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  • Heh. The description of the Brazilian judo club reminds me of the Bulgarian ones. Chats and "no politics" rules included. Alas, the notes about corruption and slow justice are also familiar...
    OTOH, we've got less trainees from a non-Bulgarian ethnicity, but then we've got no death squads and automatic shootings, either.
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    So,how typical is such behaviour in Brazil at large?

    And believe me, I've seen some exceptions, too.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    In my experience with karate, judo and BJJ it’s more or less the norm.
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    "More or less" yes :smile:.

    But I was asking "among people that don't necessarily train".
    And there's a new RPG being published in Bulgaria. I hope to have it by the next weekend!
    Keeping the alliteration, the title would translate as "Courageous Cronicles".
    Reworking the damage system in Strange Tales of Songling now... calling BedrockBrendan BedrockBrendan
    "Roll the Damage Dice vs. Hardiness. A 10 on the dice is always a SuccessUnless Hardiness<10, it also counts as 1 Extra Success"
    Damage vs. Hardiness Results:
    No successes: Scratched
    1 Succ.: Wounded
    2 Succ: Crippled
    3 Succ: Incapacitated
    4 Succ: Dying
    5 Succ: Dead.
    6 Succ: Overkilled. "
    Self-explanatory.
    BedrockBrendan
    BedrockBrendan
    I would personally put crippling after dying, because you can recover from dying, but crippling seems like permanent condition. Just a personal choice.
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    You can recover from Crippling, too, and recovery from a wound that sent you Dying takes the same time at best, or usually, longer. It just sounds misleading, I guess?
    BTW, I've had a folk "manual healer" setting my shoulder straight already, so yes, I'm pretty sure you can recover from pretty much anything but paralysis or death.
    BedrockBrendan
    BedrockBrendan
    By crippling I thought you meant losing an arm or being blinded. If that is the case, then I think what you have is fine
    I just found there's lots of youtube videos explaining "how to play tabletop RPGs". Probably not news to many people, but it was news to me.
    The Search engine is kicking my ass...who had recommended the Agents of P.U.N.C.H. RPG in a recent post?
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    spittingimage
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    No? I wrote the game and posted it on Reddit and my blog. It might have been Frothsof, as far as I know no-one else links to me.
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    Wait, no. I posted a link here.

    Sorry. Wife is away, so today is my drinking day.
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    *Don't read this! It's me having a downer!*

    Today, I got to a new level of understanding of the phrase "feeling down like an abused doggie"...yes, made up by the yours truly.

    Tl;dr - there are times when life sucks.

    OK, that's enough misery tourism for today! Now let's talk about RPGs instead!
    Is anyone else considering to drop the dice for good?
    ...I don't think that trying to be upbeat worked as planned^^!
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    Baeraad
    Awww. What's getting you down, man? :sad:
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    Family issues :shade:.
    Seriously, man, you don't need to read that. I'm not sure whether even talking about it is doing me any good.
    :sad: ...A second locked thread in a month. Same pattern of a couple of entitled users (nobody can guess which two I am thinking about) feeling their precious feelings were offended:shade:.
    I'm almost starting to understand Pundit, despite his lack of taste when it comes to basic mechanics :devil:!
    I'm spending more and more time on the BG gamebook forum...as opposed to the RPG forums. I'm even discussing RPGs there.
    Why? The community is better.
    ...And I guess that kinda explains why I'm at the Pub, too, instead of at some bigger forums that shall remain unnamed?
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    Will have to look this up as I didn't even know it existed! Do you have a link to the best area for debate?
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    Writing my own gamebook began a couple hours ago.
    My plans to start with a short, simple story suffered a crucial setback less than 10 minutes later. Maybe I should write the short story separately?
    It's a wuxia game, BTW, I guess nobody's surprised. For starters, I'm planning to make it a "pick your character" game.
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    i write it like I prepare for my sessions, though. So it's some hard work, but not that much, and shouldn't take long!
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    But unless you read Bulgarian, I'd advise you to use this link... well, it should work.
    Most people there speak fluent English, but by no means all.
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    Still, nothing says you couldn't start a thread :smile:! Though it took me some time to find how to register...if you click on a thread that's not locked and the "register" button is found between the posts :grin:!
    I'm reading the (unpublished) system "Cathay's Art of Roleplaying". Hmm...if there's a precursor to LotW, that was probably it:grin:!
    TristramEvans
    TristramEvans
    I was fascinated by that one in the early aughts, but long since lost track of it (used to be on an Alta-vista website)
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    Altavista? It seemed like some HK university to me!
    Traveller:
    #1: UPP: 6569AB
    Terms: 6
    Career: Bureaucrat (Asst. Manager)
    Brawling-2, Computer-1, Handgun-1, Instruction-1, Interrogation-1, Large Blade-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1, Trader-1, Wheeled Vehicle-1

