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Design Notes and testing:

  • Ran with a L22 DP/Dev blaster, DO's and SO's (one of my Long Riders). No major issues, but couldn't play dumb, esp. with the customs in mish #1 (damned mercs and their face kicking...).
  • Been wanting to do something concerning the Chain for some time. Seeing as how they got the shit kicked out of them in Vincent Ross arc, the primary question was, okay what now?  Easy peazy: they're rebuilding!
  • Second question was, why would they want to, or even need to hire a villain? Not as easy, but came up with a solution, and let it drive the dynamic between the PC and the Contact. 
  • Mish 4's been a design pain all around. Biggest issue: sequential boss spawns, with boss #2 popping up behind boss #1. I think I fixed this. If not, let me know. I did tag where they're supposed to be (front, middle, back).
  • Might continue this story with a second arc dealing with the main (new) foe in this arc. 
  • Question: where is the Legacy Chain's collar in the costume maker? I couldn't seem to find it.

 

Thanks in advance,

Crane

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Looking for SFMA content over multiple arcs? Search for the following under "cranebump."

Ordinary People [3 parts] Investigation of a series of thefts leads you deep into a vengeful plot that threatens all of Paragon City. Will you and Kings Row's "ordinary" heroes be able to stop it? Leviathan [5 parts] The  assassination of a local politician with national aspirations sets off a media frenzy among everyone's favorite reactionary network, NewsAnon. Among their targets? You. The Cage Series [3 parts]: The Iron Widow is back! Or...is she? Your vigilante philosophy is put to the test in this tale of shifting loyalties and outright deceit. The Port Oakes TF [2 parts] Enos Childs is calling on Villains like you to join his glorious quest to drive Arachnos out of the Rogue Isles.  The Bleed [3 parts]: Your investigation of arcane fissures in IP leads you to uncover a 100-year old secret shrouded in magic, blood, and betrayal. One Shots:  Of Guns and Asa Ronan; The Tenuous State of Grace; Garden of the Will; Gravity; The Book of Bond's; The Lost Girls; Injustice Systems; Wednesday’s Wyverns; Of ‘Dine and Men; Dark Legacy; Shadow and Silver

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Thank YOU for being such an advocate of AE. You da Supe, TN!

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Looking for SFMA content over multiple arcs? Search for the following under "cranebump."

Ordinary People [3 parts] Investigation of a series of thefts leads you deep into a vengeful plot that threatens all of Paragon City. Will you and Kings Row's "ordinary" heroes be able to stop it? Leviathan [5 parts] The  assassination of a local politician with national aspirations sets off a media frenzy among everyone's favorite reactionary network, NewsAnon. Among their targets? You. The Cage Series [3 parts]: The Iron Widow is back! Or...is she? Your vigilante philosophy is put to the test in this tale of shifting loyalties and outright deceit. The Port Oakes TF [2 parts] Enos Childs is calling on Villains like you to join his glorious quest to drive Arachnos out of the Rogue Isles.  The Bleed [3 parts]: Your investigation of arcane fissures in IP leads you to uncover a 100-year old secret shrouded in magic, blood, and betrayal. One Shots:  Of Guns and Asa Ronan; The Tenuous State of Grace; Garden of the Will; Gravity; The Book of Bond's; The Lost Girls; Injustice Systems; Wednesday’s Wyverns; Of ‘Dine and Men; Dark Legacy; Shadow and Silver

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It's all a matter of perspective.

 

 

EDIT.  That sounded like a diss, now that I read it back.  It isn't!  It's all a matter of perspective on who contributes in different ways.

 

Whew.

 

Got out of that one!

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Another well written arc. The player is a villain, and the Legacy Chain contact goes on about how distasteful it is to hire you, but eh. Anyway Arachnos is sticking their spidery noses into Legacy business, so we need some info. The player busts into a hideout, steal some dyne to smoke and some doobies to sell, then finds a lead. Or was I supposed to sell the Dyne and... hmm. Maybe that's why Purple Lovin' is looking a bit green this morning. Then we bust in an interrogate more Arachnoses, discover the nefarious plan and steal the Macguffin. It ends in a nicely open-ended ending.

 

Overall, this is yet another very well written arc, with lots of details and no overpowered mobs. Mission 4 in particular went fine. As usual, minor nitpicks are the level reduction, and it breaks the Ocelot Rule.

 

In case anyone has been wondering why my review column has been dead for a year, I've pretty much given up on making and reviewing arcs, mostly because there are barely any arcs that aren't farms lately. I made a character on Incelcior a few months ago, and 99% of the chat is "Sitter LF AE plz". Writing story-based arcs for this crowd would be like opening an opera house in Texas.

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Being a native Texan (who left years ago), would amend the statement to “anywhere in Texas outside Austin (because Austin isn’t Texas).:-)

 

Btw, you’re observations about Excel=pretty much on the money. It’s very much TFs and farms now. I’ve been doing my story arcing on Torch lately.

 

Thanks for the review. And I DO know what your character is thinking.:-)

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Looking for SFMA content over multiple arcs? Search for the following under "cranebump."

Ordinary People [3 parts] Investigation of a series of thefts leads you deep into a vengeful plot that threatens all of Paragon City. Will you and Kings Row's "ordinary" heroes be able to stop it? Leviathan [5 parts] The  assassination of a local politician with national aspirations sets off a media frenzy among everyone's favorite reactionary network, NewsAnon. Among their targets? You. The Cage Series [3 parts]: The Iron Widow is back! Or...is she? Your vigilante philosophy is put to the test in this tale of shifting loyalties and outright deceit. The Port Oakes TF [2 parts] Enos Childs is calling on Villains like you to join his glorious quest to drive Arachnos out of the Rogue Isles.  The Bleed [3 parts]: Your investigation of arcane fissures in IP leads you to uncover a 100-year old secret shrouded in magic, blood, and betrayal. One Shots:  Of Guns and Asa Ronan; The Tenuous State of Grace; Garden of the Will; Gravity; The Book of Bond's; The Lost Girls; Injustice Systems; Wednesday’s Wyverns; Of ‘Dine and Men; Dark Legacy; Shadow and Silver

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