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Body: 3
Agility: 6
Reaction: 3
Strength: 2
Charisma: 5
Intuition: 4
Logic: 3
Willpower: 5
Edge: 2
Magic: 6

Positive special qualities:
Catlike
Focused Concentration: 3
Mentor Spirit (cat - gives +2 sneaking tests and light body)

Negative special qualities:
Addiction: mild: Bliss
Code of Honor: Children - can't kill them
Distinctive Style: Snow Leopard open circle tatts cover most of her body and she likes to combine her Native American and Japanese heritage styles in her dress.

Skills:
Her two magical skills are:
Counterspelling: 5
Spellcasting: 5
Her skill group is conjuring: 2
Other Skills:
Arcana: 1
Assensing: 3
Blades: 4
Etiquette: 1
Gymnastics: 2
Locksmith: 3
Medicine: 1
Negotiation: 1
Perception: 4
Pilot Ground Craft: 2
Pistols: 5
Sneaking: 5

Knowledges:
Fixers: 1
Law Enforcement Tactics: 2
Organized Crime: 1
Sperethiel language: 2
Street Drug Dealers: 2
Street Gang Identification: 3
Street Gang Politics: 3

Spells:
Powerball
Analyze Magic
Combat Sense
Detect Magic
Heal
Increase Reflexes
Stabilize
Improved Invisibility
Invisibility
Mask

Her tradition is Shamanic: Her father was Native American and taught her native shamanism, her mother was a Japanese Shinto warrior/priestess and taught her that tradition - the combination shaped her as a sort of general shamanic tradition thanks to her mixed training.

Adept Powers:
Danger Sense: 1
Enhanced Accuracy (pistols): 1
Improved Ability (blades): 1
Mystic Armor: 1
Traceless Walk

Gear:
Armored Jacket
Combat Knife
Predator V with the laser and camera
Walther Palm Pistol holdout
Grenade: Thermal Smoke x4
40 ammo: regular: heavy pistol
40 ammo: regular: holdouts
Lockpick set
Soni Emperor com
Bliss - 8 doses

She has 4 karma remaining and 325 NY

I also have 12 points of contacts I need to pick but not sure how to set that. Nor do I have a clue how to handle the enemies aspect: do they count towards your negative quality max?

- - -

Edit: Decided to drop Catlike, then I went over skills, any that had only one point in I dropped and used karma to purchase back, then I used the regained skill points to push Blades, Perception, Pistols and Sneaking up another level. I also shifted a point from Willpower to Charisma: this keeps her magic soak pool even and gives her an extra die at the various social skills that might help her get out of trouble that she could talk her way out of. Karma dropped to 3.
  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew
So I'm basically following the build plan for the Kyra character: adragon202.no-ip.org/Shadowrun…

Except that I swapped all but one point out of each of the social skills, switched automatics and pistols, used the pistols points to give her blades. The next parts are cut-and-pastes from my convo with somebody who has been helping me but I feel like I need more input.

So for Skill Groups she has Conjuring2

For Active Skills she has: Arcana1, Assensing3, Banishing2, Binding2 (I assume from Conjuring2 for both), Blades2, Computer1, Con1, Counterspelling5, Etiquette1, Gymnastics1, Locksmith1, Negotiation1, Perception3, Pilot Ground Craft2, Pistols4, Running1, Sneaking2, Spellcasting5, Summoning2, Tracking1

For Knowledge Skills: Fixers1, Law Enforcement Tactics2, Organized Crime1, Street Drug Dealers 2, Street Gang Identification3. Street Gang Politics3, Sperethiel2

so the question is: should I switch any of those? Do the two street gang skills make any sense or should I just generalize on Street Gangs like Chummer wants me to?

I am thinking of going with these spells: Manabolt and Manaball: Analyze Magic, Combat Sense, Detect Magic, Night Vision, Heal, Stabilize, Invisibility and Mask.

For Adept Powers I'm looking at: Enhanced Accuracy: Pistols and Improved Ability: Blades

But I'm wondering if it makes any real sense at all to take attack spells with her adept powers. If I understand correctly you essentially burn hit points to cast spells, so killing myself to kill my enemies seems like a losing proposition when I can just shoot them.
  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew
Anyone out there familiar with the character creation. I've been invited into a game and I'm thinking of making a Mystic Adept (yeah I know, I'm crazy like that) - but I've never ever played before and I need advice on setting up the priorities and building the character.


Ok, so here's my tentative set up:

Priorities:

Metatype: D
the book seems a bit unclear why you need to set this rating except to have the minimum rating to play the race you want. With this priority I get +0 special attributes So no bonus other than the base ones for being an Elf.

Attributes: B
from what I understand of the system "skill" pools are derived from combining your relevant attribute and skill into a pool, and it makes sense to have plenty of natural talent.

Magic: A
this will set my Mystic Adept with a strong base in her focus area. I am sort of curious though if it wouldn't make more sense to swap Attributes and Magic and be slightly weaker and have fewer spells, but more room for growth so that I have a better focus for learning the game.

