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« Reply #75 on: <05-07-15/0900:22> »
Background 2 isn't really that bad if it happens occasionally. A base background of 2, with higher spikes not being uncommon, gets worse real bad.

Like you say, it shuts down low-powered foci, so you're going to need high-powered ones to make them function at all - at lower rating - which means you can only get 2 or so, because of focus addiction. For everything you do where a focus normally helps, you now have -4 instead of -2 (and foci are one of the few ways of mages to use their nuyen effectively). And that's just your everyday occurrance. Sometimes it's much worse.

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« Reply #76 on: <05-17-15/0258:17> »
Just a note because I didn't see it mentioned:

Home Ground: Astral Acclimation positive quality (10 karma) allows the mage to ignore up to two points of background count. So by 'being' from chicago, you can do magical things without the penalty until the penalty gets worse than 2.

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« Reply #77 on: <05-17-15/0544:39> »
It's not really specified how big your Home Ground can be, but I'm sure it can't be the whole of the Chicago CZ.

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« Reply #78 on: <05-17-15/2006:12> »
Home Ground is supposed to be just a few blocks at most.  your local "Neighborhood".  I will codify this in a future FAQ update. It is not a blanket "get out of penalty free" quality.  It would be a lot more expensive if it was :)

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« Reply #79 on: <05-27-15/0851:58> »
Home Ground is supposed to be just a few blocks at most.  your local "Neighborhood".  I will codify this in a future FAQ update. It is not a blanket "get out of penalty free" quality.  It would be a lot more expensive if it was :)
On the flip side, Home Ground isn't worth 10 Karma (20 after character creation) if it only covers a few blocks.  The only version that might be close to worthwhile is Digital Turf - if you pick the right host.

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« Reply #80 on: <06-29-15/1221:10> »
Yea if home ground only covers a few blocks, its essentially useless. When you're on a run, especially a mission, will you ever be within those few blocks?  From the description text, it sounds like the mage has been casting in a given area for so long that they have become acclimated to the flavor of the mana of the area. Why should that only be a few blocks. Maybe Chicago CZ and Chicago Corridor could be separate areas considering the volatile nature of Chicago, but Seattle? Tir?

If its only going to cover a few blocks, it should just be a lifestyle asset, not a character quality.
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« Reply #81 on: <06-29-15/1244:19> »
Not to mention that Quantum Princess has Home Ground (Digital Turf (Noosenet Grid)) as a quality, which seems at odds with the "single host" aspect.

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« Reply #82 on: <06-29-15/2342:38> »
NPCs cheat.  We also have a Changeling NPC, while they're not valid for PC play. :)

Plus Quantum BUILT the current Noosenet.  That gives you some special leeway :)

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« Reply #83 on: <07-14-15/1242:26> »
how bout the cleansing metamagic to temp alleviate the dice pool penalty?

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« Reply #84 on: <07-24-15/1644:44> »
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how bout the cleansing metamagic to temp alleviate the dice pool penalty?

That should do it.  Cleansing metamagic only takes a combat turn, soak drain equal to background count.