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Andrew Lawton

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Quick question. How do I handle players searching a scene or noticing hidden information about a location or how an npc is acting? Strictly narratively or is there a.move that's the equivalent of DW's discern realities?

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Brand Robins's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photo
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+Mo Jave​ is brilliant. 😊
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Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but I just noticed that the latest version of the archetypes have a typo and a missing parenthesis in the list of Scars:

Fractured (-1 Mild) - Mild instead of Mind
Broken (-1 Spirit - missing closing parenthesis
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Andrew Medeiros's profile photoMark Diaz Truman's profile photo
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Noted!
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I will finally be a player in our Urban Shadows campaign, and I wanted to try out the Dragon Archetype. But i wasn't clear on the Soulmates mechanic. 
It states that once the MC reveals the nature of one of your Soulmates you "Unlock the advance associated with them".
The wording isn't really clear, what does this mean.
 - Is this an additional advance you can take?
 -  Or do you immediately take the advance associated with the Soulmate?
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Jeroen “Zenmah” van Lier's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photo
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Good point. We shall fix that. 
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Robert Ruthven

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So what's the latest news for those of us who can't read the backer-only updates on the Kickstarter? ^_^;
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It is soon! Short version for those folks who aren't in the Kickstarter:

- We sent Chapters 1-3 to our copy editor! That means roughly half the book (25,000 words) is in the final stage before layout. 
- We've finished the Miami City Guide. We're just about to finish City Guides for New York, Tokyo, etc. 
- Stay tuned for more chapters finished this month! Yay!
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Rafael Araujo

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Hey dude.
I'm a great fan of your job with Urban Shadows.
Brazilians are great fans of AWE and WOD
I will coordenate a translate project for fan of Urban Shadows.
Join us! 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/371471313051103/?fref=ts
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Yeah, is just for fun. Will be translate the free version. The brazilian wanto buy the license to release the final version of US here.
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Alex Prinz

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Any updates on the Revenant playbook/any other bonus playbooks that haven't been released yet that I may have forgotten?
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Andrew Lawton's profile photoRich Glover's profile photo
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Ok. Thx +Andrew Lawton
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Pavel Berlin

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What is the meaning of the question "What is your daily release?" in the Tainted intro? (I'm not a native speaker). Thank you.
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A few mages in my games used meditation techniques, but one surprised me with supernatural drugs. He bought destiled fae blood in order to retain his magic... no need to say this created tons of story hooks ^_^
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David West

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Hi all! Excited backer here. I'm liking the new playbook layouts a lot. My group is starting up an Urban Shadows campaign sometime this month, and I was wondering when the revised basic moves would be released to backers? Thanks!
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David West's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photo
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No worries. The previous Basic Moves are nearly identical though, so feel free to use them if ever in a pinch. The only thing we changed was editing mistakes, and of course layout and art. :)
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Diego Minuti

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Hi all!  A couple questions: how do you start a game of Urbann Shadows? I mean, tense first scene like Dungeon World, "let's follow our heroes for a night", AW style...
Second: how do you "bind" a group together? IS there anything similar to Hx or bonds?
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Andrew Medeiros's profile photoDerrick Kapchinsky's profile photo
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I don't think worrying about what proportion of debts need to be with PCs or NPCs is incredibly important, especially for debt-monger characters. Just be sure to always have a debt or two (at least) with each of the other PCs and that should give you plenty of ways to keep everyone messing with each other's lives. 
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James Etheridge

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A question about Factions

So, am I just missing something, or does your faction membership not really mean much to your character?

I know there's the fiction to consider, and that's great and important, but I'm looking at the faction rules and seeing the way that it gives all this mechanical weight to who belongs to what faction. It's cool and elegant, the way it reminds you that nobody is really alone, everything's deeply political, and you only really get anywhere in the city (i.e., character advancement) by knowing the right people.

So it seems kind of odd not to have any of those cool mechanics tie back into your own faction. The faction rules don't really care about that, they just care about how "in" you are with the four factions, which is all about rank and doesn't touch on membership at all. You're not defined by your faction in any mechanically meaningful way.

There are advances that let you change your faction, but all these do mechanically is to change what other people roll and mark when they interact with you--which, I dunno, seems kind of underwhelming?

So, am I missing something? If not, is this worth thinking about?
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Luke Walker's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photo
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The Fae's -1 Wild was actually typo and is already in the 'to edit' file for release. It should be +1.
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Luke Walker

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I have run Urban Shadows twice now and its been a lot of fun. However, I have noticed that the Vampire playbook almost assumes that the PC is a newly created vampire, as its last Debt question identifies another PC as being responsible for that PC becoming a vampire. In both runs, the players of Vampires have chosen to have been Vampires for quite some time (it is one of the central appeal to being a Vampire).

