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Monte Cook Games has dropped their Planebreaker KS. I'm not about 5e, but I am all about planar content. I contemplate whether it's worth backing knowing I'll never use it for its native system.

 

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This got a relaunch. Looks like a fun way to go about funneling a bunch of DCC 0-level characters.



And for those looking to get a hold of some DCC "weird" dice. I must say I prefer the plain color sets.

 
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3rik 3rik I'm considering going on the Tournament of Pigs it intrigues me. If I did I'd just want to go with the Tournament of Pigs all in at $110.00. My issue is that there is a section in it that confuses me.

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I thought the purpose for the all in was to get both the DCC and 5e books/pdfs. So the above confuses me, because it sounds like something isn't included.
 

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3rik 3rik I'm considering going on the Tournament of Pigs it intrigues me. If I did I'd just want to go with the Tournament of Pigs all in at $110.00. My issue is that there is a section in it that confuses me.

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I thought the purpose for the all in was to get both the DCC and 5e books/pdfs. So the above confuses me, because it sounds like something isn't included.
Why not ask the publisher about this by Kickstarter message? If I decide to back this I will go for the DCC boxset. So I haven't really looked at the higher pledge levels.

I went and checked the comments section and there's a backer who actually asked about this already:
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The Robotech: Homefront book for the Robotech RPG Kickstarter campaign is going so well that SMG Games just announced that they will kickstart a third book next year... The Sentinels.
 

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The Robotech: Homefront book for the Robotech RPG Kickstarter campaign is going so well that SMG Games just announced that they will kickstart a third book next year... The Sentinels.
Against my better judgement for putting money on the table for Kickstarters, I went in for Alpha Pilot + Roy + Hannibal.
 

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Against my better judgement for putting money on the table for Kickstarters, I went in for Alpha Pilot + Roy + Hannibal.
I'm wanting to but the reviews of the system mechanics are making me hesitate. I need to do some more research reading I think.
 

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Where are you finding reviews?
Found a vague one on EN publishing from 2019. Read another one on big purple that I need to re-read. If the mechanics are more narrative focused then I'll probably pass. I feel you need that of course, but a solid mechanics system that is fun is also a must. Without that you've just got something that looks nice but has no substance to it.
 

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This sounds fun:


It's by the same people as the Overworld & Beyond planar adventure, so if you've heard of that you might give this a look.
 

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Found a vague one on EN publishing from 2019. Read another one on big purple that I need to re-read. If the mechanics are more narrative focused then I'll probably pass. I feel you need that of course, but a solid mechanics system that is fun is also a must. Without that you've just got something that looks nice but has no substance to it.
Really depends on how it's implemented. In my opinion and experience, there's not a solid divide between narrative and mechanical. And when you're dealing with something like mecha, anything that you try to implement totally on the mechanical level is going to fall flat. For larger things like that, I prefer something that's a mix of the two. Of course, all of these are opinions and personal preference- though of course, some don't feel that way.

They also have a preview version with all of the mechanics available - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/289059/Robotech-The-Macross-Saga-Roleplaying-Game
 
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I don't know anything about this. It just popped up in my recommendations. My only exposure to Battlelords of the 23rd Century is that I had a previous edition of the rulebook years ago. I never played it. Still, in case anyone else is interested:

 

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I pledged for the Mothership core set, as I already have the modules from the Deluxe.
 

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I don't know anything about this. It just popped up in my recommendations. My only exposure to Battlelords of the 23rd Century is that I had a previous edition of the rulebook years ago. I never played it. Still, in case anyone else is interested:


You can snag the quick start. I read it a couple years ago, and it's kinda confusing to be honest. I just opened the PDF to glance over it quickly to refresh my mind about it. It has a BRP(d100) feel mechanics wise.
 

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Hmm I was about to back Mothership because I'd read before it was BRP (d100) Light system and it mentions that in the Kickstarter. Then I read this...

"Combat and violence have been greatly clarified and simplified, replacing the old opposed roll system with a more intuitive "roll to hit then roll damage" system. Many edge cases have been smoothed out, and the whole thing overall is much better."

Which makes me hesitate. I like opposed roles (You attack, I can dodge/parry) stuff. So does this mean that there isn't that sort of thing going on? :/
 

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Hmm I was about to back Mothership because I'd read before it was BRP (d100) Light system and it mentions that in the Kickstarter. Then I read this...

"Combat and violence have been greatly clarified and simplified, replacing the old opposed roll system with a more intuitive "roll to hit then roll damage" system. Many edge cases have been smoothed out, and the whole thing overall is much better."

