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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Those are all fair points. I really should have mentioned the Disintegrate at level 3 thing. Honestly, though, I don't remember the actual play experience of 2e well enough to judge the balance with precision. What I do remember is that my group, personally, treated combat as a sort of set-piece...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Finished The Complete Psionics Handbook last night http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/the-complete-psionics-handbook.html I am blazing through these things lately. I think it's because I realized that if I can read 31 more books in the next 11 weeks, I'll have finished 100 in my...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    I think I may have lost one of my Trinity books when I moved (like, 3 years ago). I have a strong memory of owning Field Report: Extrasolar colonies, though I must also acknowledge the fact that I could be thinking of the Upeo book. It's very unlike me to lose a book, so this could just be my...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    That's a very apt summary. I could probably have just said that and saved myself a lot of time. The second part of the Trinity core is done, however http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/trinity-part-2-system.html It's not quite as long-winded as part 1, but it does feature some...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    I read the full-color setting section of the Trinity core book last night http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/trinity-part-one-setting.html This is probably my longest post to date. I'm kind of uncomfortable with the way that I seem to have appointed myself the arbiter of these old...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Okay, I'll read Trinity next. Who knows, maybe I'll finish by the time my copy of the new core arrives. In the meantime, I wound up finishing The Complete Ninja's Handbook last night http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/the-complete-ninjas-handbook.html I think this might have been...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Finished off the PHB classes with The Complete Druid's Handbook http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/the-complete-druids-handbook.html It was decent. Weird, but not necessarily weird in the right places. Kneecapped by the alignment system, though. I still have Ninjas and Psionics to...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    The Complete Ranger's Handbook http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/the-complete-rangers-handbook.html Likely the high point in the series. I react to it a bit more incredulously than many people will find warranted, but that's what AD&D does to me.
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Read my last Saga Edition book, Scum and Villainy http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/scum-and-villainy.html Mostly I complain about the EU. Probably because the book itself is unobjectionably competent. Also, Ukss is turning into a furry setting so gradually that I'm just now...
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    Screw it, I'm going to read my whole collection!

    Finished The Complete Bard's Handbook in just one day http://www.itcamefromthebookshelf.com/2019/08/the-complete-bards-handbook.html I both do the thing where I over-focus on one specific spell and read way too much into it and the thing where reading the book inspires me to imagine an...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    I'm sorry, I'm finding this argument difficult to parse. If your goal is compressing the power curve, don't you do that by giving the lower tiers more formidable powers. As in, sorcery is a formidable power wielded by mortals so that they become formidable mortals. The reason to make it baroque...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    This isn't really an issue that we need to leave up to peoples' subjective experience. I can just tell you, as someone who knows a bit about math, that battle groups don't work. I can see a few builds where they might pose an extraordinary threat - high initiative alpha strikes or perhaps...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    Battle groups, in my experience, are not that threatening. Their higher stats tend to be cancelled out by the fact that they can be beaten with withering attacks.
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    I'm saving it all up for my pitch to write 4e's sorcery book.
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    I was actually talking about pg 139 of this book: "When the young daughter of one of the Empress's servants barely survived poisoning, rumor spread that the girl was actually the Empress's, begat between the two women by sorcery. The mother fled with her to Eagles' Launch, placing both in...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    Oh, I don't know. The bulk of 3e is as yet unwritten. Better to get my lobbying in earlier rather than later. That said, this conversation has gotten me thinking about reviving an old project I've had bouncing around in my head - Exalted: The Prodigies, which would be all about mortals and...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    Sure, if you erase all nuance. What I really want is weird, uncharacterizable, rule-breaking things at every level of power. "The Exalted" as a taxonomy and not a metaphysical category. It's not that big a deal. Although if we're really nitpicking terminology, I'd prefer "sorcerer" and...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    Inconsistently. Less flippantly, I do have a theory about this. I call it "The Big Move Filter." Think about things like the Hail Mary in football, or going all-in in poker. These are things you do if you're behind, because if you're in the lead, it's much smarter to play conservatively and...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    Not as much as I'd like, but you're right. Keep in mind that I'm commenting chronologically here. The "it feels like 2e" bit was my impression post-chapter 2. And while the last half of the book was an improvement, I still felt the need to clarify my earlier comment. Well, I was only using...
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    My Exalted Collection is Finally Complete

    I finished reading the Realm tonight The Immaculate Order's chapter fiction really cemented its place as a villain organization. Something about the smarmy way the priest manipulated those peasants really got under my skin. She knew the problem was the fault of the aristocracy, but managed to...
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