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« on: April 13, 2010, 02:40:29 PM »
The Dresden Files are a series of novels written by Jim Butcher, following the cases of Harry Dresden, modern-day Chicago’s only openly practicing wizard (and private eye). Harry spends much of his time strapped for cash, surrounded by friends and foes both fierce and dangerous, and does what he can to carve out a little corner of sanity in the world. Occasionally this has meant saving the world. But more often it’s just meant surviving long enough to get the check cashed at the bank.

Harry’s world is a dark place, shot through with silvery veins of hope. Mankind is prey here to all manner of nasty creatures from beyond the world, out of the other-place called the Nevernever. But mortal humans also hold that most precious right of all — the ability to choose their fates, truly and fully. And thankfully for all of us, some of them choose to fight back the darkness.

Would that it were so for the rest of humanity. Man, as a whole, is blind to the supernatural. It’s not because of some strange and profound magic. Worse. It’s because man uses that power of choice to its most insidious end: man chooses to ignore what he cannot understand. And so the dark forces of the Nevernever work their ways upon us all — and few, if any, will admit to themselves that it’s happening.

It’s not just the wizards of the White Council who have chosen to face down the worst the Nevernever has to offer. You’ll find them in all corners of Chicago, from all walks of life. The cops in Chicago P.D.’s Special Investigations may get the shaft on their beat, but they’re some of the few who carry a badge and know what to do when a demon tosses a dumpster at their heads. In the criminal underworld, Mafia don Gentleman Johnny Marcone walks the middle line — sometimes he’ll strike a deal with the forces of darkness, and other times he’ll empty an automatic rifle into it, depending on what’s good for business. And three Knights of the Cross take up the armor of faith to free the innocent from evil.

And it’s not just normal people who fight on the side of light. A pack of werewolves split time between attending their classes at the university and keeping their neck of the woods clear of supernatural vermin. Half-faerie allies guard their own and draw the line against both Summer and Winter Courts. And not everyone in the vampire courts is purely a monster — though trusting one of them is another matter entirely.

Characters in the world of the Dresden Files will face only the limits of your imagination. Players will be able to pick up the series characters and run games with them, or create their own characters — wizards, vampires, werewolves, faeries, holy knights, mafia dons, occult cops, ninja librarians, and more.


That's the blurb from the  new Dresden Files rpg that's just coming out. A couple of us are thinking of giving it a go ... anyone care to join us?

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 03:17:48 PM »
Never heard of the system, and a quick glance at the Dresden Files RPG homepage only revealed so much. The blurb does have me somewhat interested, however...

For those folks not at all familiar with its system and what it's based on, what's it like? I did catch something about the FATE system, but I've never played it before.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010, 03:37:24 PM »
You certainly have my attention. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010, 04:12:15 PM »
(rubs hands together and cackles evilly)   >:) >:) >:)

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 05:17:37 PM »
I think Panda is more familiar with the system mechanics than I am, so I'll see if he wants to do the honours :)

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2010, 05:24:37 PM »
"More familiar"?  Only in the sense that I've placed a pre-order and gotten a bit further in the rules than you have, me Irish chum!  I've neither played nor run the FATE system in any form before, so it'd be a learning experience all 'round.

Short version:  FUDGE rolls, plus or minus the appropriate skill modifier, beget the result on the usual ladder of results from teh utter suckage to mad 133t suxxessor.  Beyond that, it's all details.  ;D

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2010, 05:43:22 PM »
Ah, my bad .. I thought you'd used the system before :)

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2010, 05:44:53 PM »
Nope.  I have a copy of SotC around someplace, but haven't gotten through it yet.

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2010, 06:41:26 PM »
Honestly, I have never played a system game before. But I am a huge fan of the Dresden Files book series. And so, this has my interest. And I'm a quick learner anyways, so...

Yeah, I'm interested. :-)

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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2010, 07:03:16 PM »
Just finished Changes, last night, reading through the RPG book now. I've tried running a Dresden-verse RP on here before, so, let me say...

