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Ragnarok

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« Reply #825 on: <09-12-16/2321:20> »
Bump for any new word on the TM book.   ;D
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« Reply #826 on: <09-14-16/1235:43> »
Nothing yet. I should be getting a general update out in the next day or two (unfortunately, nothing on the TM source book).

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« Reply #827 on: <09-16-16/0705:05> »
General update follows:
  • SR Anarchy - in final stages with digital release coming very soon and print following in kind
  • SR Tarot - print run has been ordered, but formal release date still pending
  • Drawing Destiny (physical release) - pending (though digital release is now available)
  • Upcoming SR releases - False Flag (second Denver adventure) should release shortly on the heals of Anarchy; next up is Cutting Aces which is focused on con jobs and has setting detail on Istanbul; in process is a campaign book that will tie in to the tarot
  • Upcoming SR ebooks - should have more info in these in next couple of weeks
  • Undershadows / Shadows Down Under (digital release) - should follow once Anarchy layout is done
  • Upcoming SR fiction releases - full slate in process with titles from Kincaid, Odom and Wilson (Phaedra may be next up)
  • Updated Street Grimoire 2nd Edition pdf - should be out this week
  • Updated SR core rulebook pdf (with the new index) - should be out this month (September)
Lots of stuff coming... ;D

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« Reply #828 on: <09-16-16/0855:40> »
I'm so psyched for Istanbul coverage.  That's always been a favorite runner hub for me.
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« Reply #829 on: <09-16-16/1059:50> »
ditto, Istanbul is an awesome city IRL and an awesome setting for runners.

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« Reply #830 on: <09-16-16/1219:20> »
I assume nothing about sprawl gangers?  Nothing on this list particularly grabs my interest.

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« Reply #831 on: <09-16-16/1623:30> »
Thanks for the update, AJ :)

in process is a campaign book that will tie in to the tarot

Only the tarot or Court of Shadows as well?

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« Reply #832 on: <09-16-16/1853:37> »
Agree about Istanbul...really interested to see what they do here.

Nothing re Sprawl Gangers :(

Campaign book is separate from Court of Shadows, but suspect that the tarot rules would be usable in that setting.

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« Reply #833 on: <09-16-16/2113:47> »
I would like to run by an idea for a future series of e-books for SR5:

An updated series of timeline/gazetter ebook in the vein of the 6th World Almanac.....   Could this be possible?
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« Reply #834 on: <09-17-16/0757:53> »
I would like to run by an idea for a future series of e-books for SR5:

An updated series of timeline/gazetter ebook in the vein of the 6th World Almanac.....   Could this be possible?
As a fan, my response is YES! :)

However, I'd suggest that you drop a note (email or PM) directly to Jason Hardy to discuss this concept in more detail.

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« Reply #835 on: <09-17-16/0937:35> »
I would like to run by an idea for a future series of e-books for SR5:

An updated series of timeline/gazetter ebook in the vein of the 6th World Almanac.....   Could this be possible?
As a fan, my response is YES! :)

However, I'd suggest that you drop a note (email or PM) directly to Jason Hardy to discuss this concept in more detail.

Thanks, I will!!!  ;D
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« Reply #836 on: <09-28-16/2012:09> »
Nothing about the TM book?
Is it still even planned?
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« Reply #837 on: <09-29-16/0717:39> »
I believe it is still in the works, but have no specific details.

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« Reply #838 on: <10-01-16/1102:44> »
 With errata finally being dealt with I think I can understand why the TM book might be delayed. some problems\ might be dealt with then removing the need to fix them in the TM book.

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« Reply #839 on: <10-02-16/1616:05> »
With errata finally being dealt with I think I can understand why the TM book might be delayed. some problems\ might be dealt with then removing the need to fix them in the TM book.

No, the problems with TMs need more. Unless you count 'ground up rewrite' as 'errata'.

Honestly? The TM rules read like whoever wrote them hated that they were even in the game, but didn't have authority to retcon them so they went out to make them noticeably and demonstratively weaker than all other matrix users. They went from being the 'Swiss Army Knives of the Matrix' to having to hyperspecialize along a single character path to have a hope of being even half as effective as a decker, and a whole stream was basically told to f*ck off until they Submerged. In 4E, TMs had the tactical advantage, but tended to be glass cannons, especially when they took Matrix damage directly to their brain. Deckers, on the other hand, had the strategic advantage, being more reliable and harder to kill, while still being quite effective at their job. On the rigging side of things, TMs could be great single vehicle/drone riggers, but actual Riggers were better at multiple drones, swarms, and were, again, harder to kill since they didn't take damage to their brain in the Matrix. There were legit pros and cons to each side, which made things more of an option.

Fast forward to 5E, and we start with Priorities. TMs need good numbers in Resonance, their mental ability scores, and skills. Which means anything other than a Human (or maybe Elf) TM is going to be severely gimped in other areas, and probably starting with jack-all in resources, to boot. Of course, this isn't a purely TM problem, as it is one of the hallmarks of the Priority system in actively discouraging people to try things like, say, a Troll Mage or a Dwarf Technomancer, and so on. Things that were easily possible in 4E are extremely difficult in 5E due to actively seeking to limit and even stripping out customization altogether in many places (Weapon mods, anyone?). But while a Mage really only needs two attributes (Magic and their casting stat, with a decent third in Willpower), a TM needs all mental attributes at high levels to even think of doing more than a hyperspecialist role in the Matrix. And they need all the same skills as a normal hacker, plus new ones. And then you have complex forms, and so on. And heaven forbid that they actually want to buy anything like a fake SIN, or a lifestyle above Squatter!

In 4E, TMs were the swiss army knives of the Matrix. In 5E, unless you're playing it as a pet class focusing on sprites, you don't even break even against a decker, and you have no adaptability, at all.

As I've said before, TMs this edition got thrown in the cell with Bubba the Love Troll, and sandpaper for lube.
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