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    HelloRPG got a reaction from GnosisNoise in Android: Official Genesys System   
    In defence, Huzz's list has the assumption that laser weapons are standard for all sci-fi settings, and rarity is balanced to the power of the weapon mechanically ("R" restriction non-existent). The official Android list better reflects the technological capabilities of setting (late 21st century Earth), and its legal rules. I mean you can get the Auto Shotgun at rarity 5 instead of 8, although with dubious legal issues coming up on the purchase; reflecting it's ease of fabrication and high demand, but with legal restrictions.  Heck, a pistol is rarity 2 in the official list, so it reflects how libertarian self-defence is the norm in the beanstalk.
    Generally I think Genesys's equipment list should reflect the setting more than other systems, and Huzz's list to be more of a guide line and inspiration. 
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from Cantriped in Android: Official Genesys System   
    In defence, Huzz's list has the assumption that laser weapons are standard for all sci-fi settings, and rarity is balanced to the power of the weapon mechanically ("R" restriction non-existent). The official Android list better reflects the technological capabilities of setting (late 21st century Earth), and its legal rules. I mean you can get the Auto Shotgun at rarity 5 instead of 8, although with dubious legal issues coming up on the purchase; reflecting it's ease of fabrication and high demand, but with legal restrictions.  Heck, a pistol is rarity 2 in the official list, so it reflects how libertarian self-defence is the norm in the beanstalk.
    Generally I think Genesys's equipment list should reflect the setting more than other systems, and Huzz's list to be more of a guide line and inspiration. 
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from verdantsf in Fallout/Post-Apocalyptic Scavenging   
    My group just used the same rules provided for rarity on page 82-83 of the core, only instead of negotiation/street-wise we used perception or survival. Most fully intact weapons were rarity 5-ish modified by the location to scavenge (copy of the table I.5-2), plus GM upgrading  difficulty dice on defined dangerous locations (like a battlefield or raider territory).  Most of the time we got one to two scenes of downtime to scavenge per session, basically the shopping/resupply scene that we can get if we are in the middle of nowhere or out of cash.
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    HelloRPG reacted to drainsmith in Shadow of the Beanstalk errata   
    So far, the mistakes found in SotB are very minor. This is what has been found so far that I have submitted questions about and received answers for:
    Rachel Beckmann (p157): Her heavy pistol should use Ranged (Light) instead of Ranged (Heavy)
    Caprice Nisei (p171): She should have Knowledge (Science) instead of Knowledge (Facts)
    Assistant District Attorney (p228): Their Knowledge (Society) rank should be 2
    Brain Machine Interface (p98): "Go deep" should be a maneuver, not an incidental
    Sentinel (p134): The text should read "Sentinel then deactivates..." instead of "Archer then deactivates..."
    Body Guard talent (p49): Tier should be 3 instead of 2. It is in the correct Tier section.
    All fixed in the PDF!
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    HelloRPG reacted to Raicheck in [SotB] Any new cyberware rules?   
    Realistically though, anyone who stacks that many points into a single attribute, makes me chuckle with glee as a GM.   It means they have several weak points that can be exploited.   
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    HelloRPG reacted to 2P51 in Shadows of the Beanstalk   
    Clones and Bioroids are archetypes so steering clear of slavery price charts doesn't surprise me. 
    Drone prices/rarity p. 233
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    HelloRPG reacted to Lime2K in Beanstalk on the Boat!   
    I have SotB in print, can’t wait to get the pdf. I would definitely appreciate Worlds of Android getting a pdf release at some point as well. (Rapidly running out of room for print books!
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    HelloRPG reacted to Raicheck in Shadows of the Beanstalk   
    Shadows of the Beanstalk
    So super quick review, as I'm still digesting what I've read.    
    The introduction is pretty much what you'd expect, though I did appreciate the section on what tomorrow looks like.  Gives you a good feel for themes right off the bat.
     Character creation is good though it requires the Genesys core rulebook.  There are six archetypes and ten careers. Each of the archetypes has a fun ability that separates them from the others.  The clone in particular has a pretty good special ability that is very situationally useful, but not so overpowering as to be game breaking.   Something I really liked is the why play a x section on each archetype. While there are ten careers they also have advice on creating a new career if nothing fits what you want to play.
    There are some really fun and new talents.     I really like how they added some talents that allow you to add some history to your character, like World Wars Vet, which adds a skill (two to choose from) and gives you a small favor from a current or former member of a single country’s military. (chosen when you take the talent)    There are different variations of talents like WWV, but each does the same mechanically, just with the different organization. It’s a small thing, that gives your PC some depth, and a cheaper skill that you might not have had from your career. The tier 5 talents are all really good, and flavorful.  Master Plan, Ghost in the Machine, Trick of the Light, etc all have some really good effects, and are all worthy capstones in their own right. This isn’t to say the lower tier talents aren’t bad as there are fun things in every tier.
