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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  ZamuelNow on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Is Flash Teleport meant to be able to be used with Arcane Eye?
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Post  Hayatecooper on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:11 pm

Teleport is, so I don't know why Flash Teleport wouldn't be
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Post  tygerburningbright on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:50 pm

Pyrotechnics – 3/Day
Preparation Time: 30 Seconds
Turn a fire into either a burst of blinding fireworks (blinding all creatures that see it within 120-ft of the fire source) or a thick cloud of smoke (expanding 20 feet in all directions from the fire source and lasting 18 seconds).

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Characters of your race can turn a flame into either a burst of blinding fireworks (blinding all creatures that see it within 120-ft of the fire source) or a thick cloud of smoke (extending 20 feet in all directions from the fire source and lasting 18 seconds).

Why do these two versions of well the same thing that more or less have the same cost have different prep times and usages?
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Post  sunbeam on Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:10 pm

A utility talent costs 1.5 racial points, this ability is worth 2 racial points, so to account for being 1.33 times as strong as the equivalent utility, they made it easier to use and unlimited uses.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:53 pm

Is there a metric for determining what the preparation time, duration, and number of uses should be for a utility talent?
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Post  Lapis-Lazily on Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:59 pm

That gets tricky. When dealing with utility talents that have hard numbers, there can be a bit more rigidity, but at current there is no surefire formula for balancing a utility talent. Only through testing, feel, and comparison to other talents can the true worth of a utility talent be determined. There are easy ones to balance, but some can be more difficult. For example, Magic Drain is difficult to balance because you have to give someone a very powerful bonus for giving up something so inherent to the system as magic points, and determining what is both cool, useful, and balanced for that is nightmarish. Hence why it was released with only two talents. There were two other Magic Drain talents on the table at certain points, but both were scrapped.

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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:51 pm

Preparation Time only exists to limit DM headaches as a reason why certain things can't be used mid-combat or to auto-escape from time-sensitive traps. If a talent, like a group teleport, is likely to be too much of a get-out-of-jail-free-card if the group  is falling into lava or running from a boulder... Simply tacking on a prep time solves those issues.

If your talent isn't going to cause many headaches, give it a really short prep time. If it's going to cause issues in these sorts of things, give it a longer one.

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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Mind Gamer on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:03 am

Obviously, anything explicit or adult in visual nature is worth banning the offending user. This, I understand. However,

In roleplay itself, (and thus only text,) what limitations are in place regarding the nature of elements in gameplay? (Potential understandable answer would be akin to a movie rating such as PG.)
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:06 am

Gah... As a writer, I hate to limit this but... Since there isn't any way to make a thread private that I know of - stick to PG-13 (never know who might be reading it). Adult encounters and themes are fine, but have them happen "off-screen" to continue with the television analogy.

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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Mind Gamer on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:10 am

Understandable. So implied and vaguely referenced is okay but not really recommended, while outright showing such is wholesale wrong, from what I understand.

Are we at least allowed to not need to use Frothy Mugs of Water?
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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Ramsus on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:22 am

PG-13 content isn't all that "clean" these days....

Just saying, you probably don't need to completely avoid adult subject matter. Just don't paint the more offensive aspects of it in vivid detail.
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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:26 am

Mind Gamer wrote:Understandable. So implied and vaguely referenced is okay but not really recommended, while outright showing such is wholesale wrong, from what I understand.

Are we at least allowed to not need to use Frothy Mugs of Water?
Precisely. PG-13 manages to get away with a lot these days. Alcohol is fine, mild profanity, even bringing in drug elements and similar. But keep anything that would clearly get an R rating "offscreen" if you really need to include it for the sake of the story.

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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Zarhon on Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:54 am

Stairc -Dan Felder wrote:
Mind Gamer wrote:Understandable. So implied and vaguely referenced is okay but not really recommended, while outright showing such is wholesale wrong, from what I understand.

Are we at least allowed to not need to use Frothy Mugs of Water?
Precisely. PG-13 manages to get away with a lot these days. Alcohol is fine, mild profanity, even bringing in drug elements and similar. But keep anything that would clearly get an R rating "offscreen" if you really need to include it for the sake of the story.
Ironically, this would make the original AoH campaign too much for this forum.

