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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: On Narrative Design on: January 26, 2015, 12:36:17 AM
If you can think of anything else from the blog that might be worthwhile reading for us Craftyites, present and future, want to stick it up in the thread?
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: On Narrative Design on: January 25, 2015, 05:40:50 PM
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33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: On Narrative Design on: January 25, 2015, 05:27:24 PM
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34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: On Narrative Design on: January 25, 2015, 05:18:13 PM
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37  Community / Off-Topic / On Narrative Design on: January 25, 2015, 05:12:21 PM
From the blog of David Gaider -- Lead Writer of BioWare's Dragon Age game series -- which he's pulling down come the end of the week and is encouraging people to grab anything on it that interests them before it's gone forever.

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38  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: January 25, 2015, 03:54:29 PM
Not terribly fluent in the various names/functions but has the god metal been accounted for? Since there's 13 dice in the set, having it be the unpaired one makes sense.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions on: January 24, 2015, 02:51:29 PM
Afterlife with Archie (the zombie apocalypse series) was pretty good. Archie vs The Punisher also worked surprisingly well.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions on: January 24, 2015, 01:56:33 PM

Archie vs. Predator #1 (of 4) 

On sale Apr 15

32 pages @ $3.99

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games and beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

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41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: January 24, 2015, 01:47:24 PM
42  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [New Pie] Backgrounds for a Post-Apocalypse (Origins field test) on: January 23, 2015, 07:55:27 PM
Aah! Big text scares me, Andersen!

EDIT: Also, World Traveler BMS steps on the toes of both Depth of Study and Linguist. I would suggest pointing out that World Traveler replaces those, if you're going to keep them as they are.

Not really. Well Travelled is as World Traveller BMS as Broad Learning is to Depth of Study and Linguist is to Polyglot.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: January 23, 2015, 06:42:41 PM
Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Lars Anderson studied historical manuals and rediscovered an ancient and extremely fast way of firing arrows from a bow. He trained himself to be able to perform such feats as firing three arrows in less than a second, catching an arrow and firing it back, and even splitting an oncoming arrow in two.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 06:29:55 PM
And those technologies developed and took hold because it was in the interest of the scientific elite to disseminate the knowledge in order to make their own lives easier / more profitable / morally justifiable.

(see for instance the story of Longitude, where the elite tried quite hard to repress the attempts of the common man to answer the challenge of determining it, or the catholic church's repression of heliocentrism because they felt it threatened their power)

Magic in most settings requires extensive education and/or favourable genetics to access and master; some such as Dragonlance stick a 'pass or die' proficiency test on top of that. Finding sufficient magic users who are willing to go through that gateway then giveup the exclusive privilages earned by doing so in order to free the common people from their burdens, violating countless notions of class distinction, indoctrination as to the inability of others to handle magic responsibly, and possibly even actual laws in the process, is clearly not easy.

(see also the goa'uld repression of the jaffa through carefully restricted access to technology)

Even with Eberron, as I recall the ubiquidization of magic into technology was the result of a protracted war effort and the need to prioritise resources such that the magic users were forced to come up with self sustaining and easily replicable effects rather than simple egaliantarism.
45  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: So.. Tainted and other ways to turn PCs into NPCs... on: January 23, 2015, 05:40:44 PM
I think that if you don't let your players know up front you'e going to be deleveling them you're likely to face a mutiny. I hate level drain as a mechanic, and something like its reduction to simply lopping off your maximum vitality as per the drain extraordinary attack is the only approach to make it workable without going insane or forcing players to generate a new sheet everytime they level.

The books though would be diminutive beguiling horrors
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