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Tamburlain
06-29-2009, 06:26 AM
Yesterday at the 35th annual Origins Awards, Mouse Guard beat out D&D 4e to take top prize as Best Role Playing Game 2008-'09.

Wow!

Full list of nominees here (http://brilliantgameologists.com/). And shortened list with winners from every category here (http://www.critical-hits.com/2009/06/27/origins-awards-2009/).

Harwel
06-29-2009, 09:28 AM
Surprising. Good for them! :rockon:

MortonStromgal
06-29-2009, 11:59 AM
Nice!

Baldwin Stonewood
06-29-2009, 12:21 PM
That great. Nothing like winning.

Slipstream
06-29-2009, 01:44 PM
I'll definitely pick it up along with the Fall and Winter graphic novels. They look good together on a bookshelf. Need job!

Tamburlain
06-29-2009, 04:18 PM
Surprising. Good for them! :rockon:

Surprising I think for a lot of people. It's always nice to see the little guy (who deserves it) win. Just imho... I really really like 4e, but the Burning Wheel is my game of choice these days. And Mouse Guard is an excellent, if lighter, version of its uber-crunch parent.

korhal23
06-29-2009, 04:31 PM
Of those choices, I'd have put Mouse Guard next to last, actually. I don't dislike it at all, and in fact I really like all of the choices, so it didn't matter to me who won (Except CthulhuTech, actually. Not a fan of that one). But if I'd have chosen, it would have been 4E, Trail of Cthulhu as a VERY close second, SW Saga, and Mouse Guard. I don't really know how CthulhuTech even qualified.

Tamburlain
06-29-2009, 04:43 PM
Of those choices, I'd have put Mouse Guard next to last, actually. I don't dislike it at all, and in fact I really like all of the choices, so it didn't matter to me who won (Except CthulhuTech, actually. Not a fan of that one). But if I'd have chosen, it would have been 4E, Trail of Cthulhu as a VERY close second, SW Saga, and Mouse Guard. I don't really know how CthulhuTech even qualified.

I know nothing of CthulhuTech. And next to nothing of SW Saga.

Korhal, let me ask, have you ever had a chance to play Burning Wheel straight up?--I mean not dressed up as Burning Empires or dressed down as Mouse Guard? If I had to predict, just given what I know re. your predilection for tactical role playing crunch, I would have guessed you to like it.

korhal23
06-29-2009, 04:55 PM
No I haven't, but I've been told the same by others. I'm looking for it, but there's only one game store in my city so I'm SOL if I can't find it there or online somewhere.

Tamburlain
06-30-2009, 06:34 AM
No I haven't, but I've been told the same by others. I'm looking for it, but there's only one game story in my city so I'm SOL if I can't find it there or online somewhere.

I've never had very positive experiences playing online. Any game, I mean. And more than almost any rpg, I think BW would suck online. There's just so much interesting face-to-face negotiation going on between the players and GM, that I'm just not sure it would work. I'm interested to hear how your Spycraft game goes. I haven't been interested in a d20 game in a long time, but you've made it sound fun.

korhal23
06-30-2009, 07:07 AM
I've never had very positive experiences playing online. Any game, I mean. And more than almost any rpg, I think BW would suck online. There's just so much interesting face-to-face negotiation going on between the players and GM, that I'm just not sure it would work. I'm interested to hear how your Spycraft game goes. I haven't been interested in a d20 game in a long time, but you've made it sound fun.

I meant find the book online. I've never enjoyed PbP games, but I've had some good times with VTTs. A little bit of Java Script + MapTool = the game does most of my math for me. In fact, for 4E, I have it set up to the point where a player inputs their entire character sheet, and makes macro buttons for all of their powers. Then, when they want to use said power, all they do is type in the total of temporary bonuses that they have. There's a dropdown menu for when they have auxillary powers like Warlock's Curse. Then it rolls to hit, and damage and everything... it's really neat. And don't worry, I'll put a blog up saying how Spycraft goes. If you're interested, you should join my Spycraft VTT (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11420) one-off I advertised.

TheRageOfGaia
07-01-2009, 02:34 AM
I was just turned onto the Mouse Guard comics, and I think they're awesome, I'd love to try the RPG, which I didn't even know existed.

But then, I am a long time fan of Brian Jacques' Redwall series, so mice with swords are where it's at.

As far as online gaming goes, I've had many very successful and entertaining experiences. But it is a lot different than table top. I find that online role-playing is best when treated as a collaborative writing effort, rather than the more boardgame table top style. Text Based LARPing maybe?

Tamburlain
07-01-2009, 08:38 AM
I meant find the book online. I've never enjoyed PbP games, but I've had some good times with VTTs. A little bit of Java Script + MapTool = the game does most of my math for me. In fact, for 4E, I have it set up to the point where a player inputs their entire character sheet, and makes macro buttons for all of their powers. Then, when they want to use said power, all they do is type in the total of temporary bonuses that they have. There's a dropdown menu for when they have auxillary powers like Warlock's Curse. Then it rolls to hit, and damage and everything... it's really neat. And don't worry, I'll put a blog up saying how Spycraft goes. If you're interested, you should join my Spycraft VTT (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11420) one-off I advertised.

I'd like to see how this kind of game (virtual tabletop) via MapTool works. For a time I've had my eye on Fantasy Grounds (http://www.fantasygrounds.com/). Have you used it?

In any case, I'm leaving early AM of July 4, and I'll be away for about three weeks without intratubez access. If your Spycraft game is still up and running, maybe I can take a peek at that time.
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I was just turned onto the Mouse Guard comics, and I think they're awesome, I'd love to try the RPG, which I didn't even know existed.

But then, I am a long time fan of Brian Jacques' Redwall series, so mice with swords are where it's at.

As far as online gaming goes, I've had many very successful and entertaining experiences. But it is a lot different than table top. I find that online role-playing is best when treated as a collaborative writing effort, rather than the more boardgame table top style. Text Based LARPing maybe?


Hmm, that's an interesting take on it. Of course the newer virtual tabletop software programs seem to do a pretty good job of simulating the real deal. But I've yet to give one a real try.

As for Mouse Guard (http://www.archaiastudiospress.com/mouse_guard_rpg.php), definitely give it a try. It's issued as a handsome core rulebook filled with art from the comics as well as original works. I've reviewed it at length elsewhere on these forums. If you try and like it, consider checking out its lesser known generic "parent system", The Burning Wheel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Wheel).

Slipstream
07-14-2009, 02:32 PM
If you want to hear a great discussion with Luke Crane, the guy behind BW/Mouse Guard, check out this podcast (http://independentinsurgency.com/index.php?post_year=2008&post_month=11). Language NSFW or for young ears.