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    In writing up some notes for a conversion of the bloodline system to 3e I
    found myself wondering about adding new "levels" of bloodline strength. As
    a game mechanic, of course, bloodline strength has no actual function after
    character generation, but descriptors add a lot of flavor and it`s the kind
    of thing that has a lot of appeal for players. What winds up happening is
    that in assigning a point value to a particular range of bloodline strength
    score for use with a 3e version of character generation the ranges tend to
    cut right accross one of the current bloodline strength categories. For
    example:

    Bloodline Initial
    Strength Bloodline
    Score Strength
    1-6 Tainted
    7-12 Tainted

    The current ranks of bloodline strength, of course, are Tainted, Minor,
    Major, Great and True. I`ve already added for the purpose of my blood
    ability acquisition table "Lesser" bloodline strength between minor and
    major. Are there any other terms appropriate to describing bloodline strength?

    Gary

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    Orginally posted by geeman

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    a game mechanic, of course, bloodline strength has no actual function after
    character generation
    No? I don't know how your system will work, but maybe the strenght can be a part of the mechanics as is the score. In the system I'm using for bloodlines, at least, it is.

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    At 07:00 PM 9/9/2002 +0200, Sir Justine wrote:

    >>As a game mechanic, of course, bloodline strength has no actual function
    >>after
    >>character generation
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    >No? I don`t know how your system will work, but maybe the strenght can be
    >a part of the mechanics as is the score. In the system I`m using for
    >bloodlines, at least, it is.

    How do you use bloodline strength as part of the mechanics for the
    score? There`s some info in the BoR regarding how characters can raise
    their bloodline strength if they also raise their bloodline strength score,
    but it still doesn`t have any game mechanical effects. What do you do
    that`s different?

    Gary

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    See my post at the thread "Expanding Blood Abilities". There I do a short explain of the way I use bloodlines IMC. It's not much different from the original Birthright rules.

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    At 02:25 AM 9/10/2002 +0200, Sir Justine wrote:

    >See my post at the thread "Expanding Blood Abilities". There I do a short
    >explain of the way I use bloodlines IMC. It`s not much different from the
    >original Birthright rules.

    So your bloodline strength determines your "modifier" (+1 to +5) and your
    "caster level" (1st through 20th.) I presume the modifier is for various
    things similar to the bloodline "ability score" from Travis Doom`s
    conversion and caster level is for arcane spellcasting, correct?

    Gary

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    Gary:
    > How do you use bloodline strength as part of the mechanics
    > for the score? There`s some info in the BoR regarding how
    > characters can raise their bloodline strength if they also
    > raise their bloodline strength score, but it still doesn`t
    > have any game mechanical effects. What do you do that`s different?

    I am of the opinion that the strength is far more easy to detect than
    the exact rating. This means that most judgements about people`s fitness
    for marriage will depend not on rating but on strength.

    IM(2e)C I used to give a bonus to NPC Reactions based on the strength of
    a bloodline, if the subject was public knowledge.

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    I thought, an exact rating isn't detectable at all, only the rating. May be you can detect that a major 25 bloodline is less high than a major 45 one, but not the exact number...
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