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Amethyst: Quintessence (5E)

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Compatible with the 5th edition (5E) of the first fantasy roleplaying game

Which side will you choose? Which weapons will you wield? Earth is torn between the order of science and the chaos of fantasy. These two worlds cannot mix. Venture into lands once claimed by skyscrapers and factories, now overrun by elves, goblins, and dragons. Choose your path and commit to the quest. Monsters will hunt you; machines will track you. No gods will help you; no prophecies will choose you. The fate of the world rests with you.

This rulebook includes…

--A new adaptation of Amethyst based on the 5th edition (5E) of the first fantasy roleplaying game, the defining RPG of the last, current, and most likely next generation.

--New technology-based rules including vehicle combat and firearms compatible with any 5E game.

--Eleven new races and over thirty new backgrounds.

--Eight new classes based around technology. Over thirty new archetypes.

--High Tech Equipment from revolves to railcannons. Powered armor. Both ground vehicles and aircraft.

--Over thirty new monsters.

 

 


 
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Ryan P August 21, 2019 8:32 am UTC
does this book have rules for mecha in it? I'm looking for resources on building my own setting, and this book looks pretty good.
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Chris D August 21, 2019 4:51 pm UTC
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Yes, there is power armor in it, but the new Ultramodern REDUX that was just Kickstarted has full-blown mecha rules.
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Kevin M April 25, 2019 10:17 pm UTC
Is this the "core book" to play this game in 5e?
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Chris D April 25, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
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Yes. Hearts of Chaos is an adventure, and Amethyst Factions is the second main sourcebook. There is also a bundle where you can get all three.
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Brian R February 09, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
The Gunslinger gets "two one-handed small arms, $300 or less". Is that $300 total for both, or $300 each?
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Chris D February 12, 2019 8:01 pm UTC
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Each.
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Dirk V January 23, 2019 1:37 pm UTC
Is this essentially an update of "Amethyst Compendium (4E)" to 5E mechanics? Does "Amethyst Compendium (4E)" contain any non-4E specific things that aren't included in "Amethyst: Quintessence (5E)"?
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Chris D January 23, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
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There can never be a perfect replication of 4E to 5E, but yes, Quintessence is an adaptation of Compendium.
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james F April 27, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Does 'Magic' exist , and can it be removed to make this a hard sci fi setting game.
Not saying I wouldnt use this , but I like the idea of a hard sci fi .

James
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Chris D May 01, 2018 12:32 am UTC
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It can, absolutely, but you are more advised to use Ultramodern5 instead.
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Thomas K December 17, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
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Hey Chris I'm trying to perches the book but whenever I proceed to checkout it says to enter the card verification number all It shows is a check box and no place to place the verification number. I would love to buy your book but the site will not let me and appears to be broken somehow.
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Chris D December 17, 2018 11:03 pm UTC
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That's a website issue. I would switch to another browser, or clear your internet cache via CCleaner. Also, make sure (if Windows) you have all your updates done and reboot your PC. If the website is still prompting the message, email OneBookShelf tech support and perhaps it is an issue they can fix.
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Matthew V January 23, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
What is the difference between "Amethyst: Quintessence (5E)" and "Ultramodern5 (5th Edition)"? "NeuroSpasta (5E)" says one of these two is needed but recommends "Ultramodern5 (5th Edition)" and I'm wondering why.
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Chris D January 24, 2018 7:12 am UTC
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They are similar, though Quintessence is designed for fantasy settings while UM5 is designed for non-fantasy settings. So if your cyberpunk game has some element of fantasy to it, use Quintessence.
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Dirk V January 23, 2019 1:36 pm UTC
Is there overlap in content between "Amethyst: Quintessence (5E)" and "Ultramodern5 (5th Edition)"?
Like, is there a point to buying both?
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Chris D January 23, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
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There is overlap...but there is also considerable original content in each as well. Is there a point to buying both? Quintessence has the setting and the magical integration. It also has races and monsters and such. Ultramodern5 has more rules, more mechanics, and two adventures.
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YANN E January 12, 2018 11:50 am UTC
is there an adventure inside ?
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Chris D January 12, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
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Yes.
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chris W January 23, 2017 5:35 am UTC
Quick question about the martial artist if you don't mind. The combo chain says in the end note that you can use a weapon but use the table damage instead of the weapon damage. If you use a weapon do you have to use the table damage progression or can you use the weapon damage and still build combo?
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Chris D January 23, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
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The rule specifies that you must use the damage dice values on the table to take advantage of the "combo chain" and "finishing move". That being said, if someone wishes to wield a low-damage dice weapons like a D4 or D6 weapon, I would have no issue using that weapon's damage dice, except that that dice value would not increase like the combo chain table states; you would still be able to take advantage of the finishing move.
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Bruno P October 27, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Why fire arms weapons in amethyst Quintessence 5e (and Ultramodern5 ) has such low damage? For example fire arma in D&d DMG has double damage die.
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Chris D October 28, 2016 5:30 am UTC
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The damage output of firearms is meant to pair more accurately to other weapons in the game and to be balanced to 5E classes throughout 20 levels of play. The weapons in the DMG are not intended to be used in modern games with characters at 1st level—they are included as rare items in a D&D game. To pair well with 5th Edition philosophy, the increased damage output with weapons occurs with classes, so it’s misleading to just refer to the weapons table for the total damage output of firearms.
As said, this is in line with 5th Edition philosophy—for example., the rogue does significantly more damage using a dagger via sneak attack then a cleric using a dagger. The same applies with modern classes. What a sniper can do with a sniper weapon is far more than what a normal person can do. Since the firearms in D&D’s DMG have no class synergy, their damage outputs are higher. In effect, the damage of firearms in Quintessence and Ultramodern5 are not reduced at all.
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THOMAS B September 26, 2016 1:35 pm UTC
Question, are there any options for the stubborn few who might refuse to believe that there's no way of mixing the chaos of fantasy with the order of science? Those who may very well foolishly and likely wrongly believed that the two can mixed, putting themselves between the two conflicting sides. If not, would such individuals be forced to live a short existence of failure, scorn, and maybe even madness?
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Luke W September 26, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
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Despite the seemingly hard divide, there are means for the two to coexist in limited ways. Low TL is less susceptible to disruption but all tech can be protected for short periods of time.

