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« on: August 13, 2014, 08:23:26 AM »

Hey Crafty/Alex/Pat,

We think you are awesome. We think the MAG is awesome and the way you interact with us on the forums is awesome! I think sometimes it may seem like a lot of what we have to say is criticism and comments on the rules or differences with the cannon and to some degree this is true. We spend a lot of time thinking about the game and its mechanics because we love it so much, a lot of the most interesting discussion to be had with any game is to do with the fringe cases and extreme situations and every now and then we run into one of them in game. When that happens it helps if we have already discussed it beforehand when we didn't have personal stakes with our characters causing bias Smiley

Our intention when we point out these canonical differences or seemingly unbalanced or missing mechanics isn't to poke holes in what you have created, rather we are usually checking to see if there is something we have missed or to find things that aren't clear and can be clarified or simply to let you know about stuff that you may have been unaware of. We find investigating the ins and outs of a system fun! Some of us also really enjoy a good discussion/argument and that is what is coming through when we make those massive posts discussing game mechanics.

It can be incredibly difficult to develop a game for a dedicated fan-base like Brandon's. There are always going to be details that you didn't know about that we do, especially given how complicated Brandon makes his books and magic. Heck, none of us remember all of it at once (Don't look at me like that Kurkistan, even you forget things occasionally Wink ), we quite often need to correct each-other and search for Word of Brandon on things. Smiley The point is, that it doesn't really matter that the MAG doesn't always fit with the Mistborn canon, often enough the changes you make intentionally and otherwise actually make for better gameplay, and if we want it to be closer to canon we can easily install house rules to make it so Smiley This is in part because of how fantastically open-ended the MAG is.

The long and short of it is, we love what you have made and I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are 100% in support of you guys.

You're doing a great job, keep it up! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 10:59:06 AM »

Agreed.

Your continual interactions with us on the forums is awesome. I enjoy seeing creators who are enthusiastic enough to make themselves accessible to fan feedback, and I am even more impressed by how polite and encouraging you are in those interactions.

The MAG system has one of the best character creation frameworks that I've been exposed to. I love the emphasis on story and how the numeric details manage to fall into line with the story of the character.

I've bemoaned how the magic system of the game fails to properly represent the magic system of the books, but reading the latest supplement has shown me once again the extensive thought put into developing a system that actually plays in support of having fun. Dice can't represent the full complexity of a novelist's imagination. But the magic system you've built here is still a beautiful structure. The fact that it breaks every time I try house ruling "fixes" is a primary argument in this case.

MAG is a great product. I've taught it to players who have never role-played before, and I've had minimal trouble explaining how things work. And within the first couple of sessions, those new players have characters with personality and story beyond what I've seen from the average new player of other systems. I think you've hit a fine balance between story and rules with MAG, providing the players with enough sense of direction to launch their creativity rather than facing the intimidation of a boundless narrative environment.

You've clearly worked hard at this, and I hope you'll continue.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 05:50:48 PM »

Agreed. Claincy and Jerric have pretty much said everything, and better than I could, but I would feel amiss if I didn't try. I love the MAG so much. I hope you can tell that by how willing I am to throw gobs of cash at you whenever a new supplement comes out, and by how much time I spend involved with the game, both here and over at steelministry.

You guys have done an incredible job bringing the world of Mistborn to our hands. Like Claincy said, that's no easy task with how intricate and detailed and incredible Brandon's books are. And let me say, you deserve an award for book 3 in the MAG- the section just for Narrators. That could easily be split off as its own book and sold as a guide to all Narrators/DMs/GMs everywhere for any type of RPG. The tools and tricks and advice included in there are invaluable to a GM of any skill level.

And again, thanks for being so involved with us, your fans. We appreciate it. Keep up the good work and we will continue to do our best to keep you in business. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 08:26:07 PM »

I also repeat all the things! Great game! It is, of course, the nature of criticism that we point out each specific question but rarely give you a long list of all the things we like; rest assured, those lists exist in our heads, our hearts, and our games. I would suggest that we each start writing out the specific bits we like, but that list would be far, far too long!
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 10:12:45 PM »

Indeed, this is certainly a thread I would be remiss if I didn't post. My brother and I have played many RPGs over the years. And this does a fantastic job of striking the balance between too much or too little mechanics. And  as hero wannabe points out, book 3 is the best description of leading an rpg I have ever read. And I love the new look into the world. Absolutely brilliant.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 06:42:25 PM »

I'll just chime in with my two cents and say that I appreciate all your work and effort too. Smiley

P.S. @Claincy

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 07:10:42 PM »

Later on I'll do a more detailed post going through my highlights of Alloy of Law, like I did for Terris, but for now... thank you Crafty for all your hard work, and for the respect you show the community that has grown around this awesome game you guys have made. I think it's fair to say I'm addicted!
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014, 10:26:50 PM »

Speaking for myself and my modest role in Mistborn's development, thank you! We pour everything we can into every release we make, and it's fantastic to hear when that effort pays off at your tables. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2014, 01:42:39 PM »

Hear hear!

Excellent job on the game, and it's wonderful to see developers involved on the game's forums. I'm wrapping up what is almost a year-long weekly game of Mistborn, and it has been tremendous fun.

We're always interested to hear more about your plans for the game, too.  Wink
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