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So help me, I'm going to GURPS every WoD game I run from now on! The Storyteller System has officially gotten on my last nerve! :tongue:
I am reading some Fatal & Friends posts.

You know, I have complained repeatedly against tastelessly applied edgelording in games. But I'm sort of bemused at the F&F writers' apparent conviction that roleplaying should only ever be a safely bland exercise in wholesome monster-slaying and anyone who puts anything other than that in their game is a SICK PERVERT. :tongue:
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Baeraad
Baeraad
Also, I am flabberghasted by the amount of wailing in the Hunter: the Reckoning posts about how hunters can't stand up to vampires with Celerity 5 and assault rifles. Er, yeah, but... as long as the GM follows the same don't-twink-your-character principle that's belaboured throughout the book, most vampires aren't going to be min-maxed to perfection, and nor will they normally be carrying assault rifles around?
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Baeraad
Baeraad
Seriously. I have run a lot of HtR. I have never found monsters to be too unkillable. The opposite, if anything.

I can only assume that this comes from the same place as the constant insistence that mages are all-powerful because everyone but me ignores the part of the rules whereby they need a gazillion successes to actually do any magic more impressive than lighting a candle.
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This is 2020. I can live with not having flying cars but why don’t we have handy apps that automate character creation and character sheet management for every RPG?
Discovered recently: I can actually do the "pistol squat" on one of my legs (but I need something to support me on one side). The other leg needs to build just a bit more strength before that (and obviously I need more balance on both, because I need the side support to avoid toppling).
Life with kids teaches you a lot.
Nothing signals the twilight of the OSR like the inactivity of Your Dungeon Is Suck.
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The Butcher
The Butcher
The real magic of YDIS happened in the comments. But yes, they had good posts too.
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Voros
Voros
You think? I find it a bit to 4channy for me, not enough wit, more 'who can say the most offensive thing.'
The Butcher
The Butcher
It was entertaining but admittedly could get very juvenile.
It's very weird to read the news today, and find one of my ex-girlfriends leading a campaign against a writer I know. Even weirder that we stopped dating pretty much because of things I said about said writer....
Ronin
Ronin
People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
Baeraad
Baeraad
I know the feeling. I looked up an estranged friend on Facebook a while back, and the first entry I saw was her declaring that such-and-such group of people were the scum of the Earth and should be unconditionally shunned. And, okay, I don't necessarily disagree as far as the scumminess of said group goes, but..
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Baeraad
Baeraad
... the way I remember it we had a falling out in the first place because she thought I was being too intolerant, hidebound and unreasonable.

I considered asking but thought better of it. :tongue:
Far from complaining about railroading, my players keep whining that they don't want to make choices, they just want to know which way to go to get to the next cutscene.

I'm choosing to believe that that's because I'm really good at writing cutscenes and not because I'm really bad at providing interesting choices... :tongue:
The Butcher
The Butcher
When players don't choose, NPCs make the choice for them. Bad guys are liable to kick down doors and come in shooting, as Raymond Chandler was wont to do with a stalled plot.
Baeraad
Baeraad
That's my default stance too. If the players don't try to control the course of events, I make things get steadily worse. But these players, THEY DON'T CARE! They just keep going with the flow even when the flow is leading them over a waterfall!
What do you do when you create your own NPC Enemy and realize that he can easily take on anyone one level of experience above you (and win)?
Personally, I prepare for fun times ahead.
I've managed to narrow down my list of "what would I consider running, over the net and in English, without having to do a lot of prep."

Then, my definition of a lot of prep in this case is "not having to translate a game" or "having to create an entire universe for my own Traveller Setting".

Still, I've managed to get the list down to just six games .
The Butcher
The Butcher
I understand; but whatever your vision, if it implies you learning a new system, it’s yet another obstacle. Which is why I use this as one of my exclusionary criteria.
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AsenRG
Voice chat...:thumbsdown:

Ah well, maybe some other time!
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Lundgren
PbP should work for me in theory, but in practice they are either too slow or too fast for me (or both at the same time). I might make a new attempt sometime.

