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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2012, 12:20:51 PM »
Er...  I'm not really seeing how that's all that much different from what I had in mind, to be honest. ^^; Does being an Emissary of Power carry some extra connotations with it that I'm not aware of, or...?

Edit: I do like the idea of being tied to a more minor spirit, though.  Perhaps it could be built on the same amount of refresh as she is, and slowly increase in power as she does?  Or would that be getting too much into the mechanical side of things for something more story-based?
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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2012, 04:50:42 PM »
Ah, I see.  I'm guessing Marked by Power usually comes with story-related drawbacks that don't make it worth its cost, then?

The basic concept I've got for the characterization of this spirit is that it generally likes humans, but mostly in a similar way to how some people can be said to like animals.  That is, it finds them interesting and amusing, and probably usually aesthetically-pleasing to look at, but has very little understanding of human society or psychology.

Similarly, in much the same way that people who like animals will generally dislike trophy hunters, it tends to dislike supernatural forces that act in ways that are harmful to humanity.  At the same time, though, it also sees nothing wrong with humans doing bad things to one another.  If watching a serial killer at work, for example, it will tend to view the scene similarly to how a human might view a pack of wolves bringing down a deer; it's as likely to be impressed by the killer's skill as it is to feel sadness over the victims.

Does that seem like a good basic concept to work from?

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2012, 06:18:11 PM »
Let's see, we're playing at 6 Refresh...  Spirit Form (-3) is pretty much required, Swift Transition with the No Mortal Home discount (-1) is fitting...  I'm thinking Demesne (-1) might also be fitting, make the spirit fairly strong while on its home turf, but not able to do much outside of it, and then for the last point of Refresh...

Would it be possible to give this NPC a sort of 'opposite' version of the Ghost Speaker power?  Some sort of 'Mortal Watcher' ability that lets it get a good look at mortals and mortal-related things without having to manifest?

I think I'll avoid taking Marked by Power for now, but pick it up later on when (if?) the spirit starts getting more powerful and well-known.

Hm.  Now to come up with a basic name and shape for this spirit, maybe toss on an Aspect or two...

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2012, 12:05:20 AM »
That looks like the list.

Spirit form -3, as written
"Mortal Speaker" -1 to allow it to contact our world without manifesting. (We ought to think up a new name for that one down the road.)
Demesne -1, as written
Swift Transition (Plus no mortal home) -1

Zero Refresh and it makes sense to me.

I thought you had to keep at least 1 point of refresh unspent or else you become an NPC. >_> Might want to double check.

My own character idea is kind of developing. I'm thinking of a fledgeling sorceress, a young lady who is stuck doing something she hates in life and desperately wants to escape. Her father owns a local convenience store and she has to work there, but in her spare time she's been studying the occult and learning, discovering her own innate talents. She finds she has talent for hydromancy, and her magic has a certain Hindu/Indian flare to it. (Mantras, sanskrit carvings, etc.)

As for refresh, she'd have -2 for Channeling(Water), -2 for Ritual (I'm thinking divination--she can use a scrying pool to remote view and things like that?) and that leaves 1 point to play around with. Maybe a mortal stunt reflective of her other interests.

Specific aspects I'm still working on, but how does a high concept of "Fledgeling, bottled-up magus" sound?

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2012, 12:25:18 AM »
I thought you had to keep at least 1 point of refresh unspent or else you become an NPC. >_> Might want to double check.

You do.  That list was for an NPC. ^^;

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2012, 09:56:43 AM »
You do.  That list was for an NPC. ^^;

Derp. Ignore my late-night posts.

Yeah, bottled-up magus in the making sounds better IMO. Seems good for a high concept for now, I don't know how much advancement will take place in the story but it can always develop later on as she learns more.

As far as location goes, I'm kind of interested in seeing something that takes place in the southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, etc.) Just because I like the landscape there. But I could just as easily enjoy a game in a more temperate climate.

You want bad ideas? You asked for it...

-A nearby Indian Reservation is full of true believers--not in the christian God, but in the ways of their ancestors. A rogue element of their number is interested in summoning dark forces.