Skills: C
skills would seem to grow fastest during play so these should progress rapidly and allow me to refine the skills I most use and add extras I find I need during play without throwing a lot of points around at skills I find I never use.

Resources: E
I assume a mystic adept doesn't need a lot of gear, perhaps a pistol and melee weapon and body armor if possible. Anything else can be collected from cash rewards and a bit of petty theft of downed foes.

what say you?

Is kind of what most people suggested after some chats.

So how do I split up these points? What skills should I absolutely take? What gear should I absolutely buy? What spells should I absolutely know? What Adept skills should I absolutely take? I don't have any resources besides the main book atm, my local shop hasn't been having much luck getting Street Magic or Run Faster (I think it was called for more gear and what-not for 5E) into the store so I'm still waiting on those resources. I don't want to pick anything from them before I have those resources.

  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew
I tried to write this last night but must have been punch-drunk with sleepiness or something and accidentally glitched it myself by trying to refresh the page before I SENT it because I wanted to see what the comments would be like - BEFORE I POSTED IT. :P

In any case I do a lot of purchases through Amazon and saw that the DvD for the movie was coming up already so I went for it.

For the short form: I thought it was good. It all looked good, there was plenty of story and action.

Warning: Here be spoilers ahead: Warning

Unlike the original anime which takes place in Tokyo (like basically all modern/future Japanese Anime) this takes place in an unnamed city (I think, I don't remember them naming it in the movie). The city looked a lot like the cities in Blade Runner and Fifth Element with the huge holographic displays and stuff which is pretty cool. The movie all looked very good to me, and it was fast-paced with a solid story. The original anime was a bit hard to follow because you are something like halfway through the series and all of it's (seemingly) unconnected events before you find out that they are in fact connected and the main plot is revealed. This movie has less of that confusion even though the theoretical initial story is just a lead-in to the real story - so that's similar to the anime. Pretty much all of the plot is changed around from the anime. But there was no way they were going to be able to tell the mixed-up and potentially-confusing plot of the series in a single movie.

Ok, so I am a fan of the anime series so don't take those previous comments against me. I liked the anime. It had a story to tell, but it took it's time in unwrapping it. If you are familiar with the Heroes Journey most of the anime is essentially the section on Everyday World with the early stories about cyborgs going amok showing us what our anti-cyberg unit's normal job is like before we reach the Call to Adventure in the series were we find out that all the seemingly unrelated crimes are actually connected via a motivating villain who initiated each of the crimes as part of a greater plan. I don't think it was wrong to tell the story the way they did, but I don't think it would have worked in a normal movie time limit either.

I will say up front that I'm not terribly interested in the complaints about The Major being Japanese and Scarlett not looking at all Japanese. In the movie the city is very racially-mixed and she is a Full-Body-Cyborg - which means that the race of the person inside the shell needn't be reflected in the "race" of the shell she's in, that's part of the draw of being a cyborg, don't like your race? Get a body with a different one. So you are a short fat out-of-shape X and you want to be a tall muscular Y, get a different body. The corporation that built her is multinational and has a multinational staff and they intend to sell her as the combat soldier of the future multi-nationally, so they chose a generic European-type frame. Additionally there is an in-story reason - which I'll spoil down below after my second spoilers warning.

The actor who plays her unit boss definitely looked the part and spoke only Japanese, which again for a multi-racial and cultural city makes sense to some extent. Sort of like how in Firefly everybody spoke both English and Mandarin Chinese.

This next part is an even bigger Spoiler.

Ok, first the in-story reason for the racial change: the corporation that made her erased all of her memories and don't want her to remember anything about her past: because her harvesting for her brain was part of a horrific crime. She was a Japanese runaway living with other runaways when the corporation kidnapped them all to use their brains in their experiment to create a full-body cyborg. They didn't want her to have any connection to her past so they changed everything except that she was female: they changed her name, her memories of her past, and even the race of her cyborg body - to hide their crime from her.

So about fifteen minuets after watching it this occurred to me: the raw plot is essentially the same as Robocop. The Major is the first full-body cyborg in the movie, just like Robocop. She's part of a corporate plan to show off what a full-body cyborg can do as a means to eventually sell many more, just like Robocop. She's part of a police unit, just like Robocop. She spends time chasing criminals only to ultimately discover that the CEO of the corporation that made her is the biggest criminal of them all, just like Robocop. She doesn't kill the CEO herself, but she expressly gives her permission for his termination - not the same but very similar to Robocop.

Now I'm not saying this is a bad thing. After all there are a few dozen different adages that go "there are only X number of story plots in the world, it's all in how you dress them up." And I think that the movie did a very good job of dressing the plot up.

Entertainingly Wiki says the budget was $110 mill, and it grossed $169 mill in the theaters, so it's made back over 150% of it's cost so far, so how does that make it a bomb? yeah, it didn't make half a billion like some other recent movies, so what?

Was it worth purchasing and watching: Totally!
  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew
Anyone out there familiar with the character creation. I've been invited into a game and I'm thinking of making a Mystic Adept (yeah I know, I'm crazy like that) - but I've never ever played before and I need advice on setting up the priorities and building the character.


