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Scion 2nd ed?!

Over the weekend came the announcement that Onyx Path is a new RP company that has licensed White Wolf products and that they have purchased Scion and will be doing a new edition.

Yes thats right a NEW EDITION of SCION.

You have no idea how much this excites me and I’ve been trying to work out whether I’m more excited about 3rd ed Exalted or 2nd ed Scion.

On the one hand I LOVE Exalted and from what hints the writers have been giving on the forums I’m really interested in seeing what they’re going to do with it. Plus hubby has been telling me that a lot of the setting information given in 2nd ed is just not that good compared to 1st ed. There’s no real mystery as everything is codified and structured and 3rd ed should have a bit more mystery. Also it sounds like they’re going to make quite a lot of changes to some of the rules to simplify/make somethings easier.

On the other hand there’s Scion, a game which is set in the present day and you play the children of gods (Norse, Greek, Japanese, Aztec etc). Seriously how cool is that as a setting?! In theory its a sort of simplified version of Exalted. Except they took all the stuff that didn’t work in Exalted and combined it together to make a game. I remember the very first game we played, we stumbled upon a Toad Demon which tried to eat us. We quite quickly discovered that we were too dexterous for it to ever be able to hit us, and while we could hit it with no problem we would never be able to damage it because it was so tough. It was a stalemate. Eventually one of the other players let himself be eaten so that he could kill it from the inside. It was a boring and very annoying fight and resulted in hubby re-writing an awful lot of the rules to get us something that would actually work. These rules worked for the low levels of Scion and then fell apart as we hit the higher tiers.

So there is the big potential for a playable version of Scion, a game line that was only ever supposed to be a one off. A game line that is a big favourite with a lot of people. I am very excited! 😀

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RPG books – a thing of beauty

 

So me and hubby tidied some of our shelves up finally. Bottom shelf on the left are my knitting/sewing books then a few cooking books and then comics. Most of those are hubby’s Deadpool ones. 🙂

And then there’s the shelf above. Our roleplaying books.  We have come to the decision that we pretty much now own every game we need, as we have something for every genre we care about. There are a few books we still need to get as add on for core games, but a fair few of those (mostly for nWoD) are PDFs. So here’s the list, quite a few of these appear multiple times, as they are designed to cover a few genre’s depending on how the game is played:

  • Cyberpunk
    • Shadowrun
  • Fantasy
    • Exalted (Mythic Fantasy)
    • Fantasy Craft (High Fantasy)
    • Victorian (With potential Steampunk elements)
  • Genreless
    • GURPS
    • World of Darkness: Mirrors
  • Gothic Horror
    • World of Darkness
    • Vampire
  • Horror
    • Little Fears
    • Promethean
  • Licensed Games
    • Buffy
    • Doctor Who
    • Dying Earth
    • Game of Thrones
  • Sci-Fi
    • Traveller
  • Space Fantasy
    • Black Crusade (Dark Space Fantasy)
    • Dark Heresy (Investigatory Dark Space Fantasy)
    • Deathwatch (Military Space Fantasy)
    • Empire of Dust (Military Space Fantasy)
    • Fading Suns
    • Rogue Trader (Dark Space Fantasy)
  • Superhero
    • Icons
  • Sword&Sworcery
    • Legend
    • Elric
    • Exalted (When playing as Mortals)
  • Urban Fantasy
    • Shadowrun
    • World of Darkness
  • Wuxia
    • Qin

(We are missing a pulp game, but a friend of ours already owns Savage Worlds so we’re covered for this, and can always pick it up one day.) (This list also doesn’t include a few we have as PDFs like Supernatural.)

So yes, looking at that list we do seem to have an awful lot of Space Fantasy, but er quite a few of those are actually in the same setting (Black Crusade, Dark Heresy, Deathwatch, Rogue Trader) they just cover different things! In one your disposable agents trying to protect humanity by any means necessary. Another you are the East India Company crossed with original series Star Trek (no prime directive for you!). Then there’s the super-soldiers and finally there’s the one in which you can play any of the others but you’re evvvviiiiiilllll!

You might note that over a third of that shelf is comprised of Exalted books, that is because a) Exalted is awesome and b) we’ve been in a campaign of it for over two years.  I do love some Exalted and there are a lot of different way to play it.

There are some books that aren’t in that above list, that is because I’ve had to put them elsewhere as they don’t fit on the shelf. They’re also ones we don’t really need as they’re older editions or books that don’t work. (Stargate I’m looking at you, a great game to run, but my goodness that book is laid out badly! If I ever run it again I will be using World of Darkness.) Still there’s a few that we don’t really need and I have to figure out what to do with, like 1st Ed Lunars (an Exalted Core book) it’s not that good. 3rd ed D&D, 3.5 was better and anyway I’m not really a fan of D&D, or d20 Fading Suns, I much preferred FS 2nd Ed.

