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  • fmitchell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:34 AM
    I've only read D&D 5 Basic, but really it's not far off from Red Box if you ignore some of the tedious prose. No feats in Basic; they're optional in the PHB, I hear. Skills are still there, but only Untrained (raw stat bonus only) or Trained (stat + level-based Proficiency Bonus). "Backgrounds"...
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    Yesterday, 03:15 AM
    Lately I've found myself fascinated by minimalist D&D rules like "Searchers of the Unknown" and its worthy successor "1974 Style". I also like the d20-only philosophy of True20 and Numenera's Only Players Roll principle. All three have collided in my brain to create the following incomplete...
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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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    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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  • fmitchell's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 01:05 PM
    Hm, I never really drank the D&D kool-aid. My introduction to RPGs was Metagaming's Melee and Wizard. Maybe I should dust off my old The Fantasy Trip books? (Or Dark City Games' "Legends of ..." series.) Realistically, though, RuneQuest and Call of Cthulhu are the first games I truly fell in...
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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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  • trechriron's Avatar
    01-21-2015, 12:45 PM
    So, I've come full circle. I'm back with my first love - D&D. This is my "why". It's important for me to share, as my hope is to provide insight into the mind of a habitual system-addict, manic seeker of the "perfect medium complexity depth because #feelings" RPG and perhaps help other...
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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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    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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    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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  • fmitchell's Avatar
    12-31-2014, 12:59 AM
    The other evening I finally sat down and read my PDF of the full Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. Mine came from Kickstarter, but it's now available to everyone from the Chaosium site. The dead tree version will arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2015, allegedly. So, what's the general...
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About Briarthorn

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Location
City:
Redlands
State:
California
Zipcode:
92375
Country:
United States of America
Willing to Travel:
More than 50 miles
Availability
LFG/LFP:
No
Availability (Days):
Friday, Saturday
Availability (Times):
Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings
Desired Gaming Frequency:
Weekly - Once per week
Gaming Preferences
Player/GM:
Player
Preferred Genres:
Dark Future, Fantasy, Horror, Modern, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction / Futuristic, Space Opera, Strategic (Miniatures), Super Heroic
Favorite RPGs:
Dungeons & Dragons
Gaming Worlds:
I'd like to try them all.
Preferred Playing Style:
75% Roleplaying / 25% Combat
Ideal Group Size:
Medium Groups (Between 4 and 6 players)
Online RPGs?:
Yes
What are you looking for?:
I'm not currently looking for a group, as I found a great bunch of players through pen and paper. However, what I look for in a group are people who are laid back and just have fun with the game, some kind of role playing, and a DM who isn't so hard core and lets his/her players progress through their story instead of forcing them along it.
About Me
Biography:
I am currently playing in a D&D and Star wars Campaign that is on a rotating schedule. I use paper and pen to keep in touch with group members and as a way to find other players who might be a good match for our group.

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