@AsenRG, if I recall correctly from some thread recently it is more a question of not having time or not being able to commit to any form of schedule rather than an aversion of using voice?
Helping my company catch up on its share of binding intercompany arbitrations so I'm doing hearings all week as an arbitrator. As a result, I may not be able to update any PBPs during the week.
Planning to play Fractured Kingdom with a solo engine (houseruled by me, but including parts from the WoD Solo engine, Mythic and CRGE). The first PC is going to be a Verdant guy with a knack for languages. Still now sure what the second PC is going to be.
...how "dead" is a Grave Lucid's body? Rotting? Fully functional except it feels less pain? Something in-between?
@Certified :devil: ?
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Certified
Raoh... clearly a name such as that would master every style. (If this is a fist of the North Star reference.) But the build I used at cons was all power based. ;)
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AsenRG
Power? As in, specifically Lucid/Dark abilities? That might take me a while... but challenge taken!
Certified
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First Daughter got her first sword/saber lesson today. It was nice, she's taking well to the steps and almost didn't hit the floor with the downwards strikes!
First Son got his first sword/saber lesson as well. He only hit himself once, so it's good for him as well!
Of course, they're 7 and 3, so I wasn't hard on them. And they were using adult-sized bokken.
We needed a warm-up before MA practice.
#martialartsinrpgs
It seems that the first supplement I buy for any game is always the martial arts/fencing one. Bought Trinity when it was discounted, got Fists of Flux to go with it!
Are there others like me:grin:?
Amusingly, I don't consider martial arts to a mystical thing (unless it's part of a setting where it's true). It's just "advanced fighting techniques for people willing to spend lots of time on them".
Just got Crusader Kings II from Steam. I only have the base game for now, but that will change soon.
Tonight, I found something that I've been taught as "a secret technique". Turns out, it's on YouTube already...:grin:
Granted, the really secret part is the follow-up, which is missing. But I guess the reason is that it's forbidden by MT rules:tongue:?
Or might that be because applying it outside of a life-and-death situation would lead to doing hard time:shade:? Though questions!
Pulled a muscle in my back this morning fooling around with my kids. Doubtful I'll feel like updating any PBPs as I had planned. Hopefully by tomorrow.
The wonderful thing about WFRP? In normal high fantasy games, when the players exploit every opportunity, take every cheap shot, and just generally act like horrible little power-hungry munchkins, it's annoying.

In WFRP, that's precisely what they should be doing. The Warhammer World hates you and wants you to suffer. Your job is to outsmart it! :grin:
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The Butcher
This is how good D&D campaigns should manage it too (IMHO) but I love how WFRP wears the picaresque on its sleeves.
Reading the Witchcraft/AFMBE RPG. Still wondering why this game isn't more popular. Stuff like that's objectively worse has more traction:thumbsup:!
Tommy Brownell
Tommy Brownell
It was fairly popular in its day. Somewhat overshadowed by the slightly sexier Cinematic Unisystem (which also had licenses like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Army of Darkness attached to it). The company being allll but dead hinders it these days, as gamers seemingly either need the constant influx of new and shiny, or it needs to be the game they cut their teeth on.
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AsenRG
Yeah...alas, there's something true in your statement regarding gamers these days!
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I just managed to improvise a game of Blue Rose in under five minutes from some very vague initial ideas. I feel weirdly good about that. Especially considering that my usual idea of preparation is six months of in-depth research, meditating on flavour and statting out endless characters...
Okay, I've read one 400-page book. Now I just need to read another three books averaging about 200 pages, and I'm ready to play a game!

...

... does anyone else sometimes feel like this is a very strange hobby?
(Y’ouch. That’s a hell of a can of worms I opened up. Sorry for stirring the nest, I just wanted to know what everyone was talking about. And as expected, I regret asking the question.... so let’s just go ahead and pretend that never happened, m’kay? M’kay. Game on!)
You! You pushed me off the most points top 5! Damn you!
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Dumarest
Dumarest
Are they redeemable or what else are they good for?
Bunch
Bunch
Status. Jeebzuz do you know nothing about what is important in life? How is it you have the most points in everything and know nothing!?!?!
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Black Leaf
Black Leaf
And Voros was never heard of again.
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My son is currently playing Dead or Alive 6.
The difficulty is equal to his age, rounding down:shade:.
I just found an AMA with Kevin Crawford. My respect for the guy only grew (along with my self-respect, because I've been trying to convince people of some of his points for literally years....but that's another topic)!
And he even mentioned ME! "People are buying my games without any intention to use the system, because of the sandbox tools"... that's me, right:grin:?
https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/6splp1
Voros
Voros
Ditto, I really like Scarlet Heroes and need to get Spears of the Dawn which looks awesome but for SWN and Godbound I prefer everything but the core system actually! I mean it's okay but it's not as good as all the other material.
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Séadna
Séadna
AsenRG it's time you knew. You're a clone of Crawford developed deep in Endless Flight's bot lab.
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AsenRG
Me? But I'm sure I'm actually a clone of Pete Nash or Lawrence Whitaker! The other one is @Raleel after all:grin:!
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AsenRG
The one-shot was a success. The only PC, Tesla girl, prevented the spread of the Corona virus (with the help of the Mole Swordsman, the Flying Monk and the Healing Duo...and came to regret it:shade:.
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Has anyone else ever been inspired by a wine commercial in their gaming endeavors?
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Voros
Voros
Which one?
Doc Sammy
Doc Sammy
Italian Swiss Colony, a wine that stopped production six years before I was born.
ICONS may have solved my Marvel SAGA problem.
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