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    If you're worried about the balance, you could...

    If you're worried about the balance, you could read them as "when channeling that type of magic..." i.e., in a round when you're throwing fireballs, you're immune to fire but vulnerable to ice. In a...
  2. Thread: New WOIN errata?

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    You could simply add an exploit. E.g.: Hard to...

    You could simply add an exploit. E.g.:
    Hard to Kill (requires Agi or Str 15): opponents now need four 6's on a roll to gain a critical on you.
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    Wolf stats question in bestiary

    The wolf in the bestiary has a listed AGI of 8 (4d6). That seemed odd. So I thought I'd ask whether its:
    (a) correct as written. The wolf's AGI 8 is used for derived stats, but it rolls 4d6 for...
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    Hey Morrus, what's the status of v1.2? Do we have...

    Hey Morrus, what's the status of v1.2? Do we have a release date?
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    Given that all PC races are one of three sizes,...

    Given that all PC races are one of three sizes, another potential house rule fix is to eliminate undersized and oversized weapons as a thing and just use some appropriate smaller or larger weapon....
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    Well, the career prereq includes MAG 6 and...

    Well, the career prereq includes MAG 6 and tactics, which means only Humans and Grand Elves can start with it, and the Human would have to take 4 magical careers before taking Battle Mage as their...
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    I think suggesting 'evocation plus [one or two...

    I think suggesting 'evocation plus [one or two relevant non-magical skills specified by Morrus]' is a good compromise. It provides flexibility for groups or character concepts that don't want to use...
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    I had the same question on another thread. I...

    I had the same question on another thread. I believe Morrus said it's Spellcraft.

    Which makes it an important skill to get as a caster, as you now use it for bonus implement dice, and to detect...
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    First, I hope that your suggestions for...

    First, I hope that your suggestions for clarification make it into the final copy, because you're right, these things should be specified.

    AIUI the skill system is supposed to be somewhat...
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    Hi Len, Here's an example druid. I built him as...

    Hi Len,
    Here's an example druid. I built him as a fighter/mage, with the maximum base ranged and melee defense and the maximum 5d6 dice pool in one regular attack and one magical skill type. He...
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    I'm not sure it's in the V1.2 document yet. I'm...

    I'm not sure it's in the V1.2 document yet. I'm referencing Morrus' post "A quick summary of OLD v1.2 Magic changes."

    But, you bring up a good editing question/comment. Hey Morrus! Is the new...
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    Cool, thanks! So you use that to detect magic,...

    Cool, thanks! So you use that to detect magic, identify magic, and use implements...sounds important... :)
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    AIUI, the new version will require a roll for all...

    AIUI, the new version will require a roll for all spells, at target number = 10 + magic points required to cast. So...that's why you want magical skills. This is the new method of preventing mages...
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    I have mixed but generally positive feelings...

    I have mixed but generally positive feelings about these changes.
    1. Figuring out skill requirements for a spell was a pain in the butt. This was bad. So, positive feelings there.
    2. The skill...
  16. Thread: Helmets!

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    Well...not just that. 1. Higher quality items...

    Well...not just that.
    1. Higher quality items can hold upgrades. Those aren't specified for helms, but I could definitely see allowing them to include eliminating the defense and initiative...
  17. Thread: WOIN Fustrations

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    I subscribed until about #75 so I don't know...

    I subscribed until about #75 so I don't know what's been published after that, but this should get you started:

    #2, #4, #22, #39, #65, #71 - total of 14 new fantasy races
    #7, #9, #12, #26 (sort...
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    Here's an OLD version of the same concept: ...

    Here's an OLD version of the same concept:
    Zweihander: base damage 4d6
    Ogre using oversized version: +1d6
    ...with STR 10: +4
    "Deadly strike" exploit: +1d6
    Noble origin career for +1,000 gp...
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    What's the page # for "instant death effects"? I...

    What's the page # for "instant death effects"? I don't see any. Of course as the GM you're always able to create one, but as written, the basic mechanic is that when you hit 0 hp you roll dice and...
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    I'm a fan of Stoic. Conceptually, it's very...

