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    Chambers of Love: State of Creation (and the World)

    Howdy, guys and gals. It’s been a while since the last State of Creation column, so I thought it was time to give you all an update on what’s happening and a preview of what’s coming down the pike for Exalted, and for Scion as well.

     

    First off, Scroll of Fallen Races is in the warehouse, so that should be in stores for the holidays for all your Mountain Folk and Dragon King roleplaying needs. Similarly, Lost Arts of the Dead is up now for sale as a pdf, with a few new Arcanoi translated to second edition. Graceful Wicked Masques—The Fair Folk is not going to make it here for the holiday season, unfortunately, but it’ll be here in January. I hope that doesn’t screw up anyone’s “raksha at the Pole of Air and their jolly Twilight Caste master” Christmas games.

     

    The Compass of Terrestrial Directions, Vol. IV—The South, meanwhile, is at the printer, while The Art of Exalted is wrapping up proofing and will be off to the printer by the end of the week. Then, it’ll be time for the long-awaited The Manual of Exalted Power—The Infernals to go into layout. Final art is coming in for that as I type these words. Meanwhile, I’m currently in the middle of redlining drafts for the Scroll of Heroes, a supplement devoted to playing mortals in the world of Exalted, and once that’s done, I’ll be finishing up the last bit of development on The Compass of Celestial Directions, Vol. V—Malfeas before sending that book into editing.

     

    Beyond that, in the earlier stages of development, Dean Shomshak’s running the show on The Compass of Terrestrial Directions, Vol. V—The North for me, so I can concentrate on the development of The Manual of Exalted Power—The Alchemicals. Cool stuff coming there. Also coming up after that are the Scroll of Exalts, which is a big roster of movers and shakers from the setting (including all the sig characters), and a super-secret project that involves the return to the setting of a character we haven’t heard from in a while.

     

    In addition to all that Exalted news, we’ve also got the Scion Companion going off to press this week. Eddy Webb has some great stuff in there, and Jessica Mullins has done a kickass job putting the final product together. I’m loving the way the World War II material has turned out, and I think you’ll dig it, too.

     

    Well, that’s it for this biannual update, folks. I’ll be back to talk with you in a couple of weeks. Right now, I’m off to jump on some Exalted errata. Take care, everyone.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yay! Dragon Kings and Mountain Folk are exactly what my Early First Age game needs.

    Also coming up after that are the Scroll of Exalts, which is a big roster of movers and shakers from the setting (including all the sig characters), and a super-secret project that involves the return to the setting of a character we haven’t heard from in a while.

    All good and exciting news. I know there's a big push in the Exalted gay community to make Demetheus homosexual - and frankly, it would add an interesting dimension to the character.

    so I can concentrate on the development of The Manual of Exalted Power—The Alchemicals.

    This is going to rock some socks off.
    sixswordsamurai From: sixswordsamurai Date: December 3rd, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    please include Hundred Gears or Something involving their lightsab-Err..Beamklaives..

    In fact..any chance that Alchemicals will be a boxed set? I'd very happily pay more to have that all done in one shot.

    The Manual of Exalted Power—The Alchemicals
    Book of Sorcery VI -- Procedures of the Machine God
    Compass of Celestial Directions -- Autocthon

    You'd make me a very very happy man (even if it ran really bloody late)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for taking the time to do these updates, I know I for one really appreciate them and look forward to checking here every couple of weeks.

    Just to clarify on Scroll of Exalted, can we expect to see write-ups for Harmonious Jade and the Bull even though they were outlined in the core book? If so, I hope they will be upgraded in power. Also, I hope that we see at least a few combos for each Exalt in that book, or maybe some custom charms as I think that tends to show a little bit about the characters (as well as serving for inspiration for those of us who aren't expert combo-makers).
    gausshawk From: gausshawk Date: December 3rd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Will we finally find out the origin of the enmity Dace and Mirth share? I had a pet hypotehsis about that based on one of Dace's former soldiers who died just before he Exalted.
    eddyfate From: eddyfate Date: December 3rd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As an update, the fourth part of the Scion Companion just went live -- it's at http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=59204.
    aberranteyes From: aberranteyes Date: December 4th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    I saw. I picked up my subscription copy. My only complaint is that I think the Purview for the Rus pantheon should've been named in Russian, as thus far the only pantheon-specific Purviews that haven't been named in the language of their pantheon's homeland have been Cheval (which gets a pass because so much of Loa territory is francophone) and Scīre (which gets its pass because, as Manifestations of Ichor points out, "[t]he old Atlantean language is long gone"). Babelfish tells me that the Russian for "Duality" is двоичность, Dvoichnost. If at all possible, please try and get that into the complete Companion.

