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Christopher Stilson
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Christopher Stilson

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I took a break from finishing off the My Little Pony hack I was working on to write one for D&D5e instead (since I'm more likely to get my group to play that than Fate), but today I went back and finished off the sample characters' stats and art.  Not sharing the stats until I'm satisfied with them, but here's the art (clockwise from center: Flashy Panache, Quickfire, Forceful Start, Cleverclogs, Sneakythief, and Careful Chase).  Based on the characters gracing the covers of the Core and FAE books.
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Good thing I held off on the stats, since I discovered after creating the first PDF that I'd forgotten one of the characters' Strength aspects...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5PaJ_mxBn8vekUwbWEycEFMMDQ/view?usp=sharing
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I saw some discussion of Tenra Bansho Zero a ways down - has someone already done a hack for it?  I started one a few weeks ago, but I don't want to duplicate efforts if there's already a perfectly serviceable one out there.
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I mean, the main draw for TBZ, at least for me, is how its Fate economy plays into the shounen-style anime, and if that's what you want, then you play TBZ.  The setting is mostly tid-bits, and should be easily placed into other systems, you just need rules for mecha, monster summoning, etc.
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Christopher Stilson

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For those who haven't already been notified directly, the POD of Amethyst: Destiny is finally available, after many trials and tribulations involving transparencies that weren't transparent.

I have a coupon to get the print copy at cost, which I'd be happy to bestow upon someone who'd be willing to provide a third detailed review of the PDF (I've only got one, so it's first-come, first-served - post me the link to your review and I'll get you set up).
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Main thing is the updated regions - in the 13th Age book we actually give real-world equivalents for the major locations for the first time, and it turned out that I'd been off by several hundred miles on some of them (particularly Salvabrooke, which I thought was Yellowstone and is actually Salt Lake City).
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Christopher Stilson

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Well, they can't all be 5-star :)

At the reviewer's request, before anybody else here goes out and buys it unawares: this book contains references to cultural practices that may be distasteful to socially conservative readers.  It also contains references to cultural practices that may be distasteful to socially liberal readers.  It also has a whiny and opinionated POV character in its introductory fiction, who you are not supposed to like very much.  You have been warned.

Moar review plskthx?
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I've been a fan of Fate and Fate Core since Spirit of the Century, through every incarnation and game system EH has produced. I was not a fan of Fate Accelerated Edition.

Chris, your implementation of FAE for Amethyst really changed my feelings on it! I love your vocations and I enjoy the use of the Deck of Fate as a great option. I've run a couple of sessions when my full group could not all be there for my main campaign, and everyone at the table has enjoyed it (our first FAE-based game) so much I'm worried it will usurp the main campaign. :) Which is not a bad thing.

Heck I even created a handy little game pack for my home-grown character management system for Windows and Mac just for my group and I to use and enjoy. (A time commitment I take only for the games most popular with my group.)
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Christopher Stilson

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Amethyst: Destiny available now.

Thanks to everyone in the community who offered feedback based on my frequently confusing and nebulous requests :)
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Do you know who is involved? +Chris Dias? Because, as Megan in her review, I also think the armor guy in the left bottom corner is making the text a bit hard to read. Maybe it can be fixed by whitening him or so, before sending the final pdf to print?
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Christopher Stilson

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I should have done the basic formatting of the book myself :(  Unfortunately, the publisher doesn't know Fate and thus doesn't understand why I filled the manuscript with Bold Italics...

Sorry, Amethyst backers, it'll be a little bit longer while I get this straightened out.
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Yea, that's a tough one. Layout in Fate is pretty specific if you want it to match up with the Core book. When looking for a layout artist for "Mecha vs Kaiju" I decided to go for someone who knew RPGs: Clay Gardner, creator of the OVA rpg. I made sure he got a copy of the core book and I wrote everything in MS word as close  as I could to what I wanted to see (box text both black-on-white and white-on-black, bold, italicized, etc).
It's working out pretty well. I hope your layout problems get resolved soon.
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Christopher Stilson

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Well, I finally finished my playtest adventure (a month after the book went to layout).

I'm starting to think that the reason I can never seem to damage PCs is because they have much better tactics than me due to being able to bounce ideas off each other. I wonder if I ran a game with a co-GM, if we'd be able to muster a better opposition...
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If you're in fate just give them high ground and larger numbers, that does fine
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I'm putting together the finishing touches on a My Little Pony hack, and I'd like to spruce it up with some artwork.  Anyone out there good at pony fanart and want to contribute a sketch or two? (I'll do it all myself if I have to, but I'm not very good at eyes and snouts yet)
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And the stats for the above pony:

Cleverclogs (Unicorn Mare)
A graduate of the Canterlot Academy for Gifted Unicorns, Cleverclogs travels all over Equestria searching for new spells and guest lecturing at local magic schools.  She eschews traditional methods of spellcasting and is always on the lookout for something new, an attitude which puts her at odds with the academy establishment (although Princess Celestia neither approves nor disapproves publicly).

