've never stopped.
 
I was 7 or 8. Whenever it was the first Marvel Transformers comic came out. And there was this glorious ad in one of the comics with a muscle-bound warrior facing off against a red dragon over this hoard of gold -- the iconic +Larry Elmore piece that graces the old Red Box -- with intriguing ad copy about taking part in thrilling adventures or somesuch, just like the novels I read.

I had no clue what the ad was for (was it a board game? was it a computer game?), I just knew this "Dungeons & Dragons" thing sounded incredible.

So the next time we were in the city and I was able to go to a real bookstore -- I think it was Waldenbooks -- I somehow found the small section of D&D stuff, saw the red box, grabbed it and ran up to the counter. I had my paper-route money and spent it right there and then.

When we met my dad outside another store in the mall he yelled at my mom for letting me buy it, because "Don't you know it's that game?" My mom gave him a funny look, and I think she might have pish-poshed him or something. I had no idea what he was talking about, and he never elaborated. I didn't think to ask.

I had this BOX. This basically magic box, if the ad was right. There were adventures in that box.

When we arrived home I colored in the dice with the provided wax crayon and set off on the introductory solo adventure. I spent nights sitting on the living room floor daydreaming and drawing up dungeons and quests, with the tv chattering in the background.

At some point there was a sleep-over at my friends' house and I brought it along to show Tom and his older brother, Brian. We sat at their dining room table; I ran the adventure in the DM's booklet. I don't think we had any real clue how to play, but it was fun.

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Huh, a friend of mine's making a character from Kingdom of Loathing, and is considering picking up the 'wand of piggification'.  This wand turns a group of opponents into a pig.  Not a herd of pigs, but a single pig.  I'm trying to wrap my head around the mechanics.

So... 1pt Alternate Form (inflicted on others), and ... 2pt alter gossamer creature.  But how would it work on a Warden?  Hmm.  I'm going to really need to think about this.
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Actually, my friend and I have discussed the setting at length, and how the character works.  The group as a whole won't be going to 'Loathing', but instead the character is bringing references in his journeys abroad. The idea is he learned Umbra when a reincarnation went 'bad', which is how he got out onto the Stairs - he's not a Warden.  He was overjoyed to find people who spoke English - because without the Warden ability he couldn't communicate with anyone.  It's been fairly interesting so far.
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New Book is out.  Got it.  :)  Interesting!
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I see.  Okay then.  :)  They do seem a step sideways from the normal progression, so this does kind of make sense.  I think I see how this works.  Still, I really like what was done here - how they function, how they interact with the setting, it's a solid book.  :)
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"Terrorists should be killed without trial." Not exactly what was said, but a cleaner statement of intent. If you're declared a terrorist, bang, you're dead. No trial, no evidence, no chance to prove innocence.

I can't even begin to comprehend how wrong that is. Could you imagine what would happen if that was legal? Do you know how many people would be killed in North America alone under that kind of law? If the government doesn't like what you're doing? You're declared a terrorist, they send someone in, and bang, you're gone.

My response was to show this on the flip side. An act of terrorism makes you a terrorist. That's what the word means. So, let's take a look at Ferguson. The police targeted black people - to instil fear, to line their pockets with money. Well if you're opposing terrorists, then the law doesn't apply to you, right?

"Looters should be killed without trial, too."

"..."

Sometimes, I don't understand the people I talk to. I tried to imagine the kind of world they want to live in, and it just blows my mind.

A world where the police and government can search your place, without a warrant, and look through your cell phone, computers, and laptops, taking what they want, based on suspicion alone. Privacy? Doesn't exist in their world.

A world where people are murdered without trial, simply because the government has declared them a 'terrorist'. A world where, when faced with the righteous anger of those being oppressed, the oppressed are murdered if they get out of hand - again, without trial.

This makes me think of 1984. I think I might give them the book as a Christmas present, so they can see just what that world would be like.
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It's certainly based on the presumption of guilt.

Under martial law, soldiers and officers are often authorized to fire on people in flagrante delicto, because the means to conduct a normal civil arrest are not available, but this isn't meant to be the normal state of things (despite the numerous "state of emergency" declarations active in the US, see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/22/president-obama-states-of-emergency/16851775/ for a summary).  Giving up power is hard, because surely the safeguards are only there to prevent abuse of power by bad people, not good people like us, right?

So you must be the first that gives this sentence,
And he, that suffer's. O, it is excellent
To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.
(Wm. Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act II, scene ii.)
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I'll disagree.  A character death can happen 'at random', and not have meaning.  But that's just me.
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Talking to someone about sorcery, and something came up.
If you don't have all the lynchpins in your spell, the casting time goes up - typically a few seconds or so.  i would presume someone with higher Psyche probably casts faster than someone with lower Psyche... but here's the thing.

