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    Ever used one game's mechanics to run a different game's setting? If so, what game(s), and why?

    In my case HERO was a local game company born in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo, CA), so I've always assumed that my experience was skewed by some home team advantage at the local conventions. Chaosium also seemed well represented even during their barely keeping the doors open stage, and...
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    Ever used one game's mechanics to run a different game's setting? If so, what game(s), and why?

    HERO player, so yeah done a fair bit of this. Used GURPS a few times as well, but HERO remained more popular with the groups I played with. What largely stands out was using Justice Inc and Danger International to run some modules from Call of Cthulhu, Top Secret and Aftermath, as well as...
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    If well done I find they can be more useful in the context of an RPG. Something like a readers guide to middle earth is full of setting info, but a game like The One Ring will often focus on the stuff that is most helpful in a game, Also their interpretations into their system can be helpful...
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    Yeah, I'm happy to see they seem to be looking at everything and then adapting in a way that makes sense and / or more interesting. I'd still love to see them slip something into the synthetics write up to suggest a tie in to Blade Runner and its replicants.
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    I haven't seen that before although have heard it existed and was cut. I read the book years ago (like shortly after the movie came out) and it has a similar scene where Ripley finds the rest of the crew. I remembered that they had been implanted by face huggers rather than made into eggs, but...
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    Ok, so they got to this. It has been implied that the xeno in Alien was capable of laying eggs, suggesting any xeno could develop into a queen. This interpretation works for me, as this is sort of how bees work (they can turn a regular egg into a queen egg if something happens to the queen) but...
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    Games You've Always Wanted to Play In, But Never Got the Chance

    Big problem with TMNT that we found was the game isn't well balanced and there is a huge bias to playing turtles. It was rather frustrating if you wanted to play something else like a Frog, or a Weasel. Not too bad if you went with something massive like a grizzly bear or rhino, but turtles were...
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    Favorite Post-Apocalyptic Game?

    Funny thing with Aftermath, it really wasn't nearly as complex as they tried to make it seem. We never used the flow chart, it was unnecessary and just added to the impression of being complicated. I think Aftermath just happened to come out at a time where people were looking for charts and...
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    Favorite Post-Apocalyptic Game?

    Well as my favorite genre I have a few favorites, although most of them eventually drifted over to HERO or GURPS for the actual system. Aftermath The Morrow Project Twilight 2000 (1st ed's Cold war turned hot timeline, not a fan of 2nd's revised post Cold war history except for the MERC 2000...
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    Games You've Always Wanted to Play In, But Never Got the Chance

    Over the years I've had the opportunity to play most of the games I'd really like to try at least a little bit. I'll second Gronan's Pendragon. I've played MERP, but I'd like to play The One Ring or at least Adventures in Middle Earth. I like the idea of playing in real middle earth instead...
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    The Lesser Known TSR Games

    Interesting, I had the boxed versions of both (unfortunately long since lost) but didn't recall the connection to TSR. Steve Jackson has had the rights to Awful Green Things for some time now and has issued it in several formats. Snits was amusing, but I liked AGTFOS better. It would actually...
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    Run Out The Guns

    Blast your scurvy soul, I've been avoiding their KSs due to the two large boxes of minis I got from KS 1&2. Willpower has been holding, but thar be Pirates you say? These are great, I bought several packs when the Savage Worlds pirate game came out.
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    Speaking of Hudson... I think it is great that one possible result of a failed stress roll is "come get some" action. Demonstrated here by Hudson who is losing it, but going out with an "ultimate bassass" style that he probably would have approved of. No cowering in a corner for him.
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    Free League announces official Alien RPG

    Not claiming the rules are highly researched science, but I like the way they work, and they do seem to pay some attention to the real world. When I went through the fire academy it was highly stressed that you never run on the fire ground (in fact you would be doing push ups if caught running...
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    Top Secret/S.I. Revisited

    I think TS SI just came too late. If it had been released a couple years earlier it would have really stood out, but by the late 80s there was a lot of competition in the modern real world genre.
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