Which makes me hesitate. I like opposed roles (You attack, I can dodge/parry) stuff. So does this mean that there isn't that sort of thing going on? :/
I'm curious as well. I know on the Mothership Discord there's been a bit of chatter about adding Stats and the like. They run through a pretty good list of the changes, I hope I still like it!
 

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Here's an interesting one, using a version of Godbound for an urban fantasy that uses Chess metaphorically.
 

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Here's an interesting one, using a version of Godbound for an urban fantasy that uses Chess metaphorically.

I’m a bit confused. Is there a licensing option for Godbound? I’m aware of art assets being available for use, but not the game engine itself.
 

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Looking closer, it draws inspiration from Godbound, but isn't a copy. The example character is definitely D20 based but it's not straight D&D.
 

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I'm frankly surprised to hear that it's BRP-based, I read it a while back and was under the impression it was a multiple d6 system. (It's been a while, so it's possible I'm misremembering.) As far as I could see, the basis for the OSR claim was completely based on the mono-color-'80s-'zine aesthetic.
 

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I'm frankly surprised to hear that it's BRP-based, I read it a while back and was under the impression it was a multiple d6 system. (It's been a while, so it's possible I'm misremembering.) As far as I could see, the basis for the OSR claim was completely based on the mono-color-'80s-'zine aesthetic.
I could be wrong, but that's what I'd read. Could have been a but drunk and miss understood, wouldn't be the first time. Lol
 

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Still confused when people claim Mothership is OSR...

It seems to fit some of the more design and presentation based trends of the OSR more than the mechanics….although plenty of older games used d100 mechanics.

But the presentation and usability of the books, the general vibe of it being dangerous…the art…those kind of elements seem to fit the OSR.

Not that I really think of it that way, but that’s what I see when I hear that.

Glad to see the KS is doing so well. I’m pretty certain I’ll be backing it.
 

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It seems to fit some of the more design and presentation based trends of the OSR more than the mechanics….although plenty of older games used d100 mechanics.

But the presentation and usability of the books, the general vibe of it being dangerous…the art…those kind of elements seem to fit the OSR.

Not that I really think of it that way, but that’s what I see when I hear that.

Glad to see the KS is doing so well. I’m pretty certain I’ll be backing it.

I guess, I don't see it myself. Never seen the actual designers remotely refer to the game as OSR.

Anyway, great news for the MS crew. Looks like they may end up being one of the bigger KS in a while. They've already raised over $500,000.
 
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Looking closer, it draws inspiration from Godbound, but isn't a copy. The example character is definitely D20 based but it's not straight D&D.
Thank you! I saw the character sheets looked much different from Gidbound, but thought perhaps they’d licensed the Word rules for character powers.
 

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I guess, I don't see it myself. Never seen the actual designers remotely refer to the game as OSR.

Anyway, great news for the MS crew. Looks like they may end up being one of the bigger KS in a while. They've already raised over $500,000.

What does 'OSR' actually mean? I think people try to refine that to a narrow spectrum, when it's supposed to be pretty inclusive of the feel of the old school games, and I think this has that feel
 

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OSR is the the equivalent of 'organic' for old gamers. It could have a well defined meaning but that is academic and it usually means whatever the marketer or reviewer wants it to mean.
 

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What does 'OSR' actually mean? I think people try to refine that to a narrow spectrum, when it's supposed to be pretty inclusive of the feel of the old school games, and I think this has that feel

It was supposed to mean any thing that hearkened back to 70s and 80s gaming. But it was born with the idea of republishing AD&D 1e. And I do think it's fair to say that not only do most people see the OSR primarily about 70s and early 80s flavors of D&D, but the most vocal supporters see it as a D&D only club.

I think at one point "OSR" was meant as a branding to indicate compatibility with old school D&D in particular. So even if some OSR supporters weren't outright irrationally hostile against other games claiming the label, it's probably better for non D&D type games to be labeled "retro RPGs" or something.
 

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What does 'OSR' actually mean? I think people try to refine that to a narrow spectrum, when it's supposed to be pretty inclusive of the feel of the old school games, and I think this has that feel
Right? I'd been doing it wrong I guess if they're only allowing OSR to only be DnD based. I honestly had been applying it to any of the old original rpgs from around 1983-ish and before. DnD, RQ, Traveller and TFT to name a few off of the top of my head. I had no idea it was so narrowly applied and I think quite a few others might also be surprised that it was being only used for DnD systems. (Shrugs)
 
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