I want in.

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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2010, 09:26:32 PM »
Yes.. yes.... yes.

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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2010, 09:35:09 PM »
Okay, two things.

First, some info on FATE can be found at www.faterpg.com and I heartily suggest that anyone interested go yonder and have a gander at the core system.  While the rules we'll be using are based on FATE 3.0, having a freebie copy of 2.0 should at least give you some idea of how this works.

Second, we won't be playing in Harry's backyard (ie Chicago).  There's an entire chapter in these rules on constructing a city for each individual group and/or campaign...

As an FYI, I have yet to read the books.  Everything I know about the Dresdenverse comes from this game and the TV series, so while I'm helping Hairy with this, I'm not an SME.

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2010, 04:28:00 AM »
I'm happily volunteering as a practise dummy aka player! It sounds like great fun!

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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2010, 08:03:31 AM »
Rules-light, narrative-heavy. I'm a sucker for PDQ, so FATE seems right up my alley as well. Consider my tentative interest fixed a little further.

If we're not going with Chicago, what/where will this game take place instead? What will you have this game be the focus - horror, detective-esque crime scene investigation, action-heavy, the like? And what particular slant for characters are you looking for in your game?

Perhaps just as importantly, how will you handle rolls in the game? The players posting their actions and submitting their most relevant Attributes/Aspects for the GM to roll and determine the results in narrative response (off-set against a post with a potential upshift or downshift depending on the post's quality or how lame or simply bad-ass the action was) ? Or players rolling their own dice and having those results reflect in their posts immediately? Personally, I'm more fond of the former to give a bit of narrative control to the GM as well as a little interaction from the GM to the players and vice versa  :-)

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2010, 08:53:47 AM »
Good questions, O Feline One.

The default method for setting is to have the group decide on a city and then work it out as part of the character generation process!  Ditto for focus, et cetera.  That way everybody gets to help out.  So, to turn the question around, what sort of focus do you want this game to have?   :-)

As for die rolls...that's a good idea.  Keeping it behind the scenes would be a bit smoother, narratively speaking.  On the other hand, the system is meant to give a little narrative control to the players instead of leaving it all in the GM's grubby mitts.

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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2010, 08:57:12 AM »
I've checked out the website's choice of character 'classes' (http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/tag/characters/), and I am interested, playing as a Champion of God (bring back the Knights Templar!), an Emissary of Power (with a few options there), or, all else failing...a White Council Wizard.

And if it's not too late to make suggestions about the city this game would be based in...Miami.  Definitely Miami.  Hot days...and even hotter (supernaturally speaking) nights.

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2010, 09:04:10 AM »
Burn Notice: The Dresden Files!

Hmm.  Come to think of it, Mike Westin has a helpful little Irish lass on his side, too...

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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2010, 09:22:13 AM »
You say Burn Notice, and I say...

*puts on sunglasses*

...otherwise.


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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2010, 09:34:09 AM »
I say Burn Notice because I don't usually watch CSI in any incarnation except at random and usually long after it's originally aired.

Besides, Burn Notice has Bruce.

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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2010, 10:51:30 AM »
I could find myself with some manner of CSI or Law & Order angle. Touching on social aspects while trying to contend with the unseen, the unapproachable, or the Unseelie.

Speaking of which, how are Fae treated in the Dresdenverse? Alien, uncaring, bordering on the antagonistic creatures out for base pleasures or curiosities and capturing and converting mortals for their desires as per nWoD's Changeling: the Lost, or more like the Seelie wandering among folks doing their whim, thus bordering on being either like aforementioned Changelings or Fae in their own right? I've actually been keen on a particular character angle for a long while, never quite seen a nWoD Changeling game here before, so maybe I can put a few jiggawatts of volts through that concept and bring it to life in FATE Dresden Files  :-)

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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2010, 10:55:39 AM »
Short version: yes.

The Fae are generally Not Safe To Mess With, but the same can be said about all four flavors of vampire, various shapeshifters, Denariians...

