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Kansas Jim

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  1. In case anyone hasn't been following Ulisses' news posts, the Kickstarter for Torg Eternity launched yesterday (5/31). It has already well exceeded its start goal and most of the original stretch goals. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1216685848/torg-eternity They have also set up a Twitter account for the New Now News Service, which is chronicling the first days of the invasion: https://twitter.com/NearNowNews
  2. There are a couple of possible approaches. The easiest one would apply to spells like Lightning which state that the caster must make an attack roll to hit a target with a lightning bolt, simply add the spell's modifier to the Difficulty Number of hitting the target. That description of Ward Arcana even supports this since it says that the modifier is applied to "the difficulty number of using magic to harm a character", it doesn't specifically mention increasing the DN of casting a spell. (Spell Shield is a bit different since it does specify "spells cast" at the protected individual(s).
  3. In the martial arts rewrite on my website I changed Judge to where each success level would reveal a discipline that the target knows. ("Ah! From his footwork and arm movements I can tell that my opponent knows the Southern Tall Crane style up to the third minor discipline!") I also redid a lot of the Tokyo book's material because you're right, a lot of reworking was needed.
  4. I could see maybe an inversion of that idea, that the demons develop Occultech as a way to get around the LoHM, in essence tricking the WL into thinking what you're doing is technology, not magic.
  5. It was rumored way back that there had been a plan for the blasted remains of Tharkold to be absorbed into the GodNet and form the basis of its Hell region, but obviously that idea didn't go anywhere. I had toyed with using variations on that idea over the years but never got very far developing any of them.
  6. Ulisses has created a website for the game: http://www.torgeternity.com/
  7. I dunno, compared to the original Mobius art he's holding the gun in the wrong hand, he's practicing better trigger discipline, there's no infinity sign on the hood...I'm not sure that it's actually Mobius.
  8. Not terribly surprised to see Shane is involved, he tried to buy Torg himself back when it was up for sale. Glad to hear that Gordon is involved in some way, though I suspect he's not deeply involved in it.
  9. I never thought to read it as 2016, I automatically saw that as a 20 with a 16 on the reroll for a die result of 36.
  10. A friend who's in a Google+ Torg group passed along a cryptic message that was posted there yesterday, it said "The Storm Has a Name...Find out more on Tuesday, July 21st...or at GenCon 2015!" and was accompanied by a picture of two red and blue d20s. Maybe it's only going to be some Torg dice being made, maybe Ulisses Spiele is finally doing something with the property. I've been hoping that the game's 25th anniversary wouldn't pass without something happening, so perhaps tomorrow will have some interesting news.
  11. Took me a moment to figure out the smiley face was a colon followed by a capital d. I'm pretty sure all of the effects in question are constant; every roll at night is an Up, every roll in the day is Stymied, and every attack by normal weapons has the first five wounds turned into shock points. They are pretty powerful, which is why you don't go after a vampyre at night with normal weapons!
  12. It becomes one big demon party! I'd say no, demons don't run the risk of being attacked/possessed by more demons. They would still suffer the other affects of the WL for using magic.
  13. Generally the person(s) providing the Faith which powers the miracle is also subject to contradiction checks. (If the priest is providing both it's just one contradiction check, not two.) I thought that was mentioned in the R&E but can't remember for certain.
  14. As long as it is only a dominant zone, the CE priest can still attempt his miracles as per the regular contradiction rules. Self and Touch range miracles are one-cases, others would be LRCs. Just because all miracles are contradictions does not make them bigger contradictions than normal. As long as the CE priest hasn't disconnected he is still connected to his mythos through his connection to his home reality. In a pure zone the miracle, as a contradiction, is of course automatically foiled by the Everlaw of One, however you choose to handle that (I know there are people who disagree wit
  15. Interesting. I wonder if that was being considered for the R&E or if there was another product it might have been used with. Similarly, about a month ago I was pointed to an alternate wraparound cover idea for the R&E by the same artist who did the cover that WEG did use. Unfortunately WEG at the time thought a wraparound cover would be too expensive so they didn't go with it, I think it would have looked really good. http://everwho.deviantart.com/art/TORG-R-E-Original-Cover-mockup-329336224
  16. I wasn't able to find a published reference to converting non-Nile spells into Mathematics spells. The Clerics SB does convert miracles with a chart of the planets that are associated with each miracle, perhaps you're remembering that? The last Torg campaign I ran (so long ago) I had a player running a Nile Mathematician and I know that we were playtesting new rules and an expanded list of spells that I'd adapted from the other books but the only remnants I can find are some printouts, the computer files are missing. Nothing in the printouts suggest how I was determining the planets for th
  17. Ok, managed to find a scanner and did the back cover. It's pretty big so I'll just link to it instead of displaying it here: http://www.sdc.org/~ksjim/REB00.JPG
  18. I'd never noticed that the PDFs were missing the back cover. Weird. I've been trying to take a picture of the back cover but it's so glossy I'm always getting reflections and glare off of it. I'll keep trying, maybe someone else will have better luck.
  19. It's not an error; the Atcheson is capable of automatic fire but its normal rate of fire is single shot so I listed the single shot DV. If you add three, you get the DV from the KPW.
  20. My recollection is that Aztec warfare was centered on personal combat and the capture of prisoners so it's unlikely that they ever developed any heavy weapons. But if they've moved on to naval fighting then they probably would develop weapons that could be used to incapacitate other ships, which would then be followed by a boarding action. They did use spear-throwers (atlatls) and bows so something like a ballista doesn't seem an unlikely development, especially if combined with a similar upgrade to the crossbow for personal weaponry. A variant that might work with their interest in board
  21. Shadowrun underwent a similar 'upgrade' a few editions ago IIRC with lots of wireless tech, virtual interfaces and whatnot. Most modern sci-fi RPGs it's now as ubiquitous as cyberspace used to be. I don't know if going from wired to wireless is a big enough jump to require an increase in the Tech axiom, it's probably all in the same axiom level with wired at the low end of 26 and wireless at the higher end. Tharkold might avoid wireless not only because of hacking but because the hardware might be considered less durable and less reliable on the battlefield, and too easy to jam with RFI.
  22. I don't see why not. The rulebook says under the entry for Spirit axiom 11 that "The community of faithful may imbue an item or place with spiritual power. Items (swords, talismans) may be imbued with spiritual energy that can aid in the creation of miracles later on." How the community does this was never really defined, the closest I found was in the Clerics' Sourcebook under the Space Gods entry it mentions that this can be done with rituals or invocations. I'd run it as a ritual, Spirit axiom of 11. I'd put the result points from the faith total though the Power Push chart to
  23. Seems like a reasonable approach. That's been covered in the rulebook section on the mechanics of invasion (p175 in R&E), the axiom wash of a new reality flooding into an area has a much higher incidence of transformations than would otherwise happen in that short period of time (the equivalent of months of time.)
  24. That's a very bad idea IMO. It's a small step from saying that to saying that characters from low Magic realities become immune to fireballs by putting up a reality bubble. If I can hurt you with my mind's control over magical fire, I can hurt you with my mind's control over psychic or spiritual energies too.
  25. Besides the possibility of having bonuses similar to those given by a deck and programs a jacked in drone pilot would also benefit directly, there's a +3 bonus for operating a vehicle through a cybercontrol (Cyberpapacy SB p112).
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