BreadProduct wrote:What does "As Per Physical Tribe" mean in the tribes books?
Y'know, I was looking through the new and improved books I picked up (gotta' explain the system to a friend), and I got confused, much of it being over what it seems you're confused over.
Strangely enough, the first edition books had a much better way of explaining things, despite there being a lot of cross-referencing.
You essentially started with an Earth-bound. These ponies got access to the Earth-Bound and Unique Destiny traits.
You could then trade away the Earth-Bound trait to become any of the other "Main" or "Physical" tribes: Unicorn, Pegasus, Zebra, Ghost Pony, Sea Horse, or
Short Leg. These, plus Earth-Bound ponies, were your "races," and you had to pick one.
From there, if you so chose, you could also trade away your Unique Destiny trait to pick up Chaos Hunter, Clockwork, Doppelganger, Gem Pony, or
Tribe of Bones. These were your "subraces" of pony, and they were all optional.
*(Leatherwings read like a "Physical" tribe, though it didn't specifically mention giving up the Earth-Bound trait. Anteans mentioned sacrificing the Earth-Bound trait as though it were a "Physical" tribe, though the stat block referenced the "parent race" as though it were among the subraces of pony. I assume both of these were errata'd.)
Now, I don't know if the revised core book lays all this out like it used to, but the stat blocks in the revised Tribes of Everglow do less cross-referencing, but in confusing ways. The "Main" and "Physical" tribes are specifically distinct from each other, and their stat blocks read as though complete - so trading away Earth-Bound is already done for you - but every single "Spiritual" tribe lists the Earth-Bound trait while referencing the parent tribes' stat modifiers. It reads like every member of a "Spiritual" tribe is an Earth-Bound that gets to pick and choose which stat modifiers it wants to use.
As an example, as far as it reads to me, Doppelgangers can pick the Unicorn stat modifiers, but they'll never have a horn or the accompanying abilities.
Now which version is right?