    Speaking of favors, I really enjoy the favor system.  It’s a bit more elegant than obligation from Edge of the Empire, but it functions in a similar manner.   In essence it’s a mark someone has on your character that can be called in as the story needs. Conversely, your character can also gain favors, and can call them in as well.    If you ask for too many favors, you can become unreliable, and it makes it harder to get or call in favors later. There’s also a simple system for leveraging your favors for gaining smaller favors without spending your big favor, or leveraging a smaller favor for a bigger favor.
    Equipment section has some really good and flavorful items as well.  It does suffer a bit from the whole corebook generic syndrome. Equipment ranges a bit from the mundane, to the exotic.  There’s even a suit of power armor in the equipment. Cybernetics and genemods are the two ways to modify your character.  Cybernetics tend to have a slightly higher payoff, but also lower your strain threshold. Genemods have fun options, but run the risk of permanently damaging your character on a failed integration roll.
    Hacking, oh boy.   So the hacking rules in Genesys, are functional but sparse.   Given that this is an android sourcebook, and the setting for the “netrunner” card game, it was a given that the hacking rules would be a bit more robust.    They look fairly solid, and they seem to make sense on the surface of them. I am a little worried that like Android’s spiritual predecessors the hacking might be a bit game slowing.  I’ll know more later when we do some test runs to see how fast they go. It also has some solid advice on building net encounters.
    The location section is pretty lengthy, and has some good bits in it for every district in New Angeles.   I am glad I picked up the World of Android book as it really adds some depth to the lore, though it isn’t strictly necessary, I thought it helped out.   
    The last couple sections have some really solid meat and potatoes.  Most of it isn’t exciting, but very useful. Lots of NPC’s, each one kind of gives you a better sense of the setting.  Plus, having premade npc’s saves a lot of time setting up encounters. The final chapter is the game master part of the book, and has some really solid adventure building advice.  Hints on how to depict life in the, to resolving social encounters. The adventure building section reminds me a lot of the old challenge/focus/strike shorts from L5R, which is a good thing.   It lays out a primary goal, the challenges and the twist, and gives several examples. Then it talks about how to expand on those to provide a good adventure. Plus, it adds a bit about how to manage the pacing.  
    Overall, It’s a good solid start, and I really hope they add some expansions to this setting later on down the road.  There’s a lot of material they had in the card game that isn’t even mentioned here, and would make for some good additions later on.     I gotta say, I am as hyped for this as I was for Edge of the Empire, so I’ll be running this sooner or later.
     
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    HelloRPG reacted to drainsmith in Adversaries Anthology: a boldy bound creature collection (updated v2.0.0)   
    All of the adversaries currently published.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/oxdft3482m19npx/Adversaries Anthology v2.2.0.pdf?dl=0
    Update: I stayed up almost all night and updated the Adversaries Anthology to include all the new adversaries in Shadow of the Beanstalk. Newly rearranged by genre also.
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    HelloRPG reacted to dresdinseven in Beanstalk on the Boat!   
    Wednesday is only 48some hours away, but feels like an eternity.
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from TheSapient in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Generally Android follows the more Neo-Liberal critique of modernity, so in simplified terms its a dystopian genre where capitalism and profit driven corporations ran rampant to damage society; opposite to more authoritarian cyberpunk with a fascist/state-control critique.  Notable tropes often include four of: extreme exploitation of workers, widening class disparity, and increased crime rates, as rich become richer and poor become poorer; corporations becoming more powerful and even replacing the nation-state (and democracy); man serving technology rather than technology serving man, as we are dependent on our increasing complex devices without critical review; and since our review of technology is lacking it will ultimately replace or destroy us.  
    Classic works following this are as follows:
    Blade Runner (1982) and Its sequel Blade Runner 2049 - specifically good for Android's crisis of workers vs clones or bioroids, and exploring what it means to be an "artificial human."
    Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex (season 1) - specifically good for relationship of how powerful corporation can be in the setting, and what sort of conspiracy they try to do against the nation-state (or to conspire with them) and its people.
    Repo Men (2010) - not the best movie, but the premise is interesting. People buy upgrades or replacement medical organs from a corporation, and when they can't pay for these hired guns come to repossess them.
    Robocop (1987) to (2014) - all of the movies addresses some critique to corporations and their motives, but also explores humanity in non or once human beings. 
    I, Robot - both the movie and the novel kinda explores the three laws of robotics that bioroids in androids are prescribed to; and how they break out of it.
     
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    HelloRPG reacted to themensch in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Ooh, I didn't catch that connection.  The Aliens setting is definitely apt but might be a little far-future for some.  But the hard scifi elements would play out well I think, and especially the noir aesthetic. 