    #2:UPP: 65AAA8
    Bureaucrat, 2 terms
    Brawling-2, Jack-of-all-Trades-2, Carousing-1, Interrogation-1, Computer-0, Grav Vehicle-0, Handgun-0

    ...In the 3I, bureaucrats settle differences in Mortal Kombat?
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    Also their skills at actual bureaucracy are sorely lacking. I love Traveller chargen but it doesn’t always crank out lifelike characters.
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    I disagree. Actually, I know bureaucrats that fit this description!
    "Every woman lives with a saboteur in herself - one who has the voice of her mom."

    Ingmar Bergman
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    While it's possible that he was right, I can't be help notice that he, by virtue of being a he, was not actually in a position to know for sure. :tongue:

    Though the reverse is certainly true - a lot of men really do seem to live with the ghost of their fathers looking over their shoulders...
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    He was married five times. If any man would know...:smile:
    "The geeneration that made the French Revolution possible was animated by a naive confidence in the future" - Charles Seignobos.
    Now: can you create a campaign around this quote:grin:?
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    The Butcher
    Of course! Especially if it’s the source of naïveté that gets Madame Guillotine working overtime.
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    I see I'm not the only one thinking along those lines, then :smile: !
    "Ofrecer amistad al que pide amor , es como dar pan al que muere de sed."
    -Spanish proverb that I plan to use in a game some time.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Perfect for a session of the Capitán Alatriste RPG.
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    Yes, or Aquelarre:smile:.

    Alas, I don't have Capitan Alatriste (yet) and am not running Aquelarre. Yet;).

    But there's always fantasy folks that might use a proverb or two to make them more distinct. So I'm taking notes.

    Originally, I tried going for Chinese proverbs, but way too many that I found are actually proverbs all players are likely to know as Bulgarian ones, which would send the wrong signal to the players.
    My longest-standing player-avoiding-social-interactions is now building her crime empire. And she's having fun.
    In Kirighast. As a heroic mortal. Using Cepheus Engine.
    More details here:
    Huh. I just realized what bothers me so much in some gaming systems where you just roll dice without many tactical options in the book (OD&D, for example).
    Namely, they are actually serving a storyteller player's purposes better than mine. "Just tell me what happens next!" vs "Let me see how I might impact the outcome!"
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    The idea that “GM rulings = storytelling”
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    ...of course, there's no such idea in my post.
    "Systems where you can just roll some dice to hit, some dice to damage, and resolve the fight without losing much, serve a storyteller player ("Just tell me what appens next!") much better than it serves me"? Now, that idea is indeed contained inside. But it's, like, the exact opposite!
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Happy to be mistaken here. But expedient resolution is desirable for most players, not just the “storyteller” type. If anything it’s the stickler for detail that’s the outlier.
    I see (in Lidl): "Working for us, you get paid for every minute of overtime".
    I read: "You won't get paid for a single minute during which you weren't working".
    I know: I'm a Referee.
    We have been seeing the effects of the stiltifying influence of Disney in RPG settings as well... and frankly: I doubt Disney would be ever broken, but we can at least chase it from our tables.
    The Butcher
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    Voros
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    I thought this was a good piece but his comparison to the Studio Period in Hollywood is a bit off as classic Hollywood produced a wide range of diverse films.
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    Shipyard Locked
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    This sounds like it could be an interesting thread. What effect of Disney have you noticed on settings?
    Interrupted the session last night due to a player making a fuss*...is that a trend or what:smile:?

