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Old 02-09-2018, 07:42 PM   #1
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One of the PCs in my Fantasy game is a blacksmith Metal Control (Cosmetic), which she uses to make translucent, super-high DR visors for the PCs' armor.

It's not hugely unbalancing, but when everyone is cranking around in DR 12 armor except for their DR 5 eyeslits and then suddenly the PCs don't have eyeslits at all, it's a little weird. Especially since the PCs are supposed to be relative novices at magic and the Evil Magic Empire hasn't thought of this trick.
Note for persons who assume Magic-as-Powers is always better balanced than standard Magic if you do that trick the old fashioned way (Transparency Enchantment) it's 400 energy and not particularly cheap at all.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Surprising unbalance....

Cosmetic changes are only permanent if they're inherently stable. Steel can't be made transparent, so it can't be permanent. If I'm reading Control correctly, that is.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Surprising unbalance....

I'm not convinced that making metal thick enough to give DR transparent is cosmetic.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:35 PM   #4
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Spun this off of a discussion in Roleplaying in General because this is pretty gritty GURPS content.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: Making metal transparent

I agree Cosmetic shouldn't do the job here.
That makes minor changes like changing the tint.
I would borrow a tip from Create which uses Cosmic, +50% to make Essential elements.
A +50% Transparency enhancement seems to fit the utility level.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:57 PM   #6
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Wow, in my climate, transparent metal eye coverings on helmets would be useless the lion's share of the year, due to fogging/icing.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:12 PM   #7
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Checking specific heat, glass is actually worse than iron. So I'd assume that such transparent plates wouldn't fog more than a pair of glass glasses.
Annoying but not incapacitating.

I don't remember my first glass pairs ever icing over much even when below zero Fahrenheit.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:19 PM   #8
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Checking specific heat, glass is actually worse than iron
...but the glasses arenít set into a steel bucket youíre wearing on your head and breathing in.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:29 PM   #9
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:32 PM   #10
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Not steel, true, and wearing them embedded in a tight ski mask did cause some issues.
But most such fogging incidents were from moving outside to inside or vice versa.
Do you or anyone else here have experience wearing large low specific heat items around the head in cold weather?
Would a welder's mask work, because I imagine someone on the forums has one lying around? Calling all Canadian welders! lol

(I'm fighting something off right now, so I may post extra goofy for a while.)
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