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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2010, 11:03:01 AM »
Hell, the White Council isn't safe to mess with either.  They're the good guys, and only marginally.  I'm looking at you, Merlin.

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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2010, 11:04:05 AM »
...the Blackstaff...the Gatekeeper...the Wardens, singular and plural...

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2010, 11:05:16 AM »
Short version: yes.

The Fae are generally Not Safe To Mess With, but the same can be said about all four flavors of vampire, various shapeshifters, Denariians...

You have a way of swaying folks merely by answering them. I think I might settle on a Changeling out of his or her Duress and having to try and settle into a new life with hers stolen by her replacement Fetch. Sure, it's straight out of Changeling, but if it can work in this game world, I may as well put my particular slant to use for a character!

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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2010, 11:09:11 AM »
It might not work.  I'm still reading through the rules, myself, but I think if it's a PC, it has to be at least mostly human.  Something about non-humans lacking free will versus nature...

But!  I could be wrong, and Changelings (half-Fae) are perfectly legal, as are characters empowered by the Fae.  So we might be able to work something out.

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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2010, 11:09:36 AM »
Well, to be fair, Fae in Dresdenverse do not quite work the same way as WoD (Old or New) Fae.  There's no Duress, and Fetches...I don't really remember on that.  For a good description of Dresdenverse Changelings, check out this link:  http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/2009/01/05/changeling/

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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2010, 12:12:04 PM »
Well, to be fair, Fae in Dresdenverse do not quite work the same way as WoD (Old or New) Fae.  There's no Duress, and Fetches...I don't really remember on that.  For a good description of Dresdenverse Changelings, check out this link:  http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/2009/01/05/changeling/

Then I'll settle for something else just as easily, no worries. Might have to see a few characters, and I'll plow through the rules again as well, but if people submit characters, I'm very likely sure to follow.

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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2010, 02:05:06 PM »
If you want a fae angle, then the best choices are either the changeling (half human, half fae) or the Summer / Winter Knight, who is a mortal emissary to the fae court, and tends to have a fair degree of power.

Everyone is free to toss in ideas for a location, and we basically design the city together. Character creation is also done in a similar manner, and this is used to establish links to the other players.

I thought that New Orleans would make a pretty good location if we set the game in the US, or Prague if we want to go further afield. I'm vetoing central / South America (Red Court vampire central) and Scotland (White Council HQ). Outside of those areas, we can at least consider them.

Personally I'm looking for a venue with plenty of history (quality or quantity), and the more spooky stuff the better :) Haunted castles, tunnel networks under the city, local monsters, and all the other fun stuff I can inflict ;)

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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2010, 02:09:51 PM »
New Orleans sounds good. A nice southern atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to hide a darker side of things in myriad ways. Swamps and wetlands could provide a slant for all kinds of natural slanted oddities, while the city itself is rife with people from all walks of life - steady supply of newcomer weirdness or being targets of the local weirds, so to speak.

Set in some future rebuilt New Orleans, though, or pre-Katrina or even post-Katrina without the extensive damages from the disaster that happened to the real city?

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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2010, 02:14:23 PM »
See, that's why I suggested a mash-up of Seattle and Portland via PM--the Underground!  Not to mention some awfully colorful characters from the early days.  :P  Not as much history as, say, Prague, which has some really cool scenery...(I also suggested Dublin.)

Miami could be interesting, I admit.

New Orleans, though...meh.  I can't quite get excited about it.  Maybe I just OD'd on it recently or something, because it would seem a natural.

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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2010, 02:16:08 PM »
The problem is that I think that the Fae courts are only allowed to have one Knight.  And for anyone who's followed the books, only one of those positions is ever open during the book series.  So, either we'd have to do Dresden Files: The Next Generation, and put it after the book series; or we'd have to do an AU after the book that primarily deals with the two Knights.

