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I am very excited that I get to run Epyllion tomorrow, and I'm confident in my Powered by the Apocalypse GMing skills, but I am still curious about a few game questions not addressed in the kickstarter previews.

Basic mechanics questions
 1. Does rolling a miss grant XP, or only end of session questions?
 2. Do friendship gems carry over between sessions or reset? I would guess the former, but I'm not sure.
 3. Does the first box of the XP track (the one that says "XP:") also count as one to tick off? (meaning Raw Scaled Drakes need 6 xp to fill their track, not just 5)
 4. When Flying through the Valley of Death, rolling +Gems probably refers to gems you have total, since there's no other person whose gems would count, and the move is more about the moons' overall stance toward you, right?
 5. Is there anything official or public yet about how to run the collaborative map-filling activity at the start of a campaign that is shown in the YouTube Exhibition game? Does the GM just ask each player to tell about a bit of Dragonia history that their dragon was involved in and have them add a related location to the map?
 6. Just to clarify, the default assumption is that dragons are the only sentient beings in Dragonia? The social moves all refer to dragons, and therefore don't technically seem extensible to something like intelligent nature faeries or spirits.
 — I'd love to hear any ideas or examples of how others have conveyed Darkness other than tangible predatory beasts or moral corruption among dragons.
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I'm mostly gonna dive in on 5 and 6 since it looks like Marissa tackled the others. 

5.  I recommend picking some piece of dragon society that intrigues you and start asking your players question about it through the lens of their dragons.

I personally like to start by trawling the player's ideas of their dragon's lives with their houses until something sticks as a neat place to start, then ask questions from there - But, that's my personal style.

6. Marissa, unless I'm mistaken the Nature Adept's moves also can apply to the Dragon's beast companion, riiight?

I'm personally torn on non-dragon sentients, for a few reasons. I can see room for great stories, but I think Epyllion's principles would press you to fill those roles with Dragons, Or, the presence of the Nature Adept's Move exception would make me wary about creating any such beings that everyone could talk to, without that move for fear of thunder-stealing. I think if you consider those pressures and still feel there's a need... Maybe. 
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Another move: Affirm a Friend
In real life, I'm not sure why, but I have found that it is strangely rare for me and others to authentically affirm what we notice and admire in those we care about. Since I aim to play Epyllion with my family, I want the game to encourage and reward practicing this kind of sincere affirmation.

[I wrote this move assuming the idea of taking bonuses forward, but Epyllion may not have that concept, in which case, this move would need to be modified.]

What do you think?

Affirm a Friend
When you set aside time to sincerely affirm something you admire about another dragon in your clutch, roll +Gems (max +3). On a hit, your affirmation deepens your bonds and lifts your clutchmate's spirits. Choose one:
—Give the clutchmate you affirmed +1 forward (+1 on one future roll)
—The clutchmate you affirmed may erase a Shadow if you return a gem

On 10+ the exchange also lifts your own spirits. In addition to the choice above, either take the other choice above or choose one of the following:
—Take +1 forward yourself 
—Erase a  Shadow if you return a gem

On a miss, your well-intended effort goes awry somehow, perhaps due to interruption, misunderstanding, or perceived insincerity. Choose one
—Take -1 forward (-1 on your next roll)
—Return a gem to the clutchmate you tried to affirm
—Mark a Shadow
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No problem.  I had simultaneously come up with a similar move yesterday, but I like yours better.  A little more variety and better written.
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I'm curious what you think: How effectively could Epyllion empower a decent Adventure Time hack?
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Let's see... what are the mechanically vital parts of Epy, and how well would they translate to AT?

1) Age/growing up. I feel like Adventure Time is actually more about not growing up (see: Jake vs. his kids, Ice King's back story and behavior), so you'd need to change up advancement and the age dependent moves. I could see the former changing to growing in heroism, like when Finn gets a new sword or reads from the Enchiridion. The latter could be more about power than age? Like, you can't really command a princess or a huge monster to do something, but you might impress or amuse them.

2) Virtues/friendship. This would work fine. You don't really see stand out values like you do with, say, My Little Pony, but Finn and Jake do better when they work together and respect each other.