-A slew of red court vampires has just moved into town, thinking that it will be an easy place to lay low for awhile as well as grow fat. They might have pissed off some of their red court superiors.

-A law-breaking wizard fugitive has been living in town for decades and is finally growing old. He/she considers a spell that drains youth from others.

-A local practitioner's son/daughter bought an unusual gem at the flea market. Next thing they know, there's a hit squad after them.

-Locals find a charred corpse outside of town that they claim is 'proof of alien existence.' It's actually some kind of supernatural creature. But the players find out that the autopsy discovered a strange artifact in it's stomach.

-Drug use is widespread and rampant near the border. What happens when a supernatural creature takes over the drug trade and starts pushing it's wares with mental magic?

I'm gonna go massage my brain for a little.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2012, 12:05:02 PM »
By the way, as far as my character concept goes...

My own character idea is kind of developing. I'm thinking of a fledgeling sorceress, a young lady who is stuck doing something she hates in life and desperately wants to escape. Her father owns a local convenience store and she has to work there, but in her spare time she's been studying the occult and learning, discovering her own innate talents. She finds she has talent for hydromancy, and her magic has a certain Hindu/Indian flare to it. (Mantras, sanskrit carvings, etc.)

One of the ideas I've got for my character is that she's working a part-time job somewhere in order to earn enough money to go to a good college.  Perhaps our two characters could be co-workers?

Powers-wise, the character I've got in mind is actually starting to look a bit like a magical girl, to be honest. ^^; Human Form, because she doesn't have any powers when it isn't activated, and then the Item of Power is the +1 discount version, because it looks like a bizarre, if harmless, piece of jewelry most of the time...

Still working out the exact powers, but I'm thinking she'll probably have Ghost Speaker on all the time, as a side-effect of the power she's received, and probably some variety of Inhuman Speed and/or Toughness when transformed.  Maybe also Riposte, or some other mortal Stunt...  I'm thinking that the necklace, or whatever the item is, would give access to the combined combat abilities of all of its previous wearers, so maybe it'll grant one genuinely-supernatural ability, and then a bunch of stunts?  Or maybe I should focus a little less on combat. ><;

For the location, I'm fine with a small town in the southwest.  For an actual location within the town, perhaps the town originally sprang up around an oasis out in the desert, and the oasis itself became the town's first, and so far only, park?  Modern irrigation has made the whole town considerably greener since the days of yore, but the park itself (Oasis Park?  Paradise Park?) still remains.

The theme or threat of the place could be tied to the Summer Court, somehow, and I imagine the face of the place would be whatever government-employed individual is in charge of maintaining the place.  It might be interesting to leave it ambiguous on whether or not he's something other than human...

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2012, 09:17:39 AM »
If we go with the oasis idea, it'd be hard to have the town by the ocean. Personally I don't mind it being in the middle of the mojave or chihuahuan desert, but if you have story ideas that require coast, thats certainly fine.

As for size, maybe 3-4 thousand population? Again, not terribly important to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartzsite,_Arizona

Looks like a decent starting position. Not too small, but definitely has that small-town feel. And its not too far from Phoenix and LA, so there's room for bigger adventures if necessary. And it definitely captures the feel of a small town in a desert. Plus, there are abandoned mine shafts on the outskirts. What else could a storyteller want?

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2012, 08:42:52 PM »
As I understand it, boards aren't really something you request. ^^; It's something automatically awarded once a game reaches a set number of posts, though I forget the exact number at the moment.

Sending PMs would be a good idea.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2012, 09:21:53 PM »
  Good evening.  *Bows*  I heard you might have some space for me after all? 

  I'll have access to my books later tonight. 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2012, 09:37:04 PM »
Hmm, name ideas, name ideas...

...I'm bad at coming up with names. ^^; Um...  Just Deserts?  Or maybe Desert Justice, though that sounds significantly less witty.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2012, 10:01:29 PM »
The Crystal City?

Play on the town's name, new age accouterments, and give tribute to a Card novel. 

Rock Capitol of the World is also good.  ^_^;; 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2012, 10:04:15 PM »
I kinda like the sound of Sorcerers and Swapmeets, myself.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2012, 10:09:59 PM »
Has anyone included in the storytelling yet the fact that half of the town are senior citizents? 

