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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! In cortex, everything is an opposed die roll or narrating based on skill (because rolling doesn't make things more interesting at the moment). If a roll is made, the opposing pool gets to add your complication for free. So in every roll, you are...
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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! True, but in Fate you can suggest a compel and the GM must approve and hand over the fate point. In Cortex, you use a distinction ad a d4 instead of a d8 and there is the impression of less need for "approval". In play form Fate 2nd to Fate Core, it...
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    Concentration on spells and 5e.

    My point was light shouldn't be the selling point of flaming sphere because you can't depend on it at all. Better to solve it with the Light cantrip, Continual Flame, or lanterns. Nice in an emergency sure. Yes common feature. There are 20+ concentration spells at 2nd level and 60+ at that...
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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! If there is an environmental asset "Crowbar d6" lying around, I believe you use it for free. Just like you can use someones "broken arm d8" complication. Question is can you pick up the environmental asset and carry it around? Since cortex is very...
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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! In the case of their being a toolbench in the room description and someone wanting to just use them. Just like Fate can have Scene Aspects, Cortex can have Scene Assets. So there could be a "Toolbench d6" asset in the room and you pick up a hammer and...
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    Concentration on spells and 5e.

    "Light"is hardly a selling point of flaming sphere, you can't rely on it for a light source, light cantrip is better by far if you really need light, and damn near every player race has darkvision. Plenty of spells less powerful than Spiritual Weapon are concentration such as Cloud of Daggers...
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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! My apologies, I didn't not mean to imply you wanted "gun porn", I'm backing Eclipse Phase and Cortex Prime (CP) and the difference is stark (I like them both). If there was a gear list in CP like the old Cortex where there were guns that did a dX and the...
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    Concentration on spells and 5e.

    As a FYI, I hate concentration. I do like other things that limited the spellcaster like taking a higher level slot to cast more powerful spells though. Concentration basically ripped the heart out of my enjoyment of playing a spellcaster. This is so true. Take "Flaming Sphere" and...
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    [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! [Now finished successfully]

    Re: [Cortex Prime] Kickstarter is Live! Cortex +/Prime can have gear. Signature Assets can be gear, Power Sets can be gear (gear limit means it can be taken away), in MHR you can roll without spending PP to create assets which are gear, and in Prime you can use "Variant Rule: More Assets and...
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    Mindjammer for Traveller - Opinions?

    I'm pretty sure some advanced mind on the core worlds were sitting on the tech for a while and didn't release it because it would be destabilizing... but it became clear humanity was circling the drain so it was released. Pg 194 states: ----- On a different note, more questions/comments. 1)...
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    Mindjammer for Traveller - Opinions?

    Prefixing this with I really like the Mindjammer Traveller book (I just couldn't get into the Fate version). Yeah, I'm not fond of the Commonality either. Their culture is homogenized, sterilized, and calcified to the point I completely believe they would have died off had FTL not tossed them...
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    Is a big reveal about the setting worth it?

    As others have said, the "big reveal" is risky and you have to know/trust your players and they must do the same for you. The big risks come with Genre Change - Some people don't like some genres, doesn't matter how well presented. If you change from something they love to something they...
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    [Earthdawn] Fair that magic user must pay Legend Points for New Spells?

    If magic users needed to pay LP to get new spells, it would reduce their circle advancement since you have to increase talents in your discipline to advance. So you either impact their advancement or charge a pittance to learn a new spell. ED mages have much more thematic spells based on...
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    💯 {Staff Pick} [Shadowrun] A rules light announcement? [It's been released!]

    Re: [Shadowrun] A rules light announcement? [Staff Pick] Agree with both the linear/non-linear XP and poor editing. I've also found it sits in an odd place on the crunch scale for me. Much of the crunch I like is gone (along with a bunch I don't) and the narrative parts have no bite to...
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    💯 {Staff Pick} [Shadowrun] A rules light announcement? [It's been released!]

    Re: [Shadowrun] a rules lite announcement? So where is that effect of confusion (or similar) discussed? At best I see it could be implied by the additional modifiers but even there it seems covered by a -1 die mod already present in the spell. Suppose it could be part of "narration" but still...
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