    I'm a fan of Stoic. Conceptually, it's very heroic to be able to survive that one giant explosion or a fall from space to the ground or whatever. Heck if I were playing a character with it, just...
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    Very nice! How do you (or do you?) plan on...

    Very nice!

    How do you (or do you?) plan on integrating the options of taking defensive skills and universal exploits into the career choices? Also things like armor skills.

    I don't know how...
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    WOIN rules for crossfire and flanking can be used...

    WOIN rules for crossfire and flanking can be used for minions - basically, let them fan out around a PC and their wimpy 2d6 attack becomes 5d6. The PC's would then be strongly motivated to not...
  23. I think most if not all of the standard origins...

    I think most if not all of the standard origins careers could accommodate a social outcast background. I'll use OLD as my example but this could probably also apply to the other genre systems. Like...
  24. Thread: Polearms

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    The bane of rpgs: try to give weapons realistic...

    The bane of rpgs: try to give weapons realistic attributes, and all players will gravitate towards giving their characters the mechanically optimal. Make them equal enough that you have a whole...
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    The shifter exploit already has two levels;...

    The shifter exploit already has two levels; perhaps one solution to your problem is to add a third level to it where you get the animal's skills too? That would still only let your shifter be the...
  26. Hello Morrus, quick question about NOW character...

    Hello Morrus, quick question about NOW character creation and learning Chi stances. Are chi stances like universal exploits, in that you can take them instead of a career exploit? If not, how do...
  27. It's not immediately useful, but remember when...

    It's not immediately useful, but remember when you gain a Grade your maximum dice pool goes up by 1 but your attributes and skills only go up a maximum of 1. Starting with a higher pool 'in the...
  28. Another thing to remember is that in WOIN there...

    Another thing to remember is that in WOIN there are a lot of combat decisions that can add and subtract dice. If your core attack is 5d6, you should not assume that you're going to be rolling 5d6...
  29. Thread: Suggested Career

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    The reason for this is that barbarian is perfect...

    The reason for this is that barbarian is perfect for the stats I want, but he is in no way a barbarian.

    So reskin it. Hey look, there's a career called Knight of Forestria! The Knights of...
  30. Very cool app. My apologies if this wasn't...

    Very cool app. My apologies if this wasn't covered in the 13 pages (!!) of other messages, but there doesn't seem to be any way for characters with a positive psi score to add universal psionic...
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    Why not allow your players to 'take 3' instead of...

    Why not allow your players to 'take 3' instead of rolling a damage die? Or 3.5 (1D=3, 2D=7, 3D=10, 4D=14, etc...). That way they have the option of guaranteed average or rolling to try and get...
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    Elijah, Melee weapons get the same bonus (either...

    Elijah,
    Melee weapons get the same bonus (either STR dice pool *or* skill dice pool, as a flat bonus to damage). Ranged weapons get skill dice pool as a flat bonus. See first paragraph on page 58.
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    Congrats! I note the errata removing attribute...

    Congrats!
    I note the errata removing attribute substitution was not incorporated into p14 (though it is elsewhere). A small thing but if someone's using that page to guide them through char gen, it...
  34. Thread: NOW Mutation

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    You may want to come up with a mutant career that...

    You may want to come up with a mutant career that has the "Spirit Animal" exploit from the Shaman career in Eons #61. It would be a good template for a "flexible power" mutant. Basically it allows...
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    Ah. Well yes, the system is designed that way. I...

    Ah. Well yes, the system is designed that way. I believe Morrus has stated on multiple occasions that any group of reasonably built PC's should be able to wipe the floor with a similarly sized group...
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    Just curious, why is one of your PCs constantly...

    Just curious, why is one of your PCs constantly shooting/stabbing at your other PCs?




    You HAVE been playing it per the rules, that it's only usable 'once per enemy,' right? A PC's ability to...
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    Defense scores are dice pool x3.5, rounded up...

    Defense scores are dice pool x3.5, rounded up (reference is page 56, OLD). The Squire exploit that allows you to take half your charges' damage rounds it down (OLD page 47). When you defeat an...
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    [Me before] Hey Morrus, do you think you will be...

    [Me before] Hey Morrus, do you think you will be implementing similar changes to NEW and NOW?

