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  • nijineko's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 04:37 PM
    the conflict resolution mechanic? well, it is a tertiary mechanic in order to provide a method of resolving deadlocks and ties to the primary method, noetic combat. i have been recently contemplating making it a quaternary mechanic so as to provide a greater focus on the purposed intent of the...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 01:02 PM
    Something tells me it's a problem. Phone pile. All the phones in the middle of the table. First person to reach for one before the game is called pays for the pizza.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 12:57 PM
    Eastern culture is pretty blood soaked too. Actions have consequences. I have always played that way. If you want a low/no combat game you neeed to offer appropriate conflicts. 40 Orcs with swords are not the deal. You also need to offer your players a satsifying means for resolving...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 10:54 AM
    Agreed - the GM must be the proponent of non-combat options. And I think combat should have some negative outcomes too, like killing something means you can't gain information or you garner bad reputation. (Reputation rules, then?) But Western culture is against us: video games, movies, and...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 10:39 AM
    Okay, how about an app that sets off an alarm anytime a social media app runs? The GM hears this, and knows to dock XP - or add an extra damage point or two to the next attack. :mad:
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:50 PM
    tesral started a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] Twelve Worlds Setting in Campaign Resources
    The Twelve Worlds Setting It kind of grabbed my brain, moved in, and set up shop. None of this existed two weeks ago, ships, logos, descriptions, none of it. In short an outline for a space fantasy game. Still plenty to do to make a real setting out of it.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:36 PM
    Role playing is a game, a game is a conflict. Ergo you cannot write conflict out of role playing games. If you don't have it you are writing poetry. Stories required conflict too. Now that said conflict can be resolved various ways. Combat isn't always the best. Yes, you can design and play...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:32 PM
    If your players want that sort of thing, all to the yes.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:30 PM
    Tools are as useful as you make them. Too much reliance on a given tool can flavor things and not always well. I'm all in favor of anything that make the mechanics of the game run more smoothly and not in favor it if gets i n the way. If index cards speed things up for you, do it. If a spell...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:22 PM
    The Ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself" Is I think one of the wisest ever. Once you have reached that you have a handle on everything. Congratulations on reaching the epiphany of knowing thy gaming self. Sadly it is the journey that no one can make for you. Now you can make progress...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:10 PM
    I would be concerned if it was best always wins circumstance. While yes it might for the way to bet the race is not always to the swift. If it is then why have a contest?
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 12:42 PM
    Yeah. We want details! I shiver to think of diceless games though. The dice are magical little gems that hold the answers to everything within them. Why pass up such cool, little baubles? One reason to skip them is that most dice rely on numbers, which require mathematical thinking instead...
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  • MortonStromgal's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 10:58 PM
    Currently Full and 3rd Edition. Feel free to PM me if your interested if there is an opening.
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 11:18 AM
    Malruhn - good points. Some bad guys are all about death, but let's be real here: the only creatures that don't have an interest in self-preservation are undead, robots, and living things who are guarding something more valuable than life (like their kids). Don't let the thread name fool you, by...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 05:17 PM
    as to what i have so far, i now have exactly three rules, which rules even combined are so simple it is actually a diceless system. the first rule describes how to build a character. the second rule describes how traits work. the third rule describes how to resolve conflicts. without going...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 11:39 AM
    "(Pacifism) is unrealistic and undoable in a game." Sign of the times, huh? The question, to me, is how does the GM keep things interesting? I've thought about a pacifist Skyrim game, but I'm not sure that it's possible. I feel like half of the quests require the death of a creature, even if...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 04:53 PM
    hmmm. please go take a look at my rules-light game thread over in the independent/small press sub-forum, if you haven't already - and even if you have, please provide more feedback. on one paw, i've found that while i like having a large range of options available for a character, that does not...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 11:04 AM
    I have very bad news: I'm almost done reading a Dance with Dragons. Which means that my only exposure to a medieval setting in which combat is a bad thing will go on hiatus. Have you played in or run a campaign that shuns combat? Have you seen players maintain interest when something less than...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-19-2015, 12:09 PM
    Hello gamers: I'd like to GM a Lord of the Rings/Game of Thrones style game on a weekly (evening) basis. Day of the week is pretty flexible - depends on what the group needs. Also, I'll be using a learn-as-you-play style to teach the game system, which is pretty easy. The game is very...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-19-2015, 10:49 AM
