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Out Now: BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN!

lfneJason L Blair05 March 2014

I am so very excited to announce that the PDF of Book 3: Blessed are the Children is available NOW through DriveThruRPG. You can grab a copy for just $10 at this link (or click on the image below).

If you backed the Kickstarter, I sent out the codes just a little bit ago. Also: I have yet to include the Kickstarter backer names in the back of the book! I will update the PDF file in a couple days to include those.

I hope you all enjoy the book! I’d love to hear your feedback.

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  1. Jason Says:

    A Changeling can change to Monster form or back “at will”, but how frequently can they do this and how quickly? You raised the issue of partial transformations, and I realize that was to keep players from partially transforming to get multiple benefits, but now I have to ask how long it takes since it’s on the table!

  2. Jason L Blair Says:

    Great question! I will update the PDF (and, thus, the final book) to reflect the following:

    A changeling can switch to monster form at will for the cost of one point of Spirit per transformation. This reflects the fact they are weakening themselves by switching bodies. The length of the transformation (how long it takes to turn from human to monster) and how long they can remain in the form are better left to dramatic needs. If you wish to enforce a limiter, each point of Spirit buys the character an hour of transformation time. They can change back well before that hour for no penalty. Every time they change, though, no matter how long it’s been since the last change (even within the hour window of a previous transformation), it costs a point of Spirit. Likewise, they can continue on in the monster form past the hour mark but it will cost them a point of Spirit (which buys them another hour) and so on until the kid decides to transform back or they run out of Spirit.

    A changeling cannot transform from human to monster while Dark, but they can degrade into Dark while in monster form. If they do, incorporate the side effects into the monster form. As monster lose the ability to control themselves, they can become hazardous to others.

  3. Jason Says:

    That should work! Though new question: there’s no guidelines in the book for what happens once the Changeling’s Spirit goes entirely into the Monster Spirit section. This new addition implies that once they go dark, they can’t transform, but beyond that should we assume they behave traditionally for a low-Spirit kid, or does leaving the Monster spirit alone have additional roleplay penalties?

  4. Jason Says:

    I want to say I like the idea of an Angry Jar for a Cursed kid. It gives them a pseudo-real connection to the real world. The Jar is real, they’re spiritual, and the emotions are… something else, but as real as any other Blessed’s.

    That said I think it’s odd that every Blessed kid is assumed to have an Angry Jar when so few of them have contact with other Blessed and only two of the Blessed, Cursed and Innocent (and maybe Changelings) are really associated with extreme emotion and two more (Faithful and Soulless) verge on unusually calm. I can only assume that at some point in their life this stuff came bubbling up at an inopportune moment and they stashed it somewhere and they essentially never stopped, or at least that’s what I’d describe if a player asked me.

  5. Jason Says:

    Would the Spirit King and his minions consider a Monster attacking a Cursed (let’s say unprovoked) to be a crime against a ghost? Presumably not – it doesn’t makes sense that the Curse should have ethereal medieval cops hovering over them until they provoke the monster on their own. But why not, considering Monsters can destroy Ghosts just as well as a ritual? Politics? Legal literalism? Lost a bet with the Boogeyman?

  6. Jason Says:

    Curious Sister Emily could see a Changeling transform. And unaware Innocent? An unusual exception like the broken memories of a Nick or Vernon Ashe? I guess that’s up to the particular GM.

    I haven’t been commenting on typos, but the section on The Forgotten as Invisible Friends just cuts off into the parentheses about Book 2. I think this is just another typo but it’s so very jarring I just had to point it out.

    Are Gifted Adults still qualified as Gifted for the purposes of things like Spirit drain from Belongings?

  7. Jason Says:

    an unaware innocent*

  8. Jason Says:

    Does a monster normally identified by its possessed state, like Mr. Clutches, keep its stat-line without change when it is disembodied?

  9. plastikloeffel Says:

    Yeah!
    Have been waiting for this! 😀

  10. Jason L Blair Says:

    Hello, Other Jason! My apologies for the delay in response. Let’s tackle each question in turn.

    1) Spirit King
    The Spirit King and his guards see Cursed as ghosts and would respond accordingly.

    2) Sister Emily
    Yes, she could.

    3) Gifted Adults
    Yes!

    4) Mr. Clutches
    It keeps whatever stats make sense. Essentially it’s a ghost while disembodied so would follow those rules.

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