    Strike that, I see you already did!

    As an aside, your Errata has errata. Under "Sylvan Elves" it...
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    Not disputing anything said above, but take a...

    Not disputing anything said above, but take a look at the OLD errata. Size defense bonuses have been changed.
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    Wow, those are some pretty major changes! Most of...

    Wow, those are some pretty major changes! Most of the character concepts I've messed around with made heavy use of the racial attribute exchange option (though weirdly enough, not the hook exchange)....
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    Another possibility would be to design a few...

    Another possibility would be to design a few race-based careers/careers with racial prerequisite. NEW already has a few of those so it would be fully consistent with the system concept. Then you can...
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      Quick question on whether the Pirate career...

    Quick question on whether the Pirate career (O.L.D.) attributes are an error or not. They read as:

    AGI +1, INT +1, LUC +1, EP +2.

    Clearly that last entry should be "REP." But that also adds...
  43. Thread: Combat Questions

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    Flips, I'd suggest Deadly Strike (if your caster...

    Flips, I'd suggest Deadly Strike (if your caster PC qualifies) before you pick up Evoker. Same benefit with fewer restrictions. Of course having both is deadlier than either one alone.

    Which...
  44. Thread: Combat Questions

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    Morrus - possible error. You can't give up...

    Morrus - possible error. You can't give up flaming touch as it's a prereq for firebolt. Her firemage career exploits will need to be Flaming touch, Firebolt, Greater Firebolt. Which means losing...
  45. Thread: Combat Questions

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    So, I think most of your issues result from...

    So, I think most of your issues result from comparing a combat character to a non-combat character. Sir Mandallan is a bit of a tank; for characters maxing dice pools out at 5d6, they're only going...
  46. Thread: Tech

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    Alchemy or Herbalism would also make good models....

    Alchemy or Herbalism would also make good models. If yrtalien wants his technologist to produce a temporary-macguffin-of-the-day, choose Herbalism as the model. For a...
  47. It's worth remembering that, unless the exploit...

    It's worth remembering that, unless the exploit says otherwise, a psionic exploit costs power points to use equal to (at least) the PSI value required to purchase it. Thus some exploit that says...
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    I have not really looked at how PCs compare at...

    I have not really looked at how PCs compare at high grade marks, but at low grades the "problem" (and I put it in quotes because it might not be one) is that it's trivially easy to put together a...
  49. Hmmm, you're right. I had thought the elves...

    Hmmm, you're right. I had thought the elves started with magic skills but now looking at the book I see they don't. Five is the max for a starting PC.

    But I think my point still stands -...
  50. The various magic careers typically have exploits...

    The various magic careers typically have exploits that give bonus skills (and secrets). Thus it is relatively easy to build a starting character that are a mile wide and an inch deep. A typical PC...
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    If I were just looking to do more damage, I'd...

    If I were just looking to do more damage, I'd probably think about applying Phasing Attack to the weapon for some duration. It won't help against unarmored opponents, but for any opponent with more...
  52. Thread: Hybrid careers

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    It's nice, but your (4) is still a bit broken. ...

    It's nice, but your (4) is still a bit broken. Let's say I have a career I like (say, Spy), but it doesn't have a skill I want to take (say, starship tactics). I make a combo spy/navy tour career...
  53. Thread: Low level Powers

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    I tend to think the magic rules as written are...

    I tend to think the magic rules as written are more Dresden-like than sword n' sorcery. While all the capability to be sword n' sorcery is there, it requires high skill levels to sling around big...
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    This is how I'd do it. You could also modify the...

    This is how I'd do it. You could also modify the starship travel rules in NEW so that instead of Piloting/Engineering/Navigation rolls, psi ships use Teleportation/Metapsionics/Clairvoyance skill...
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    I have been assuming that if a career gives a +2...

    I have been assuming that if a career gives a +2 bonus to an attribute, you can swap that for an equivalent racial attribute increase of +2. So for example, if a Felan takes the Socialite career...
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    The main thing I thought about when trying to...

    The main thing I thought about when trying to come up with passenger fares is that, if passengers are very very lucrative compared to cargo, nobody would want to run cargo. With the 1%/parsec limit...
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    Attached! I think...