    Spell cards: I wouldn't use them. I'd just use my character sheet. Playing cards: to me, these have a pretty heavy wild-west flavor. Which would be great in a wild-west game, but not in other games. Maybe I should just focus on the "kings," "queens," and Alice in Wonderland... More cards...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    01-18-2015, 09:17 PM
    welcome!
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-18-2015, 08:57 AM
    As one of my favorite parts of the game, modules need to be done right. Iíve cut a lot of subjective material from the modules chapter, and Iím hoping that whatís left is short and sweet. Each sample module is getting a makeover, and the rules module is complete, although I canít code the...
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  • DMMike's Avatar
    01-17-2015, 01:30 PM
    Welcome, fellow 'Zonie! This site has a chatroom that's great for online games, and the best way to get involved in the forums is to start a thread. I'm designing a game as well, and I'm a recovering 3.5 addict so if you want to bounce any ideas off me just say so!
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  • MortonStromgal's Avatar
    01-04-2015, 02:57 PM
    Hoi Chummer I'm willing to run Shadowrun at Round the Table either Friday or Saturday nights 7:30 to 11:30 if we can get 3-5 players. I can GM 2,3, or 4th edition but I'm up for playing any edition if someone else GMs. Let me know if your interested. Null Sweat
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    Thanks for the invite to be a friend I read your bio and I feel your pain, I just moved to a new place and I can't find a soul that plays RPG's. I've played RPG's since Fifth grade....I just turned 38 so I've been playing a while! I look forward to reading your next Ravenloft installment! Talk to you later!
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    Hey, I just saw your comments on my blog. Thanks! Mentioning the fire beetles, I actually sweated it a little bit there. I thought those beetles would toast the party. I continue to be amazed at how resiliant these 4E characters can be. We had another session on Monday. We added another player and I'm glad. It's a hybrid bard/warlord. I'm glad too, because I think I put a little to much challenge into it. I used bug bears but could never get combat advantage against the party so the bugbears just slugged it out. I'll try to get the blog out tomorrow. Take it easy.
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    Happy B-Day! Let us know how Star Trek is.
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    Man, I'm enjoying reading your blog. Wish I was back in So Cal so I could join your game. I was down in Pedro on business last week. Sure was nice to visit. My trip was too short. Liked your reviews on the shows. Last time I was in Vegas I did the Star Trek things, Mandalay Bay Aquarium and the Luau (As Vegas as you can imagine) thing at the Imperial Palace where I stayed. I didn't gamble at all but there's definatley plenty to do there without that.
  5. I didn't hear anything about the starwars campaign in a while now, are you still going to do it?
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    I had a lot of fun in your Ravenloft campaign last night. Can't wait till the next adventure, and your famous Giant frog attack "tongue lash".
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    Good hearing from you. How have you and the better half been these last 2 months? Good, i hope. Hows' her school going? What have you been up too? I am hoping to join in next week with your Ravenloft campaign, if the home remodel project is done by then, or course. I hope.
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    I was told you are really good with star wars stuff. Thom Amon told me I should get in touch with you for my question. started making my charecter last night and I could not find any Togruta (Shaak Ti). So can I still play that race and if so how would I make stats. If no one knows it is fine I will just play as cathar. Or you can find it in the star wars stuff under Starting a Charector.
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    Thanks a lot, yeah it looks like I will enjoy this site!
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    I hope you stick around! I really enjoy your insights and adventure creations! It's nice to have at least a couple people around to stick up for 4e!
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Dark Future, Fantasy, Horror, Modern, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction / Futuristic, Space Opera, Strategic (Miniatures), Super Heroic
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Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars (d6), White Wolf WoD, Abberant
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Forgotten Realms, Eberron, Vampire the Masquerade, and my own campaign setting :)
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50% Roleplaying / 50% Combat
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Medium Groups (Between 4 and 6 players)
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Yes
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Looking for 4-6 adventurers to take long walks through dark, monster-infested woods. Perhaps ice cream afterwards...lol Okay joking aside, I'm a past game master / player that has played since I was in high school. As for what I like in gaming groups, I enjoy a laid back atmosphere, good natured players, a great game, and lots of laughs.
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I'm 30 years old. I've GMed various games to my home gaming group in WV, but after moving to CA I was finding myself withdrawling from the lack of roleplaying games. I've played since high school (as mentioned above) so I have a lot of experience under my belt but don't think I'm a rules lawyer. I just enjoy a laid back time with a good night's gaming storyline with some great people. As For Games I've played and/or ran the following: Dungeons and Dragons (from 2nd edition-4th edition), Star Wars (my favorite was when it was d6, but I've ran and played the d20 version.), White Wolf's Vampire the Masquerade, Werewolf the Apocalypse, Changling, Wraith, Vampire and Werewolf Dark Ages, as well as Abberant, Shadowrun (though didn't care for it much), Call of the Cthulu, and World of Warcraft RPG.

