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    On Morale, or should enemies run away

    This post will contain spoilers for the films District 9 and Blackhawk Down and the television series Band of Brothers (although as the latter two are based on an actual event I don't know how much I can spoil them). So, I was rewatching the end fight scene from District 9, like you do, with...
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    The Cleric sucks ... or discuss the Cleric

    So, this came up in this thread about how many classes work for you, but the discussion deserves its own thread, and that thread deserves to not be dedicated solely to talking about the Cleric. Anyway, it came up that some posters (me included) really don't like the class design for the D&D...
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    GothCon, digital conventions and Live streamed Call of Cthulhu with Mike Mason

    Not sure if this goes here, or in media, but I’ll post it here and we’ll see. I’ve been absent from the forums for a few months. This has been due to planning a digital convention, GothCon (Sweden’s largest gaming convention in a normal year). Well, I’ll have more time to spend here now, but...
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    A note on abstractions in games

    Spun off from a comment in this thread about abstractions, I thought I'd start a separate thread about it as this goes way beyond just animal stats in games. We'll start with the comment that inspired me to write this. Okay, so I think we can all agree that games are imperfect abstractions of...
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    On the constant overestimation of animals in rpgs

    In so many RPGs, especially from earlier in the hobby but often continuing today, various animals are given simply outlandish game statistics. The wolf is the most often seen example of this, although bears are certainly not exempt from the practice. Take TSR D&D. A wolf is a 2HD creature in the...
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    Lamentations of the Pope - LotFP campaign set in 16th century Rome

    So, I mentioned over in my thread about poison needle traps that I'm planning a new Lamentations of the Flame Princess campaign. My last one ended I think four years ago now, after a good number of sessions and a few completed adventures, but unfortunately not on a high note. Well, lessons...
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    What is up with all these poison needle traps?

    So I've been reading some old TSR and some newer OSR adventures recently (in preparation for trying to get a new Lamentations of the Flame Princess game off the ground when restrictions are lifted sometime in the hazy future, but more on the campaign idea in a different thread), and apart from...
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    I might be done with epic tv-shows

    As the title says, I think I might be done with epic tv-shows. You know, the kind that has fantastic production values, gets movie caliber actors, has an enormous plot that takes an entire season, or more likely several seasons, to deliver. The awesome spectacle that back in the 90s and early...
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    Do you see games more as art or technology?

    I'm involved in rpg discussions in other places as well. In one of those places, a Facebook group for Swedish rpg players, a discussion about games and nostalgia recently came up. I went into the discussion questioning why old games, games based on older designs and games using older style...
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    Swedish gaming conventions vs American (and other nationalities)

    I help run a gaming convention in Sweden (GothCon, the biggest and longest running gaming convention in Sweden). I’ve gone to this con every year since 2004. I’ve also been to several other cons in Sweden. And though there are differences, most of them have a lot of similar features. Nut...
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    Please help me understand demon summoning and binding in Magic World/BRP

    So, I've been recently looking through the new Magic World with thoughts of running a fantasy campaign (more on that in another post), and I looked closer at the demon summoning rules. Now, I've never played the new Magic World, my experience with BRP comes mainly from the Swedish iterations of...
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