And if you're looking for places with history & spooky stuff, I can offer up a few possible locations.  New Orleans is definitely good.  Who knows, maybe we'll run into some voodoo practitioners down there.  Other places include Bucharest (traditionally associated with the legend of Dracula, and the now shattered Black Court); London (Tower of London? Jack the Ripper?  Hello?); and Venice (which you might not think of as spooky...but there's plenty of intrigue there, believe me).

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« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2010, 02:19:06 PM »
Officially, the Faerie Courts are only allowed one Knight each.  And officially, there are only two Faerie Courts.  But there's this cute sidebar that muses on the possibility of, say, a Spring and Autumn court.  Or perhaps there are empowered people who go by other titles!  Fae are all about the rules, y'know...

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« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2010, 02:23:36 PM »
Additionally they suggested Squires to the Knights as well. Or even a knight like position to an equally powerful fae .. how about Senechal of the Wild Hunt and the goblin court?

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« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2010, 02:25:31 PM »
Kinky.  >:)

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« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2010, 03:23:07 PM »
I'd certainly bee interested. I'm going to buy the prerelease bundle soon.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2010, 03:27:47 PM »
The more the merrier!  Although you might be getting recruited to help out, because if everyone who's interested shows up and generates a character, this's gonna be a pretty big game...  ;D

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« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2010, 03:28:40 PM »
I'd be on board with the Spring and Autumn Courts...except in twelve books, Harry nor any of the Fae have even made mention of them, and those would be hard to classify as Seelie/Unseelie.  The Wild Hunt thing, though...maybe.

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« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2010, 03:36:25 PM »
There's also the Emissary of a Power type thing ... an ancient dragon, or a half forgotten God. There's at least one Valkyrie running around the place.

You also have scions, people whose ancestry gets .. interesting .. a little ways back.

Or, to give you an idea I originally came up with for an Angel/Buffy game ... my character was a small time thief, who stole an odd looking sword from some old army guys house. What he didn't realise was the sword came from a Marine who had got it from a Japanese officer, who had looted it from a Chinese temple in WW2, and it happened to have a demon bound in it for over a thousand years. The demon, having had a thousand years of Buddhist teachings to listen to, had gone a little strange, and decided to seek its own Buddha nature .. which meant fighting evil at every opportunity. It was still stuck in the blade, but could empower (or possess) the wielder. And now my boy had the sword, he was bound to it too .. damn mystic guardian crap.

He wants a quiet life, his sword wants to fight demons. What's a guy to do?

There's plenty of options out there :)

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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2010, 03:57:11 PM »
It's funny that you mention Buffy/Angel...because the picture that I've got in my head for the character concept that I will probably be using...is David Boreanaz (aka Angel) for his appearance.  Oh, I'd be using the Champion of God archetype, by the way.

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« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2010, 04:40:37 PM »
Sounds like we have enough to start up a setting and character creation thread then. What level would people like the game? We can default it to Bon and move it as necessary.

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« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2010, 04:45:28 PM »
Bondage works for me.

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« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2010, 04:46:02 PM »
Do we even have the ability to make characters?  Far as I'm aware, we don't have the list of necessary abilities, stats, and whatevers to properly generate a character.  A character concept, and history, sure, but a complete character?

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« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2010, 04:51:33 PM »
By my count there are at least 3 of us so far with access to the PDFs. Once we have concepts put together, we can suggest possible skills and abilities that could suit. I'll have a look on the RPG site, I think they listed some stuff there too.

http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/DFRPG-Powers-Listing.pdf
Supernatural powers

and on the downloads page they have a sample of city generation too

http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/downloads/

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« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2010, 06:48:16 PM »
I like the idea of Miami, or Prague. New Orleans, eh, it's already got the voodoo background and stint to it.

I think I would have to go with a straight up Wizard.. I don't know if I can do Dresden justice, but damn I'll try!

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« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2010, 09:59:04 PM »
I was tossing around my idea earlier today; a Focused Practitioner, a Kinetamancer, who throws punches much the same way Harry's rings fire off kinetic energy. He's also a lightweight boxer, who (ab)uses his talent to throw punches that could knock a heavyweight flat on his ass. I have a few other details to make him interesting, but that's my High Concept.