Tribe: Unicorn
Unicorns have strong, capable minds and an array of magical talents.  
Intellectual: Feats of reasoning and memory are easier for unicorns.
Spellcasting: Unicorns can use telekinesis to manipulate objects, and can cast spells related to their Cutie Mark aspect even if they have no other magical talents.

Strength (+4) : Insufferably Intellectual Iconoclastic Illusionist
Cleverclogs graduated top of her class from the Academy.  Unfortunately, she failed to get top marks in Humility 101 – she constantly lords her intelligence over other ponies and delights in using her magic to play pranks.

Cutie Mark (+3) : A Pair of Scrolls
This mark symbolizes Cleverclogs’ dedication to mastering her spells and learning new ones.

Weakness (-2/+2) : Makes Things Up When Stumped
Because she’s a genius, she is convinced that even if she doesn’t know the answer to a question, she can make an educated guess that’s just as good as certain knowledge.  Sometimes she’s right.

Background (+1) : Ex-Canterlot Ex-Snob
She grew up in Canterlot, and used to believe that this was what made her superior, until she realized that most of the Canterlot elite were a bunch of idiots compared to her.  Now she travels all over Equestria, bringing the less fortunate the benefits of her education.

Friendship : Smart Alek, Pet Phoenix
During her travels, Cleverclogs discovered a phoenix nest that had been ravaged by dragons and saved a lone egg.  The phoenix that emerged shares her love of magic and defying convention, and is almost as insufferably intellectual as she is.

Magic Disciplines
Cleverclogs’ cutie mark allows her to learn individual spells (but not entire disciplines) through study between episodes.  In addition, her Strength aspect and stunts grant her the following disciplines: Glamour, Tower, and Voodoo .

Stunts
Expository Jargon : Whenever she has time to explain the fundamental concept behind  something as she’s doing it, Cleverclogs gains +2 to purely intellectual overcome attempts.

Magical Talent (x2) : Cleverclogs can cast spells from the Voodoo discipline using her Strength aspect.  Additionally, she gains +1 to overcome and advantage actions with Glamour and Voodoo spells, and the worst result she can get on an opposed check with Glamour is a tie.
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Christopher Stilson

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A while back someone asked if I would strip the magic system out of Amethyst, add some extra sample spells and and put it up as a separate module.  Then I got busy and forgot about it :) but today I decided to drag it out of storage and finish it.

So here it is.  Most of the sample spells are derived (at least in spirit, not necessarily in name or mechanics) from the D&D3.5 SRD.  I think I removed most of the setting-specific stuff, but let me know if I missed something.

(Note: it also uses some of my preferred terminology.  'Advantage action' = 'Create an Advantage action', 'freebie' = 'free invocation,' etc... I think I replaced all the 'critical success' with 'success with style,' but one or two might have escaped).
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Should advanced (eg AI-assisted) and intelligent magic equipment be able to grant teamwork bonuses?

(My instinct is 'no, unless created as an NPC,' but I'd like to hear what others think). 
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Hah.  Anyone want to write up Rogue Trooper?
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Christopher Stilson

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Could some of the people who got Amethyst: Destiny consider posting a review on DTR?  Preferably with some attention to the things you liked and didn't like?  I want to get some idea of what ideas from it are worth keeping for potential future projects.
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Christopher Stilson

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The Fate incarnation of Amethyst should be available this Saturday.
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At last! A game that takes full advantage of the Deck of Fate! 
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Olympia, Washington - Loretto, Pennsylvania
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I spend most of my time pretending to be other people.
Introduction
Christopher is a delusional freak who would rather retreat into the realms of the imagination than put up with the prosaity of the real world.  Consequently he invests the majority of his time in books, television, video games, roleplaying games, and acting.
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Proud but frazzled parent of Rory; Master of Arts; once wrote a movie script
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  • University of Alberta
    Drama, 2010 - 2012
    I don't know, I never understood it.
  • The Evergreen State College
    Absolutely General Knowledge, 2001 - 2003
    Eclectic collection of arts and languages.
  • Concordia University College of Alberta
    Drama, 2005 - 2010
    Puttering around in the English program until such time as a drama major became available or until they forced me to graduate.
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