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Pavel Berlin

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Hangouts translaton of out first US game (in Russian).
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So for now we have:

Mel Anders - wolf (me)
Desmond - wizard
Enola Walks-Alone - tainted
Haranshy - hunter

And we play in Vancouver
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Quick question about the Vamp's Web. The characters who owes him from the beginning of the game are part of their web or not?
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Starting debts do not count towards the Web. 
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Andrew Medeiros
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For Fun  - 
 
I thought it would be fun to do a poll of everyone's favorite Archetype but sadly Google will only allow up to 5 options per poll. So instead I'll structure this as a regular post and I will list each Archetype in the comments and let everyone vote with a +1. 

So yea, what's your fave, and why?

[rules update: only 1 vote per person, sorry]
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Short version: My vote goes to the Tainted, but it was a hard choice to make.

Long version:

My least favourite archetype is the Scholar, because I don't think the Scholar moves fit the game.

The Aware, the Fae, the Hunter, the Spectre, the Vamp, the Vessel the Wizard and the Wolf are awesome archetypes, but I already own urban fantasy/urban horror games focussed on these kinds of characters. So sorry guys, you are urban fantasy classics, but no vote!

Next to go is the Dragon. It's pretty interesting, but is similar in concept to the Immortal (both are schemers who have been around since before written history), whose moves I find more appealing.

No vote for the Veteran. It's totally cool that you can pull of playing a character with a lot more experience than other characters without breaking the game (many other games won't let you do that), but the Veteran is partially focussed on making things in her Lab. Making things relevant to the game took a lot of effort in my US games, so no vote for the Vet.

No vote for the Angel. Totally awesome, but featuring an extremely vaguely defined move (Miracle) that would be likely to cause some discussions and headaches around my gaming table.

Next to go is the Immortal. I love the archetype and the Schemes, but I don't know if the Schemes will work well if they are in conflict with another player character's goals. So until I've seen this work in my game (I haven't witnessed an Immortal in action yet), no vote.

So, it's a close call between the Oracle (a character that can see the future without breaking the game and without being completely dependent on the GM - I haven't seen somethig like this in other games!) and the Tainted (a conflicted bad guy that actually works in the game - what's not to love?).

In the end, my vote goes to the Tainted simply for being more badass. ^^
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Captain Kobold

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I'm coming in on playing Urban Shadows with a group of completely new roleplayers and I realized that I hadn't planned anything.  The reason for this is that with my regular group of gamers, they provided such richness to the world and happenings through the rumors that I felt like putting in my own plot-threads would have been doing them a disservice.

Has anyone run with completely new players yet?  How much prep do you do for Urban Shadows games either with newbies or in general?
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Oh!  I really like the leading questions!  That is a good thing to have in my back pocket!  

I appreciate the thought of think about your city!  There's certainly a whole bunch going on in the RL version of the city we chose that I can zoom in on in terms of general thinking.  Perhaps even thinking about some direct NPCs and stuff.

That would be a hilarious way to do it, Jason!  I'm slightly concerned that'll get some analysis paralysis, but perhaps not with a new group!

I've definitely made it clear to the group that we can play on or stay where we are with one session.
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God I love this game :-D

My Tainted, Landon, just gutted a whole theatre of people, and then turned into a whirlwind of flame to dispose of the evidence, and then flew off on wings of clown. Eat that, +Mikael Andersson​'s Tainted.
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Let's not forget that he teleports via flesh portal and emerges from the skin of someone where he wants to go. Which is... horrifying.
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Andrew Medeiros
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Inspirations  - 
 
The final Archetype-Avatar brings us to The Vessel.

Crafted by humankind through magicks and dark rituals, the Vessel is created to serve, entertain and protect. For this choice, I have to go with Jean Claire/Protean from Penny Dreadful.

Jean Claire is so cool! Poetic, self-educated, tortured, and scary as f*$k when pissed off!

I suspect we'll get some great examples from you on this one. Let me have it! :D
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Agent Franks from Monster Hunter International.
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One of the things that I am eager to do with Urban Shadows is create moves based on the Debt mechanic. Both corruption moves where it could be "easier" (gain corruption and a bad reputation) to renege upon a debt but also character moves where debts gain more weight within the game as currency.

I'd love to hear advice from fellow players on how you manage the debt system and what tweaks you have added.
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Yes! This is neat stuff. I don't know if folks have had a chance to add things, but I think there's a rich hacking environment waiting to be explored.
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For my Immortal character avatar, John Oldman the "Man From Earth"
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At first I was like, "Not enough long term scheming," but then I was like "Oh right, ancient Rome."

Positive/inadvertent scheming is pretty great. Also Man From Earth is probably my favorite movie ever.
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Nicholas Arroyo

Kickstarter Feedback  - 
 
Hey, we just finished our first session of Urban Shadows. All in all, we had a lot of fun with the system and really enjoyed how things went. That said, we had some questions and comments:

-We felt the Wizard's intimacy's move was a little weird and didn't get what was it was trying emulate. We also felt it was a little hostile in comparison to the other intimacy moves, but that might be intentional. 
-Maybe this is because we didn't have exact text on how debts work, but we curious how you honor a debt.
-For the session intro move, it could be clearer that the person you choose tells you what faction to mark.
-We were a little curious how spectres work when it comes to harm. Like, can they get hurt when they can't touch stuff?

These were just the things we picked up on during the game. Overall, the session was really fun and we liked the overall system. 
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Got it. Thanks, Andy and Andrew.
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Andrew Medeiros
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Archetype-Avatar time again! Today we look at The Dragon.

