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  • At a long-con a few months ago I ran a Ghost in the Shell game using the quick start rules from Dark. My favorite version of GitS is Stand Alone Complex, so I wanted to highlight the investigation via intrusion. I used the lockpicking rules for be…
  • At a long-con a few months ago I ran a Ghost in the Shell game using the quick start rules from Dark. My favorite version of GitS is Stand Alone Complex, so I wanted to highlight the investigation via intrusion. I used the lockpicking rules for be…
  • Crunch can engage an analytical side of my brain that I enjoy using. Working within a framework to achieve an ends, using my predictive skills to know how things might work or what I need to look for to achieve what I want. I don't always want to …
  • I loved Green Ronin's book Skull & Bones, it's d20 focused, but it was a nice collection of piratical information. It covered the topic pretty well, with lots of history and concepts for a magical version of the golden age of piracy. Something…
  • I picked up a copy. Overall, I like it, though I think from a designer/writer standpoint, it is probably a little more difficult to produce effectively. Often times the worst aspect of a board game is the rule book and designing the game to not ne…
  • This is interesting. I'm also a moderate fan of Eminem, he is incredibly skilled, though his topic choices and the Slim Shady 'style' do not appeal to me sometimes. Marshall Mathers LP has been in the CD player for several months when I'm not list…
  • We can do a second-wave Secret Not-Santa, if folks are interested. Let's talk post 1 Jan? Celebrating the founding of the League of Women Voters? Or the day the Hawaiians threw Captain Cook into a volcano? (actually, stabbed him to death in the su…
  • Rise, ancient thread of music! I'm a big Metal fan. Last year for the northern California cons, I ran a very rules-light Fate game called The Spirit of Metal. Players got to make a mortal slug who becomes an over-the-top metal adventurer inspired b…
  • Resources (I picked it randomly using a number generator and allmusic.com) A game for 3-4 people. You're running out. It's not food, water, guns or money. You're running out of time. In 48 hours, events will conspire to start a nuclear war. Ther…
  • I'm bad at the art stuff, so... The Bus (got the disambiguation) The RPG where we shall not ask for it. (end of a quote from Winston Chruchill)
  • I started playing in 7th grade. Nothing special really, the school district had multiple elementary schools but only one junior high, so I just met more kids that I hadn't known before. A couple months after I started playing, my half-brother came…
  • The only problem with BSG, I tried a little roleplaying once, I was the captain of the Pegasus, so my complete willingness to sacrifice those I saw as weak made everyone think I was a cylon. Mechanically, I love Eclipse. A game about running an in…
  • Some of the board game experience is what I like about Mythender. Onthe table, I've got: - 4 types of dice, color coded by type. - Acrylic crystals (I stole mine from Ascension, but places like Michaels carry them) - metal coins, replicas of 12th …
  • I've finished a first version of a hack for Mythender. I haven't had an opportunity to play it yet though, so progress has stopped. There are six basic pony types, with six categories of cutie marks, you then pick which element of harmony you most…
  • Ah, I find setting the stakes and topic useful, especially as a GM, if it's an NPC I haven't developed, I need something to go off, and I need it fast. Those things are useful for me in keeping play moving and preventing an energy sucking conversat…
  • My question would be: how does this improve character building or improve the story? I would think that this limits character options for the players, meaning you can't have players engage the story in certain ways.
  • Would the West Marches campaign style for trad games be a version of this? The player's characters aren't used as NPCs, but you get an out of game social aspect to the game that influences and impacts play.
  • I'd say Mythender, but I say that about everything. I'd convert the action mechanics into scene mechanics for a slower pace, but with an obvious mechanical build up and crescendo. Some other things would need tweaking too.
  • I went that year... I didn't go back until '12 though. I hadn't played any story games, ever, back then. My friend asked me to pick up a copy of Burning Empires for him and I spent a few minutes playing the demo, I didn't know it at the time that …
    in GenCon Comment by Bad_Santa October 2012
  • I am not a box of pancake mix you bought 3 years ago and only used to make pancakes with once. Nor am I the other box of opened pancake mix sitting next to it.