I'm good with any city, myself, but I personally prefer things a little further north than New Orleans; I'm not much of a Southerner, myself.

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« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2010, 10:07:37 PM »
By my count there are at least 3 of us so far with access to the PDFs. Once we have concepts put together, we can suggest possible skills and abilities that could suit. I'll have a look on the RPG site, I think they listed some stuff there too.

http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/DFRPG-Powers-Listing.pdf
Supernatural powers

and on the downloads page they have a sample of city generation too

http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/downloads/

I have the PDFs now. I had to spend some of my saved GENCON money on it buuut..... I was gonna buy them at GENCON anyways.

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« Reply #46 on: April 14, 2010, 10:08:53 PM »
I must say I LOVE the blurbs in the margins

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« Reply #47 on: April 14, 2010, 10:09:55 PM »
Yeah.  There goes my gaming budget from here to June.  :-\

Happy reading! 

The marginal bickering between Harry and Bob and Bill alone makes the book that much more fun!  And now I'm curious to actually read the original books, especially for details like Sue...

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« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2010, 10:11:30 PM »
Oh, absolutely... they nailed the characters spot on. I love Dresden's complete lack of understanding of RPGs, as a way of having a way for the author to explain concepts, without having to be hamfisted with them in the text. =P

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« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2010, 10:12:48 PM »
Wait, the book is out?  I thought it was just on preorder, and wouldn't come out until June?

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« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2010, 10:14:20 PM »
Wait, the book is out?  I thought it was just on preorder, and wouldn't come out until June?

No, if you preorder the books, you get preorder PDFS right NOW!

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« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2010, 10:14:59 PM »
If you preorder the book, you get the .pdf which is the books. =P I like .pdfs myself, since they're searchable.

But, yes, they're out.

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« Reply #52 on: April 14, 2010, 10:16:04 PM »
If you preorder the book, you get the .pdf which is the books. =P I like .pdfs myself, since they're searchable.

But, yes, they're out.

No they are not because the actual books will be updated while the PDFs you get now arn't updated.

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« Reply #53 on: April 14, 2010, 10:16:50 PM »
Complete with updates as they get closer to 'go'.  Like the short story that Jim Butcher's writing for the Worldbook.  At the moment it's a bunch of scanned images of slightly wrinkled blank sheets of paper with an explanatory post-it note.

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« Reply #54 on: April 14, 2010, 10:19:08 PM »
I see...so, ah, question, then.  Can we use the current .pdf files to generate characters, and our city of choice?  Or do we still have to wait until June-July to be able to do all that?

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« Reply #55 on: April 14, 2010, 10:21:25 PM »
We can use the current files.  They'll be close enough.

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« Reply #56 on: April 15, 2010, 01:55:03 PM »
The marginal bickering between Harry and Bob and Bill alone makes the book that much more fun!  And now I'm curious to actually read the original books, especially for details like Sue...

Oh yes, one of my all time favourite scenes :)

Get the books.

Seriously :)

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« Reply #57 on: April 15, 2010, 02:05:26 PM »
Borrowing the first four from a friend this weekend.  It should help.

Oh, and for those of you with the game, HH and I discussed setting the game at Chest-Deep (starting refresh of 8, 30 skill points, skill cap at Superb)...the second highest possible option.  I keep thinking that there's a starting refresh of 9, but no.  It goes 6,7,8, 10...

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« Reply #58 on: April 15, 2010, 02:12:46 PM »
Up to your waist, or Chest Deep. Maybe start at Up to your waist to allow more time to grow.

As with everything else, we can put it to the vote :)

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« Reply #59 on: April 15, 2010, 02:15:51 PM »
We have people who want to play Wizards, I think, so it's at least going to have to be Chest-deep.  :-)

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« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2010, 02:17:27 PM »
Good point.