Also, Ixindar does allow for both tech and magic use, at the cost of your eternal soul :)

My own campaign is about a person who strived for exactly what you say, and the consequences of what he achieved.
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THOMAS B September 27, 2016 2:12 pm UTC
Interesting, is there any chance you could give me information on how you handled the idea in your campaign? If you would prefer, we can do private message so as to not spoil it for others. Also was that bit about Ixindar a joke or serious?
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Chris D September 27, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
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Great ideas Luke--My games have all been about mixing as well. Sometimes by choice, sometimes forced. I love the idea of characters crossing the threshold by force or by choice...when by force, it's because the players asked before hand--choice by players, forced onto characters.
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Luke W September 27, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
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Not much to say really. Mechanically, a creature of Ixindar can use magic and technology. The story element of the NPC who tried to cross the streams is mostly story but I used the DMG to create two artifacts that give effect to this in game. PCs follow the rules as written, though we have a Gimfen Techie and a Bastion Born Wizard :)
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September 10, 2016 2:44 am UTC
Got a Discount in the mail due to purchasing Ultramodern5 and the link doesn't work. I get:
INVALID DISCOUNT URL: PLEASE CHECK NOTIFICATION FOR EXPIRATION DATE AND CUSTOMER

Email didn't have an expiration date noted. Was there an expiration for this?
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Chris D September 10, 2016 2:46 am UTC
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Must have been. Contact me directly and I'll forward you a specific coupon.
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Riccardo C August 17, 2016 7:46 am UTC
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About the errata, are you planning it also as an independent file? It's really a must for people with POD
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Chris D August 17, 2016 7:48 am UTC
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Yes, it will be a independent file.
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Luke W July 27, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
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Should the Mobile Motor Armour have Enhanced Str? It seems like it should have Str 23 given the Gauntlets it has.
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Chris D July 28, 2016 4:07 am UTC
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You could make a case for that, but I wouldn't put it that high--that's for the gladiator. I'd say between 18 and 20. Errata should be out soon, BTW. :)
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Luke W July 28, 2016 4:10 am UTC
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Ta. I was going along with the Str for other Mobile Armours which seem to be either 23 or 25 in most cases. I agree that 18-20 sounds much better.
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Ismael A June 08, 2016 10:35 pm UTC
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Are you interested in handing out any review copies? I have been doing a lot of 5th edition reviews, and am interested in this title.
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Chris D July 28, 2016 4:05 am UTC
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Message my directly and I'll see what I can do.
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Luke W May 25, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
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Question on widgets: with the hard cap of 5uc of widgets per day to build items under Engineering it seems like high technology is going to be too long to build in most games even with a PC with a high Engineering skill, many widgets, and a high TL engineering kit. Techies get at least 20uc a day in widgets meaning that they need to have 4 build scheduled going at once to full utilise their ability. Am I reading this right?
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Luke W May 27, 2016 2:33 am UTC
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I see that the uc cap seems to be modified by two things:
1. You can make an Engineering Skill roll and use the result -15 is uc of widgets a day. With 5e's flat progression that would generally track less than 5 uc though.
2. You get to add +1uc for each TL your engineering kit is above the item you are making. That would generally not add more than a few uc though.

I understand why the uc cap was used as you don't need to include DCs, but 5-10 uc per days still seems unnecessarily restrictive, especially as you still need the total widgets as well.

Maybe allowing (5 x Engineering Skill roll -15) uc (min 5) may be a better way to go to allow real whizzes to make the most expensive devices.
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Luke W May 30, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
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Any word on this? Would be good to know before we star our campaign.
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Chris D May 31, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
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That should work--raise the daily limit by the character's level or alternate by making and Intelligence (Engineering) check without the the -15. However, it would be the Engineering Kit that would increase the craft speed, with each TL of the kit adding a multiplier to the investment per day (x1, x2, x3, x4, x5)
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Luke W May 31, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
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Great. I like that a lot. :)
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Trentin B May 20, 2016 7:32 am UTC
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Your forum at http://www.diasexmachina.com/Forum/ is messed up. PHP errors. Magic quotes problems. This is preventing registration. The image for the code will not display.
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Chris D May 20, 2016 7:42 am UTC
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The forum is slowly being phased out (like WOTC did). Our Facebook page (search under Dias Ex Machina) is a much better location to keep up to date.
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