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  • 100% agreement with Eero. I would add that as a DM, I root for the PCs! I want to see them succeed. I don't want them to fail. But that just makes me play the dungeon and monsters harder and more ruthlessly. As a fan, I want to see them struggle and…
  • In D&D, we map the way Aviatrix and Christopher describe. Luke has argued in seminars on D&D that mapping is the central activity of play in this sort of D&D. One of our house rules is that the caller and mapper (we use two mappers to h…
  • I'm pretty sure Jim is correct about Three Hearts and Three Lions. Part of alignment was simply to determine which army list the heroes, superheroes and wizards belonged to in Chainmail/OD&D and it stuck around.
  • True, but it was written by a different guy. I think it's pretty clear in the context of the game that only treasure won through adventure counts. I think it's great that James clarified it in LotFP though.
  • The early texts read as if the authors assumed you have to go adventuring in dungeons or wilderness areas to get xp for your gold (as opposed to getting paid), but yeah, there's no explicit statement of intent. There's a lot of that, especially in O…
  • Cool topic - maybe someone can help me out. One thing I was never clear on with gold = XP editions was whether I could get XP by scamming villagers instead of going into dungeons. Say I'm a low level mage with a few cool cantrips, could I just hang …
  • The Tome of Adventure Design by Matt Finch and Bill Webb is a tome of random tables to inspire you.
  • Regarding the rulings not rules issue, I think its intent is exactly what Eero, Judd and Vincent have described. Here's the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Adventure Game Basic Rulebook, p. B60 (Tom Moldvay, 1981): Dungeon Mastering as a Fine Art The…
  • I agree with everything above. I will add that there is a certain joy in going back to old games (not just OSR games) and rediscovering (or discovering for the first time) gems of game design. Take, for instance, Moldvay Basic D&D. Its procedure…
  • There have been some awesome map-making tutorials from Dyson Logos and Vulpinoid: Dysonize Your Dungeon Advanced Dyson Dungeons Draw Dungeons Like Dyson Map Drawing Tutorials (13 and counting!)
  • Dammit, now I feel the need to have it. You brought this on yourself by starting this thread.
  • I'm playing more old games than OSR games at the moment (I also miss Bret's DCC game, which was a ton of fun). I'm currently in a gloriously sim weekly Harnmaster Gold game. Dro has been posting about it on G+ if you're in his circles. There's som…
  • Yes. You test Steel when you are surprised or in pain. If you lose a Duel of Wits, you have to test Steel (see the Shocking Defeat rules)...though it's only really a big deal if you want to escalate to violence. You also test Steel if someone succ…
  • Sewage.
  • I think it really comes down to your reasons for the trip. If you want to meet people and have fun playing games, Origins is great. Some great people go, there are fun games available and there's great food in Columbus. If you want to run a booth …
  • John Harper is a very smart man. +1.
  • Just in case you haven't seen it in your G+ or Twitter stream: Introducing 'Torchbearer' The New Indie Dungeon Crawler From The Creators Of 'Burning Wheel'
  • I'd kick that wizard in the junk. Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.
  • I saw him give a longer and more detailed version of this as part of a 3 hour class back in 1993 and had the opportunity to shake his hand afterward. He was an amazing man, but you should take his assertion that computers could evaluate a good story…
  • Here's a spell book created for my Bruca game, though they haven't figured out how to open the box yet and the game has been on hiatus. Bret, Alexander or Topi, if you're reading this, please skip this post. The mechanics are Burning Wheel. The set…
  • The "doing about it" part of a BW Belief is a Goal in MG. For Mouse Guard it's a perfectly good Belief.
  • Historically, I believe Trollbabe was the first of the Forge/Forge diaspora games to explicitly talk about setting stakes.
  • Personally, I do not consider Burning Wheel to involve stake setting, but that may be a semantic argument. In Burning Wheel you state your intent and describe how your character goes about fulfilling that intent in the fiction of the game (this cons…
  • Posted By: J. WaltonPosted By: Jim CrockerI think that it's worth remembering that PAX is a bit of a different beast than GenCon or Origins: we did not emphasize 'Indie' Games on Demand, and I think that's the right way to go for that crowd. At GenC…
  • My mother used to breed Siamese cats: Sugi, Nogi, Jella and Ny. Two cats my aunt had when I was young: Yabu and Yoda. Friends' cats: Run, Rerun, Caffeine, Soda.