What about campaigns with stuff like murder and death and similar "dark" themes? A setting like One Piece or Shadow Walkers might have problems with such.

Worth to mention as well, that the owner of the campaign/thread could mark his thread as potentially being inappropriate for "younger viewers".
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:41 pm

The original AoH campaign wasn't on this site. Skype games can do whatever they want. =)

Though that campaign also kept things very much offscreen when possible. Naturally, hearing violence described isn't as big a deal in books or stories compared to seeing ultraviolence in movies. "He stabs you in the chest and blood spurts out." Is fine. Actually seeing it is a larger issue.

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Re: Ask a Simple Question - Get a Simple Answer

Post  Philadelphus on Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:19 am

Terrific Transforming Thingamajigicator - Item:
You may spend a magic point to transform this item into anything you could make with the Create Crazy Contraption utility talent. After 1 hour, it turns back into a small orb.
Can you use any Magic Point for this? I.E., could your party members spend one of their Magic Points to activate this item?

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:40 am

Probably not. Effects that allow players to share magic points have been explicitly avoided in the past, and if there had to be effects in place in order to do it, then that means you can't in general.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:55 pm

Build a Boon Workshop:
Build a Boon Workshop
Select any 3 utility talents. The party gains the following Group Talent.
[Talent] - 3/Day
One member of the party gains one of the chosen talents for the next 5 minutes

Considering it states "any", would Build a Boon Workshop allow you to select things that are prerequisites of each other such as the flight talent progression or Magical Tricks + Magecraft.
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:58 pm

Quick question.

Thus far, we've resisted adding extra elements to the pony system (the way LL has extra virtues) because it would clash with the flavor of the show. What if we were able to slip some new ones in via...

"Not all characters have a personal affinity for one of the Elements of Harmony. However, there are other, personal virtues that characters hold dear. Instead of taking an element, your character can select one of the following virtues instead..."

Thoughts?

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Post  Fury of the Tempest on Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:59 pm

... As long as their specifically called virtues and not elements, I can go with that.
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Post  Xel Unknown on Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:04 pm

Stairc -Dan Felder wrote:Quick question.

Thus far, we've resisted adding extra elements to the pony system (the way LL has extra virtues) because it would clash with the flavor of the show. What if we were able to slip some new ones in via...

"Not all characters have a personal affinity for one of the Elements of Harmony. However, there are other, personal virtues that characters hold dear. Instead of taking an element, your character can select one of the following virtues instead..."

Thoughts?
I see no reason this can't work out awesomely. And would allow new suggestions for the Virtues and junk.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:09 pm

Explicitly state that they are separate from the six Elements of Harmony and it's fine. The show itself sorta does that since Discord is effectively the Element of Chaos (well, "disharmony" is probably more accurate) and Cadance x Shining Armor is the Element of Love. Naming them Virtues may be the way to go with it to highlight their difference (and lack of jewelry weapon).
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Post  Fury of the Tempest on Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:17 pm

ZamuelNow wrote:well, "disharmony" is probably more accurate
I prefer 'Conflict' myself.
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Post  Ramsus on Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:24 pm

*shrug* I don't see any reason why not. That said, it seems like a pretty universal agreement right now that Honesty is a bit weak.
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Post  Philadelphus on Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:15 pm

You know, there's nothing in show canon that says or even suggests that everyone must resonate with one or another of the Elements. I'd be fine with Elements and "Virtues" being part of a larger class of things ("Resonances?"). My only request would be that things be added to this class slowly and carefully, after being sure that they don't fit elsewhere.

Edit: and the naming thing that every else brought up. Canonically there are exactly 6 Elements, but I'd be fine with extra "Virtues" or some such.

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Post  SparkImpulse on Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:30 pm

Philadelphus wrote:My only request would be that things be added to this class slowly and carefully, after being sure that they don't fit elsewhere.
Agreed; it'd be too easy to reach for a new quasi-element when it actually should be a regular utility, or a racial ability, or even a cutie mark skill.

But in general, the underlying idea that there are "other, lesser elements" has been played with in the fan-fiction universe to good effect. Alternate virtues for those never expecting to be on the next mane-six team has definite potential for this system.
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