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    Dave Arneson Day

    So playing SSI's Pool of Radiance is playing an RPG just like En Garde which means it is a game just like AD&D 1e. Got it.
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    Dave Arneson Day

    Basically my view that in 2022 there is now a family of roleplaying games, Storygames, CRPGs, MMORPGs, LARPS, Murder Mystery style parlor games, and so on. What makes them all roleplaying games is a there focus on the players playing characters interacting with a setting. Where they differ is...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    You and I pretty much been in agreement about this. That the focus is on players interacting with a setting with their actions adjudicated by a human referee. Basically the game has the following as the focus of the text The referee/book describes the setting (or genre) in which the...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    It was one of the first wargames to have a distinct background that the product line was built around. Star Fleet Battles was another but that was more impersonal because the base unit was a starship and its crew. Battlemechs were individually piloted. Many of the wargames that survived the...
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    R.I.P., Astral Tabletop

    How is this any different than development teams Wizards or Hasbro used in the past? It not like this team ever produced anything in the past. It is in the same boat as any other startup.
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    Dave Arneson Day

    My opinion there is a difference between what folks do with tabletop roleplaying and what folks do with wargaming when it involves a back story and individual characters. The most concrete example I can give of the different is between Battletech and the Mechwarrior RPG. Same backstory, both...
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    R.I.P., Astral Tabletop

    Also all of this assumes that the OneVTT technical team is actually competent. The explicit support of a rule set and adventures are nice but it is Dwarven Forge nice. It not necessary to the basic functionally of a VTT just as DF is not necessary for a face to face session to work. The result...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    In my neck of the woods in rural northwest PA, some (but not all) of the Judges Guilds stuff did a pretty good job supporting a more naturalistic approach to building adventure locales. Especially the City-State of the Invincible Overlord which could be run either as a funhouse or as a more...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    It is remarkable when you hear about people's campaigns when they use systems like AD&D 1e. Just how diverse they are. Far more diverse than you hear what happens with wargaming rules even if they are used as a campaign. I don't see an RPG tied to a specific genre as particularly limited...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    Except the invention of the wheel took more than just making a round disk and attaching it. It was about the invention of the axle as well and getting that you need the wheel to be loose enough to sprin but not too loose. Which is why for some parts of the world the wheel wasn't invented, or not...
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    Dave Arneson Day

    I wouldn't put it like that. It was a case where the players decided exploring a dungeon was more interesting than commanding military forces and winning the scenario. Even after they got their asses handed to them and suffered in-game consequences of being exiled from their home base of...
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    Real World Inspirations for Fantasy Locales

    For when a horizon shot is needed
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    Real World Inspirations for Fantasy Locales

    Taken while I was on a boat tour on Lake Erie.
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    Dave Arneson Day

    See I disagree that Arneson and Gygax were heirs of a continuous path. Dave Arneson development of tabletop roleplaying was inspired genius. Yes nearly every element Dave used including roleplaying itself was developed first by other people. But it was Dave who was the genius who figured out the...
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