 

 

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No Value in old RPG books?!

So hubby likes to peruse the RPG.net forums/Exalted forums, and often likes to tell me some of the crazy things he reads. I don’t mind this most of the time, I’m coming to the realisation that I can’t really be bothered with forums it takes time to rifle through them, read the stuff, post stuff, time I can better spend elsewhere like say knitting, reading a book or writing. Often its the same topics that come up again and again and this morning was no exception, but this time I felt the need to write a blog post about one of the topics on the Exalted forum because well… It’s a bit of an odd one.

Someone commented on the forums that no one where he lives wants to play Exalted because they think its a finished line.
I’ll give you a moment to re-read that sentence. Or perhaps to put it another way. They don’t want to play the game because it’s old and no longer supported. (Which in this instance is not the case, White Wolf have simply switched to PDFs and a print on demand service as this is cheaper than physical books.)
Neither myself or hubby can quite comprehend this idea. This would be like someone saying that they don’t wish to read Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P Lovecraft etc etc etc  Or if I said I don’t want to watch Casablanca,  Brief Encounter, My Fair Lady, Dr Strangelove etc etc etc.
Look the point here is that there are a LOT of good old things, if you just write it off because its old, how do you know you’re not missing out on something really good?
Ok yes older roleplaying games could well be hard to get hold of, especially older editions. But in this instance we’re not even talking about not being able to get hold of the game. Nor are we talking about people not liking that particular genre of game. In this instance someone had the books, the others didn’t even want to play because they felt the game was ‘old‘ and ‘not supported‘.
Now if you’re new to roleplaying then yes it makes sense to simply buy the latest edition of whatever game it is, but if someone wants to run a game in an older version then don’t just simply write it off. (Unless perhaps the rules work better in the new edition, I for instance don’t think I could really play 1st ed Exalted any more, I like 2nd ed.)
A part of me wonders whether this weird attitude is to do with how roleplaying games are sold. Walk into a book shop, there’s a classics section, walk into a DVD store and classic movies are mixed with contemporary ones.  Walk into an RP store? And they will probably only have the latest edition of whatever game you are looking for. I’m not arguing against this, there are limits to space and you have to sell what people will buy. But does that give people the idea that because its not on the shelf no one is going to play it ever again?
Additionally this whole releasing new editions of systems, again I understand why, you’re trying to improve the system, sometimes by completely changing the gaming mechanics. (e.g. Basic, 2nd Ed, 3rd Ed, 4th Ed D&D) but again some people seem to have the impression that because the new edition is out you can no longer use the old one.
And this idea of the system no longer being ‘supported’ we aren’t talking software here!! (Unless the system is truly riddled with errors and lacks substantial errata – but that’s what house rules are for.)
Not trying to pose any kind of solution here, and I believe these people are in the minority, but I just find it a really odd world view to take!

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Hats!

A purely knitting (well and crochet) related post. 🙂

So I have finished my VERY FIRST piece of Crochet,(Which I already blogged about here, just wanted to put up a couple more pictures) anyway here is the finished article (The first photo isn’t great, it’s really hard to take photo’s of yourself, also I could have picked a better time of day, it’s a bit to dingy in the mornings.)
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1stCrochetHat

Pattern: Phannie (I personally think it could have possibly been given a better name. Non Rav Link)

Hook: Size 4

Yarn: Colourmart Merino DK

And I have also completed my very first design! It’s not fab, and could probably do with a bit more work, but still I’m quite happy with it. I play a game called Exalted, and the characters in that get caste marks on their head that shows what kind of powerful being they are. And I thought, why can’t I make some kind of headpiece with said caste mark on.  And thus the Solar Hat of Glory was Born.
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Initially I did a swatch (which turned out to be completely unhelpful as the size it came out meant that when I started the hat it was waaaaaay too big.) and then from that figured out the charting for the Solar Caste Marks. And then there was a lot of starting and ripping back as I tried to figure out the best number of stitches that meant a) the hat fit my head and b) I could fit the caste mark patterns on (all 5 of them.)  I’ve kind of managed to do it, but I think I could have done with about an inch more stitches. As it does fit my head but it stretches out the yarn a bit much and so that you can see the orange at the back of the black bits and the black at the back of the orange bits. Yes I know that you’re not really supposed to use such contrasting colours when doing colour work, but these are Solar Caste Marks, Solar’s are the Unconqured Sun’s Exalted and.. well Sunlight = Yellow/Orange!

I think if I ever did this again, then either I’d try inputting more stitches after the ribbing, or heck even use a DK weight yarn, that might work better. I just happened to have some black and orange Cascade lying around.

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