  • Kami, Frey, Firefly and Gracie
  • Bret, I have to say, my inner nerd was disappointed that you and Jared had no reaction when Akara, High Priestess of the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye, said to you: "There is a place of great evil in the wilderness..."
  • I'm sure I described it as yellow. Did your brain translate it as green because that's the color of Mr. Yuk?
  • Posted By: Hans c-oAlso, about the maps: so whichever player is mapping tonight, we all assume his character is mapping as well, and carrying the map? Yup.
  • Simon, I think we would, yes. Another reason to have two mappers!
  • Posted By: Jason MorningstarThanks guys. I imagine the quality of your mappers varies, too - I know I'm shit at mapping, unfocused and impatient, so if you are rotating week to week that's another fun emergent property. If I was the backup mapper I …
  • Jason, It happened in the last hour or so of the session. Luke gave each group a Turn of action before shifting to the other group. About half an hour in, two of us had dead characters and three had escaped the dungeon, leaving only the one who wa…
  • B1 went with the Holmes version but was referenced by Moldvay. B2 came with Moldvay.
  • Posted By: toddPosted By: jenskotI'm running different editions of D&D and want to find awesome modules to run. What are your favorite D&D modules? Why? I absolutely adore B6 The Veiled Society. It's a murder mystery, so you have to handle …
  • UK1: Beyond the Crystal Cave is an interesting one in that the setting discourages violent solutions and the alternate XP system backs that up.
  • Posted By: nikodemusCaverns of Thracia. +1
  • Hi Felan, I think the conceptual problem you're having is probably due the one mouse team not quite having its own goal. The text probably could have been slightly clearer on this issue. I'm assuming the Raven's goal was "Steal the mailbag!" One o…
  • Felan, Looks like you had a great time! I think John covered most of your questions. The only thing I would add is that I wouldn't have allowed the second team to get back the stolen mail. Instead, that's a perfect choice to hand over to the player…
  • Hey guys. It was actually me, Kevin Allen Jr. and Jenskot from the boards here. To be honest, we haven't done anything with it since we released it, although I think Jenskot took some of the concepts for another game he made. I'm not saying that we…
  • The point of MG beliefs is to serve as a moral compass for your character, it is the character's guiding light: Reason is the best guide to right action The only good predator is a dead predator The best solution to any problem is to be found at th…
  • Posted By: JDCorleyYeah, but they won't and don't. Normally there's only one game organizer per group. The rest rarely buy anything at all, when they do it's a special occasion related to a long-ongoing game with major time investment. Our experien…
  • Posted By: JDCorleyBecause demos don't result in enough sales these days to justify them. That's my theory. Otherwise they'd be more prevalent, yeah? The Sword, The Gift, Trouble in Hochen, Dinner for One and Your Day in Court have done their share…
  • It depends on what sort of digital publishing you're talking about, I think. In the ebook sphere (by which I am referring to Kindle and similar ereaders), I don't think it's really that promising. A few months back I interviewed a number of textboo…
  • [RPG Geek 1] Posted By: Jason MorningstarRPG Geek nowofficially hosts .epub files. And .mobi, whatever those are. .mobi is an open file format that was used as the foundation for Amazon's .azw format for Kindle. The Kindle can read .mobi but not .ep…
  • It's cool Zac. That was my point. I'm not upset with anyone, but I do find it unsettling to read generalizations about ethnic populations.
  • I apologize if this comes across as snarky, but this thread makes me feel that I've entered the Twilight Zone. I've learned from this thread that half of me is rude and abrupt. Someone better fill me in on the other half. So who can tell me what J…
  • Your best bet is to read Greg Costikyan's 1994 article on the subject: I Have No Words & I Must Design.
  • Nice! Vincent's really getting good!
  • Chris, the first 74 pages of Burning Wheel Gold are available for download here. It covers the core rules of the game. It should give you a pretty good idea whether it's your cup of tea or not.