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  1. It's actually nice for the MarcyVerse as Manipulate is in-universe tied to the Sentinel career and messes with your head a great deal ('Machine-Heads' can 'read' synthetics instead of organics, and are marginalised even by Sentinel standards). Allowing Mystics to do something along those lines will be cool. Same reason that all those Universals in the Cartoon Sourcebook were such a big, game-changing deal for us (two of our oldest characters actually had nearly a thousand banked XP waiting for something like this!).
  2. Thankfully that isn't a MarcyVerse thing. (Our Anakin was a normal human Sensitive and he died 25 years ago; our 'Darth Vader' is a different person). I wouldn't mind seeing Mind-Skype or Astral Projection as a power, if they're determined to mine the sequels for stuff. Mind-Skype in particular has been A Thing in the MarcyVerse since the beginning, although we don't really have 'rules' for it, it's just something that Sensitives can do.
  3. That's actually the best article they've had in a while. Actually tells us a bit about what the new specs actually do. What happened? Even better, the feel of the Mystic as the 'Non-Jedi Force Wizard' fits the MarcyVerse very neatly. We are one step closer; Phee is squee-ing somewhere! Happy Friday! Marcy
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    The Star Wars Universe

    I kinda had a crush on Amaiza Foxtrain (even though I've been calling her 'Amalia Foxglove' for the last thirty years...) Coulda used less green rabbits though. I guess he was a prototype for Rocket Raccoon; he used almost exactly the same shtick, only he's much, much less cooler and interesting. Oh, early EU, how I miss you! We had silly green rabbits but Star Wars felt like ours and not theirs. #OccupyStarWars
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    The Star Wars Universe

    We had lots (make that LOTS!) of brainstorming/drinking sessions, often late into the night, and innumerable email conversations. You absolutely need to let them help with the world-building. You will have to make compromises too - at least half of my players wanted 'Game of Thrones In Space' but my touchstones were Dragon Age and Mass Effect. So the tone varies between the two, sometimes lighter, sometimes darker, but always within my personal comfort zone. I believe that Star Wars is a broad church and can be many things to many people (which why I found the concept of a 'No-No List' ridiculous - everyone will have their own 'No-No List', including Disney, and one person's ideas are not 'better' than another's). You need to establish tone from the start, although that may vary between your games. You need to work out specifics of what's canon and what isn't - we found there was a surprising freedom in being able to toss out some canonical sacred cows. Also, there may be unexpected consequences that develop - the MarcyVerse really lacks a 'villain', for example, due to its shades-of-grey morality. 'Antagonists' and 'protagonists' tend to depend on one's point of view. Even the most morally dark PCs and NPCs have pretty good motivations for doing what they do, and all are sympathetic to some degree. (Plus, the most traditionally-villainous individual in the MarcyVerse is a PC...)
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    The Star Wars Universe

    This is just the kind of 'outside the box' thinking many GMs and players need. The movies are great, but a movie necessarily has to be small and focused, where the best RPGs think big. I started by just asking the players: 'How would you change Star Wars?' and took it from there. And it didn't come all at once; many things were developed as we went along and the books were released. By the time AOR came out, we knew what the Alliance would be for us, and by the time of Force and Destiny, we knew what we wanted from the Jedi and the Force itself. Maybe I could do a 'MarcyVerse' thread if there was interest.
  7. I shall start a petition that the first person to get this book MUST take pictures and send the whole thing to Phee, so she has the honour of doing the Forum Spoiler Thread. We will be able hear the squee-ing in the distant corners of the world. Marcy
  8. A shame this got derailed so quickly. This was pretty much exactly how the MarcyVerse started. And it's been going since 2013 now.
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    The Star Wars Universe

  10. Pretty much every MarcyVerse character has one. If the players don't choose one after a while, I'll just allocate them one.
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    Lotr Reskin

    I think I will answer my emails and go to bed now! I just wanted to help the topic creator, and as god is my judge, I did not enter this thread intending to write the words 'cactus porn' at any point. 'Night, ladies and gents
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    Lotr Reskin

    That movie's a masterpiece compared to the source material...
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    Lotr Reskin

    Oh, I totally get that. And the Prof isn't anywhere near as bad as many writers. In my twenties I really tried to read the 'Gor' books because a friend adored them. The first couple were passable homages to Barsoom. And then the author insisted on pouring out his misogynistic sado-masochistic fantasies on every flippin' page... http://www.rdrop.com/~wyvern/data/houseplants.html (warning: cactus porn!)
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    Lotr Reskin

    Well, yes, the Professor heavily romanticised the pastoral life and the joys of simple living. He hated industrialisation and had a great affection for simple, humble rural folks, stemming from his time in the trenches during WW1. So yes, he sort of overdosed on it. But (at the risk of sounding like someone who has shares in Cubicle Seven!) 'One Ring' takes that and makes it a plot point. You're not a normal hobbit (or human or whatever) who worries about the local cricket scores or stealing Fatty Bolger's apples. You discovered that eldritch abominations and terrifying horrors exist, and they are much, much closer to your comfy world than you could have guessed. In fact, if you don't get out of bed, right now, pick up that old sword your uncle once gave you, and do something about it... then everything you know and love will be horribly destroyed. It's used in a similar way to how the 1920's are a stark contrast to HP Lovecraft's cosmic horrors. Your comfortable world is a lie, and unless you do something against the odds, you and everything you care about is doomed.
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    Lotr Reskin

    Oh, I totally get people who don't like Tolkien. There are people out there who don't like Star Wars, or sci-fi even! I just was trying to offer Rabobankrider my insights into the various Tolkeinesque games, because they are a favourite of mine . Basically, how important is the lore and tone to him? Because different games will scratch that itch.