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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Except my Star Wars game with my cousins, I've recruited on the basis on the potential interest in the game and gaming style (and my recruitment posts tend to be quite long... which I guess already have scared off those not wanting to read anything). So I guess that helped. On the other hand...
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    What are y'all up to these days?

    Some of those might come in handy. :thumbsup: However, they don't have lab ship, but a trader with an archeology laboratory instead of a lot of cryo chambers, so it isn't as useful to other scientists. In the cargo hold, they have several pressurable tents, an excavator, and other stuff to set...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Unless it's the "Stranger in a Strange land" I tend to write up a page or two of bullet-points, stating stuff everyone in the setting would know even if they lived under a rock. That way, I can get the main points across without drowning the players with information. That way, a player that...
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    The Pub: Five Years On and What I’m Thinking…

    I've found the ceiling for "in-setting" politics to be quite high here on the Pub. I'm almost getting the impression some actually do understand the difference between fiction and reality :shock: I had my thread on the Weimar republic (which I didn't start until I had an okay from the staff)...
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    What are y'all up to these days?

    So... Still playing in the D&D5 group. We are trying to play twice a week, but at least our average is over once a week. The Traveller game I was planning back then is up and running, and we are playing every second week. I'm running a modified Third Imperium setting, where I'm using the map...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Just a question... :smile: Player: Hm... A city? In a city there usually are X. I'm interested in X. I'm looking for X. So... Does the placement of a city count as a prompt or not?
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    So... did I just actually found Fire, Fusion, & Steel to be to simplistic and house-ruled in a...

    So... did I just actually found Fire, Fusion, & Steel to be to simplistic and house-ruled in a more complex formula to something?!? I'm guessing all the covid restrictions have disrupted my life more than I thought...
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    A Report We Received About Moderation

    While Black Leaf's old post could be considered to be in poor taste, or a potentially inflammatory comment in a heated discussion, I don't see it as any worse than a lot of other stuff posted. However, if deemed out of line (which I personally not think it really was), I think it would be more...
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    How Much Do You Spend a Year on RPGs?

    Speaking of the devil... :ooh: I just got two separate deliveries today of RPG stuff I ordered last year. One for FFG Star Wars(card deck, but only got one of two), and one for Mongoose Traveller 2ed (four books).
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    How Much Do You Spend a Year on RPGs?

    Back in 2020, I passed the $1000 limit on a single RPG kickstarter. :sweat: However, usually, as under 2021, I need to combine bundles, pdsf, KS, and physical books to get over that. So... far too much :clown:
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    There might be better qualifier for that. Still, as I mentioned, it might matter in what context one uses the phrase and there might be contexts where the term do stand on it own legs. A qualifier doesn't have to be a single word, and might more be of "where/but/however" followed by a sentence...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    While your words in that sentence do match up internally, "pure" is an example of a qualifier. I guess having the stem word having a specific meaning makes sense if one for example believe that "pure" (where there are no explicit or implicit limitations at all) isn't just a theoretical state but...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    That's pretty much why I think of "sandbox" as an umbrella term, and "pure" is just another qualifier. Personally, I tend to inform new groups or players that my own lines tend to be a bit beyond the norm, so if we don't talk about how to deal with certain topics, I will err on the safe side. I...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    It probably would be categorized as a "qualified" instead of "pure", but you could talk about that during recruiting and session zero(es), and have it that they are not allowed to create character that would do that. If it is allowed for the character to develop that kind of mentality during the...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Superheroes tend to be more reactive to the villains' plots, so a game where it only reacted to what the PCs were doing would be a strange thing. Still, I'm guessing some would run it where only one villain is currently active. The rest is somehow just sitting on their own hands, and the world...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Well, there you have one of the other semantic debacles. Is "railroad" only mean heavy handed and thereby bad versions of linear games (pre planned plot), or can it be used also for good linear games. Anyhow, I don't see "linear games" and "sandboxes" as the only way to run a game. Which is one...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    Well, using "sandbox" as a theoretical but unattainable opposition of the theoretical extreme railroad would put everything on a sliding scale in between. An umbrella term still works for a sliding scale, but fit anything where there's no pre-planned plot and people can "trash the setting"...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    If all other constraints on the gameplay is equal, I would say Game A is more sandboxy than Game B, but as where the PCs can go isn't the only potential restriction Game A would most likely still not be that theoretical pure sandbox. As I see it, a game can have three types of constraints. *...
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    Sandbox RPG: help me understand

    In writer circles, they often talk about "planers vs pantsers" or "architects vs gardeners." Some plan their books and have a detailed outline before writing the actual prose. Still, when writing the actual details, things changes and they can either force the characters to conform to the plan...
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    On my trials and tribulations with 3D modelling software

    Looks like I should look into both, when I get around to it :)
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