3) Houses/family. These easily become Kingdoms.

4) Moon magic. This is a tricky one. In Epy, magic is widespread and flexible, and having that flexibility narrowed (and growing in power so you don't need to rely on your friends D: ) is a big part of advancement/aging. In Adventure Time, though... well, you don't see many big and flashy mages, the ones you do see are often antagonists, and even their magic is usually tightly themed (Ice King, Flame Princess, Magic Man and his jerk curses). But everyone is a little bit wacky. Very rough idea: you have a 'magic' stat that grows as it does in base Epy, but instead of being tied to the moons it's tied to a single loosely-defined theme, like ice or fire or shapeshifting or science (I include the last for the Bubblegum types, though invention might be more of a playbook feature).

5) The Darkness, and the battling thereof. The Lich is there in the background. Whether you count all monsters and dungeons as being part of the Darkness is another question entirely. I think shadow points can work as is; everyone in AT has their jerk moments.

So, yeah! You'd have a couple of issues to tackle, but most of the skeleton fits very well I think.
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I'm somewhat joking with this, but has anybody made a custom move about "When you fly beyond Dragonia's shores over the Kraken-infested sea"? I feel like the following—while technically a move, and perhaps even setting-appropriate—is not in the spirit of the game. :P

When you fly beyond Dragonia's coast over the Kraken-infested sea you become kraken-lunch before anything more interesting happens.

Maybe it would just be the same as the Valley of death move. Or something similar? What about this? Just playing around. I know it is still too dark:

When you fly beyond Dragonia's coast over the Kraken-infested sea roll +Courage. on a 10+, you make it back alive with a story or trinket that impresses other dragons. On a 7-9, you have an impressive story that is told throughout dragonkind, but you must also choose one:
— your body is no longer fully intact and functional
— your sleep is no longer untroubled by nightmares
— your rationality is no longer fully intact
— you no longer easily trust others and enjoy intimacy
— you no longer have a taste for things you once enjoyed.

On a miss, you fly through the valley of death.
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I wonder if it would be more appropriate to have the roll be +X where X is the number of Scars you have.
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Has anybody run Epyllion via pbp? I've had great success with other Powered by the Apocalypse games via pbp, so I think it would work well... What do you all think?
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Epyllion by post would be awesome because you can really develop the world and the details of your baby dragons portrayal in long form 
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Some fun #TasksFromTheCouncil  (special stretch goals) are included on the latest update of the #Epyllion  Kickstarter. Inspired by +Jason Wodicka's custom move, I also like not only dragons and game design but also maps and collaborative world-building, so here is my contribution to the task of creating 10 custom #Epyllion  moves. 

While I am far from an expert at custom move design in these kinds of games, how does this look as a way to empower flavorful player input into the setting? I welcome feedback!

Explore the Unknown
When you explore an unfamiliar area of Dragonia, roll +Cunning. On 10+ Add one of the following to the map and answer its associated question. On 7–9, do the same as 10+, but the DM may also make a move appropriate to the explored setting.

— An enclave or operation of the Darkness: How is the enclave or operation vulnerable?
— A ruin of historical significance: What is one secret the ruin holds?
— A bastion of dragon culture, economics, or civilization: What rarity does this place offer dragonkind?
— A community in great need or peril: What would have to change for your clutch to be equipped to address this community's situation?
— The nest of another clutch of dragons: What agenda are they pursuing here and how old are they?
— A natural landmark or oddity: What rarity, legend, or connection to the moons does this location offer dragonkind?
— A strange realm: _How does one or more of Dragonia's usual laws of reality operate differently here?

On a miss, the DM may instead note a new or existing location that you discover to be tainted by Darkness.
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Try your own hand at some of the #TasksFromTheCouncil  listed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1921129910/epyllion-a-dragon-epic-rpg/posts/1213016

(Making sure to tag +Magpie Games) :)
Marissa Kelly is raising funds for Epyllion, a Dragon Epic RPG on Kickstarter! Play as a clutch of young drakes who must use the power of friendship to protect their homeland from an ever-growing Darkness.
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Thanks, Adam! Great move!
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This NPC Dragon Deck is already great, but could be even greater!
"The Council of Dragonia sent a letter offering to expand the NPC Dragon Deck for the Epyllion Kickstarter if we complete tasks for them! One of the first tasks is to reshare this post 10 times across G+. There are plenty of other tasks ranging from providing selfies with a young dragon to having lots of people join the Epyllion community. 

