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amardolem
06-15-2008, 06:03 PM
I'd like to try COC but Chaosium's quick start PDF is broken, anyone have it...I just don't want to invest much$$ in a system without any ideas about how it'll run....so if anyone has that pm me .....Thanks inadavance!

amardolem
06-17-2008, 08:25 AM
never mind, i got it...for some reason my laptop couldn't get it's head around it so I got it on my main computer

Skunkape
06-17-2008, 08:28 AM
never mind, i got it...for some reason my laptop couldn't get it's head around it so I got it on my main computer

Is the version of your PDF reader different on each machine?

amardolem
06-18-2008, 07:13 PM
No it was a wierd redirect thing that kept happening on the laptop, I was going off the actual intro page, afterwards I noticed another link (when I was on my main computer) in a little menu across the top and it worked, so I'm really not sure...I was trying on the laptop all saturday in hopes of running that mini scenario for my family on fathers day, because the lack of tactical mapping is conducive to newer roleplayers (my kids) plus I lobe (sic-and love)the mythos and a nice little haunted house scenario would have made my fathers day (course, they might not SLEEP that night)

My time constraints tend to give me little time for multiple face to face games, so I don't know if it's worth the cash for the actual game and a few expansions...Boulet was on about the WOD Mage game, but Crikey! There's as many books for that as for 3.5 (never noticed bfore)

That's the weird thing about getting old..when I was rabid (and YOUNG), I had no cash, now I could buy any game/system/supplement out there, but I weigh the expenditure vs how much I can get out of it...is that wisdom? NAH!! cheap skinflintery!

boulet
06-18-2008, 09:17 PM
Boulet was on about the WOD Mage game, but Crikey! There's as many books for that as for 3.5 (never noticed bfore)


I wouldn't advise Mage for a first game :) The system is a bit complex. Plus my experience with the first version was that it takes confident autonomous players to enjoy this game.

Hell there isn't any obvious game coming to my mind for your kids first experience :/

Webhead
06-18-2008, 11:36 PM
I wouldn't advise Mage for a first game :) The system is a bit complex. Plus my experience with the first version was that it takes confident autonomous players to enjoy this game.

Hell there isn't any obvious game coming to my mind for your kids first experience :/

Toon. Excellent and simple game for youngsters and/or first timers. Not too expensive either if you keep your eyes on Amazon.com and Ebay. I bought my copy of the Deluxe Edition for $5 plus shipping ($9 - $10 total).

Or you can buy the PDF version from Steve Jackson Games for $14.95 here: http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-1203

The great thing about Toon for young/inexperienced players is that you can't die. You're playing a cartoon character. The worst that happens in cartoons is you fall down/get flattened/blow up/get shot into outer space and you show right back up in the next scene without a scratch. Plus you can be as loud and wacky as you want without going against the theme of the game.

Plus, the rules are very simple.

It's probably the most newbie-friendly RPG I can think of...and it's just an outright riot to play.

Skunkape
06-19-2008, 07:22 AM
No it was a wierd redirect thing that kept happening on the laptop, I was going off the actual intro page, afterwards I noticed another link (when I was on my main computer) in a little menu across the top and it worked, so I'm really not sure...I was trying on the laptop all saturday in hopes of running that mini scenario for my family on fathers day, because the lack of tactical mapping is conducive to newer roleplayers (my kids) plus I lobe (sic-and love)the mythos and a nice little haunted house scenario would have made my fathers day (course, they might not SLEEP that night)

That's weird!

boulet
06-19-2008, 07:24 AM
The great thing about Toon for young/inexperienced players is that you can't die. You're playing a cartoon character. The worst that happens in cartoons is you fall down/get flattened/blow up/get shot into outer space and you show right back up in the next scene without a scratch. Plus you can be as loud and wacky as you want without going against the theme of the game.

Plus, the rules are very simple.

It's probably the most newbie-friendly RPG I can think of...and it's just an outright riot to play.

Great input WebHead. I think it's spot on :)

Webhead
06-19-2008, 12:36 PM
Great input WebHead. I think it's spot on :)

Thanks. Toon is one of those games that I wish I could play more often. It's a game focused on having a hilarious time and doing anything you can imagine.

You can play a talking, anthropomorphic fire hydrant with overalls and a Brooklyn accent if you want to.

boulet
06-19-2008, 01:09 PM
The Brooklyn accent is out of my reach... I might be able to play Pepe le Pew

Webhead
06-19-2008, 01:29 PM
The Brooklyn accent is out of my reach... I might be able to play Pepe le Pew

One Toon character I cooked up but never got to play was "Billy-Bomb", a walking, talking, redneck bomb (the round, black kind with the open fuse that you see on cartoons) who was severely pyrophobic...he didn't want his fuse to catch fire and blow him up!!! ;)

amardolem
06-19-2008, 03:33 PM
This is pretty weird...I have Toon-the original!! (/codger) I just dug it out! But that being said, I still would have liked to play COC on fathers day (More for me I guess, but it didn't happen) My 8 yr has played a couple games of D&D just by virtue of me having it around all the time and once I figured out what the mini's game was, we have played that numerous times. I do like stuff with prepared scenarios, because tho I enjoy the act of creation, life saps most of my time for that away. (I wasn't insinuating that I would attempt Mage with the lads...I just knew you were investigating it so I checked it out, well, I couldn't really read thru, but I did notice the 247 books on the shelf)

they need a Cthulhu emoticon......

boulet
06-19-2008, 08:39 PM
I just knew you were investigating it so I checked it out, well, I couldn't really read thru, but I did notice the 247 books on the shelf)

Yeah White Wolf isn't much better than WotC in their "we are a money black hole, the catalog has reached the critical mass mwahahaha" kind of way... Fortunately with just the WoD and Mage rulebooks there's enough stuff for a good game experience. I'm no fan of their cosmology and the pseudo-social structure they laid the basis of. So no point for me in buying most of the source books. I could be tempted by the book about the abyss though. I think I would discard their broken virtue system which I've never seen work for me (this in the different WoD games I've played). I'd rather borrow some Story Game mechanism instead... Just have to find the right one that will bring a PC personality in the spotlight and include a rewarding principle to encourage players to explore the evolution of their characters.

Webhead
06-19-2008, 08:47 PM
Just out of curiousity, boulet, are you referring to Mage: The Awakening, or Mage: The Ascencion?

boulet
06-19-2008, 09:17 PM
Both sir ! :D

New WoD for the rules system and old one for the cosmology which I prefer a lot. My take on Mage would be to keep a good part of focus on mundane humanity and ways to liberate them from static reality.

[Edit : sorry Amardolem for highjacking your thread]

amardolem
06-20-2008, 07:39 AM
Actually I am the king of tangents, but maybe we should move over to the official WOD thread...I have heard of a little known game called Riddle of Steel that might fill your criteria, with some kind of WOD hybrid. I'm fine discussing it here, but don't want to piss off any of the Great Old Ones, or the living fungi from Yuggoth or anything

Webhead
06-20-2008, 08:27 AM
...My take on Mage would be to keep a good part of focus on mundane humanity and ways to liberate them from static reality.

This is my take on playing Mage as well. Enlighten the Sleepers and protect them from the nasty things that would do them harm. Cheers! :)


[Edit : sorry Amardolem for highjacking your thread]

*Nods*...veering sharply back to topic...:D