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    HelloRPG reacted to twolfe110 in Colorblind-Supported Dice Emoji for Discord   
    Made a set of Genesys dice for discord server emoji. These have symbols inside of them to assist with any potential colorblindness: https://imgur.com/a/k5fF4SJ






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    HelloRPG reacted to themensch in Beanstalk on the Boat!   
    Let's put everything on this boat in the future!  🤣
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from themensch in Beanstalk on the Boat!   
    FFG must of used their secret fast shipping couriers!!!
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from themensch in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Generally Android follows the more Neo-Liberal critique of modernity, so in simplified terms its a dystopian genre where capitalism and profit driven corporations ran rampant to damage society; opposite to more authoritarian cyberpunk with a fascist/state-control critique.  Notable tropes often include four of: extreme exploitation of workers, widening class disparity, and increased crime rates, as rich become richer and poor become poorer; corporations becoming more powerful and even replacing the nation-state (and democracy); man serving technology rather than technology serving man, as we are dependent on our increasing complex devices without critical review; and since our review of technology is lacking it will ultimately replace or destroy us.  
    Classic works following this are as follows:
    Blade Runner (1982) and Its sequel Blade Runner 2049 - specifically good for Android's crisis of workers vs clones or bioroids, and exploring what it means to be an "artificial human."
    Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex (season 1) - specifically good for relationship of how powerful corporation can be in the setting, and what sort of conspiracy they try to do against the nation-state (or to conspire with them) and its people.
    Repo Men (2010) - not the best movie, but the premise is interesting. People buy upgrades or replacement medical organs from a corporation, and when they can't pay for these hired guns come to repossess them.
    Robocop (1987) to (2014) - all of the movies addresses some critique to corporations and their motives, but also explores humanity in non or once human beings. 
    I, Robot - both the movie and the novel kinda explores the three laws of robotics that bioroids in androids are prescribed to; and how they break out of it.
     
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    HelloRPG reacted to Tom Cruise in [Second Edition Release!] Dark Heresy (Warhammer 40,000) in Genesys   
    Thanks for the kind words! Development has been pretty stagnant in all honesty, 2018 was a pretty wild year for me in terms of career and life changes.

    At some point I do want to revisit this, combine Liber Heresius and the core book into one Second Edition release with appropriate rules updates and tweaks, but I'm not sure when I'll get the time to do that honestly. Will make sure I update this thread as soon as I have anything concrete. 
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from drainsmith in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Generally Android follows the more Neo-Liberal critique of modernity, so in simplified terms its a dystopian genre where capitalism and profit driven corporations ran rampant to damage society; opposite to more authoritarian cyberpunk with a fascist/state-control critique.  Notable tropes often include four of: extreme exploitation of workers, widening class disparity, and increased crime rates, as rich become richer and poor become poorer; corporations becoming more powerful and even replacing the nation-state (and democracy); man serving technology rather than technology serving man, as we are dependent on our increasing complex devices without critical review; and since our review of technology is lacking it will ultimately replace or destroy us.  
    Classic works following this are as follows:
    Blade Runner (1982) and Its sequel Blade Runner 2049 - specifically good for Android's crisis of workers vs clones or bioroids, and exploring what it means to be an "artificial human."
    Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex (season 1) - specifically good for relationship of how powerful corporation can be in the setting, and what sort of conspiracy they try to do against the nation-state (or to conspire with them) and its people.
    Repo Men (2010) - not the best movie, but the premise is interesting. People buy upgrades or replacement medical organs from a corporation, and when they can't pay for these hired guns come to repossess them.
    Robocop (1987) to (2014) - all of the movies addresses some critique to corporations and their motives, but also explores humanity in non or once human beings. 
    I, Robot - both the movie and the novel kinda explores the three laws of robotics that bioroids in androids are prescribed to; and how they break out of it.
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from Roderz in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Generally Android follows the more Neo-Liberal critique of modernity, so in simplified terms its a dystopian genre where capitalism and profit driven corporations ran rampant to damage society; opposite to more authoritarian cyberpunk with a fascist/state-control critique.  Notable tropes often include four of: extreme exploitation of workers, widening class disparity, and increased crime rates, as rich become richer and poor become poorer; corporations becoming more powerful and even replacing the nation-state (and democracy); man serving technology rather than technology serving man, as we are dependent on our increasing complex devices without critical review; and since our review of technology is lacking it will ultimately replace or destroy us.  
    Classic works following this are as follows:
    Blade Runner (1982) and Its sequel Blade Runner 2049 - specifically good for Android's crisis of workers vs clones or bioroids, and exploring what it means to be an "artificial human."
    Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex (season 1) - specifically good for relationship of how powerful corporation can be in the setting, and what sort of conspiracy they try to do against the nation-state (or to conspire with them) and its people.