This one was....hard. The Dragon is very unique to Urban Shadows, encompassing themes of reincarnation, arcane powers and being a mother-frickin' DRAGON!

I ultimately ended up deciding on Evelyn O'Connell from the Mummy series, specifically her in The Mummy Returns. Evelyn clearly has some arcane inklings as she's able to raise Imhotep from the dead (by accident!) and we learn in the sequel that she's the reincarnation of an Egyptian princess. And let's not forget she comes back from the dead with the combat skills of her former life in tact after her former Rival kills her. Take that Bembridge Scholars!

Can you think of any better examples?
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+Delos Adamski: I wish we'd see more of the DF dragons!!
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Andrew Medeiros
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Inspirations  - 
 
It's a gloomy Friday here in Canada but we can still brighten things up with Archetype-Avatar of the day! 

Today we look at the Wizard: powerful, clever, knowledgeable, and burdened by responsibility. I have chosen Hermoine Granger for this Avatar.

Hermoine is super smart, gifted with magicks, and more than most examples out there she really understands the importance and weight to what Magic can do to the world. She doesn't rest on her laurels (like some other wizards who will go unnamed).

Beat that!
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Book Hermione > Movie Hermione
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Andrew Medeiros
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Archetype-Avatar of the day time again! Today we have The Veteran!

I could build this one up with hype but you all know who it is so why bother? I mean, come on! One of the Veteran's moves is a direct quote of his.

Shadows of the city, I give you Abraham 'smoke a cigarette while messily pumping gas' Whistler!

Just try and beat that one.
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Munroe from Grimm is a Veteran (though you shouldn't let him use a lab without supervision)! Once a Wolf, now the guy who knows stuff about the supernatural and advises caution.
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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?

Andrew Medeiros
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Rules Updates  - 
 
If you're a backer of the Kickstarter then you should check out the latest backer-exclusive update. We have the first full proof of the PDF available for you to preview and comment on.

If things stay on track in the coming weeks, we expect soft cover books will be available to purchase at GenCon with backer books shipping just before then. Exciting times, everyone!
Andrew Medeiros is raising funds for Urban Shadows RPG on Kickstarter! A dark urban fantasy tabletop RPG Powered by the Apocalypse. Fight the darkness or let it swallow you whole!
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+Guy Sodin - We're revising them to match this text now. Stay tuned for new, updated versions (probably the final, final drafts).
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Andrew Medeiros
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The voting for favourite Archetype was pretty widespread but there were some clear leads; The Immortal, The Tainted, and The Wolf all had the most votes so I thought it might be fun to enter the three of them into a tournament finale!

Choose your favourite from among these three and the winning Archetype will be awarded with a new Custom Move and Starting Debt line. May the best Archetype win!
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The Immortal
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The Tainted
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The Wolf
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Actually, not 100% certain, but I think the one the left is Harper Blaine from the Greywalker series. And I suppose the one on the right is probably Anita Blake.
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Rhys Miller

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So is it possible to play Urban Shadows Duet style?
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Brand nailed it! (as usual)
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Andrew Medeiros
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Archetype-Avatar time again folks. 

Today we look at the Scholar. Now I have some personal favourites for this one but I don't think +Marissa Kelly would appreciate me choosing anyone other than Dean Corso from The Ninth Gate. Given that the Scholar is her Archetype, can any of us really argue with that? 

Dean is pretty much the best example out there. I welcome other's though.
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Rupert Giles, perhaps too obvious. Professor Bruttenholm from Hellboy. 
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For my Angel character avatar, Tess from Touched by an Angel.
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Andrew Medeiros
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Well it's that time again, Archetype-Avatar of the day time!!!

Today we look at The Immortal! Timeless, scheming and distant.

There can be no clearer choice in my eyes than Dorian Gray, specifically DG from Penny Dreadful: who clearly works hard on the Hedonism Scheme. :D

Have any other thoughts for this one?
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A certain character from Fate/stay night easily qualifies.

http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/2071/450587-23_______d____01.jpg
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Andrew Medeiros
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Inspirations  - 
 
The Archetype-Avatar of the day activity was a lot of fun for me and I thought I would finish off with the base Archetypes but then I didn't! :)

This week will feature the Limited Edition Archetypes for you to enjoy. We'll head in alphabetical order and start with The Angel.

Insanely powerful, divine, and servile, the Angel is the proxy of the Almighty here on earth. For me, this choice was super clear, Castiel, patron saint of Thursdays.

I can't imagine a better choice, but I'm happy to be proven wrong.
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Castiel makes me happy.
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Andrew Medeiros
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What's this? Two Archetype-Avatars in one day!? But that's just wrong!
[Yea so I have a crazy busy weekend ahead of me and I didn't want to leave this until Monday, so we're going to double up today.]

The final avatar is The Wolf: primal, territorial and scary as all hell! I settled on Peter Rumancek from Hemlock Grove (two avatars from the same show?! For shame, Drew!).

Peter is so the perfect Wolf, he fits the delinquent punk that we love to see in our Wolves. He takes it upon himself to protect Hemlock Grove (his Territory) from whatever is killing its citizens, sacrificing a great deal in the process. Not to mention his first transformation is my favourite wolf-out scene ever!

[howls a challenge at you to do better]
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It's more 'classic' and I'm a sucker for that ^_~

Werewolves are about a number of things, identity, control, and belonging, and he spins a number of those in very interesting ways.
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