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So, a little bit about Soulbound...

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HappyDaze:

--- Quote from: Orphan81 on September 27, 2021, 04:32:50 AM ---Sounds thematically similar to Exalted in the sense of 'Chosen by the gods, imbued with their power, high powered fantasy ass kicking'.

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In many ways, yes, but with WFRP stylings rather than anime. Also, as it's not WW making it, Soulbound doesn't feature as much angst such as a "must hide who/what I am & can't ever revel in my power" angle (admittendly, the Dragon-Blooded exalted didn't have this so much under most circumstances) nor a "Great Curse" to make their lives hell (closest bit is that Soulbound are sterile and they have no afterlife to look forward to...but with Nagash dominating afterlives, that isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Also, while much of Exalted assumes that players will play Exalts of the same type (all Solars, or all Dragon-Blooded, etc.), Soulbound assumes that groups will be very diverse (a Daugher of Khaine, a Fyreslayer, an Idoneth Deepkin, and a Groot-wannabe walk into a bar...). I guess you could say that each of the Grand Alliances are their own thing, but I think that's more like saying "all Celestial Exalts" than just "all Solars" in Exalted terms.

Finally, Exalted relied a lot upon Artifacts/magical items, while Soulbound does not. Sure, some characters have essential items (like Stormcast Eternals and their signature Sigmarite gear) but it is considerably less powerful that the Artifacts I remember from Exalted (primarily 1e).

KingCheops:
You could probably add Kharadron Overlords as dependent on gear since without it they are basically just normal Duardin without their sky pirate steampunk gear.

HappyDaze:

--- Quote from: KingCheops on September 27, 2021, 10:13:33 AM ---You could probably add Kharadron Overlords as dependent on gear since without it they are basically just normal Duardin without their sky pirate steampunk gear.

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Sure, and Fyreslayers need their runes too. In fact, almost all of the factions have a few nice pieces of signature gear, but I still think they are less high powered compared to  Exalted's Artifacts and Hearthstones (at least the rating 3+ ones).

KingCheops:
Fair enough.  I tried cracking open my Exalted 2e book to give it a peruse.  The curiosity didn't last longer than one evening.  I can't really remember what it was like.

Even apart from the gear all the different culture groups are just so distinct that they're very interesting.  It takes a lot of shoe-horning to get some of them together especially the weirder ones like Idoneth Deepkin, Sylvaneth, or Seraphon (coalesced or starborn) but there's just so much cool stuff in the Age of Sigmar setting.

HappyDaze:

--- Quote from: KingCheops on September 27, 2021, 11:12:57 AM ---Fair enough.  I tried cracking open my Exalted 2e book to give it a peruse.  The curiosity didn't last longer than one evening.  I can't really remember what it was like.

Even apart from the gear all the different culture groups are just so distinct that they're very interesting.  It takes a lot of shoe-horning to get some of them together especially the weirder ones like Idoneth Deepkin, Sylvaneth, or Seraphon (coalesced or starborn) but there's just so much cool stuff in the Age of Sigmar setting.

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I think they recognized that the Seraphon, in particular,  are very weird. So much so that they are in a separate pdf supplement rather than the core book.

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