"(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'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!
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.
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 ?
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.
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?
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... 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?
Or might that be because applying it outside of a life-and-death situation would lead to doing hard time? Though questions!
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?
"This is the story of how, in order to grasp what makes Brazilians tick, I first had to learn Japanese," writes journalist Sebastian Smith at the end of a three-year posting to Brazil. "And how in the process I broke a toe, dislocated a finger, sprained most things, bruised the others, made...
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.
Reworking the damage system in Strange Tales of Songling now... calling 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. "
...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.
I'm almost starting to understand Pundit, despite his lack of taste when it comes to basic mechanics !
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?
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.