    Attached! I think...
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    After a little more fooling around with things, I...

    After a little more fooling around with things, I must modify/take back what I said. It *is* quite reasonably easy to make a profit using a small ship. The trick is to take the Haggler exploit, which...
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    1. Sure. You could model in some extra complexity...

    1. Sure. You could model in some extra complexity there. I'm not convinced it would add to the game, but it's worth exploring!

    Oh, I don't want to. The comment on trip length vs. multiple trips...
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    Just spotted two errors in the example...

    Just spotted two errors in the example calculation (at least I think they're errors)

    #1: 133 days = 4.4 months, not 2.2 months.
    #2: Livestock is a restricted good, so profit should be 28%, not...
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    Great article! As a subscriber, I say your...

    Great article! As a subscriber, I say your contributions continue to impress. Well worth the dollar per.
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    I take Necrophony as one of my Warped Human...

    I take Necrophony as one of my Warped Human exploits. But I don't take careers that give me PSI 10. Can I use by Necrophony power? I wouldn't technically be able to spend 10 PP per turn, unless...
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    Thanks for the update...but, uh, that still means...

    Thanks for the update...but, uh, that still means they can only use one in each category. So same question?
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    Very nice. Question on the Warped: their "Warped...

    Very nice. Question on the Warped: their "Warped Psionics" exploit allows them to start with two psionics exploits that they don't have the Psi rating to purchase (or use). How is this handled? I...
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    Well they're certainly much bigger bonuses than I...

    Well they're certainly much bigger bonuses than I would ever give, but WOIN has the nice concept of a maximum dice pool per Grade. So these bonuses really just have the effect of making anyone who...
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    Nice addition to the rules. One thought: the...

    Nice addition to the rules.

    One thought: the Intelligence Agent/Spy gets no Rep. At first I thought this made sense, because I was thinking of Rep primarily as the ability to be...
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    Question: what are the age categories for the new...

    Question: what are the age categories for the new races?
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    Clockman [and others] EONS #39 Is that some...

    Clockman [and others] EONS #39

    Is that some sort of psychological torture? You have not released #39 yet! Aaaaaagghhhh!
    :)
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    Wow, 67 pages, new careers, big 'ol setting. ...

    Wow, 67 pages, new careers, big 'ol setting. Beefy book. Thanks very much!
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      N.E.W. p69 Sasha Bolotnikov is listed as having...

    N.E.W. p69 Sasha Bolotnikov is listed as having the Astrogation skill, but her careers give no access to it.

    Compounding this problem, the N.E.W. space travel system requires regular astrogation...
  71. And to be fair, I frankly don't think they should...

    And to be fair, I frankly don't think they should all be equally available to all PCs. Yeah it makes sense to allow all PC's to wear higher quality leather, but the ability to use high quality plate...
  72. Great! Going through it now. First...

    Great! Going through it now. First question...do Orcs really get STR+2, AGI+2, INT+3? I thought the +3 was an error, and it was supposed to be errata'd to +1?

    Second question...p45 defensive...
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    For OLD, Watchman is pretty good; the "clues"...

    For OLD, Watchman is pretty good; the "clues" exploit, liberally interpreted, should allow you to pick up on secret stuff. Trouble sense and Vigilant are also pretty good for that sort of PC, and the...
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    I would say its still too powerful. The Firemage...

    I would say its still too powerful. The Firemage only gets the 2d6 bolt after taking a pre-req exploit. Also without any pre-req or MAG requirement, you've just rendered 8 of the ranged weapons in...
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    I generally agree with Morrus, but thought I'd...

    I generally agree with Morrus, but thought I'd add a few more comments.

    1. True, your spellcasters aren't going to be able to go toe-to-toe in combat with the fighter builds right out of the...
  76. [WOIN] What additional material would you like to see?

    Hey all,
    I thought I'd open up a thread on material you'd like to see the wonderful folk at WOIN produce (disclosure: I'm merely a lurker/fan. I have no affiliation with the designers). I'll start...
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      Fantasy Equipment p26, there is no descriptive...

    Fantasy Equipment p26, there is no descriptive entry for Lamellar Armor
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