With your help, the NPC Dragon Deck can become even more awesome! Let's get flying! "
 
Epyllion Social Media Stretch Goals

+Marissa Kelly received this letter from the Council of Dragonia. They've offered to expand the NPC Dragon Deck for the Epyllion Kickstarter if we complete tasks for them! One of the first tasks is to reshare this post 10 times across G+. There are plenty of other tasks ranging from providing selfies with a young dragon to having lots of people join the Epyllion community. 

With your help, the NPC Dragon Deck can become even more awesome! Let's get flying! 
Marissa Kelly is raising funds for Epyllion, a Dragon Epic RPG on Kickstarter! Play as a clutch of young drakes who must use the power of friendship to protect their homeland from an ever-growing Darkness.
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Another move: Affirm a Friend
In real life, I'm not sure why, but I have found that it is strangely rare for me and others to authentically affirm what we notice and admire in those we care about. Since I aim to play #Epyllion  with my family, I want the game to encourage practicing this kind of sincere affirmation.

What do you think?

Affirm a Friend
When you set aside time to sincerely affirm something you admire about another dragon in your clutch, roll +Gems. On a hit, your affirmation deepens your bonds and lifts your clutchmate's spirits. Choose one:
—Give the clutchmate you affirmed +1 forward (+1 on one future roll)
—The clutchmate you affirmed may remove 1 mark of Shadow

On 10+ the exchange also lifts your own spirits. Choose one in addition to the choice above:
—Take +1 forward yourself 
—Remove 1 mark of Shadow from yourself

On a miss, your well-intended effort goes awry somehow, perhaps due to interruption, misunderstanding, or perceived insincerity. Choose one
—Take -1 forward (-1 on your next roll)
—Return a Friendship Gem to the clutchmate you tried to affirm
—Mark a Shadow

[I wrote this move assuming the idea of taking bonuses forward, but Epyllion may not have that concept, in which case, this move would need to be modified. I guess it also assumes unmarking Shadow is a thing.]
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Marissa Kelly is raising funds for Epyllion, a Dragon Epic RPG on Kickstarter! Play as a clutch of young drakes who must use the power of friendship to protect their homeland from an ever-growing Darkness.
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So you say you need more dragons in your life? Maybe a good RPG where you get to play a dragon? Or it is just me?

So when I saw a post about Epyllion earlier this week, I got super excited! You mean I can play a dragon? Heck yeah, I'm sooooo in!

#womeningaming   #RPG  
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Your task: To find this princess and rescue the dragon she's holding hostage.
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3 days left to get involved in the Epyllion kickstarter. Play dragons in a Powered by the Apocalypse system focused on friendship, wonder, courage, growing up, and magic in a fantastical dragon-centered world. Did I mention its excellent, evocative art? There are many great stretch goals and bonus playbooks already unlocked and available to backers of $10 and up. Check it out!
 
#Epyllion Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! - Creative Commons, MOBI, & ePub!
And the new reveal (drum roll please)...  at $29,000 +Eddy Webb will create a new playbook, "The Envoy!"
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I love the idea of players filling the Dragonia map with awesome story-expanding features through play, so here's my contribution of a custom #Epyllion  move for the #TasksFromTheCouncil : Explore the Unknown

I'm new to crafting custom moves, so I'd love feedback, especially if anyone uses it or something like it for play!
Some fun #TasksFromTheCouncil  (special stretch goals) are included on the latest update of the #Epyllion  Kickstarter. Inspired by +Jason Wodicka's… - Adam Minnie - Google+
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My players rolled the entanglement of a Demon offering a Deal. I don't think what I provided was very good: the crew was tasked with bringing him the eponymous flame from their rivals the Circle of Flame. I don't really know what that means yet, but they definitely don't mind stealing something cool from their rival faction.

What are some good ideas of interesting and problematic deals a powerful demon may ask from/offer the lowly PC crew?
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