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    Mod+ Mythic Polynesia, round 2

    The two hard back copies of the book I ordered arrived today, so I've been perusing it ahead of a major read-through tomorrow evening. So far it looks really well put together with a lot of information packed in a not too overwhelming sized volume. From my personal experience the setting is...
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    Are female D&D players comfier around male D&D players these days?

    You're not exactly wrong, although to be fair depending on the edition, the modern Roman and Greek translators may be doing a fair amount of heavy lifting to make the jokes work. Whereas Shakespeare is rarely translated or substantially altered.
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    Are female D&D players comfier around male D&D players these days?

    I liked this comment only in the sense I agree with it. The PCs were dealing with a Slaanesh Chaos Cult in my latest WH40K game and I had to ponder this question. This was the conclusion I came to. The next question was whether and how to include it in a engaging and dare I say overall fun way...
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    Post a piece of art you could write an entire campaign based on

    Slight cheat as it's not a visual piece of art and music has always been more influencial on me as a GM than visuals but.... The first time I heard this song while having a pint in a pub I immediatly got out my notebook and started sketching out the basis of a L5R campaign around an eta...
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    What was the first "HUGE" RPG rulebook?

    Conversely I'm a complete sucker for raw page count despite fully understanding the tricks they use. That said I also want rpg books to have a lot of art.
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    What was the first "HUGE" RPG rulebook?

    My 1st edition hard copy is 368 but possible later runs padded it out a little. Published 1986 if we're working out chronology. My recollection is GW putting it all in one book was so successful it pretty much killed the game as it was difficult to produce follow on supplements worth buying...
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    Albert Finney is this in Millers Crossing. Keving Spacey and Danny Divito as well to an extent in LA confidential (they are fairly unscrupulous though not bleak).
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    There are a few different definitions but essentially the stories and the world of noir and hardboiled are the same. The difference is the protagonist. In noir they are more likely to be figures doomed or trapped by character flaws in hardboiled the protagonists recognise the type of world they...
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    Survival Rolls for Winter

    I've used similar rules in a WFRP game. Basically I worked out how dangeorus the weather was ranging from unpleasant and likely to wear down the PCs and cause cold and flu through to positively deadly. The PCs then made survival/outdoorsmanship rolls to work out if they were camping and...
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    What medieval weaponry to authentically hunt cat-sized mosquitos?

    If the mosquitoes are cat sized I hate to think of the size of the trolls. And then it hit me maybe WE are living in a world with cat sized mosquitoes it's just we're not humans. We're giants. Though that doesn't explain the size of cats...
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    I think as a one or two shot where the players understood it was a noir genre piece and therefore some party conflict and even outright betrayal could occur with no hard feelings then it greatly increases the scope of which characters in a typical noir could be PCs. In LA confidential for...
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    A lot of noir movies typically focus on one (often male) main character (isolation and paranoia is a common theme) with perhaps a female counter point (the stereotype being the femme fatale). This set up doesn't lend itself that well to most rpg groups. With that in mind as mentioned LA...
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    What medieval weaponry to authentically hunt cat-sized mosquitos?

    The thing is planned settlements of this nature starting with a relatively major infrastructure project are quite rare before the modern era and not that common even in the 21st century. More common is for settlements to start small and then grow up. Assuming population density is similar to the...
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    It's one of my favourite movies and for a number of reasons a constant inspiration for me from a GMing point of view. Although that discussion would likely derail the thread away from LA.
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    Resources for a Detective/Noir campaign

    Bit of a left field suggestion re: resources but in terms of ambient music for inspiration when writing or playing I'd suggest the score to Cop Land by the great Howard Shaw. The movie is set in and from the 90s but it is a neo-noir piece focusing on police corruption. The score itself has a...
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    Copyrights & Copirates

    I basically agree with your position regarding the family of artists/authors with the caveat that from a practical point of view if it encourages new work to be created it should be taken into account by legislators From a more theoretical point of view and this is a slightly tangential...
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    Copyrights & Copirates

    There's also the consideration of how much money DC would have made from Superman even if the character was public domain.
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    Copyrights & Copirates

    Another thought occurs to me and this is just spit balling but it would be perfectly possible to separate artistic works and mass produced merchandise in terms of copyright. For example artistic works may have a copyright of 15 years to encourage new work while also allowing some profit. Mass...
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    Copyrights & Copirates

    Its a fair point but playing Devils Advocate, Tolkien is the exception that proves the rule because he would have written the LoTR anyway as it wasn't a commercial venture in the first place.
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    What medieval weaponry to authentically hunt cat-sized mosquitos?

    At the very least I think it maybe comes back to my point that human settlements might not be established in the first place in those areas with these critters especially if it is just easier to move. The alternative is that there is some kind of very obvious benefit. To that point in most...
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