I wonder what it's like growing up in a place like that.  The sprawled out nature of the place's geography is similar to my home, with even poor folk having huge yards and spacious one story houses. 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2012, 11:07:47 PM »
Personally, I like Just Deserts. Rock capitol of the world also rings with me.

A high senior citizen population means more work for the younger folk, (like our PC's so far) and it could also be causing political/economic strife.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2012, 11:51:02 PM »
Well, in case you haven't noticed, the thing about the title Just Deserts is, it's a bit of a play on words.  Like, the phrase 'Just Desserts'? ^^;

Rock Capitol of the World certainly could work...  I don't really know what to make of the senior citizen thing, though.  I guess you could consider me ambivalent on that issue.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2012, 12:28:00 AM »
Well, I like to imagine who my charecter's paretns where and what life was like growing up.  I noticed that something like 2 or 5% of the population is under sixteen right now.  I was just thinking, "What would it be like to be one of those 150 kids? " 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2012, 01:46:39 AM »
Would another focused practitioner be redundant? 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2012, 02:18:00 AM »
*chuckles*  So actually I'm looking at a Changeling--the child of a powerful satyr like being and a mortal woman. 

While I'm still at the conceptual level, would one gender or another fill out the story better? 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2012, 03:06:28 AM »
  :)  Just reviewing people's ons and offs, guess I'll go with a guy.  :) 

I would have three concerns with changelings.
1) You have to be comfortable with GM fiddling. It's basically what the template was made for, a big stack of unknowns and likely compels with a very real chance of turning into an NPC.
2) Faerie catches come up often and affect their use of things like magic. The mortal world is -full- of iron and the discount on certain powers means it's assumed it comes up a lot.
3) Some NPCs will not like you. Some will not trust you, ever. It's the same way they'd treat a vampire. Or a Wizard of the White Council.

I suppose I'll go look up satyrs.

Please note that steel is not cold iron.  Not that normal iron is terribly hard to come by. 

I just went through the book to see if there was anything specific to a satyr, and got Zilch. 

I imagine I would leave it a mystery to my character whether his father is a  Hobb elevated to the sidhe or something else. 

I gather he'd have to be one of the sidhe for me to have inherited Seelie Magic? 

I've just begun to work on character and history, but I do somewhat imagine him as growing up pursuing cordial relations with the local little folk, which encouraged his interest in Pizza 'til he got a job delivering the stuff.  :) 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2012, 03:09:19 AM »
  Oh, and I am cool setting myself up to be messed with.  :) 

  My other concept--which I'll play some other time--was a white court virgin whose human parent was a wizard.  :) 

  I'll look over the catches on fairy magic a bit more, but getting something that powerful at such a discount should have plenty of catches. 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2012, 04:20:02 AM »
I am still interested in Dresden Files but I am not sure if you'll want a 4th as it appears Muse has appeared as the 3rd, and as said I am fairly busy so I try to limit my involvement in too many new games right now. Still, I am tempted to make Dresden Files one of them. I had interest before and I still do, just thought that the terms laid out in the past were such that it would be better if I stayed away.

I have not played with the FATE system afterall, and I don't recall the 'starting strength' you were planning on using, right away at least, but I think it was less than a 'full wizard' requires?

Anyhow, if there's room and so, I might be curious.

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #47 on: March 09, 2012, 04:43:19 AM »
I have some knowledge of the system, Winter.  It's really cool, and fairly unique.  Let me know if I can help. 

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Re: Interest Check: Dresden Files RPG?
« Reply #48 on: March 10, 2012, 02:16:44 PM »
I have read all the Dresden Files books and loved them. I would love to play a game in that world. I have never read the books and don't even have a copy of the pdf.

All that said if anyone knows where I can get a copy of the books, and if there's room for one more, I'd love to get in on this.

Alternatively I've got a problem when it comes to coming up with ideas, the problem being I get to many of them, so if anyone (DM included) want's a brain storm to pick through all you need to do is give me a frame and I'll give you a list.