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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Jegergryte in Unlimited Power -- Sourcebook for Mystics   
    Your opinion is yours, but that does mean it’s right. 
    Im just pointing out that we don’t know, officially, much of anything. Protracted debates using unauthoritative sources is a pointless endeavor. I’m not weighing in on whether they are alchemical or not. Because no one knows that (except possibly the story group). 
    Remeber when the reason sith crystals were red was because tgey were pressure molded in a furnace, and their synthetic nature was not “ok” because the Jedi were hippies that needed organic crystals? Up until last year that was the “legend”, but it was dead wrong. 
    So how about we stick to what we know, not what we think it should be, probably will be, or would like it to be when discussing what they actually are, and then give our opinions about what we’ll use in our home games. Those seem like really good topics; if the bane novels are going to possibly be canon in some form is a boring topic. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from VadersMarchKazoo in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Think of them more like Greek/Norse God’s in a way. They are simultaneously aspirations, warnings, and characters that don’t really exist. One could even question if the Morris clone wars arch even happened. 
    So if you don’t like them, then the story never happened. And I don’t mean dismiss it as “not canon” but who even knows about it? Anikin won’t be discussing it over tea with the PCs, I doubt old Ben would either. 
    But like on rebels, the iconography can permeate a temple or ancient site. You as the GM can decide what the figures represent. The son is not all bad, just passionate, head strong. A lot like Luke. The daughter made naive mistakes even though she thought she was doing the right thing, leading to her death. The father was not aware of how far his children drifted. Sounds like a mono myth to me.
    i guess just don’t get bogged down in the actual clone wars story. I strongly recommend watching rebels season 4 as an example of how you can use them without necessarily using them. 
    But it’s rule zero: make it your own. Or don’t use it. Your call. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Desslok in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Think of them more like Greek/Norse God’s in a way. They are simultaneously aspirations, warnings, and characters that don’t really exist. One could even question if the Morris clone wars arch even happened. 
    So if you don’t like them, then the story never happened. And I don’t mean dismiss it as “not canon” but who even knows about it? Anikin won’t be discussing it over tea with the PCs, I doubt old Ben would either. 
    But like on rebels, the iconography can permeate a temple or ancient site. You as the GM can decide what the figures represent. The son is not all bad, just passionate, head strong. A lot like Luke. The daughter made naive mistakes even though she thought she was doing the right thing, leading to her death. The father was not aware of how far his children drifted. Sounds like a mono myth to me.
    i guess just don’t get bogged down in the actual clone wars story. I strongly recommend watching rebels season 4 as an example of how you can use them without necessarily using them. 
    But it’s rule zero: make it your own. Or don’t use it. Your call. 
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    Thebearisdriving reacted to magicfreak in Help with Makashi Duelist   
    Arbiter is another good spec to look at for your duelist. It has 2 ranks in reflect to compensate for the primary weakness of Makashi, and complements a presence based social warrior build very well in general. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Tramp Graphics in Unlimited Power -- Sourcebook for Mystics   
    Your opinion is yours, but that does mean it’s right. 
    Im just pointing out that we don’t know, officially, much of anything. Protracted debates using unauthoritative sources is a pointless endeavor. I’m not weighing in on whether they are alchemical or not. Because no one knows that (except possibly the story group). 
    Remeber when the reason sith crystals were red was because tgey were pressure molded in a furnace, and their synthetic nature was not “ok” because the Jedi were hippies that needed organic crystals? Up until last year that was the “legend”, but it was dead wrong. 
    So how about we stick to what we know, not what we think it should be, probably will be, or would like it to be when discussing what they actually are, and then give our opinions about what we’ll use in our home games. Those seem like really good topics; if the bane novels are going to possibly be canon in some form is a boring topic. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Nivrap in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Archlyte: you’re doing an awful lot of speculation on the motives of filoni, Lucas, et al at LFL. 
    Let me tell you that Lucas was heavily involved in the mortis story. He was heavily involved in ALL the clone wars. Filoni personally oversees almost every aspect of rebels. These stories are not errant writers who think these things are cool and **** the man, this is the direction of SW, like it or lump it. 
    As far as sourcing the above claim, I have come to understand this through multiple interviews with Filoni, Ashley eckstein (sp?), Freddie prince jr, Sam whitwer, and Lucas himself. I can’t just point to one place, and for that I apologize. You’ll just have to believe me, or not. 