    Edited at 2008-12-04 04:45 am (UTC)
    eddyfate From: eddyfate Date: December 4th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As it was intended as an example and not an "official" pantheon, we opted to go for clarity over authenticity. Thanks for the input, though!
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    From: mirv120 Date: December 3rd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Two unrelated questions:
    Any ideas what you will do for the soft covers once you've finished up the original 5 book series? Or is that a bit too far down the pipe?

    Second, and this is not meant as a criticism because I am fully aware schedules have to be flexible, but it looks like a lot of the books slotted for the end of this year got pushed back to early next year. Is there any reason (that you can tell us) that they got pushed back?

    Whatever the reason I am excited for all the Exalted stuff coming out and will wait patiently for them to arrive!
    sixswordsamurai From: sixswordsamurai Date: December 3rd, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'd wager that there was too much to do for each book to come out right.

    From: isobellings Date: December 4th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    I second the vote for an Alchemical boxset, or at least multiple books. A Manual of Exalted Power, Compass of Celestial Directions and Book of Sorcery trio- just as sixswordsamurai said- would be truly awesome! It would definitely win you a lot of brownie points- by which I also mean book sales XD- with all the Exalted players I know…
    mythicfox From: mythicfox Date: December 4th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    Is the Scroll of Heroes also going to cover some of the not-quite-mortals of Creation as well, namely the God-Blooded?
    caesarsalad77 From: caesarsalad77 Date: December 4th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    The Manual of Exalted Power—The Alchemicals.

    You have made me the happiest boy in the world. Once more Creation will be reduced to a smoldering pit of tar and slag in the name of progress!

    boco From: boco Date: December 4th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Please, please do not have pagelong lists of alphabetical Charms in the Scroll of Exalts. We all would much rather prefer you say "all corebook Charms for which ___ qualifies" or "all Charms that are prerequisites for XXX" or whatever. We only care about combos and custom charms and MA styles and other tree-enders, because the rest of the list can be derived from that or handwaved. Alphabetical lists aren't helping anybody.
    kilohansel From: kilohansel Date: December 4th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh, I dunno.

    There's something players find dreadfully intimidating out of two entire pages of Charms. "And that's not even counting their Combos," you say.

    They usually back down pretty quickly, those players those.
    warren_locke From: warren_locke Date: December 5th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    And of course, Exalted is all about making the PCs back down from hyperpowered NPCs.
    eggshellhammer From: eggshellhammer Date: December 5th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well, I can't argue with that logic. We better spend two pages of space on charm names, stat!
    sindaran_ainu From: sindaran_ainu Date: December 4th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Alchemicals?
    Good riddance! Can't wait to see what new tricks they have under the hood.
    caesarsalad77 From: caesarsalad77 Date: December 5th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Can't wait to see what new tricks they have under the hood.

    Especially considering that some Alchemicals may actually have hoods.
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    vampir5 From: vampir5 Date: December 4th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    Alchemicals!!!

    just had to say it...
    dawngreeter From: dawngreeter Date: December 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "and a super-secret project that involves the return to the setting of a character we haven’t heard from in a while"

    Waaaait a gosh-darn minute there, bubba. You wouldn't happen to be referring to... *gasp* the Scarlet Empress?
    princejvstin From: princejvstin Date: December 5th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Alchemicals!

    Alchemicals!

    Awesome!

    My players will hate you, but I thank you. (for not having to convert the 1e stuff)
    eggshellhammer From: eggshellhammer Date: December 5th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Dean Shomshak of 'Void Avatar Prana' and 'Dreams of the First Age solar charms' fame?

    Say it ain't so, Joe...
    From: inquiseng Date: December 5th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Can't say for certain, but I don't think it was Dean Shomshak who wrote the DotFA Solar charms. I thought those where done by whatshername who wrote Obsidian Shards? (sorry, can't remember the name or much more than that, muddled memories of listening to the people who care about that sort of thing more than I.)
    eggshellhammer From: eggshellhammer Date: December 5th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I thought that was also Dean.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Dean Shomshak did not write Obsidian Shards of infinity. He developed Scroll of the Monk.

    His name is also nowhere to be found in the author credits of Lords of Creation.
    eggshellhammer From: eggshellhammer Date: December 9th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm getting people mixed up again, I think. Who wrote OSoI and the Solar Charms?
    das_cyberpunk From: das_cyberpunk Date: December 10th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "The Manual of Exalted Power—The Alchemicals."

    Oh god, it happened again. Some one please get me a towel.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 3rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thank You.

    Ah, Alchemicals... I think it's time for an upgrade to the Locust War (which could be fun, I know 3 different groups who play Exalts... and we could go nuts!) I see myself looking deeper into things like New Jedi Order (Vong invasion/ Locust War), Transformers Comics from marvel and Devil's Due (Cybertron/Autocthon), and other Sci-Fi for inspiration!

    I mean... they're awesome. It's like a Transformer who, instead of transforming... bangs hoes.
    tybaltbroods From: tybaltbroods Date: January 8th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    any chance we can get an update, any update?
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