    *Over her plan to escape all pursuit, after acquiring a powerful magical item (that at least 3 other people are searching for) kinda failed. Well, she escaped 2 out of 3, but obviously that wasn't good enough.
    So what am I supposed to do if the NPC chick has "owns a flying reptile mount" in her inventory notes;)?
    I'm even more grateful that I discovered the Pub with its no politics rule.
    Now it seems other hobby communities are following the lead of TBP...as a positive example. How is it positive is beyond me, frankly.
    But, well, Guardian article says a knitting community followed suit.
    Just had my first PC death in over a decade, I think. Well, it might be a bit less, I'd need to check.
    Dumarest Dumarest almost manages to make OD&D fun, but the mechanics really are working against him, IMNSHO.
    I mean...he's running his CT and D6 Swords and Planet (Star Wars) games in the exact same "pulpy high-octane action with a mix of dry humour and pranks" style. But they work much more smoothly, IME.
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    Not rude, but merely logical. The game wouldn't be improved by also becoming slow to resolve. Quite the opposite.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Waah, waah, my PC got killed. Man up and roll a new one, brah. :grin:
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    Hey, I have already! But such an event deserved some mention!
    After the seminar...looking at my newly-obtained certificates.
    Funny, I just got 3 certificate for having trained 16 hours. If I was to get as many for the previous 20 years, I'd need a huge binder!
    This week-end in Sofia: Seminar with Carlos Machado (BJJ), Chuck Canete (Doce Pares Escrima) and Lubomir Yordanov (JKD). Total of 16 hours with the 3 masters:smile:.
    Anyone feeling a slight tinge of envy, perchance:wink:?
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    As a bonus, I'm only going to pay tonight. I think that option was only open for those that know the organizers personally, though. (The guy who's teaching my Wing Chun is one of them).
    Session canceled tonight. Two players started arguing about which one plays her character right. And I really wasn't in the mood for listening* to this!
    So I told them I've got a headache, and cancelled it.

    *It seems like they would be the only ones, but then they are the most regular ones:grin:!
    It seems I'm tired enough that for once, practice hour is approaching and I've got no desire to go. That sucks.
    4-armed insectoid demons for Flashing Blades.
    Natural Armour 2/eye attack or cephalothorax hit avoids armor, stunned on 3+ damage in the head/cephalothorax and 5+ in the body, 14 HP for smaller ones, 16 HP for bigger ones, Combat Expertise14, lunge attack damage 6, or 12 if they have had 1 round to "load up for the jump". Can Attack, but not Counter as 1 action w/h 2 apendages, but take -1 on both attacks).
    Done.
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    For the record, I actually wrote this up as an example of how easy it is to improvise creatures and stats for games like Flashing Blades and Traveller. And I maintain that it is extremely quick, as long as you have an idea of what they'd look like from an In Character POV.
    The longest part of writing this up was writing up the hit locations.
    I thought about writing a love letter to Traveller. I just didn't know how to begin...
    But then the system looked back at me, and told me "don't worry, I know".
    And it seems to not mind me cheating with some d100, d6 dicepool, d20 roll under, and step dice* systems!

    *I've grown more pickly lately. Guess I'm getting more set in my ways?
    Today I finally:
    -Started playtesting BarterTown.
    -Dealt with the bank AND BackerKit at once. I was about to swear that DCC Lankhmar is cursed to not get my money: when the bank was in condition, BackerKit kept me logged out. And vice versa.
    -Am writing from my laptop again!
    Some recent events* leads me to wonder: have events in your campaigns ever become sources of new in-setting words:grin:?

    *Brexit is becoming a verb in Russian, it seems. But I'm not going to comment on this - let's stick to RPGs, please!
    YES! Finally got to start a campaign where I'm a player!
    It's Cepheus Engine, repurposed for fantasy. And my PC has 4 out of 5 Psychic Talents (no Telekinesis, which I didn't want anyway).
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    What do you mean? I'm not sure I like the meaning of this term that I found with a Google search! (Besides, I'm like the opposite of every single quality it was listing...)

    Also, I didn't twink it out. I just asked the Referee whether she would mind me paying for Psychic training, and then got lucky on the Talents rolls.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Accusation made in jest. Fuck the internet for not conveying tone.
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    Ahem, I know it was in jest. I just decided it would be funny to pretend I don't understand what you mean...because I Googled only "twink" first, not "twink rpg".
    There were large differences in the results, let me tell you:grin:!
    Aaand... my players decided that we're continuing with Flashing Blades for now. Because apparently converting the characters to an osr 2d6 system was too time-consuming when I am not helping!
    I'm fine with that^^.
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