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  • Choosing between D&D (ACKS) and Runequest (Mythras) is like having to choose between bourbon or scotch.
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    Bourbon bourbon bourbon!
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    Dunno, man, scotch's got the whole complexity thing going on for it. ACKS is pretty complex too. Maybe scotch vs. scotch is a better analogy? Speyside vs. Islay?
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    Bourbon bourbon bourbon!
    Which series should I get into? Gentlemen Bastards or Prince of Nothing? Hyperion Cantos or Zones of Thought? (Feel free to suggest others)
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    I'll suggest some others to help with the indecision. :grin:
    Stephen Saylor's "Roma Sub Rosa" Series (15 books)
    Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Stories" Series (10 books)
    Bernard Cornwell's "Warlord Chronicles" Trilogy (absolutely awesome, Loz and Pete are big fans of Cornwell, Mythic Britain is inspired by this series)
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    Personally, I'd start with Gentlemen Bastards, Prince of Nothing might be worth all the accolades, but I have a healthy skepticism towards Ubermensch protagonists.
    TLJ is good. It’s no TESB or R1, but it’s much better than TFA (=big dumb ANH remake). A few good twists. Script could be tighter.
    Mythras with Monster Island, or ACKS with Sinister Stone of Sakkara?
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    @K_Peterson oh, it’s good. It’s vanilla D&D and a clear homage to B2 but with more structure and a strong Conanesque flair.
    K_Peterson
    K_Peterson
    That might entice me to check it out.
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    Mythras w/Monster Island - tons of stuff to do, yet still self-contained, with the option to open up other vistas via the Smoking Mirrors if you feel like expanding.

    Sakkara they will finish at some point, and you’re moving on to an ACKS campaign.
    Got dragged into a politically motivated altercation at a Brazilian OSR forum. Quit the place in disgust. Fuck. Thank God for the Pub.
    A friend just sent me the previews from the Changeling: the Lost 2nd edition KS. Damn, it's looking good.
    Caipirinhas and a balmy Rio evening. I may have gotten tipsy and promised half my gaming group to run Mythras for them.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    You damn well should. Let me know when you do!
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    I can think of far worse things to find out you did the morning after. Of course, in Rio I can think of far better as well. :grin:
    Damn, the current OSR Bundle of Holding looks great. Nightmares Underneath, Gathox, Dragon Kings... C&C ones look good too.
    Baulderstone
    Baulderstone
    It is one of the bundles where the only thing that upsets me is that I already own almost every book in it. It is a great collection.
    Parsing SWN2 beta. I love CT/MgT/Cepheus but it's so dead set on its default setting and gameplay. SWN is a humongous toybox.
    Ever had that feeling where you have a good image of what you want your next campaign setting to look like, but can't actually write it?
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    Maybe this is why people over at RPGnet had "setting riff" threads? I'll get one going.
    Stevethulhu
    Stevethulhu
    Only on a day that has a Y in the name
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    A better question would be have I ever NOT had that feeling. I never seem to get it all down in just the right way. I think good GMs are probably overly critical of themselves. When you got players who keep asking you to run stuff and always want to come back for more you're doing good, even if you always think it could have been better.
    World War Cthulhu is all for grit and historicity, but scrubbing the Nazis totally free of Mythos involvement? Bummer. Great resource, tho
    K_Peterson
    K_Peterson
    Achtung! Cthulhu would probably be closer to the mark for you.
    Shipyard Locked
    Shipyard Locked
    To be fair, 'nazis + real occult powarz' has been done to death. Maybe they were trying to be different.
    CRKrueger
    CRKrueger
    Hmm, that almost seems immersion-breaking. I mean if you assume default Mythos assumptions, ie. the Cthulhu Mythos is the "reality" behind all earth magic traditions, then there's no way the Nazi Occult research, which we know for a fact they engaged in, wouldn't be somehow involved with the Mythos. It's literally not possible.
    I like D&D5 much better than I expected, but can't for the life of me think of a cool campaign to run with it.
    Tommy Brownell
    Tommy Brownell
    I improvised a ton in the supposed railroad that was the Tyranny of Dragons campaign. The first half is harder to do it with (and I still did it, I just want to be clear) because the group is thrown into the fire right off and it basically takes until the end of the first book for them to really get a breather where the Cult of the Dragon is not explicitly breathing down their necks.
    Tommy Brownell
    Tommy Brownell
    The second half is much more open as the group establishes a home base and a war council to go after the Cult. It's worth noting that most of the things the group does throughout the campaign is also a political balancing act between the factions of the war council and determines how much or how little they support the group in the endgame.
    Tommy Brownell
    Tommy Brownell
    The only downside is that the support is kind of mechanically glossed over, but I improvised it well.

    Those are the only adventure books for 5e that I own.
    No matter how many great games I get to know, Rifts — a game I haven't played in years — remains in my mind. The Golden Age of RPGs is 13?
    Google+ drama over what?
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    The Butcher
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    Baulderstone posted a link under my status, just below. But the Cliff's Notes is Zak being an abrasive douche yet again, only this time getting an active, creative OSR person to ragequit G+.
    Johnny Blade
    Johnny Blade
    Whose Waifu's the purest.
    Major drama flare-up over at Google+. Anyone else following this?
    Sword & Sorcery Campaign: The Spider God's Bride
    I have been GMing this play by post campaign for about 7 months and I'd like to invite you to play with us on a site called Tavern-Keeper. It's been going quite well. We're looking to add two new characters and Raleel recommended you. Let me know something, or if you have any questions or concerns I'd be delighted to discuss them with you.
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    Thank you so much for the invitation! Unfortunately I cannot commit right now owing to hectic work and family schedules. Your game sounds amazing! Best of luck with it, have fun! :smile:
    In my mind right now: Werewolf: the Forsaken.
    Shipyard Locked
    Shipyard Locked
    Apocalypse hits too close to home for the blaze of glory to feel good. In Masquerade you and all the other fictional vamps deserve a personal apocalypse, but the environment is getting shit on in real life and doesn't deserve it.
    The Butcher
    The Butcher
    But at least you get a little catharsis, ripping apart the foot soldiers of corruption.
    Shipyard Locked
    Shipyard Locked
    But in Forsaken you get to be a badass who makes a difference until you hopefully hand the world over to the next generation of badasses. There is a future and it has a chance of being decent. Not utopian, but not Wyrm-hell either.
    Currently on a "leave" of sorts from tabletop gaming (and severely sleep deprived), but happy to read, plan and talk about games!
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