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  1. Lofgeornost

    Raiders of R'lyeh--Reactions?

    I see that Raiders of R'lyeh is the 'deal of the day' on Drivethru; the pdf is marked down from $40 to $12 (on 9/7/21). I've seen some mention of it here in the last year or so, but not much detailed discussion. Glancing at the T.O.C., a fair amount of it seems to be basic D100 rules for a...
  2. Lofgeornost

    Should there be a Reviews forum?

    I was wondering what people would think of a special forum just for reviews of games? Of course, you can (and people do) post reviews in the existing forums, and reviews (or shorter critiques) of games often appear as part of threads on a particular system. But collecting them in one place might...
  3. Lofgeornost

    Setting-Specific Terms: How Much is Too Much?

    Most imaginary settings have a set of created names for places, people, and/or gods and spirits that gms and players (to a lesser degree) have to master, and often new words for various types of monsters. Some add to this in-universe terms for statuses, military or other official ranks...
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    Codex Superno and The Medieval Baltic: Any Reactions?

    Browsing the D&D Settings sale at DriveThru, I discovered some supplements I’d never heard of but which seemed interesting. They are all published by Codex Integrum LLC and are apparently built on the D20 3.5 SRD. I’m not interested in that iteration of D&D, but might find the books interesting...
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    Free League Humble Bundle: Symbaroum, Tales from the Loop, etc.

    This seems to be the month of great bundles. Humble Bundle currently has an offer (technically, a book bundle) that for $18 U.S. gives you the Symbaroum Core book, G.M.'s Guide, Advanced Player's Guide, Monster Codex, and 4 regional/adventure books: Yndaros, Thistle Hold, Karvosti, and...
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    DriveThru Science Fiction Sale

    DriveThruRPG is currently having a sale on SF games, through May 17, with discounts of up to about a third on some titles. Personally, I'm tempted by Design Mechanism's Worlds United, which I've not seen marked down before very often. I like the idea of a pulp SF game for Mythras. M-Space...
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    Your Favorite Martian (Game)

    With apologies to Roy Walston, and all that... With distant light visible at the end of the COVID tunnel, I've been thinking about campaigns I might run once I can begin face-to-face gaming again. I'm intrigued by the idea of a Sword-and-Planet game, based on pulp(ish) visions of 'Old Mars': a...
  8. Lofgeornost

    Disease in RPGs (especially D100)

    The WIR Aqelarre thread currently ongoing has me thinking about how RPGs deal with disease. Most don't at all, I think, and there's no reason that they necessarily should. For a lot of genres and many tables it would be an unwanted complication, at best. But, for some games--mainly fairly...
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    Scenario-Based Gaming

    Since there has been a lot of useful discussion of how to do sandbox campaigns, I thought it might be worthwhile to have a similar thread focused on scenario-driven ones. By that I mean simply games where a session will typically focus on a mission, adventure, or mystery created by the GM. I...
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    A New Game? Or Just a New Setting/Campaign?

    Browsing DrivethruRPG, or other similar sites, is a humbling experience because I soon realize how many thousands of games there are out there that I've never even heard of, much less read or played. And more are being published every day. The DIY nature of RPGs, the creativity of those who play...
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    Atlantis the 2nd Age: Differences in Editions

    I've long been interested in Atlantis: The Second Age, by Khepera Publishing. I've heard good things over the years about it as a Sword & Sorcery setting. I don't have much interest in the ruleset, though--if I used the material, I would probably convert it to another system I'm more familiar...
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    Magic World: Hail and Farewell

    As far as I can tell, Magic World and its supplements have disappeared entirely from the Chaosium website in both print and electronic versions. The PDF is still available at Drivethru, but I assume that will change eventually. I understand that Chaosium had dropped development of the title a...
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    Black Spear: Bucolic Fantasy Role Play--Any Good?

    Drivethru RPG is a real Fibber McGee's closet. Checking it for the Deal of the Day today, I stumbled on Black Spear: Bucolic Fantasy Role Play, published by Sad Fishe Games. It seems to be an Openquest variant, but maybe with a more ancient/Bronze Age feel. It's pretty cheap: $2.95 US for the...
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    Is this the Alan Smithee of RPG illustration?

    I noticed that Through Sunken Lands, which looks interesting, lists as one of its artists 'Pis Aller.' Really?
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    Star Trek-Musings about the Trill

    I've watched some Deep Space 9 recently, and it's got me thinking about the Trill. If the name doesn't ring any bells, they are the species that has a long-lived symbiont that moves from humanoid host to host as those age and die. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) and her successor Ezri Dax (Nicolle...
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    Raggi on Why to Use Published Adventures

    In the free version of the LotFP Referee Book (pp. 31–32), James Raggi argues that GMs should sometimes used published adventures rather than simply creating their own. A cynical explanation would be that this is a way to convince you to buy more products. More reasonably, I think, it could be...
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    Mignolaverse + Stargate

    Since the pandemic began, my actual gaming has come to a standstill, leaving more time to think about games I'd like to run. Recently I've been reading through a lot of the Mignolaverse comics. Watching an old Stargate episode the other night, it struck me that the basic idea behind that...
  18. Lofgeornost

    Raiders of R’lyeh--Any Opinions?

    Raiders of R'lyeh, from Cipher Bureau, is the Deal of the Day at Drivethru today (10/12). I'd not heard of it; it seems to be an OGL Call of Cthulhu clone set in the Edwardian era, complete with system and setting. Does anyone have any opinions or experience of it?
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