    Having said the above, again, this should have zero impact on 98% of games. Because it has zero impact on 98% of SW. Yoda’s not Concerned about the three; likely he doesn’t know they are real. Ezra interacted with their icons without ever understanding what was happening. 
    Ill say it one last time; you don’t have to like it, you do t have to use it, and ignoring it is not done din against SW or the Fandom. As an example, I don’t like the way gungans were portrayed in Ep 1, but there was an art piece of a gungan force warrior that always looked awesome to me. So I made gungans boss in my games. The town they went to in Ep1, boss nass, etc they were from the deep Louisiana of Naboo. 
    I’d worry less about what you don’t like, and focus on what you do like, and what you can do with that. But that’s just my philosophy. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from TheSapient in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Archlyte: you’re doing an awful lot of speculation on the motives of filoni, Lucas, et al at LFL. 
    Let me tell you that Lucas was heavily involved in the mortis story. He was heavily involved in ALL the clone wars. Filoni personally oversees almost every aspect of rebels. These stories are not errant writers who think these things are cool and **** the man, this is the direction of SW, like it or lump it. 
    As far as sourcing the above claim, I have come to understand this through multiple interviews with Filoni, Ashley eckstein (sp?), Freddie prince jr, Sam whitwer, and Lucas himself. I can’t just point to one place, and for that I apologize. You’ll just have to believe me, or not. 
    Having said the above, again, this should have zero impact on 98% of games. Because it has zero impact on 98% of SW. Yoda’s not Concerned about the three; likely he doesn’t know they are real. Ezra interacted with their icons without ever understanding what was happening. 
    Ill say it one last time; you don’t have to like it, you do t have to use it, and ignoring it is not done din against SW or the Fandom. As an example, I don’t like the way gungans were portrayed in Ep 1, but there was an art piece of a gungan force warrior that always looked awesome to me. So I made gungans boss in my games. The town they went to in Ep1, boss nass, etc they were from the deep Louisiana of Naboo. 
    I’d worry less about what you don’t like, and focus on what you do like, and what you can do with that. But that’s just my philosophy. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Nytwyng in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Archlyte: you’re doing an awful lot of speculation on the motives of filoni, Lucas, et al at LFL. 
    Let me tell you that Lucas was heavily involved in the mortis story. He was heavily involved in ALL the clone wars. Filoni personally oversees almost every aspect of rebels. These stories are not errant writers who think these things are cool and **** the man, this is the direction of SW, like it or lump it. 
    As far as sourcing the above claim, I have come to understand this through multiple interviews with Filoni, Ashley eckstein (sp?), Freddie prince jr, Sam whitwer, and Lucas himself. I can’t just point to one place, and for that I apologize. You’ll just have to believe me, or not. 
    Having said the above, again, this should have zero impact on 98% of games. Because it has zero impact on 98% of SW. Yoda’s not Concerned about the three; likely he doesn’t know they are real. Ezra interacted with their icons without ever understanding what was happening. 
    Ill say it one last time; you don’t have to like it, you do t have to use it, and ignoring it is not done din against SW or the Fandom. As an example, I don’t like the way gungans were portrayed in Ep 1, but there was an art piece of a gungan force warrior that always looked awesome to me. So I made gungans boss in my games. The town they went to in Ep1, boss nass, etc they were from the deep Louisiana of Naboo. 
    I’d worry less about what you don’t like, and focus on what you do like, and what you can do with that. But that’s just my philosophy. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Archlyte in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Archlyte: you’re doing an awful lot of speculation on the motives of filoni, Lucas, et al at LFL. 
    Let me tell you that Lucas was heavily involved in the mortis story. He was heavily involved in ALL the clone wars. Filoni personally oversees almost every aspect of rebels. These stories are not errant writers who think these things are cool and **** the man, this is the direction of SW, like it or lump it. 
    As far as sourcing the above claim, I have come to understand this through multiple interviews with Filoni, Ashley eckstein (sp?), Freddie prince jr, Sam whitwer, and Lucas himself. I can’t just point to one place, and for that I apologize. You’ll just have to believe me, or not. 
    Having said the above, again, this should have zero impact on 98% of games. Because it has zero impact on 98% of SW. Yoda’s not Concerned about the three; likely he doesn’t know they are real. Ezra interacted with their icons without ever understanding what was happening. 
    Ill say it one last time; you don’t have to like it, you do t have to use it, and ignoring it is not done din against SW or the Fandom. As an example, I don’t like the way gungans were portrayed in Ep 1, but there was an art piece of a gungan force warrior that always looked awesome to me. So I made gungans boss in my games. The town they went to in Ep1, boss nass, etc they were from the deep Louisiana of Naboo. 