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« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2010, 02:21:31 PM »
When you think about it, a wizard heavy game set in NOLA is going to have Wardens all over it like white on rice.

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« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2010, 02:34:25 PM »
I might stick with a werebeast instead, a trope I am familiar with without having to lean on any other franchises and which could just find his way to our city-to-be.

Mad, would you mind me PM'ing you about setting up a character? Going to need a little hand-holding here, don't think you all'd want me to clutter the thread  :P

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« Reply #63 on: April 15, 2010, 02:47:39 PM »
I suspect everyone is going to need a hand, but that's ok .. it's new to us all. Plus the system likes to weave characters backstory together, so it recommends the character generation be done as a group.

I'll set up a couple of threads to discuss city and character generation.

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« Reply #64 on: April 15, 2010, 02:52:41 PM »
Might as well make this thread into the city and subsequent character generation station  :-)

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« Reply #65 on: April 15, 2010, 02:55:14 PM »
Group effort, yes...  ;D

At the moment I'm not planning a personal character, since Hairy and I are going to have the rest of a cast of zillions between us, but I may change my mind.

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« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2010, 02:58:50 PM »
Don't tempt me ;)

Ok, City generation:
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http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=66222.0

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« Reply #67 on: April 15, 2010, 03:15:47 PM »
Well, that's the problem - the location already paints me a picture for the character I could play. I mean, beyond 'wereperson', that is   :P

Ah well, new threads. Here goes.

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« Reply #68 on: April 15, 2010, 08:59:31 PM »
By any chance, is there still room in this?  I happened to have already sneak-previewed the books.  >.>  And it looks super fun, by the way.

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« Reply #69 on: April 15, 2010, 09:58:42 PM »
Come on down!  We're just getting warmed up...

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« Reply #70 on: April 15, 2010, 11:09:53 PM »
My concept will probably be Knight of the cross, but I'm gonna take my time with creation and stuff. If you have a deadline let me know.

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« Reply #71 on: April 16, 2010, 01:52:13 AM »
I'll need some help with a concept, pretty please guys!

The archetypes I am most familiar with playing are:

- healer types
- paladins (i'm just loving the strong convictions and rather rigid mind sets)
- scouts / thieves (any chance this could be converted in a dresden template?) - on the other hand I already have a thief type char in another game, so if not, no harm done.

I have no idea what exactly is possible for skill set.

For a background, I'd love to play a professional photographer with a private collection of photographs of 'special events'. Her motivation would be to learn all she can about the occult and the odd things that normal people don't notice. She'd be a kind of hobby librarian if possible, with lots of documention, books and films/tapes alike.

Is there anything like that, that could be fit into a template?

Thanks in advance for the help guys! <3

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« Reply #72 on: April 16, 2010, 02:44:14 AM »
We already have a paladin type (two if you count the Warden). Healer I'd need to check on, I don't know offhand. Thief would be easy, both as a pure mortal or one with a mystic talent or two.

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« Reply #73 on: April 16, 2010, 03:18:04 AM »
A sneaky thief type would be good, preferably with some mystic talents for flavor. It could be tied into her "hobby" easily, I think. A thief it will be! I'll contact you to discuss specifics, HH, if that's okay :-)

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« Reply #74 on: April 16, 2010, 01:01:18 PM »
But of course. If anyone wants to discuss stuff, feel free to add my MSN details. Just let me know who you are if you do :)

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« Reply #75 on: April 16, 2010, 10:02:41 PM »
Veils and illusions, like what Molly uses, would fit very well with a thief-type. Nothing like being able to go invisible, or nearly so, for someone trying to steal things.

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« Reply #76 on: April 17, 2010, 01:54:52 AM »
Your read my mind, Jeremiahh ;-) After a loooong character creation session with HH (thank you, Hairy!!!),  I think we cooked up a pretty awsome character :-)

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« Reply #77 on: April 17, 2010, 02:34:51 AM »
Well at least post the concept and some Aspects, then, 'cause I'm still wracking my mind over appropriate Aspects  :-(

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« Reply #78 on: April 17, 2010, 05:35:03 AM »
So hop over to the character thread and tell people about her :)

We still have to work on the aspects and shared history and stuffs.