  • Amongst all of its other appeals, I think MLP has value for it's non-intended audience in that it also allows them to enjoy something they don't normally get to. It's almost cool to like MLP and gives one an almost iconoclastic status. I'm in my 3…
  • Yeah, originally the show was set to appeal to young girls, probably 3-8 and cash in on a little nostalgia by some of their mothers. The show is pretty good though. I have some more to actually add, but I'll do it when I'm less tired. I think mor…
  • Can't remember enough to find it in my search, but there was a thread a while ago about what mechanics might look like for a game about social cooperation, instead of social conflict. I'm currently working on a My Little Pony hack for Mythender. I…
  • I have this because I do a lot of camping and mountain trekking. Normally I'd use this on a long days mountain hike where I like to bring enough stuff to make survival a little more comfortable if something goes wrong. I took it to GenCon this ye…
  • Hi Bad Santa, You are probably right. However, many of these venues will have to find their own approach to how giving them away will work for them. These give-away books won't have any pricing listed on them. So if stores or libraries want to put …
  • Something I would seriously suggest, though it might be too late since you've already started the kickstarter, is still making the SRP $1-2, but still distributing them for free in most places. There's a psychological process that is different when…
  • Something is hunting you and your friends down. You're not sure what and you're not sure why. You start with 9 white six-sided dice in the middle of the table. 3 players and a GM. You'll need extra black six-sided dice (or a contrasting color fr…
  • No, I meant Mythenders. And i coudn't afford to back them, but I might have the money in October, so cool. The only money you'll need is for dice.
  • I was playing a minotaur warrior and had received the First Silver Sword, which had been crafted by a titan and given to the githyanki, with which they copied to make their own silver swords. Once I had the sword, every so often the githyanki would…
  • That's a cool idea Marshall. Graham, I tried to do something similar with custom GM buttons (both as an identifier and a finding aid) but I don't think it was effective - maybe because it was exclusive to GMs. I wore my buttons from Thurs-Sunday and…
  • As a side note, the Sagamore rooms are further from the exhibit hall, but they have really high ceilings. I ran a game there and though there were also fewer tables per sq foot, it was in general much easier to talk. I noticed several of the other…
  • If you do the two lines method, I would keep them near each other. A couple of my players were intending to play only 2 hour games and were pleasantly surprised with how much fun they had with me (I hope) in a 4 hour session. I wouldn't have been …
  • While not a book, Mythos is a pretty good primer on Joseph Campbell. The first one is more general than Hero with a Thousand Faces. 1 and 2 are available on Netflix streaming as well, 6 hours each.
  • Story Games: Fabulous Ludocrocy
  • I'll be in GoD, with my Mythender kit.
  • Wouldn't part of the thrill remain if there were negative consequences to being caught? So it isn't about why you cheat, but rather, how, how much and when.
  • The only game I have sheets printed out for is Mythender, but my kit weighs too much to carry everywhere. On the plus side, it means I have enough dice to play a 68 person game of Fiasco (or 17 simultaneous games of 4 people each). The kit is usua…
  • My bunk for most of 3 years was athwartships as well. The only downside was the cable run which used aluminum ties had a loose end and was perfectly situated for me to wake up with scratches on my face (if I sat up at any point while not fully awak…
  • Astern - similar meaning to abaft, to the rear of the ship Anchorage - a safe place for ships to anchor
  • * Jimmy Sullivan blackmailed you into working for him, now he's turned State's evidence. He's scheduled to give his deposition on Friday and your secrets will be public record.
  • I'm going to second Twilight Struggle. If you like it, there are two similar games (in style and structure): 1960: The making of a President (about the 1960 election) Labyrinth (about the war on terror, it also supports solo play)
  • I did one about a year ago for a Song of Ice and Fire game. I thought it went reasonably well. The game basically uses a simplified version of the Duel of Wits rules. I made it an extended contest and basically laid out an itinerary of scenes. T…
  • I've sailed about 1/2 way around the world, though the modern lingo is a bit less specialized than it used to be. Some more context could help, like do you want the term to be technical, derogatory or something strange (like rhyming slang, which is…
  • Its not out yet, but Mythender might be of interest. It's more geared towards a one-shot session (within that session it fits exactly what you're looking for), but once you're able to get your hands on it, I think there will be something there to t…
  • I have to skip this one. I'm vaguely hopeful for the fall one though, I had a lot of fun.
  • Posted By: misubaI like the approach but I think it has to get handled very carefully. Frinstance, the difference between asking "what would get your character to concede?" and "what would get Pvt. Hamilton [the name of your character] to concede?" …
  • What about the concept of the target player stating a required condition for success? My sergeant wants me to charge up the hill. I'm feeling a little cowardly, I need him to remind why we're fighting this war. He rolls to give a rousing speech and…
  • Posted By: Paul T.We humans like to believe in free will, don't we? I can't remember who said it or where it was, but there's an awesome quote about that: What is the most important and powerful part of the human body? You probably answered your b…
  • The other thing for me is that Paladins are ultimately defenders of (meta)humanity. On the other hand, clerics are defenders of their dogma.
  • To me it seems like reading the room is a perfectly valid for deciding what game to run. I play in several groups and one of them is very trad focused. We've been together for over 15 years and one campaign of D&D lasted 8 years. The methods …