Ok, so here's my tentative set up:

Priorities:

Metatype: D
the book seems a bit unclear why you need to set this rating except to have the minimum rating to play the race you want. With this priority I get +0 special attributes So no bonus other than the base ones for being an Elf.

Attributes: B
from what I understand of the system "skill" pools are derived from combining your relevant attribute and skill into a pool, and it makes sense to have plenty of natural talent.

Magic: A
this will set my Mystic Adept with a strong base in her focus area. I am sort of curious though if it wouldn't make more sense to swap Attributes and Magic and be slightly weaker and have fewer spells, but more room for growth so that I have a better focus for learning the game.

Skills: C
skills would seem to grow fastest during play so these should progress rapidly and allow me to refine the skills I most use and add extras I find I need during play without throwing a lot of points around at skills I find I never use.

Resources: E
I assume a mystic adept doesn't need a lot of gear, perhaps a pistol and melee weapon and body armor if possible. Anything else can be collected from cash rewards and a bit of petty theft of downed foes.

what say you?

Is kind of what most people suggested after some chats.

So how do I split up these points? What skills should I absolutely take? What gear should I absolutely buy? What spells should I absolutely know? I don't have any resources besides the main book atm, my local shop hasn't been having much luck getting Street Magic or Run Faster (I think it was called for more gear and what-not for 5E) into the store so I'm still waiting on those resources. I don't want to pick anything from them before I have those resources.

  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew

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Richard
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Current Residence: St Paul, Minnesota, USA
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Favourite genre of music: Alternative
Favourite photographer: MJRanum
Favourite style of art: Anything colorfull and evocative
Operating System: Windows XP Pro
Skin of choice: human female
Favourite cartoon character: Cheetara
Personal Quote: Being Human means you WILL F everything up sometimes. And that's ok.
Interests
Body: 3
Agility: 6
Reaction: 3
Strength: 2
Charisma: 5
Intuition: 4
Logic: 3
Willpower: 5
Edge: 2
Magic: 6

Positive special qualities:
Catlike
Focused Concentration: 3
Mentor Spirit (cat - gives +2 sneaking tests and light body)

Negative special qualities:
Addiction: mild: Bliss
Code of Honor: Children - can't kill them
Distinctive Style: Snow Leopard open circle tatts cover most of her body and she likes to combine her Native American and Japanese heritage styles in her dress.

Skills:
Her two magical skills are:
Counterspelling: 5
Spellcasting: 5
Her skill group is conjuring: 2
Other Skills:
Arcana: 1
Assensing: 3
Blades: 4
Etiquette: 1
Gymnastics: 2
Locksmith: 3
Medicine: 1
Negotiation: 1
Perception: 4
Pilot Ground Craft: 2
Pistols: 5
Sneaking: 5

Knowledges:
Fixers: 1
Law Enforcement Tactics: 2
Organized Crime: 1
Sperethiel language: 2
Street Drug Dealers: 2
Street Gang Identification: 3
Street Gang Politics: 3

Spells:
Powerball
Analyze Magic
Combat Sense
Detect Magic
Heal
Increase Reflexes
Stabilize
Improved Invisibility
Invisibility
Mask

Her tradition is Shamanic: Her father was Native American and taught her native shamanism, her mother was a Japanese Shinto warrior/priestess and taught her that tradition - the combination shaped her as a sort of general shamanic tradition thanks to her mixed training.

Adept Powers:
Danger Sense: 1
Enhanced Accuracy (pistols): 1
Improved Ability (blades): 1
Mystic Armor: 1
Traceless Walk

Gear:
Armored Jacket
Combat Knife
Predator V with the laser and camera
Walther Palm Pistol holdout
Grenade: Thermal Smoke x4
40 ammo: regular: heavy pistol
40 ammo: regular: holdouts
Lockpick set
Soni Emperor com
Bliss - 8 doses

She has 4 karma remaining and 325 NY

I also have 12 points of contacts I need to pick but not sure how to set that. Nor do I have a clue how to handle the enemies aspect: do they count towards your negative quality max?

- - -

Edit: Decided to drop Catlike, then I went over skills, any that had only one point in I dropped and used karma to purchase back, then I used the regained skill points to push Blades, Perception, Pistols and Sneaking up another level. I also shifted a point from Willpower to Charisma: this keeps her magic soak pool even and gives her an extra die at the various social skills that might help her get out of trouble that she could talk her way out of. Karma dropped to 3.
  • Listening to: Muse: Madness
  • Reading: Random D&D/Pathfinder books
  • Watching: My head spin with the new video card
  • Playing: with my belly button
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: Dew

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Happy birthday. :)
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
Thank you, it's the 30th anniversary of my 25th birthday! :D
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Again Happy Sidereal Day!
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
And thank you for the wonderful artwork. :)
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Hey happy birthday man! It's been forever since we last spoke! :icongiftplz: :iconcakeplz: :icongiftplz:
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
Thank you, it's the 30th anniversary of my 25th birthday! :D
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lol well then Happy Anniversary!
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Rofl. I thought it would be hilarious to play that girl-game of not exactly saying how old I am. ;)
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