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« Reply #79 on: April 21, 2010, 10:56:01 PM »
 *rasies hand.* If there is still an onpening i would like to get in on this. I love the series and I have done some reading on the pdfs and a friend of mine in rl is considering running one based off the released pdfs. I already have a concept in mind for a character.

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« Reply #80 on: April 22, 2010, 07:34:33 AM »
can't think of a reason why not.  We're still in mid-stream on char-gen and city building.
any objections, H2?

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« Reply #81 on: April 22, 2010, 01:24:59 PM »
None from me.

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« Reply #82 on: April 22, 2010, 01:36:37 PM »
 Sweet thank you both. I will begin working on a character tomorrow as I have to finish work today. You have no idea how much this means to me. :)

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« Reply #83 on: April 22, 2010, 01:45:10 PM »
Drop by the character creation thread and have a look at what people are working up at present.

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« Reply #84 on: April 23, 2010, 09:23:04 AM »
Fuck. Some real life issues have sprung up which has me forced to prioritize a few things online. I may have to pull out of this if need be  :-(

Will keep you updated.

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« Reply #85 on: April 27, 2010, 03:45:29 PM »
Is there still room in this game, or have you filled up?

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« Reply #86 on: April 27, 2010, 04:53:13 PM »
We might be able to wedge you in, amigo, but it's gettin' a bit tight around the edges.
And good to see you were able to get back in!   :-)

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« Reply #87 on: April 28, 2010, 02:42:57 PM »
Fuck. Some real life issues have sprung up which has me forced to prioritize a few things online. I may have to pull out of this if need be  :-(

Will keep you updated.

Welp, it's official, college taking precedense over online stuffs. Keagan Krogh is out of the running, but I do hope the game will take off nicely with the rest of you.

Enjoy yourselves  :-)

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« Reply #88 on: April 28, 2010, 02:45:22 PM »
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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #89 on: April 28, 2010, 02:52:05 PM »
Well, nuts.
Good luck to you with coursework, Shrod, and hope to see you back soonish with sanity intact!

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #90 on: April 28, 2010, 11:38:50 PM »
All right, then. I shall post my character on the appropriate forum, and work from there...

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #91 on: May 01, 2010, 12:15:18 AM »
I'm approved and now eligible to participate!  Let me go through the threads and read-up while I proclaim my interest in participating if you still have slots open.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #92 on: May 01, 2010, 12:20:26 AM »
...seems like every time we lose one, another pops up in their place.

Which is a good thing, I suppose, seeing as how games die because of lack of interest.

Welcome aboard.  I'm Reiji, and it seems right now I'm the only one of the crew up, so...any questions you have, direct them to me.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #93 on: May 01, 2010, 12:53:14 AM »
I guess a quick summary of what's already been discussed would be all I really need.  I've got the pdf's, I'm in a SotC game and I've read all the books up to Turn Coat so I'm fairly grounded on when it comes to generalities.

That any handy info you might think I would need to know.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2010, 01:10:46 AM »
Okay. 

"Let me sum up..."

Right now, the characters we have are the following.

One Pure Mortal - a hit squad leader for the Venatori Umborum  (or as you'll hear me refer to them, the Machine Gun Masons)
One Champion of God - the new earthly leader of the Knights Templar, destroyed during the Crusades by Nicodemus & the Denarians.
One Emissary of Power - a son of the Egyptian god Set who gets a lot of crap because of his dad's reputation.
One Focused Pracitioner - a dancer who has Avatar-style Firebending powers.
Three Wizards - two Wardens, and one under the Doom of Damocles.
One Custom Template (approved by GM) - a Kitsune thief of arcane goodies.  (Or at least, that's what I've gathered.)

The refresh level is Chest Deep.  Starting points are 8, and 30 skills points.


