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  • "(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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    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
    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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    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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    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.
    Planning to play Fractured Kingdom with a solo engine (houseruled by me, but including parts from the WoD Solo engine, Mythic and CRGE). The first PC is going to be a Verdant guy with a knack for languages. Still now sure what the second PC is going to be.
    ...how "dead" is a Grave Lucid's body? Rotting? Fully functional except it feels less pain? Something in-between?
    Certified Certified :devil: ?
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    Raoh... clearly a name such as that would master every style. (If this is a fist of the North Star reference.) But the build I used at cons was all power based. ;)
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    Power? As in, specifically Lucid/Dark abilities? That might take me a while... but challenge taken!
    Certified
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    First Daughter got her first sword/saber lesson today. It was nice, she's taking well to the steps and almost didn't hit the floor with the downwards strikes!
    First Son got his first sword/saber lesson as well. He only hit himself once, so it's good for him as well!
    Of course, they're 7 and 3, so I wasn't hard on them. And they were using adult-sized bokken.
    We needed a warm-up before MA practice.
    #martialartsinrpgs
    It seems that the first supplement I buy for any game is always the martial arts/fencing one. Bought Trinity when it was discounted, got Fists of Flux to go with it!
    Are there others like me:grin:?
    Amusingly, I don't consider martial arts to a mystical thing (unless it's part of a setting where it's true). It's just "advanced fighting techniques for people willing to spend lots of time on them".
    Tonight, I found something that I've been taught as "a secret technique". Turns out, it's on YouTube already...:grin:
    Granted, the really secret part is the follow-up, which is missing. But I guess the reason is that it's forbidden by MT rules:tongue:?
    Or might that be because applying it outside of a life-and-death situation would lead to doing hard time:shade:? Though questions!
    Reading the Witchcraft/AFMBE RPG. Still wondering why this game isn't more popular. Stuff like that's objectively worse has more traction:thumbsup:!
    Tommy Brownell
    Tommy Brownell
    It was fairly popular in its day. Somewhat overshadowed by the slightly sexier Cinematic Unisystem (which also had licenses like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Army of Darkness attached to it). The company being allll but dead hinders it these days, as gamers seemingly either need the constant influx of new and shiny, or it needs to be the game they cut their teeth on.
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    Yeah...alas, there's something true in your statement regarding gamers these days!
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    My son is currently playing Dead or Alive 6.
    The difficulty is equal to his age, rounding down:shade:.
    I just found an AMA with Kevin Crawford. My respect for the guy only grew (along with my self-respect, because I've been trying to convince people of some of his points for literally years....but that's another topic)!
    And he even mentioned ME! "People are buying my games without any intention to use the system, because of the sandbox tools"... that's me, right:grin:?
    Voros
    Voros
    Ditto, I really like Scarlet Heroes and need to get Spears of the Dawn which looks awesome but for SWN and Godbound I prefer everything but the core system actually! I mean it's okay but it's not as good as all the other material.
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    Séadna
    AsenRG it's time you knew. You're a clone of Crawford developed deep in Endless Flight's bot lab.
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    Me? But I'm sure I'm actually a clone of Pete Nash or Lawrence Whitaker! The other one is Raleel Raleel after all:grin:!
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    The one-shot was a success. The only PC, Tesla girl, prevented the spread of the Corona virus (with the help of the Mole Swordsman, the Flying Monk and the Healing Duo...and came to regret it:shade:.
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    First time trying to get to an online FB event. And now it turns out it's too complicated for me?
    I knew FB cannot be trusted:grin:!
    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
    spittingimage
    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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    Rich H
    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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    Baeraad
    Baeraad
    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:
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