    I’d worry less about what you don’t like, and focus on what you do like, and what you can do with that. But that’s just my philosophy. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Archlyte in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    It’s a lense to view things through. Almost everything in star wars is from a certain point of view right? So this is another.
    Maybe the son is snoke. Would explain why he’s so enamoured with Vader. But more so, does that matter? Whether he’s the son, the reincarnation of uncle Owen skywalker, or Mace Windu’s remaining left foot, snoke is snoke, and his purpose was to challenge Kylo. Similarly in the mortis series the entities were there to challenge the Jedi and what they think of as real. 
    I wouldn’t sweat defining the truth in all of this. I would sweat what makes a compelling story. Which of course YMMV. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Archlyte in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Think of them more like Greek/Norse God’s in a way. They are simultaneously aspirations, warnings, and characters that don’t really exist. One could even question if the Morris clone wars arch even happened. 
    So if you don’t like them, then the story never happened. And I don’t mean dismiss it as “not canon” but who even knows about it? Anikin won’t be discussing it over tea with the PCs, I doubt old Ben would either. 
    But like on rebels, the iconography can permeate a temple or ancient site. You as the GM can decide what the figures represent. The son is not all bad, just passionate, head strong. A lot like Luke. The daughter made naive mistakes even though she thought she was doing the right thing, leading to her death. The father was not aware of how far his children drifted. Sounds like a mono myth to me.
    i guess just don’t get bogged down in the actual clone wars story. I strongly recommend watching rebels season 4 as an example of how you can use them without necessarily using them. 
    But it’s rule zero: make it your own. Or don’t use it. Your call. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Archlyte in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Just pointing out, that storyline was a direct brain child of Lucas himself. While he didn’t write it, he was first and last word on that story. 
    And has been pointed out, they are not “the force” but metaphorical and literal manifestations. 
    I mean if you don’t like it, I wouldn’t worry. I’m not sure I did the literal elements of the clone wars story. But the whole thing pays off nicely in season 4 of rebels IMO, so I’m cool with there existence. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Nytwyng in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Just pointing out, that storyline was a direct brain child of Lucas himself. While he didn’t write it, he was first and last word on that story. 
    And has been pointed out, they are not “the force” but metaphorical and literal manifestations. 
    I mean if you don’t like it, I wouldn’t worry. I’m not sure I did the literal elements of the clone wars story. But the whole thing pays off nicely in season 4 of rebels IMO, so I’m cool with there existence. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Eoen in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Just pointing out, that storyline was a direct brain child of Lucas himself. While he didn’t write it, he was first and last word on that story. 
    And has been pointed out, they are not “the force” but metaphorical and literal manifestations. 
    I mean if you don’t like it, I wouldn’t worry. I’m not sure I did the literal elements of the clone wars story. But the whole thing pays off nicely in season 4 of rebels IMO, so I’m cool with there existence. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Stan Fresh in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Just pointing out, that storyline was a direct brain child of Lucas himself. While he didn’t write it, he was first and last word on that story. 
    And has been pointed out, they are not “the force” but metaphorical and literal manifestations. 
    I mean if you don’t like it, I wouldn’t worry. I’m not sure I did the literal elements of the clone wars story. But the whole thing pays off nicely in season 4 of rebels IMO, so I’m cool with there existence. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Tramp Graphics in My Argument against the Father, Son, Daughter   
    Just pointing out, that storyline was a direct brain child of Lucas himself. While he didn’t write it, he was first and last word on that story. 
    And has been pointed out, they are not “the force” but metaphorical and literal manifestations. 
    I mean if you don’t like it, I wouldn’t worry. I’m not sure I did the literal elements of the clone wars story. But the whole thing pays off nicely in season 4 of rebels IMO, so I’m cool with there existence. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from SavageBob in Unlimited Power -- Sourcebook for Mystics   
    Yeah. I’m not even saying an A3 - A4 bridge is the right one. I’d be fine with a B3 - C3 or C3 - D3 bridge. I just don’t like that you are forced to take inspiring rhetoric. 
    Glad I could explain myself. 
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from billw2 in Parry and Reflect mechanics are broken — let’s fix them   
    @kaosoe: If I could like something more than once sir.
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Alatar1313 in Knight level exposes an abusive combo in earlier books...   
    Which is pretty crazy, because from what I remember of my dark times/empire era, pretty much all vehicle weapons were heavily restricted.  It was a fight just to get the cannons on the yt-1300 stock, as the empire was all, "guns? you don't need no stinking guns!! you've got our peerless and imperial navy to protect you*."
     
