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  • I just read the description of the "Queen of Martian Catacombs" and the changes made to the original story to turn it into "The Secret of Sinharat". Still torn which one I like better...but they also show well the two different approaches to RPG Refereeing.
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    AsenRG
    What are the differences?
    "Queen of the Martian Catacombs" has the more romantic, one would almost say "narrative", ending... it is also the better story, IMO. That editor knew his job.
    "The Secret of Sinharat" is much more believable and overall, what I strive for in an RPG.

    Bottom line? Earth-shaking conclusions? Nope. Nothing of the sorts! I just like Leigh Brackett, that's all:grin:!
    Voros
    Voros
    I know there are sometimes significant differences between her magazine and book versions. Having read all of her fantasy in books I should seek out the magazine versions.
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    Started BJJ. I don't expect to ever have an use for most of the ground moves on the street...but it's as much fun as I remember it to be, the trainer and the group are nice, and I'm getting in shape.
    By which I mean "lost about 2,6 kgs in three practice sessions". I kid you not.
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    AsenRG
    Also, it seems I'm now 5 kgs down.
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    AsenRG
    Today's account: I'm 5,6-6kgs down, depending on which numbers you trust. Not bad after skipping practice for 5 days to go to my country house:grin:!
    Also of note: first ankle hyperextension, ahoy:shade:!
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    AsenRG
    New update - I'm now 12,6 kgs down:devil:!
    And now I've got a rashguard with a 17th-19th century Bulgarian revolutionary on it. I bet most of you haven't seen such a model!
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    TristramEvans
    TristramEvans
    Some aloe vera should clear that up...
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    AsenRG
    Except I actually like the picture, if you mean "removing the picture".
    If you mean "removing a rash", I ain't got one. I got a rash-guard in order to prevent one from appearing in the first place:thumbsup:.
    I have a new "favourite product" now:

    *drumroll*
    "A facemask...with a p*ssy on the inside", to quote the description!

    And since that's me, I'm now wondering how to use something similar as a detail for a NPC:shade:!
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    AsenRG
    No, Voros Voros - I didn't buy it, if that's what you were wondering about:grin:! But it is a funny detail to add to a contemporary/future game. And if anyone asks it actually exists!
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    I just managed to retell Heinlein's Time Enough for Love in less then a page. The amazing thing is how useful the word "fuck" was in that exercise:grin:!
    Also, when it comes to survival, Lazarus is like many of my PCs. When it comes to family, not quite.
    It's amazing to watch the reaction to the nuT$R expressing some opinions held by the majority of people in my country.
    But this ain't about the opinions themselves, thanks to Rule 0. I'm just wandering what a native Tekumelian would feel like listening to the talk in a pub in Golarion or the Forgotten Realms!
    That might be a campaign idea, or at least an idea for a Traveller PC:grin:!
    Some worlds in the 3I are different.
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    AsenRG
    OK, the continuation of the thread and it spilling in an unrelated thread makes that observation even funnier.
    I wonder suspect what the reaction would be if I was to create a world for Traveller where "gender" is a curseword...
    Like, you know, it has become one where I live:devil:!
    Exalted using 2d6:
    -Choose Caste. This should give you the equivalent of 2 skills (skills shall be more broadly defined than Exalted proper).
    -Choose Hobby (more narrowly applicable)
    -Choose Talents.
    -Choose 1-3 Traits. Yes, the number is rolled.
    Resolution: roll 2d6. For every single of the above that applies, add +3 if you're Celestial, +2 for Terrestrial/God-blooded? and +1 for Heroic Mortals.
    The GM roll opposed.
    Reading the thread about the Coyote & Crow impending fias...err, I mean, KS campaign :grin: !
    Am I the only one getting a strong Far West feel from it?
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    TristramEvans
    TristramEvans
    lol, we can check back in ten years and see...
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    AsenRG
    Well, I think a mere 5 years would still count. Can you add a timer to the forum's software:grin:?
    Second anti-COVID (Pfizer) shot delivered. And moving towards adding a fifth name to my IL here.
    "Part of assuming everyone is an adult is assuming you can handle people having different tastes than you, disliking games and mechanics that you like, and in general expressing statements you disagree with. It shouldn't matter to you this much."
    Wait, TristramEvans TristramEvans do you mean I shouldn't care some people might actually like D&D? But they're obviously WRONG:devil:!
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    AsenRG
    Alas, yes.
    Ravenswing
    Ravenswing
    Yeah. Gaming forums are full of people who would be mortally offended if they were told something was wrong with them because of the type of music they liked, the sports they preferred to follow, the foods they found tasty or the pets they preferred (or not) to keep ... but have ZERO problem with raining hate down onto others for the exact ways they differ playing make-pretend games. Man do I hate tribalism.
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    AsenRG
    To be fair, the discussions on the Pub go more like:
    "You're playing differently, but whateverrocks your boat. It's just not entirely applicable to my gaming."
    "How dare you say I'm playing differently?!?"
    THE MAT IS IN MY LIVING ROOM!!!!!
    TRAVELLER 4 IS ON A SALE FOR $2 at DrivetTHRU!
    And now I've bought myself all the Traveller editions that I wanted...which is pretty much all of them, bar three.
    0802 - incorporating a sex toy in RPG resolution is actually fun:devil:!
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    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Oh shit, I KNEW you were spinning a dildo when I read that post. That doesn’t even make sense, I hate you more than high-concept storygames.
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    AsenRG
    Actually no, no posts were made in relation to the dido use. I just used it for task/conflict resolution:devil:!
    The advantages of playing with SOs!
    I was going to start a thread about a campaign idea, and then I realized that I've already got the best system for it: Mythras:shade:!