Current setting for the game is post-Katrina NOLA, and we're trying to decide on possible plotlines and threats and important places within the city.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #95 on: May 01, 2010, 01:21:48 AM »
Thanks!  I'm going through the character generation thread right now and it's a little overwhelming to take in all at once.

Wow that is a lot of characters, me getting in would bump that up to 9.  Still, if there's room, I'll definitely take it.  Idea in my head so far is a Scion, half-human half-dragon.  I looked at Emissary of Power and wasn't interested in being someone's agent, more into being an unfortunate by-product.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2010, 01:34:35 AM »
A few character suggestions, if you're still debating. 

1 - While we have plenty of magic-users (Wizard/Sorcerer, and the both the Emissary of Power and the Focused Practitioner have Channeling), we are missing out on having Fae magic.  A Faerie Knight (of an as-of-yet unnamed Court) would be a way.

2 - If you don't want the Emissary of Power's Template, the other option for a Scion is the Changeling Template.  If you went with the Changeling-type option, here's what it would mean for you.  The more power you accumulate, the closer to your supernatural parent you would become.  So, basically, if you accumulated more power, you'd be more dragon-like.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #97 on: May 01, 2010, 01:51:15 AM »
A few character suggestions, if you're still debating. 

1 - While we have plenty of magic-users (Wizard/Sorcerer, and the both the Emissary of Power and the Focused Practitioner have Channeling), we are missing out on having Fae magic.  A Faerie Knight (of an as-of-yet unnamed Court) would be a way.

2 - If you don't want the Emissary of Power's Template, the other option for a Scion is the Changeling Template.  If you went with the Changeling-type option, here's what it would mean for you.  The more power you accumulate, the closer to your supernatural parent you would become.  So, basically, if you accumulated more power, you'd be more dragon-like.
I forgot about that bit.  That might be an issue that needs to be discussed with others.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #98 on: May 01, 2010, 01:54:16 AM »
Perhaps.  One thing that you could take that would help a draconic-appearing character would be Glamours.  One the other hand, you could go the Thomas route, and only have your draconic features manifest whenever you use your powers...

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« Reply #99 on: May 01, 2010, 02:07:34 AM »
That's what I was thinking of, maybe taking the human guise stunt.  Or make him sort of like a were-creature in that he needs to shift into another form to get access to some dragon-y goodness.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #100 on: May 01, 2010, 02:09:08 AM »
A were-dragon...hadn't quite thought of that.  That is another possibility.  Though, I admit I think I like the Changeling, hanging-on-the-edge feel of it better.  Step over the line..and you become a full-blown dragon.

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« Reply #101 on: May 01, 2010, 02:31:13 AM »
A were-dragon...hadn't quite thought of that.  That is another possibility.  Though, I admit I think I like the Changeling, hanging-on-the-edge feel of it better.  Step over the line..and you become a full-blown dragon.
Oh no, don't get me wrong: I really like that idea too.  Like a lot.  The slowly looking draconic wasn't a problem for me.  But let's think about this: how does the GM feel about a character potentially going from "I can kick butt but I'm still not even a major player in the world" to "I'm a dragon"?  I know I wouldn't be able to play as a dragon, but it kind of screws with the setting.  As cool as an idea as it is, it may be more trouble than it's worth.  I guess I'll have to wait and see how things pan out.

Though it would be bad-ass on so many levels.  I haven't developed much of his story yet, my head just went to "You know what would be cool..."
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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #102 on: May 01, 2010, 06:48:58 AM »
Adding in a dragon might be tricky ;)

Pop over to character gen thread, and we can kick ideas about there.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #103 on: May 12, 2010, 02:34:13 PM »
Could I join in on this? Or at least, has this already started? I LOVE the Dresden Files.


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« Reply #104 on: May 12, 2010, 03:19:33 PM »
Interesting game system.. still reading it.

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Re: Dresden Files system game
« Reply #105 on: May 12, 2010, 04:05:45 PM »
We're still in the creation phase. Drop by the OOC thread and see where things stand.