    Repo Men (2010) - not the best movie, but the premise is interesting. People buy upgrades or replacement medical organs from a corporation, and when they can't pay for these hired guns come to repossess them.
    Robocop (1987) to (2014) - all of the movies addresses some critique to corporations and their motives, but also explores humanity in non or once human beings. 
    I, Robot - both the movie and the novel kinda explores the three laws of robotics that bioroids in androids are prescribed to; and how they break out of it.
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from Flobio in Shadow of the Beanstalk TV/Book inspiration   
    Generally Android follows the more Neo-Liberal critique of modernity, so in simplified terms its a dystopian genre where capitalism and profit driven corporations ran rampant to damage society; opposite to more authoritarian cyberpunk with a fascist/state-control critique.  Notable tropes often include four of: extreme exploitation of workers, widening class disparity, and increased crime rates, as rich become richer and poor become poorer; corporations becoming more powerful and even replacing the nation-state (and democracy); man serving technology rather than technology serving man, as we are dependent on our increasing complex devices without critical review; and since our review of technology is lacking it will ultimately replace or destroy us.  
    Classic works following this are as follows:
    Blade Runner (1982) and Its sequel Blade Runner 2049 - specifically good for Android's crisis of workers vs clones or bioroids, and exploring what it means to be an "artificial human."
    Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex (season 1) - specifically good for relationship of how powerful corporation can be in the setting, and what sort of conspiracy they try to do against the nation-state (or to conspire with them) and its people.
    Repo Men (2010) - not the best movie, but the premise is interesting. People buy upgrades or replacement medical organs from a corporation, and when they can't pay for these hired guns come to repossess them.
    Robocop (1987) to (2014) - all of the movies addresses some critique to corporations and their motives, but also explores humanity in non or once human beings. 
    I, Robot - both the movie and the novel kinda explores the three laws of robotics that bioroids in androids are prescribed to; and how they break out of it.
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from SavageBob in Adding encumbrance to Painkillers?   
    I don't know if it requires balancing, because technically speaking wounds are only one factor of the PC's health attributes; the two others being critical hits and strain. Generally speaking if the game feels like people relying too much on painkillers it's usually due to the scenario only penalizing players towards wounds and not the other two; usually a symptom  lacking any other gimmicks than straight "annihilation" combat, where one force kills the other without use of tactics in a flat plane. 
    The good thing of Genesys is that the damages are often linked to narrating epic scenes in an action movie; One example is falling, which even at short range (few meters) will do 10 wounds and 10 strain (strain not reduced by soak).  Unfortunately FFG isn't doing those battlefield scene tables where both the players and GM can use their advantages/threats for greater narrative effect like they did in Star Wars, or at least yet, which helps.
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from Tear44 in Android: Official Genesys System   
    In defence, Huzz's list has the assumption that laser weapons are standard for all sci-fi settings, and rarity is balanced to the power of the weapon mechanically ("R" restriction non-existent). The official Android list better reflects the technological capabilities of setting (late 21st century Earth), and its legal rules. I mean you can get the Auto Shotgun at rarity 5 instead of 8, although with dubious legal issues coming up on the purchase; reflecting it's ease of fabrication and high demand, but with legal restrictions.  Heck, a pistol is rarity 2 in the official list, so it reflects how libertarian self-defence is the norm in the beanstalk.
    Generally I think Genesys's equipment list should reflect the setting more than other systems, and Huzz's list to be more of a guide line and inspiration. 
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from Endersai in Android: Official Genesys System   
    In defence, Huzz's list has the assumption that laser weapons are standard for all sci-fi settings, and rarity is balanced to the power of the weapon mechanically ("R" restriction non-existent). The official Android list better reflects the technological capabilities of setting (late 21st century Earth), and its legal rules. I mean you can get the Auto Shotgun at rarity 5 instead of 8, although with dubious legal issues coming up on the purchase; reflecting it's ease of fabrication and high demand, but with legal restrictions.  Heck, a pistol is rarity 2 in the official list, so it reflects how libertarian self-defence is the norm in the beanstalk.
    Generally I think Genesys's equipment list should reflect the setting more than other systems, and Huzz's list to be more of a guide line and inspiration. 
     
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    HelloRPG got a reaction from OB-1 in Reviews? Sell me on/off?   
    It seems that everyone has wrote the foundation of the system's  pros and cons....So I can only add this: Reading the dice and making check easy, so easy that we done it drunk. Good times were had.
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    HelloRPG reacted to DocSun in Android at PAX Unplugged   
    Similar but way way more game effecting. We literally were able to skip entire challenges because we called in a favor. however favors we owed to other NPC bodies were called in and lets say... it made some hard decisions especially for the long run. If that was a favor owed in a long game not just a con game the result would have lasting effects on a campaign.
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