    What campaign idea, you're asking? Does it matter:grin:?
    OK, now I have a problem. Does anyone know of a martial arts/wuxia game published in the last decade and inspired by Legends of the Wulin?
    I have bought it, but I can't remember the name, and thus can't re-read it:grin:!


    The game in question is Dragon Pool. I opened my external memories, literally, and found it on one of them:shade:!
    Now I'm off to re-read it.
    Today 21-11-2020 might well become known as "the day when my group broke up". We'll see... but I'm not sure whether I'd even try to change that. Or whether I should.
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    AsenRG
    Eh, guys, no need to worry. There are other groups as well, I hear D&D even has something of a following... :shade:

    And if there aren't any that fit my time slots and preferences, I might try to join an overseas group over Internet. Or do more PbP. Or just use the spare time to get in shape.

    Or whatever. But I always survive, and don't even plan to stop playing :gunslinger:!
    My boss died from Covid-19 yesterday.
    R.I.P., Maxim Mintchev!
    "(E)xercise began in ancient times to train soldiers to fight and also became the privilege of elites, its popularity exploded during the industrial revolution to help growing legions of clerks, bankers, administrators and other white-collar workers who needed to find new ways to move." - David E. Lieberman for "Guardian"
    I just ordered a print copy of Fight! 2nd Edition!
    Turns out it was part of my KS pledge...

    And I'd received the pledge code (printed by Drivethru) in May. I just never noticed it, until I got to cleaning up my e-mail (a Deed worthy of Herakles)!

    I'm just glad the code wasn't set to expire. That's all I'm saying.
    I'm now looking for a basic mechanic that allows me to express physical qualities, skill, experience and self-confidence different ways. Synergy is close, but not quite there...
    I don't know what amazes me more: that GMing poetry exists now, or that I participated in its creation:grin:!
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    AsenRG
    Oh, and can you guess what had prompted it?


    Problems with players. Those who guessed right can pat themselves on their respective backs!
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    Séadna
    Séadna
    The retroclone they play is very simple and truncated (I did a google translate on it a while back) so they'd be as shocked at full 6E I'd say. Yeah basically it's like GORE.

    I actually can't find any hard data on the industry there at all to be honest. This is all from Steam and face to face chats with Chinese gamers (and others who've chatted with them)
    Séadna
    Séadna
    I should add that GURPS is the biggy in Taiwan
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    AsenRG
    That settles it: I should have been born in Asia:grin:!
    I'm starting to like Roman-era games more and more. Should I make this my next Refereeing Trademark? The current ones are Wuxia/Kung-fu/Martial Arts, Swashbuckling, S&S, Cyberpunk and Mysteries. And I'm trying to add SF as well, but I need more work.

    As a bonus, there's some great d100-based Roman games: Mythras Rome and Maelstrom Rome:grin:!
    Peter the Sane
    Peter the Sane
    Just started a Heroic Greece game - the Classical ans Archaic peroiods have a great vibe, full pantheons and mythical beings.
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    AsenRG
    I am somewhat less of a fan of some aspects of Mythic Greece. But it's complicated.

    Mythic Roman Politics, however, are universally nice for a campaign!
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    I would love to run Mythic Rome one of these days. Ah well.
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    I persuaded our GM to run another CoC adventure for me. It turned out to be a tournament module! Huh, didn't know there were CoC tournament modules.
    Name was something like "something weird in LA".

    I lost all of 3 SAN and no HP soloing it. Yeah, everybody dies in CoC, sure!
    My PC, however, ended up in good health, and exactly 400 times as rich as when he started.
    How would I have rated?
    Discovered recently: I can actually do the "pistol squat" on one of my legs (but I need something to support me on one side). The other leg needs to build just a bit more strength before that (and obviously I need more balance on both, because I need the side support to avoid toppling).
    Life with kids teaches you a lot.
    What do you do when you create your own NPC Enemy and realize that he can easily take on anyone one level of experience above you (and win)?
    Personally, I prepare for fun times ahead.
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