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  1. Mason

    Breaking Soulstones

    You're correct in that Soulstone dust does hold some sort of charge. However, unlike Soulstones, the dust can't be recharged; once the charge is spent, it's just dust.
  2. Mason

    Breaking Soulstones

    Breaking a Soulstone in half doesn't create two Soulstones, anymore than breaking a computer in half creates two computers. You just end up with two halves of a non-functioning and broken Soulstone.
  3. Mason

    July 2018 Errata

    Hello everyone! In July, we release our critical errata, which is aimed at fixing important issues that are warping the game. This time around, we only have two primary concerns which we are addressing, namely Sandeep and Nicodem. Sandeep Desai For two years now, Sandeep has proven to be incredibly versatile, to the point where he has become something of a staple at tournaments. By itself that's not a problem, but Sandeep's effectiveness has pushed other Arcanist masters out of the spotlight, so we'll be reigning him in a bit. - Cache reduced to 2. This new Cache is more reflective of Sandeep's power level. - Beacon Ca penalty increased to -2. Sandeep's Beacon is a powerful tool, but his Crew was using it a bit too efficiently. This should apply a bit more pressure onto Sandeep's Crew when it comes to hitting the TNs of borrowed Actions. - Removed Impossible to Wound. This loss will make Sandeep considerably more fragile and, thus, make positioning more important for Sandeep and his removal easier for his opponent. Nicodem Nicodem was strong when M2E first released, and he has only gained in strength since then. His ability to use Undead models more effectively than other Masters has made him an increasingly strong choice, to the point where he has started to crowd out other Resurrectionist Masters and warp the design process. To that end, we will be reigning his power level in, both on his base card and his most popular upgrade. - Wounds reduced to 12. This should make Nicodem a bit more vulnerable to assassination attempts. - Re-animator now summons Undead in at one Wound remaining, rather than half their Wounds. This will make his summoned models more vulnerable and apply pressure on Nicodem by forcing him to either summon more fragile models or to spend AP healing them with Decay. Undertaker (Upgrade) - I Can Use That! now only affects non-Peon models, and it only functions when they are killed (not sacrificed). This should prevent the worst of Nicodem's abusive use of this Ability and bring it back in line with the Upgrade's cost. - The Patchwork trigger now has reduced range and healing, which, when combined with Nicodem's Re-animator changes above, should prevent him from healing up his summoned models quite as easily. Additionally, we are also issuing errata on Jakob Lynch's Burn Out Upgrade in order to correct a typo that rendered it less than useful. Burn Out - The Ability now references the Brilliance Characteristic instead of the Brilliance Condition. PDF versions of the new cards are attached below, and they will be added to our website's errata page shortly. If you would like physical copies of the changed cards, they will also be available on DriveThruRPG very soon. Nicodem_Errata_July2018.pdf Sandeep_Errata_July2018.pdf Undertaker_Errata_July2018.pdf Burnout_Errata_July2018.pdf
  4. Mason

    Invested, Gremlins, and Wall of Muscle

    Yup! See also: Lenny. Yup.
  5. The Guild owns the two legal newspapers in town. Just have Nellie push through an article about Arcanists doing terrible things and skip to the end result without having to deal with all the logistics of a false flag operation.
  6. That's more plausible, though with the high profile of the Death Marshals (and the existence of necromancy prior to the Guild's arrival in Malifaux), it's still not a particularly great conspiracy theory, as far as they go. Conspiracy theories about the Guild would work better if it was a relatively benign organization, but they're tyrants and have (or rather, had) the world pretty tightly clenched in their iron fist. I mean, this is an organization that, in Malifaux at least, rips people out of their homes in the middle of the night and burns away their souls to turn them into walking claymore mines. You really don't need conspiracy theories about the Guild, because the semi-public truth is already pretty grim.
  7. The Union was created less than a decade before the current game time. I don't think that anyone in the Union or Arcanists would believe such a rumor, nor would it really matter if they did. Not a whole lot of organizations are down with creating their own political opponents / terrorist organizations because they felt like they just had too much control over stuff.
  8. Nope, the M&SU formed independently from (and in spite of) the Guild, and currently exist as their primary political opponent in Malifaux. The Arcanists are the third "secret" branch of the M&SU (after the Miners and the Steamfitters).
  9. Mason

    Tarot Differences

    Yup, some of the stat card values vary between Tarots. This is intentional. Use the stat spreads for whatever Tarot spread you're using. Correct.
  10. I don't think I've changed any base sizes going from M2E to M3E.
  11. You cannot. Per pg. 182 of the Core Rules, right column, last paragraph, you can use Counter-Spelling to end an ongoing spell before its normal duration would cause it to expire.
  12. Just an average, everyday sort of hammer.
  13. Mason

    Is Levi Worth Playing Without Pariah Upgrades?

    A typo on my part. I meant to say "Obliteration is a Tyrant" and got my brain-wires crossed. Apologies for the confusion!
  14. Nope, just a typo on my part.
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    Is Levi Worth Playing Without Pariah Upgrades?

    Obliteration a Tyrant. Titania used its power to murder all the physical forms of the Tyrants (including Obliteration). Obliteration is not fond of the Grave Spirit.
  16. She does, though it's more of a secondary focus (sort of like Leveticus and his Abominations).
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    Is Levi Worth Playing Without Pariah Upgrades?

    That not every Resurrectionist uses the Whisper been said in multiple places, especially TTB. You can choose whatever Magical Theory you want, and while the Whisper is a strong one, you can still use Necromancy with other Magical Theories. Humanity first learned about Necromancy in the days of the first Breach, so most of what's floating around on Earth likely draws its point of origin back to those days and the First Necromancer.
  18. Mason

    Is Levi Worth Playing Without Pariah Upgrades?

    Well, not all Ressers, but certainly a lot of them. Tara's powers come from Obliteration, not the Whisper.
  19. Mason

    Mike Asks Questions

    I can say this much: there aren't a lot of British people in TOS's Canada.
  20. Mason

    Power Looping in TTB?

    During a fight? Probably difficult. Before the fight? Probably less difficult.
  21. Mason

    Power Looping in TTB?

    The additional Power Loops come from additional uses of the trigger. Use it on one construct, it has Power Loop until the end of the scene that doesn't do anything. As soon as you get Power Loop on a second model using the trigger, then they're both benefiting. Hit a third model, now they're all better. The need for additional uses of the Power Loop trigger is why the Condition lasts until the end of the scene.
  22. Mason

    Culting it up

    There's one in the adventure that he might stumble across, as well.
  23. Mason

    Culting it up

    Instead of being quite so blunt as dropping a copy of the Contiones next to him, I would take some time and play up the sidewalk preachers in San Francisco at the start of the adventure. Maybe have one of them recognize him as being "blessed" by the Burning Man as awe-struck worshipers gather around him to touch his clothing and ask for his blessing. Maybe even have a session focused on the player helping the cult deal with the government, which is trying to clear them out of the town and oppress their religious beliefs. That way, it gets the player invested with the Burning Man and his cult in a more organic manner. Plus, it ties into the cult on the mountain rather well, emphasizing that there's really not guiding ethos in place for the cult and that each little pocket of worshipers is making stuff up as they go.
  24. Mason

    Info about the Badlands

    You can see a bit more of the Badlands in the Nythera adventure, which involves a trip through those lands to reach the eponymous ruins, as well as in Madman, Interrupted and In Defense of Innocence.