You're casting a spell, and I'm charging you with a sword.  If your spell goes off first, you teleport to safety.  If I'm faster, I run you through first.  How do we determine who's faster?  Normally, you don't 'cross attributes' for comparison, but it looks like Psyche vs Warfare, doesn't it?  (I've often also thought about a bare-handed martial artist (Strength) against a kenjutsu warrior (Warfare) and how that works).

I've also considered how you handle weapons (Warfare) which do psychic rather than physical damage (Psyche) and how that works.  How would you build such an artifact?
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Ok, here's my take on things, which is roughly aligned with Steve and the official Rules as Written for LoG&S. Generally Warfare should beat Psyche (and that includes prepared spells) in a combat situation. However, the devil is in the detail and a lot of this is subject to an individual GM's interpretation. For example, Warfare character has a bow; Sorcerer character realises he needs to rabbit (get away). Even if the Warfare character fires an arrow, it takes time for the arrow to hit the target. Does the Sorcerer have time to trigger a recall spell before the arrow hits? Answer GM's discretion - it depends upon how the GM weighs up the Warfare v Psyche differences and the other factors in play. If we keep things really simple - the Warfare character has a sword and the Sorcerer is close enough to be hit, then the generally the Warfare character should get a blow in before the Sorcerer can cast a spell. I hear what others have said about Cantrips - I agree that Cantrips are meant for combat - different kettle of fish. Hope this helps, Bruce
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Had a really detailed series of dreams last night.  Some of them were weirder than others, but overall the tapestry of them... well, I woke up upset.  One of my dreams had Bradley​ wanting to hook up and hang out for a while, but we needed an excuse for him to come over.  So the idea was for him to send someone to get some Christmas lights I had.  I called him and told him he could come over to get them as well, since I didn't drive.  Well, he showed up - but it was 3 am when he did, and dad was trying to sleep.  We made too much noise, and dad woke up all grumpy, so I had to convince him everyone was just leaving - even though two of my friends (one being Fox) were actually coming in to keep me company.

The second dream involved Charles Xavier and the X-Men, and this is where it turned dark.  He was running his School for Gifted Students, but it was all a lie.  See, the X-Mansion was destroyed, and the students were instead living in a telepathic fantasy he constructed, where they could train and be friends and go on adventures.  The truth was, they were huddled in this ruin of a building, trapped in this construct Charles Xavier had made, eating scraps of food and huddled around a campfire within the ruins.  The only person who didn't fall for it was Wolverine - because he was actually an actor, Hugh Jackman.

Xavier was actually a little gnome-like man, and he was angry that Hugh and I were trying to help these people trapped in this telepathic construct, so he switched everything around.  To of the people - I think Colossus and ShadowCat, were 'cursed', so that they couldn't be together, instead just missing one another, brushing by each other in contact only fleetingly.  I had to fix this, so through the dream I struggled to help Kitty focus, so that she wouldn't be constantly upset, and would be able to get through her day and enjoy what time she could get with Peotr.

Of course, Xavier got angry at me over that, and said 'fine, they can be together, but there's a price.  Hugh tried to grab him, but Xavier fell apart like a pile of puzzle pieces.

And this is where my dream went dark.

The price was my father-in-law, Mr. Prickett.  He had been sitting on a chair nearby - and I realized I was in something akin to the airport.  He died.  But it was ... different.  What happened was he picked up the magazine he had been reading, and started walking down the airport hall... and he looked almost like a bundle of small jigsaw puzzle pieces, which were falling out of him, a little at a time.  And everyone around him would say, 'Goodbye, Mr. Prickett' as he went, paying respect to him.  He didn't seem to hear or see them, he was focussed on something ahead of him.  I tried to run after him, to get his attention, to tell him he didn't have to go, but I couldn't get to him fast enough.

And all the while I heard 'Goodbye, Mr. Prickett' from everyone he passed.  He'd sometimes give a little nod, acknowledging them, but kept moving ahead, his magazine tucked under his arm, his winter cap on his head.  And as he went, less and less puzzle pieces would fall away, and he started to become less and less distinct, blending more and more into the background, as his place in the world faded away... until all that was left was the jigsaw puzzle of the world, and he'd finally faded into the background.  a kind older man from the south being the last memory of who he was.

And I woke up very, very upset.
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A young man in an older man's body, I'm a writer and vice president of a publishing company.  I've done work on AEG's Legend of the Five Rings and John Wick's Houses of the Blooded.  I've also published my own RPG, called Fox Magic, which can be found here.
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