If this Debt question hasn't been changed, it is possible to have it listed first and not last on the list? That might help it be asked in a more formative part of the creation of the PC concept.
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John Layton's profile photoMark Diaz Truman's profile photo
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+John Layton - Awesome, man. Good to hear that it works for your group. In general, we put the Debts on each playbook to help reinforce the concept of each playbook and to make sure that the PCs have lots of reasons to work together.
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Urban Shadows is an urban fantasy tabletop roleplaying game powered by the apocalypse world engine. It's main inspirations are The Dresden Files and Angel. Using the strong narrative and character focused engine of the apocalypse, players will play dynamic protagonists who struggle to fight back the darkness while fighting the demons within themselves. Each character has two paths to walk, one in the light and one in the dark. Which will you ultimately choose?

Nicholas Arroyo

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I'm trying to setup a game to run with a few friends. I'm just wondering if the MC Sheet in Jul 11th update is the most up-to-date version available to public and if it still works well with the final versions of Basic Moves and Playbooks. Also, if there is more information on building NPCs available to the public. 
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Nicholas Arroyo's profile photoAndrew Medeiros's profile photoJeroen “Zenmah” van Lier's profile photo
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It's blank on purpose, since each city has its own list of moves. You should consider the city you're running in and come up with a couple of appropriate moves for it. If you need any help with that, please ask. :)
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Captain Kobold

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Had a great first session of Urban Shadows!  I did come up with one question, none of the four players actually checked off all four factions in the course of the session.  The session was maybe 4-5 hours long and got through a good amount of the rumors that they provided in the beginning (3 out of 4 ain't bad).

Two players were 1 faction away (different factions missing) and the other two were 2 factions away.  I know that the beginning of the next session will make two of the players ding, but wasn't sure if this was other people's experience as well.  From Apocalypse World and Monsterhearts I expected slightly more advancing, but it's highly possible the group was just playing oddly!

How often do you folks find players are advancing?
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That all makes quite a bit of sense!  I didn't think to throw specific faction NPCs their way (though honestly, I think they invented all but two NPCs that were included in the session), but that could be a handy trick if I see a certain faction isn't well represented!  I think I probably need another Night member or two.

I can definitely also see the game speeding up advancement a little as it goes.  To be clear, my players didn't seem distressed about it, I just wanted to get a good pulse of what was going on!
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Tommy Rayburn

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Editing Demon now after being completed by +John Layton  and still have a bit of rewriting to do on Changeling, but wanted to share the rest as a finished product till I finish those two books.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Hhx1yXlz-ORmZ6eV9aS3g3TW8/view?usp=sharing
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I so have to play a Hue in an US game now... 
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Any idea how close we are now to preorders shipping?
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Not yet! Very close. We're looking at sending the player-facing sections (roughly 50%) of the book to final edits this week. More to come in updates (probably Monday, May 4th).
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Pavel Berlin

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I'm running US this weeked (with 95% probability) and I have a question. Basic moves tell us: "At the beginning of every session, choose the player of the character you trust the least to spotlight a Faction for your character..." What's does it mean to spotlight a faction? Just tell something about it? Or is there is special move?
Thanks.
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+Jonathan Baldridge no, sorry. Old school way :)
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Dan Luxenberg

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Hey +Andrew Medeiros , I just opened the latest playset files and It looks like the Fae typo (Wild -1) is still in there. Just wanted to let you know.
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In case I forget though, I'm gonna peg +Mark Diaz Truman​ in here. 
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Danilo Jara

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Hi everyone. How can I get the game?
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Thank you very much for your answers!!! Maybe this is the game to begin in the "World" Family. 
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Mattias Swing

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Just pre-ordered! Very happy about it so far! :)

(Is there any way to know when my card will be charged?) 
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Jonathan Baldridge's profile photoMark Diaz Truman's profile photo
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+Jonathan Baldridge - Soon. We're trying to wrap on edits for the text, but it's going to be a bit longer. We'll post updates here in the community as we have them.
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Andrew Medeiros
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You should all ask +Sean Dalziel​ about his new Urban Shadows campaign idea. It's pretty frickin awesome!! Here a hint. 
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Sean Dalziel (Thornlord)'s profile photoEric Duncan (Dragonsong)'s profile photo
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I had assumed so +Sean Dalziel 
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