    *Subject to terms and conditions.  offer only good in the core worlds.  Bribes payable directly to your local Moff, unless you have an operative ID, in which case immediate medical care will be given without question.
     
    Hmm... I may have mixed genres there.
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Smog in Shii-Cho Knight talent tree revision   
    one would be a substantial improvement.
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from bradknowles in Custom Lightsaber Crystal batch   
    Plus, Part of my effort was to reduce the scope of what the crystal does.  My suggestions to the SIth crystal can make a once per session really great intuitive strike or saber throw, but is other wise a somewhat inferior crystal to say an Ilum.  but it also requires no upgrades, so for a darkside character intent on only murder (no mechanics skill) it's a nice piece of kit that is a little above par with no mods.
     
    And I again foreground this by saying that it is untested, and my suggestions were off the cuff.  They are not brilliant by any stretch.
     
    I guess I just don't see what is gained by brow beating people into thinking they are playing the game wrong by wanting more options.  Power creep is important to avoid, but if a GM wants to reward players with some special tools for a long campaign, why is that a bad thing?
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    Thebearisdriving reacted to awayputurwpn in Dantari Crystal?   
    I think "using" is the key term here. "When making a Force power check as part of a combat, a character using a lightsaber with a Dantari crystal may spend..."
     
    As in, if you're using a lightsaber with a Dantari crystal when making the Force-powered combat check, you may spend Force points to recover strain. If you're making a Force-powered combat check and not using your Dantari crystal lightsaber, then those Force points can just be spend as normal on whatever the talent or Force power specifies.
     
    It's nice really, since it gives you nice fallback in case your combat check misses or if you otherwise have no use for those generated Force points. 
     
    But more to the point, no, when you activate the Move power (which is a combat check) or the Unleash power (which remains dubious), you aren't using your Dantari crystal lightsaber. So...
     

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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from bradknowles in Beta 8 - Force Move Strength limit   
    Not to mention an "8 dice" difficulty with an attack.  with Sam's suggestion that would be a 3 challenge dice 2 difficulty dice attack.
     
    Also, I don't think there's anything wrong with just saying that 5+ or 6+ silhouette objects are "impossible" to move.  So spend a DP to even do it.  Maybe that is being overly draconian, but if it breaks your immersion in the universe, I think you're within rights as a GM to say so.
     
    Although that is stormwind-ing it a bit.  I'm not fond of the beta update for move myself, but it's just bringing it back in line with what it was in Edge and Rebellion.  what damage is done, is done.  If for no other reason than backwards compatibility, I don't think it will change back.
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from bradknowles in Force Powers retries and assumed results   
    Agreed. Very rarely does failure at a non-combat roll actually produce failure in my games. More often it represents time aster, additional resources squandered, inaccurate results, and etc.
    Even in the d20 games run, failure doesn't mean "failure" but especially in a game system such as starwars, failure should still lead you somewhere, the story should definitely account for a couple failures here or there.
    A good example is in the beta adventure. Just because PCs might not succeed at a roll doesn't mean they've failed the action. Instead, maybe they left evidence of their break in for supplies, took too long sneaking out the perimeter so they require extra survival checks, or have a tracking beacon planted on Them by another "vacationer."
    Few things intimidate players more than failing at three to four rolls in a row, and not seeing immidiate results for it. At the end of a the session, a quick cut scene that explains the consequences of those failures can really propell a story forward, and build a hunted feeling. Kinda like the episode of firefly where the two by two folks come and harass the alliance crew after mal and his ship are gone.
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    Thebearisdriving got a reaction from Ghostofman in Why can't Misdirect be on par with Stealth Fields?   
    Obi-wan never had to use misdirect on 50 troopers at once (that we know of, of course). He was still hiding, still skulking, and probably used it on 5 or so "targets" at a time.
    Misdirect is remarkably powerful in many ways, but it's not as universally applicable as a stealth field. they occupy different space in the game.
    And for the reasons Dono mentioned, misdirect can't be stolen, destroyed, or disabled on a despair, where as a stealth field can. A good shadow will probably have both, because back up plans save lives.
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