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Reaper Mini Kickstarter

by Tamerath on 08-05-2012 at 02:14 PM
I know this is my blog, but I recently pledged to a kickstarter for the Reaper miniatures line "Bones". I'm not one to usually advertise for a company but this is so sick I thought I'd share it on here. So Reaper Minis have recently launched their BONES collection and they were looking for ways to explode their line. They've already surpassed that goal....but the deals you get for being a pledge member are just incredible. Currently for a 100 dollar pledge you are getting

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New Group? Possibly

by Tamerath on 02-26-2010 at 12:51 PM
It feels like forever ago when I used to post to my blogs on this site. It's good to be back though. The topic of today is finding a good gaming group. My last group was awesome, nothing bad to say about them other than I can't seem to get back in the game for one reason or another. So it's back to hitting the pavement to find another group of players willing to game with me and my fiance.

I posted a fresh and new campaign in the registry http://www.penandpapergames.com/foru...ad.php?t=15170

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Switching Gears: Light In the Darkness

by Tamerath on 06-23-2009 at 09:52 PM
I didn't know Obsidianportal existed till today when I got the email that our site "allied" to them. Fortunate for me, I checked it out and found a really cool tool to all of us dms out there. Basically the site is a wiki of sorts that manages the information we type into it...I've messed around with it and here's mine only an hour.

http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/8244/

Also, you might have noticed if you followed that link that I'm closing up my Ravenloft

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Expedition to Ravenloft Session 3

by Tamerath on 06-16-2009 at 04:38 PM
I'll keep this weeks post shorter than my usual with just sharing the highlights before I start preparing for the next game.

* The PC's entered into a "Bride of Dracula" senario with some of the women Strahd has turned over the years (the three brides were Pale Reavers that were "draining" Ireena while the "Master" was away), the PC's scared them off and were able to restore Ireena from a withered weakend and diseased creature on the virge of a necromatic

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Hall of Maiden's Trap Encounter

by Tamerath on 06-08-2009 at 02:33 PM
The Maidsí of Strahd XP 2,400
Stained lace hangs neatly from eight canopied beds. In each bed, a figure of a young woman lays motionless, pale hands folded over her chest. In the eighth bed lay Ireena Kolyana dressed not in the armor you last saw her in, but a white wedding dress.
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characters canít use Perception to detect this trap
Additional Skill: Arcana
DC 30 : the character notices that Ireena is just an illusion, but the rest of the women are real

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