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About Ian Absentia

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    Ages of playing BRP games, several years of writing for at least one of them, one day resuscitating it.
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    RQG, HQ, and occasional odd FATE-based things
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  1. Arguably, superlatives and hyperbole are how others would describe a character, or how you'd describe yourself, whether or not it's an objective and definitive statement. That's part of the fun of HQ, depending on how you run your game (i.e., a world-building question). Thus, Fastest Woman Alive 17M4 can be interpreted in your game as: Fastest Woman Alive...until proven otherwise Fastest Woman Alive, as dubbed by the local and/or national media Fastest Woman Alive, in my own (not-so) humble opinion Fastest Woman Alive, definitively, full-stop; the next highest stat in the game can be no higher than 16M4 (Personally, I'm a fan of Running Guy's declaration from The Tick: "I run faster than ten fast men!") As a superhero trope, it's a classic staple of debate and contest, with plenty of heroes and villains claiming the title of Strongest of Them All, for instance. Let them all claim the same title, then let their stats in play establish who's who. How many issues involving a knock-down, drag-out between The Hulk* and The Thing* have been predicated on this very argument? !i! [Edit: *For the record, I'd give The Hulk higher strength stats than Ben Grimm, but I'd let Ben augment with strategic/tactical skills to a near standstill. That said, I'd let The Hulk eventually augment with Blind Fury 10M7 and call the fight in his favor...as usually plays out in the comics.]
  2. But is Aether an actual element or a medium? Hah! !i!
  3. Whoa, hey. This slipped past me a couple of months ago. I'm curious -- considering that only six elements were noted in the original edition (seven, if you count the unpublished Selenim book), which eight elements would you identify? Solar Air Earth Fire Water Moon (Black Moon) (???) There are actually several different directions I might take this, including the apparent overlap of elements identified in Western occult/philosophical traditions (which aren't always in perfect alignment) with those in Asian traditions (which are also not always in alignment), and reconciliation of the deviations between the two. !i! [Edit: Right, I missed your reference to Saturnian magic from Secret Societies, which is kind of an inverted Solar element rather like how Black Moon is sort of an inverted Moon element.]
  4. "That which is not dead..." More cross-title pollination. 👉🐱👈 !i!
  5. I believe you're answering your own question, though perhaps laying blame at the wrong feet. !i!
  6. If this is how you really feel, you're working with either the wrong medium or the wrong audience. It's a broken pitch. !i!
  7. It's not a matter of science so much as a matter of dogma after 612 ST. !i!
  8. And perhaps the two could share possession of one of St. Alban's fingers. !i!
  9. Like Mordenkainen, Bigby, Otiluke, Tenser, etc? That's about right. Because they're monsters. It's okay to shoulder them out of the way. !i!
  10. We can only hope. But, yeah, that character is a bigger Mary Sue than Argrath. !i!
  11. No! Forbes was onto my use of Adblocker and blocked the content until I turned it off. Then the barrage of pop-up videos and sidescroll advertisements began. That said, I got far enough into the article to see that it was nothing new to me. But, yeah, Forbes, WSJ, Business Review -- they're all making an effort to show that popular culture is, in fact, part of the consumer markets they report on. Probably due, in no small part, to the fact that several prominent figures in business today grew up on things like television sitcoms, RPGs, console games, and sports, and discuss them openly. Who'd-a-thunk? !i!
  12. Intrigued, but the webpage was unreadable due to the quantity and intrusiveness of the pop-up commercial advertisements. "Quality journalism," indeed, Forbes. Boo. !i!
  13. Or like studying Satanism. Sure, you may be approaching it from an academic standpoint, but that doesn't necessarily inspire confidence among the population at large that you're not actually practicing it. Don't you know enough to leave a bad thing alone? !i! [Edit: Or as I've sometimes told my kids growing up -- If you have to ask, then you've already answered your own question.]
  14. But...but, they're so ironically self-aware and playfully non-hip! How can I not approve of corporate advertising conducted through non-traditional channels of communication? !i!
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