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Message no. 1
From: Doctor Doom <JCH8169@*****.TAMU.EDU>
Subject: Our revels now are ended...
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1993 02:59:29 -0500
Meine Kamaraden:

The particulars and specifics of this repartee aside, I believe the issue
before us boils down to this:

How much of a bearing should the Magic Attribute have over spellcasting, and
to what degree and how directly does Initiation effect a thaumaturge's potency?

Now, many are of the opinion that the present system operates within
satisfactory parameters, and are anxious to dissuade one from changing it, to
wit, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". They are quite satisfied with the
present Initiatory powers, and some of their ranks are motivated to prevent
magic from again overshadowing the efforts of mundanes.

Others, perhaps more adventuresome, perhaps more foolhardy, would like to see
the Magic Attribute "count" for more. Some interpret the absence of the Magic
Attribute in a dice pool a flaw of the system, a view not shared by those
proponents of the status quo. Thus, they are eager for expiramentation with
ideas which might significantly alter the game's latitudes of operation.

The arguments either side employs have their basis largely in personal
interpretation and are therefore quite subjective. Murray feels I read too
much into the description of Initiation; I counter by terming his definition
narrow-minded and far too restrictive. We both utilize the text and rules as a
justification, both with a rendering of the meaning juxtaposed to the referent
such that they support our respective positions. Further, we engage upon
unsubstantiated speculation as to the disposition of metaphysics to further
bolster the logic and reasoning behind our opinions.

In the end, which direction one goes depends upon the school of though
to which one subscribes.

This argument has degenerated into a battle of interpretation, and
it is therefore unlikely that any progress shall be made in either direction,
as both camps are quite fastidious in their opinions.

Therefore, it is my proposal that we agree to disagree, as neither camp
commands the capacity to convince the other in this case.

Colonel Count von Hohenzollern und von Doom, DMSc, DSc, PhD.

Doom Technologies & Weapon Systems -- Dark Thought Publications
>>> Working on solutions best left in the dark.
[ Doctor Doom : jch8169@******** ]

(this is how the debate of "Do Riggers Become the Vehicle" ended, nicht wahr?)

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